Thirza writes, “My mum has been quilting for years and recently asked me to look up a quilt related question online. While I was searching I came across quilts and patterns I had never seen before: not the ‘old fashioned’ blocks I was used to seeing. It didn’t take long to stumble across the Modern Quilt-Along website and purchase The Modern Quilt Workshop. I wanted to make one of those beautiful quilts for my new baby due in December. When I got the book I chose the Plain Spoken: simple, straightforward and very pretty. When I ordered my fabrics, I went for greens, blues and purples. Boyish, as we thought we were going to have a boy, but still suitable for a girl. And, I got so much fabric I decided to make a small quilt from the same fabrics for each of our daughters. Eclipse for the eldest and Confetti for the youngest.
The cutting and piecing was easy enough. It took a while to decide on the quilt pattern. I didn’t want to do stitch-in-the-ditch or straight lines and went to look online. emptybobbin of the Modern Quilt-Along did a lovely quilt with concentric circles that I really liked. However, I didn’t want to just copy that, so I looked online for circle patterns. Between all crop circle designs I found wall art of a slightly 70’s circle design which I really liked. With help from our diner service (!) I drew different size circles and machine quilted the whole thing. The baby was to be born on the 11th of December by elective section. On the 10th of December I managed to sew the binding unto the quilt and pack it in my hospital bag! I haven’t started on the other two yet, but I’m hoping to get to that pretty soon.” For a better view of Thirza’s assymetrical circle quilting view the back of her quilt.
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