Friday, 29 August 2014

Last Irish circles block

I'm always a bit sad when the last block is done on any quilt, especially when it has been an easily portable project. Irish Circles is far from complete, but the portable phase is just about over. The blocks have to be trimmed and joined, the borders and appliqué added. I really should be doing housework, but took a moment to lay out the blocks and see how they all look together this morning. I don't know why, but I do hand piece the blocks together on this kind of quilt. A crazy waste of time really, but I get a kick out of it being entirely hand sewn. Am I the only person who does this?

Please let me know if you notice anything odd in this layout!

In the meantime, I have gone Dear Jane crazy. I am completely absorbed in my little red blocks which are very easy to prepare, and so easy to choose the fabrics for......and of course very portable.

I'm off to get some cleaning done so I can get back to some sewing. Have a lovely weekend.
Susan x

28 comments:

  1. Oh Wow!!! your irish circles are amazing and going to be such a beautiful quilt. Love love love it!
    Love your dj blocks too. You are so clever!

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  2. Love your Irish circles!! Great layout, you've done a great job of distributing the colours across the quilt. Just one tiny teeny thing I've noticed - the red bordered heart block top left possibly too close to the outer corner heart block (too many hearts close together?) IMHO I would swap this with the other red bordered block on the rhs. I hope this makes sense. Btw your lovely pincushion arrived and it's too beautiful to hide away in my sewing room, many thanks :)

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  3. This is just so lovely. I haven't heard of Irish circles. Perhaps something I can do for my mum. I'm hoping to make her a lively quilt soon. Dad was Irish and we lost him at christmas time. I'm also so with you on the hand piecing thing. I'm currently hand piecing the Jennifer Chiaverrini loyal union sampler quilt. I just love hand piercings and quilting although sometimes find it difficult to keep that quarter inch seems. Look forward to seeing this finished. Are you going to hand quilt it?

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  4. It's beautiful! I can't imagine doing all that by hand - you should be so proud!! And a Dear Jane, too? I'm amazed.

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  5. You're not alone in liking a quilt top entirely pieced by hand - there's something about the time and effort that you put into it that harkens back to the quilts of our ancestors. Your layout is beautiful. Jane should keep you busy for a while....

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  6. wow Susan you are amazing this quilt is stunning you truly are very clever,your work is so inspiring,enjoy your weekend my friend.xx

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  7. Oh Susan your Irish Circles is just beautiful...no I don't think you are strange in hand stitching....Imthink there are quite a few people out there who do this!

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  8. Your quilt is just amazing, Susan.

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  9. Your Irish Circles looks fantastic! You must be very happy with it and I think the layout looks great.

    As for your Dear Jane, stunning in red!!!!

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  10. OMG... you do marvellous work Susan. I'm in awe....

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  11. oh gosh it is beautiful..... and how clever to have so easily moved on from one set of blocks to another....
    Hugz

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  12. The circles are looking lovely. I know what you mean about a ' portable project' . Glad to see Dear Jane has risen to the occasion.

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  13. Your blocks looks really beautiful. Love it. Makes me want to start on mine.

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  14. OMG Susan I just love it - beautiful!

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  15. your Irish circles look beautiful and nothing seems to be out of place, unless you have OCD
    loving your DJ blocks also...looking fantastic

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  16. Wow - Irish Circles is wonderful - well done! So nice that you have DJ to move on to so you won't be too sad. Your applique on DJ is perfect Susan - so very neat! They do look very addictive....

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  17. It looks great. Your quilt will be amazing.

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  18. Another stunner, just beautiful Susan .

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  19. Looks stunning Susan and if your heart desires I say hand piece. Hugs

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  20. Absolutely stunning Susan. What an amazing job you've doine

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  21. You must be very proud of your beautiful work. And you were worried about those squares! They do their job beautifully surrounded by all those lovely curves. Wonderful progress on DJ.

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  22. Belated Happy Birthday. Your Irish Circles is beautiful...of course you have to hand piece the blocks together, you are not alone, it's not a waste of time, when did patchwork and quilting become a race? Your DJ's are so cute, love the red/white combo...

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  23. Irish Circles looks fantastic. So many hours of work. I can't wait to see it finished. I'm sure your Dear Jane will have you engrossed for a while now.

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  24. Gorgeous work, the Irish Circles is looking amazing and your DJ's are beautiful too.

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  25. Such a gorgeous quilt, you've done a beautiful job

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  26. WOW! .. It is just so beautiful!… Dear Jane is looking fabulous too!
    It definitely should be hand pieced together..a great achievement!

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