Let’s be honest, straight lines are so much easier to piece and so we see most quilts made with straight lines. But the circle is a beautiful shape and belongs in quilting as well. Not all of these quilts were made with round seams. In fact, applique can be the easiest way to create a circle shape on a quilt. But I think you’ll agree that the round effect of each quilt is quite lovely.
Margaret’s lovely Dresden plate quilt is truly a multi-generational heirloom. Margaret’s mother made the Dresden plates. Her sister pieced them together into a finished quilt top. Now Margaret quilted it for her daughter. This quilt had a very vintage and traditional feel. So, it made perfect sense to choose a traditional quilting design. She could have followed the circles theme of her plates and quilted orange peels. Instead Margaret chose our feather design board. There are few designs that feel more traditional than quilting feathers! Her quilt looks beautiful. I know her daughter will cherish this heirloom!
Valerie finished this quilt for her mother. It is a very big orange peel design. I love the color choices with all the batik blues against the white. It is a very striking quilt that has traditional elements. At the same time it feels very modern because of the size of the blocks and the fabrics. She put them together so cleanly as well. Valerie quilted this with a pantograph called Periwinkle. It is an edge to edge design involving a fun five petaled flower. She felt the bold clean design of the quilt needed more motion and texture. I think the end result is beautiful.
Strictly speaking, Colleen’s On Ringo Lake quilt doesn’t have any circles. But the beauty of Bonnie Hunter’s quilts is the secondary designs hidden within. Can you see how the blocks have a slightly curvy feel to them? I’ve seen many Bonnie Hunter quilts over the years and there’s frequently a circular design hidden in the piecing.
Colleen quilted this wall hanging with a free hand meander. Her curvy lines soften the angular piecing and help bring those circles to the forefront
We talk a lot about squares, rectangles, and triangles, but we should not forget the beauty of circles. What a lovely addition to our design toolbox.