Once again, I'm returning to my gigantic, really, actually just disgusting amount of Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Choose your color palette, I'm sure I have it. I could go on a Kaffe Fassett hoarders show. Soon there will be new lines in the Kaffe Fassett eye candy line, so I must use up this stash, (there is no way I can use it all up over the summer). Plus, I REALLY loved this blue. It's a Kona, not sure anymore what and too lazy to go look at the color card right now, and you'll see why later. But it was what I started with, and an idea about the circles.Cut out all these circles from the Kaffe selections. I did another circle quilt a few months ago, and it was structured, I wanted to have something a little more improv. And this was what I was coming up with in my mind.
The hardest part about putting this top together was picking a border. Because in my mind it all came together so effortlessly. I tried all different fabrics from the palette, these borders were the cut outs form the circles, but this wasn't working for me. And now I have a bunch of these squares with holes in them.
Next was getting all these circles attached. I didn't want them to all be fused, but I used a little strip of fusing to try to keep them down in one spot. This was more difficult than it sounds. I dropped several circles off in the move from design board to iron, until I finally realized I could pin the circles in place until I tacked them down. Oh. Something someone who has been piecing for a number of years should have picked up on right away.
I would stitch down a top circle, then move to the larger background circle. In hindsight I should have used stabilizer, the circles would have stayed in place better. I swear I have sewn before! And on quilts! My brain wasn't moving too fast on this one. I will see after quilting how wonky this top turns out.
Working on the background. I had a lot of squares left over that were going to be then cut into circles, but weren't, so I used these for the pieced back. I used up lot of these Kaffe Fassett prints that are in the circles. So the pile of this color palette is much smaller, it might even need replacements! Sigh.