Quilt It Challenge – May

Can it really be the last day of May?
Time for the Quilt it Challenge
For this months block I choose circle and echo quilting to see how much the quilting design would impact how your eye travels across the block and if the start block would recede into the background.

Quilt it Challenge MayI really didn’t have a plan other than to have the center circles radiate out from the center. I had planned to go all the way to the edges of the quilt but partly out, I decided it was enough for 2 reasons. I was tired of quilting circles and I wasn’t sure I liked them. At least I didn’t rip them out as I have in previous blocks.

The block spent several days on my design wall while I considered the next steps. Step two was adding the center spokes as the circles needed more interest. I liked the lines and thought carrying them out on the star points would work. I had marked the circles (including the ones in the corners, but just eyeballed the straight lines.

I liked the idea of echoing the points of the star on each side and I am really glad I decided to carry those lines in the border. Because of the ripple effect of the lines, I put smaller circles in the corners. While this is not my favorite block, I feel I met my goal of having your eye travel the quilting vs. the quilt block.

Here is a picture of the April and May blocks:

Quilt it Challenge May

Here is the front view of both:

Quilt it Challenge May

More on the Quilt it Challenge can be found over here. Also check out Kitty Pearl’s blog to see her results.

One more month with this block, and of course my mind has already considered different options.

 

  • Susan Owenby

    It’s amazing how different the quilting makes them! I really like the circles and I’m glad to see them. I have a project I’m working on now that I’ve been channeling circles for. Congrats, they look great!

    • Jackie

      Thank you Susan. I love the process of this. Now to be thinking on what June’s block will look like. I hope you post pictures of yours when you are done.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
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    • Jackie

      Thank you Susan, I am loving this process though each month I struggle with what to do.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
      Facebook: Sew Excited Quilts

  • Sandi Colwell

    These look great, Jackie! I’m so impressed. I wish I could get my act together to do this. Good luck with June’s block.

  • Gretchen F

    Jackie, it always amazes me how gorgeous these blocks look after you have quilted them. And how many different ways one block can be quilted. Another gorgeous month!

  • Kitty Pearl

    Wow! Did you mark it all? total freehand? Yes, you made your goal!

  • Debi Weaver

    I like the colors of your blocks and with interest read your explanation. I definitely met your goal, and I liked the outcome. Both blocks are really attractive. Thanks for sharing!