Its pretty bad when your idea list is 10 times longer than your WIP list. Well maybe not bad exactly, but it gets hard to pick what to only half-finish first. I have a Castle Peeps circle quilt that has been sitting at the bottom of the “to be finished” pile for about 2 years now. This is just ridiculous and infuriating - I loved this fabric line by Lizzy House as soon as I saw it and immediately purchased more fabric at one time than I ever had before. I had also seen a great tutorial for an appliqued circle quilt that I thought would really show off the cuteness of the print. I assembled all the appliqued blocks fairly quickly so was feeling pretty pleased with myself.
Originally I had made 6” wide strips of stacked coins from each of the fabrics for a border.
But when those strips were all sewed and cut and I placed them against the quilt top, it just felt too busy. So I put it all aside and promptly forgot about it to start something else fun and exciting. Fast forward 2 years and all these pieces were still sitting around – those Peeps must be mighty patient.
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Before I can move along to any of the projects that have been rattling around in my head, I need to finish up the Peeps, but those stacked coin strips were just hanging me up. I tossed a bunch of ideas around and nothing seemed to fit, so I brought the whole kit and caboodle to the BMQG meeting in November for our massive show and tell. Someone (sorry I didn’t catch who, but thank you!) suggested cutting the strips skinnier and sashing them in white. YES!!
It turns out that I had EXACTLY enough to complete a full border and a long strip for the backing by cutting the strips in half – seriously! There were only a few inches left when all was said and done! The white sashing was perfect. It gave the circle blocks a little breathing room and made those rainbow squares pop as a border.
Now all I have to do is figure out how to quilt it…
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