"Circling the Wagons" top finished

I couldn't JUST quilt--i really wanted to piece a top or two recently. Truthfully, I was growing weary of quilting and wanted a break!

I can't really imagine being Angela Walters who said she sometimes pays people to piece for her so she can have tops to quilt! I could wish! LOL I will say that the more I quilt and the more I learn, the easier it gets and the more fun it gets. It tends to work that way - with anything!

So this one I finished - it's number 23 in my series. 

I know. I know. You haven't seen that many yet! But they are in the works.  No, I had no idea I'd have this many when I started.  It's amazing, really.  My whole 2" strips series is 63 quilts - and this one is now 20 quilts or quilt tops and at least 3 more in the works.

If you didn't realize it, there is a page on this website that features in detail this series. I've been updating the pictures as I feature the finished quilts on the blog.

Anyway, I was really tired of just quilting - as I really prefer piecing - so I took a couple of days to make this top up. It uses some bigger pieces, so it went together reasonably fast. Since there was a sashing, it wasn't lightning fast in putting together the final top, but making the blocks went quickly.

And it was fun. That was the nice part for me!

 I purposely didn't use a lot of navy or really dark in this one. I wanted there to be a "sweeter" and "softer" look than a lot of navy would bring to it.   Ha ha!   Did you believe that?  I actually have used up most of my navy in other quilts - I have more lights now than anything!  I recently uncovered a couple more "plastic bag" size of mostly light blues.

I purposely didn't use a lot of navy or really dark in this one. I wanted there to be a "sweeter" and "softer" look than a lot of navy would bring to it. 

Ha ha! 

Did you believe that?  I actually have used up most of my navy in other quilts - I have more lights now than anything!  I recently uncovered a couple more "plastic bag" size of mostly light blues.

 Here's a closer look.  I see the circling motion first when I look at this. I think of those cornerstones as the campfire where the people are and the outer bigger squares and partial squares are the wagons, providing protection to the inner square (cornerstone).

Here's a closer look.  I see the circling motion first when I look at this. I think of those cornerstones as the campfire where the people are and the outer bigger squares and partial squares are the wagons, providing protection to the inner square (cornerstone).

I had under a 2" strip left of the background fabric leftover when I finished. I was a little stressed as I was making it -remember, these are upcycleds, so it wasn't as if I could actually find anything like it in my stash. I had been considering options when I saw that I would have barely enough - and I was quite relieved!

I did purposely throw in some lighter blues - just to keep it interesting though I tried to make sure the blues that I did use didn't have a white background, or if they did, they had so many flowers printed on them that it was mostly colorful and not mostly white.

 Circling the wagons close up

I did write up the pattern and it is here!

Hopefully someone can use it!

 

I trust that you have a great day -  wherever and whenever you are reading this!


Don't forget to check out what my sis has in the store!  I'm sure there is something you can use!