Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ring Cycles top complete!

This is one of my favorite types of quilt designs, one that gives the look of curves but is entirely pieced with straight lines. The pattern is Ring Cycles, a Jack's Chain Variation by Lessa Siegele. If you click on the name, you will be taken to Craftsy for the pattern, and there are photos of different versions to see too.


Ring Cycles quilt top, 62" x 78"
It seems like it has taken a long time for this quilt top to be completed. It started as a collection of nine-patch blocks that were being made in January of 2016 as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I decided early on to not do a full rainbow, but to limit my color choices to blues, teals/turquoises and purples. The blocks around the outer edges of the quilt have only four color squares instead of five. I made stacks and stacks of blocks, not knowing how many I would need. 



The biggest challenge came when the blocks were made and it was time to start joining them to the background hexagons and triangles. Every seam was 3" long and needed to be backstitched at both ends, stopping at the 1/4" intersections. I made a half-hearted attempt at assembly, then packed it all away into a box for over a year. It wasn't until last summer when I discovered Marti Michell's Perfect Patchwork Templates for 3" hexagons and other related shapes. The templates have holes at the corners that work great for marking the ends of seams. It was still a slow process to put everything together, but those templates were the exact tool I needed to get me back on track.



I finished the quilt top just after Thanksgiving, but didn't have a chance to get good photos at that time. We had snow in Atlanta in early December, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get some outdoor shots. I love this one with the snow-covered trees in the background.


This was not a quick and easy project by any means, but it was definitely worth the time and effort. There were times when I didn't believe this quilt top would ever be completed, but it's done and I love how it turned out!


Linking up to:

Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Add
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework
             

Julie in GA

35 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing what a difference good tools can make, even simple ones that aren't very expensive? A couple dollars' worth of acrylic is often the difference between quick and accurate piecing and hours of seam ripping and swearing! Your quilt top is magnificent. Congratulations!

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  2. Gorgeous finish on a challenging quilt! I love this "modern" version of Jack's Chain - kudos for sticking with it to the end!

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  3. Beautiful quilt, Julie! I love the color choices that you made.

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  4. Your quilt is gorgeous! Your color choices are beautiful. This one has been on my bucket list for some time. Maybe this year....

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  5. Hi Julie,
    WOW - what a fabulous finish. I was just marveling at the curved look on someone's finish and yours is another perfect example. I'm so glad you found the tool to help you get this finished. I would hate to think of it being a UFO. Are you putting it on your bed? ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. This quilt is on my "to do list". I even have the pattern. Thanks for sharing yours and the tip about the templates.

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  7. It's such a beautiful quilt! I don't know if I'd have the patience for all those y-seams.

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  8. Wow - this is superb! I really, really like that pattern. I'm equally impressed with the holding apparatus - great way to make it possible for one person to hold a large quilt up, and to keep it off the ground on a wet day.

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  9. Absolutely beautiful - congratulations on the finish and also the persistence to get it done. Lovely snow photos too. I think I've said before that I have made a small start on this pattern - and now yours inspires me to pull it out once more. Thanks for the thumbs up, too, on the templates :-)

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  10. Congratulations on a gorgeous finish! Sticking with the process definitely paid off. Is this one a keeper or does it have to go live somewhere else?

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I have been seeing this quilt on other blogs. I'm sure thinking about making a start and I love the colors you used.

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  12. Congratulations! The circular movement is really spectacular. Glad that the templates did the trick for you. Sometimes the right tool makes all the difference.

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  13. It is absolutely stunning! Congratulations !!

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  14. That is gorgeous, and I have really enjoyed following as you put it together! Congratulations!

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  15. Wow, that is one amazing quilt top! Congratulations! And your picture in the snow sets it off to perfect advantage. I admire your stick-to-it-ivness; many of us don’t have it.

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  16. Totally awesome! And gorgeous! And beautiful! Congrats to you!
    And I have a Jack's Chain UFO I need to get back to. It's a different construction method found at Quilter's Cache.

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  17. It is gorgeous! It was so interesting to hear the construction hurdles you conquered. Congratulation on a milestone finish.

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  18. A beautiful quilt top, love this pattern, just not game to start it! Thanks for the tips about the templates though, they look ideal for helping me with another project...then perhaps I can tackle this pattern!

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  19. A wonderful quilt and perfect in the snowy setting.

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  20. Amazing! Love this and so happy your found the way to get it finished so you can enjoy it.

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  21. Wow this is amazing! I've always wanted to do a Jack's Chain quilt, but those inset seams always scare me off. How wonderful that you were able to persevere and make such a gorgeous quilt. Love the colors. Love the colors on your Ringo Lake quilt bits too. That is going to be a gorgeous quilt as well.

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  22. Ooh la la! Well done. It’s gorgeous.

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  23. I always love this quilt every time I look at it - love this pattern

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  24. Wow! What a beautiful quilt. Sometimes harder quilts take longer. They need to be shelved a few times before finishing! I'm so glad you did...it's gorgeous!

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  25. This pattern is on my bucket list! Yours is amazing and I am so glad you stuck with it. Not sure I have the long term stamina. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  26. What a stunning quilt. It's on my list but I appreciate your advice and warning.

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  27. what a fantastic quilt! (and you can tell it is just by the sheer number of comments you've received!) good for you- it's beautiful!

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  28. Your quilt is gorgeous!!! And worth every minute it took to make it.

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  29. Such a beautiful quilt. I may have to givethis one a go.

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