|Ring Cycles quilt top, 62" x 78"|
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
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Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Rainbow Scrap Challenge at soscrappy
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Julie in GA