Roundabout Quilt V. 2.3

So, a few weeks ago I was surprised and flattered by the inclusion of this here blog in Quilter's Home Magazine's list of '55 Rad Blogs'. You could have knocked me over with a feather - I don't even blog about quilting! Well, not lately anyway. I'm here today to tell you that as it turns out - quilting is like riding a bike. Apparently once you push aside the still-packed suitcases (yes, we returned from vacation ten days ago - are you judging me?) and clear off the bills and other neglected mail from on top of the sewing machine and vacuum the half-finished project that has been acting as a cat bed for three months - it comes right back to you!

I had a lot of fun planning this quilt. I used every fabric from Amy Butler's Love line and a whole bunch of coordinating Kona solids. I had less fun actually sewing the thing. These blocks were definitely easier to sew then the original Roundabout quilt (which didn't have seam allowances in the template) as there was less pulling and stretching of fabric. But there are more squares in this one (48 in case you're counting) and frankly, I got bored.

And, wow, when I was looking at each square individually I (more than once) wondered what in the world I had been thinking with my fabric pairings. I tried to remember that they were puzzle pieces and once assembled they would (fingers crossed) work.

And mostly I think they do.

I'm not sure I'll tackle squeezing this (77" x 90") monster quilt into my machine for quilting. I don't much like to send quilts out (call me crazy) as the quilting is actually my favorite part (after the designing). But this is B.I.G.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go unpack.