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This quilt is for the In Hist Steps auction. "In His Steps" is a

non-profit Christian recovery program that offers men and

women with life controlling problems a supportive and loving


The quilt is 90 x 109. It was such a lively quilt. I did not

want to take anything away from the simplicity of the

pattern of those colorful squares. Circles seemed like the

answer. Of course, 220 spirals circles....YIKES.. 220

starts and 220 sops. It came out nice. They were very

happy with it.

<img src="http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n93/legcard/Philantrophy%20Quilts/IHS-front.jpg">

I think I must have had some waterspots on my camera lens.

<img src="http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n93/legcard/Philantrophy%20Quilts/IHS-back.jpg">

<img src="http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n93/legcard/Philantrophy%20Quilts/IHS-detail.jpg">

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I finally have my "fence" up and running in circles! It's taken me a long time to get around to figuring it out, but I can now make circles that I'm pleased with. This is going to be a real asset to my quilting. Next I'll conquer diagonals with the fence!

Nice quilting on this quilt, Linda.


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Politically you made the right choice to add interest and tie the blocks together with circles of inclusion, something all these recovering people need. Angular and sharp lines could have expressed anger. The focus is definitely on the individual blocks and the contributors are probably pointing to their particular block.

Artistically the varigated King Tut thread could have repeated the colorful blocks, introduced color to the complexity of the circles, softened the appearance of the dramatic black sashing, and connected the blocks, like connecting and interlacing people and their lives. Did you do a test first on some separate similar cloth to see which would look best - black or color varigated? I'm on the fence (Hartley, ha, ha) with this because I really like your exquisite work and wished it had more stage presence.


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OK, confession time. Yeah, you're right about needing some

pizazz. Instead of the partial circles in the borders, I

originally wanted to use King Tut's thread Joseph's Coat or

Autumn Days to stitch 3 lines about a half-inch apart all the

way around the quilt about 2 inches in from the edge. I just

wanted to tie all that color together. Lots of red, yellow

orange and green....

But then I fiddled with the bottom edge for so long trying to

get it just right. I don't have channels locks so I was going

to use bulldog clips to keep the lines straight. But concentric

lines need to be perfectly spaced. If it was off by just 4 or 5

threads, it would make me crazy. So I took the safe way out

and put those circles in the border.

It's a more conservative look.

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