January's UFO was a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project called Circle of Squares. The blocks were started in June 2016 and used up 160 different 2.5" squares.
It was great fun to gather threads to match the colours in each block for the machine quilting.
I started quilting each block with a free form spiral in the centre using neutral thread, and rotating out in larger circles until I reached the coloured squares. Then I changed threads to match the colour of the squares (red on this block) and quilted 3 or 4 more large circles through the coloured squares. The circles are quite wonky and wobbly in places, but it was fun.
After quilting the circular designs, there was a space in the block corners that needed more quilting. I had planned to make more circles in that space, but decided on this curved diamond shape.
On the edges I quilted a curved half diamond shape. Can you see it in this photo of hand stitching the binding? The binding pieces were from my basket of binding leftovers. It's fun to try to remember which quilt binding each of the pieces are from.
The finished quilt measures 48" x 60".
It is a wonderful collection of the scraps of fabrics that have travelled through my quilt studio the past 2 years. I thought I would donate this quilt to the guild comfort quilt collection, but I love it so much that I'm going to keep it for a little while until I'm ready to part with it.
Linking up to One Monthly Goal January Finishes linky party with my first finish of 2019!