I completed the quilt in 2005. This was the fourth quilt I started, and the third I completed. I was interested in testing some boundaries, and wanted to play with solids (which also happen to be cheaper and this was a very tight time for us financially). I didn't have any use or recipient in mind when I started. To my eye now it has similarities to the "Love Beads" pattern in "The Modern Quilt Workshop" however I'm 99% sure that I hadn't seen that book when I designed this quilt. The original intent was squares with rounded edges, not circles. The squares were to have smaller squares inside them. But when I went to assemble the quilt that didn't work out and eventually I ended up with plain circles.
The circles were not appliqued, they were quilted on in a spiral pattern after the quilt sandwich had been assembled. The edges were left raw to fray. I quilted the background with vertical lines and stars. The back was pieced of nearly every solid piece of fabric I had. Sometimes I like the back better, maybe because the quilting is easier to see. That block of mustard yellow really thrills me.
This quilt was a study in problem solving. It gave me some confidence in trying new things and lots of practice in free motion quilting. I don't particularly like the color scheme anymore but it still has an impact on house guests - it gets more attention than other quilts that I put way more time into. It spent a couple years on our bed, but now is our "outdoor quilt". Even though it does not reflect my current aesthetic, it has a special place in my heart. And in my backyard.
What a great online quilt festival! I appreciate the kick in the pants to share this quilt with you.