The Final Frontier


I decided for my other entry for Amy’s Quilt Festival I would enter The Final Frontier – this was the one I started from Audrey’s Quilty Folk challenge to make a circle a day last year.

This photo is from when almost all of the circles were made – there was no “design” in play – just lots of circles on background squares sewed in rows.  I’m having a little computer problem this evening so not a lot of story going into this and I hope to get it published with no problem!  I hope you all go visit Amy’s blog and if you have time see all the quilts entered.  Lots of beautiful quilts displayed.


Here are some of the circles up close -some circles I used just one color for others I made a small circle from left overs and put it in the middle or off to the side like it was a planet.  From some of the leftovers I sewed strips together and then cut out a circle from that and appliqued in place.  I really made use of the tiniest pieces.


Simple quilting – by hand – the circles were applique by hand also – another fossil fern for the backing of the quilt.  All of the fabric in this quilt is Fossil Fern cotton.


The whole quilt finished and on the bed


The quilt finished at about 103 inches I believe.  I had a lot of fun making this quilt and used wool batting so it makes a good winter quilt.  I found I could not make just one circle a day – some days I would make 7 or 8! I finished the quilt in a year and that includes the hand quilting too.

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30 comments… add one
  • Karen Sep 20, 2017

    So many different colours and fabrics makes your quilt look amazing. Love that you set it en pointe!
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    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks – glad the post went through I was having so much trouble with it!

  • Julie Sep 20, 2017

    That is a huge quilt, the colours just glow!!

    • Karen Sep 20, 2017

      thanks – I love big quilts and usually hand quilt almost all of them 🙂

  • Gabriele Stabel Sep 21, 2017

    I love this quilt. So beautiful glowing colors. Enviying you for this quilt.
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    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks Gabriele

  • Robin Sep 21, 2017

    I am envious of your quilt. I need to finish mine(not part of QAL). If you don’t mind I have a few questions: 1. How large are your blocks 2.Wool or Fabric for circles& squares 3. You said it finished at 102″, what size is the bed you showed it on? And you hand quilted too. This should win awards in any show. 🙂

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      I used 5 inch charm squares for the back ground of each circle, all of the fabric in the quilt is Fossil Ferns – it kind of looks like batiks but it isn’t – the fabric is cotton. I have the quilt on a queen size bed that is high off the floor. Yes I hand quilt most of my quilts

  • Summer Sep 21, 2017

    The quilt is gorgeous, karen. Hope you are having a great week.
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    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks Summer – good week but hot!

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 21, 2017

    I loved watching you make this beautiful quilt. You certainly would win a prize on this quilt if people were voting! I like everything about this quilt, the design, the beautiful fabrics, the way you did some of the circles. I enjoyed the quilts on Amy’s site, so many different pretty ones. Enjoy your day, it’s been really hot here the last few days, feels like summer is back.

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks Dottie – I love this quilt too. It does feel like summer again doesn’t and I want cooler weather! so looking forward to a cool front and regular fall weather

  • audrey Sep 21, 2017

    Such a wonderful interpretation of the 365 quilts. Very ‘you’ with all your special touches. Love the hand quilting!

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks Audrey! and thanks for the challenge

  • Diann Bottrell Sep 21, 2017

    Such a beautiful, colorful quilt! I bet it will be fun to look back at all the different fabrics and remember your year.
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    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks Diann

  • Belarmina Sep 21, 2017

    Karen otro maravilloso edredón
    ¡¡me gusta mucho!!

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks Belarmina – it was fun to make

  • Pat in WNY Sep 21, 2017

    I think seeing this quilt during the quilting phase cemented my decision to set my 365 circles on point with sashing. And I’m not sorry to be a copycat in this instance – your quilt is fabulous!

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      I don’t mind in a bit! it is nice to now my layout inspired another!

  • Mary D Sep 21, 2017

    What a beautiful quilt. I love Fossil Fern fabrics but certainly do not have as many as you had. Enjoy sleeping under this beauty.

    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      I was lucky and got my Fossil Ferns from Craftsy when they were carrying them – they had packages of 100 – 5 inch charms for about $12 for awhile and I went crazy and got 3 of them I think it was maybe 4 and then I got the backing and sashing fabric when the yardage was on sale too — I’m not sure what places carry it now it is always hard to find it seems

  • JanineMarie Sep 21, 2017

    What a good one to share for the festival! I love how you varied the look of the circles in each square.
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    • Karen Sep 21, 2017

      thanks- I tried to find the most recent that I had finished – forgot a scrappy stars until just now – but I already have two posted.

  • barb Sep 22, 2017

    what a wonderful quilt!

    • Karen Sep 22, 2017

      thanks Barb

  • Karen, Tu-Na Quilts Sep 22, 2017

    Absolutely lovely!! I like how you made some circles unique by overlapping two circles on one square or strip piecing and then cutting out the circle. I think it adds a lot to the overall interest in this quilt. Making 7 to 8 circles a day! And I know you worked on other things too. You probably were the kid growing up that produced a ten page paper when the teacher asked for a page.

    • Karen Sep 22, 2017

      LOL – well in college when I took Russian History I aced it with an average of 110 which included several papers for extra credit and a term paper that I he gave me a 115 out of 100 🙂 I just like to keep busy I guess

  • The Joyful Quilter Sep 24, 2017

    Wow!! That quilt houses QUITE the collection of Fossil Fern fabric!!
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    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      yes I got several packages of 5 inch charms that had a 100 to the package – all different shades

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