For the past 2 Christmas’, I’ve made J a special quilt with distinct custom quilting. For the 2012 quilt, he actually noticed the pattern in a magazine when we were at a quilt shop. I was busy picking out other fabrics & before I knew it, there was a pile of fabric bolts next to me & him smiling saying “I want a quilt with these fabrics!” He had found a modern pattern (that I basically completely changed) that he chose batiks for (big surprise about the batiks if you know J).
I was able to piece it at a quilt retreat with friends back in June of 2012 & then it sat on the shelf. Then about December 22 I realized I didn’t have a quilt for him, so I dug the top out & grabbed some Hawaiian fabric for the backing.
Since I wanted to create a secondary pattern with the quilting, I pulled out my circle templates & quilted radiating circles in a random pattern. It was so much fun to just plop a template on the quilt & have at it!
And best of all- he loved the quilt & the circle design!