Sunday, 24 July 2016

FAL 2016 Third Quarter - First Finish!

2016 FAL

Well, here we first and only finish for the Finish Along Third Quarter! I have been working on this for a while during the second quarter and obviously could not make it to the Second Quarter deadline, so here is my long overdue finish of the Mandala quilt I have been working on.

You can find the list of my Third Quarter goals HERE

Our Guild is running a Mandala Challenge  for the 2016 Festival of Quilts. The quilt must be circular with a diameter of between 50 - 60cm. Any quilting technique is allowed! If you want to find out about the design process and how I used Cindy Needham's Ultimate Circular Stencil to draw this design, please go to the Mandala Challenge post.

I was a tad conflicted a couple of weeks ago, thinking that I had made the wrong thread choice as it is not contrasting enough. Was incredibly discouraged but thought that I better finish this off. Looking at it now, I quite like it...I am particularly impressed with how evenly round I ended up, given the challenge this provided with drawing up a perfect circle at this size.

Mandala Challenge finishing up at 55cm in diameter

Close up of the fantastic blue Aurifil colour (#2725)

Mandala measures 55cm in diameter
Cotton fabric (Moda Solids) and Legacy cotton batting
Stitched with Aurifil 50/2 thread (Brass, Medium Red, Light Wedgewood, #6728); all the colours are from the Shannon Brinkley Dryad Thread box
Cindy Needham's Ultimate Stencil used to draft this design; Ultimate Background stencils used to fill the outer petal as well as the outer rim of the Mandala.

Very happy with the end result. Now onto the next project!

Linking up to Eleven Garden Quilts for the Finish Along 2016 Quarter 3 Link Up



  1. Wow! This quilt is just gorgeous!! I love it! Your quilting is amazing!!!

  2. Absolutely stunning. I'm sure you'll dazzle everyone in ALL of the shows that you enter this quilt. And I love how your guild creates a challenge for the 2016 Festival of Quilts show. You must have a great group of talented quilters.


  3. Wow! The quilting is awesome and I really like your thread choices.

  4. Wow! The quilting is awesome and I really like your thread choices.

  5. Beautiful and amazing! What a wonderful project!

  6. Fabulous quilting Karin! Just love it.

  7. This is stunning!! Congratulations on your finish, and thank you, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts, for taking part!


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