slow & steady wins the race

tula-pink-slow-and-steady-fabric

“There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race. All the animals in the forest gathered to watch. Hare ran down the road for a while and then paused to rest. He looked back at Slow and Steady and cried out, “How do you expect to win this race when you are walking along at your slow, slow pace?” Hare stretched himself out alongside the road and fell asleep, thinking, “There is plenty of time to relax.” Slow and Steady walked and walked. He never, ever stopped until he came to the finish line. The animals who were watching cheered so loudly for Tortoise, they woke up Hare. Hare stretched and yawned and began to run again, but it was too late. Tortoise was over the line. After that, Hare always reminded himself, “Don’t brag about your lightning pace, for Slow and Steady won the race!”

slowandsteady

Once I’d decided on a full circle, spent time playing with cut out fabric circles and eventually went for this simple layout.

This seemed to balance the best for me and then pinned on the bias, ironing as I went to get a super smooth curve.  The circles did move a little so I used a little fabric glue just to secure the circles and pinned again.  The bias was a dream to sew and has so many possibilities for quilting that I would love to explore.  The quilting was fun, probably as it was a baby quilt as my first ever circular quilting was on a king size quilt. That took a week, every evening going around and around!  This took one long afternoon and as the spiral increased the texture grew and really helps the hare pop out of the quilt.

Tricky to take photo’s and will try again later if the light gets better.  I love Tula’s fabrics, always so much to see.  The backing is an aqua spot and I’m adding a round quilt label with an embroidered tortoise on it – just for fun.

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