The circle quilt, I'm happy to say, is done! The finished size is 92"x 92". I'll be carrying it to Hamish in New York at the end of the week.
I quilted from both sides. I started on the medallion side with a navy blue echo stitching parallel to the sashing seams.
Then I flipped it over and used the rays as my guide for some free motion meandering. I was aiming for about 3" stitch spacing with natural thread.
The starburst is intentionally a bit off center, highlighted by the navy echo quilting.
The wide quilting distance and the high loft batting (a layer of cotton/poly plus a layer of wool) make this blanket feel like I comforter. I slept under it the other night, and I can certify that it's at least as warm as my two Warm&Natural-batted quilts (one of which has a double layer of cotton flannel for backing).
I love that this quilt feels like it has two fronts. I refuse to call the starburst side the back -- it took me so darn long to piece!
And the medallion side benefits greatly from the quilting in the blue patches. It's amazing what a little thread and pucker can do for a solid field of fabric.