Friday, December 4, 2015

Daily Circles!

It's been a a few days since I've shown you some circles. Did you enjoy your break? I'm sure by now you are dying to know what my circles look like.

This is part of the Quilty 365 project, where you make a circle a day. Click on the link on the sidebar for more information.

I started 11/16/2015, and have been pretty good about deciding on my circle each day. Sometimes I make two at a time, but I try not to get too far behind.  There was a day I thought I had fallen behind, and decided that I would just skip it, to avoid any pressure.  I thought that I could just keep going an extra day, or make two whenever I felt I had two good ideas to use that day, but turns out the very next day I had two good ideas, so I haven't really fallen behind yet.

Here's what they look like altogether so far.  I have two weeks done. Right now, I think I will keep whatever I make in the limited time I have, but I do reserve the right to omit or do over a circle or two when I put the quilt together.

I had big plans for the one on the left. I was going to make a clock, with the hands at 11:29 to represent 11/29. I thought that was pretty clever of me to think of it.  However, my plans got too big when I sewed down the background circle with a fancy stitch on my machine without any interfacing and everything got very distorted. There was no way it would work so I gave myself a do-over, only much simpler. I didn't have time to make the clock hands so we will have to save that idea for later.

The next day's circle is pretty simple too - a four patch cut into a circle.  I would like to make something more complex, like a dresden plate or a kaleidoscope block someday when I have lots of time.

My daughter likes to draw, and it is not uncommon for me to find eye drawings on papers around the house.  Since my goal is to learn to draw too, I decided to work on the eye too. It isn't a drawing, but it did make me think about the parts of the eye. I also saw a quilt story on you tube where someone was sharing a quilt that had an eye, so it seemed appropriate.

This one came after the shooting in San Bernardino.  There have been so many shootings this year. It seems like people have all forgotten how to resolve conflicts in a peaceful way.  We wind up disowning and discarding friends and family members instead of trying to work things out. Anyway, this is my wish for world peace. It's the only block that doesn't have a neutral background, and I really didn't want to remember this as a red letter day, but I needed a dark background to offset the white circle and this red fabric was just perfect for it.

When you are finished reading this blog post, run to the Quilty 365 circle linkup.  You will be amazed at how our creative quilters have interpreted this project.

I haven't had much time for quilting, so I haven't made much progress on the rail fence quilt.  I did make some more blocks, and am still thinking about layouts.  For the leftover rails quilt, I am going to put a blue sashing before carrying on with more leftover logs.


June D said...

Amazing circles!

Lara B. said...

You are taking a wonderful approach with your circles Shasta! this is turning into an amazing quilt. i love how freely you are working on it and am very impressed!
What you had to say about your peace sign really resonates.

Maryse said...

I love your creative approach, your circles are amazing!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I have seen circles cropping up everywhere (Crop Circles? Ha!), yours are unique and very interesting and personalized... they have character. I need to track down this daily circle source, I suppose I have missed something... anyway, keep turning (I'm on a ROLL!) these out, I will keep track of your progress. Well done!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

oh my, I just LOVE creative and original ! :)

Quilting Babcia said...

Your creativity is going to result in a gorgeously complex quilt, so much to explore! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in the months ahead.

Cathy said...

What a unique and fun approach. I like how you machine quilt around them and don't even have to turn under seams! Great idea!

Gisele said...

Such creative & fun circles! I love that each one is so unique & will make quite a spectacular quilt when all put together as there will always be an interesting memory to rediscover

liniecat said...

Great fun these circles of yours and nice to see raw edges at work with naive creative style! Love them : )