Friday, March 04, 2016


I was intrigued by Audrey's quilt-along from the beginning.
First, was her block -- a circle appliquéd to a square -- simple & perfect.
Secondly, was the idea of making a small block everyday for a year. I loved the diary-like aspect of that! A small block, like all the other blocks, but each would reflect the day you had -- good or bad, bright or dull. Again, simple & perfect.

But my appliqué skills aren't the best & I was daunted by the idea of making a block every day for a year. Still, I wanted to play along. So when I began making plans for my trip to California, I thought the time was right for some handwork & I starting thinking about an abbreviated, non-diary version of Quilty 365.

I cut squares & prepared circles from a variety of dotty fabrics, gathered sewing materials into a little travel box & I was ready to go! While I was away from home I made 30-40 squares.

Also while I was away, I got sick. After I returned home, I spent nearly a whole week in bed -- stuffy head, congested chest, fever -- hand-sewing was all I had the energy for. When I ran out of block parts, I managed to cut more background squares & circles. Now that I am better, I am still enjoying making these blocks. I now have nearly 80 with a good deal more ready to go. I'm not sure how big this quilt will get. But for now I am having a very nice time.


Sharon said...

Sorry to hear you're under the weather - that sounds nasty. I've got something going on too - either a sinus infection or possibly a tooth acting up. Or, I've got the mumps, which I'm pretty sure ain't gonna happen.

I LOVE your dotty circles!! They are so bright and cheery - they must make you feel better just looking at them.

Hope you feel more human soon.

Julierose said...

Oh good for you! I have 49 done--but have stopped for now. I am not enthusiastic about the "every day-ness" of it; and mine was also a grieving I decided to give it a rest. sorry you are ill; I have also been under the weather.. take it easy.....;--)))
hugs julierose

audrey said...

Tis the season for not feeling good--hope you're on the upswing. I can see you're finding out about the lure of simple applique.:)

Quilting Babcia said...

Hope you're feeling much better by now. Your circles are coming along wonderfully, and are the perfect little project to work on while you're recuperating.

Quiltdivajulie said...

The circles really are a very soothing and satisfying project - glad you have joined in. Feel better soon!!!

fiberchick said...

I love your blocks. Am so tempted by this quilt along but think I will "arm chair sew" watching yours take shape. Hope you are feeling yourself soon:)

Rachaeldaisy said...

It certainly looks like the circle bug has got you! I like that you're doing it to suit you and making it a non-diary version, just a joy of hand sewing version. Have fun going around in circles.

sewyouquilt2 said...

your circles look great! hope you are feeling better soon. I did mine machine applique style and I love mine too. I started Jan 1st and have almost one quarter of my quilt done. I am making it in 4 sections, 2 front and 2 back to make mine a full year quilt. it is fun to daily choose my fabric.