Quilty365 Gallery Page – the place to see circles

365 circles: an improv patchwork and quilting project. making a circle a day. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com


My new Quilty365 Gallery has got me a bit excited. I’ve spent hours on it this week, which is why you’ve probably been hearing tumble weeds around here. The gallery is filled with the circles I’ve made so far for the Quilty365 year long sew along with Audrey at Quilty Folk. You might remember that I said I wouldn’t be piecing my quilt-to-be in chronological order because I want to play around and get the best composition I can. Well the Quilty365 Gallery is my answer to the ‘chronological problem’: a visual day to day record.  But first, another problem…

Optimising Images with Gimp

I use a free program called Gimp to optimise my images and then add an overlay with the web address. The program’s great because it allows so much flexibility, which is similar to Photoshop (resizing the images, altering colours, and so on), but here’s the rub: it seems to take me forever to do it. Faced with the prospect of preparing 38 images or so for the gallery I was tearing my hair out!

There used to be a Gimp plugin where you could do lots at once, but it didn’t work for me and now I can’t find it anyway! I’ve resorted to doing them one by one and when there’s lots of them it takes rather too long. I’m curious, what do my fellow bloggers use? Is there anything you’d recommend, especially for several images at a time? Leave a comment and maybe you can help me and anyone else with the same problem.

Back to the New Quilty365 Gallery!

Quilty365 Gallery A new gallery featuring circle blocks for the Quilty365 sew along with Quilty Folk.. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Square in a round hole

The tab ‘Circle Quilt‘ in the menu up above will take you straight to the Quilty365 gallery.   I’ll be updating this archive every few days so that the circles can be seen in chronological order (and I don’t have to do too many at once!). I’ve organised the archive into monthly galleries with one quilty365 gallery on each page and an index to find the month you want. They’re lovely thumbnail galleries and you just click on an image to open them all at a larger size in a carousel format (if you have a WordPress site you can find it in the Jetpack plugin). I hope you enjoy having a browse through.

Before I head off into another windy and very wet afternoon, I thought I’d let you know that I’m kicking off the DCS newsletter again in January.  One of the first articles will be about a Luke Haynes quilt.  My last article on Luke Haynes was in response to ‘the gender question’ he raised on his own blog, rather than his quilts.  It provoked quite unexpected (and humbling) responses.  I honestly thought I was going to be shot down by publishing my rather strong opinion, not hit a nerve that resonated with so many other quilters! My plan is to publish my next article in the newsletter a week or so before I publish it here.  If you’ve subscribed you’ll be able to start the discussion and get your opinions in first!  If you haven’t subscribed I’d love it if you’d join me, just enter your details below:

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Back tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy, until then, have a great weekend.
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10 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Maureen, I’m looking forward to putting the newsletter together, but I have to admit I’m a bit nervous about it too 😀 I’m glad you all decided once a fortnight would be a good idea, I think that’ll give me time to do it properly!

  1. Pat in WNY
    Pat in WNY says:

    The quilting gallery you’ve created is a fabulous idea! Your computer skills are leagues ahead of mine, not to mention the unique circle blocks you’ve created thus far. Inspiring!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Pat, as I’m sure you’ve noticed…I’ve become a bit obsessed 😀 I’ve always been confident with a computer (I never worry that I’m going to ‘kill’ it, for e.g.), but most things I’ve just learnt as I’ve gone along by trial and error – and I’ve been doing it for decades, which helps with anything. Mind you saying that, the last blog I had I lost all the images and couldn’t get them back because the host had deleted them – maybe I’m a bit over confident, ha!

  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    Your fabulous circles certainly need a gallery. And it occurs to me, what if you matted and framed some of them rather than quilting. Might be very marketable. I’d be interested.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Ann – I have to say that’s a thought that’s occurred to me too. I’d like to make some that are a little bigger, say A4 or A3 size, to experiment and see what happens, see if I can make them ‘stand alone’. It’s definitely a project for the new year, and I’m flattered that you’d be interested – I can’t think of a better honour!


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