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Going Round In Two Circles

Welcome to another Quilty365 update! I’m not sure where I am in the consecutive order of block making – my Quilty365 galleries are completely disorganised at the moment, so is my desk and, most definitely, my mind.  I really need to take a leaf out of Audrey’s book and get myself properly organised. There are well over a hundred circle blocks now and as I mentioned in my newsletter I’m planning to make at least three quilts with them. I’ve begun to stitch some of my Quilty365 circles together and the difference between them is amazing. I wonder if the same person made them sometimes!

Quilty365 – The Bright One

That’s just the working title! When I first put these blocks together (it took well over 4 hours to piece this little section, which is only about 22″ x 18″) I wasn’t sure it looked anything more than a hotchpotch of colours. I wondered whether it might develop a confused appearance as it grows in size? To try and alleviate the potential for that and add some rhythm and stronger repetition, I decided to use white based prints for horizontal fillers and black based for vertical fillers. I still can’t do it randomly though, I have to consider every step, every fabric, every juxtaposition – which explains the hours spent piecing so far!

 

piecing together bright coloured patchwork blocks to make a quilt with appliqué circles. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Piecing together bright coloured Quilty365 blocks

Looking at all the bright coloured blocks I’ve made I thought it might be useful to have some less ‘complicated’ ones to give the eye a bit of a rest here and there. Another thing I’ve become aware of is that there’s not really enough variation in the scale of the circles. Well, not as much as I’d like.

Improv patchwork circle quilt blocks, with buttons to show scale. Bright pinks, greens and purples. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Button size blocks

So for a few days now I’ve been making ‘button’ circle blocks: small and comparatively simple. I like them so far and I can see they’re going to be really useful as the quilt top evolves. This one’s going to be a very cheerful circle quilt when it’s finished.

 

Quilty365 – Plain Sewing

My ‘Plain Sewing’ circle quilt feels as though it’s nearing a conclusion. I want it to be a bit larger, but perhaps not too much. This one feels so intimate and I don’t want to lose that quality. The intimacy is in the small, quiet stitches, you’re really drawn close to the surface to see them.

 

Patchwork improv circle quilt in muted browns, greys and duck egg blue by © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Plain Sewing (in progress March 2016)

Since I last showed my progress on this one Ive introduced some duck egg blue colour, which lifts the mood a little I hope. I’ve used quite a lot of scrap linen in this piece as well as cottons from my scrap boxes. If you look closely you’ll also notice that I often use the reverse of the fabrics to get softer and more muted colours and tones.  I love the fact that it makes those particular prints seem a bit obscure (especially the text ones, which you can’t read anymore).

Patchwork improv circle quilt in muted browns, greys and duck egg blue by © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Plain Sewing – new section (detail)

Patchwork improv circle quilt in muted browns, greys and duck egg blue by © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Plain Sewing, new section with added duck blue colour

All these blocks I’ve made so far are pieced completely from scraps: old clothes, bits and pieces given to me, off cuts from other projects. There are memories attached to almost every piece I’ve used. Then there are the memories of making each one too. I don’t think it’ll matter what they look like when they’re finished really, they’ll still be pretty special.

What’s making your circle quilt memorable for you? For a lot of people it seems to be the diary aspect, but I wonder if there’s anything else that’s keeping you motivated? I’d love to know! (I’m nosy like that!) Why not share in the comments?

I’ll be linking up with Audrey at Quilty Folk for this month’s Quitly365 link up, but before you head over to check out all the other gorgeous quilts in progress, I’d love it if you took a few minutes to read my last post. I talked to Audrey about how she makes the most of her quilting time and she shared so much it really is a great post and I’d hate you to miss it: Make The Most Of Your Quilting Time With Audrey Easter.

Graphic: cHow to Make the Most of Your Quilting Time, with Audrey Easter. A conversation with Stephanie Boon, 2016. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy Stitching

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

11 replies
  1. audrey
    audrey says:

    I love the way you’re putting those circles together, especially the ‘plain sewing’ which isn’t really that plain at all. Very serene and quietly lovely.:)

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  2. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    It was worth spending time on your Bright project ! If you had pieced it randomly it wouldn’t be so well-balanced. Great job made so far ! I loved reading your thoughts about this project.

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  3. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Lovely work, and they are growing into really special quilts. I think deciding to work with them in different groups was a good decision; they are developing such different characters, though it’s hard to say which one I like better. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t restarted since I had flu; I lost my stride completely – mulling over what to do about that now.

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  4. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Love what you’re doing with the circles, two totally different looks. Loving colour as I do the first one appeals but much to my surprise I also love your quiet, calm circles – and the hand stitching really makes a statement.

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  5. perlhuhn52
    perlhuhn52 says:

    They will be great your quilts. I´m always surprised which power colors have. They create a complete different emotion. And I love how the background blends well with the circles.

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  6. Ann
    Ann says:

    I like how you’ve sorted your circles and agree you needed more size variation in the bright one. Love the way your blocks are different sizes, the insets, everything. These always intrigue me (and yes, I know I’ve said this more than once.)
    I’m considering stopping at six months. Lots of circles already. Not sure if I want any more. We’ll see.

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