Friday, January 1, 2016

Quilty 365: The Circle Game



These are my finished circles for December 1 - 25.  I buttonhole my circles to a 4.5 inch HST and then write something in the muslin part of the HST that denotes a highlight of that day. 

I've been making circles since November 4.


These are my Dec 26 - 31 circles...not completely finished. 
We ate the last of the home grown potatoes, I started a few quilts using up scraps, it snowed, I have x amt of circles on Dec 29, I almost ran into 3 deer in the road on early morning drive to work and I'll end the year with a quote from the Cat in the Hat. 


Here's how I make my circles.
I have about a 3 inch cardboard circle template. And I use thread at the end of bobbins and spools. 


I put the circle on my fabric and cut out around it leaving 1/4 inch or more (looks like "way more)  for seam allowance.  If you want to be more precise than I happen to be you could cut a second cardboard template 1/4 inch or so larger than the size of the circle. 


I then baste around the outside of the circle staying as close to the edge as I can.  You could machine baste if you wanted. 


You have to be sure to baste a little past the starting point or you will have a little lump at that point of your circle. 


Next I take it over to the ironing board and spritz it a little with some starch (if I remember).  This helps the circle keep in shape. Don't use too much or get it too wet or the basting thread will be difficult to pull around the template and your cardboard template might start to fall apart if it gets wet too many times. (Believe me). 


I then center the cardboard template over the backside of the fabric circle and pull the basting thread tightly around the circle. 


Press and cool for a little bit. 


Remove cardboard template from circle.


Pin to background. 

There are lots of ways to make circles...probably a lot easier than I make mine but it works for me. 
Why not join in the circle game, Quilty 365...there's so many different versions at play...it's fun to see all the creativity each month at the linky party.


19 comments:

Ellen said...

I had been thinking about making a 365 day journal quilt with just writing on muslin squares. I really like your idea of combining the circle blocks with your journal entries for each day. I am not too sure if I am ready to jump on board though...I still have to think about it. :)

Debbie said...

Very cool idea to split the background! Circles are great.

Quilting Babcia said...

Your circles are so bright and cheerful! And to think, you actually had potato fabric in your stash! Love the split backgrounds. It adds a great dimension to your circle/squares.

gayle said...

I love that you're writing a bit on each block - what a perfect memory quilt!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You have such fun fabrics for these...that Cat made me smile :)

CosoQueTeCoso said...

Me encanta como te está quedando el Quilt 365
Besitos.

Juliann in WA said...

I like this variation - especially the writing part!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Love the Cat in the Hat's appearance! Happy New Year!

audrey said...

Your special version of the circles always makes me smile.:) Love seeing these!

scraphappy said...

We use the same circle making method. Your fabric collection is amazing!

Kaja said...

Love how this is looking - the writing, the pieced backgrounds, the blanket stitch, all looks just right together.

Marly said...

What a great idea to choose the fabric to tell a story; this will become a real journal quilt.

Angie said...

Love the look of your circle diary! I'm using the template and starch method, too.

Sisbabestitches said...

Oh dear I just lost I don't know how many minutes looking at each and every gorgeous meaningful circle. You have the most fabulous novelty fabrics! I love the different memories you pick out for each day, so fun

tink's mom said...

I just started with the new year. Love your HST backing. I make my circles the same way that you did. I know of a couple of other ways and I find this the most consistent.

P. said...

What a great crop of circles you've got growing! I really like the HST backgrounds too!

pandchintz said...

What a clever idea with your circles to write something about the day! Love the pieced backgrounds.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

This is one of my favorites. I LOVE the journaling that you are doing!

Linda said...

Do like your idea of sewing your circles onto HST background blocks. Looks great.