Friday, January 1, 2016

Quilty 365 - January Link-up

It's a new year and time for our second link-up with Audrey's Quilty 365 Quiltalong. December was a decidedly frenetic month, and for awhile I was so bogged down that my little circles were piling up, nearly two weeks' worth, waiting their turn under the needle. Thankfully we're all caught up now, and here are my December circles (the one in the upper right is actually November 30 - forgot to remove it for the photo).

Debbie at Stitchin' Therapy had a great idea of offsetting the blocks rather than lining them up straight across, which I immediately borrowed for this photoshoot.  They seem to be more interesting this way, to my eye.   Here are all the circles I've completed so far, with the newest ones on the left, placed on the design wall vertically by weeks. I finally had to remove the spare basket blocks from the design wall since these babies are quickly taking over!

I began stitching circles on November 9, and there are 53 circles made through December 31.  Seems like I've been binging on dark circles so far ... will need to work harder at finding more light/bright fabrics to use.  That will probably occur naturally when spring arrives, don't you think? My circles are pretty much plain-Jane, especially compared with some of the more creative participants in this group.  It's been so much fun to see all the originality happening with this simple concept!  While I'd hoped to make the circles completely from the various scrap bags and bins, there are already a few instances where a somewhat larger piece of a favorite fabric has been cut into.  And there will definitely be repeats of the same fabric before all 366 or so are completed!

A few of my favorites from December:



So, here's the thing - there's still time to join in the fun.  Several of my blogging friends have decided to begin on January 1, a great way to begin a new year.  That little bit of time every afternoon or evening with a hand stitching project is so relaxing!  After 50-plus circles I can see my needle-turn applique skills slowly improving, though there's obviously still room for much more improvement! You can check out some really creative takes on this project by heading over to Audrey's Quilty 365 linky party right here.

January 1 - Happy New Year!  

22 comments:

  1. Yes....these look so good! I love some of your special fabrics for December. The staggered layout is much more relaxed, too. thanks for your help on the blog problem. Now to get my circles caght up :)

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  2. I love the offset idea and these look wonderful!

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  3. Me encanta como te está quedando.
    Con fondos de diferentes colores
    Precioso!!!
    Muchas gracias por tu visita.
    Besitos.

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  4. Clearly several of us are liking that offset/staggered concept!

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  5. Ahh.. love to see your circles coming along! They really do look interesting offset like that!

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  6. Lovely!!! I'm certainly tempted to start these too, although I'm trying to cut back on my commitments this year and get back to the JOY of quilting for fun. Have to say, these look like FUN to me :-) Love the one with the deer facing each other!

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  7. Hola, gracias por tu visita. Me encanta la composición que has hecho con tus bloques, es una buena idea el no alinearlos. Es una gran idea la de de Audrey el compartir su quilt, así aprenderemos las unas de las otras. Un saludo

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  8. What a great setting idea. It really does add movement and interest to your blocks. What beautiful fall colors you have used.

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  9. The offset setting is interesting visually. Nice fabrics for December.

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  10. I would never call your circles plain Janes! I love how you have fussy cut so many of them. I agree off-setting the blocks certainly adds interest.

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  11. I too like the offset placement a lot! I also like the balance of light and dark and the way those three red circles shine out.

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  12. I like the offset layout too. I love the way you've fussy cut some of the circles. It's wonderful to see 2 month's worth of hand stitching all together.

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  13. Sweet circles! I, too, like the offset placement. So fun!

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  14. I love some of your fussy cuts, the light/dark background and the staggered layout. It's fun to see all the different circle quilts in the works.

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  15. Like the offset look. definitely more interesting. I just started looking forward to having enough to put up on the wall and have them look like something.

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  16. I'm joining in the love-in on the offset layout, definitely considering that myself now, hmm. I love your simple circles, you are letting the fabric speak for itself, and you have some really lovely fussy cut ones. It will be so interesting to see if your colours change with Spring :)

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  17. I love the way that your fabrics are displayed with the circles! BTW, I'm not going to make them. Too much else going on. I do love them, though.

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  18. I too like the offset setting. It makes them look like bouncing balls. Beautiful!

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  19. I like the way you've placed the blocks with lighter background. They really help to move the eye around.

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  20. Very beautiful ...and addictive ! I too like the offset setting.

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