Tuesday, August 2, 2016

July Circles for Quilty 365

Where did the month of July go?  It seemed to fly by!  

I got a little behind on the Quilty 365 circles in July because I was working on a couple other things, namely, the Pulse quilt and the start of a new baby quilt.

I did get caught up on circles by the end of the month, though.  All's well that ends well!

The theme for July was black-with-bright fabrics.  Thanks to a scrap swap with fellow quilter friend Marei last year, as well as my own scraps and stash, I had it covered.  

I've always loved black fabrics with bright accents.  Way back in the day, when I was about 11 or 12 and shopping for an Easter dress, I saw the coolest matching skirt and blouse, black with little bright flowers on it and some kind of lace trim at the bodice.  I remember my dad didn't think wearing black on Easter was appropriate, but thankfully Mom sided with me and I got the outfit.  Unfortunately, I was growing so fast, I don't remember wearing it much after Easter, but it still remains one of my all-time favorites.

When I started sewing a lot of my own clothes in the 1970s, those wild, silky polyester prints were really in style.  I remember making a black with bright floral accents long-sleeved silky blouse.  It had a mandarin collar that tied together with a spaghetti string bow.  Hard to describe, but it was pretty cool.  While I didn't wear it for long myself—this time because my teenage sense of style changed on a whim—my mom borrowed it and wore it often to work, as a hostess and bartender at a supper club at the time.  I remember feeling pretty good about the fact that she liked something I made well enough to adopt it into her own wardrobe.  It wouldn't be the last time either.

Since I started the Quilty 365 project on January 1, I have 213 circles done.  August's color theme is yellow.  I'm pretty sure I don't have 31 different yellows in the stash, but we'll see how it goes. 

Linking to:  Quilty Folk


  1. If you run out of black, I could probably send you my wardrobe, haha. I look forward to seeing the August yellows!

  2. Hi,
    Love the black, makes all the colors pop.
    Have a great day!

  3. It's always such fun to see your circles. I love your color-a-month theme.

  4. These are so pretty ♥


  5. Such pretty circles; I like black with a splash of bright colour too for clothes, but strangely I've never used it in quilting! you've given me an idea!

  6. Ooh, those are so lush and rich looking - nothing quite like brights on black!

  7. These are pretty cool! I'm looking forward to seeing the quilt that comes out of your one colour a month approach.

  8. Well done! Loving the monthly themes. Another approach to this simple concept that continues to showcase so many ways to be different. I love seeing how we all approach this 365 quilt. Cannot wait to see what awaits after the year is up.

  9. The blacks are great, but, I am loving your delectable background fabrics. Of course, I am a sucker for neutrals though. Please tell me where July went.......not to mention June or May???

  10. These are great! I too love brights on black, and have a good collection of them. I suppose it might be time to use them in a project? hee hee!

  11. Your circles are beautiful. I keep saying that I am going to start one of these I even bought the circle templates. I am so glad to see this post as I see now that you actually have batting cut to put under them. I had not noticed that before. Maybe we need a refresher tutorial on how you are making these blocks. hint.... mary

  12. Thanks Mary. I was going to reply by email but your comment is set to "no-reply" so I hope you see this response here. I'd be happy to show more step by step how I've been making my circle blocks. I think everyone in Quilty 365 is doing their own thing, i.e., some are doing needle-turn applique, some reverse applique, etc. Unfortunately, I don't have batting cut yet; what you're maybe seeing in the photos is my mini-design board that the blocks are up on, which is a piece of foam core board with a double layer of a white flannel sheet covering it so the pieces stick to the flannel. I wish I were as organized to have batting cut (or a plan for the final layout), but I don't. Thanks again for the comment and hint! :)


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