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