Monday, April 25, 2016

dot your i's update

My dot your i's quilt has been sitting untouched for quite some time, until recently. That's ok, because this quilt is more about the process than the final result. That being said, I think I will like the final quilt quite a lot!
My boys both run track, so this has been one of the portable projects that I pack up when we head to their meets.
Each of the squircles (square circles) are appliqued onto a 4" background square. I am using Carolyn's method of needle turn applique and I enjoy it quite a lot. I like working on one small square at a time and adding it to the "done" pile. It's satisfying to see the project come along over time.
This isn't the best photo because it's a rainy, dreary day, but you can get a feel for the quilt so far. I think it needs a lot more aqua....and pinkish red! I'm aiming for a total of 396 blocks. I have 176 done, so only 220 to go! Not. too. bad.

Happy Monday to you!

30 comments:

Julie in WA said...

Love this project! Four inch background is small to work with...how do you keep it so flat? Use lots of pins on the circle?

Laura said...

I need a take-along project, and this would be perfect. When I see numbers like 396 (or even 176 or 220) I kind of freak out, but I think I need to get over that. :-) I've taken a couple of classes from Carolyn and have enjoyed them thoroughly.

Kerstin said...

Great job! I like your design.
Liebe Grüße Kerstin

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

This is such a great, happy quilt! I'm not a lover of hand sewing, but these days, I feel like we live at the baseball field, and I wish I had something to take along.

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Heidi Staples said...

This is SO gorgeous, Amanda Jean! I absolutely love it!!

Melissa Corry said...

Love these!!!

Elin T. Grov said...

What a great idea! Think I must copy this! I love the Denyse Schmidt fabrics.

Frog Quilter said...

This will be a beautiful quilt!!!

Clair said...

I like this one...and it is a good way to use up some scraps.

Patti said...

I love this! So pretty!

Di~ said...

I love it!

Tracybug Creative said...

I think, when you've made a few fabric lines you should do a print like this that brings them all together, and make it wide for backing! 😜 It's just incredible!

unsophisticatedandjejune said...

What a beauty! I love seeing quilts where you can see all the time and handwork that has gone into it - I do not touch applique. It stresses me out! :) But I wholly appreciate when other people can do it. I look forward to seeing how it is quilted. :) Hannah

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

These are neat projects. I made one (cannot remember the designer - darn) and the pattern required to draw a 2 1/2"or 3" square grid on the background fabric. Then I cut out 2 1/2" squares and needle turn applique them on on the fabric grid. It turned out neat - I used batik scrap.

The quilt turned out great - I think I will do another one with some reproduction scraps. Ahh memories.

I like your project - exactly what size will the finished quilt be?

Needled Mom said...

Those are fabulous.

KaHolly said...

Quite appealing. I'm working on a circle quilt, hand appliqueing the circles, and I though a minimum of 99 was daunting! As you say, it's not the finish, but the process, and I'm sure it will take me a good while, as I'm only 1/3 of the way there. You give me such inspiration! Happy day! XO

Pat said...

I love it!!! What a great way to use up scraps and also not be sitting at a sewing machine.

quiltytherapy said...

Wow! Great project, it's nice to have something small to do while you have some "down" time.

Marla said...

I followed your link back to when you started this quilt. Wow, you've made a lot of blocks since July! This will be a spectacular quilt and you will have the memories of all the places you worked on it stitched right inside.

Shorty said...

This is one of the loveliest quilts I've seen. Thanks for the inspiration!

Suzanne said...

This is such a good example of slow and steady. I like that it's not a fast project. It teaches me to be patient.

Katie S. said...

Hi Amanda--great looking circle quilt project. I also followed link back to start trying to figure out size of scrap you are using for circle inside the 4" square base. I'm guessing your unfinished circle must be 2 1/2 " from appearance of photos? I've been making same type project of Quilty 365 but I can't seem to get proportions of finished circle to please me. I've tried 3" finished circle in 4 1/2 " square, and guess I'll just keep going smaller--but I'd really appreciate if you shared your dimensions that you are using on the circles in your photographs. Thanks kindly. Katie S.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

It's beautiful! I agree more aqua (and purple--just kidding)!

Julie Bagamary said...

Such a fun and peaceful project!

Amanda Jean said...

Katie S.,

You are correct! The squares are 2.5" to start with.

AJ

Carole said...

I really like the look of this quilt. I need a project to take along, I think I will try this. Always enjoy reading your blog.

Nemo said...

It's gorgeous! I love the colours, the scrappyness about it, and I can't wait to see it finished. Makes me inspired to work on an idea I've been pondering about for some time now.. I think I need an evening in my sewingnook!

carolyn said...

So GORGEOUS!! This is definitely a quilt to look at and soak up for as long as you spent making it. Yay!

Cut&Alter said...

This is just wonderful. I need to organise a portable project for when the girls are at their various activities. I hadn't really thought of needle turned applique before but the result of your is lovely!

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, so many little squircles! This is going to be a wonderful quilt when it's all finished.