Friday, November 13, 2015

Christmas circle quilt

About a month ago, my pal Mahriam over at Three Owls Handmade finished up her "tiny scrappy circle mini quilt" and I absolutely fell in love with it! In fact, I tried to steal it when she brought it to our last Crafty Tuesday gathering but she didn't fall for it. darn. So, I set out to make my own. And, because I never do anything according to the directions, I made a few revisions. First off, my circles are a tad bigger than hers (about 1 1/4" diameter). I traced the circles onto heat & bond lite, fused them onto my fabrics and then cut them out....
that aqua snowman makes me giggle. 
I cut 144 in total. Also, I decided to make mine a Christmas circle quilt. I selected all fabrics in reds, greens & aquas (I later added in some gray). Many of the fabrics are holiday fabrics, others are just fun fabrics that fit in with the colors I wanted.
I had a light gray solid on hand and I liked the way it looked as a background. I squared it up and pressed it well. Then I began laying out and fusing my circles. I used a ruler to keep them straight(ish).  I laid them out in a 12 x12 grid and fused them well. I must confess, a few began to lift away from the fabric when I started to quilt. I did go back and glue some of them down with fabric glue. Most of the circles did fuse and stay well attached.

Mahriams circles were tinier than mine. Also she had way more of them than I do! But I am quite happy with my layout...
Goldilocks is making an appearance in all of my projects lately!
I began quilting in a organic (that's code for "not perfectly straight and I don't care") grid with light gray thread. Bound it up with a gray herringbone print and I love it! Is it too early to begin hanging Christmas decor? Because this baby is going on the wall very soon.

6 comments:

Ирина Авгученко said...

It's so joyful! Happy colours! Like it a lot!

Debbie said...

What a fun project! Love the quilting on both...

Kristin said...

Incredibly cute!!

Maria said...

Beuatiful ......

Antoinette said...

It's so beautiful, colorful, and festive! Will be great for holiday snuggles.

Barb N said...

What a fun quilt! Did you top stitch the circles before you quilted, or since it's a wall hanging, did you just trust the fusing to hold the pieces intact? I might have to do something similar one of these years - it's simply adorable!