Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quilty 365 Blocks

As I was putting last week's Quilty 365 block up on my design wall, I realized I had not shared how I designed my block.  I started this project on January 1st and wanted a way to create a calendar quilt for the whole year.  My goal was to configure the circles so that I could match each fabric to a date.



 Here is the block design I came up with (this one is last weeks).  My week starts on a Sunday - which is the top half of the big HST.  It was a dark dreary day so I chose a gray.  Monday through Friday have circles that wrap around the block.  Saturday is the bottom half of the HST.

There are three different sizes of circles.  And each circle is hand turned appliqued on a 4.5" Kona Navy square.




 The year started on a Friday so the first block is mostly solid navy.  But the next three weeks are all complete.  The highlight of each day is choosing a fabric and spending a little slow time stitching it up.





I find I choose my daily fabrics based on an activity or event that occurred that day, the weather, my mood or scraps from a quilt I am working on.


Today was a trip to the dentist.  This silly fish fabric was the only print I could find with teeth.


....it will be fun to look back and puzzle out why I chose some of these fabrics!





Craftsy

And speaking of fun fabrics.  Are you a Cotton + Steel fan?  I spied a great deal on their C + S Fat Quarter Collection II out on Craftsy. I hesitated too long and missed out on the first collection when it was on sale.  Now the second collection is at a steal of a price!






Linking Up:

Quilty Folk (Quilty 365)





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25 comments:

Dolores said...

Your weekly blocks look like fun.

sue said...

It's a great block and the whole calendar quilt idea is wonderful too.

Teje said...

Hi Cynthia! You made great plan for this project! It looks good to have those triangles too and not only circles. x Teje

Teresa in Music City said...

That's an amazing way of keeping track of your circles! Very creative!!!

Margie said...

Have been in the background reading your blog for quit some time now. Since you live in Eugene I have a question. I live just south of you about 50 miles. We come to Eugene often. I am only familiar with the Beltline area mostly. I do a lot of tatting with DMC pearl cotton but am having to order them and not always getting the color I'm thinking I am. Question is, do you know of a place in Eugene or Springfield that handles a good supply of this thread. Roseburg only has 4 or 5 colors. If you can help I would be most happy! Thank You

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I really like how your blocks are coming togther! Of course, your tooth fabric is a hoot, too! I have been wishing I had more novelty fabric for this Quilty 365 project - that is something I have never bought much of. I suppose I could be on the lookout for interesting fabrics when I am in a quilt shop, but then it is hard to predict what you might want. That is the fun of this daily project!

Sophie Zaugg said...

Love the "trip to dentist" block ! :-) Your layout is very interesting.

Kat said...

Great idea for a calendar quilt! Can't wait to see how it comes together.

Mari said...

Genius calendar idea! I imagine it will be quite colorful come December 31!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

This is SO clever!! And I had to laugh at your fish :)

Mystic Quilter said...

What a fantastic idea and so beautiful!

audrey said...

Your blocks are great! Love the navy background and all the personality you're infusing into them.:)

Lois said...

Oh my this is going to look amazing!!

gayle said...

I love your take on Quilty 365! This has been so much fun, seeing all the variations on the theme. 8)

Stephie said...

What an inventive approach to the project Cynthia! Your quilt's definitely going to be one of a kind - it's fantastic. And I really love your toothy fish!

Melody A. said...

I love your concept, I wish I had thought of something like this, just perfect for this quilt!

Sally T said...

What a clever way to work on Quilty 365. It keeps track of each week and is going to end with a spectacular quilt.

TheItinerantChemist said...

Seems like 2016 is going to be the year of 365-block quilt! :) I love your idea of the circles for each day, it's going to be quite something when it's done And funny you should mention the Craftsy C+S FQ box - I ordered myself one just the other day. It's not a range I've seen in person since I don't think much of it gets this side of the Atlantic (and certainly not into any of the local fabric shops), but I'm really looking forward to getting to know it better! Those Craftsy offers, they're dangerous...

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Wonderful idea for a quilt that saves your memories of the year. I smile though at the thought of you scratching your head and thinking, "Now what does that silly smile mean?" and then remembering the dentist.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I've never used steel or grey....your circles are looking good.ANd even better congrats at keeping up!!

Rachel said...

That's a neat idea! It should be an interesting challenge to remember the reasoning behind each one. I like the fussy cut circles. Looking forward to seeing more!

Empress Charlotte Handmades said...

Wow, this is going to look great when it's done. Can't wait to see it!

Heidi said...

This is so cool, I love the weekly blocks!

Ruth said...

I love this project - the sharp teeth will definitely remind you of the dentist!

liniecat said...

What a fantastic way to present your circles, love your idea : )