I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson







Monday, February 29, 2016

Quilty 365 February



Hi guys! Time for Quilty 365, Audrey's quiltalong, also known here as the Dotty quilt or Circles. There is a link up On Quilty Folks blog,HERE.

I began my Circles in November. The Dot for Feb 29 will be number 116.


We're about 1/3 of the way done? Here are all my dots so far.


As you can see in my pix one of the February Dots is missing. I faithfully make a square everyday, so one little guy is hiding somewhere!


I'm still using the various text and script backgrounds.


We had a lot of grey miserable days in February...



I finally found nice boxes for this project at Home Goods. The big box may hold all "365"squares in the end . (366?/ 380 in a 19 x 20 setting? / 400 in a 20 x 20 setting? Don't know yet.)








The smaller box holds the book/ diary, the jar lid template, a glue stick, a pen; and cut 4" grounds, some extra dots for busy days or obviously days like St Paddy's Day. I make a mess hunting for the daily choice, so I've resorted to pre-cutting circles when I have fabric out. But I only choose on the day of the diary entry.





I find I cannot sew a dot or even a couple each day. I usually sew about two weeks worth in one sitting, I have to set aside at least two hours. Just the sewing of the dots takes me 9 minutes for each. I estimate 20 minutes per Dot total, including finding fabric and background fabric, cutting, the sewing, pressing taking photos. Yes, I'm slow.


I am still enjoying this project. But I am happy thinking it is maybe 1/3 of the way done! Are you too?



love

lizzy

gone to the beach....













17 comments:

  1. Ah! They're all so fun! It is overwhelming for me to think that you are only a third of the way into this when I see all of the dots that you have already. Great idea to purchase the decorative boxes that are dedicated for their storage.

    Kel

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    1. LOL It IS gonna be a lot of Dots!

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  2. They are starting to mount up now.

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  3. LOL, what happened the day there's a purple dot with a red dot in the middle? It kind of looks like an oddly colored olive!

    I'm still curious as to how you'll decide to put the quilt together. Will you make extra dots to fill it out, or use 'empty' script squares?

    Wow, I didn't realize your big box was THAT big! It does look like it might hold all the dots!

    I don't think 20 minutes per dot is bad at all. It would take me a lot longer, probably, and I wouldn't want to do it 14 at a time!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The purple and orange block was a long very grey day with a lovely odd sunset under the storm clouds.

      I will probably continue in Nov 2016 until I have 380 dots, for a setting of 19 rows of 20 blocks.

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  4. Looks like a box of candy! Great storage boxes - makes the bundles look like treasure. My Dot stack is small, but, that's ok for now. Love ya!

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    1. I d love to see your blocks, send us a pic!

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  5. Slow? That's not slow in my book! It takes me about half an hour to hand stitch each of my circles, but then again I'm usually parked in my recliner in front of the tv while I'm stitching these. I love your grays and blues especially, they so remind me of the Oregon beaches we used to frequent.

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  6. That beautiful needleturn applique is well worth the time spent (easy for me to say). Your backgrounds are just so pretty!! I do the same thing - cut circles here and there and have a small stack of them - but do the choosing the day of.

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  7. great circles , hope you get better fast

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  8. I love that you work in batches! Sometimes that is so much more efficient! As long as you enjoy what you are doing, does it matter if someone else is faster?
    Lisa

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    1. It is important to me when I m doing a monthly sew along that I don t fall behind. But otherwise , no, it's not important if someone else is faster. [tho when I first started doing sewalongs I admit I was very intimidated , when beginning a complex hand appliqued block of the month project---a couple quilters posted 4 *finished* blocks within one day of the designs being online! Oh I was so upset! Later I realised they were machine appliqueing but still!]. Also I m interested w this project to see how many hours I put in, as in 380 dots @ 20 minutes each = about 127 hours, or 3 1/2 work weeks?

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  9. I almost always stitch at least 5 blocks on the same day. So much easier! I love seeing a little bit of a beachy element in your circles!

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  10. Great circles.....I had to find a bigger box too!

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  11. I love the variety you have going! I think you are a fast stitcher!!

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  12. Your circles are beautiful. I love all the different fabrics, yet they all tie together so well.

    And I think you're very fast. I can't even guess how long it would take me to do each block.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hunter

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  13. Some lovely fabrics in your circles.

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