Friday, November 27, 2015

Beginning a Quilt Diary

So as I was touring the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blogs a couple of weeks ago I started noticing buttons for Quilty 365. I followed the links and learned about the circle project Kathy over at Quilty Folk has begun.

I like the concept of a daily record in fabric for a year of life but circles and applique are not for me at the moment. I spent several days stewing over ways to adapt this project to my own style and taste. I came up with a couple of ideas I thought were workable but finally decided to just cut a 2.5" x 6.5" strip each day. I considered assembling the strips into blocks but decided on columns for an eventual strippy format quilt. I'm not sure exactly how many strips will go into each column or how many columns there will be in the end but I can work that out next November. ;- )

Obviously the first strip had to represent all the figuring I'd done before the project even got underway.

The next day was wet and stormy, blowing the spider webs in the hedges all over the place. The yellow strip is for Mr. Bingley. That was the day he passed away. I may yet ink his name and dates on the strip, I haven't decided. The bottom strip in the photo above was to celebrate the fact that I'd actually done some sewing that day.

I've chosen to use white prints for Sundays. I plan to either ink or embroider a scripture reference on those strips. I felt truly ill on that Monday but much better on Tuesday. My son who played the tympani in orchestra had his birthday on Wednesday. I found the perfect vintage print for Thanksgiving!

So far it's been fairly easy to choose an appropriate print for each day. I have a sinking feeling that may already be at an end. I'll have to come up with a back-up plan for those days that have no stand-out experiences I guess. Maybe just a strip of whatever fabric I used that day.

I've been making more sawtooth stars this week.

I'm pretty sure I'll be making them next year as part of my participation in the RSC16. I may actually make the blocks that Angela has chosen for the year too. There are going to be more Ohio Stars, primarily in orange I think. And there will always be six inch Shoo-fly and Hole in the Barn Door (or Churn Dash) blocks!

I'm linking up with the other rainbow bloggers over at SoScrappy.


  1. I love your calendar idea, and the fabrics you've chosen so far. I'm so sorry about Mr. Bingley. It's so hard to lose a beloved pet.

  2. What a fun way to apply the calendar idea and make it work for you. Sounds like lots of great plans for the new year.

  3. You could maybe have a plan in place for the 'dry' days where there's no inspiration; a colour for each day of the week, maybe, or a type of print like stripes or spots? I'll be very interested to see how this pans out.

  4. see, I like circles. I like the idea of doing something daily for a diary. I like the idea of mixing fabrics. I just can't get going. I like your idea of strips. I guess doing any block daily would work too. If it's easy enough.

  5. Now the strips are an interesting interpretation of the circle project! I too had intended to do this and have the button on my sidebar but so far not even started!

  6. I like your interpretation of the circle a day project. That will be a fun project to watch develop as the year passes.

  7. It's an interesting take on a diary quilt. I think the key is starting it, and then keeping it up, no matter what the form. I'm going to play with circles, but haven't started yet. Soon!
    You can't go wrong with Shooflys (shooflies?) or Churn Dashes! Or Ohio stars, either, for that matter! Classic shapes always look good.

  8. Your strip calendar is a great idea, so easy. Coming up with all those fabrics is another matter over the long haul. Good for you on the other blocks, planning ahead for RSC16. Keep up the good work!

  9. I like your "strip a day" idea. I'm not into applique and prefer squares and rectangles. Love the blocks. Angela's 2016 RSC quilt along sounds like fun. I'm in.

  10. I like your idea for the calendar quilt too.....I've been toying with doing the circles but I can see me getting tired of all that applique pretty quickly. Coming up with a representative fabric might also be a challenge! I'm late to this post, so I hope you're feeling better and were able to enjoy Christmas.


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