Friday, March 17, 2017

The last stitch

Has been put into my daily circle quilt.  Nothing was going to come between me and a finish today and seeing that it is FNSI tonight I headed straight  to my sewing room after breakfast to make an early start just in case the day came "crashing down" around me again.   Yahooo!!!!   Here it is.   The photo shoot was done inside due to the size of the quilt and also it is raining.




Some statistics regarding the quilt -

Each square was cut 4 ½” to finish at 4”.    There are 366 squares with 3" circles on them which represents something that I did or happened each day.       There are  12 squares with letters on them to represent the beginning of each month making a total of 378 squares.   The quilt ended up being 72” x  84”.       I joined 3 rows at a time,  quilted them  then joined the backing and next three rows using the QAYG method without sashing as I wanted to see the whole year complete rather than looking at smaller sections that would have been created if  sashing  had been used and therefore broken that continuity.


I found out about 365 daily circles while doing some blog hopping and  started  the first of my circles back in March 2016 making this a 12 month project.    I did find it very “addictive” and really enjoyed having an excuse to play around with my scraps to find the “right” piece to represent each day.     The process of putting it together  became very boring towards the end and I was  pleased to put in the last stitch.      I knew while making  the  blocks and leaving the construction all to the end would be  major work but I was not sure how I wanted to put the blocks together.    At one stage the thought was to  put 6 months on the front and 6 months on the back and then one day there was a “light bulb” moment  when I saw  a scrap piece of fabric with letters on it which then gave me the idea to use those letters to represent each month to create a "calendar".    It is  named  “This was 2016”.  

Thanks for following my journey over the last 12 months.

Linking with FNSI at Sugarlane Designs and Oh Scrap .

Back soon and in the meantime

Happy sewing all





18 comments:

Ondrea said...

OMG! What an awesome quilt! I love how it represents each day of your life in 2016/17. I would love to try circles but I can never seem to get them perfectly round. Great idea using the QAYG method. You should be very proud of yourself girl!

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Bethan said...

Such an amazing quilt! Yay for your finish! It looks beautiful x

Sharmayne said...

Wow, what a mission and an achievement! I did a similar thing with a snail mail group, but we just made a block for each month - but had to make the same block 6 times to send out to all the other participants.

Pinnylea Creations said...

This is stunning, well done on an amazing quilt :)

The Sloan Patch said...

Wow...what an amazing piece of work.

Sue2sew said...

Well done, Karen. Your quilt looks amazing. x

Michelle Ridgway said...

Wowee! Your quilt is just amazing! What a wonderful project to do. It must be so special to be able to reflect on your year via your beautiful quilt xx

Janet said...

Fantastic! I would so love to see this quilt in person and get to look at all the blocks!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That's a wonderful finish! Congratulations to you for pushing through to get it done!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Amazing Karen! Big applause for sticking with it. Your quilt is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Clare M said...

It looks wonderful and congratulations on your finish.

Anthea said...

Woo Hoo Karen!! yipee! it looks fabulous... well done, what a big commitment that was!

9658 Textiles said...

Quilty 365! woot! nice job on the finish! I really like the simple quilting and the backing material. What is the backing made from? (I am doing #2017quilty365 this year!)

Sarah

Teje said...

Hi Karen! Your quilt is gorgeus! I'm so happy you could keep on the whole year! x Teje

Kate said...

Congrats on a very fun finish!

Jo said...

That's a great achievement

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on a fantastic finish!
That really is an amazing accomplishment and a fabric journal!