Thursday, August 1, 2019

BECAUSE :: A Finish!!

When I started this quilt I didn't have a plan as to what or where it would end up.  I just wanted to make more circles!  

Because...I love making them, Because...they make me happy, Because...I had the time...Because there were scraps to be used.  And the 'Because' list could go on and on.

I really enjoy starting a project just to start one and seeing how it comes together day by day.  If I'm not super excited about it, I make it a mini.  If I become inspired during the process, there's no telling what it can become.  The element of surprise is real!


BECAUSE
47" x 67"
It all started with an idea, as do most quilts and grew from there.  Testing the waters along the way.  



The center half circles were left over from a previous quilt.  I really don't like leaving scraps laying around too long, so I came up with a plan as far as those pieces were concerned.  Which was to make a scrappy background.  Something a little different from my previous circle quilts.  This circle ended up being 5 3/4" across.



Not able to leave well enough alone, and the fact that the largest circles weren't enough to become anything, I decided to use the back ground from the large circles to make another set of circles, this time using the Six-Minute Circle method.  These 4 1/4" circles were set a bit wonky intentionally.



More, more, more!  These 2 3/4" circles were my balance blocks, filler and pure solids.

The background fabric is Kona Dove, my new favorite gray by the way!



I'm not sure where or when the idea of adding stripes came into play, but it did.  I didn't have any stripe fabric on hand so what else could I do but make my own?!

I pieced together 1" strips and soon had my very own pieced stripe fabric.  I played with a few ideas and eventually an idea took hold.  



My pile of pieces rapidly grew and it was high time I figured out the final layout and puzzle it together.  That's where the challenging part comes in, the fun part!



I was worried the stripes might be too much and not at all what I wanted.  So I took my time to place them randomly throughout the quilt.

Adding the background between the circles and stripes was interesting!  A little effort, brain power and a desire to get it done was all that was needed. 
     


I quilted 1/2" vertical lines from top to bottom and a 1/2" grid in the large circles.  



This is a really bad photo, but I wanted to show the the 'filigree' quilting as well.  I quilted some of the small circles like this and scattered phantom filigree circles throughout the quilt.



What would a finish be without a pieced binding of some sort?!  Probably not one of my quilts!  



The backing is Kona Honeydew, a fresh light bright greenish color that I love!




While making this quilt my husband came in and asked 'what are you making now'?  He asks that often, and I usually respond with 'I don't know yet'.  

I make Because...

There doesn't have to be a reason to make a quilt, does there?!


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29 comments :

  1. I really like the black and white areas that you did - interesting piece!

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  2. Now I could say you are just running around in circles, Jayne!!! And throw my arms up in the air. But then I promise to hug you with those arms to celebrate your whimsical creativity. You are the queen of improvisation, be it circles or skinny strips. Because of course. Because why not!!!

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    1. There are times when you just have to do what you have to do!

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  3. So colorful, so whimsical. You can do circles for me anytime. Nadine W. N. Cali rnwillis@velotech.net

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  4. I love everything about this quilt. The colors. The black and white stripe which I'm also like to incorporate in my work from time to time. And the minimal layout. Beautiful.

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    1. It was such a fun quilt to make! I am so glad I took the extra time to make my own stripe. I think it helped take the quilt to new heights! Since then I have bought some stripe fabric, but I kind of love the pieced solution better!

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  5. Well done!! It looks great. I like Honeydew.

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  6. Pretty!😍 Love those circles, and the stripes!

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  7. I get that same question, "What are you making?" or why or for who?! Most of the time I'm just making because I love it and have an idea! I love your idea for this one, Jayne, and what it turned into!

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  8. The stripes really make the quilt sparkle!

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  9. What a fun quilt this turned out to be!!

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  10. WOW!! I love this quilt! Great job creating...just Because!!

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  11. Just wow. Love it, Jayne! Always enjoy seeing your creations!

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    1. It always amazes and surprises me when a quilt comes together after not having a clear design idea! One of the many reasons I enjoy quilting so much!

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  12. It reminds me of bubbles blowing from a bubble pipe. They are just floating, so bright and cheerful.

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  13. Awesome quilt, but your last pine struck through my heart! As I wander my house and see some of my handiwork, and know how many things I have going or want to start I often chastise myself for not using my time to work a job or be more useful. Or I question why I spend all this time and money on my crafting. And then you hit me with that arrow!!! Thank you for the reminder that I don't need a reason to create, it is just a thing inside of me demanding to be unleashed!

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  14. Super piece, Jayne! It's quite 1980's retro, I think. I love the bright pieced circles :)

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  15. LOVE this quilt! So fresh and fun!

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  16. I love that you just start something because and love it even more that you don't have a concrete plan when you start. A surprise in the making! You placed the stripes just right and it really needed that to make everything pop.

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  17. Well this is a fun one! I admire you for liking to make circles so much! ;-) And the black and white stripe? Perfect addition!

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  18. Nailed it!! Ha ha - I have been watching a baking show!! This is awesome - I love the randomly placed stripe fabric - it just adds such dimension!!

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  19. Love the colourful circles with all the white space and the black strips. It looks more like a wall art than a quilt to me. Also, no, there doesn't have to be a reason to do any artwork, you do it because... :)

    -Soma

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  20. nope you don't need a reason or a plan..... it always comes together perfectly in the end! this one is no exception. well done friend!

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  21. Absolutely love it! The black and white stripes was a genius addition - really adds pop to it. I have also started a new 'rule' to use up leftovers as I make them (won't help me address the huge pile of scraps that has already accumulated, but it may mean I get a few charity baby quilts made!)

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  22. I love what you did with your scraps! Oh my gosh, and here I just stuff MY scraps in bins... Although, to be fair, I've been digging through them for some appliqué lately. I find that the more time passes since I made the project that the scrap came from, the more I treasure that little bit left over and mourn for it when it's finally all gone. Like certain scraps from my son's 2-year-old "big boy bed," and now he's 18 and headed off to college... Those little bits of fabric bring back a LOT of memories!!

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  23. W😍W!!! So beautifully scrappy, fresh, artistic and modern! I love how it looks on your quilt ladder!!!

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  24. Well done Jayne. Great job making something beautiful from the bits laying around your sewing room. I love the black and white detail. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  25. Such a stunning quilt! How it appeared from a few scraps, I'll never know, but it's fabulous.

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  26. That is fantastic! I love how this looks.

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