Wonky Scrappy Circles (I)

Since being bitten by the quilt-bug last summer, I’ve spent a lot of time perusing so many great blogs out there! Oh, Fransson! and Film in the Fridge being two of my favorites. I’ve learned so much from these sites plus many others! I also like to do google image searches just to see what is out there and see what inspiration I get. Well, I came across this pattern by Emily Cier at Carolina Patchworks and fell in love. I was going to buy the pattern, but being me, I decided to try and tackle how to put my own variation together, and figure out how to do it on my own.  I added an extra small scrappy circle, and my technique is different than hers so I’m hoping it’s ok that I’m posting how I did it here.  But please, if you are not as crazy as me, please buy her pattern, and check out all her other amazing patterns! She is an amazing talent.

Anywhoo, I kept procrastinating starting this quilt. I’ve had the fabric that I planned for it for months… so I realized I was SCARED to get started. My first quilt! (I did start a simple 4-square quilt top in 8th grade… but never finished it and it got lost in a move years ago, so well, that doesn’t count.) So I’ve girded up my loins, and I got started and vowed that I am going to make a set of 4 blocks every day. Now that I’ve started, I’m sooo excited. I’m loving it, and my own wonky way of guessing how to put it all together is actually working! Wahoo!

OK, here are some pictures to show you all what I’ve done so far.

I can’t wait to see how this shapes up as I add the other blocks. This is so fun!

Diving in!

Well, here I go! I decided to get into quilting last summer. I “stalked” the online fabric stores for quite awhile, filling and emptying the shopping carts, trying to decide my fabric-accumulation strategy. I am so in love with the gorgeous and inspiring designer fabrics that are out there today. However… money is NOT abundant for me right now… So I wondered, should I just buy a few things at the regular prices, or should I somehow find the most inexpensive stuff and get a bigger stash?

Well, I decided on the latter. Boo hoo! It’s sooooo hard to see new collections coming out, and I have to walk away! I’ve bought very few full/or near full priced pieces, but for the most part my “rule” is nothing over $4/yard. “WHAT?” you say? Yes, I’ve been able to do it! My favorite place is fabric.com. I love their clearance deals. (Hey, PLEASE let me know if you know of other avenues for fabric under $4/yard, where you can buy less than a yard…) Oh, and there are a couple of Walmarts nearby with good fabric departments. So I bought some decent stuff there, 1/4 yard each, of $2.50/yard fabric. So I’ve got lots of fun stuff to play with without breaking the bank. I figured it wouldn’t look too bad if mixed in with some of the nicer stuff from fabric.com — still all under $4/yard. Hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? I’m dreaming of the day when I can buy a whole collection right when it comes out! Until then…

So here’s a look at some of my stash so far.

Can’t wait to get started!