I took a break from hand quilting and did a little hand piecing today.

I recently bought these vintage circle blocks


and I showed them on a few different fabrics to show how different a block can look when the setting fabrics change.

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The fabrics I placed them on were all fabrics from other projects so I didn’t plan to use any of them….although I liked all for different reasons.   There was however a problem with all of them, they were too bold for me.  Not that I don’t like bold but in this case they made the vintage blocks secondary to the bolder fabric.

I went with a very different fabric …

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Now It is what I envisioned.   I will do big stitch hand quilting with black #8 perle cotton thread but I have a lot more piecing to do first…and then a border

Happy Quilting


23 thoughts on “Circles

  1. Janine Huisjen says:

    I really like how this fabric goes with the circle fabrics. Is it vintage, too?

  2. Debbie says:

    That pink, grey, black fabric is just perfect.

  3. Gerrie says:

    Ooh, I am going to dream tonight that I am the proud owner of this quilt when it is finished. Let me know if you want to make my dreams come true. Haha 🙂 Needless to say, I really like this one. The background fabric is perfect and the black big stitches will look very good.

  4. katechiconi says:

    It’s amazing what a difference background makes. I don’t read the circles at all as circles when they’re on the patterned ground, but when they’re on a solid colour it’s unmistakeable. I’m glad you’ve found the solution you were looking for.

  5. Kristen says:

    It looks right. Like Kate, once you put them on the new background fabric, I didn’t read the circles at all, it just looked….right. Excellent.

  6. Pat Long says:

    As usual, your choice for background fabric is just terrific!

  7. Barbara Wells says:

    Perfect choice. I would have never thought of that type of fabric, but once again you found the perfect fabric.

  8. Sandra B says:

    Wow!! What a great choice….really love that fabric…really changes the look of the circles, for an unexpected, but stunning look. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

  9. Becky says:

    I liked the red polka dots fabric, but then, when I saw your final selection, I loved it! It looks original with the blocks. i would have sworn that fabric was vintage. Great choice!

  10. Judy P. says:

    I really admire your work. Giving orphan blocks a “home” is such a great idea. Now comes the but… I love the pink and black fabric (and nothing is better than buying fabric on sale), but when I look at your mock up from about 10 feet back the circles are completely lost. When you look at the circles against the red polka dots from a distance they are still there. Ultimately, of course, the only person you have to please is yourself. I hope you don’t mind a dissenting opinion. Again, your work is truly inspiring.

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Judy
      It was my intention to make the circles become less predominant and highlight the secondary pattern that is formed by the gray which almost makes a square, which will be more apparent as I get more of the pieces together, I recently finished a quilt with circles and wanted to do something different….I liked it with the other fabrics but it was not what I wanted for these blocks. Next batch will probably be a bit more traditional

  11. Shirley says:

    Tim, in the first pic……what is the scrap of fabric off to the top left? looks
    like part of a block…????? just curious!


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