circle quilt

if you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you’ll know that i start a lot of projects, but rarely finish them.  in fact, i started this circle quilt with my best friend, nicole, over 2 years ago!  we each cut out 2 circles from each fabric from our own stashes, then traded.  so we both have almost all the same circles for our own quilts.

the turquoise fabric for the background is actually a really cheap sheet from kmart.  i pinned all my circles down and measured a couple inches between each to make a somewhat modern layout.  actually stitching down the circles took forever.  i don’t have a longarm machine, just a regular one, so shoving all that fabric through was quite the wrestling match!

i’ve actually had the quilt top done for quite a long time, but i just couldn’t decide on what to do for the backing.  i never make traditional quilts in the sense that i don’t bind them or fully quilt the top.  too much work for me!  so i do the cheater version where i do a topstitch around the edges and stitch in the ditch to sandwich the layers.

and since nicole and her family are here for the week (YAYAYAYAYAYAAY!!!!!) i figured i should get it done.  i mean, its only been over 2 years since we started.

for the back i didn’t want to have to buy any new fabric because that is a lot of yardage to cover it.  so i took 2 thrifted sheets and sandwiched some pieced scraps from ruffles together to make an off centered strip.

i love that the top of the quilt is circles of fabric from nicole’s projects and mine from a certain period in our sewing lives, then the back is from my more recent projects.  its like a scrapbook!

to keep all the layers together i went over every other circle again on the top with white thread.

for now, this blanket will be the official snuggle blanket on the couch.  i can’t imagine tucking it away.  i love all the color it brings to this room!

and if lily had her way, this is how she’d display it ;)



  1. 1

    Love it! It must have been so worth the wait/work. Such a great design, I might have to borrow it if I ever feel so ambitious :-) Have a great weekend.

  2. 2

    i LOVE it!!! i was just thinking i should make a summer quilt, even though i know NOTHING about quilting…this might be a dumb question, but are quilts just the two layers? or is there something in between them? you make it look so fun and easy, i may just have to do this :)

  3. 3

    I love the quilt! Your house is so colorful and cheerful!

  4. 4

    I love that. I also all the pillows on your sofa. That owl one is sweet.

  5. 5

    You did a great job, it looks really nice on your white couch!

  6. 6

    I love it Lindsey! Ive always been too afraid to make a quilt. It just seems like a very intimidating process to me. Hubby has always encouraged me that since I sew and have made alot of quilted, patchwork bags in my 4 years of sewing, making a quilt would be no different. But Im too scared to try. This looks do-able:) Thanks for sharing. The colors are wonderful.

  7. 7

    Okay, that is SO cute! I don’t think I’d ever have the patience to make one… all those circles to sew!

  8. 8

    very pretty and whimsical.

    okay, i am being COMPLETELY serious… the pillows on the left side of your couch would look really good on my blue/white striped couches. would update my couches (if that’s possible). how can i get my hands on that fabric?!

    have fun with your nicole.

  9. 9

    That is a fun quilt! I have some inspiration for my scraps now!

  10. 10

    I am SO the same way–I start way to many projects and don’t finish enough of them:) It’s actually my summer goal–to finish projects I’ve started before and also new ones I take on! Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt!

  11. 11

    love the quilt. it screams snuggle and a movie.

  12. 12

    its is very pretty!

  13. 13

    That is an adorable quilt. I love the “casualness” of it. Fun fabrics too. Your house is always such an inspiration. I just might get out the 3 quilt tops I have never gotten around to backing. IT’s so INTIMIDATING!

  14. 14

    Oh now that is just gorgeous!! I adore that. :)


  15. 15

    It is soooo pretty!

  16. 16
    Denissa says:

    It turned out AMAZING! It really has been two yrs? I remember the circles! :) It will never stop amazing me how fast the time goes :(
    I love how you did the other side, so pretty!

  17. 17

    now that’s impressive. love the mix of fabrics!

  18. 18

    Love the quilt!! Quilts are a huge undertaking:/ Awesome!

  19. 19

    This is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! I LOVE the circles and the way you pieced your back.

  20. 20

    I love that quilt!

  21. 21

    Your quilt is beautiful and I love the colors and circles.

  22. 22

    I love it! The colors are so wonderful and summery (:

  23. 23

    That is so awesome! I love seeing it with your pillows on the couch. I’ve been thinking of a special snuggle blanket too – some kind of project before next winter, if possible. Great inspiration.

  24. 24

    I love your quilt! Congrats on finishing!

    So, looking at it, are you going to let the circles fray, or did you finish the edges somehow? I’m thinking of making a blanket kind of like this, but your plan looks easier than my plan. Wondering if I can steal your secrets. :0)

  25. 25

    That quilt is just DAHLING! I think I must make one : )

  26. 26

    Oh I love it! I like her display choice :)

  27. 27
    chelsea says:

    Love it! It looks way bigger on the couch than on the floor!! I love the stripe on the back.

  28. 28

    It’s so pretty and I love all the history that’s tied up in those fabrics. So fun to do that with a friend!

  29. 29

    Oh I love your style and practicality. I’m inspired to go out and purchase a sewing machine.

  30. 30
    Janet Lawson says:

    I love it..Simply beautiful..

  31. 31

    Love the quilt. It looks beautiful. And you are one step ahead of me, I would never start a project like that.

  32. 32

    It’s beautiful! I love it so much. I’m slooooooooooooooooowly learning how to quilt. It is so fun and so very stressful all at the same time. I’ve always admired quilts, but now I have a whole new kind of respect for quilters. Love everything about the quilt… especially the story it tells.

  33. 33

    I’d lay that quilt out across my couch too ;) Such a fun quilt.

  34. 34

    i LOVE this! i may have to make one :)

  35. 35

    LOVE it <3

  36. 36

    I LOVE it!!! SO much fun!

  37. 37

    i LOVE it!

  38. 38

    Isn’t it beautiful how all the colors in a quilt somehow seem to come together in a cohesive unit? Your finished product looks great! The pops of color on the white sofa really are fab!

  39. 39

    Beautiful! I love your white sofa for the simple fact that it looks good with everything and accentuates the colors in the quilt.

  40. 40

    I love it! Makes me want to start quilting again!

  41. 41

    love all the colors! :)

  42. 42

    This is absolutely adorable! I wish I had the follow through to do a quilt. I need quick and easy, but this might help me use up a lot of my fabric, which would mean I got to buy MORE! Hmmmm…

  43. 43

    That’s a quilt that will have a story to tell for generations!

  44. 44

    how cute is that?!!?

  45. 45

    i am curious too if you put any batting in between the layers. What a great quilt. Love it!

  46. 46

    Wonderful…thank you for sharing.n Also love the big pillow that looks like vintage table cloth fabric. Actually, love your house and sense of style. It would be a great place to grow up in. Your kids are blessed.

  47. 47

    I used your idea and made my own version of this quilt. It’s something I’d wanted to do since I saw yours. :) It is adorable. I have gotten several compliments on it.

    I understand completely about getting all that fabric and circles under the sewing machine. I learned why quilters make everything in squares. :)

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  48. 48

    I have recently started my first quilt. I like this idea for scraps and I am eager to try it. Thanks for sharing. You are so creative.

  49. 49

    I just found your blog and I am in awe of this quilt! I’ve been quilting for 3 years now and a circle quilt is on my list of quilts to make, but I was too intimidated! My favorite part of your quilt are the thrifted sheets and sheet from kmart… I’m a fabric snob and this is a new challenge for me to use fabric I have around the house instead of spending a pretty penny on designer solids. Thanks for the inspiration!

Speak Your Mind