Friday, July 24, 2009

Suggestions needed

Thank you all so much for your consoling words yesterday.
After much pondering and a glass (or two) of wine as suggested by some, I still didn't like it.
Suffice it to say that my seam ripper and I are now the bestest of buddies.

Now onto the subject of this post.

These came in the mail yesterday.
Dots
I bought them from Jackie. They are perfect little 3.5" die cut 30's reproduction circles. 40 of them. I bought them in her Etsy store. I love them.
I want to use them for something that will really showcase their prettiness and I know there are many creative brains here in blogland.

Giveaway alert!
If you have a suggestion for the use of these little ones, please leave a comment.
If you don't have a suggestion, leave a comment too. I love comments.
If I choose your suggestion I will send you some goodies.
Sound good?

Have a great weekend!

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66 comments:

  1. I love circles! How about sewing 4 blocks together and stitching a circle in the center of the blocks. You could even cut them apart on the seam lines and they would look like perfect drunkard path blocks that you could twist and turn to make different patterns. Have fun!

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  2. Fence rail using solids - applique the circle over the corners... can't wait to see what you do with them!

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  3. oooh! What about something like this!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29281867@N02/3720967153/

    Good luck!

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  4. Beautiful fabrics.

    You could make a faux cathedral window via circle patchwork.
    http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/circle.htm

    photo
    http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/photos/circles.jpg

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  5. I like sewing long strips together and then scatter circles in a random pattern and applique them on -- I have seen several like this - I call them "dots"
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  6. How about some yoyos. You can use them for so many different things, flowers, animals, or just embellishments. Also circles appliqued on also look great. I love circles and 30's fabrics.

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  7. Gosh, all the good ideas are taken!! LOL

    I love those and need to look at that Etsy listing...

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  8. I'd applique each one into the centre of a 6 inch block and sew them all together ... just as is.
    Might be cute to have the "background" fabric all the same colour so it looks like the cirles are floating in space.
    Andi :-)

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  9. I'd suggest something like my bouncing baby blanket (here -- http://amyalamode.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/quilt-11-bouncing-baby-blanket/), but just appliqueing the circles onto white. Then possibly alternating with white appliqued circles on either other repro fabrics or on solids, or just solid squares.

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  10. Oh my, I love Amy's idea although I didn't look at her link yet... How about Dresden plates? I have seen some really beautiful 30s repro dresden plate quilts! Anyway you use them will be wonderful because your quilts are just lovely.

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  11. I think the middles of big gorgeous flowers in a wild garden with lots of colours on a white background... hmmmm... may have to pop over the Jackie's - LOL. Have fun!

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  12. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2434/3720967153_39e7474c8b.jpg?v=0
    I love this and think it would be perfect to do something like this!

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  13. http://www.straw.com/equilters/library/jeans/jeans_gallbaros.html
    cathedral window. . . taken

    I love this idea. http://mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/i-heart-circles/
    . . . taken

    but this one is not. !!!
    http://www.ezquilt.com/patterns
    /circledance/circledance.htm


    but actually I love Kelly's idea the best. heh heh.

    at least I submitted one original link. so that still counts.
    ~a

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  14. I think you should make a patchwork quilt and then applique flowers on the top and these circles could be the centers of the flowers!
    I love circles!!!

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  15. Oh, it's going to be hard to decide what to do. So many great ideas. Maybe just applique them to contrasting six inch blocks, stitch together and you'll have the perfect table topper.

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  16. Here is my idea Anina - you may have to adapt the size.
    http://www.cottonway.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=61

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  17. How about.....sewing solid colored strips together of colors from your circles, then use white fabric to make petals for flowers with your circles as the centers, and applique the circles to the quilt top of strips. If you need any further explaining, lemme know...not sure it all makes sense written [but it does up in my head!!] Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  18. What if you applique the circles to a 5" solid color square (ivory?/ white?) and then frame each square with repro (providing you have it) and then sashing with white/ivory. Does that make sense. Regardless, I'm sure you'll do something amazing with them. You always do.

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  19. polka dot quilt: http://andothersillythings.blogspot.com/2009/07/polka-dot-quilt-tutorial.html

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  20. I love those pre-cut circles...I didn't know Jackie was selling them...can't wait to see what you do with them!

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  21. What a beautiful colors! I would use them to make some yo-yos and make a great picture with many colorful yo-yo flowers on it.

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  22. Whenever I see fabric circles they remind me of the kitty quilt I made using circles as bodies.

    I would love to see your gorgeous circles appliqued onto solid coloured squares.

    I also like the pattern ido from cherrihouse quilts.
    http://lizzyhouse.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c719553ef00e553b32aeb8833-pi

    It was fun to search for all the links in the comments!

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  23. This is the correct link to the cherryhouse patterns:

    http://lizzyhouse.typepad.com/cherry_house_quilts/pattern-store.html

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  24. Lots and lots of yoyo's!!! And you could sew them together into a row and use to decorate something - around the edge of a bag or a skirt or as a decoration on a tree or hang along your mantle .........or you could just keep them to lovingly flip through when you need a cheery pickup...lol

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  25. Precut circles are a great idea - so much easier than cutting them all yourself! Looks like you have some great ideas in your comments. I would applique them onto white squares to make a baby quilt. ALternatively you could make a yo yo garland for your Christmas tree.

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  26. There are so many great ideas using your circles! My first thought was to sew them onto a solid piece of fabric that matches the color of each circle...and make your quilt look like the moon dots fabric! Dots everywhere!

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  27. How about a pieced nine-patch background using light colored solids, then needle turn applique them down...the solids will make the 30's prints pop.

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  28. Those are adorable. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  29. Wow, Anina, you have some great suggestions already. I am so glad that you like them and just can't wait to see what you will be doing with the circles. Thanks for linking to my blog and site. Don't enter me in the drawing though, definitely give everyone else a chance. Have a terrific weekend!

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  30. I love these circles...I have never worked with circles and I think I am going to have to buy these...I saw a quilt on MOda Bake Shop using circles and i just love it!

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  31. I love everyone else's ideas, but I was just thinking of using them to applique some crazy flowers--you know, a circle in the center surrounded by 6-7 circles. Super basic, but you could color coordinate the flowers for VERY FUN LOOK!

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  32. maybe make some yo-yos. Probably not so original. But I like to use yo-yos to decorate homemade cards.

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  33. I think the cathedral quilt idea looks fantastic! Thanks for pointing me to Jackie's etsy site!

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  34. I suggest you set them by your sewing machine, so you can glance at them while you're sewing, possibly give them them a pat once in a while... a good idea will pop in your head within a couple weeks!

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  35. debbie in San DiegoJuly 25, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    I know you will come up with a GREAT idea... You always do! :) Can't wait to see!

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  36. yo-yo's that border a middle block. Very pretty fabrics.

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  37. I saw your circles and thought of the 'I Do' pattern I just bought. I noticed some other comments also on this pattern. Good Luck!!

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  38. How about round coasters? You could make them along the criss-cross coasters that are so popular or just sew them round and top stitch the edges.
    You could also make matching place mats, napkins or table runners by choosing a neutral fabric and appliqueing the circles (and add a few semi-circles)in a pleasing arrangement.
    I really like those 30's prints!

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  39. Those are so cute! I had to buy some for myself. :) I can't wait to get them in the mail!!

    You've gotten so many great suggestions. I LOVE the quilt that Kelly O. posted and may try a simpler version with my own.

    Good luck! I can't wait to see what you come up with. 30s fabric is my favorite!

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  40. im purposely not reading the other comments, so i hope i am not redundant.
    what about a quilt where the circles follow a path of sorts, they can wind around the background.
    or a random pattern of circles supplemented with smaller circles.
    good luck

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  41. I am thinking flowers...Use the circles as the actual flowers (one circle would be one flower head) use some funky green for stems and you could have a contempory flower scene. I love the idea of the thirties' being used in something contemporary. dickinson_4(at)msn.com

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  42. Hello Anina.
    would do coasters.
    The colors are gorgeous ;)
    Cristina

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  43. How about sewing them all onto 6 inch natural linen blocks with an exposed seam - raggy style. Then cutting them in blocks of 4 and resorting them. The 1930's prints remind me of the quilts my grandmother had. The other thing I remember about her is the ric rac. Maybe you could coordinating ric rac around each of the squares and frame each block with random 2 inch strips of coordinating 30's prints.

    Hmmm... I think I am going shopping on etsy.

    Diana

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  44. Yo-yos come to mind because I just recently did a 30s repro yo-yo basket and flowers (check the sidebar of my blog)-but mine were minis! Yo-yo flowers as a bouquet would make a lovely medallion center for a quilt.

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  45. Anina, wouldn't this be fun? Amer Jane Popsicle Posies ptrn -- use solids, pindots, pinstripes, small prints for flowers to allow the centers to be the focus. Then applique your circles as flower centers, using blanket stitch.

    http://www.americanjane.com/products/AJP228.jpg

    If my math estimate is correct, each posie is 9 inches, so your circles would work perfectly for centers, without turning edges under, just blanket- stitched down.

    Thanks for allowing us to "dream design" with you.
    Judy B,

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  46. The circles would be perfect for making yo yos to decorate an applique quilt.

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  47. I "ditto" the applique onto regular squares. Make a "polka dot" quilt!

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  48. Those are so cute! You have a bunch of great ideas already, I like the idea of a polka dot quilt or coasters :)

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  49. Nice! How about the Candy Buttons Quilt on Moda Bake Shop? (from July 8 post www.modabakeshop.com)

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  51. I suggest this quilt:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/29281867@N02/3720967153/

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  52. How about arranging them as if they are bubbles floating off randomly against a background - concentrated near the start, then scattering more. Or making them into a picture of air balloons racing across the sky (with a basket and lines running up to the circles). Or Christmas ornaments. A mobile. Colour coded placemats. I don't know. I'd probably spend a year or two just looking at them and not making up my mind...

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  53. they would be cute appliqued onto something with a blanket stitch.

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  54. I saw a baby quilt not long ago that I've been wanting to try...it was a solid white or white on white background with circles appliqued all over it. Very simple, but it sure was striking!

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  55. I would use them to make a bright and colorful table topper. I purchased some hexes that are true 1960's and I think they will be neat in a table topper.
    Jean

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  56. I love those circles, not sure what to do with them...

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  57. Make yo yos with them. After that, you can use the yo yos as flowers with ric rac stems.

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  58. Yoyo scarf, no necklace needed.

    Simona

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  59. holy shmowly, i think everything has been taken and i will just keep reading to get ideas for me to use! thanks!

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  60. What a great buy. I made a cherry quilt from all sorts of scraps. Each block was a cluster of three cherries. My favourite fruit and now my favourite quilt.

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  61. Very, very nice! I always wanted to make a ragged edge bulls eye quilt. Here's a link to one using squares instead of circles, but you could adapt it to a circular version on a square background. I would take a 7" square, sew a raw edge 5" circle on that, cut away the back, and then sew on your raw edge 3.5" die cuts for the centers. How cute would that be! And easy too.

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  62. Oops, here's the link:

    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-ragged-squares-quilt.html

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  63. Two suggestions, from a circle fanatic. And one is something I myself have no done, but think about doing.

    What about beaded curtain effect? Sew some strips of a background fabric together with some different, narrow strips of perhaps another repro or a solid. Then applique your circles on top. You could offset each column so it looked like a beaded curtain.

    You could also layer your fabrics on larger circles in a more subtle fabric, then applique them on a quilt top. Kind of like this:
    http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com/2007/09/welcome-to-no-one.html

    Good luck!

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  64. i almost bought some of those from jackie too...i didn't have an idea though...i'm going to read thru some of these suggestions.

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  65. I love circles and I dream about to make them with freezer paper, and yo-yos, I just love my idea, lol, I don't really know what for but I love it!
    arlette0521.blogspot.com

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  66. I just found your blog via Red Pepper Quilts. I'm "east of Seattle" too! You've probably already figured out a use for your circles, but I wanted to share my circle quilts and tutorial that are posted on my new blog:
    http://makeitawonderfullife.blogspot.com/
    I'll be back to visit your blog for sure! (That heat wave was something else! But I was supposed to go pick blueberries this am, and since we picked LAST year in the rain, I'm waiting 'till next week! :-)

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