A mood of the day circle didn't inspire me like I thought it would. I made about six of those mood circles and they left me feeling like where am I going with this? What am I going to with this??? A bit like improv quilting...it's not for me. I have to have some kind of plan if I am going to spend my time on a project. I like a theme or to sew for a season. I began to toy with a Christmas print a day to end of up with a nice wall hanging. I like the idea of a scrappy circle Christmas print table topper. Maybe a nice amount of 25 prints, 5 by 5. Then I got sick and I got behind. I needed a stress free quiet project and it was too much to pull out the bin of Christmas fabrics. I still wanted to do some slow and peaceful stitching while I was recovering. Therefore, I decided I would do a Valentine's circle. I have a small plastic box of Valentine themed fabrics that is easily manageable.
I had a nice amount of KissKiss by Abi Hall for Moda charm squares left from last year's Valentine mini. They are still available at Missouri Star Quilt Company where I got mine. So this has been one of my recovery projects. I made this simple snowball table topper last year. It is finished now.
Here are my circles to date. I have pulled polka dots and hearts from my valentine box and from my stash in general. I like to make a project with lots of variety. Happy! Happy!
The charm squares are already cut at five inches. I traced around a random jar top to make a four inch circle. I think using pinking shears allows for some easier needle turn. I tuck under about 1/4 inch seam allowance and hand stitch all around. The idea is to eyeball the circle, nothing precise. Do not over-complicate the process. It doesn't take long while watching TV to make about two, three or four. I prepped quite a few at one time. I plan to do a few hearts and I can see some buttons and some lace. I put in a few dogs and cats because I "heart" them too and they make me happy. I also love prints with tiny birds. I will add a few of those. For me it is has become a joyful project during recovery from surgery.
I hope this may inspire you too. Thanks for stopping by!