A Summer Circle Quilt

quilted cotton circle skirt

No, I have not taken up quilting.  I gots ZERO time for quilting or knitting. Much respect to those with the patience for it!  Instead of working on that virtue, I let Mood Fabrics do the heavy lifting for me.

I stumbled upon this panel yardage of quilted goodness when lurking the jersey aisle. I know, I know, my self imposed ban should have set klaxon alarms off, but a wee stroll on the wrong side of the tracks never hurt anyone… and the junctions of each aisle hold the strangest treasures.

quilted cotton circle skirt

This beauty was a mere $14/yard, and as you would expect of quilted cotton, it is HEAVENLY soft. I’d love to wake up with this wrapped around me every morning, but I love to have it draped around my waking walking body even more.  The panel print is sort of a flowery sunburst, with the flower’s stamen being the center of the panel. Of course I went gaga and bought 4 yards.

Does this look like four yards of material?

STUMPED BY PANEL PRINT!!! Oh, the folding and draping and squinting of eyes that went on in Kalkatroona.  I was thinking maxi skirt, but my extended play session revealed each panel was perfectly suited to knee length. In the end, I decided to hack off just one and try my hand at another circle skirt.  This is a hand I’ve tried before, never quite successfully.  Math is hard.

But the stamen of the flower provided a perfectly circular guide! Suddenly the panel print was my friend again, holding my 3.14 impaired hand. I found the exact center, and drew the radius of my waist right around it.  Cut out my perfect circle, folded the square panel into quarters, and measured from the waist down to my desired hem length. Instant circle skirt.
quilted cotton circle skirt

With no seams, I needed some sort of slash zipper opening, so I marked my zip length and stitched a wide seam allowance around it. Cut down the center of it, and then staystitched all the way round the waist.  It ended up being sort of a marriage between slash and exposed zip.

Oh hey you lika my zip? Miss Lladybird Lauren gave it to me!!! A year ago, I lusted after a vintage zip haul on her blog, and she just. Sent. Me. TWO. Plus like 18 yards of vintage rayon and goodies. This zip has been waiting for the perfect match, and in my multicolored brain, le quilt is SO it.

quilted cotton circle skirt

Also it: NEON ORANGE TOP. Teehee, and tralaa! This color actually hurts Ruggy’s eyes.  It’s like your shirt has its own light source.  Um, YEAH IT DOES.  How is that a bad thing? I couldn’t resist this high voltage burnout jersey, and really, one little teensy yard isn’t breaking my ban…it’s floaty and sheer enough for summer wear, and it’s been getting a lot of use in Dallas’s constantly AC’ed interiors. The pattern is Dixie Diy’s wonderful (and free) cocoa sweater, which commands a hunt for sweater knits this fall.  Super quick high low hotness in an hour.

To sum up: obligatory twirling shot.

quilted cotton circle skirt

PS: Look for the sequel to this quilt, coming this Fall.  Mark my words, a blanket gown will happen. If the idea appeals to you, I’d suggest this quilted yardage, complete with shimmer.



  • Maggie
    June 4, 2013

    I was thinking oh I wish there was video of this outfit in action, then there was the perfect twirly action shot! I have total skirt envy.

  • Kacie
    June 4, 2013

    That’s the perfect circle skirt! I love the print, and your light-source sweater is its soul-mate for sure. Love this outfit!!

  • Erica B.
    June 4, 2013

    Cute skirt! I love the zipper detail.

  • Lori
    June 4, 2013

    Very cute skirt and top, love the zipper, it is perfect for the skirt. As always, you look incredible.

  • anne jewell
    June 4, 2013

    this outfit has so much personality!

  • Haylee
    June 5, 2013

    Cute!! This is adorable, super flattering too.

  • Carolyn
    June 5, 2013

    This outfit is soooooo you! Love the details – the zipper, the high/low top, the golden jersey. Perfect for you!

  • Lauren
    June 5, 2013

    Ahahaha, I saw the zipper before the accompanying text and thought, “oh, that looks like the zipper I sent her!” Yay I’m soda you found a home for it! Totally worth the wait… That skirt is a magical entity of its own. And yes, that too definitely has it’s own light source somewhere in there.

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 5, 2013

    You’re a vision in your new skirt and top- it can’t possibly hurt Ruggy’s eyes! What a zipper!

  • Grace
    June 5, 2013

    So cute! Is that cotton actually quilted? Like, it has two layers stitched together? It doesn’t look like it and methinks maybe it’s “quilting” cotton. Anyway, I’m way jealous. Perhaps I need to re-up my stash now that The Dress is done.

  • Amanda S.
    June 5, 2013

    FUN!!! It’s full of personality!

  • Teresa
    June 5, 2013

    I am in love with circle skirts and yours is no exception. (I have made three circle skirts in the last month.). I love the print of your skirt…and the zipper!

  • Kelly
    June 5, 2013

    Pretty pretty! I love the print and that zipper is perfect. I am off to check out Dixie’s free pattern!

  • Ginger
    June 6, 2013

    What a fun outfit! I love the way the circle skirt hangs– it’s so fun and flirty!

  • crystalpleats
    June 15, 2013

    Totally awesome circle skirt! I love a good print same as you, and the ring pull zipper is a great touch. Your hair looks big and rad, too.