It's been a while since I told you of my circle quilt plans, but as you know Bluebell Woods took over. Now she is finished, apart from The Final Chapter, Secrets Revealed on Friday, I can concentrate on the circles quilt, which hasn't got a proper name yet.
So, a reminder, this was my first fabric pull
Not fine tuned yet. And this is where I was up to
The first thing I did was to decide about the quilt style and size. I had look at a number of circle quilts, but the circles were mostly too big or too small, so I drew it out. When I was sort of happy with it I counted the blocks so I could determine the size. My layout of the blocks I decided to be 6 x 6, a nice square and I decided on an 8 inch block. That gives me a size of 48 inches square before borders. Fine, I can get 5 blocks out of an 8.5 inch strip, so I need 7 x 8.5 inches for my background, 59.5 inches plus a little wiggle room to allow for straightening and such. I decided on 2 meters, then I would have a little left over for scrappy backgrounds, but 2 yards works too. I can only buy in meters and centimetres in the UK.
Now the circles. I knew I wanted quarter circles in two corners of the squares, so it wasn't too busy. I drew part of the square to make my template and marked 4.5 inches to allow for the seam allowance. Actually I didn't have my thinking head on as it should have been 4.25 inches, but it makes little difference. I got out my compasses which I bought when I started quilting and had never used in 10 years, REALLY, and I kept them all this time. So, I drew my quarter circle for the template. I could have just drawn around a dish of the approximate size either, the halved and quartered it, but my brain doesn't always think in the logical way, until I have finished the hard way that is. Next I glued the paper to the back of a cereal box and cut it out. If it was something I would use in the future I would have used a plastic template sheet but it's likely to be a one off.
Then it was just a matter of drawing around the template on freezer paper, and cutting them out. I ironed the papers on to the back of the fabric. and left a quarter inch on the curve so I could turn it under and tack in place followed by a zap with the iron for a nice sharp edge. The seam allowance is already included on the straight sides.
Then it was just a matter appliqueing the circles to the background. I like to use silk thread, I have a collection I have built up over the years and some colours are very versatile, but any thread does, thinner thread is better than a thicker one though. Yes, I could have made them using a drunkards path method, but I like the look of an appliqued circle. I didn't want to do bonded applique because I intend to trim the background just before stitching the blocks together to reduce bulk. I could of course have removed the paper leaving the edge turned under, and tacked the fabric to the background before stitching it with a buttonhole stitch.
So this is where I'm up to. 12 of the blocks are ready for the next stage, 12 quarter circles ready to be appliqued. When that is done I will be halfway through that bit.
This will give you an idea of where I'm going. Although I have used several different fabrics at this stage I obviously need more. I ended up purchasing a pack of 20 10 inch squares of Amish Jewels to give me more variety without spending a lot more money. Maybe I should have done that in the first place but I really like the textured read as solids. I have a thought about shaking it up a bit to give it a bit of oomph. I'll wait until all the blocks are finished first, but before I stitch them together.
So, what do you think so far? Is it what you expected? If you like the look of it but it's the wrong size for you there are two options. Either increase or reduce the size of the blocks and circles, say use 10 inch blocks and make 5.5 inch circles, or 6 inch blocks and 3.25 circles. Or, make more blocks until it is the right size for you. I'm thinking about a 1 inch dark grey border and a four inch border with blocks of the inner colour, maybe. Ha anyone got any ideas? I'm open to suggestions.
My giveaway is open until Saturday night, that would give you 18 x 10 inch squares towards the fabric if you wanted to make a circles quilt, There again you may have something totally wonderful you would rather make instead. Just leave a comment on Bluebells post and for a second entry let me know how you follow me. Winner to be announces next Wednesday.
I'm revisiting an old post to complete another project tomorrow, and I am so pleased with it. No I won't tell you, it's a surprise.
I am so enjoying my week on the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. If you missed my introduction post it is here. The other quilters in my group are;
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Miranda @ I Have Purple Hair
Holly @ Lighthouse Lane Designs
I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow
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