Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Easy Circles Part II

So what does one do with all these lovely circles??? 

Let me share my favourite way of stitching the circle to the quilt top. 
 One pin per circle is all I use.
 An open toe applique foot is really helpful in sewing down the circles.
 I've set my machine to an applique or blanket stitch and am using invisible thread.
Use regular thread in the bobbin.
I pressed my seams open for the back ground strips, in order to minimize bulk.
As you can see I've caught one of the seam allowances....something I try to avoid.
 There we circle stitched down.
 Just relax and take your time.
 I've left the thin interfacing on the back of the circle so everything remains nice and stable as you're sewing.
Flip everything over and clip away the background layer being careful not to catch the front circle with your scissors. 
 Here comes the bonus of using this method. You have cut out a very usable second generation circle.
Even your interfacing can be reused. 

Following the steps in yesterday's post
Easy Circles Part I you can create another circle. 
There we are a smaller second generation circle...... 

I now have many many options when adding these little beauties to the quilt top, so much fun!!!

Hmm....let me see.


  1. What a great idea to reuse the circle you cut out from the background!

  2. I like the one where you have matched up the stripes travelling under the pink circle

  3. thanks for sharing your process. when you turn the circles right side out after sewing on the interfacing, how do you ensure the edges stay smooth and circular? do you get in through the slit with a point turner? I've mostly done applique circles around a template and starched and pressed them so they hold their shape.

  4. I am so going to try this, it looks like fun. I wonder where you will put it.

  5. Thanks so much for this fabulous tutorial! I will definitely be using it!

  6. That was so awesome!!! Looking forward to the finished quilt!!!

  7. Thanks for the "rest of the story".

  8. Oh, boy!!!! That looks like pure FUN! I never think of such simple things as working in a way to yield that 2nd gen circle practically ready-to-go. Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. I like it when you used the 2nd gen circle in the 3rd picture done, it looks cool like that.

  10. This is great. I've had a circle idea in mind for some time now and this might just be what I was looking for to make it work.

  11. Really gorgeous circles :-) I'm taking notes ;-)

    1. Thank you sooo much...I just can't wait to try this out. I bet you never thought your blog would inspire people all over the world! I took my QAYG quilt to our regional meeting last week...and I think many people were going to check I out the process on your website. I only put two borders on it because half of our small group said it needed borders and the other half said it didn't!

    2. Thanks so much Bonnie...I'm delighted to hear that. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. I guess you made everybody happy with the borders...that was smart of you.

  12. Nice. I saw the finished thing. I made a runner with added circles except the background was a marbled chartreuse and the circles were all "loud" prints, aqua, salmon and red/navy. I covered the runner with about 30 circles of various sizes. It turned out really nice. thanks for the tutorial.

  13. brilhante marianne! estou in love!

  14. brilhante marianne! estou in love!


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