Thursday, June 2, 2011

{Circles}

First off, thanks to all of you who shared how you can relate to having "one of those days."  I almost didn't post yesterday, but I'm so glad I did.  Not only was it therapeutic; it was real.  I'm so glad to have the freedom to be myself here!

Ready for more of those circles?

This month, in the faith circle of do. Good Stitches, Kelsey is creating a quilt for a brand new set of boy twins.  The family is one of those generous sorts that have very little and still gives so much.  I'm honored to have the chance to bless them!

Circles block for do. Good Stitches

Kelsey asked me to make a large block of my choice for the back of the quilt.  What a treat!  I decided to work some circles out of my system using Anna Maria Horner's tutorial for "super circles".  My blocks are 8.5" in the color scheme Kelsey designed on Kona snow. 

made for baby boy quilt!

I must be running low on fabric (wink!) cause I hardly had enough non-girlie prints in these colors.  But, I think I made it work...

Yesterday morning (after that lovely weeding.  Don't forget.  I always want points for weeding...) I made up the circles using a template cut from tracing a small plate on a cereal box.  Anna Maria's "super circle" method involves cutting a precise circle template in the desired circle size.  Then, you cut an imprecise circle from fabric, about 1/2" larger than the template.  Using a piece of foil larger than the fabric, you layer all three - foil, fabric (wrong side up), template. Then, you wrap the foil around the template, taking care to pull very tightly all around the edges.  Last you press the foil/fabric sandwich, to create a circle with turned-under edges that's ready to applique.  Of course, you reuse the template indefinitely and you can reuse the foil about 3 times!

Once I got past worrying that the foil would somehow melt onto my iron, I cranked that sucker all the way up.  I found I had to press each circle for longer than expected to really set the shape.  And, in the end, my circles weren't absolutely perfect, but I wonder if they ever are?  At least this method was relatively fast and easy.  The blanket stitch was very effective at hiding small circle irregularities - hence my happiness last night!

Thanks, Kelsey! This was a great way to get my circles in.  Wondering about Loulouthi quilt plans?  Well, I decided on the "Loulouthi Tiles" version of my quilt.  The clincher for me was that we'll really be able to see the full print repeats in that design, as opposed to the circle version.  Plus, there was more interest in the tiles, so that mattered too.  I'lll be finalizing some things on the quilt design today.  More soon!

12 comments:

  1. The circles look fabulous. I'll have to give your method a try!! Looking forward to more on your Lououthi quilt design :)

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  2. I just made the quilt out of AMH's book and I loved the method! It was a little more difficult on the smaller circles though. I actually hand appliqued my circles on. It was the first time I had done so and I was surprised at how fast it went. I like your quilt so far! Have fun with it and happy weeding. :-)

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  3. I'm really impressed with your circles, they are making me want to try a wall hanging!
    You know you raised an interesting point about boy fabric...my stash is distinctly lacking in that department...wanders off to do some online shopping :)

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  4. that is such an awesome idea for a quilt back - love it!

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  5. Thanks for the tip on how to make those lovely edges on circles. I think we all know I am not a big fan of the raggedy edges on circles and now I know how to fix that! :) Thanks Rachel. Can't wait to see your Loulouthi tile quilt come together.

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  6. A huge thank you on telling us about super circles. I just wish I had known sooner, I just finished a circle quilt and have been kicking myself for not having the patience to do the circles "properly". THANKS!

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  7. The block looks great Rachel!! Can't wait to see your Loulouthi quilt!

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  8. The circles are gorgeous! And I, too, can't wait to see your Loulouthi adventures begin!

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  9. I tried that method a few years ago and while it works alright for me, I don't like that you can't see the fabric while you are pressing it. I've gone back to hand basting around the edge, gathering the stitch and then pressing. It works well for me.

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  10. What a wonderful contribution - and your circles look great! The method does sound intriguing... will have to think about it...

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  11. Cute circles! If you ever do circles again, you have to try the fusible interfacing method. It is easy, easy. I have made several circle quilts using that method and it never fails!!

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  12. Thanks for visiting my blog Rachel!

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