Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Circle Quilt Tutorial

Whimsy circle quilt

Circle quilt tutorial

This quilt top uses up a whole Layer Cake and Charm pack, no left overs! Because we're using raw-edge machine applique for the circles this top comes together quite quickly. Ideal for when you need a present fast.

Lets go make a quilt!
For this quilt top you'll need:
1 Layer Cake + 1 Charm Pack {I've used Whimsy by Moda}
Backing fabric
1/2 yard for the binding

Start by unpicking your Layer Cake and choose 18 LC squares that you want to leave uncut.
Cut the 24 remaining LC squares in half lengthwise and divide them into lights and darks. Make sure you've got 24 light and 24 dark half squares. Sew together one light and one dark half LC square using 1/4 seam allowance. I chain stitched mine.

Press seams open.
Put these aside for now.

 Fold your Charm squares in half twice {length & width} and finger press to mark the center of your square.

Use a cup, bowl or CD or something else that's round to mark circles on your Charm Squares. Make sure it fits nicely within the charm square.

Cut your circles, I used my scissors to cut them out but you could use your rotary cutter if you feel brave enough!

Now spend some time arranging your Layer Cake squares and circles. Pair circles up with Layer Cake Squares untill you're satisfied with the look of your quilt top. It helps if you've got some empty floor space {or luxury~ a design wall} so you can see the whole design.

Fold and finger press your LC squares as you did with your charm squares to determine the center of the square. Place your circles on top making sure they're centered.

You could of course skip the folding and finger pressing  and eye-ball the postition of your circles on your squares.

Sew your circles on top of your Layer Cake squares using a zig-zag stitch.

Instead of starting and ending your circles with a back stitch pull your threads to the back and tie a knot. This will look much smarter on the front of your quilt!

 Now with some of your lighter circles, especially if they're on top of darker LC squares, the background fabric will be visible behind your circle.  You can choose to cut away the background fabric from behind your circle. I didn't bother with this for my quilt.

You'll have to square up all your blocks. The LC squares that you've left uncut will be a tad {1/4''} larger than the half LC squares. Make sure all your blocks are squared before sewing them all together.

Sew all your blocks together.

Press seams open.

And you've got yourself a quilt top!

Baste and quilt as desired.

My quilt measured roughly 53''x 62'' after quilting.

Enjoy your quilt!

If you decide to make this quilt please let me know, I would love to see your creations!!


  1. The LCs cut in half, then placed both horizontally and vertically adds significant interest to the overall design. Thanks.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. It is just beautiful, and very well written!

  3. What a great tutorial! I can't wait to try it out. I love the fabric. Where do you purchase the Moda fabric? I'm new to the quilting world and need all the help I can get. :)

  4. This is a great tutorial for circles! thank you!


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