I feel like I have been running in circles lately. So I thought a Thread Talk post on quilting circles is in order.
1. Circles to form a strand of pearls.
<Boring technical details: Quilting strands of pearls works great for sashing strips that are no more than 1 1/2″ wide, in my experience, when normally I would just quilt in the ditch. The pearls give the sashing strips a bit of a customized look. To quilt the circles, simply draw a line down the middle of the strip with a washable fabric marker. Free-motion quilt the circles using the line as a guide for the center of the circles. >
2. Circles around applique for a funky twist on echo quilting:
<Boring technical details: Using circles around appqliued shapes gives echoing with new and stylized twist. For the quilt block shown above, I echo-quilted very close to the applique, maybe 1/8″ or less, and then, quilted circles on top of the echo before launching into background quilting. The circles made my applique look more fancy, I think. >
3. Circles of different sizes to just fill in the blank spot.
Quilting circles of different sizes is a great way to practice your circles. The different sizes makes it easy to hide the occasional not-so-perfect circles, and not to mention the lovely texture the circles create.
<Boring technical details: Just start with a circle anywhere in the area you want to quilt, and add circles as you fill up the area, using smaller circles to fill in the gap between bigger circles.>
4. Adding circles just for fun!
<Boring technical details: Adding circles on my “tentacles” add visual interest to the quilting. So, be adventurous and add circles where you normally wouldn’t. You might be pleasantly surprised by the effect!>
Different people quilt their circles differently. Some do the “8″ shapes. Some would quilt a continuous string of semi-circles, and come back with another continuous string of semi-circles to complete the circles. I found those hard for me to manipulate. The way I do it is I would go ahead and quite a complete circle, and backtrack on part of the circle to go to the next spot where I want to start another circle. The process is repeated and repeated until an area is just filled with circles!
Give circling around circles a try when you quilt your next quilt, and let me know what you think!
Have a great week ahead!