Monday, April 1, 2013

Going in Circles!

Does your brain ever get stuck in a loop?  Or in this case, a circle?? 

In our latest video over at Riley Blake Designs, Cindy and I made a few projects with their new Circle Rulers << designed by Lori Holt (Bee in My Bonnet).  These template/ruler sets are designed to use with pre-cut fabrics.  Luckily they gave me three days to think of a few ways to use these!

Here are the projects and techniques demonstrated in the video:
1)  "Lots of Dots" Block
(Download Lori's FREE quilt pattern HERE)

2)  Easy Drunkard's Path Block
 one of my favorites!  11:02
(Here's a chart for layout options: 16 ways to a Drunkard's Path)
Use two fat quarters, one light, one dark:
 8-1/2" to 9" background squares, 2 of each print
7" squares for center circle, 2 of each print
NOTE:  Both of the previous projects use a turned-edge applique' technique. 
Here's an in-depth tutorial:  I Love Applique'

3) Bullseye Blocks

 a great variation on a Drunkard's Path ~ 17:11
Bullseye Baby full pattern is now available at my Craftsy Store HERE.

Want to see how to cut out a circle in a straight line?  See my tip on the video at 18:00.
or watch this:
This project uses raw-edge applique'.  Here's that tutorial:  I ♥ Applique'

4) Scallops
(using secret leftover fabrics) 20:32
Another example:  Bloomin' Blossoms Table Topper << Free Pattern
5" scraps

5) Orange Peel Spring Table Runner
8  10" squares, solid colors (backing)
8  4-patch blocks using 5" squares, various prints (love these RBD "Basics"!)

6) Yo-Yo Flower - Receiving Blanket
45" square of flannel
1/2 yard for bias binding
10" square for jumbo yo-yo
7" square for large yo-yo
2-1/2" square or large button for center
So, those are a few ways to use circle templates/rulers... and I've been dreaming in curves and circles ever since.  I used that Spring table runner for our Easter table, and I'll finish the other few projects in the days to come.  That is, if I can ever decide on a Drunkard's Path design... just saw a new one on the cover of QUILT magazine yesterday.
and while I was fiddling, here's another... 
 and another.

And this is just how to arrange ONE block.... think of all the possibilities with a whole quilt...  Here's a chart of "16 Ways to a Drunkard's Path".  See what I mean??Going in circles.  And it's sew fun!   Now if I could just get someone else to clean up between projects...  I guess all I need is a clear path to the sewing machine. :)


  1. Fun, fun, fun post!! I enjoyed watching while sipping my morning coffee. I use my pinking shears ALOT for exactly that same reason. I encourage everyone that works with me to pick up a pair!

  2. i watched the tutorial...thanks for the info.. love it,
    pelon.... i've never seen it; must look for it.
    thanks again,


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