I know the holidays are still months away, but I couldn’t help getting started on my big project this year-a Christmas quilt! You may have seen some of the fabric I got for it here, and I also added in some other prints from my stash, Etsy, and Joann’s. (stash-red polka dots, Joann’s red snowflakes, etsy-reindeers)
I decided to go for a circle quilt. I absolutely LOVE quilts with lots of white space, it just feels fresh and modern to me.
Also, of course…I had my Go! Baby cutter (affiliate link) do all the work for me. My circle die cut, plus a half hour of cranking fabric through and I had a huge stack of fabric.
So here’s how to do a circle applique-or, at least, some tips that might help you out.
So here’s my circle and quilt square. I cut my squares to be 6.5″x6.5″. My circle is 5″. Iron them out, well probably your fabric should already be ironed…I’m no pro quilter. lol!
Then center the circle in the middle of the square. I left 3/4″ space on each side.
Then using a zig zag stitch (you could adjust it to be closer to a satin stitch if you like) sew around the circle’s edge, back stitching at the end.
It’ll look a little wobbly…
…so another press with the iron makes it look much better!
Then repeat a bunch more times. I ended up doing 63 total squares, 7 one way, and 9 the other.
When you’ve got the squares all laid out how you’d like them-and to the size you’d like, start sewing them together! First each square in a row together, and then each row to each other, using a 1/4″ seam.
Make sure to press the seams open after each row!
Then enjoy your pretty circle quilt top. And then start thinking about finishing it in 100 degree weather…er…I think I’ll put that off for a little while. (it’s soo hot here lately!)
I’m using that reindeer print on the back….LOVE reindeers, so this makes me exceedingly happy and joyful. See? I’m already in the Christmas spirit. Fab.