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Vote Now: Circle Quilts


It’s voting time for this week’s Circle Quilts contest. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pencil to make note of your faves. You can vote for FOUR favourites this weekend.

Picket Fence Fabrics from Brockville, Ontario are back as this week’s sponsor. The quilter with the most votes will win two patterns and a 3.5″ template from Elisa’s Backporch Design.


Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday – Monday, June 11th at 8 a.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt (from home if you send it to coworkers)
  • Winner announced Monday afternoon/evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos and stories below… there are several, so you’ll need to scroll down to see them all. You can also click the link to the slider version to review the quilts in the large format and then return to this page to vote.
  • Underneath the photos, scroll down, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button** beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. You can select up to FOUR quilts this week.
  • Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the names of the quilts. Press the vote button.

** Note: If you don’t see the square buttons to vote, but instead see the voting results, that means someone on your IP Address already voted, or that the voting period has ended, or that you need to refresh the page to see the voting options. Shared IP Addresses are very common in home or work networks.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 29
  • Total countries: 8
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 13

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

A Night Out In The Forest A Night Out In The Forest
By: Juditzsuzsanna,
Blog: Judit Balint’s Handicrafts

This pillow is part of a Baby Quilt Set which contains a blanket and a pillow with the same motives. Their main motif is a big owl. When I made this quilt I was thinking about a cold night out in the forest and I wanted to warm me up. :)) Yes, yes ….. I love making quilts with appliques.

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 13"

Abstract Circles Abstract Circles
By: Sharon Elliott,
South Africa

This quilt evolved as I went along. The centre piece was from a pattern. It is machine appliqued and quilted on a regular machine.

Quilt size: width: 55" height: 70"

Antipodean Circles Antipodean Circles
By: Doris Dove,
United Kingdom

A gift from a friend of left over aboriginal prints was the starting point. The designs were just too beautiful to cut up small so I featured them in the different sized circles to use left overs of all sizes. Backgrounds from stash. Machine pieced and quilted.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 60"

Baby Quilt for Ian Baby Quilt for Ian
By: Jan Carter,
California, USA
Blog: MissesStitches

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 50"

Bright with circles Bright with circles
By: Turid Bakken,
Blog: Den syende himmel

This quilt is made for a 18 years old family member. I always make a quilt when a family member is 18. All of them can chose colours themselves, and I chose the pattern. This pattern is an idea from Lise Bergene, a fantastic quilter and author from Norway.

Quilt size: width: 64" height: 84"

Bubble icious Bubble icious
By: Marjorie Henwood,
New Brunswick, Canada
Blog: Marjorie’sBusyCorner

This was a fun little project I made when I first got my GoBaby!!

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 45"

Bubblegum and Chocolate Bubblegum and Chocolate
By: Colleen,
Alberta, Canada
Blog: Colleen Quilts Too

I was terrified of curved piecing, so the only thing to do was to take a class. This was the result, and I couldn’t be happier! I used a pattern called Raspberry Tea by Fourth and Sixth Designs.

Quilt size: width: 71" height: 85"

Bubbles Bubbles
By: Izy Denham,
United Kingdom

This is my own design, put together in sections and using a freezer paper applique technique. It was a wedding quilt for my son who is mad on his coffee and so the Moda Bistro range of fabrics was the perfect choice!

Quilt size: width: 92" height: 92"

Bubbles under the ocean Bubbles under the ocean
By: Linda Turner,
United Kingdom

I had been reading about methane escaping from melting permafrost under the Arctic Ocean and adding to global warming.
It is curved strip pieced and appliqued, circles cut and replaced ofset by reverse applique with voile added and then quilted mainly with circles.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 31"

Bulls-Eye Bulls-Eye
By: Calicojoan,
Colorado, USA
Blog: MooseStashQuilting

Bulls Eye, was born as a scrappy quilt that allowed me to “bust” thru some scraps, along with practicing free motion quilting. It as my first attempt at free motion and I loved the texture that was revealed as I quilted. The raggy edges of the circles added another dimension to the quilt.

Quilt size: width: 31" height: 31"

Cindy's Quilt Cindy’s Quilt
By: Carolyn Braun,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Sweet Boater Chick

I made this quilt as a gift for my sister, after 10 years she was moving home to NJ. It took me some time to pick the perfect fabrics for her. I wanted a non-traditional look to this quilt so I chose the pattern Curious Nature by David Butler. The quilting is straight lines, all roads point to home.

Quilt size: width: 66" height: 66"

Circle of colors Circle of colors
By: kelly westfall,
New Mexico, USA

I made this quilt to learn the cathedral windows. When i was done i loved it, and a lady i know at the place i work(a care center) would love this quilt. So may 14th was her birthday and i gave it to her as a gift and she was glowing when she got it.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 70"

Circles in Circles Circles in Circles
By: Nancy Barnes,
Mississippi, USA

I did this quilt at the Mississippi Stat Quilt Assoc. fall gathering. It was one of the classes. I love how free and easy this quilt is. There is no right or wrong way to put it together. It is a great way to use up scraps of fabrics.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 48"

Curried Plums Curried Plums
By: Debbie Grifka,
Michigan, USA
Blog: Esch House Quilts

This quilt started with the idea of raindrops and the rings they make in puddles. After sketching the basic layout of the rings and circles, I added lots of negative space. I love how negative space gives a design room to breathe. In order to accent the appliquéd area, I used a different background.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 52"

Hot Buttered Rum Hot Buttered Rum
By: Connie Haynes,
Massachusetts, USA

This quilt is the product of a class with Dena Crain on Quilt University. I really enjoy the “Darner Quilt” technique. I didn’t notice that some of my circles look like baseballs until the quilt was done. :-)

Quilt size: width: 19" height: 25"

Hyperreal table runner Hyperreal table runner
By: Shape Moth,
Blog: Shape Moth

A table runner made with Hyperreal Garden fabrics from Art Gallery and matching solids. When I was preparing the pattern I thought that sewing will not be so difficult, but it was a challenge – especially those thin yellow edges around the circles.

Quilt size: width: 32" height: 16"

Medallion Circle of Mens Ties Medallion Circle of Mens Ties
By: yonnikka,
Michigan, USA

The dark green Cotton Sateen represents the color for Michigan State University. The Green/Blue stripe tie incorporates the Spartans logo. This is a custom quilting project for a Spartans Fan. Hand and Machine quilted. “Go Green!”

Quilt size: width: 26" height: 26"

Organica Organica
By: Nellie Bevelander,
New York, USA
Blog: collage goddess

This is a scrap art quilt. Trying to purge my bits and pieces of fabric has been a challenge but this contest was a great help to me. I used cotton commercial fabrics, cotton batting, muslin backing, raw edge applique, free-motion stitching and zig zag edging.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 12"

Oriënt Oriënt
By: Jelly,
Blog: Jelly’s quiltwurk

First I made the pieced circles and than the little circles. Wenn I had finished themI made the construction.
I had found the circles in an old Japonese magazine.

Quilt size: width: 55" height: 68"

Piper's Polka Dots Piper’s Polka Dots
By: Debbie Allred,
California, USA
Blog: Traveling Quilter

For granddaughter Piper, an infant at the time. Inspiration was her lime green walls with dinner plate-sized pink circles painted by daughter-in-law. Scrappy squares for background, circles are zig-zag applique. Free-motion quilting on domestic machine. My original design. Completed September 2010.

Quilt size: width: 43" height: 51"

Pixellated Wedding Rings Pixellated Wedding Rings
By: CathyW,
United Kingdom

I made this quilt for my niece’s wedding present. After worrying about managing the curves on the traditional wedding ring quilt pattern, I was pleased to find a quilt picture similar to this, which I managed to copy. I think a pixellated version is very appropriate for a modern couple!

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 72"

Put Me in the Zoo Put Me in the Zoo
By: Sallie,
Texas, USA
Blog: Sallie’s Sampler

I made this quilt for our church quilt ministry. It went to the local pregnancy help center. My husband named it because it reminded him of the children’s book by this title.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Quilting Circle Quilting Circle
By: WaggonsWest,
Missouri, USA
Blog: Twas Brillig and

I am fortunate to belong to a circle of younger women who gather ostensibly to quilt an amazing supportive group that shares much more than a love of fabric. Young and old, life happens and we stitch our way through it together. This quilt was our first project, a perfect metaphor.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 60"

Sis Boom Quilt Sis Boom Quilt
By: Allie Hartom,
Michigan, USA
Blog: Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life

This was my first time using pieced curves, and I was very pleased with the result. The fabrics are all by Jennifer Paganelli, very happy prints. The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted, and I couldn’t be happier with the result! My favorite summer quilt.

Quilt size: width: 62" height: 78"

Snookered Snookered
By: Dale Anne Potter,
Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: Dale Anne Potter’s blog

Inspired by a photo of the pool table with the snooker balls & cue….

Quilt size: width: 26.2" height: 48"

There Are Bears in My Garden There Are Bears in My Garden
By: Pam Scoville,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Random Access to the structural underpinnings of my life

This quilt was made for a young man in Switzerland and the circles represent things found in my garden. Machine applique, piecing and quilting.

Quilt size: width: 90" height: 102"

Tic & Tac Tic & Tac
By: Mel in PA,
Pennsylvania, USA

This quilt was given as a gift for a baby. Didn’t know yet if it was a boy or girl, therefore made it for either or. I had just learned how to do circles by watching Fons & Porter, and hence the Tic & Tac was born. I did the piecing and as well as the quilting. Enjoy!

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 50"

Wedding Rings Wedding Rings
By: Tammy Kuse,
Illinois, USA
Blog: quilt-pictures

Wedding Rings is a variation of the Drunkard’s Path pattern. I chose it to be the wedding gift for a friend whose wedding color is red. It’s bigger than I expected, at almost 6′ square, but that’s ok. Should be big enough for the newly married couple to snuggle under together.

Quilt size: width: 70" height: 70"

Wild and Crazy Circle Quilt Wild and Crazy Circle Quilt
By: Karen O,
Minnesota, USA
Blog: Quilting, Losing and Tea

This is the 3rd quilt I made. My 14 yr old daughter has colored circles on her wall, so circles with the same colors seemed appropriate. She helped me pick out many of the fabrics. I had my doubts as I worked on it, but I think it is wonderful.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 55"

Quilts with Circles

  • Oriënt (29%, 100 Votes)
  • Hot Buttered Rum (27%, 94 Votes)
  • Abstract Circles (27%, 94 Votes)
  • Antipodean Circles (20%, 69 Votes)
  • Curried Plums (15%, 53 Votes)
  • Bubbles under the ocean (14%, 49 Votes)
  • Bubbles (9%, 32 Votes)
  • Circles in Circles (7%, 26 Votes)
  • Wedding Rings (7%, 24 Votes)
  • Pixellated Wedding Rings (6%, 22 Votes)
  • Piper's Polka Dots (6%, 22 Votes)
  • Wild and Crazy Circle Quilt (6%, 21 Votes)
  • Bulls-Eye (6%, 21 Votes)
  • Quilting Circle (5%, 19 Votes)
  • Sis Boom Quilt (5%, 19 Votes)
  • Bubble icious (5%, 18 Votes)
  • Bubblegum and Chocolate (5%, 17 Votes)
  • Bright with circles (5%, 17 Votes)
  • Put Me in the Zoo (4%, 15 Votes)
  • Cindy's Quilt (4%, 14 Votes)
  • Baby Quilt for Ian (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Snookered (4%, 13 Votes)
  • A Night Out In The Forest (4%, 13 Votes)
  • There Are Bears in My Garden (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Hyperreal table runner (3%, 10 Votes)
  • Organica (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Medallion Circle of Mens Ties (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Circle of colors (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Tic & Tac (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 348

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Next Week’s Quilt Contest

The theme for next week’s contest is Quilts for Dad. Any quilting style is acceptable as long as the item you enter is completely finished (i.e. bound and quilted). Get your cameras out!

To enter the weekly contest, read the rules and guidelines, then submit your quilt photo by next Friday, June 15, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). Voting will start shortly thereafter and last until the following Monday, June 18, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

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2 Responses to “Vote Now: Circle Quilts”

  1. hermien says:

    heel mooi Jennie

  2. […] to everyone who entered last week’s Circles quilt contest. Thanks also to our sponsor, Picket Fence Fabrics, and to those that took the time to […]

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