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Circle Quilts

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  • Total submissions: 20
  • Total countries: 4
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 13

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Armonia de color Armonia de color
By: mariajose gomez,
Spain

Realizado con una idea de Greta´s.Ideal para el dormitorio de un niño.Made with an idea of ​​Greta’s. Ideal for a child’s bedroom

Quilt size: width: 38" height: 80"

Baby Boy Circle Quilt Baby Boy Circle Quilt
By: Jenniffier,
California, USA

This quilt was made for my friends first baby boy. The circles of varying sizes are all raw edge appliqued and the quilt is free motion quilted with stippling in the negative space.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 42"

Bittersweet Briar Bittersweet Briar
By: Debbie Wick,
New York, USA

I made this Kim Diehl quilt using hand dyed wool and cottons. I blanket stitched golden wool berries and hand appliqued cotton circles in beautiful colors in the border. The flower in the center is also wool blanket stitched circles! The threads matches the color of the wool pieces.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 48"

Boy's Beach Balls Boy’s Beach Balls
By: Carolyn Braun,
New Jersey, USA

This quilt top has been made to be a baby boy quilt for a friend, I fell in love with the little plaids and argyles and felt they were perfectly boyish. The “beach balls” were created by sewing triangles together into a hexagon and were then reverse appliqued to the blocks before joining them.

Quilt size: width: 33" height: 46"

Circle of Hope Circle of Hope
By: Patricia Moffitt,
Alaska, USA

This was my first circle quilt. I have since made one in turquoise which won a blue ribbon at the state fair.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 60"

Circles and Sunflowers Circles and Sunflowers
By: Anita at Margret Mary’s Place,
Florida, USA

This was a fun quilt to make..using all batik strings, making large circle blocks and cutting them in half and quarters, switching them around. I also added some paper piece sunflowers to the mix. Quilting was quite demanding. I love how it turned out, check out the link to see the pieced backing!

Quilt size: width: 64" height: 75"

Circles for Baby Stanton Circles for Baby Stanton
By: Carol,
Illinois, USA

I saw this pattern in a recent Fons and Porter magazine. Since I will soon have a new granddaughter, I thought this quilt in flannel would be a perfect baby gift. The colors I included and the jungle animals in some of the prints match the nursery colors and theme.

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 70"

Circles of Frienship Circles of Frienship
By: Bunny,
Ontario, Canada

When my friend passed I got her scraps. We both made many circle quilts and I combined her circle scraps and mine and made this quilt. I machine appliqued circles and machine quilted all over. It make me smile when I see it. She would have loved entering her quilts here. Hugs

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 60"

CIRCLES OF LIFE CIRCLES OF LIFE
By: Jean,
Ohio, USA

This was posted last time, but was meant for this one. It is made from 36″ wide yard sale fabrics that my Mom purchased years ago. The sashing is from a quilt I tore apart to redo that my Great Aunt had made. It is machine appliqued and quilted.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 52"

Clarice Clarice
By: Rosalind Pollock,
United Kingdom

The whole quilt is of my own design and construction.

All the designs are based on Clarice Cliff’s pottery designs . Each plate pattern is individually appliqued as close as possible to Clarice’s colour choices.

After I made the quilt ,coincidentally, a Clarice fabric range came out!

Quilt size: width: 50" height: 50"

Concentricity Concentricity
By: Cheryl Lynch,
Pennsylvania, USA

This quilt was inspired by a sidewalk detail I came across during my morning walk while visiting St Augustine, FL. I used lots of alternative fabrics in addition to cotton, such as Dupioni silk, organza and lame. The circles were handstitched with lots of different decorative threads.

Quilt size: width: 42" height: 42"

Fresh Baked Fresh Baked
By: Anne,
Colorado, USA

I have a collection of both fruit and veggie dishes and fabric. This quilt is one of several I made to showcase the fabrics and use in my dining room during the summer months. I’ve have also featured citrus fruits, salads, tomatoes and pumpkins. Circles, berries and pies just go together.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"

Maritime Beauty Maritime Beauty
By: Kate,
Ontario, Canada

The pattern is by Karen Neary, and I made this from a kit I got from Mrs. Pugsley’s Emporium, in Amherst, NS. My first real attempt at paper piecing and at curved piecing, and I am thrilled with the results. Now, I just need to quilt it!

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 30"

Patches Patches
By: Rita,
Missouri, USA

I saw this fabric last year in my local quilt shop. I thought the circles would look cool boxed in. Haven’t quilted it yet, hope to finish this weekend.

Quilt size: width: 56" height: 68"

Purple Glitz Purple Glitz
By: Sam,
Saskatchewan, Canada

The original title was ’70’s Porn’ but I wasn’t sure how that would go over. It’s fun and funky. I’m always taken with the drunkards path, it’s my favorite quilt type.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 60"

Ripple Effect Ripple Effect
By: Beth Helfter,
Massachusetts, USA

Playing with EQ one day, I finally came up with what I thought was a great pattern for a Christmas tree skirt, so I set about sewing up a prototype to see if it was all I anticipated and then some. It was not – because it was too small, but this version made an excellent “Small Topper.”

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Running Around in Circles Running Around in Circles
By: Barbara Robson,
Nova Scotia, Canada

Originally made for my Guild’s show (Mahone Bay Quilter’s Guild) “Art in Stitches” in 2000 – we had to be inspired by a work of art. I inspired by Kandinsky’s “Concentric Circles”. I have since made several pieces using this theme of circles. It is hand appliqued, machine pieced & hand quilted.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 30"

Salt Air Circles Salt Air Circles
By: Mary on Lake Pulaski,
Minnesota, USA

I mixed up all the prints from the Salt Air collection from Moda and made Drunkards Path Blocks. I made a table cloth for my table and used the last six fat quarters for napkins.

Quilt size: width: 58" height: 72"

sea crystal + plaid sea crystal + plaid
By: Sarah @ {no} hats,
Indiana, USA

I designed this side of “sea crystal + plaid” with five emeralds, representing the birthstone for the fifth month of May ;)

Quilt size: width: 58" height: 58"

Wedding Quilt Wedding Quilt
By: Izy Denham,
United Kingdom

This is a wedding quilt I made for my son back in 2009. I had seen a similar pattern in a magazine but wanted to make a bit more impact with half drop blocks etc. It was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle putting it all together! I used freezer paper to applique the circles to the back ground fabrics.

Quilt size: width: 96" height: 110"

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This post was published on June 7th, 2013. Post topics: Quilt Gallery.

135 Responses to “Circle Quilts”

  1. Nancy in Utah says:

    In my first quilting class, I was taught to always press to one side, however, after getting more experience, I have learned that pressing seams open give me a smoother appearance and my long arm quilters say that the seams are much easier to quilt because there is less bulk and when I expressed concern about the strength of the seams, I was reminded that after the project is quilted, there won’t be any stress on the seams. I do still find though, that there are times when I have to, or need to press to one side. So I use a combination of both methods and try to reduce the bulkiness of my seams.

  2. Judy says:

    I press to one side unless it’s going to be too bulky, then I press open.

  3. Grace Shafer says:

    I most often press to the dark side, because I like how the seams “nest” when joining pieces. It seem like less work too!

  4. Becky T says:

    I usually press to the dark side but if it is a lot of seams coming into one point, I will press open.

  5. Kim Cady says:

    I always press my seams open

  6. Diane Plymale says:

    I always press to the dark fabrics, because that is what I was told to do 26 years ago when I learned to quilt, and I always do what I am told (usually) :+) !

  7. crystal stegall says:

    I ususally press mine to the side . It makes the seams nest and lay flatter. Thanks for the giveaway ! The sample is beautiful.

  8. Kevyn says:

    I almost always press to the dark side because that is how I was taught and it helps with nesting seams. However, I press open to avoid bulk when joining pieces for stars.

  9. claire A says:

    The short answer is Both. I used to always press to the side to eliminate some bearding of the batting; now that I don’t use poly fabric or batting, that isn’t a problem. I still find it easier to press to the side and like it for nesting when joining right angle seams. I do use open seams when I don’t know how it will be joining up because I am planning as I go.

  10. Jane says:

    Usually press to one side because that’s how I first learned. However, if I need to reduce bulk I’ll press them open. Just depends. Thanks!

  11. nancyb says:

    I always pressed to one side because the quilt police years ago told me to. now I do so because I do think the seam is stronger but if its bulky I press open without hesitation. nancyb

  12. Julie says:

    I press to one side so the seams will nest.

  13. Helen R says:

    I press toward the darkest fabric. Some exceptions are many seams and no seams, press away from many seams toward no seam. Lots of seams meeting and I will press open. I do not press open all the time, because I feel that the seam is not as strong and may be pulled apart during use. If your quilting is very small and close together, it probably doesn’t matter, but I tend to quilt in large motifs. In the end, do what makes you a happy quilter.

  14. Betty H says:

    I press to one side because it makes the seam stronger and it is easier to quilt ‘in-the-ditch’. I don’t like pressing open because it is harder to match seams.

  15. Chris says:

    Totally depends on how much bulk and how many cross seams. If it is little smaller then 2inch, I press open. If I am going to cut this a lot as in split pinwheels or 9 patches I press open, but if it is a simple 9 patch I don’t.

  16. Margaret R says:

    I press to one side unless there are a lot of seams and then I press open.

  17. Amy the Canadian says:

    I usually press to the side so I can ‘lock’ the seams together to get perfect points/joins/seams. however, on some blocks I open the seams and press if there is a lot of bulk at intersections.

  18. Nita says:

    I press to the side … because I always burn my fingers trying to hold the seams open.

  19. Rose says:

    I am a beginner quilter so I press to one side. Usually that’s what the directions tell me to do and I’m still following directions very carefully, I wouldn’t want to mess up!

  20. Nancy says:

    Love the “clarice”. I have been collecting photos of this pottery to do the same type of quilt. Would love to know which fabric line has the Cliff color ways.

  21. kathy Dunn says:

    I press to one side when I have to match seams. I will press open if I have several points coming together.

  22. Karen says:

    I piece all my seams open. I like the look of a smooth top

  23. Gillian Rapson says:

    Like so many others, I was taught to press to one side but occasionally it is necessary to open the seams for a neat appearance.

  24. Betty Baerg says:

    I press to one side (mostly to the dark side) because it seems to be a stronger hold and doesn’t show under the light side. I love joining seams that way and how it feels so smooth when you have the material in the right spot.

  25. Hanke says:

    I press to one side, because my teacher told me :-) And when I press open it seems you see the stitches. And the seems are stronger.

  26. Marie Delliazza says:

    I try to press to the dark, but when things get too bulky, I improvise and hope for the best.

  27. Lise says:

    I press on one side (dark) unless I’m making ex: pinwheel I press one part to one side then the other side opposite to open the center seams so it lays flat…

  28. Karen Miller says:

    I only press open if I’m trying to reduce bulk. Otherwise I press to the side and normally toward the darker color. When you press open I feel you take a greater risk of exposing the theads. Thanks for the awesome contest this week. Love the sponsors, quilts and giveaway !

  29. Cindy A. says:

    I press open if it makes the seams lie flatter. It also keeps for more even wear with two layers of fabric on each side of the seam.

  30. Eileen Keane says:

    I press my seams to one side, the darker side, so I don’t have shadowing.

  31. Karrie Smith says:

    I press my seams towards the dark side, because it seems to be a popular way to do it!

  32. Tammy Pettus says:

    I press my seams to one side. The quilt is stronger and will last longer.

  33. Trina says:

    I press my seams wide open. But I’m new… :)

  34. Patty says:

    I was taught to press seams to one side and so far it has worked great for me. I like that I can match the seams better this way. There are times I will press seams open, such as doing a miniture quilt or one with lots of seams meeting at a single point.

  35. Lizzie says:

    To one side. That way your squares will “nest” and the quilt will be stronger overall.

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