My friend, Liz, challenged me a couple of months ago to begin making a circle quilt. It’s something we’ve talked about on and off for a long time and she said it was about time we did something about it.
I spent some time on Pinterest searching for circle quilt ideas. I found a few I liked, a couple I knew I was NEVER going to make (do you see me making blocks that have hundreds of curved pieces???), and more interesting quilts than I could ‘shake a stick at’ (some of my southern heritage sneaking through).
I decided to make a scrap quilt. I collect scraps. I find it very difficult to throw away even the smallest piece of fabric. I always think I can use it in some way. I dragged out my large trash bag full of scraps and dumped it on my sewing room floor (should have taken a picture of that!!!).
I drew 7 1/2 inch circles on parchment paper and roughly cut them out.
Then I started sewing. In a foundation piecing style, I sewed fabric strips to the parchment paper covering the drawn circle. I started out thinking I would make a table cover or runner, but I found the sewing to be addictive. I pieced all the circles I had traced and cut out and cut out more. And all those really short strips that I had left over from piecing the circles???? I traced 2 1/2 circles and kept on sewing!!!
I made myself stop at 48 large circles and 35 small ones. After pressing them well, I tore the paper from the back and pressed them again.
I bought a nice green fabric for the background. I attached the circles to the green squares using a simple zig zag stitch.
Here is the top so far. I LOVE it!!!! I love the colors, I love the movement, I love the bright happy colors!
At this point, I’m trying to decide what to do next. It needs a border all around to frame it, but I don’t want it too busy. I have a couple of thoughts and as soon as I make a decision, I’ll let you know and show you the picture.
Oh! and my bag of scraps???? It’s a full as ever. I’m reminded of Jesus feeding the 5,000!