Circular Edge

Circular Edges Mini Quilt ~ Washed

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I spent both days traveling to the city for various birthday and Mother’s Day parties – May is a very, very busy month in our family. I did manage to get a photo of me and my kiddos yesterday. Usually I’m at the other end of the camera so it’s always a special treat.

I wasn’t able to spend any time at my sewing machine, but I did finish up my newest mini quilt last Friday. This quilt was so fun to make. Mostly because of the great fabrics from Laura Gunn. The colors are really amazing!

Circular Edges Mini Quilt

When making this quilt, I first cut my neutral squares at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. Initially I thought this was going to be a pillow, so I set it up to finish at 18″ x 18″. This means there are 9 squares across and 9 squares down (for a total of 81). I pieced those together first, and then created my quilt sandwich for quilting. The neutral fabrics I used are all Free Spirit Designer Solids – Pearl, Sand Dune and Dogwood.

Circular Edges Mini Quilt

After that was all set up, I started placing out my circles until I came up with a layout that I liked. I used Heat n Bond Lite to fuse the circles to the squares.

After I was done ironing everything into place, I did the quilting. I’m not sure if this is a weird order to go about the process, but I thought it would be fun/smart to combine the applique and quilting steps. (As opposed to appliqueing the circles onto the squares, and then sewing them together, creating the quilt sandwich, and quilting).

Circular Edges Mini Quilt

At first I started just going around the edge of each circle, but after one row I changed my mind and decided on something a little different. So I ripped out those stitches and started quilting 4 straight lines through the middle of each row and column. Just something a bit unexpected.

Circular Edges Mini Quilt ~ Washed

From the beginning, when I was thinking about this project, I envisioned raw edges fraying in the finished quilt. I’ve washed it a couple times now and it’s only now starting to fray a little. I think I need to throw it back in a couple more times. I’m really enjoying the texture it’s creating.

This week I’m hoping to sit down and do some design work, and also get back to work on my Simply Style work in progress. Finger’s crossed!


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    This might be my favourite quilt so far of 2013 – absolutely love it! The Edges fabric works wonderfully on this little rainbow quilt and the quilting is perfect. Beautiful work x

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    For fraying edges, perhaps next time cut your heat and bond circles 1/8″ smaller than your circles.

    And what a fun design!

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    Paula says

    It’s absolutely beautiful. I’ve fallen in love with circles and I’m definitely going to have a go at using some now.

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    Penny says

    Questions: How big are your circles? Which Laura Gunn fabrics did you use? Is a fat quarter of each neutral/color enough? This may be my next project and I love the order you followed.

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    Sarah says

    I like so much about this quilt. Firstly the rainbow colours in order, and the quilting really speaks to me! Then I worked out its so small! I thought the backgrounds were about charm square size, but only 2 1/2″. Lovely photo of you three as well.

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    This is pretty much awesome! I love it all. And thanks for the intro to Laura Gunn’s latest line, I really love the colours and textures of all her lines. I have had a circle dye for my Go Baby sitting there for almost 2 years, unused, despite plenty of ideas. I think you’ve lit the fire to finally break it out of the plastic. Thanks!

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    this is so pretty. You are right the colors just pop. I made a similar circle quilt a few years ago and i love the texture that develops from the frayed edges.

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    Sue Moore says

    Love it! Now I know how to finish a quilt I’ve been staring at for weeks lol ! Thanks for sharing & inspiring !

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    Teresa says

    Wow! I need this simple (yet striking) piece of art for my office! The four lines of straight quilting through the circles are exactly right for this design!

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    Molly says

    Love love love this piece! The straight line quilting is perfect and the colors are scrumptious against the neutrals.

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    This mini is so beautiful! I really love the different neutrals you used! Great idea to combine the quilting and applique stitching. Hope you show us a picture of the fraying 🙂

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    Marianne says

    This is such a cheerful quilt. Your choice of neutral background squares really sets of the lovely Laura Gunn Edges fabrics.

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    I love the design, but the quilting just sends it over the edge…no pun intended but it did make me smile. 😉 Great job Faith!

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