Do you fall in love with the quilts you create?
And so it began…
I had six 1/2 square triangle blocks left over from a project I created a few years ago.
What can you do with six leftover blocks that kinda go together, but not really?
I could have tossed them out and saved myself time and energy. But, waste not – want not, right? Anyway, there’s always something you can do with the leftovers.
Coasters? A Mug mat? Those ideas did not stir up any excitement for me.
I wanted to do something spectacular with these run-of-the-mill blocks.
Sometimes you have to dare to be different.
Circles. I’ll make circle appliques out of them! Now I’m getting excited, you?
I thought it was a great idea until I made the circles out of them.
My circles were a disappointment.
They almost ended up in the trash – but don’t tell them that!
My circle appliques sat on the design table for several long months. Taunting me.
I’d run into the studio before my workout and rearrange them this way and that.
Nothing. No inspiration. No creativity.
This was going nowhere fast, and I was about ready to quit, but something inside of me told me not to. I’d stay awake at night – thinking about those circles.
And Suddenly Inspiration Hit – (Thank Goodness!)
Once the idea was there, the passion was fueled, and the quilt was created.
I fell in love with it and the design. But as its creator, I’m a little biased.
This brings me to a thought for you to chew on.
Now a bit about this Quilt
The materials needed are
- 6 coordinating 1/2 square triangles
- 1/4 yard of two neutral fabrics
- 16” X 54” White or cream tone on tone background fabric
- 1/4 yd binding fabric
- Backing slightly larger the finished quilt
- Fusible webbing of your choice (I like Misty Fuse)*affiliate link
- Thread for sewing, appliqué, and quilting.
- I used (Superior Threads Fantastico thread *(affiliate link) for appliqué and Quilting)
- Fiskars Circle Cutter. *affiliate link
- Fuse webbing to the wrong side of 1/2 square triangle blocks
- Fold your 1/2 squares in half and make circles from them following the directions of the Fishers Circle Cutter. (If you are using Misty Fuse – put some parchment paper between the layers so it doesn’t stick)
- Make four 4” circles and two 3” circles)
- Fuse webbing to the wrong side of neutral-toned fabrics. You’ll be making two 8” circles and Two 6” circles Cut these in half.
- Fold your background fabric in half. Press.
- Using the pressed line and the photo as a guide place the neutral-toned 1/2 circles on the background fabric. Try to arrange them so the space at the top and bottom is the same (or close). You’ll trim the piece after appliqué and quilting.
- Press them in place
- Now add the circle appliqué arranging them the way you like. Fuse in place.
- Applique with a narrow satin stitch.
- Quilt as desired.
- Trim the piece to 14” X 50” so the design is centered.
- Bind as desired.
Until next time, enjoy your day and the journey