This is a easy quilt but a little more time consuming than some of my others. This finished quilt measured about 42"x 56" give or take a couple inches. Its easy to make this whatever size you want…just cut more or less blocks. I used about 30 different fabrics for mine, but some of them were just one or two squares. Use a big variety, I would recommend no less than 10 different fabrics so laying the blocks out will be easier.
- Cut 48 – 8" squares from your background fabrics.
- Cut 48 – 6.5" squares from your circle fabrics.
- Now using cardstock, trace a bowl or something that is about 6 1/8" or 6 1/4" in diameter. Cut out your circle.
- Now you can place your template on your 6.5" blocks and trace around the wrong side, I used a fabric marker but any light washable marker would work. After you’ve traced your template you can stack four or so squares to cut through at the same time to make it go faster, just make sure you pin them well.
- Cut all 48 circles out this way until you have a nice little stack.
- Now place one of your cut circles on an 8" square. I eyeballed the middle of mine, but you can fold the 8" block in half each way to find the middle if your really ambitious.
- Then pin, and sew 1/4" around the circle. Leave at least 1/4" because the edges will fray!
- I didn’t use any fusible material before I sewed my circles on and they went on just fine with no creases, just make sure you go semi- slow and pull the creases out as go.
- Now repeat with all your blocks until each 8" block has a circle sewn to it. The matching up of background fabric to circle fabric took me FOREVER!
- Now cut your 8" blocks in half each way. Again you can do 2 or more at a time to make it faster.
- Now the fun part…..not really it takes forever. This part is optional, but as you can see through the first picture, on some of my squares you could see the background fabric showing through the circle fabric. So, I cut all the background bits out from behind the circle. I did it in front of the TV and in no time they were done.
- Once you’ve got all those bad boys done you start arranging your blocks. I did this on my design wall ( piece of flannel pinned to the wall…fancy, I know ) and it took forever because there are so many small blocks. I just went row by row adding colors here and there, mainly concentrating on spacing out my bright reds and big prints so they weren’t all clumped.
- Once you have them arranged how you like you can start sewing them together. I sewed them together as blocks like in the pictures below, and then sewed them together into rows.
- And there you have it, once you get your blocks sewn together it will look like this:
**And because I know I’ll get asked…the fabrics from this quilt were mostly from American Jane by Moda ( from the Wee Play & Building Blocks line which are discontinued…sorry!), some Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt, a couple squares by Amy Butler from her Lotus line which just was re-released, and a few other random fabrics.
** Also I've had questions about how the raw edges hold up. I'm not an expert but I have been told by someone who knows what they're doing...that because these raw edges are cut on the bias into the circle shape, they won't fray or unravel. After I washed this quilt I had no threads I had to cut that had unraveled, so I guess its true!
**I didn't figure out the fabric requirements of this because I used so many (about 40 different) fabric prints. But off the top of my head I would say you need about 3-3.5 yards total for the top. Definitely don't rely on that number, but its at least an estimate for ya.