Full circle finish…

I am pleased to finally share with you my finished circle top…

Finished circle top

I can not believe how easy this top was to put together and how much fun I had doing it.  After years and years of avoiding curves I am thrilled to be able to add a whole new list of quilts to my “must do” list.

curve top detail

In my original post about this quilt I talked about the two different templates I used to make the curved blocks. There were some of questions about the EZ circle template so I thought I would take the opportunity to talk briefly about that process a little more…

stainglass quilt

For the following example I made a 6 inch Drunkard Path block… so to start I cut out a 5 inch square of my circle fabric and a 6 1/2 inch square of my back ground fabric.

To cut the circle out I aligned my 5 inch square to the bottom line of the ruler marked “Fabric fold line” and to the middle arrows of the ruler.

EZ alignI then ran my rotary cutter along the inside of the “8” finished circle” grove.  If you want to make a complete square with this ruler you cut a 10 inch square of fabric and fold it in half length wise and width wise so you end up with a 5 inch square of folded material.  You follow the above steps, making sure that the folded sides of the material align with the “fabric fold line” marks on the ruler.

EZ circle cutYou now have your inner curve… so onto your outer piece.  For this piece I choose to cut a 6 1/2 inch square but you this ruler gives you some great creative choices here.  If you want less background in your block you could go down to a 5 1/2 inch square or if you wanted more back ground you can increase your back ground square as you want.

EZ background cutYou are aligning your background square as you did your inner circle square but this time you are cutting on the curve 1 inch less than your circle curve.  For me this meant I cut on the 7″ finished circle line.  Again if you want to make a circle using this ruler, make your background piece double the size (in this case my background piece would be 13 inches square) and fold your fabric before cutting.

EZ overlapCutting the background on the ruler curve 1 inch less than your inner circle give you the seam allowance overlap you need.  You are now ready to sew your curved pieces together.

quilt top detail 2For the blocks of my Acidic Curve quilt I cut a 9 inch curve and then had a 6 inch background block with a curve cut out using the 8″ mark on the ruler.  This gave me a finished circle block of 11 inches to work with.orange circle block Hopefully I have not confused you too much… but I can definitely recommend the EZ ruler. I am finding it is giving me great creative choices for the curved blocks I am making, though the biggest curve I can make with it is a 10 inch finished circle.

32 thoughts on “Full circle finish…

  1. I have no words to express how much I love this! It’s Gorgeous!!!! Do you happen to remember what colors you used for these? It’s purple and pink and surprisingly I love it, so I should probably ride that train as long as possible. 😀

    • I grabbed fabric from my stash, some of which I have had for years and do not know who it is by. I know that there is Couture Cotton in Apricot, Tangerine, Orange, Clementine, Lava, Coral, Petal, Watermelon, Berry, Orchid, Magneta, Raspberry, Bubblegum,Violet and a little Peach and Cherry. There is also Kona purples, magenta and bright oranges. And a touch of bright yellow which is Citrus in Cotton Couture but I think I would leave it out if I made it again.

  2. It’s great! And wonderful that the right tool has made you conquer your fear, because obviously it wasn’t a sewing issue – you’ve done a beautiful job. And personally, I like the yellows, they add a touch of ‘heat’. I’ve been wanting to make a quilt with different sized circles appliqued to it for some time, and this would certainly make life much easier.

  3. I missed your earlier posts on this, but I’m impressed! Love your color choices and the solids, of course, but Wow– that EZ ruler looks fun! I made a mini drunkard’s path a few years ago with templates I drew myself on cardboard. It came out quite nicely but I realize I haven’t been looking forward to the fussing enough to ever give it another try. Now maybe I will…..thanks!

    • Oh this colour scheme would be great for a scrappy quilt, and Do Good Quilts are always so fabulously scrappy. I am never this brave with colour when I set my Do Good blocks….I need to be braver.

  4. Hi Cath! Looks fantastic! Thank you for showing how you do it. I’m sure we are many WHO are affraid of the circles – perhaps it’s time to try. x Teje

  5. So THAT’s how it’s done!!! Perfect curves! I very well might have to buy one of those rulers! So far, I only have straight rulers, but on my list is the hex-and-more ruler, a flying geese helper, and now this EZ curves ruler. I might need to do some notion shopping soon!

  6. Pingback: Continuing the catch up with curves | WOMBAT QUILTS

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