Circles make me happy. They remind me of fun things – balloons, bubbles, cake, pie, the sun, etc. I find them to be a very pleasing shape. Circles are a challenge to achieve in quilting. I like a challenge. The most straight forward approach is appliqué.
While I was working at a sewing store, I made a sample baby quilt from the Folic line from In the Beginning fabrics. I enjoyed coming up with my own design. I wanted to add the circle appliqués to promote some of the products we sold at the store – plus, again, circles make me happy. (For more information about this pattern, contact Stitched at 802-878-2290.)
In this close-up you can see how I attached the appliqué with a decorative machine stitch.
My next circle appliqué project was a baby quilt for a friend. I call it Bubbles and Port-holes. I used Odyssea by Momo. The fabric has an underwater theme so the circles give the feel of bubbles.
I was inspired by a quilt I saw in Linda Kopp’s Quilts, Baby!: 20 Cuddly Designs to Piece, Patch & Embroider. That quilt used circles of various sizes hand-appliquéd and didn’t include a border. I decided to machine appliqué my circles. As I worked, I became nervous that my machine appliqué wouldn’t hold. I then decided to surround the larger circles with bias binding. This gave them a port-hole effect which only added to the quilts nautical theme.
I carried the theme through in the quilting as well. I did some echo-quilting around the circles and filled the surrounding area with waves mimicking seaweed.
A pattern for Bubbles and Port-holes including instructions for creating the bias binding will be available soon.