Interested in starting your first quilt, or simply looking for a fun new blanket project? This circle quilt tutorial is the perfect project for the modern sewist, an easy introduction to piecing & quilting that will leave you well-rounded in your sewing skill set! Read on for our suggestions on choosing fabrics and the full tutorial from Bijou Lovely.
Until they’ve made one, many people don’t quite understand how quilting is both an art form and a labor of love. The value of our time and care we put into all of our projects goes without saying, and tackling a quilt can require a whole new level of patience. Lucky for you, this circle quilt from Bijou Lovely simplifies the process with very basic applique blocks and quilting stitched in a straight grid, perfect for easing you into the craft if you’re looking for a place to start.
Choosing fabrics can be the most fun you have with a project, but also the most daunting. We try to lean on the “cup is half full” side of things, and take the challenge of selecting fabrics as a trip down inspiration lane. The great thing about the number of circles required for this project is the wilder you go, the more chances they all have to come together in the end. If you have a certain theme to run with (specific colors in a living room or nursery, zoo animals or floral), try to visit multiple fabric shops when you’re browsing so you have a good idea of what’s out there. These circles are small, so your stash could be a great place to start, too. Look for patterns around you, in decor magazines or children’s books; color combinations that speak to you even if you’re not quite sure why could be a great place to jumpstart your collection. If you’re going with small prints, sticking with small prints for all of your fabrics can be a unifying theme, or vice-versa with large prints. Whatever your method, make sure you have fun doing it, because it’ll show in the final product!
You’ll be applying your circles for this project using the applique method, and in this case the blanket stitch is used. It’s a great stitch for applying the circles, and leaves a smooth, linear finish to it all. You could consider a tight zigzag stitch here also, or a top stitch if you want the raw-edge look to your applique. Test out your method on a sample block first so you know you’re ready to go!
Ready to start your quilt? Have some fun selecting fabrics and head to Bijou Lovely for the full tutorial!
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