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Friday 7 April 2017

Raw Edge Circle Applique Class Quilts

This blog post has been sitting in my 'drafts' folder for over two years, it's high time I share these fab class quilts with you.

A Collection Of Circle Quilts

All students present in my class gave verbal permission for me to share my camera photos here on my blog.

Saturday, 17 January 2015 was my Raw Edge Appliqué Circle Quilt class in Manhattan.  It was a full day: 6 hours; 12 students; and covered lots of techniques.  I took loads of photos, hope you enjoy!!!

Cutting Circles and Designing Quilts

Everyone was so busy straight away, it's funny when there's hardly any talking because everyone's concentrating!

There's my sample quilt too, hanging on the right.

The students are using a Circle Savvy Ruler by Creative Grids.
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I always recommend taking phone photos and turning them to black and white - a great way to step back from your work and assess the design and tonal values better.

Sewing On Circles

Everyone was so industrious and it was great to see the quilts coming along at a pace.

Rose is creating a sample block before moving on to appliquing her quilt.


Loving those variegated FMQ hearts x

Home Time

At the end of the lesson, I took pics of each quilt.  Some had time to quilt and start their binding while some are still to add quilting.  Those quilts look puckered at present as adding the appliqué pulls the fabric in but this straightens out once the quilting is added.

Hilory and Rose
On the left, Hilory slipped out of class without me getting any pics but this is how her quilt looked before she sewed the circles in place.  On the right is Rose's quilt - she created her circles and quilt design in class and then practised her appliqué technique before finishing her quilt at home.

Carolina has only been sewing for a few months and wanted to try circles.  We had a few hiccups with her sewing machine but it didn't stop her creating a great quilt.

Daniella has appliquéd her quilt top onto a larger batting and backing fabric,  she's going to use a QAYG method to extend the quilt top with a border.

Diane sewed on her binding and when she's hand sewn it to the back of her quilt she's turning it into a cover for her sewing machine.

Helma was the only person to use the semi-circles you can make with the Circle Savvy ruler on her quilt. Love how the design is reflected in the print on her backing fabric.

Several ladies overlapped and layered their circles - Kat's is a great example of this.

Maureen was the only person to use a background print with self-colour circles but it's so successful I'll be thinking about making a quilt like this myself.

Rita has done some stunning stippling around her circles and that variegated red through pink thread makes the back super special too.  She added a hanging sleeve to the back too - just needs to sew down that binding and it's ready to hang.

Sherry D from PA
I'm totally in love with Sherry's backing fabric, I'm sure her son's going to love his new quilt!

Sherry T from TN
Sherry T was visiting NY on a trip with her husband - he gave her the class as a Christmas present, how fab is that?  In class Sherry also discovered another student's sister lives in Tennessee - actually in Sherry's hometown and they know each other too through quilting!!!

Fabulous colours and great negative space - that zig zag chevron fabric is a show stopper.

What a wonderful class, the time flew by and I'm so proud of this collection of quilts, it's a special feeling seeing everyone's progression and how their confidence blossoms along with their quilts.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and I got some great feedback in the class evaluations - you can read all my student feedback here via my Past Classes page.

Who knows, after all this time maybe some of the ladies in the class will see this post - if any of you do please let me have photos of your finished quilts and of any others you make after the class, you can email me via my email link top right of my blog.

A Collection Of Circle Quilts

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  1. Looks like a wonderful class! Great method of doing appliqué and quilting in one step! Beautiful fabrics and color choices!

  2. I've always wanted to make a circle, ring, spot, dot quilt. I would LOVE to take your class!!

  3. What fun quilts! Thanks for sharing.


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