Tuesday, April 6, 2010


My comfort zone was tested this month. 

In one of my bees, I was asked to make a block featuring pieced circles. 

Pieced.  Circles.

Now, some of you may not know this, but I only started quilting last August.  That's less than a year ago.  I'm doing well to manage straight lines and only recently started doing an awesome job (if I do say so myself) of matching points.  But pieced circles?  No thanks.  They weren't anywhere near anything on my quilting radar to try.

But, I didn't want to disappoint, and I was lucky enough that another bee member posted a link to an AWESOME curved piecing tutorial.  So, I cut out the fabric, set my machine to sew as slow as possible (in case I screwed up), and got started.

And about 8 hours later (remember that I'm dealing with a toddler here, and a preteen that's home for spring break) I had this bad boy in all it's circle-y glory:

That's right.  It turns out, I can do pieced circles.  Is it perfect?  Heck no.  But, it's a good starting point for me and I think that I just *might* try this again in the future ... a table runner perhaps, but probably on a larger scale.  Smaller circles are hard.

I hope you enjoy your block, Melissa.  I didn't really know if I liked the fabric choice at first (it shouldn't matter to me anyway since it's your block and your choice), but I think it totally reminds me of some of the Pottery Barn fabrics I've been seeing around.  Like this one:


SewCalGal said...

I think you did a great job on your circles. Can't wait to see your next project!


Angela said...

your blog is lovely and fun! great job on the circle piecing...haven't tried that myself.

Michelle said...

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