Thursday, October 29, 2009

Quilt Along for Beginners - Circles

As promised here is the material list for the Quilt Along for Beginners. In the parenthesis I've listed the fabrics I am using. The finished approximately 52" square. My daughter is making this for herself and she wanted something a bit larger to snuggle up with. If you'd like to make the baby size (47" square) check out Vickie Eapan's material requirements for her Candy Buttons quilt at the Moda Bake shop.


49 5" squares of your choice (Combination of miscellaneous die cut circles 80 or so)

1 3/4 yard of solid background fabric

2 yards of border fabric (A srappy border -4 different fabrics is an option)

4 yards of backing fabric (Scrappy backing make it 65" square).

1 yard of binding fabric

Batting 65" square

Cutting for your blocks

If you've not purchased your circles pre-cut, you'll need a to cut your 5 inch squares into circles. If you have die cutter, great. If not create a 4" circle template or purchase a premade plastic template. I am kind of lazy when it comes to circles. I bought my circles pre cut. I chose 1930's prints. If you have charms you'd like to use, I suggest you get out your fabric pencil and start tracing circles. Once you've traced them, carefully cut your circles with your rotary cutter. Don't worry if they aren't perfect. That is the beauty of exposed seams. (Don't use a pinking blade!!)

Cut your background fabric into 6.5" squares. Again, if you dont want to do these yourself, I can provide them through my etsy store. I die cut all my 6.5" squares. I have Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton, but can obtain just about any color you'd like. Just email me. You'll need 49 squares. Cut 8 extra if you'd like to make some matching pillows.

Next week, we'll talk about laying out your block and my suggestions for placing your circles.  I suggest post its or a bunch of srap paper you can use to pin to each block so you can keep them in order. 

Sneak Peak

If you have any questions, want to know order squares or know where you can purchase die cut circles, just email me.


  1. That is going to look fabulous, I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. Diana, Those circle look fantastic!! Looking forward to seeing the rest!!