Sizzling Circles

Another class at Quilter’s Dream.  And boy, did these girls sizzle!  What fun we had!  Even the teacher had a great time.  If my students have half as much fun as I do, the class is a big success.  This one was no exception.  If laughing is therapeutic and medicinal, we are now healed from all diseases.  I think I’ll cancel my chiropractor appointment tomorrow.

The class was all about circles….. and a really fun way to quilt as you go and do a simple, fun quilt pattern that works with many different fabric choices.  But wait – I’ll show you!

The back of Donna’s – aren’t her color combinations great?

These cute little gems are Jackie’s……

…… and these are Jean’s.  Jean and Jackie could collaborate and put theirs together.  But wait!  They did collaborate!  Well, maybe collaborate isn’t the right word…..

…. but new friendships were made!  That’s Jean on the left, describing to Jackie the size of her last quilt project.  Or maybe it was the size of the fish she caught last weekend?  Something like that, I’m sure.  Jean and Jackie worked hard to see who could get the prize for being the furthest behind in class.  It was a competition for them.  And they really wanted to win the award.  Never mind that there is no award for getting the furthest behind.

These cute Betty Boop circles belong to Carlene.  She came straight to class from work and was a bit late.  But she finished her circles first.  She apparently hadn’t heard about the award for getting the furthest behind.  Reminder:  there was no award. 

Carlene did a fabulous job!  And I didn’t find out until the very, very end of class that this was her first quilt class EVER!  That made her achievement double-y good!  Way to go, Carlene!  You rock, girl!

Cindy’s circles sizzled with green and brown.  You can always count on Cindy to be a bit of a rebel.  Her circles were half again bigger than everyone else’s.  She apparently wanted her quilt to grow faster. 

And now a few pics of the process – and the front of these circle blocks.

Getting ready to draw a circle on the fabric for stitching.  Handy, dandy cardboard template makes drawing circles easy!

Trimming away the excess fabric after the circle is stitched.  Jean wanted to save the little bits and we quickly told her to “get over it!”   Some things you just have to let go of.  There will always be more fabric, Jean!

Cindy meticulously pressed her circles after stitching and turning.  But she didn’t hog the ironing board too bad – and gave it up readily for others to use so we didn’t have to stand in line for hours and hours.  She even helped with pressing on the others’ blocks.  That’s just the kind of gal that she is.  Kind, helpful, encouraging…… and a lover of ironing apparently.  The things you learn in quilt classes!

This is the front of Donna’s circles – you saw the back earlier.  Notice how much smaller they are than Cindy’s….

Cindy’s size?  (She was having a Vanna moment.)

Carlene’s……. and the size of everyone else’s too.  Cindy’s circles were on steroids.  Did I mention she’s a bit of a rebel?  (Love ya, Cindy!)


Jackie’s, Jean’s and Carlene’s from the front.  These circles are all so cute! 

Once again, a fun time was had by all!  But most of all – the teacher.

Still sizzling from the circles….. and the sizzling students,

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6 Responses to Sizzling Circles

  1. Judy says:

    MORE sizzlin inspiration!!!!

    Quilters are the BEST!!!!

  2. Shelley C says:

    Do you just continue to add more circles to make a bigger quilt? Or were these just like a candle mat sort of thing (except for rebel Cindy’s who would have a table topper)?

    • Barb says:

      Shelley C, Yes! You just continue to add more circles and make the quilt as big or as small as you wish! Rebel Cindy is actually making a lap size quilt, as are the others. Hers will just require a lesser number of circles to get there. It’s a fun quilt to make! Hugs, Barb

  3. Suz says:

    I need to start following Cindy around to all these fun classes! All of the projects are great inspiration!

  4. Rhonda says:

    You ladies have all inspired me to try this technique..wish me luck!!

  5. Jennifer marshall says:

    Do you use batting???

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