Anyone help me figure out my quilt idea?

(6 Posts)
Greendove Sun 20-Oct-13 20:35:55

I want to make a quilt using the mod symbol link here
My plan is to make circular templates and then cut them into quarters. I wold stitch together a quarter at a time and then stitch 4 small squares together to make one block. Is this the best way do you think?
I plan to make about 9 blocks and stitch them with a border between them. I am going to use different reds and blues so it is more interesting. But I need a fourth colour for my blacks (for the straight sides) I am thinking of light sponged or marbled grey. Any other ideas?

Greendove Sun 20-Oct-13 20:36:47

*blocks, not blacks blush

MinniesMate Mon 21-Oct-13 15:17:55

I wonder if to make things simpler you could applique the symbol onto the required block size?

For the sashing between the blocks I think a marbled dove grey could look effective.

MrsPennyapple Mon 21-Oct-13 15:21:01

Grey is a good idea, maybe with a speckled pattern or similar?

If you cut a circle out of fabric and then quarter it and sew it together again, it might end up not quite circular, as you'd lose a bit of fabric to your seam allowance. It may or may not be noticable, I don't know.

I suspect the bias would make it difficult too, particularly over a quarter of a circle - the two ends of the block would be with the warp / weft grain, but the middle of the block would be on the bias, so it might distort and flare out a bit.

You could try making the circles out of curved blocks like This

I think you are brave to try patchwork with circles, it's always going to be tricky because of the bias. I've only ever done straight lines, myself!

MinniesMate Mon 21-Oct-13 15:21:28

Found a nice tutorial that could give the look you want.

www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/2013/4/1/going-circles/

Greendove Mon 21-Oct-13 21:09:30

Thank you both for your advice.

My fabric wouldn't be cut in circles, just my templates, so hopefully the sizing would be okay. But I hadn't considered the fabric pulling and distorting so I'll need to watch out for that.

Got some nice grey fabric today so off to look at those links. thanks again thanks

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