Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Circle of Fun ~ Delight

A week ago, I shared this mini quilt tutorial at Riley Blake Designs. I am posting the full tutorial on my blog today just in case you missed it. I am in love with Apricot & Persimmon by Carina Gardner. I love her use of colors and the beautiful timeless designs.

Before you begin, print out the templates I provide in a PDF. I traced them onto clear plastic to make template. It is so much easier and quicker to use those templates and cut out the shapes with small rotary cutter. You can also trace the template onto the fabric and cut them out with scissors if you prefer.

Circle quilt (finished size 18 1/2" x 18 1/2")

{You will need}

Mint Apricot Petal--- 1/3 yard
Cream Apricot Main, Coral Apricot Floral, Peach Apricot Criss Cross, Coral Apricot Fern--- Fat quarters
Thin 80/20 batting

Other quilting necessities

{How to}

1. From the Mint Apricot Petal, cut 3 - 3 1/2" strips. Lay them together perfectly and cut 36 - 3 1/2" squares.

2. Use template 1. Match the two straight edges of the template to the two edges of the fabric square and cut out the shape.

3. From the Coral Apricot Fern (fat quarter), cut 2 - 3 1/4" wide strips. Lay them together perfectly and cut 9 - 3 1/4" squares.

4. Use template 2. Match the two straight edges of the template to the two edges of the square and cut out the shape.

5. Repeat the process in steps 3 and 4 and cut out shapes from the rest of the three fat quarters. Now, you have 36 pieces of Mint Apricot Petals, 9 x 4 = 36 pieces of quarter circle pieces from the fat quarters.

6. To make the blocks, take one piece each from the inner and outer circles. Fold them in half diagonally.

7. With right sides together, pin on the creased center line.

8. Pin the ends and between. Then, sew with 1/4" seams. Press the seam with an iron. Do the same with the rest of the 35 blocks.

9. Use the picture as a guide to lay them out. Sew side by side first then row by row.

Tada! Ready to be quilted!

I am not going to cover the details of basting and such, but I used fat quarter left overs to piece the backing and bias tape. Ready to see the end result??

I love hand quilting, but I can picture this quilt being machine quilted in my minds eyes too...

Here is the back of the quilt. It is just simple strips pieced together, but I like this look as well!

I hope you enjoyed my post and the tutorial will become handy for your sewing adventures. :)


  1. Thank you for sharing your lovely quilt and the construction and templates for it with us. It has such a calm feel to it, it would be great over a crib or bed.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous mini... thank you so much!

  3. I 💘 This pattern and THANK YOU for sharing but I do have a question for you. What is the finished size of block once you sew the 2 sides together?? Im having a hard time sewing them without wrinkles in the SA.. Any tips?? or tricks?? TIA!!

  4. So lovely. Thank you for sharing.