When I came across the Six Minute Circle video by Dale Fleming, I knew I needed to give it a try. Yesterday I finally got that chance. Whether you are wanting perfectly round circles, organic circles, or even half circles, you really need to check out the video.
I grabbed some of my Shibori hand dyed fabric and linen pieces and set out to see what all the fuss was about! Right off the bat I knew I wasn't going to do perfect circles. I free hand cut a shape I was happy with. Looks like an egg to me...guess that would be an oval!
It's all about the freezer paper! Who would have ever thought that would have a place in quilting?!
You decide on the size of your blocks, circle and how much background space you want around the center shape. Since I was just 'playing', I made two different sizes.
Here is the back after stitching around the circle. You have two options when pressing your seams. If you press them out, like I did, the front looks pieced. If you press the seam towards the center, the block looks more like applique. How about that?!
The tutorial has you cutting two pieces of fabric, one for the background and one for the circle. Both are the same size. I actually didn't do that because I didn't want to 'waste' my hand dyed fabric. I did make sure that it covered the center and all around the turned back area that the tutorial shows.
Also, they took longer than six minutes! And you can expect that if it's your first time trying this method. Next time I will change from my walking foot to a zipper foot when sewing around the corner. I was experimenting so I left my dual feed foot on. Not a good idea.
There are possibilities here and I really like that! Have you used this method? Or do you have a different technique you use?
If you haven't heard, Debbie at A Quilter's Table is doing Crosscut Quilt-Along on Instagram. I jumped in! It was too irresistible! By the end of the I will have a gorgeous mini quilt!
If you aren't able to join in but would like to learn, she has a great tutorial for the Crosscut Block here.
Every day this week she has step to complete. I picked pink, only because I rarely use pink in anything except on my toenails!
This was the end of day of day two. Day three...slice it up!! Seriously...YIKES! Courage is needed! It's been fun and who doesn't love a quick quilt-along?!