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Dealing with the center circle

Join us on a new 12-month quilting journey as we bring you a fabulous quilt designed especially for TQS by Sarah Vedeler. Sedona Star is a spectacular medallion quilt that features a beautiful center star surrounded by a charming array of appliqué elements.

Each month we will provide a photo and detailed directions for a portion of the quilt, as well as full-size patterns. Sedona Star finishes at approximately 88” x 88” inches. One version features a total of sixteen different print fabrics, including colorful shades of blue, pink, purple, yellow, red and gold; however, Sarah is providing another alternative color option and instructions for each month as well. Fabric kits for both colorways area available in limited quantities through the TQS Shoppe.

Dealing with the center circle

Postby fortquilt » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:44 pm

I attempted to pin the center circle into the diamond and triangle formation, but knew it just would not work for me. It was going to be too much wrangling of stiff paper backed pieces and too much fitting of curved edges. So, I unpinned all that I had pinned. I applied fusible web in short strips only 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long to the edge of the cream circle. These overlapped slightly. Then, from the right side I marked the cream circle to be 1/2 inch wide with a light pencil mark. Next I trimmed this as neatly as I could. I removed the paper backing from the fusible web. I fused the inner circle to that diamond and triangle formation very slowly and carefully butting the cream circle just to the matching points. My fusible did not seem to beholding well, so I pinned it, too. I pinned back each point as far as I could without the points getting in the way of the sewing so that the points would be out of my way, and then blanket stitched the whole circle down using the same Rainbows thread I used on all the other applique so far. It is flatter than a pancake and looks beautiful. I am ready for March. Bring it on!
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Re: Dealing with the center circle

Postby adamsme » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:21 pm

Sounds interesting. Have you posted a photo in Show and Tell?
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Re: Dealing with the center circle

Postby fortquilt » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:04 pm

I posted a couple of pictures on "Show and Tell." I think they illustrate how well this approach to "the center problem" can work. 8)
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