I’m on vacation, and as we all do when on vacation (at least, I assume we all do), we hunt down and visit the local quilt shop! I had the pleasure of going to Jennifer’s Quilt Shop in Pinckney, MI, and found a new-to-me tool for making circles. I talked about that before here and here, but was excited to see and try these. I love visiting new shops because they usually always have something I haven’t seen before and want to try. Sometimes, they will even have classes to take if I can get away from the swimming and outdoor time.
What did I find? Karen Kay Buckleys’ Perfect Circles!
They come in packs in two sizes, a small set (which range from a 7/16″ on up to 2″) and a large size (which go from 2 1/4″ to 4 1/2″). They are meant to make perfect circles for applique. I got the small set because I have a quilt I’m making that calls for many, many 2″ circles.
To do this, cut a piece of fabric about 1/4″ larger than your circle template.
Run a basting stitch around the outside to gather the circle together.
Next, using a brush and starch or sizing, dab the gathers to soak them through and press with an iron to set the circle in place. Because the template is a heat resistant plastic, you can set the iron on top of it without fear of damaging your templates. This last part with the pressing will take a little practice, I can tell! The end result though is a perfectly formed circle that will hold it’s shape thanks to the sizing and starch.
Each set comes with a ring and 4 circles in each size, to be able to set up an assembly line of sorts. I can’t wait to play around more with these when I get home! These would be perfect for easily making the circles on a “Quilt for Baby Ida”.
Do you have a great tool or notion you found on vacation?