Try this tool for making small circles.
Originally posted on August 24, 2016 by Amanda Leins
I’m on vacation, and as we all do when on vacation (at least, I assume we all do), I hunted down and visited 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’ve blogged about circles before (see here and here), but was excited to see and try this tool. 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!
Perfect Circles come in packs in two sizes, and are intended for use in making applique circles. The small set ranges in sizes from 7/16″ up to 2″. The large size goes from 2 1/4″ to 4 1/2″. I purchased the small set because I’m making a quilt that calls for many, many 2″ circles.
Here’s how to make a perfect circle:
- Cut a piece of fabric about 1/4″ larger than the template.
- Sew a basting stitch around the outside to gather the circle together.
- Use a brush to dab starch or sizing on the gathered edge. Soak the edge pretty well, then press it dry with an iron to set the circle. The template is a heat resistant plastic, so you can iron over it without risk of damaging the templates. Pressing takes a little practice, but the end result is a perfectly formed circle that will hold its 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?
Mandy Leins is an author with Stash Books, quilting and piecing teacher, and longarm quilter. You can find her at Mandalei Quilts.