Circle magic quilt template

Circle magic quilt template DEFAULT

Circle magic?


I have made that quilt twice using the "Less Than Traditional" templates and instructions from another company, at the link below. They appear to be the same method using similar templates and instructions.

It works great, though you must be as accurate as possible when marking the corners and stitching the completed circles together at those marks to avoid a hole between blocks. It does take more fabric than lots of other patterns, but you can always trim and use the pieces you cut. The task of turning all the stitched circles right side out takes a long time, so rather than turn them as you get them stitched, just stack the stitched circles up, then sit in front of a favorite movie or TV shows and mindlessly turn them right side out.

I made one using the instructions exactly, cutting squares then the circles. My second quilt, though, I cut each circle directly from the yardage without cutting squares first, because I wanted to be able to center a particular figure in the print to be framed. (In this case, I was framing the various princesses from a Disney print for my granddaughter's quilt. It has been dragged around and laundered for two years now, and is still holding together fine.)

One suggestion, after viewing the instructions for Brandy's method: They instruct you to cut a slit in the front fabric circle after stitching the circles together, so you can turn the circle right side out. In Charley's method, you cut the slit before stitching. I prefer that method to save me from the risk of cutting through the wrong piece by accident.

Have fun.

Here is a link that might be useful: Charley's Circle Quilt


Does anyone know where to buy a less expensive Magic CI ircle Ruler!

I am gonna guess you're talking about the tutorial from missouri star quilt co.

I would find this ruler got mine at hobby lobby with a 40% off and it was less than seven bucks I think, you can also get one at joann's with a 50% off coupon for even less! it cuts MANY different sizes The only thing is it is EASIER if you use a 28mm rotary cutter. However I have always used my 45mm cutter you just have to be more careful! I am to cheap to buy a different cutter just for that ruler!

To find where to mark to sew you can do it this way... If you are going to make several of them I would get a piece of template plastic and draw your circle the same size as your circles AFTER they are sewn and then poke little holes where you need to mark! or just cut out a square of plastic the size you need it, then you can just lay it on top of your sewn circle and trace it!

fold your circle in half twice


press it so the lines are visible turn the circle so the lines form an X in front of you


line your 45* line up with one of the lines with the very point just on the inside of your circle! you want the sides of the ruler to match up with the other line at the same point draw those two lines


turn the block around and do the same on the other side then you will have a square inside your circle the four corners of your square are in the spot that she marks on the template.

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Triple Play: 3 Circle Magic Projects with Jenny, Natalie & Misty of Missouri Star

Video Transcript

Jenny: Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I am so excited because it’s Triple Play day so I’m here with

Misty: Misty

Jenny: And

Natalie: Natalie

Jenny: And Natalie and you guys doing ok?

Natalie: Yep

Misty: Fabulous

Jenny: How did you like this project?

Natalie: This was really, really fun.

Misty: It was fun.

Natalie: There were so many different things to do with it.

Jenny: So many

Misty: So many options.

Jenny: So we’re also kind of dressed alike a little bit with our matching shirts.

Natalie: Summertime. You’ve got to wear a t-shirt.

Jenny: You’ve got to wear a t-shirt. And I feel like we should talk about this little elephant in the room. So I was bungee jumping off the coast of Africa.

Natalie: You should see the other guy.

Jenny: I was, you should see the other guy. There you go.

Misty: That’s hilarious.

Jenny: I was motorcycle racing

Natalie: No

Misty: None this is true.

Jenny: I actually just had a few little fibroids removed. And because I have the old lady papery skin now it just bruises up. I do, I have that kind of papery skin and it just bruises up. So don’t worry about me. I’m fine. I’m fine. I just look a little rough at the moment. But it will all be good in a couple of weeks.

Natalie: So keep healing well.

Jenny: Healing well.

Misty: Exactly.

Jenny: So let’s tell them what we did because this is really cool. So years ago we bought the rights to the Circle Magic template and we have now come out with the mini one so we changed them up a little bit so that it would, it would work with pre cuts.

Misty: Yep.

Jenny: And this little guy right here, this is the small one, he’s not the mini.

Natalie: Nope

Jenny: Are we coming out with a mini?

Natalie: We have large and small. I think mini would be really rough to work with.

Jenny: Really tiny.

Natalie: I feel like, you know, unless you have a lot of patience.

Misty: You’d have to be really determined.

Jenny: Ya a lot. So a lot of our, well tell me how you like working with this.

Misty: I thought it was pretty straight forward. I, personally, I had never done one before so I opted for the larger size. And I found that easy for my first time.

Jenny: Right, right, ok.

Misty: So I was glad I made that choice.

Jenny: Ya. I liked that depending upon what you do in the middle, it’s so versatile. There’s so many things that can happen. You’ll see that in our different projects. One of my favorite things is by using this your quilt is like one and done. The back is done.

Misty: Quilt as you go.

Jenny: The front is done. You don’t have to send it off and it’s so great. So I’m going to go first because my quilt, I chose the easiest one. I know that just shocks you.

Natalie: Well they’re really all easy.

Jenny: They are, they really are. But this one seemed easy to me. And so this is my quilt behind us, this right here. And I know it looks hard, right? Well I do a lot of stuff that looks hard but is really easy and this is fun. And since Christmas is coming, and it is July.

Misty: Yes.

Jenny: We tend to do Christmas in July

Natalie: It’s time to start.

Jenny: It’s time to start.

Misty: Time to get started on your project.

Jenny: So this is just darling. This is one layer cake of print and then we used this background. So for my print I used Timber Gnomes. Now for any of you who know me know I’m a Swedish girl and I love little gnomes and so this is Timber Gnomes by Henry Glass. And I used background fabric, I used the same background fabric. So this print actually appears in the layer cake here but I wanted them all to be backed with this and so this was yardage I bought separately for my back. And I used three yards of that. And then you’re going to need a little bit of fusible batting. And this is

Natalie: Here I have one of these.

Jenny: Ya I have a big one too. So this is, fusible batting means that it’s pretty thin, you can see that it’s pretty thin. But it’s got sticky stuff on one side and the soft furry on the other. And I used it so I’m going to show you how to do the basic circle magic and then these girls are going to show you all the tricks.

Natalie: Just a couple different things.

Misty: Some fun ideas.

Jenny: All the fancy stuff. Ya. So basically what we’re going to do is we are going to take a circle of our background and we’re going to cut that out. And I have one here done. Then we’re going to take a circle of print, whatever print we want in the middle. And I think I’m going to, I think this one is fine, right? I always tend to get here and go where’s the cutest fabric. Well this is pretty cute. Alright so I’m going to take my circle magic, it helps to have a rotating mat. It’s totally not necessary but it helps. And you can see that my circle goes almost clear to the edges of this ten inch square there, which I love, I love using most of it. And I’m just going to cut this out. And because of the graduating curve of the circle, this 45 rotary cutter works fine. You don’t need a smaller one. You do need to stay right close by that edge and come around. And let’s see if I’ve gotten most everything.

Misty: Close.

Jenny: Close. So I have to say my cutting arm isn’t as strong as it usually is, you know, so I may have just not pushed hard enough. But no worries I am on the mend. There we go.

Misty: There you go.

Jenny: Alright. Now on this circle magic template there are some markings. And you can see, you know, there’s a square marked out here. There’s a little slit right here. And so what we’re going to do, on our top piece, we’re going to lay this circle on here and we’re going to cut the slit. This is going to be the slit where we turn the whole thing. And so this is the slit right here. And I’m just going to go ahead and mark mine. And I just start right here and go across. And then what I’m going to do is I’m, you have to make sure that it is there. So here it is, see my little slit. And then we’re going to put these two together like this and line them up. So you’re going to something backing piece and the front piece, line them up exactly. And then we’re going to sew. So if you’ll just

Misty: Swap you.

Jenny: Swap me. So on the sewing it’s super important that you’re smooth. That you don’t have any chk, chk, chk in your line, that it’s just smooth and goes around nice and easy. Because when we turn it, we want it to still look smooth and circular. And so I’m just going to put my foot along the edge. And I’m even going to slow down a little. I know that shocks you girls.

Natalie: This is really hard for her.

Misty: Yes.

Natalie: Yes. It takes a lot of patience.

Jenny: Slowing down. So we’re just going to kind of go around here, nice and easy. So you want to have a, when you’re cutting curves you want to have a good blade in your rotary cutter. When you’re sewing like this you want to make sure you have a good needle in. And we’re just going to go straight around this edge and make sure that our foot stays right on that edge so that it’s nice and circular. Alright I have to pay attention. Alright and I’m back to the beginning. Alright so now what I’m going to do is I’m going to lay this back down here. And now’s the time that we add our interfacing, correct?

Natalie: Yep.

Jenny: Alright. So I’m going to lay this back on here like this. I’m going to line up my slit again so that I know where it is. And then I’m going to take a pen or a chalk

Natalie: That helps keep everything straight too if you use that little slit as a marking and you know all of your interfacing is going to be square and placed in the same places so that it goes together really easily.

Jenny: Perfect. And so you actually make sure you line up your edge and your slit, everything is in there. And now I’m just going to draw my corners on here. And I’m just using a regular pen because it’s on the inside and one here. Alright so then what I’m going to do, can you see these corners right here? So then what I’m going to do is I have a little square of interfacing cut and I’m going to put it glue side down onto my piece. And Natalie make sure that iron is hot, would you?

Natalie: It is. It is ready to go.

Jenny: Ok good. Alright so we’ll just set this over here. And do you want to press that?

Natalie: Sure.

Jenny: Now remember this is a little bit thicker than like Heat N Bond or something like that so you want to make sure that it is really on there. So the first one I did, I didn’t really leave it on there and then it came off when I was turning it.

Misty: Ya.

Jenny: And so I had this wad of interfacing. I kind of had to start over on that one so. Oh well.

Misty: Flip it back out

Natalie: I think it’s attached.

Jenny: Alright so now once you get this on here and it’s ironed on here real nice, then we’re going to turn it. So we have this nice big slit here and we’re just going to push it through. Now I think that you girls found, as I did also, is that these edges are super important to like press them out.

Misty: Yep.

Jenny: To really make sure that they’re out.

Misty: I think that’s the key to success.

Jenny: I think so too. And you know there’s all kinds of things you can use for, you know, smoothing out those corners. We have a chopstick here. We have this little pressing stick that I love. It’s a little Missouri Star one. And I like to use kind of the fat end for this. And literally you’re going to go along and you just kind of push on that seam and I kind of go back and forth a little bit to make sure that this is really out. You know that we’re really putting some pressure on here. And I’m just going to keep doing it.

Natalie: To keep it smooth.

Jenny: And I’m just going over to the other side now and you can see I’ve got it in my hand. I’m running, I can feel that I’m right along that seam edge. And I’m just pushing it out so it’s nice. It’s going to be nice and round. And if you do have a place on your sewing where it like isn’t exactly perfectly circular, you can actually push that out during this stage.

Misty: I like the idea of using the wider end of that tool so then you don’t risk poking through.

Natalie: It has that nice smooth edge.

Jenny: Well and that’s why I think of a lot people, you know, if you use a chopstick so the other good thing about a chopstick is that you can get to it from, you know, without scrunching up your circle but I like the feel of that little short tool in my hand. It just is easier for me to hold onto and to do. So alright so the pressing on this is super important too. So we want to make sure. Dang it, I was not going to lick my fingers during this video. Oh well.

Misty: That’s alright.

Jenny: Alright so now I’m looking at my edges, I want to make sure that it stays nice and round and we’re just going to press it down. And the pressing on this, this is, it’s just super important to get it pressed nice and flat. You know you may even want to use some spray on it at this point or some steam.

Natalie: You could use starch if you wanted to.

Jenny: Or starch. You just want it to be nice and flat. Ok so then what we’re going to do is we’re going to put this back on our board and we’re going to line it up again with our circle magic. And we’re going to line up our seam. Now we’re at the inside line. We should be at this quarter of an inch line right here.

Natalie: You can see your seam allowance.

Jenny: Yep. And then what we’re going to do, because it’s all turned around. So my seam allowance is pretty good. It’s, you can see it poking out a little bit in certain places and going in at others but it’s pretty dang close. And close is what we’re shooting for. And so now what I’m going to do is I’m going to draw this whole square on here. So I’m going to take my pen and I’m going to go around the corners and I’m going to go on these. And on this one here. Around here. Do the whole square. And this is where the magic comes in. Alright so now we have this square drawn on here. And now you’re going to take your next one that you have done that also has a square on it. And so see how this one has a square on it, right here? It only this one now this is important because this fabric was black so obviously my black pen wouldn’t show up. So I had to use a chalk pen.

Misty: Yep, right.

Jenny: So use something that shows up on your fabric.

Misty: You do want to be able to see it because the lines matter.

Jenny: And then what we’re going to do is we’re going to put these together. Now if I lay these together just like this I should be able to put a pin through here and it should come out on the line on the other side if they’re lined up. And they’re not lined up exactly. Did you girls have any tips? When you started doing this, did you have anything that worked for you super good?

Misty: Well on mine I actually used half square triangles as the back and so I was able to match up the corner of my half square triangle with the other side.

Jenny: Oh that’s smart.

Misty: It helped me line up my seams.

Jenny: Ok so I’m just putting my pin through both sides on the straight side like this and pinning it up. So now what I’m going to do is I’m going to go to the sewing machine and I’m just going to sew this line.

Natalie: The other thing that is kind of nice is because there’s that, in that batting inside you can feel the, you can feel through the layers and so that kind of also gives you like a little bit of a guideline to sew against.

Jenny: Alright so I’m going to take this pin out now because we are going to sew from one edge to the other. . And I’m just going to give it a little bit of a backstitch. And I’m going to sew straight across here and take this pin out. And because I’ve drawn that line on it makes it super easy to follow and right off the edge.

Misty: Perfect.

Jenny: So now you want to take a look, I have two blocks sewn together and we’re going to open this

part up right here and press it. Natalie, will you press that for me?

Natalie: Yes.

Misty: So cute.

Jenny: Isn’t that so cute?

Misty: I love it.

Jenny: Well I love this, I mean who doesn’t love a red gingham plaid.

Natalie: The buffalo check.

Jenny: The buffalo check. And then who doesn’t love that. Alright so then we’re going to add them all along and make a row of them. So let’s see how many we have in a row here. We’ve got one, two, three, four, five, six in a row. So six across by one, two, three, four, five, six, seven down. So 42 squares of inner and 42 squares of backing. Now when you’re ready to add a row together, you’re just going to do the same thing. This row is just going to be pinned so it will go like this. So this, you’ll have a whole bunch of these pinned and you’ll do a whole row, you’ll sew a whole row down at once. Does that make sense?

Natalie: It’s very similar to like a rag quilt. If you’ve made those before.

Jenny: Ya right, right. And so you sew those. And then of course these are going to be pinned down, I mean pressed down. And then we’re just going to top stitch along the edge. And so mine is just a straight, I used black thread and I just did a straight top stitch. And it just gives it a really, really cool look. And I love, you know I love how this looks. I love how we’ve got little gnomes in the middle peeking out. You know. Even the checks and the plaids look darling with this.

Misty: And I love that you left the round on the outside edge. I just think that’s so cute to have the little scalloped edge.

Jenny: Yes and on that I did sew straight down. So you have to make sure, if you’re going to do that, you have to make sure that your slit is probably turned up to the top and I would do that except not on this top row.

Misty: Right.

Natalie: So it would just be in, your slit is in this side.

Jenny: Oh ok perfect.

Misty: Yep because that’s what covers this way.

Jenny: Yes.

Natalie: Everything is enclosed, you don’t see your lines that you drew. You don’t see the slit that you cut to turn it. So people will be like, wow how did you do that.

Misty: How did you do it, it’s magic.

Jenny: And the cool part is, I mean, this is the back of this. So the cool part is it’s done.

Misty: Ya.

Jenny: And it has this cool, you know, this cool quilting pattern on the back that you made by just following right along this edge. Now we are really along the edge along on this one which I really like that. I think that is pretty cool. So this is the general basics of making one of these. And so now I want to turn the time to Misty because Misty has the same large one but a little bit more.

Misty: A little more magic.

Jenny: A little more circle magic.

Misty: Alright so for mine you do a few things differently. And let me show you my quilt. This is it here.

Natalie: Oh it’s so cute.

Misty: It’s so cute.

Natalie: I love it.

Jenny: Let me put it up for you.

Misty: You guys want to hang that up. And so it looks a little trickier but this is done using the exact same methods that Jenny just showed you and the same size template. But to start with we are going to make our background piece into half square triangles. And so what we’re going to need for that is two ten inch squares. And I used these beautiful brights which I think is so fun. And you can see here I just drew a line corner to corner and then I sewed on either side. And now we can cut that in half.

Jenny: It’s so cute.

Natalie: So cute.

Jenny: I was just looking at it real close up there.

Misty: I know it’s so fun, isn’t it?

Natalie: Really cute.

Jenny: Well I love the idea of the half square triangle because it gives it two different petals that come together.

Misty: Exactly, a little bit of magic. And so then now we can press these to the dark side.

Natalie: You want me to do that?

Misty: Sure, that would be awesome, Nat. Thanks. And so now this measures 9 ½ inches and this will be the backside of our circle magic. Ok, thanks Nat. So now this measures 9 ½ inches and this will make the back of our circle magic block.

Jenny: It will make the back of two, right?

Misty: Well you’ll get two, yes. You’ll get two backs. Thank you for pointing that out. And then for the front, this is what we’re looking to make. And so I started with this adorable charm pack, the Tula Pink’s Homemade by Free Spirit. It’s so cute. And I just grabbed one of those five inch squares and then I used this great background print from that line. And so you’re going to cut five inch strips and then you’re going to need 36 five by five squares and five by 9 ½ inch rectangles. And we can just sew that together.

Jenny: I love the sewing stuff.

Misty: I know it’s so cute.

Jenny: Do you want me to sew for you or do you?

Misty: Sure.

Natalie: Tula Pink does such a great job.

Misty: She does a great job.

Natalie: Her art is beautiful.

Jenny: Yes it is.

Misty: Alright so then we’re just going to sew those five inch squares together.

Jenny: Alright, a quarter of an inch?

Misty: A quarter of an inch

Jenny: There we go.

Misty: There we go and then we’re going to sew it to our

Jenny: I’ll just finger press it back.

Misty: That’s perfect. And then put our rectangle on there.

Jenny: Does it matter what side the rectangle is sewn on.

Misty: I just did it the same every time. You can rotate it. But I just made sure that all of mine were assembled the same way.

Jenny: Alright.

Misty: So there is that. Perfect. Alright and so we can go ahead and press that. And that makes what will become the front side of our block. So now because mine, I did it just a little bit differently in actually cutting the circles. So I laid them together like this. And I make sure that my print square from my charm pack is on the dark side of my background half square triangle. And I laid it like so. And you can see here I’ve already gone ahead and marked with my circle magic, I went ahead and marked all the things. And the reason that I did this is because I’m actually going to sew it before I cut.

Jenny: Even the slit?

Misty: Even the slit. All of it.

Jenny: She’s dangerous.

Misty: I’m going to, it worked better for me and the reason that I did it this way is because I’m working with some more angles that I need to line up, I just made sure that my print square and my background square were exactly in line. And then it made my half square triangle go point to point and it was way easier to keep that lined up when I had them as whole squares. And so we’re just going to sew around that. You want to do that?

Jenny: Ok, sure.

Misty: We’re going to sew all the way around. Just like we did before. No not on the line, inside remember because that’s the outside of our.

Jenny: Oh like a quarter of an inch inside.

Misty: Ya a quarter of an inch in, yep.

Jenny: Oh.

Misty: Yep.

Jenny: There’s no line for me to follow then.

Misty: Well just like you would, just like when you cut yours, it’s the same.

Jenny: Is it though?

Misty: It is, it’s the same.

Natalie: It is.

Jenny: It is the same.

Natalie: It’s actually very cool that there are different ways to do that.

Misty: To do that, exactly. And like I said for my method I just found this to be way easier to get everything where I wanted it to go.

Jenny: Alright you guys have never seen me sew so slow, have you?

Misty: You’re doing great.

Natalie: Nope.

Misty: I love it. Sometimes it’s fun to do a project that forces us to slow down a little bit.

Jenny: Actually it really is. I do a lot of hand embroidery because I enjoy that and that forces me to slow down.

Misty: Ya it’s nice.

Jenny: Actually I’m so ADD I can’t just sit and watch television without having something in my hand so that’s when I do that.

Misty: Perfect.

Natalie: Always a project going.

Jenny: Always a project.

Misty: That’s great.

Jenny: Alright.

Misty: Alright so now that you have sewn all the way around that, we’re going to bring our template back and now we’re going to cut it out. And I just make sure

Jenny: Now even realistically you could use scissors

Natalie: Use scissors

Misty: You could absolutely.

Jenny: But this is going to be

Misty: Just quicker. So we’ll cut that and spin. Make sure I’m getting it there. Oops I’ve got a little thread.

Jenny: I think there might be a nick on our blade.

Misty: There might be.

Jenny: Because it was hard for me too but I thought maybe it was because I wasn’t pushing hard enough. But you’ve got all the muscles so

Misty: I don’t know about that. Alright, there we go. So then once I have this part done, I go ahead and take that, I believe it’s 6 ¼ inch square that we need for the fusible and I press that in. So we can press that on. And then while you’re doing that I’m going to find some little scissors hopefully. Do we have a little pair?

Jenny: Right here.

Misty: There we go. Perfect.

Natalie: Is that a sharp enough point at the edge?

Misty: I’ll make it work.

Jenny: We’re make do girls, that’s what we do.

Misty: Yes we are.

Jenny: Now this one you really have to make sure it’s on because you’ve got some little seams over there.

Misty: That’s right, exactly.

Natalie: I think we’re getting there. Yep, it’s attached.

Misty: Perfect. And so now, I cut my slit with scissors and so I just pinch it apart so you can see I make sure my background is out of my way and I just start this little slit like so. And then once it’s open I can come back and follow that line.

Jenny: You know this is probably one of my favorite things about doing the triple play is that we all think differently and we all do things differently. And we all, you know, we may come all to the same end result but it’s all just a little different technique.

Misty: A little different. That’s right and

Jenny: We all have different brains and so it helps, you know, we’re able to teach like three times as many.

Misty: Exactly. So now just, maybe that’s a good thought.

Jenny: Maybe.

Misty: You do want to be careful when you’re turning, since we do have a seam here that we’ve cut through and if you pull too hard you could pop those stitches so just be mindful of that. And as long as you’re careful you won’t have any trouble. Just kind of push the bulk of it through so we can do that if I can get this one to turn. Oops my fuse is coming off on that corner. Here’s let’s repress that really quick.

Natalie: Is it that side?

Misty: Yep. That one.

Natalie: That’s the one I thought I had for sure.

Misty: Sometimes they’re just tricky. It happens. Thanks, Nat.

Jenny: And honestly, even the one I had where it was like really coming off, part of it was still hanging on and I was able to make it work.

Misty: Exactly.

Natalie: You can press it again once it’s flipped too.

Jenny: Yes once it’s flipped.

Misty: Yep and so then you can see here, once we get it all turned out I’ve got some already ready.

Jenny: I’ll work on this one.

Misty: You want to work on that. Ok.

Jenny: Oh ya let me have that.

Natalie: Here’s this one.

Misty: Together

Jenny: My little edge.

Misty: Alright so you can see here, once they’re turned out you are going to go ahead and take your circle magic and you’ve got to mark it on the front again so that you have those stitch lines. I liked Jenny’s idea of just doing the corners on the inside. If I had thought of that for squaring up my

Natalie & Misty: It just saves a little bit of time.

Misty: I do want to point out something else that I did hear when I went to mark my square. I don’t know if you can see on my template, I drew lines down the middle of the square. And the reason I did that is to line it up with my seam line here.

Natalie: Right because you have a four patch essentially

Misty: Exactly.

Natalie: And that gives you a straight center

Misty: Exactly and so that makes it so every time I’m marking I know that the middle of my block that I’ve made is right in the center.

Natalie: And so to find that, did you just use these lines, the inside square?

Misty: Yep, the inside square and I just used a sharpie, a red sharpie and drew that line. And so you can see it worked great. And then just like before now we just put our squares together. And mine is done, you could do it in rows but I found it easier if you actually look in kind of a nine patch quadrant. They’re all assembled the same and then you rotate it around. And so I actually would have made those nine together four times and rotated them around and then sewed it like a big four patch.

Jenny: That makes sense.

Misty: Ya exactly. And so you do that by just making sure that your square is facing down to the right. And then you just line them up. And remember I mentioned because we have that half square triangle on the back it gives us our top point so then we can use our mark here with that top point and put a pin in.

Jenny: Well I just love what happens when you’re thinking differently because this little shape

Misty: It’s pretty magical

Jenny: Right here, you know, this little shape we’ve got in the corner. I mean it’s just like, it looks like a hard little shape but it comes just because we fold over and press those seams.

Misty: And I think that’s so cool and Kim from our pattern team actually came up with this concept and this idea and I just loved it and so I was so happy to share it. So Kim, thank you because this is so, so fun.

Jenny: We have a great team.

Natalie: She’s very creative.

Misty: She’s so creative.

Jenny: Alright, I am going to

Misty: She has even more fun ideas.

Natalie: She does.

Jenny: Now there will be a booklet with this, isn’t there?

Natalie: There will be an instruction sheet that comes with the template. And then we’ll just keep showing ideas on YouTube or in Block. There will be lots of fun patterns because we are just getting started on this one.

Misty: Ya exactly.

Jenny: Alright so now you have

Misty: Now you press it open

Jenny: This guy.

Misty: And I just topstitched just like Jenny did exactly the same method.

Natalie: Now did you topstitch anything before you put it together or did you wait until the whole quilt was assembled and then do all your topstitching?

Misty: I would probably wait until the end just because I like to, that’s the way I like to work. I did it like a little bit at a time but having done it I would wait until the end.

Jenny: Well the cool thing about that is that as you’re topstitching you can actually go from here to here to here. You know, it’s an unbroken line.

Natalie: I did it the other way. So I went like this in kind of a serpentine line.

Jenny & Misty: OH!

Jenny: Oh that’s interesting.

Natalie: When I was stitching.

Jenny: Ok well that works.

Misty: I did match my thread to my background colors though.

Natalie: Oh you did a pink and a blue.

Misty: So that does make it take a little bit more time. So you can just follow, you could just still follow your pinks like across here.

Natalie: Yes.

Jenny: So yours are all, so when you put yours together you make sure your corners are all going the same direction.

Misty: Yep, exactly. Well for your quadrant. If you’re going to do a quadrant, so you would do three by three all going down and to the right and then you could rotate that around to get the layout.

Natalie: That makes so much sense.

Jenny: I’m going to go ahead and sew this top piece down right here so that we can show what happens when the rows come together.

Misty: Alright. Let’s do it.

Jenny: And I’m just going to sew from the middle out only because I just put those two together. I mean normally I would just sew straight along there but I didn’t actually make sure these were lining up exactly and they are.

Misty: Exactly how you need them.

Jenny: But I wanted to make sure that. Now did any of you find the need for like a walking foot or anything like that.

Misty: I didn’t. No.

Jenny: Alright so now

Natalie: It may help

Misty: It may help.

Natalie: But I haven’t done that.

Misty: So see, look at this little magic that appears on the back. It’s so fun.

Natalie: Ya I think we should flip this whole quilt and show the back because it’s so cool.

Misty: Ya we could do that.

Jenny: Natalie, do you want to press this.

Natalie: Sure

Misty: And I’ll just hold this up. But see you get this fun pattern on the reverse side.

Jenny: Oh my gosh that’s darling. And I love how you can see the stitching.

Misty: Yes, so it turned out really, really fun.

Jenny: Really cute.

Misty: And I hope this idea of making essentially that four patch block on your front kind of opens your eyes to all the possibilities that you could do.

Jenny: Ya because what would happen if you had two squares.

Misty: Ya exactly

Jenny: What would happen if? That’s my favorite

Natalie: Very, very cute.

Jenny: Ok so here is the cute little flower. So this is what, when you sew a row together, this is how you’re going to do it. And first you’re going to sew all your pieces. Ya mine are going the same way.

Misty: Ya this is right.

Natalie: You did it right.

Jenny: Ok so then we would just topstitch and just come along here and do that. And whatever way makes sense to your brain. You know, whether it’s finishing a flower or doing the whole long row. Whatever it is.

Misty: Exactly.

Jenny: Alright so Natalie onto to Natalie’s

Natalie: I’m super excited about my project because I was able to use the small one. Our brand new template, it fits perfectly on the five inch squares. I’m using Olive Branch by Edyta Sittar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics.

Jenny: It’s so cute.

Natalie: And let me show you how beautiful this is

Jenny: Ah the big reveal.

Misty: It’s so cute. Now we all need one of these.

Natalie: Yes, look at this.

Jenny: Oh my gosh. Misty and I will hang this for you.

Natalie: Alright so this one is seriously is just as easy as mom’s. All we did is we have a print on the front and a white piece on the back. And you just rotate them. So you’re going to do six five inch squares of each, your print and your background color and then you just do half and half. So half, you’re going to cut the slit on the print side. And on the other half you’re going to cut your slit on the white side or the background. And that way so as you put them together in opposites they’re going to create that pattern.

Jenny: So you sew a white to a print on all of them.

Natalie: Every single one the same.

Jenny: And this is six charm packs?

Natalie: Six of each.

Jenny: Six white and six color

Misty: Wow

Natalie: Yes because they end up being a three inch square finished and so it takes quite a bit to put together.

Misty: So beautiful.

Jenny: Do remember though, you don’t have to buy backing because that is the backing.

Misty: And it’s all quilted and

Jenny: Look at the back of this.

Natalie: And we did this fun, I think you called it turkey stitch

Jenny: Turkey stitch, ya

Natalie: So you can use decorative stitches from your sewing machine and it

Jenny: Which is so great.

Natalie: It turns out so cute.

Jenny: It’s so great because most of us have a sewing machine that can sing and dance and stand on one leg but we sew straight. And

Natalie: We rarely use those fancy stitches and this is a great time to do that.

Jenny: It’s a great time to use those.

Natalie: So everything is the same. You’re still going to mark, and your 45 still fits in here to cut the slit, everything works perfectly. It literally is the exact same thing. But I had another idea. I had something fun that I really wanted to show you. So I personally love denim quilts.

Misty: Yes.

Natalie: I love the weight of them. I love using up old jeans. They could be things your kids wore. Things your husband wears or your friends or whatever. Things that you wear out. I like to reuse stuff. So I had the thought that with denim I also like the frayed raw edge. And I thought what if we just Heat N Bond the two together. We put the denim and the print and just iron them together. So you just cut one circle one time.

Misty & Jenny: Ooooh!

Natalie: And then sew them all together and create a little quilt. And I just did one set of five inch squares.

Misty: Look how cute.

Natalie: And I used different colored denim.

Jenny: So it’s raw edge.

Natalie: And I haven’t washed this one yet so it’s not really frayed but I think it’s going to look really cute

Misty: Oh I love it.

Natalie: I think it would be great for a picnic like you could lay it out on the grass.

Jenny: You could use the big circle too.

Natalie: It would be so cute.

Misty: So no fusible fleece or anything, you just sewed them together?

Natalie: Yep, no batting. So I just took, I’ll do one just to show you.

Misty: Ya that would be awesome.

Natalie: So do we have, oh right down here.

Jenny: Look how cute that is.

Misty: It’s so cute.

Natalie: Ya and I didn’t worry about what went where I just randomly put them together. And I loved the variety of the colors to make quilts. Alright so what I’m going to do, because my squares my, they’re five inches, I’m going to cut my Heat N Bond into like 4 ½ inch strips because I don’t quite want to go all the way to the edge because I don’t want to gum up my iron. But you could probably do five inch.I just like it a little smaller.

Jenny: Well it will fray better if it doesn’t have Heat N Bond on the edge too.

Natalie: I do also find that it just doesn’t affect it that much. Like once you wash it the glue kind of disappears and so I’m actually just going to cut a little square out of the bottom just like that.

Jenny: You want to cut it at 4 ½?

Natalie: Yep, 4 ½ well 4 ¾ I’ll do that.

Misty: Ok

Jenny: Oh you’re a wild one.

Natalie: I’m going to go a little crazy today.

Jenny: 4 ¾

Natalie: Alright so it doesn’t matter which side you start with, you’re just going to put it right there and press that down.

Misty: You want me to do it.

Natalie: Yep, that would be awesome.

Jenny: And Heat N Bond goes together so quick.

Natalie: Ya it’s so easy. Alright. So I’m just going to use a little pin because I don’t like to use the edge. I like to kind of break it in the middle and tear it off.

Misty: Perfect.

Natalie: And then we’re going to add this one. Whoops, get that off there. And we’re just going to press them together. So you just make this little fabric sandwich.

Misty: Love it.

Natalie: It’s perfect.

Misty: It’s so great.

Natalie: And so, so easy.

Jenny: That is such a great idea. There are so many things you can do with the circle magic. We just really have fun with it.

Natalie: So now what did I do with my little template?

Jenny: There it is, hiding.

Natalie: Alright so this still fits perfectly and I cut just like the corners off and then rotate. So I don’t actually try to go around the whole circle. I just do the little corners.

Jenny: This is my girl, this is my girl right here, quick and easy.

Natalie: Because it’s so much easier for me not to worry about. And if you have a little pokey thing you just hit that. So it works easier for me not to have to feel like I have to go all the way around in one full cut. Alright.

Misty: Love it.

Natalie: So then you’re done and you’re going to take it and mark it on the inside so that you don’t see your lines. So because you didn’t create a quarter inch seam with sewing them and flipping them, you’re going to want this square to be a little bit bigger. So just remember the measurement. If it’s undone, it’s 3 ½. And you get that, like I got that just by lining up my tool. So if you’re doing the larger one you can do the same thing. And I look at, you know, here’s the corner here, here’s the half mark here, it’s the same over here and it’s going to meet here in the same corner. So you can put any ruler on whatever size circle you’re using and figure out what size square goes in the middle . And I just drew the little lines to make my square.

Jenny: And you go all the way out to the edge?

Natalie: Ya

Jenny: Ok

Natalie: I go all the way out to the edge because that way as you turn

Jenny: And that gives you 3 ½ on this edge?

Natalie: Yep, 3 ½ gets lined up on the edges again.

Jenny: Good thinking on that because I would have just kind of drawn it and then I would have had that little cross over

Natalie: Right, so it would fold over a little bit too far and not create a nice, clean edge.

Misty: Ya.

Natalie: So then you’re just going to do the same thing that you did with all the other quilts once you have your circles made and marked, you’re just lining up these points, sewing them together and then sewing them in rows and then flipping them down. And then if you sew, so I just went a little bit farther in, instead of being super close to the edge because I wanted a little room to fray them and I think it’s so fast and it’s so easy. The other thing I wanted to say

Jenny: And honestly even if you did this with the raw edge and you did one of the decorative stitches over it, that would completely cover it.

Natalie: That would be so cute

Jenny: And you wouldn’t have to worry about it. So I think it would be a great raw edge project as well. Even with the big or the small because the big one will work the same. Exactly the same.

Misty: I love it.

Natalie: And I do want to say one more thing really quick, I have already been messing around with this a little bit and I think if I just folded it in half and topstitched these sides, like stuff it, it would be cutest bench pillow for your front porch. Like so darling and so easy.

Jenny: Dang my birthday is over.

Misty: I know.

Natalie: That’s ok, there’s always time for a gift.

Jenny: Always time for presents.

Natalie: Anyway I just feel like you can make zipper pouches, you can make purses, you can make placemats and table runners and I don’t know, all the things.

Jenny: I ideas are endless

Natalie: They really are.

Jenny: Well let me grab mine, Misty you grab yours.

Misty: Oh, it’s on the other side.

Jenny: I’ll grab it for you. Here we go.

Misty: Thank you.

Jenny: So you can get a view of all these different ideas that we did with circle magic

Natalie: They’re so fun.

Misty: So fun. We loved it.

Jenny: And we hope you enjoyed this Triple Play on the Circle Magic template from the MSQC. See you later guys.

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