Sunday, July 12, 2020

Another day in quilting

Hi Everyone,

Last time when I made Candy Box, I had such a great time working with scraps to make improv blocks. It’s such a liberating feeling to work without worrying about cutting or following patterns. I decided to make another improv quilt. They will be smaller pieces to fit windows in my new sewing room. 

I tried some new techniques.  One of which is called inset circles, which I have been curious about for sometime. The modern quilt studio has a tutorial on YouTube that you can watch it here.  This is my first inset circle, and I must say that I was pretty nervous about it at the beginning.  I'm glad I tried it and it's not that hard.

After I made this block, I cut it up into several 5" squares and used them in the new quilt top as below.  Right now it's 22"x28".

It looks somewhat like the Candy Box quilt but smaller.  This one will be put on a 27"x54" window opening.  That room has two windows so I have to make another one.  I think I will use different colors.  

I also am working on a new piece which is on my design wall right now. 

This one is conceived from a sketch that I did.  I showed it to my daughter and she really liked it. I just love consulting with my artist daughter. We share what we’re working on regularly.  I love to get her comments. 

Now I have got to get back to my quilting goal for July.  Journey, at 72” square, is such a big quilt for me. I basted it yesterday and now I'm ready to actually quilt it. I have a renewed respect for those of you who make big quilts. 👏👏👏👍👍👍

Stay cool and quilt on.....


  1. Thanks for the tutorial link, Margo! I've often thought to try inset circles. Your experiment may be just the push I need! Best of luck working through your July goal.

  2. Your inset circle is beautiful and I love what you did with it. Pretty quilt. Great to have someone for sharing ideas!

  3. Thank you for the video. I love your quilt. I love the idea of making an improv circle and cut it. It's nice to try to find the parts of the circle in your quilt!

  4. It was fun looking closely at your quilt top to see where the cut-up block ended up. Will this be used as a kind of shade on your window? Have fun quilting! I hope it goes smoothly for you.


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