A few weeks ago I was feeling the winter blahs and did a little online shopping to cheer myself up. I like to check out the Daily Deal at the Missouri Star Quilt Company each day. I used to be tempted by their sales on a regular basis, but over the last year or more I have been able to resist for the most part. I did cave in to these gadgets that were a recent Daily Deal, though. I rationalized it by convincing myself it was okay because I wasn't actually buying fabric.
I purchased this circle cutting template and the tiny Olfa rotary cutter to go with it. Last weekend I decided I was going to try out my new tools. I really liked the Drunkard's Path quilt that was shown demonstrating these items, so I planned to make a small scale project with a charm pack that I had in my stash. I bought the blue dot batik fabric at the Little Foot Shoppe to coordinate.
The charm pack (Hoffman Fabrics Lorikeet) was 5" batik fabric squares, and the circle fabric I fused Heat N Bond to and cut into 4" squares. I planned to fold the 4" squares in half and then cut out a 3" circle using the new template.
My first disappointment was that the tiny rotary cutter that was recommended to be purchased to use with the template was just a little too small, and the blade would not reach down far enough to cut the fabric. How did Jenny Doan make this work in her video? What a bummer, and I was all geared up to work on this project that day. So I reluctantly made a trip to JoAnn Fabrics for matching thread and a bigger smallish cutter. I bought the Fiskars cutter which worked just fine. A regular size rotary cutter blade is too big to make the curves of this template.
I centered and fused the circles on the squares. Then I did a stitch around the circles to applique them down. The next step is to cut them in half and then half again.
I then had a bunch of 2.5" squares to sew together. You can find many different layout possibilities if you do a quick Google or Pinterest search. Some of the layouts have an obvious staggered look, hence the name Drunkard's Path. This is what I decided upon.
So far I have half of them sewn together. I really love the colors in this fabric pack. They are a perfect reminder of summertime right now in the middle of winter.
I liked using the circle cutting template. The only other disappointment (the same one I have with any quilting template that isn't Creative Grids) is that it isn't made by Creative Grids :-) I guess this is going to be a table runner, and I will say that the Heat N Bond makes the fabric a little stiff. I would recommend using the lightest weight fusible you can on a project like this. Since this isn't meant to be a cuddly quilt that's not a problem here.
Even though this is only a half finish, I'll link up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Thanks for visiting!
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I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!