Going in Circles

Circles are a design element that’s appropriate for almost any quilt. Sometimes free handing them is the way to go, while other times we’re looking for more precision. For really precise circles ruler work is one of the best ways to achieve a crisp look.

In our January/February 2017 issue of MQU columnist Margaret Solomon Gunn shares the results of her research and experimentation with a wide variety of circle rulers that can be used with both long arm and, with the proper foot, domestic machines. Here’s an amazing sampler she created featuring circle designs.

Circle Sampler ©Margaret Solomon Gunn

Note how she’s used circle rulers for full circles as well as arches and clamshells. I love the way the circles pop in the detail below as a result of the echoing and feathers surrounding them.

Detail Circle Sampler ©Margaret Solomon Gunn

I was surprised to see the variety of innovative ruler designs on the market, like this one designed by Lisa Calle.

Quilter’s Groove Rulers

Be sure to check out Margaret’s article in our latest issue for even more information, as she also covers marking the quilt when using these rulers, as well as how to create designs including circle grids and mandalas. It certainly inspired me, so much so that I’m hoping Santa brings me a few circle rulers to try out on my own machine.

Happy Holidays! Wishing you and yours all the best.

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