Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tutorial: Raw Edge Circle Quilt

We know you've probably seen a bazillion raw-edge circle tutorials before, but we thought we would share our version with you today :) It is a very simple quilt, so buckle up and get ready! Finished quilt measures 63" x 84".

  1.  The first step is to choose out fabrics. All of our fabrics came from our scrap bin. This quilt looks best when a variety of fabrics are used...we probably used 20 different prints.  You will need fabric scraps at least 10" square for the outside circles and 7" for the inside circles.  For the generous lap size we made (63" x 84") you will need 48 centers and 48 outside circles.

2.  Find two bowls or other circular objects to trace. Our big  bowl had a 9" diameter, and our small bowl measured 6". Trace the outer edge of your bowl on the wrong side of your fabric. Remember you need 48 big circles and 48 small circles.

3. Cut out your circles with scissors. This is a scrappy quilt so the circles don't have to be perfect.

4. Cut out 48- 11" white background squares.

5. Choose two circles, one large and one small. Center the smaller circle in the middle of your large circle. Pin if desired.


6.  Using a 1/4" seam allowance,  sew around the small circle, tacking it to the larger circle.

7. Make sure you back stitch. 

8. Lay your layered circle on top of an 11" white square. Pin.

 9. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew your layered circle to tack to the white square.

10.  You have 1 block finished!

11. Repeat steps 5-10 to create 48 total blocks.

12. Sew your blocks together in 8 rows of 6 blocks each.  Now your quilt top is complete! After finishing and washing the quilt, your circles will fray and give the quilt a scrappy vintage look. Enjoy!


  1. Fun tutorial! I think I have almost the same type of metal bowl. Mine is a set of three from 1978 when I got married.

  2. Love this quilt .. may I ask if you cut away any of the circles or just keep the stacking if you wish?



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