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Peggy "Brandy" Stell brings the quickest way ever to create the Rob Pete, Pay Paul quilt block.


Circle Magic

Peggy "Brandy" Stell


Circle Magic


eggy "Brandy" Stell made magic, with circles! Brandy manufacturers rulers, templates and patterns for wonderful, timesaving quilting innovations! Her fluorescent green rulers are favorites among quilters, because they are easy to see on any fabric! She brought a quick new way to create the "Rob Peter to Pay Paul" quilt block with a "Shaggy Hot Pad" project, for the America Quilts creatively viewers. It's a great way to practice the new technique! Stack the fabric squares wrong sides together on cutting mat. Center the Circle Magic template on the fabric squares and cut around the template with a rotary cutter. [Figure 1]

Sewing Supplies

Four 9-1/2" Squares of Print Fabric Four 9-1/2" Squares of Contrast Print Fabric Four 6-1/2" Square of Insul-Bright Batting Fabric Marking Chalk Pencil Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive Circle Magic Template and Book #140 001333 Rotary Cutter, Ruler and Mat Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive Havels Scissors 1/4" Quilting Foot #820211-096

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Sandwich a square of InsulBright between two different print circles. The circles should be wrong sides together. Spray the InsulBright with KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to keep it in place. [Figures 2 and 3] Thread with sewing thread top and bottom. Snap on 1/4" Quilting Foot or use your regular foot and adjust the needle position to 1/4" from the edge of the foot. Stitch around the circle, 1/4" from the edge. Repeat for the other three sets of circles. [Figure 4] Using your chalk marker, mark a line, connecting the points of the InsulBright batting, as shown. Stitch on those lines. Repeat for all the circles.

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Mark a line, where the cross lines meet the stitching around the circle edge on two of the circles. [Figure 6] Place the marked circle wrong sides together with an unmarked circle. Stitch on the line, as shown. Repeat for the other circles. [Figure 7] Open the sewn circles and press flat. [Figure 8] Stitch the pressed open area flat, as shown, using a 1/4" seam allowance. [Figure 9] Using a chalk marker, draw a line on the front of one of the circle pair, along one long edge between the points where the other sewn X meets the edge of the fabric circle. Place the other sewn pair wrong sides together, and stitch on the drawn line, to join the four circles into one. To make sure that the circles meet, pin in the center, where they join. [Figures 10 and 11] Stitch the sewn circles flat, as before. To "fluff", wash and dry in a hot dryer.

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Brandy also showed a finished edge technique for the circles. To create finished edge circles, cut fabric and batting as for the raw edge version. Place the fabric circles right sides together on top of the batting. Stitch around the edge, leaving an opening for turning. Trim, turn right side out, press and close the opening. Look for lots more projects, in the Circle Magic project book that comes with your Circle Magic Template.

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Printing Fabrics to Save T and Money ime J

oe Hesch offered great tips on getting the most out of your printer! Become familiar with your print properties. It gives you options that can save you money, and ink, give you better quality prints and save you time! Best quality is what you want for your final print. For example, banner printing takes a lot of time and ink. If you are testing you design first on paper, to see if it is placed right, you want to use Draft Quality. The print won't be as good, but since it is a test, that won't matter. It will use considerably less ink and print faster, at a lower resolution. When doing your final print on fabric, choose Best Quality and plain Plain Paper settings, for the best results. Print Properties allows you to mirror image, offering lots of fun to get more options from a single image. The poster printing option will allow you to break up a small image into multiple segments, to enlarge it. It even adds the seam allowances for piecing the small segments back together. Ink Volume is very important when printing on fabric. It is a good idea, after you have experimented to make notes of what worked best on which fabric. As a general rule, Cotton will absorb more ink and you should use the heavy setting. Silk on the other hand gives better results with light. Go to for all the details and great tips on printing on fabric!


What's New to Do!

Printed Fabric Quilts

by Andrea Poulimenos


ndrea Poulimenos, from Electric Quilt has the ultimate quick quilting projects! She brought an adorable doll blanket, and wonderful pictures, that are simply quilts created in the EQ5 Quilting software program, and printed out on printer fabric. Andrea's quilt was printed on the HP wide body printer using 11" x 14" Color Textile Printer Fabric. Half the fun of the EQ5 program is playing around, and creating! When printing off the quilt pictures, why not print them on fabric and use them to create a project. They are perfect for quick presents, kids projects, table runners, doll blankets, placemats and miniature quilts. Another great idea Andrea had was to use them to practice your quilting techniques. You can actually stitch right on the black lines from the print out!


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