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How to make perfect circles and rings using the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter

 

Yesterday’s project, the Drunkard Path block, which is more of a traditional block was made using the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter. Since I liked using the circle cutter I decided to play with it for a 2nd day. I’m using the circle cutter to link circles, sort of like at the Olympics…

The fabrics I’ll be using today are all from the Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000 collection. I’m using 5 bright colored fabrics plus a black fabric for the background. You may wish to add more colors if you want a longer quilt.

I’m going to need squares that are a bit bigger than 10” squares of all the fabrics but the black.

The 6 fabrics Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000 collection. The 5 brights pop on the black background!
The 6 fabrics Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000 collection. The 5 brights pop on the black background!

 

I’m also using HEATnBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets – 17″ x 1yd stabilizer.

From the stabilizer cut 5 – 10” squares.

HEATnBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets -17" x 1yd
HEATnBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets -17″ x 1yd

 

On the back of all the 10” stabilizer squares draw lines from corner to corner. This is needed to assist in finding the center. After all the squares are marked, press the stabilizer on the back of the fabric squares.

Press HeatnBond stabilizer on the back side of the fabric squares.
Press HeatnBond stabilizer on the back side of the fabric squares.

 

Adjust the sizing knob to the 9½” marking on the TrueCut 360 Circle Cutter, this is the first size of circles to cut. Place the pin (located under the sizing knob) on the intersection marked on the stabilizer and cut 9½” circles from all 5 fabrics.

5 perfect circles using the TrueCut Circle Cutter
5 perfect circles using the TrueCut Circle Cutter

 

Adjust the sizing knob to the 6″ mark to cut the inner circles. Again, place the pin located under the sizing knob where the lines intersect on the fabric and cut the 6″ circles from all 5 circles.

Inner circles are cut from the larger circles.
Inner circles are cut from the larger circles.

 

Decide the order you wish your circles to be placed. There is not right or wrong, place them as you please.

As the title of this post says, we’re going to link these circles. To make the links, every circle but the first must be cut open as shown in the next photo.

Cut every circle except the one that will be placed first.
Cut every circle except the one that will be placed first.

 

Position the uncut circle on your background fabric. Take the second circle and position it on the background so that the cut of the circle is hidden under the first circle as shown below.

The opening of the red circle is hidden under the green uncut circle.
The opening of the red circle is hidden under the green uncut circle.

 

Repeat the above step for the remainder of the circles.

Tuck all the cuts under the circle before it in order to complete the links.
Tuck all the cuts under the circle before it in order to complete the links.

 

Once all the circles are in place and spaced as desired, press the circles in place so they bond to the background fabric.

I realize that up to this point there has been no sewing. I wanted to show you that all quilt tops do not need to be sewn into place. I’ll spend some time adding a decorative stitch around the edge of the circles. Once the decorative stitch has been added it’ll be time to quilt and bind the quilt.

In this shot, you can see the quilting better in the Linked Circle quilted wall hanging.
In this shot, you can see the quilting better in the Linked Circle quilted wall hanging.

 

I hope you enjoyed using the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter like I did. I’m already thinking up other quilting projects I can do with the circle cutter.

Join me tomorrow, we’re making another modern quilt using the SEW EASY Square Ruler – 6½” x 6½”.

 

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: A Drunkard’s Path quilt made easy with the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter

Go to part 4: SEW EASY Square Ruler makes easy work of half square triangles

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!

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