Making a square quilt out of circles – OLFA rulers make it work! by Paul Leger April 27, 2023 written by Paul Leger April 27, 2023 202 My advice yesterday was to always have SCHMETZ Piecing and Quilting Assorted Needles and neutral threads such as Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread in Lt. Slate and Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread in Ivory. These items should be in all quilting studios as basic items. Gütermann neutral threads and SCHMETZ needles I mentioned three OLFA rulers in the list of notions and tools I listed in Monday’s post, Quilt a Cathedral Window Quilt! For best results use OLFA tools. I used the OLFA 121⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler to cut the 8½” x 8½” fabric squares I needed to cut the circles. Tomorrow, I’ll show how I use the OLFA 41⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler. Today, my ruler of choice is the OLFA 61⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler as it’s the perfect size. OLFA rulers I placed the OLFA 61⁄2″ square ruler on the side of the circle that has the slit. I squared off the ruler on the circle. By moving the ruler, I was able to get a 5⅜” x 5⅜” square. Note: Don’t worry if the slip is close to the edge of the ruler. This will not matter once the sewing and quilting are completed. Squaring off the ruler on a circle After finding the square, I marked the outline with a pencil. I repeated this step in all circles. Mark a square outline on all circles. I pinned all circles in pairs trying to match the drawn line as best as possible Pin circles in pairs. Once I completed the pinning, I sewed along the marked lines. Sew along the mark lines to sew the two circles together. I then sewed all pairs together making sets of four. Sew pairs of circles into sets of four. Then, I pressed down all the curved edges. Press curved edges. The second last step is to sew the four sets of four circles together making a square quilt. Then press down the curved edges between the rows. Join the four rows together and press down the curved edges. This last step is two steps in one – quilting by sewing down the edges of the curves. This step completes the Cathedral Window Quilt. Note: If I made much larger circles, I’d consider adding more quilting in the center of the circles. Completed Cathedral Window Quilt Having the correct tools and notions, like the OLFA 121⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler, the OLFA 41⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler, and the OLFA 61⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler makes this an easy-to-make quilt. It’s a perfect project for a sew day or retreats. Give it a try! Great tools and notions are must-haves in a quilting kit. Tomorrow I’ll give everyone a couple of suggestions on what to do with the leftover scraps from making this quilt. I’ll also show you an awesome notion to use with batting. It’s so cool. This is part 4 of 5 in this series Go back to part 3: Sewing up circular quilt sandwiches for the Cathedral Window Quilt Go to part 5: How 128 leftover corner pieces of fabric make 2” x 2” four-patch blocks Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs465cathedral window quiltsFairfield Low-Loft Quilt Batting - Crib - 114 x 152cm (45″ x 60″)free quilt patternsfree quilting tutorialsGütermann Cotton 50wt Thread 250m - Lt. SlateGütermann Cotton 50wt Thread 250m – IvoryKAI 1000 Series Embroidery Scissors - 51⁄2″ (14cm)notionsOLFA CMP-1 - Compass Circle CutterOLFA CMP-3 - Rotary Circle CutterOLFA QR-12S - 121⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic RulerOLFA QR-4S - 41⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic RulerOLFA QR-6S - 61⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic RulerOLFA RB18-2 - Stainless Steel Rotary Blades 18mm - 2 packOLFA RM-12S - Square Rotating Cutting MatOLFA RM-CG AQA - 12″ x 18″ Double Sided Rotary Mat – AquaOLFA RTY-2/C - Splash Handle Rotary Cutter 45mm – AquaOliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron – TurquoisequiltsschmetzSCHMETZ #1856 Piecing and Quilting Needles Pack Carded - Assorted - 5 countthreads FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Paul Leger 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! previous post Sewing up circular quilt sandwiches for the Cathedral Window Quilt next post How 128 leftover corner pieces of fabric make 2” x 2” four-patch blocks YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... Sewing a hanging sleeve to your quilt, the... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Quilt-as-you-go scrappy mug... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Improv strip-pieced placemat Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Adding a hand-stitched... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Wonky quilt block... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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