3D Circle Quilt Wall Hanging

3D Circle Quilt Wall Hanging


On my days between projects I love to goof
around my studio. And I was playing with my circle cutter and
some fantastic bosal foam. So I thought, hey we can make frisbees. But instead we’re going to make this awesome
3-D Circles Touching Circles quilt. Let’s get started. Ya the problem with flying fabric frisbees
is my dog Winston loves to chase anything that flies. Remember he’s a miniature Labrador. And so with that I had to realize that maybe
I’d better mount these bad boys to the wall. So today’s tutorial is all about making
these really fun 3-D circles. And I’m using the Color Work Concepts by
Northcott. It’s a great fabric. I love the way that the geometric print works
together in with all of the circles and the way that they touch back together. Super simple quilt. We just have a few steps to work through. And so the first thing we’re going to do
is we’re going to use our circular rotary cutter compass. Wow that’s a mouthful, right? But we’re going to use that to cut some
circles. On my days between projects I love to goof
around my studio. And I was playing with my circle cutter and some fantastic bosal foam.
So I thought, hey we can make frisbees. But instead we’re going to make this awesome
3-D Circles Touching Circles quilt. Let’s get started. Ya the problem with flying fabric frisbees
is my dog Winston loves to chase anything that flies. Remember he’s a miniature Labrador.
And so with that I had to realize that maybe I’d better mount these bad boys to the wall.
So today’s tutorial is all about making these really fun 3-D circles. And I’m using
the Color Work Concepts by Northcott. It’s a great fabric. I love the way that the geometric
print works together in with all of the circles and the way that they touch back together.
Super simple quilt. We just have a few steps to work through. And so the first thing we’re
going to do is we’re going to use our circular rotary cutter compass. Wow that’s a mouthful,
right? But we’re going to use that to cut some circles. If you make your circles about
7 ½ inches across through their diameter you’ll find that you can get at least 13
out of your single panel of your print here. I think this quilt would be terrific with
like hundreds and hundreds of circles. So anyway about 13 per panel. About 7 ½ inch
circles. And then I also have a cool little quick tip on how to use your rotary compass. So I just find any spot that I really like.
And of course I want to manage my fabric well so that I have as much possible for later.
So I’m going to go ahead and start this cut. And so as I cut my circles of my fabric
I’m going to need as many printed circles as I’m going to need for my solid circles
because I’m using solid on the back of the circles as we play. I mixed up my colors for
fun. The demo we’re going today we just have some cool Michael Miller Cotton Couture
on the back. So as you have your circles made, let me make sure this is safe here. We’re
just going to stitch them together with our right sides together, ok? So you’re using
a solid so that’s real easy. So follow me to the sewing machine here. Now
real quick when I’m doing circles and things like this what I want to do is I want to use
some sort of fantastic edge guide on my machine or a quarter inch foot that has an edge guide
on it. This one bolts onto the machine. I’ve been playing, I wasn’t always a fan of the
magnetic ones. But this magnetic one is so strong, I mean you can really let it sit down
and it will stay in location. So a seam guide is a great tool to have if you don’t have
one. We have them available for you in the description below there in that link. And
for your, making sure I’m right sides together, oop and you know what I actually prepped that
one. Let’s grab the two that I had prepped earlier. I know these are the exact same size.
We’ll do this again. Right sides together, just like that. And then over to the sewing
machine. And a quarter inch seam allowance. We’re also going to leave about a three
finger opening so that we can turn it right sides out. So as I stitch I’m going to backstitch
so I can really tug on this. We’re also going to be shoving bosal foam inside of here.
So we want to make sure that that holds. Now the trick to sewing circles nicely is I’m
kind of the edges together of my fabrics about two or three inches out. And I’m putting
a little bit of pressure kind of on the corner of my sewing machine on the fabrics themselves.
And that causes them just to kind of naturally rotate underneath the presser foot. If you
have an extension table on your machine you can put your hand out here and that would
do the same thing. But I’m just putting a little pressure here with my three fingers.
Have a nice light slow pace going. And as you get more confident and with that seam
guide there you can go pretty darn quick. And then just make sure you leave enough of
an opening, like I said, about three fingers so we can put the bosal foam inside. Ok, so
I’m going to stop, it’s about three fingers worth. I’m going to backstitch so I can
pull on it. Thread cut. Ok now as we come back over here, I made all
of my circles and stitched all of my circles together to start. I like Henry Ford’s style
quilting. I do all of one project at a time, or all of one part of that project at a time.
However the bosal foam itself is going to be smaller than the circle. So once we get
these turned right sides out, that’s kind of when we want to measure what size our bosal
foam is going to be. And I strongly recommend you cut one bosal foam first. Slide it inside,
make sure you like the way it fits and then cut the rest. Because you don’t want to
have to trim down the bosal foam a little bit. And that seam allowance in there may
add a little bit. So you’re working your circles back out. And you can get a little
firm with it if you need. And I can use my finger in here. And you see I just kind of
pull it along that seam allowance, right? I also often use a purple thang or a hera
marker. So I could do something like this. If we get up inside of here and we can kind
of push and pull to flatten that out nice, right? And then I’m also going to take a
moment to press it. So that I can get a real good feel for what size circle to make that
bosal foam. So if this was a 7 ½ cut to begin with, around seven inches because we have
those seam allowances should be about right. So there’s, it will be easier to see this
way. Now that bosal foam is going to fit just about right in there. The easiest way to get it in there is to take
it and kind of try fold it into the center. Now I should talk a little bit about bosal
foam while we’re doing this because bosal foam is a fantastic fiber that i love playing
with. It quilts like butter but it gives a lot of firm, what do I want to say, like a
good rigid stiff feel. Kind of like tim tech but soft. And it really gives some great character
and we could quilt through it if we want. I just chose not to in this project. The other
thing is that it comes non fused, one side fused or two side fused. And the fusing can
be really helpful like, let’s say you were doing really large circles or something and
you didn’t want the fabric to kind of sag but you didn’t want to quilt it, you could
then fuse it to hold it down over time. So there’s a lot of different ways to use this.
I’m not going to bother fusing, and the bosal I’m using is a non fuse so I can still
press against it, ok? I’m going to struggle with this for a little while. That’s ok,
just get it all positioned down as we need. As we go. And then let me show you this. This
is exactly what I was hoping kind of would happen. You may be able to see right here
that it is actually, there’s a lump, there’s a ridge. So my bosal foam that I tried to
inset there was still just a little bit large. And that was the experience I had the first
time too. I planned it for you this way today. So you would see you don’t want your circles
bowing and things like this. You want them to lay nice and flat just like this one does.
And you’ll still have this three finger opening, ok? So if it’s doing funky curving
and stuff that means your bosal is too large and you need to trim them down. So I’m going
to move on to show you how to finish this one. And what I first like to do, we’re going
to topstitch the edges closed, ok? So make sure your machine is loaded with a thread
that you like the way it looks. But one of the things that I like to do is use my lapel
stick which is a glue stick. And I’m going to take and prepare to fold this end under.
So I’m pull my fabric and I’m going to put a little bit of glue on the inside piece
of fabric like that. So there’s a little bit of glue along there. And then I’m going
to fold this up and stick it as much as I can. And then while that’s there and I’m
kind of pulling back on the top fabric I’m also gluing this down this way. Stick, stick,
stick. And then I can fold the edge underneath. And stick it and stick it. And then I just
found, other than the fact that I get thread stuck all over me, that if I work it, let
it sit a little bit and pull it over, it works real nice. And then from that point we can
just come over to the sewing machine and get this topstitch going. And for whatever reason
today maybe because it’s so nice and warm on our set here, my glue is not drying fast
enough. So I’m going to stand here for about two minutes. But we’ll right back when it’s
finished. So after just a few seconds of pressure, it’s
going to hold together nicely here. But what I want to do is I want to get that topstitching
done right where the something part is first. So I’m going to get that right under the
needle. And at this point I’m not actually using the quarter inch seam allowance I’m
much closer to the edge. So we’re just going to go ahead and topstitch this right along
the edge. And you might even find as I did, I’ve got 13 of these circles up in the quilt,
that there is a little bit more of a flat spot where we do the, the seam opening and
the topstitching than the rest of the circle. And that’s also the area where we’re going
to generally match up the two circles. So if it looks a little flat to your eye don’t
be concerned. You don’t hopefully see it in the quilt behind you, ok? And I’m almost
done with this topstitching. And you notice I have the same pressure with my fingers.
I’m just kind of real lightly letting the feed dogs move the fabric while my fingers
do the guiding. Very easy. I’m just looking through that opening of the foot to make sure
my topstitching is nice and easy. And here we come back to the end. And we’ll just
backstitch over that as well. And cut those threads and we should be ready to go here. Ok now that we have these, oops oh and now
it really stuck to stuff, right? So now that we have those I want to show you how I joined
them in together. And there’s actually again a two step process. Building all of your background
pieces so obviously look over here at the quilt with me if you will. Obviously we’ve
got these four circles sitting on top of the nine circles in the background. So when I
was doing this I built the nine circles first and then I mounted the four to the top. The
nine circles are going to join together in just the locations where they touch. But the
four circles on the top actually topstitch through and hold everything all together.
So the finishing happens from these four. But if you look at the way we joined these,
it’s very simple. You’ll need a couple of straight pins for this. Ok. And what I like to do is I wanted to manage
all of my color and all of the energy of the quilts, so if you look here, what I’m trying
to do is I’m trying to put kind of my blues together. My greens together. So brighter
over here, darker over here. And when you look at the quilt behind me you see that’s
what I did there. And then again because it’s such a graphic print I wanted to line my lines
up. I didn’t want these lines going all cattywampus. I wanted my lines to kind of
line up. So I would pick an area and I did join them or visually join them all together
at first so I could tell they were kind of square. I know that sounds weird looking at
circles. But then once I had these I’m going to topstitch right over this little section
here. So what I want to do is I’m going to stick one pin in and through. And another
pin in and through like that. We’re not going to stitch over those pins. But now you
can see you can move it safely to the sewing machine. Just move that seam guide out of
the way. And then make sure when you tack these you’re using the same color thread
as you did for your topstitching. And now we’re just going to do another maybe inch
of stitching and back. And then once that’s cut like that you can remove the pins. And
then those two units have now been joined. So what I found was the easiest way is I did
two and you can see there’s a little bit of flexibility at this point. You can still
move things around. So then I want to make sure that all my lines are just the way that
they are. And then I’m going to come and I’m going to do the other two so we’ll
do those for you too. And then the time you want to be really, really accurate is when
you’re joining all four back together. Ok, I still like the way that looks. Now we’re
going to come over here and I have to tell you this was one of the most fun tutorials
I have assembled this whole season. I really enjoyed not only the design process but the
construction process. And it’s really a fun quilt. And I had a lot of friends come
through the studio over the last few weeks while I was playing with this one and they
were really impressed. So it’s really fun. I want to do bunch more of these. One of the
ideas I’m dreaming of is some fantastic, like a variegated, so it’s kind of like
a solid color and then just do all kinds of ridiculous quilting through it, where the
quilting joins between the circles. I think that would be fantastic as well. So I’m
getting really really excited about my 3-D circles projects here. Now we’ve got those two together. Last thing
we’re going to do is join those. Let me do that for you really quick and we’ll wrap
it up for the day. So now what I’m going to do is I’m going to pin in here. I’m
going to pin here, ok? So I’ve got those two pins. And then now I need to do the same
down below. So while I’m finishing this concept out, and I know you’re all probably
already starting on your 3-D circles projects, we’ll have to figure out as a community
here on Man Sewing, how many stacks of circles we can stitch together. So how many dimensions
can we get into our three dimensions. You know, so these might have like seven or eight
layers over time because that bosal foam is just so easy to stitch through. Ok, here we
go. I’m going to topstitch up here for these two together. And then I’m just going to
slide those down. Topstitch these two together. And then slide this over. Oop, thread cut
real quick. And of course you’re going to want take a moment and get all of those threads,
did you see that, I still have lapel stick on my fingers. Everything is sticking to my
hands. I love it. So anyways you want to be able to go ahead and trim up your threads
because we want to because these are kind of finished working samples and something.
And you can still see that there’s still a little bit of flexibility. So watch again
I’m going to go back up to the quilt. Those four were basically sitting like right on
top of here like that. And then as I have the nine together in the background I do a
topstitch here. I would topstitch here, here. But I did start from the center and I worked
my way out like a good quilter should. So that I was able to massage and fix everything
and adjust everything to keep it looking very cool and accurate right there. Remember play
with those cool lines in that Color Work Concept fabric. It’s really really fun. And I want
to see how many layers we can stack up with 3-D circles here. We’ll catch you next time
at Man Sewing.

27 thoughts on “3D Circle Quilt Wall Hanging

  1. I loved waking up at at 6am to find a new vid from one of my fave quilters

    This is brilliant!😀
    Will make an awesome playmat for my grandson wen he's born,
    Or I cood keep them seperate for abc/123 flash cards.
    Oh my g, you have sent my mind racing !!!!!

  2. Hi, I like your style very much…I love to see men sewing…it's quite refreshing!!!
    I want to congratulate you for the production of your videos, I find them very professional.

  3. Love this idea ! Boom ! Ballons with strings and a clown at bottom for children in hospitals (sick)…(: …. I'm on it…off I go! Thank you so much ! Ken

  4. As I watched this I though what a fun way to practice different free motion motifs. Then you said the same thing. Hmmm the wheels are turning I will have to see what I can come up with. I have never used Bosal foam. looking forward to trying it out.

  5. Timely video. I just started researching Bonsal Foam. I'm going to denim grocery bags and I was wondering if the Bonsal foam would make a good stabilizer for the bottom or perhaps the sides of bag. What do you think? Got any advise? I hope you use more of this foam in other projects.

  6. Awesome design! I do love the geometric designs you teach (and quilts as well!) very easy to replicate! Those colors are awesome. Thanks again for another awesome tutorial! 😎

  7. Would bosal foam be good for a floor mat I bought as a pattern with lovely linen material? Need something firmer than normal quilt batting. Help!!!! 🌪

  8. Love your tutorials! It makes me sad that i could have done this with my life but doubt and not following my true dream of being an artist specifically a quilting artisan….. i am a nurse but did not fulfill my true self potential. I would tell ANYONE now that I’m in my 50s follow your heart!!!!! At all costs…..Go Rob!

  9. i love this! i live in a cold climate and seeing the quilt hanging makes me think about what a great way this would be to insulate my windows. a fun creative covering that will keep me warm, and lighter than the heavy curtains i use. so customisable! as i watched the tutorial, i thought how interesting it woud be-and fun- to use the same basic concept plus free motion quilting with variegated thread using the ORANGE PEEL template for– feathers! and how many fun projects can you make with feathers? tons! owls, peacocks, angel, etc. etc. thank you so much for your channel! keep on creating!

  10. I love the fabric. Cool project. I love your videos. My suggestion: Could you have cut some slits along the edge before turning it out? It would lay flat.

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