Friday, November 25, 2016

Improv Layered Circle

After making what I'm calling an Improv Layered Circle for my Bee Sewcial bee-mate, Leanne/she can quilt, there were several requests for a tutorial. So here was my process for what it's worth!


Cut an improv circle. I started with one about 4-5" in diameter. If you're not happy with your first cut, just trim it up a bit until you like it.



Lay your circle on your next fabric (called 'fabric 2' going forward) so it's overlapping only by 1/4 or 1/3 of the circle's circumference. Cut along the circle as indicated by the arrows. Discard the bit that was under the circle.



Clockwise from upper left: Flip fabric 2 over onto the circle, right-sides together, and start sewing where the two meet, working up to 1/4" seam as you sew around the curve. Fabric 2 will look bunchy when you are done, but press the circle seam edges out and things will smooth out. Turn over to right side and press again. Click here for a little video of the sewing bit, in case that helps.



Trim fabric 2 so there's a nice curve, starting and ending right at the circle edge. Repeat with your next fabric!



This is a fun technique that really isn't as difficult as the end result might imply. Go slow on the curves, careful not to pull on those bias edges. After a few rounds, evaluate what you've done and trim as needed before continuing on.

I'm anxious to see how you use the technique, so be sure and use the hashtag #improvlayeredcircle if you post on Instagram.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks Debbie! I'm going to play with it this weekend on a improv quilt I'm working on with wedges. I'll let you know (with pictures) how it goes.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I'll be interested to see where you go with this.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your technique, Debbie. I was wondering how you did it. Will definitely be giving this a try!

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  4. I thought this might be how you did it. I'm looking forward to returning home and spending some time in front of my sewing machine. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  5. Well done! I still haven't had the time to play with this, but I will!

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  6. Thanks so much for making the time to share this. I loved it when you first posted it and can't wait to try myself.

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  7. Cool! The video was quite helpful.

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  8. Thanks so much!!! I'm totally going to give this a try!! Will let you know when I'm done!! Sandieloves2quilt!!!

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  9. This looks like so much fun! I may have to give it a try in a future quilt...thank you for sharing your process!

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