Bill and I sometimes joke that we can’t leave a room of quilters without being asked to demonstrate our method for insetting circles. We love simple graphic forms but insetting circles takes some care and patience. Never fear, Bill (aka Illustration King) has put together step-by-step diagrams to demystify our method for insetting circle upon circle.
We wanted to have quilts of all levels of difficulty in Quilts Made Modern and this is the one for more advanced sewers. In this world of short-cuts and “faster is better” this quilt demonstrates the rewards of mastering a skill and taking time to cut carefully and pin carefully.
Sure you could applique the circles but you wouldn’t get the clean edges you get on a circle that has been inset. You’ll also notice that this quilt was made with plaid, old, inexpensive solids that look anything but plain when used with a bold, graphic pattern. We shot Roundabout in our 1914 Arts and Crafts Bungalow on a Stickley settle to show how to mix modern quilts with historic interiors. You don’t have to have a modern interior to accommodate these quilts. We’ve designed the quilts so they will be flexible enough to be made with everything from modern graphic solids to Civil War reproduction prints. It’s going to be fun to see the direction that our readers take these designs.