I still do not have enough background fabric for all my Round the Year quilt block circles, but I have started working on them in any case. The first block that I finished is Block Thirteen, the “Feathered Star”.
Those of you who are making the block may have noticed that I have reversed the background of the square, so that light part of the circle is highlighted against the dark background and vice versa. The first pic below shows the way it was planned and the second shows how it was finally joined.
This is the only block circle that was made in sixths of a circle, so the background squircle ( being equal to square minus circle) was cut in 6 pieces. Each was joined to a wedge. The wedges ( including respective background) were joined in threes to make one half of the square and then the other.
I pressed the seams in a whorl, clockwise, to reduce the bulk in the centre!
You must be wondering which layout I am finally using for the quilt? Here it is! Layout Option 3, which finishes at 100″x 100″.
The background will use three shades of blue, the deepest at the edges of the quilt and the lightest in the centre. (Shouldn’t it be the other way at dusk? Light at the edges and dark in the centre? Artistic licence – the blocks show up much better against a light background!) I have enough of the deep blue; it is the lighter blues that I ran out of, as I used them up to make my “Seasons in the Sun” quilt. I will calculate exactly how much fabric to order after using up what I have at hand.
Please admire the almost perfect centre of my feathered star, while I go off to cut fabric for the Venus and Sapphire blocks! They are the only ones joined to the backgrounds in eighths, if I remember correctly!
This layout is inspired by the original Camelot quilt. It finishes at 90″ x 90″ with a triple border measuring 9″. The inner most border is 1.5″ wide, in the background colour, followed by a middle flying geese border of 3″ and finally a 4.5″ solid border, again in the background fabric. Each of the block corners has 3″ half square triangle, made of 2 QSTs pieced together. I can visualise a small colourwheel at the corner as an alternative! Add a 6″ star of your choice in the corner of the border.
I have given a margin of a few inches at each level.
I will give more details about how to bring it all together when all the blocks are done and we are ready to put together the top. Meanwhile, templates for the background square, the flying geese border and the corner star are given at the end of this post.These requirements are for the pieced background. The template for this is also included at the end of this post.
If appliquéing the fully pieced circles to the squares, you need sixteen 19.5″ squares. When cutting from 42-44″ width fabric, you require 4.5 yard fabric for the background alone.
If you use the shorter 34″ – 36″ width fabric, I suggest you cut a single row of squares, borders and binding from the length of the fabric. You need about 8.5 metres of the 34-36″ width fabric in total.
I tried the same layout in a different colour combination.
And also with different pieced borders, ranging from 1.5″ to 4.5″ in width…
In all case the fabric required for the binding and borders would be approximately the same.
This is the quilt as originally planned, in the classic red and white. With a little bit of imagination, all the quilt blocks can be made in just two colours, as you can see!
Before I give the templates, I have a question! What do you call the geometric space left behind when you remove a circle from a square -what we have been referring to as the background? I asked a mathematician friend who could not help me! So I have decided to name it the squircle! Now for the templates, including one for the squircle for a 18″ square minus a 15″ circle, for layout option 2.
Hello! Hope you are having a great day. I realized that I had not given the fabric requirement for the background for Layout Option #1 ! So I am re-blogging the post with the measurements. But before that I would love to share with you the quilt as originally planned – only a few of these blocks made the final cut! Are there any that you would like to see in the final quilt?
I have been trying out various options for the Dusk Round the Year Quilt! I will show you one option in each of the next few posts and include patterns for sashings and borders. The next block, Block # 5, will be posted only on 15th October. In the first two weeks of October, you can catch up with pending blocks, set your circles in squares, ready the borders, sashing, binding etc! Or, if you want to `quilt as you go’ the first four blocks, perhaps you can start on that!
I will post these so that you can decide which one you want to do. Of course, each of the 16 blocks will be different, but you get the general idea!
This is one option I really like. In this layout, the interplay of dark and light grey in the background brings alive the theme of dusk falling. The blocks are simply joined together and a thin 1.5″ dark grey border and binding frames the blocks, making it up to a comfortable 75″ square size.
Here is how the Rainbow Quilt will look, in the same layout…
So now to the fabric requirement for these blocks! This will depend on the method you use to set the circles in the blocks.
There are several ways of setting the 15″ pieced circles in the 18″ background squares, each with a different fabric requirement. As I calculate, there are 4 centre blocks set in bright coloured fabric. The remaining 12 are half and half. I am presuming the border and binding will be in the darker coloured fabric. In case you decide to use different fabric for borders and binding, the calculations for that are also included in the charts.
Appliqueing the circles to the squares
You may choose to piece the whole circle and appliqué it to a background square using your favourite method. The fabric requirement for the background, borders and binding is given in this chart.
The poplin that one uses for solids here in India is about 35″-36″ ; after removing selvedges, the usable width is just about 34″, which is what I have used for the calculations. The fabric is available in metres, hence the metrage… Another column gives the requirement in yards for regular 42″-44″ width.
I decided to use the Bamboo App on my ipad to share with you how I would cut my fabric if I were doing this Shadows/ Clouds option. Forgive the untidiness.
If using 42″ width dark fabric, it is suggested you cut a panel 18″ x 80″ for the borders and binding, before you start cutting the fabric for the background squares. Cut four strips each of 2″ and 2.5″ from this panel.
If using the smaller width fabric, first cut the two 21″ squares and eight rectangles 10″x 19.5″ along the length and then assess how much width is left over. You may need to cut strips along the width of fabric too – remember, you require a total of about 2″x300″ for the borders and 2.5″x 320″ for the binding.
Preparing the background squares for applique:
For the 4 centre blocks: Use the 19.5″ square from the bright fabric
For the 4 corner blocks: Use the two 21″ squares from each of the two fabrics to make HSTs and trim them to 19.5″.
For the 8 remaining blocks : Pair one rectangle 19.5″ x 10″ from each of the fabrics to make a square 19.5″ x 19.5″. Make 8 such squares.
For your convenience, I have given a template for a (quarter) circle with 7.5″ radius (without any added seam allowance). This Template D is downloadable from the link at the end of this post.
Piecing the background to the circle
The block patterns published so far have each included templates and instructions for the background.
There are basically three templates used for the background. These can be downloaded from either the respective block pattern, or even from the link at the end of this post.
In the Dahlia and Card trick blocks, the circle is pieced into halves and joined to 2 of Template C sewn together. In the Sapphire Block, I suggested you join Templates A and B to 1/8 circle wedges.
Here are the fabric requirements (for the whole quilt ) and cutting instructions if you will be piecing the blocks.
This is how I suggest you cut the fabric.( I used quiltassistant free software for this).
For best use of fabric, I have suggested you cut the binding and border strips from the length of fabric if using the 42″-44″ width and from the width of fabric if using the shorter width.
I think that takes care of everything. (It took me three days to write this post, what with all these charts and calculations and diagrams!) Everything except the promised templates.
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