Hello everyone! In Week 25 (June 18 – June 24, 2017) of #52WeeksWithTheQuiltersPlanner the tutorial for “Sunset Bubbles” by Carrie Wikander from The Zen Quilter calls for the use of six circle templates ranging from 3.5″ in diameter to 8.5″ in diameter.
Or a protractor and ruler.
Since I have neither and wasn’t in the mood to go buy anything, I briefly considered trying to find appropriately sized cups, plates and saucers in my kitchen to do the job. Instead I created templates in EQ7, and I am more than happy to share them with you!
These template are full circles but you may prefer to simply cut them in half (as this is all that’s required for the block) or even quarters and cut on folded fabric instead. It’s up to you.
You can download the PDF of the circle templates here [5 pages, 65KB]. As always, remember to set your printer to print the pages at 100% to ensure the templates are the correct size.
Having now sewn the block, I think there are a couple of ways to play it. I like to consider myself reasonably proficient at sewing curves. I’ve made enough neckline and armholes (arm scyes, for those seamstresses out there), and played with the Quick Curve Ruler a bunch of times, that I would have thought this block would have been fairly simple for me. In fact, I found the curves fairly fiddly, especially the smallest bubbles. Personally, I also found starching the pieces made easing the curves more difficult.
In my opinion, you can either piece the block as described in the tutorial (in which case you won’t need the 1/4″ seam allowance included on the templates) OR you might like to consider constructing the bubbles using needle-turn appliqué (using the 1/4″ seam allowance on the template).
If you choose to do the latter, then you won’t need to cut the half-circles from the four pieces of background fabric, since you will be appliquéing your circles on top of those rectangles.