Remember to post your block to Instagram with the hashtag #stlmqgbom before the November meeting to be entered to win this month's prize. If you don't use Instagram, you may email a photo to the guild email. There will one more monthly prize, but there will also be a drawing for the grand prize for anyone who has a finished Block of the Month quilt top by the January 2023 meeting. STLMQG member Dottie Vaughn has donated longarm quilting service for one finished quilt. Thank you Dottie!
This month, we will be making FOUR 6.5-inch (unfinished) inset circle blocks! I love how this creates a nice, crisp circle without the intersecting seam lines that you get with a Drunkard's path or similar curve technique. There are many tutorials online on how to accomplish this, but as far as I can tell, the technique is most often called the 6-minute circle credited to Dale Fleming. You can see a video of her demonstrating this method here. [note: this definitely takes longer than 6 minutes!] I first learned this technique at one of the very first Sew Me St. Louis retreats so it's fitting that you get to learn this technique the weekend of this year's Sew Me!
Here's what you'll need:
- (8) 7½ inch squares of fabric (4 background, 4 for the circles)
- freezer paper about the size of your block
- template for a circle that's around 5 inches (I used an IKEA kids' bowl, which is about 4¾ inches in diameter)
- pen or pencil
- paper scissors
- fabric scissors
- glue stick or glue pen