The August challenge at the VMQG was to do a portrait.
Neither side really looks like me, so I really just used the challenge to finish a UFO. Just have to bind it and it's done.
Circles - Beach Balls
I decided to tackle circles and first made a beach ball block that's now a beach quilt that's ready for quilting.
I pieced the triangles together to get stripey octagons and hexagons, then used my compass cutter thingy to cut them into circles. I didn't use the centre of the block as the centre of the circle so that's why I think they look like balls.
I made the back look like a towel I had when I was in elementary school. Yes, the wrinkles are built in.
Circles in Circles
Then I tried circles in circles. I had seen several quilts so here's my inspirations:
http://www.funquilts.com/gallery/patterns/patterns.html (the Roundabout quilt)
Here's what I came up with.
Cut the hole with a 1/2 inch smaller radius than the radius of the circle. Set your seam guide (that thing that screws into the flat table of your sewing machine exactly 1/4 inch back from your needle and be consistent with your 1/4 inch seam. Use your squirt bottle or lots of steam when you iron the seams and you should get it nice and flat. I iron the seams open for an really flat look, so I do clip the seams every 1 1/4 inch.