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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Quilting In Circles

Thanks for stopping by to visit.

We are both feeling better
I'm still working on my
Sun Bonnet Quilt.

In the comments on my last post
I had a few of you ask how I 
stitched the double circles.

There are many markers on the 
market to draw patterns on fabric,
but they all have warnings about checking
if they will wash out before using. 
So, I don't like to use them.

What I do
is purchase a small felt square,
around 35 cents at WalMart.
I can cut many shapes from one 
of these squares.

I pin it on and quilt around it.

Then I make another roll of
stitches inside this one.

And sometimes more rows.

It's pretty easy and doesn't 
leave a mark, 
and you can cut and stitch 
any shape you want.

I'm also using hearts on this quilt.

 Happy Quilting!


Thank you so much for your prayers.
We are very appreciative.
God bless you all!

P.S. Tomorrow is our one year anniversary from the doctors
giving Steve 6 months.  

Hallelujah, God is good!

 Your blogging sister,
Connie :) 


  1. Connie, I also use a template like this to quilt around, except I had never thought of using felt. Good choice, since it doesn't ravel. I love to use circles; they help break up the straight lines of the pieced pattern.
    Great news about the anniversary; indeed, God is good!

  2. "We are both feeling better"


    Your quilting is beautiful. Your even spacing amazes me.

  3. Great news, you are beating the odds! As Always, thinking of you both and sending cyber hugs from my part of the world.

  4. Connie, You and Steve are in my prayers. God is good and I pray he helps us all. You are an amazing quilter. I love your demos showing how you did certain stitches. I love it. I wish I had learned quilting from my aunt. Blessings to you, xoxo,love, Susie

  5. So glad you both are on the mend. Yes, we've had weeks like that and it's scary and exhausting! I hope you don't see another week like that for a long time! Your quilt is lovely. So many precious touches you're adding! Take care!

  6. So thankful for God's goodness in your lives, Connie.

  7. Glad you are both feeling better. What a clever idea for quilting unusual shapes!

  8. That is such a clever idea for quilting the circles.
    That is a happy anniversary to be celebrating. I am so glad that the doctors were wrong.

  9. I am not a quilter, but the felt shapes are a great idea!

  10. Your circles are such a nice look on this quilt. Your embroidery and the old prints you are using are combining to make such a beautiful quilt. I love it! And, your Steve's good news too!

  11. I'm shouting Hallelujah right along with you!

  12. I look at your even stitches and admire how they look. You are very good at quilting, there's no doubt about that.
    Glad news that you're both feeling better.

  13. Those little quilt circles add such interest to the quilt!
    So thankful for this year anniversary!

  14. Wonderful news that you are both feeling better and that you are both living God's grace. I love looking at this pretty quilt each time I visit. Every little detail is so very sweet. Enjoy your quilting, sweet Connie.

  15. Oh, hallelujah! What wonderful news that you're both better and Steve has more than doubled the odds given to him. Prayer is a marvelous thing. I will continue praying for both of you.
    I really enjoyed you showing us how you quilt in circles. I hadn't thought much about it because I'm really not a quilter but now that you've shown us it is really fascinating. Such pretty circles. And your embroidery is so neat and perfect too.
    Wishing you and Steve a wonderful day tomorrow. It's supposed to be in the 50's! Can you believe it?

  16. So glad to hear that you will be celebrating Steve's one year anniversary Saturday. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for the idea of cutting patterns from felt to quilt around. Hope you both continue to do well. Nancy

  17. I love those circles on your quilt. Such a useful tip for quilters you've shared here.
    So glad to hear that you and Steve are feeling better.

  18. now aren't you ever the clever lady, such a smart way to do your circles, yes using those pens are kind of scary that's for sure.
    God is good, I have been praying that God would allow you all to get through the holidays and that has happened, now let's pray for not only more years and holidays but good ones at that!!!

  19. So glad to hear that you both are feeling better!

    Your stitching is SO beautiful and even! I don't know how you do it but I sure wish mine looked that good, haha!

  20. Your stitching is so pretty! All the little details amaze me.

    Glad to hear both you and Steve are feeling better.


  21. You are both still in my prayers, I firmly believe that they help. Such amazing news about Steve, just wonderful. A great tip using the felt shapes, beautiful project.

  22. Hi Connie- so pleased you are doing splendid work with your quilting. Best Wishes to You and Steve. Regards KEV. p.s, it is Raining here today after being very hot yesterday 100Deg F+...great to have the Rain.

  23. What a glorious anniversary to celebrate! Wishing you both the best and I'm so happy to hear that you're both feeling better. Your quilt is so beautiful!

  24. Thanks be to God for his goodness to you! Glad you are both feeling better. Your felt circle is a brilliant idea for quilting. And your stitches are so lovely and even.

  25. Hey Connie,
    What a great anniversary for you and Steve!
    And I'm just going to repeat what everyone else has said..brilliant idea making the felt circles and your stitches are beautiful!
    Blessings, Linda

  26. Connie,
    What a wonderful blessing to be a year forward from that (devastating) doctors guess.
    Supposing that doctor didn't figure in blessings, faith and prayers!

    I think of you often, and would be so happy to live close by you... I would love to learn quilting from you.
    Your quilts are always so pretty.

    Sending {{hugs}} you way.

    [hoping to be back to blogging soon... fingers crossed]

  27. Beautiful work coming from a beautiful heart. Yes! God so very Good.
    Prayers and hugs.

  28. I’m so glad you commented on my blog, Connie. I hadn’t saved yours, and was missing it. Now I have it. I’m so impressed with your quilt-making, so much stitched by hand! My hands keep me from all hand sewing these days, the price we pay for using them so hard when younger. I guess. But it allowed me to re-enter the world of painting. So I look forward to following along! Your felt templates for quilting shapes are genius. So simple and effective. Beautiful quilt making!

  29. Your quilting is quite beautiful, well done Happy week, Diane