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Around in Circles Pillow // Retro Rubies QAL

Last week we talked about cutting into your fabric for the Retro Rubies, how is that coming along? Have you seen the Flickr Group lately? During the quilt along I wanted to take the time to make two additional projects from the Modern Patchwork Magazine which has a total of 34 wonderful projects!

Around in Circle Pillow by Heather Jones


One of the projects that I really loved when I first saw the magazine was the Around in Circles pillow by Heather Jones which is featured on the front cover. It looked like a real quick project which was perfect for my busy schedule.



Just as I expected the pillow only took me about an hour and half to make, and thats including the pebble quilting. I used two Tsuru prints with coordinating Kona Solids. Because, I was being a little lazy my pillow has different size circles than the original Around in Circles pillow. The magazine comes with templates for the circles you can trace on to cardboard or template plastic to cut out. I have an Olfa Circle Rotary Cutter I have been dying to use so I decided to put it to use for this project. The Olfa Circle Rotary Cutter was designed for cutting circles on fabric, paper, vinyl, film, leather, etc. It has a ratchet handle designed to reduce wrist fatigue, works for left or right handers, and it cuts circles from 1-1/2" to 8-3/4". At first I was a little confused on how it worked, but I watched this video by Fat Quarter Shop and it made much more sense!

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The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $15 gift certificate to one lucky Pile O' Fabric reader!  This giveaway is open to all readers even if you are just following along and not sewing along.

First Step To Enter To Win…

The first step to enter the giveaway is to leave a blog post comment telling me what are some other projects in the Modern Patchwork Magazine that appeal to you.

For Bonus Entries

This giveaway will end Friday, May 24th, at 12 a.m. EST. Mr. Random will choose two winners and I will announce their name Friday on Facebook and Twitter and I will email the winner directly. a Rafflecopter giveaway If you make any extra projects from Modern Patchwork during the QAL be sure to post photos in the Flickr Group so I can see!

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  • Krista Robbins says...

    HI Alyssa,

    I love your quilt and love the quilt on the cover as well. I was wondering about that circle cutter yesterday when I was out shopping. Thanks for the info.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Allison C says...

    I’m working on making lots of baby quilts, bibs, and burp clothes.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Donna says...

    The circle quilt!!! It’s so unique!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Laura says...

    I like the pillows!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jess @ Quilty Habit says...

    I’m quilting my wedding quilt! Thanks for the chance! Love the pillow.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Marilyn WK says...

    There are lots of projects I would love to do from this magazine, like the Reflected Wedges Table Runner and the Free Motion Quilted Placemats.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Abby West says...

    I think the EPP pillow by Joanna with Shape Moth might be my summer camping project.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kim says...

    I haven’t seen the magazine yet, but I love the circle quilt/wall hanging on the cover. Right now I am working on an EPP elongated hexagon (coffin) quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kristi G says...

    I really like the quilt on the couch next to the pillow! The colors are perfect for our office!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Penny G says...

    I think the quilt on the cover hits all the right notes for me. The colors are my favorite and the pattern just updates one I have done before and loved.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Karen Wills says...

    I haven’t seen the magazine yet but I love the blue and green quilt on the cover.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Shirley Pearce says...

    My favorite project is the travel kit! Great present for summer fun for anyone!
    Thanks for a chance

    Love the Olfa circle cutter-gotta have one!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Stephanie A says...

    i love the Gearing up Quilt!

    On August 20, 2014

  • lisa m says...

    I don’t have the magazine. I’m working on a bee block for the Simply Solids bee. Loving working with solids!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cecilia says...

    I like the looks of the quilt on the cover.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Tamie says...

    I haven’t spent time with the magazine yet but want to check out the paper pieced pillow another reader commented on.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Debi Hassler says...

    I haven’t seen the magazine either, but I like the quilt you made. : )

    On August 20, 2014

  • Margaret says...

    I like the Diamonds in the Rough quilt and the Tufted Cushion too. Thank you for the giveaway!

    On August 20, 2014

  • LeAnn says...

    I like the Travel Sewing Kit.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Lauren aka Giddy99 says...

    I don’t have the magazine; would love one, though! I’m working on a quilt for my dad when I’m home, a scrappy string star quilt every now and then, and EPP hexagons when I’m traveling!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Susan P says...

    I have not seen the magazine, but will have to look for it. Currently, I’m working on feather star blocks for some Christmas pillows that are gifts.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Susan says...

    Love your Ruby quilt and would love to make it!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Melanie C says...

    I want to make your Ruby quilt!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Michelle @Squeek Crafts says...

    So many great projects to choose from that makes it hard….I think either the cog quilt or the stripes quilt on the front cover!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Pat O says...

    I don’t get the magazine, but in researching on the web, I like Amy Ellis’ Patchwork Sewing Tote, and love the Retro Rubies quilt pattern designed by Alyssa Lichner .

    On August 20, 2014

  • Melissa Vink says...

    Holy what do I not want to make lol. I love the selvage bloom pillow, hex I bag, and the English paper piece item. This magazine is full of wonderful gorgeous items. I tried to get my hands on it this past weekend but could not find it :-(. May have to buy a digital issue vs paper. Thank you for offering this giveaway!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jennifer says...

    I don’t have the magazine but it’s definitely on my to-buy list. I love your retro rubies quilt! I am working on bright baby quilt in all solids.

    On August 20, 2014

  • donna altieri says...

    gotta stick with the retro rubies! i started on this before i knew there were doing a quilt along..

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nancy D. says...

    I like the Maynard Plaza Vertical Stripe quilt. I love all the pillows too.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Chelsie says...

    I almost bought that magazine today! I’m working on my pillow talk swap and a few WIPs.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cara says...

    I don’t have the magazine yet but I love the quilt on the cover! Its amazing how the black makes the other colors just pop!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Allison D says...

    Gearing up – I LOVE IT!! Hands down one of my favorite quilts ever from the moment I saw it on flickr.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Béatrice says...

    I like Diamonds in the Rough.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Carla G says...

    I don’t have this magazine – but I do LOVE the quilt on the front cover – the colors make it pop!
    I’m working on making shorts & shirts for my kids for summer right now. Then hopefully back to quilting. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jacklynn Grimm says...

    I don’t have the magazine yet – that gift certificate would come in handy to get it! I need to sit down and make myself a new bag.

    On August 20, 2014

  • usairdoll says...

    Gorgeous pillow! Great job! I’d love to try the pillow as well as the Retro Rubies.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


    On August 20, 2014

  • Erin Marie says...

    I don’t have the magazine, but I’ve loved every project I’ve seen so far. Of them, I’d say your Ruby quilt is my favorite. And I’m not saying that just cuz you’re having a giveaway. ;-)

    On August 20, 2014

  • leanne says...

    so many great projects in the magazine – as well as doing your retro rubies I’m also making the lava lamp quilt

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nancy M says...

    I am making a bubble looking quilt for my granddaughter using the Olfa Circle Rotary Cutter. It DOES take some getting use to but well worth it!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting says...

    I’ve had Retro Rubies bookmarked for ages but would love to make the travel sewing kit & the Diamonds in the Rough too! Thanks for the giveaway!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Janice Stockwell says...

    I like your Around in Circles pillow. I need a quick project…getting bogged down with things that take a while to complete. Now , I just have to run out and get one of those Olfa circle cutters for myself!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Gene Black says...

    I Love the cover quilt (the colors are so pretty and some of my favorites. I think I would switch the black for a deep purple. Then I would do some fun FMQ on it. I also need to make the travel sewing kit.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Isa says...

    I don’t have the magazine but I really like every project i’ve seen featured so far, specially your Retro rubies wall hanger and the Hexi bag

    On August 20, 2014

  • kris says...

    I love the Gearing up quilt and the lava lamp quilt. I sort of want to make all the quilts in the magazine as a challenge to myself. I am not sure I am ready to commit today but I am going to plan to cut into my Retro Ruby fabric this weekend. I have it bought and just drool looking at it but I have prior commits before I let myself get into it. :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kathy says...

    Love the travel sewing kit. And thank you for yet another great give-away.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Becky Greene says...

    I do not have a copy of this issue of the magazine (… yet), but I love that cover quilt!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Catrin Lewis says...

    I really like the big stripe quilt on the cover and retro rubies of course! I like a quilt design that showcases the fabric.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Melissa says...

    The quilt on the cover looks beautiful!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Laura says...

    I love the quilt on the cover – the colors and simplicity are really appealing.

    On August 20, 2014

  • shirley tener says...

    I bought it for the Ruby QAL and there are alot of projects like you said but I do love yours.

    On August 20, 2014

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