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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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