WESTSIDE QUILTERS GUILD is a vibrant addition to the arts community of Washington County, Oregon, a public charity, originator of the Quilt Barn Trail of Oregon's Tualatin Valley, and member of Oregon Cultural Trust. Our membership of 200 welcomes all quilters, beginner to professional, and traditional to modern. Join us for our third Monday meetings at 6:30 p.m.
Dawn White taught her Going in Circles class at the Jessie Mays Community Center in North Plains on Saturday. It was a surprisingly simple technique to learn. Our super Saturday Sewing group was hard at work on the other side of the room.
Once we were all set up for class, Dawn started her demonstration.
Our goal was to learn to make inset circles like the ones in Dawn's table runners.
Dawn explained that any object can be used to create a circle in the desired size. For our class, she was using an old compact disk.
This technique can also be used with directional prints or with designs we might want to center.
In this case, Dawn centered one of the little birds.
After watching the demonstration and reading the superb handout, Sue was able to show off her first inset circle of the day.
We also learned a technique using lightweight fusible interfacing to make a finished edge circle for applique. These are perfect for creating quilt labels.
We also learned to make raw-edged applique using fusible web. This was a simple technique to learn and opens up a whole new world of possibilities.