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Circles and Squares Throw

Cut circles from precut 10-inch squares, then raw-edge appliqué both shapes to a solid color background for a quick and easy lap quilt. Background fabric is from the Rouenneries collection by French General for Moda Fabrics and sweet pink prints are from the Giselle collection by Jessica Gonacha Swift for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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Assemble Blocks


1. Fold an assorted pink print 10" square in half vertically and horizontally to find center and divide square into quarters. Lightly finger-press to create positioning guidelines; unfold.

2. Center Circle Pattern on wrong side of prepared pink print square and use a pencil to trace around circle. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw the line, place 220-grit sandpaper under the square.)

3.  Carefully cut out circle along drawn line, reserving square. Repeat to make 32 assorted pink print 6-1/2" circles and 32 assorted pink print 10" squares with a 6-1/2"-diameter circle opening. (You will use 31 circles.)

4. Aligning raw edges, layer a pink print 10" square with a 6-1/2"-diameter circle opening atop a solid tan 10" square (Diagram 1); pin. Sew pink print square to solid tan square 1/4" from the circle’s raw edge to make Block A; press. Editor’s Tip: Use a walking foot when sewing the curved piece to the foundation to prevent stretching the shape.

5. Using assorted pink print 10" squares with a 6-1/2"-diameter circle opening and solid tan 10" squares, repeat Step 4 to make 32 A Blocks total.

6. Fold a remaining solid tan 10" square in half vertically and horizontally; lightly finger-press to make positioning guidelines.

7. Aligning positioning guidelines, center a pink print circle atop prepared solid tan square (Diagram 2); pin. Sew pink print circle to foundation 1/4" from raw edge to make Block B. Press.

8.  Using assorted pink print circles and solid tan 10" squares, repeat steps 6 and 7 to make 31 B Blocks total.

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