Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Super Size Circle
I had been meaning to make a larger circle during these 21 days, so when I came to the 20 and 21st day, it was now and never. I decided to make double the length and width of the background. Instead of a 3 1/2 square, this is a 7 inch square, finished.
I cut some blunt tip triangles and sewed them together, and luckily they fit perfectly into a circle! My ruler does not have a lot of diagonal lines for triangles so I just eyeballed the triangles. I was expecting to have to do some fudging to make things fit. Not only did it make a nice circle, it was just the right size for the background!
I then appliqued the circle on the top of the result, and appliqued the whole circle on the background. I thought it looked better with a green background than the blue background, but if I had realized how much it looked like a buoy, I might have used a blue background. A buoy is one of the shapes I drew early on in my idea book.
Since this was a larger circle that would attract attention, and since I wanted to practice different techniques, I even turned under the edges of both circles. I used a trick I just learned about using foil paper and cardboard to turn the edges using this Youtube video from Sarah Fielke. It's obviously not perfect, but I am happy with it.
Last time I had to decide whether blocks with more than one circle would count as more than one day, and I decided no. I would use the background, not the number of circles, to decide how many days it represented. Now I have to decide whether blocks this big count as more than one day, and I have decided yes. Since this block takes up the room of four small blocks, this one represents four days.
The big size does mean that I can not sew this block to the previous circles until that row is the correct size, so it will have to wait four weeks.