Circle Applique (by hand), Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Oasis QAL: center medallion and Circle Applique tutorial

We have finished our center star medallion! I am in love with these bright vibrant colors.
Welcome to the Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along, hosted by Jess (the elven garden) and me. Over the past two weeks I  have written several posts about options for sewing this center block, check out the Quilt Along page for easy table of contents on all the posts and tutorials so far.
I had a couple of setbacks while sewing this block, maybe you can learn from them if you are following along. First, when I drafted the triangle units for paper piecing, I accidentally added the seam allowance before drawing the pattern. This made my block end up too big! the good new is that I am just going to eliminate the skinny strip border that comes next, so my center medallion will stand alone in all its (large) glory.
Second, I was really  having an off day and just could not get those D (white) triangle to behave, so I ended up cutting them in half, adding seam allowance and piecing my block in four pieces. If you do not love set in seams, this is a good alternative.

I want to share a quickie on appliquéing a perfect circle. My mom taught me this some years ago and it is brilliant.
1. cut out the circle from template plastic or heavy card stock (those advertisements you get in the mail are perfect). Trace around the template on the wrong side of the fabric and cut out with a 3/8″ seam allowance all the way around.
**for smaller circles: use those hole-punches designed for scrapbooking. They come in lots of sizes from 1/2″ to 2″ and more, and cut out really perfect circles in a flash. Available at crafting stores.

2. place the template on the wrong side of the fabric and sew a running stitch all the way around the edge, to outside of the traced line.
3. pull the thread to tighten and gather the fabric around the template.

4. use a ruler to center the circle on the block and pin in place. Use a thread that matches the circle appliqué fabric to whip-stitch in place. Catch only the very edge of the piece so that the stitches will be invisible on the final appliqué
I hope my recent posts have maybe gotten some excited about making this quilt. Even if you aren’t sewing along with us, the tutorials might be useful for other sewing projects.
In two weeks, Jess and I will add a linky so that we can see the masterpieces that are coming together.
Happy Sewing!
Note: if anyone is interested, that awesome green and navy fabric I used for my center circle is from the collection “Gracie Girl” from Riley Blake, available now from Fabric Shack and The Fat Quarter Shop (those are just the ones I know about)
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9 thoughts on “Oasis QAL: center medallion and Circle Applique tutorial

  1. The medallion looks great – and I had wondered how the setting triangles would work so a good tutorial on halving the D triangles.

  2. Beautiful Sharon…love it!!

  3. Tammy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Sharon.

  4. Cathy says:

    I love it. You do such nice work. Hugs

  5. Em says:

    It is so happy and crisp! Wish I was not intimated by its exactness or I would join ;). Sitting here waiting for my first shift to begin….like a first day at a new school.

  6. Rosa says:

    Just stunning,love it!!

  7. Love that Gracie girl print you used in the middle, it reminds me of macaroons. 🙂

  8. JL says:

    Hi, great tutorial but did I miss how you get the template material out without distorting the circle ?

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