Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

Any Quilters out there??

ineedaserger329 | Posted in General Discussion on

I AM NOT A QUILTER! But I want to make a quilt….I refer to it as a circle quilt….made of circles……I saw how to do it on tv, but I wanted to know, I want to make it a stuffed quilt so it is warmer, how do I do that? Do you stuff them? I figure if you do it is that flat stuffing the stuff you use? I just thought it would be cute with this fabric I have for my niece, but I don’t think it will be warm enough. Any help out there?


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    I'm not a expert, but there are different types of batting.  That is the term used in the US (wadding in some countries) for the middle layer.  The top is pieced, the back is usually one or two pieces depending on the width of the quilt and the center is the batting.

    There are several experts who have written books on this.  Better Homes & Gardens Quilt- Lover's Favorites has the best information, in my opinion.  There are also many magazines, but I don't think they are that easy for a beginner and they are subject to type-o (s), which can be disheartening to a beginner.

    Best wishes in your new adventure - keep us posted. 

  2. MargieT | | #2

    I'll try and help.  When you have completed the top of the quilt place it on a layer of wadding on top of the backing material. Many shops sell  sheeting material which is extra wide and means you may not have to join the backing material.  Wadding comes in different thicknesses [?such a word] so you can make it the thickness you want.  Place all 3 layers together and make sure it is lying flat.  Use a basting stitch or safety pins to hold it together.  It can then be quilted on the machine.  I suggest stitching in the ditch of each circle which will give a puffed effect.  How are you planning on joining the circles?


  3. marijke | | #3

    Generally, quilting experts do not recommend using sheets for backing, because the material is woven more tightly than quilting cottons and is difficult to "needle."  This is less of a concern for machine quilting than for hand quilting.

    Batting: your choices include not only different thicknesses, but also cotton, cotton/poly, poly, etc.  A lot of what works depends on preference and climate.  Here's a link with some info:


    Hope this helps,


    1. MargieT | | #4

      I was under the impression that the quilt was being made my machine, therefore, sheeting material should not be a problem.  I have made 3 machine quilts using this material with great success.

  4. User avater
    Becky-book | | #5

    Are you thinking about a YO-YO coverlet?  the circles are gathered to form a much smaller circle that is finished on both sides, then these little circles are tacked together at the sides?  This type of bed cover could be tacked down to another blanket to provide warmth, but usually they were made just for decoration.

    Need more info.


    1. ineedaserger329 | | #6

      I don't think that's the one....make circles and sew together 2 and cut a small hole to turn. Then sew sides together to form a square inside of the circle. Sew flaps down. I plan on doing it on a machine just using chain stitch.....I don't know that and form of batting would work for this, but that is the best way I can describe it.....Thanks allOOOHHHH! I found a link....http://www.equilters.com/library/jeans/jeans_gallbaros.htmlThe one on tv was done a little differently though. I think the one on the link is made to fray, as the one I was going to do was two circles and you turn so there are no raw edges. I hope this helps.Edited 5/7/2007 10:36 am ET by ineedaserger329

      Edited 5/7/2007 10:38 am ET by ineedaserger329

      1. Gloriasews | | #7

        You could put a square of batting (the size of your template for folding) inside your circle, so, when you fold it over to make the square, you wouldn't have the added bulk in the fold-over piece.  Also, you would not have to make a backing for this quilt, as the underside would be already finished.  The batting you would use would be the thinner, non-woven quilt batting, not the fluffy poly kind.

        Be sure to clip your circles before you turn them out to the right side & press them before you continue to add more circles.  Good luck!

      2. spicegirl | | #8

        The circle jeans quilt looks like a variation of the Cathedral Windows quilt.  There is a baby quilt at Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.com that is another variation.


        TV series 905; Peek-A-Boo Crib Quilt

        Edited 5/7/2007 3:27 pm ET by spicegirl

      3. User avater
        Becky-book | | #9

        So cute!  I like that blue jean idea!


  5. MaryinColorado | | #10

    For your first quilt, you might want to try one that someone else has already figured out all the instructions for.  There is alot more to them than meets the eye.  I have done some piecework and quilted clothing and comforters and even designed some quilts for a neighbor who quilts. 

    Currently I am making a pieced/quilted throw from scratch with embroidered squares.  I thought it would be so simple and quick.  It has turned into a great project but much more involved than I ever expected. 

    Batting comes in polyester, cotton, wool, silk, and combinations of these.   There are alot of different thicknesses and weights.  Make sure that the care method matches the fabric's. 

    There is a quilt called "rob Peter to Pay Paul" that is usually done in two contrasting colors, often including redwork or bluework embroidery.  It takes 11 across, 13 down of the circles.for a quilt about 72x85 I think (twin).  I would cut cotton batting in squares that fit inside the circles, baste them to the wrong side of the circles with water soluble thread in the bobbin.  Then I would sew the two circles of opposite colors right sides together, leaving an opening to turn.  Use a point turner to smooth out the circles.  handstitch closed.  Do NOT steam away the disolvable bobbin thread yet!  Try to dry press now until complet.

    Then when these are all done, lay them out the way you want them when complete.  Such as all dark side up, light side down.  Now, lay two circles, dark sides together and stitch along the basting stitches on one side only.  Conect an entire row this way, stitching only the sides of the circles together.  Always leave the "ears" at the top side.  Now do all the crosswise rows. 

    Now attatch the rows vertically by stitching the top and bottom of all the circles at the square basting  lines.  Ta da!  Done.  This would be a lightweight quilt, suggested all cotton prewashed fabrics. 

    I hope this makes sense.  Mary

    I missed the above when I left for dinner.  Yes it is called Cathedral Windows also.  There may be instructions on http://www.nancysnotions or http://www.marthapullen.com for this.  I think it was on Martha's Sewing Room.

    BTW  I am not a quilter! 





    Edited 5/7/2007 9:35 pm ET by MaryinColorado

    Edited 5/7/2007 9:36 pm ET by MaryinColorado

This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All