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Circle Dance Quilt

by Sharon Hultgren

Image of Circle Dance Quilt Image of Circle Dance Quilt Block

Materials Needed:


  • Easy Circle Cut™


  • Background Square (12-1/2" x 12-1/2")
  • 10" circle
  • 8" circle
  • 6" circle
  • 4" circle


Use the Easy Circle Cut™ to cut circles. Circles will be sewn onto face of background blocks.

schematic of background square Fold 12 1/2" background square in quarters and crease the folds (A). These will be the lines used in centering the middle circles.

Fold the 8" circle into quarters and place on the background square. Center this circle and sew it onto the square as follows. Turn the edge under and stitch by hand or machine or leave raw edge and use a decorative stitch, such as a buttonhole stitch.

schematic of how to make center yo-yo To make the large (5") yo-yo for the center of each block, hand sew a running stitch 1/4" from the edge of each 10" circle. Stitches should be at least 1/4" apart. (TIP: use a double thread for added strength). Pull the thread and draw the edges to the center of the circle. The gathered edge is the top side of the yo-yo (B). Center the yo-yo on the block, and sew it down securely.

schematic of center of block: two concentric yo-yos Make the small (2") center yo-yos from the 4" circles by repeating running stitch as with the 10" circles. Sew a 2" yo-yo onto the center of each large 5" yo-yo (C).

schematic of finished block Next, cut each 6" circle into quarters and sew each corner of all blocks (D).

To complete the blocks, sew a button, tassel, appliqué, pompom or other embellishment onto the center of the small yo-yo.

Please Note:
DO NOT use anything that may become detached on a baby quilt.

Once you have mastered the Circle Cut Dance block, you can put together different numbers of blocks to make a bed quilt, a wall hanging, pillow tops, and more.

Don't forget to sign and date your quilt. Enjoy!

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