I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy



80″ x 88″

Circle accents are everywhere—quilts, pillows, table runners, or handbags. Make a statement by sewing circles, spots, or dots with my no-stress appliqué technique. The sewing secret is to use fusible interfacing.

The featured quilt, I See Spots, recently hung on display at the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon conference in Austin. The bold colors, large blocks (18″ squares), and rectangle shapes (9″ x 18″) give the quilt a modern feel. But don’t think you need to make a quilt! Just one 18″ block would make an ideal pillow.


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I See Spots 

Create circles or spots without ever cutting a circle! How? Fusible interfacing is the key. Learn how to create this bed-sized quilt with the streamlined process of stitching circles instead of cutting them.

I See Spots is a bed-sized quilt with 18″ blocks, 9″ blocks, and 9″ x 18″ rectangles. The focal points are the circles or spots! Cast aside traditional appliqué techniques and learn the speedy way of creating and appliquéing circles. Want a smaller project? Scale down the quilt to a lap size or simply make a pillow.

Tools


I See Spots Quilt Project Sheet by Nancy Zieman



  • Fabrics Select eight fabrics in various shades of light, medium, and dark. If you’d like to personalize or change the color scheme, make certain to follow the standard rule of thumb for quilting and choose light, medium, and dark shades.

Note from Nancy: The fusible interfacing is the key to the construction of this design. Don’t choose a heavy fusible interfacing, light is best! This quilt was made using Pellon’s Sof-Shape.

Technique Instructions

The complete instructions to make the circles or spots are available in the I See Spots Project Sheet.

Create the Circles or Spots

Details on the strip size relative to the circle size and strip widths are marked on the template. 

  • Layer same-sized interfacing and fabric blocks, right sides together.
  • Placing smooth side of interfacing to right side of fabric. Pin.


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 Stitch

  • Set machine for a straight stitch, 2.0 stitch length.
  • Stitch directly on the traced line.

Note from Nancy: When stitching curves, I like to use a shorter stitch length, which provides a smoother finished curve.
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  • Trim away excess fabric. For best results, use a pinking rotary cutter blade.


I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy



  • Trim away excess interfacing from interior, leaving 1″ of interfacing.


I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy Note from Nancy: Save the trimmed interior section of the interfacing to use when creating smaller circles. I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy



  • Turn interfacing to wrong side.
  • Press curved edge, making certain seam is along the edge.


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  •  Fold background blocks and circles into fourths. Lightly press folds.


I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy



  • Unfold fabrics.
  • Center the small circles onto larger blocks, matching creases; pin.
  • Pair the circles to blocks as per the illustrated color guide I See Spots Project Sheet.


I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy



  • Fold each rectangle in half, meeting long edges. Lightly press the fold. Unfold the fabric.
  • Measure down 1-3/4″ from one end of each rectangle.

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  • Align creases of circles with vertical creases on rectangle. Pin.
  • Pair the circles to rectangles as per the illustrated color guide.

Stitch Circles to Background Blocks and Rectangles

  • Thread needle with monofilament thread such as Madeira’s Monofilament thread.
  • Use all-purpose thread in the bobbin.
  • Set machine for either a straight stitch, narrow zigzag stitch, or blanket stitch.
  • Stitch circles to fabric.


I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy



  Assemble and Finish Quilt

  • Follow illustrated color guide to assemble and stitch blocks and squares.
  • Stitch blocks and squares using 1/4″ seam allowances.
  • Layer quilt top, batting, and backing.
  • Quilt using your favorite quilting techniques.

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  • Finish quilt with binding.

Get the complete I See Spots Project Sheet at Nancy’s Notions.

Watch Carefree Curves Techniques Online

I demonstrate how to make circle appliqués during this Sewing With Nancy episode. Enjoy!


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Nancy Zieman's Giveaway

A big thank you to those of you who attended my two lectures: Seams Unlikely and Crafting a Sewing Business: One Stitch at a Time, checked in on my QuiltCon guest book, and entered to win a Carefree Curves template from Clover. The random giveaway winner is Judy Tucker! Congratulations, Judy!

Trace'n Create Quilt Templates - Carefree Curves Template Collection by Clover

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