Yesterday my mom and I trekked a few hundred miles (round trip) to a shop specializing in longarm supplies. I was less than impressed with their selection of templates (what I really wanted) and those they had were expensive.
Then I found the bargain bin! I had a photo of what I got, but my camera seems to eat about one of every 10 or so photos lately and now it's dark out... I got a set of three circles and an in-the-ditch ruler. They were used, but what do I care? They're not broken. :)
I was on a mission for circles thanks to a comment from Canuck Quilter suggesting those inside the blocks. I already wanted the circle templates, but this moved them WAY up on my list!
But my biggest circle is 7". When you quilt outside that (the foot is 1/4"), you end up with a 7.5" circle. In a 12" block that's a little skimpy-looking.
When all else fails...
...raid the kitchen! These Tupperware lids were perfect, though they have one little lip I had to work around.
I'm still having trouble with my thread breaking in the middle of sewing, but I got 5 circles in each of the 16 blocks today. (With a trip to the store for more thread...)
This is one of the best blocks. Some of the circles are better than others. But they're ALL better than the last circles I tried to do!
So the top is finished, trimmed and scrappy binding is machine-sewn down. I should be working on the hand-sewing, but I'm stalling.
My hubby's brother's two kids are going to stay with us tomorrow night (the nephew that stays a lot and his younger sister), and I'm hoping to have this done so one of them can sleep under it. I better get working!
PS We also went to a quilt shop near the longarm shop and I spent a bundle. I'll have to get photos of my goodies and post them soon. I could have spent a lot more there...it was a GOOD shop and I'm sad it took about a tank of gas to get there and back yesterday, or I'd be back! (Before you gasp too loudly, a tank is only about 12 gallons and I do get good mileage.)