Running Rings Around Your Circles Quilt

Project #14255

For all-around imagery, nothing beats this Running Rings Around Your Circles Quilt. It has all the geometric goodness to grab anyone's attention and easily works within the principles of good design. Follow the directions and begin your full-circle experience!

Fabric Requirements:

YardageFabricCutting Instructions
(20) 10" x 10"Assorted bright printsCut (20) 9" Rings*
Cut (20) 6" Circles*
(20) 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"Assorted black and white prints
4 ydFusible adhesiveCut (20) 10" x 10" [may have to use 2 smaller pieces to get the required
number of 10" Squares-depending on width of fusible adhesive]
1/2 ydBinding fabricCut (4) 2 1/2" wide Strips x WOF
3 ydBacking fabricCut (2) 1 1/2 yd pieces
54" x 66"Batting


  • Finished Size: 48 1/2" x 60 1/2"
  • All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
  • WOF = width of fabric
  • * = Adhere fusible adhesive to back of fabric before die-cutting the shapes.

Making the Blocks:

  1. Using the Ring die, cut 20 Rings and 20 Circles (center of ring). Set the Circles aside. Remove the paper from the back of all 20 Rings.
  2. Place each Ring in the center of one of the 12 1/2" Squares. Heat fuse in place with an iron. Repeat with the remaining 19 Rings.
  3. Using a zigzag or decorative stitch, sew the Rings in place on both the inside and the outside.

Assembling the Quilt Top:

  1. Using a design area, arrange the Ring blocks in 5 rows of 4 blocks each.
  2. Sew the blocks together into rows. Press.
  3. Sew the rows together to make the quilt top. Press.
  4. Remove the paper from the back of the 20 saved Circles.
  5. Using the photo as a guide, arrange 12 of the Circles in the interior of the top, where 4 blocks intersect. Center the Circles on these intersections and heat fuse in place.
  6. Take the remaining Circles and cut in half. Arrange all but 2 of these semi-Circles around the outside of the quilt centered over seam where 2 blocks meet. Heat fuse in place.
  7. Cut the remaining 2 semi-Circles in half to make 4 quarter-Circles for the corners of the quilt top. Heat fuse in place.
  8. Using a zigzag or decorative stitch, sew the Circles, semi-Circles and quarter-Circles in place.


  1. Sew the two 1 1/2 yd pieces together along the selvedge edge to make the backing.
  2. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt by hand or machine, as desired.
  3. Sew the binding strips together to form one long strip. Fold the binding in half, lengthwise, with wrong sides together and press.
  4. Sew the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the right side of the quilt. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the quilt and stitch in place by hand, mitering the corners.

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