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How to sew quarter circles

I’m experimenting with quarter circles as part of a quilt I’m making for Savor Each Stitch Book Bee chapter on Emphasis. Quarter circles can be sewn in many ways: (1) pin it; (2) glue it; (3) wing it.


I use silk pins. I pin the larger piece (L looking shape) on top of the smaller piece (pie piece).

  • Stitch it slowly, guiding it along the quarter-inch mark;
  • Press toward the large piece unless you want the pie piece to take center stage.


I use applique glue. It’s very thin and washes out. You don’t need very much glue.

  • Glue one side of the pie piece, easing it to the middle
  • Glue the other side of the pie, easing it to the outside edge
  • Sew it, using a quarter-inch seam allowance.


  • Layer one piece of fabric on top of another piece of fabric.
  • Cut a curve.
  • Take one of the concave and one of the convex pieces and pin them.
  • Sew just like with the perfect pieces (the first method above).
  • Trim to the size you want.

I like the glue basting method because I can glue a group of them, then chain sew them. With the Pin It method, I am limited by the number of silk pins I have — which isn’t many.

By the way, I used a template from All Things Acrylic which I recently received in a Quilty Box: quarter circle templates

More quarter circles to make,


MQG Exhibit at International Quilt Festival

Wanda Ann Dotson:

Check out photos of all the wonderful modern quilts at the International Quilt Festival.

Originally posted on The Modern Quilt Guild:

One of the great things about going to Quilt Market is getting the first peek at the MQG showcase at the International Quilt Festival! We had a stellar show this year with lots of diverse modern quilts. The photos below give a nice overview on how the show looks and feels. Best of all, all of these quilts will make an appearance at QuiltCon in Pasadena!


From L to R: Big Love by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, Comma Comet by Pam Biswas


From L to R: Tidy Towns: Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher, Modern Amish II by Mickey Beebe


From L to R: Line Study #1 by Andrew Steinbrecher, Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter, Bullseye by Vicki Ruebel


From L to R: Paper Cranes by Sylvia Schaefer, Huckleberry by Rebecca Bryan


From L to R: Spare Change by Betsy Vinegrad, Pineapple Variation by Alexis Deise


From L to R: Twisted Sisters Quilt by Stephanie Z. Ruyle, Fruit Flavors by Mary A. Menzer


From L to R: 5/325 by Hillary…

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Texas Quilt Museum

A Thousand Star Experience

I’m back from Texas, and it was an inspiring and exciting trip. I arrived early on Thursday and immediately saw inspiration at the airport. Texas houston airport

Look at those colors.

Then I grabbed a cab to the convention center, bought tickets for the International Quilt Festival show, met up with Susan, ate some lunch, then began the tour.

I really liked this award winner by Melissa Sobotka of Richardson, Texas. She used batiks and silk. The colors were earthy and I was drawn to the applique:

Texas end of the spin

This next quilt is not modern, but it is strikingly beautiful: Brilliant Rose by Junko Fujiwara of Narasheno, Japan.

Texas brilliant rose

I made it to my quilt, and a friend of Susan’s (on left) took our photo with Random Perfection. Texas random perfection

Susan was a big help in getting me registered for classes and events.

On Friday I took a bus tour through Texas. We began early.
Texas early monring

The Texas Quilt Museum was our first stop. They had an amazing collection of contemporary quilts, but I can’t show them to you. They didn’t allow photography. This is a shot from the inside, showing outside to the streets of La Grange, Texas. inside-the-texas-quilt-museum-looking-out-beautiful-quilts-inside-but-no-photography-quiltfestival-texasquiltmuseum_22617986601_oI saw stars at many stops along the way. After lunch and shopping in La Grange, we traveled to Round Top, Texas where the Festival Hill Institute is located. They have an incredible music academy there with a star-filled auditorium:


After that we visited a local quilt shop in the Stafford area of Houston, called Quilters Emporium. They had goody bags for us, and then back to the convention center. Susan was so good to wait for me to get back from the bus tour.

Then it rained and rained. It was more than the streets and bayous could handle. Susan and I attempted to get to the convention center Saturday morning but the streets and highways were flooded. We survived this exciting ride and just relaxed the rest of the day.

I am grateful to Susan for her hospitality and good cheer. I had a great time, and I’m sure this thousand-star experience will find its way into a quilt.

Texas sugar skull


Random Perfection

Meet me in Houston, Texas

I’m going to Houston tomorrow, Thursday, for the International Quilt Festival, staying through Sunday. I’m excited for two reasons.

First, I get to stay with Susan who I have only known for a short time, but she and other members of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild graciously embraced me and encouraged me as part of the Savor Each Stitch Book Bee. I hope to see Anna of Mod Quilt Mom who is also member of the book bee.

If you are going to be there, please send me a note: wandadotson@Hotmail.com or on Instagram: wandalifesampler . We can meet in Houston too.

Second, I get to see my quilt Random Perfection alongside some amazing modern quilts. I was pleasantly surprised my quilt was chosen, and it’s going to be a rush to see everyone’s fabulous creations.

See me and my work in Houston,