I love to put feather wreaths inside blocks like this. The many small pieces to this block would make it much more time consuming to quilt each little piece with a continuous curve or stitch in the ditch. Also, treating each little star inside this block would disconnect the block (breaking it down into four pieces) and I want the viewer to see the entire block, not just the four components that make up this beautiful block. I love how the wreath brings the whole block together and gives it some movement.
A pet peeve of mine is to leave any part of a block unquilted. My rule is to make sure that I do not have any open area without quilting larger than my palm. I'm a stickler for balanced quilting and the circle wreath is a good example of the balance. You may have seen some circle wreaths where the inside circle has no quilting in it. I don't like the puffy look of that unquilted center. Also, that area will wear differently than if it were quilted. In time, the batting may pull apart and end up in a lumpy mess. We can't have that now can we? So, I placed an inner circle and a diamond inside the center of my wreath. I could have also stretch my feathers to touch in the center, but I really do not like the way this looks as I can't seem to make my feathers look even and balanced when I do this. So, the diamond inside was a perfect solution for me.
Here is how I accomplished the circle wreath. All of the templates used in this project are from The Gadget Girls.
My first step was to stitch around a 3" circle template.
Next, using a 2-1/2 inch circle template I stitched around the circle from point to point of the squares in the block, making the diamond shape. Tip: Start your outter circle in a spot where you can then do the point to point diamond without starting and stopping your thread.
Using a 7" circle template, I then stitched an outside circle around the block.
I then stitched the feathers around the outside of the circle I had just stitched. Without picking up my thread, I stitched the inside feathers of the wreath. Viola, circle wreath finished and sitting beautifully inside the block.
Now to stitch the sashing diamonds. With my Erasable Marvy Fabric Marker, I marked the center of the sashing.
With the 7" circle template I placed the curve where my stitch will go from the corner stone to the center marking. This ended up on a dashed line on the template which made it easier to place the template for each curve I made in the sashings. I used a small continuous curve in the corner stones to help me travel across the quilt without stopping and starting my thread.
I then traveled back across the quilt with the 7" circle template on the other side of the sashing. I love the effect this curve creates in the sashing, like a neat little bow tie.
And there you have it. Pretty circle wreath with a diamond.