Quilt Settings: Circle of Nine

One of my favorite quilt settings comes from a book by Janet Houts and Jean Ann Wright called Best of Circle of Nine. I haven’t used it since I made the Sister’s Choice quilt for my sister in 2016. However, in making the sampler quilts for the Facebook AccuQuilt Qube group and thinking about settings, it came to mind again. And it gave me a wonderful setting for some other blocks that have been sitting waiting to be used.

As I always say, quilts come about in their own time. And this star quilt has finally come to it’s time. This is a picture of my progress with these stars and this setting.

Floating Stars
Floating Stars in Circle of Nine setting

And this is an image from EQ with borders added to complete the quilt. This is so much better than a horizontal or on point setting with sashing.


Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

8 thoughts on “Quilt Settings: Circle of Nine”

  1. That is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing. And thank you for the patterns on the QAL. I am using medical prints and making one for my daughter who is an RN. I was able to get the companion sets and now doing some of those blocks. So much fun!! Jo Beth Park-Funkhouser.

    1. Thank you Jo Beth. It is so nice to hear that everyone is enjoying the QAL blocks. I love the idea of medical prints. That makes the quilt so much more personal. And yes, the companion sets are so much fun!

  2. I love the quilt you made for your sister – and the adaptation above and would make both in a heartbeat!

    1. Thank you Mary Ann. The star quilt is relatively easy to make. The one for my sister took more time, but was truly a labor of love. I lost my sister two years later. She kept the quilt with her in that long wait for a transplant so it was a treasure to her then and is to me now.

  3. OH!! Thank you so much Marjorie for sharing this setting! I have seen it somewhere before, but had forgotten about it. I have been looking through all my books and online for different settings to use for our Sampler Qube quilt that you are designing! If I used this one, I could make two quilts with a few more added blocks. I had finally found a setting I really liked from one of my newer patterns called Marilyn Quilt pattern. But it does take more blocks to be the size I want, so if you offer this setting I pick this one! I love the blocks in a circle. The one I was previously deciding on, the rows are made vertical, with blocks on a diagonal from each other.

  4. LOL Marjorie, I just went to Amazon to find the Best of Circle of Nine Quilt Book.. Lo and Behold, I purchased it five years ago! It did look familiar, but I have way too many books.. maybe that’s one reason my memory isn’t as good as it used to be!

  5. Julia, it’s comforting that I’m not the only one that can’t remember the books we have on the shelf. Glad to see that you have that book. It really is a good one. I’d like to create a similar setting that has about 12 blocks but makes a bigger quilt than 12 blocks with regular sashing. Keep your eyes open and share anything you see.

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