Over the past weeks I’ve had the opportunity to partner with OLFA on a few different projects. One of them is a collaboration with Aurifil thread called the Slice & Stitch challenge which you can view here! For this project, I was to make a sewn item using the OLFA circle cutter and Aurifil 80 wt thread, so naturally, I designed a quilt pattern: the Circle Chain Quilt!

The Circle Chain Quilt pattern has two different sizes: a baby and throw, and uses basic appliqué. The quickest way to make the circles is using the OLFA circle cutter, but templates are also provided in the pattern to trace out your circles. However, I highly recommend the OLFA circle cutter if you’re doing any sort of circle cutting! For a quick tutorial on the circle cutter you can visit the OLFA Youtube channel here. It’s super easy to use one handed, and cuts out quick, accurate circles. It was a pleasure to work with, and I definitely see more circle quilts in my future!

The PDF pattern can be downloaded here: 

I also highly recommend using Aurifil 80 wt thread for any and all appliqué needs! The thin thread helps make even precise stitches that don’t show up too boldly. Below is an example of appliqué stitches using 35 wt thread on the left vs 80 wt thread on the right.

And now, one of my absolute favorite parts of designing quilt patterns is seeing what other people make from my patterns! I will share a few photos from my testers, who did an amazing job helping me get this pattern ready, all while keeping it a secret. 😉

I love this baby quilt made by Julie from @thelittlepineneedle
Another gorgeous baby quilt by Donna from @xoxsew
A beautiful throw size made by Tera from @tera_nicolosmith
Another gorgeous throw made by Melanie from @mels_quilty_things

Because this pattern was a collaboration with OLFA and Aurifil, it is a free pattern which you can download here:

I can’t wait to see what you make with it! Tag me on Instagram with your creations @alexaquilts using the hashtag #alexaquiltspatterns and #circlechainquilt 

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