More Circle Designs

Circle Designs-06Circles are a wonderful and versatile shape for quilting designs. Over the years, I have enjoyed working with clamshells, orange peels, concentric circles, bubbles, apple cores, and strings of pearls – all circle-based designs described in a previous post. As I was creating the quilting designs for my current quilt project, I discovered some new circle patterns to share with you.


An ogee is defined as a double continuous S-shaped curve. Take half a circle, then add another half circle going in the opposite direction. Continue to form the first S-curve.

Ogee single line

Add another S-shaped line curving in the opposite direction.

Ogee two lines

Keep adding pairs of S-curves to get a beautiful background fill.


Ogees are easy to machine quilt and they look great!

Quilted Ogees

Flower of Life

The flower of life design is created with overlapping and offset circles. Imagine a circle divided into six 60-degree wedges.

Circle 60-degree wedges

Add circles along the red line, so that the mid-point of one circle meets the edge of the other.

Flower of Life red line

Then add circles along the blue line…

Flower of Life blue line

and along the green line.

Flower of Life green line

Keep adding circles in the same way to get the desired size.

Flower of Life

The flower of life motif makes a gorgeous quilted background fill!

Ogees quilted


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  1. Hi Jacquie,
    Yes I do! My favourite marking pen is The Fine Line by Collins, a blue wash-out pen. If that won’t show (like on the black background), then I use the Bohin mechanical chalk pencil or the Clover white marker. You can read more about marking quilts at
    All the best,

  2. Do you draw all of these circles on your quilt? What do you recommend to use for marking?

  3. Wow! Great circle designs – thanks for the inspiration!

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