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    I just had a aha moment today - of course someone may have already discovered this but here it is. I found a pattern last night that needed a 17 inch circle of fabric. Well me being me there is no way i could draw a perfect circle - even with a pencil and piece of string and a nail - if you know what I mean. I had breakfast with a friend of mine today and afterwards stopped at the bulk foods store behind the restaurant. Tada - cardboard cake plates in perfect circles!!!!! from 6 inches to 16 inches!!!!
    the largest one was 70 cents!!!! if i had to put a quarter in the cussing jar for every bad word i muttered trying to draw a perfect circle it would have been a lot more than 70 cents!!! also got a 10 inch one for possible potholders/tortilla bags and it was only 35 cents!!!
    Though the pattern was for a 17 inch i think the 16 inch will work just fine. It will just be a little smaller!

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    GREAT idea!!! I'll have to find some of those.

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    you can also ask at your local grocery bakery dept. they should sell you just the boards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    you can also ask at your local grocery bakery dept. they should sell you just the boards!
    Couldn't think what they were called - cake boards. My mother would be so ashamed - she used to decorate cakes and i knew what they were called :oops:

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    That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newquilter10
    That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
    :thumbup:

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    You have a computer...go to your paint program and use the elipse button, hold down the shift key and make perfect circles any size

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    Clever idea and inexpensive too! I also like the idea of doing it on my computer, but how would I print it out? How thick are the cake boards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalartquilts
    You have a computer...go to your paint program and use the elipse button, hold down the shift key and make perfect circles any size

    Julia

    You wouldn't be able to print out circles larger than 11 inches would you? Unless printed 2 and taped them together?

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    Very clever! Quilters are always looking for new and improved ways to make our quilts.

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    A pizza pan may be a good size too.

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    add connection points on the drawing and print out on card stock. tape together, save it as a gif or jpg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragqueen03
    I just had a aha moment today - of course someone may have already discovered this but here it is. I found a pattern last night that needed a 17 inch circle of fabric. Well me being me there is no way i could draw a perfect circle - even with a pencil and piece of string and a nail - if you know what I mean. I had breakfast with a friend of mine today and afterwards stopped at the bulk foods store behind the restaurant. Tada - cardboard cake plates in perfect circles!!!!! from 6 inches to 16 inches!!!!
    the largest one was 70 cents!!!! if i had to put a quarter in the cussing jar for every bad word i muttered trying to draw a perfect circle it would have been a lot more than 70 cents!!! also got a 10 inch one for possible potholders/tortilla bags and it was only 35 cents!!!
    Though the pattern was for a 17 inch i think the 16 inch will work just fine. It will just be a little smaller!
    Oh, you sound just like my grandma back when she was living! Just love you! I use a 16" pizza pan to cut my circles for casserole covers! I just add another inch to make it 17", cause that is what the pattern called for!

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    For me I can just draw around plates and etc in my cupboards. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunflower Girl
    A pizza pan may be a good size too.
    That is what I have used in the past also. I had a pizza pan that had to be at least 18 inches a round.

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    Ok, for me this is easy. I make circles out of plywoods all day long for the lap frames. Is this something I should make and sell? I could cut wood templates for any size circle out of 1/8" or 1/4" stock. What sizes would be best?

    Please send a PM or post advise. I am always looking for something new to make.

    - Harry

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb1834
    Ok, for me this is easy. I make circles out of plywoods all day long for the lap frames. Is this something I should make and sell? I could cut wood templates for any size circle out of 1/8" or 1/4" stock. What sizes would be best?

    Please send a PM or post advise. I am always looking for something new to make.

    - Harry
    not sure how much of a market there would be for this, harry. i am a fairly new quilter. maybe some others that have done more would have a better idea. of course the wood could be finished and maybe painted with some sort of quilt design on it????

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    I love finding new places for quilting supplies! This is a great one.... thanks :D

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    Sure beats dragging plates and lids into the sewing room!
    Thanks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingJaguar
    For me I can just draw around plates and etc in my cupboards. LOL
    That's what I do. LOL :thumbup:

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    When I need a perfect circle, I start measuring all the plates, bowls, cups, saucers or anything round that comes close. LOL

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    Great idea

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    What is a potholders/tortilla bags :roll:
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    neat idea thanks for sharing

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