January 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Circle Block

Red Elegance BOM January

January 2020 NZP Block of the Month: Circle Block

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Red Elegance BOM January

Nancy’s Red Elegance

2020 Block of the Month January: Circle Block

Introducing the first of 12 FREE! Quit Block Tutorials for the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series! The Circle Block is a great block to start off the new year and our NEW! Monthly Mystery Quilt Series!

Earlier this month, Team Nancy Zieman introduced the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series. Join the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series, anytime, by viewing the Basic Supplies and Tools Listing in the January 1, 2020 NZP BoM20 Kick Off Blog Posting.

On the third Saturday of each month, we’ll feature one block design, and we’ll be stitching one or more blocks of the same design each month. The blocks are created using Our NEW! Red Elegance Fabric Collection by Riley Blake and the Carefree Curves Trace ‘n Create Template Set by Nancy Zieman for Clover. Follow along as we show step-by-step how to create the January Circle Block.

Red Elegance BOM January

NEW! Red Elegance Fat Quarter Pack - by Nancy Zieman Productions for Riley Blake Designs


January Circle Block

NOTE: This block is 8-1/2″ square; 8″ finished square when sewn into finished quilt.

 Red Elegance BOM January


Block Fabrics


For the Nancy’s Red Elegance January Circle Block, select the following fabrics from the NEW! Red Elegance Fat Quarter Bundle along with the “Circle” Template from the Carefree Curves Template Set.

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Red Elegance Main Cream and Red Elegance Main Taupe

JT445_01 Quilter’s Starch Savvy available at shopnzp.com

Note From Team Nancy Zieman ProductionsPrepare your fabrics! Pre-shrink fabrics by steaming and pressing, and steaming and pressing a second time. Then, stabilize fabrics for the sewing process by pressing and starching fabrics with June Tailor’s Starch Savvy. Press and starch, press and starch.


Trace 'n Create Quilt Templates Carefree Curves Collection by Nancy Zieman

Carefree Curves Trace ‘n Create Template by Nancy Zieman for Clover


View the complete Basic Supplies and Tools Listing in the January 1, 2020 NZP BoM20 Kick Off Blog Posting, .

Cut Fabric for the Block

Note From Team Nancy Zieman Productions Create ONE super-simple circle block with just two easy fabric squares and one square of Pellon SofShape!

  •  Cut one 8-1/2″ background square of Red Elegance Main Cream.

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  • Cut one 7″ square of Red Elegance Main Taupe – for the center circle.

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For this first block of the m0nth in the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Nancy’s Red Elegance Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series, we’re sharing Nancy Zieman’s techniques for creating a perfect circle – without ever cutting a circle!

 Red Elegance BOM January

Construct the Block

Create the Center Circle Appliqué

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  • Stitch directly on the marked line using a slightly shorter stitch length.
Note From Team Nancy Zieman ProductionsIt’s always easier to stitch smooth curves with a shorter stitch length, such as a 2.0 mm setting.


  • Carefully cut away the center of the interfacing, leaving about 1″ of interfacing at the inside of stitching line.
Note From Team Nancy Zieman ProductionsSave interfacing scraps for a later project when making, perhaps, smaller circles 😉
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  • Press.

2020 Red Elegance January Block of the Month: Circle Block

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Topstitch Appliqué to Block Background

  •  Fold the background square in half, then in quarters to determine the center, use a Roll ‘n Press, or ‘finger press’ along the folded edges.
  • Open.

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  • Fold the center circle applique in half, then in quarters to determine the center, use a Roll ‘n Press, or ‘finger press’ along the folded edges. Open.


  • Layer the circle applique onto the background square aligning fold lines. Pin.

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  • Thread sewing machine with monofilament thread in the top thread of your sewing machine, and regular all-purpose sewing thread in the bobbin.
  • Use a narrow blind hem stitch, blanket stitch, zigzag stitch, or straight stitch to “machine appliqué” the circle to the background.

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  • Press.

Red Elegance BOM January

The Nancy’s Red Elegance January Circle Block is complete! NOTE: Stitch only ONE January Circle Block .

Watch Stitch it! Sisters Program 112: Carefree Curves in Quilts!


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Nancy Zieman Productions The Blog Giveaway

Red Elegance Shortstack low res 1 7 201 e1578426817434For a chance to be the random winner of a Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack with S!S button & sticker, please leave a comment below sharing your thoughts about the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series and/or The January Circle Block. Nancy Zieman Productions will give away one Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states. Winner must reply within 30 days to the official giveaway announcement email message – sent from Nancy Zieman Productions.


The randomly selected winner of a set of eight Landscape Quilt Note Cards by Nancy Zieman, from the January 11 Blog Post, Nancy Zieman Original Giclée Canvas Landscape Art Print: Moon Lit Birches, is Diana Todd.


Her comment is: I don’t think I could choose one if I had to ! They are all amazing! I am saving scraps now to try making one myself . They are stunning!




Happy Quilting!

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions. LLC.


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  • Gail Beam
    January 18, 2020

    A beautiful block and the directions make it look so easy.

  • Carolyn T
    January 18, 2020

    January’s lesson in circles is a great start to our year of learning and sewing along to a finished quilt!

  • Louise M Haddon
    January 18, 2020

    The first block is beautiful!

  • Kathy McLaughlin
    January 18, 2020

    Easy start to our BOM. Thank you!

  • Nancy Lewis
    January 18, 2020

    Thanks for the great pictures and tutorial. I can’t wait to make this block, it is so pretty!!

  • Pamela
    January 18, 2020

    This is my first NZP mystery block of the month quilt along and I’m very excited to do this! Nancy Zieman was such a great teacher and I know I’m going to learn lots of new techniques! I have my Carefree Curves templates and as soon as the SofShape and starch get here I’ll be ready to go!

  • Beverly
    January 18, 2020

    Using 2 fabrics of the same print with complimentary background colors is a beautiful way to showcase this simple block. Really nice.

  • Carmel Hines
    January 18, 2020

    I love the circle block! So pretty and the instructions look fairly simple. I can think of so many compatible prints this would work with.

  • Linda
    January 18, 2020

    Beautiful – and what a great way to make a circle block! I love the red fabric and can’t wait to get started.

  • Susan T
    January 18, 2020

    If this is any indication of what’s to come, wow! This quilt is going to be a beauty.

  • RockinRobin
    January 18, 2020

    I love this color line of fabric. The instructions to January’s block is very easy to follow.

  • Karen Christensen
    January 18, 2020

    Can’t wait to try this block out! It’s beautiful.

  • Cyndi Duffin
    January 18, 2020

    This is a beautiful block. I can not wait to see the entire quilt. The directions are very easy to understand!
    Thank you for the give away.

  • Beth S.
    January 18, 2020

    I love this design. A further challenge would be to try to align the floral pattern, since both patterns are identical.

  • Lorna DeSantis
    January 18, 2020

    Red is my favorite color so I am thrilled to see the January Block.

  • Nancy Karas
    January 18, 2020

    Love the selection of fabric. this looks do-able with elegance.

  • Dixie
    January 18, 2020

    I love the fabrics and can’t wait to get started on the block.

  • Ann West
    January 18, 2020

    Red Elegance is such a beautiful fabric line it will be so much fun to participate in this block of the month. Thanks!

  • Kathy Upton
    January 18, 2020

    I love reds and taupes together. Red Elegance is a gorgeous line of fabrics…and based on this first block and how pretty it is I think this will be a fun quiltalong! Thanks so much…and I hope you know how much Nancy is missed but you’re doing a great job carrying on her legacy. Blessings….

  • Lorraine Alves
    January 18, 2020

    Both the fabrics and the block are beautiful. The creativity shown is outstanding and I will enjoy trying my hand at making the blocks each month.

  • Karen
    January 18, 2020

    I like this block and the fabrics. Thank you!

  • Pat Macfarlane
    January 18, 2020

    Elegant colors – looking forward to each new block!

  • Carla F
    January 18, 2020

    My first reaction to seeing this first block was “Ooooooohhh!!!!” I’m I the passenger seat on my way to Florida and I can’t wait to get there so I can get set up and started on this beautiful block on my first NZP quilt! Kudos to the design team – I’m sure that this project will be exquisite.

  • Vivian Wike
    January 18, 2020

    Love circle blocks…..will be doing this, this year in our quilting class at church!

  • Cynthia Burris
    January 18, 2020

    Love the fabrics and looking forward to making this.

  • Andria
    January 18, 2020

    I am looking the fabric for this year’s project. The colors are beautiful. I am also excited to use circle template, or any shaped patterns. This is something I have avoided in the past, but look forward to completing this month.

  • Rebecca Monnin
    January 18, 2020

    Wow! You’ve made this look easy! Beautifully patterned fabric in use here. I have not done projects with circles before; it looked tricky. Must try this method though.

  • Pat
    January 18, 2020

    When I read that this quilt was going to have curves and circles I was concerned about how hard it would be to do. Looking at January’s block I think this may just be within my skill level. Thanks for the clear instructions.

  • Gina
    January 18, 2020

    I LOVE this block! And the fabrics are absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to make my block later today!

  • Clovis
    January 18, 2020

    Beautiful circle block.

  • Diane Kaufmann
    January 18, 2020

    I love this fabric and am so excited to try circles.

  • Margaret C.
    January 18, 2020

    Great block. Looks doable.

  • Elena D
    January 18, 2020

    Thanks for the opportunity. I really like the colors used in this block. I’ve been interested in making a quilt with circles lately so I also really appreciated revisiting the.Sewing with Nancy series on sewing curves.

  • Jan Pedrotti
    January 18, 2020

    This is a unique block and I enjoyed the tutorial!

  • Kathryn Smotryski
    January 18, 2020

    Looks to be quite contemporary.

  • Cheryl L Leabo
    January 18, 2020

    I had never heard of this method for making an applique circle. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Norma Buchanan
    January 18, 2020

    I love the colors of the new 2020 quilt and appreciate the reminder of how to use interfacing to create smooth appliqué pieces. Thank You!

  • Robin
    January 18, 2020

    Impressive! Looks fairly easy, so I think I can do it.

  • Bonnye
    January 18, 2020

    The colors are beautiful. I am excited to try this block.

  • Elizabeth
    January 18, 2020

    I am excited to try this method of applique, and plan to fussy cut each block to create a seamless design. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lynette Wilson
    January 18, 2020

    I am excited to start this BOM quilt using the red elegance fat quarter pack. It is beautiful.

  • Martha O.
    January 18, 2020

    Really like this curves method and look forward to more tips in this series.

  • Pegg
    January 18, 2020

    I already have this plastic circle to make these blocks. They are very simple to make. Even beginners can most likely make them, I use this applique method, but with one change. I use a glue stick instead of the fusible interfacing. I like using the blanket stitch when doing same. Can always use more 5″ fabric squares for my quilting.

  • Sandy
    January 18, 2020

    Like this block and easy circle instructions, mat’l ordered and now to order circle template.

  • Janet
    January 18, 2020

    This looks like fun and so easy. I can’t wait to try.

  • Gloria Fraley
    January 18, 2020

    Circles are such a pleasing shape! I am excited to make a quilt that includes them. My curved template is ordered and I am hopeful of beginning very soon.

  • Mary Harris
    January 18, 2020

    I am so excited to start this. Thank you for continuing in Nancy’s legacy!

  • Kathy
    January 19, 2020

    This looks like just the project to get me back into quilting. Love those fabrics .

  • Kathy
    January 19, 2020

    This looks like just the project for an Alaskan winter. Love those fabrics .

  • Twyla
    January 19, 2020

    Love the flowers in the fabric line. Thanks for the instructions on the first block. I enjoy doing appliqué.

  • Carol
    January 19, 2020

    These fabrics are so pretty for a new project in 2020.

  • Carol
    January 19, 2020

    These fabrics are so pretty for a new project in 2020. Thank you.

  • Joyce
    January 19, 2020

    I really like the look of the January Circle block!

  • pat saft
    January 19, 2020

    I just ordered my fat quarters of Red Elegance to make the blocks of the month. Love the colors, you had me immediately!!!

  • Marjorie Smith
    January 19, 2020

    Love the way you’ve taken a difficult applique job and made it more easily doable! Thanks for keeping Nancy in our memories.

  • Marilyn
    January 19, 2020

    My daughter and I were just talking about doing a curved block ! I think this would be a good one to start on.

  • Cecilia H
    January 19, 2020

    This is a beautiful block, thinking it would be difficult you’ve made it so simple with great instructions. Hope to get one made soon.

  • Laurie Ladd
    January 19, 2020

    I love the colors for the 2020 Mystery Quilt. I have never done a circle block, so thank you for teaching me something new.

  • Susan
    January 20, 2020

    The circle block of the month is really gorgeous and the template is so useful. It just adds to the mystery of the block of the month for the mystery quilt.

  • Jennifer L Fried
    January 21, 2020

    Always enjoy the Block of the Month projects. I always learn something new that makes the block so easy to make. Thank you. Jennifer the old sew nsew.

  • Julie Kill
    January 21, 2020

    Yea! Circles! Love the pattern, and you make it SO EASY!
    I’ve got to try this!

  • L Watson
    January 21, 2020

    This quilt looks like it would be fun to do, circles are a great idea!

  • CAROL L.
    January 25, 2020

    Only Team Nancy Zieman can help you make a perfect circle block! Hesitant at first, I’m now all in!

  • marylou ellison cotton
    January 25, 2020


  • Carol E.
    January 25, 2020

    A wonderful new lesson. I’ve never tried a circle block and look forward to the next block.

  • Ann-Marie Hettinger
    January 25, 2020

    Made My January block today!! I have a mile high pile of scraps that I have color co-ordinated to use for this Mystery quilt. This is my first time participating in a block of the month and can’t wait for February block!!

  • Ann-Marie Hettinger
    January 25, 2020

    love this block

  • Sybil Derderian
    January 25, 2020

    This circle block is an interesting start to the mystery quilt. I have an assortment of similar fabrics that would make a similar lovely quilt.

  • Linda Broadbent
    January 25, 2020

    This is great! Truly a short cut to making circles. I’m looking forward to next months’ block. Thank you!

  • Cindy B
    January 28, 2020

    I need to get a circle template. I love the fabrics in this block

  • Judy Shepherd
    January 31, 2020

    ANYTHING Nancy does, she makes it easy to follow along! I’ve watched her for probably 30 yr and jumping on board this beautiful quilt BOM is a “no-brainer”. Thank you NZP for continuing the passion of this awesome woman!!!

  • Beverly Smith
    February 14, 2020

    Love the circle block for 2020 BOM. Also love the fabrics used.

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