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Ok time for thinking caps my friends. I recently posted a note about not being able to quilt because of a shoulder injury. The darn thing is taking way too long to heal, it doesn't help that I am also impatient. So I have decided to design my own quilt. I have the basic plan on paper. I am trying to make a template to scale of what I want. My problem currently is trying to draw circles that are larger than eight inches. I have meassured every plate and bowl in the house already. The compasses at the store only make a max of 6 inches. I have tried the string and pencil idea but my shoulder limits rotation. :( I know this seems like such a simple problem but I have this uneasy feeling that my shoulder is not going to be a 100% any time soon and I need to be able to use this circle design several times. Bring on the ideas and I will let you know what works the best.

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Comment by jeanne aka nzlstar on July 20, 2009 at 6:51pm

finally found your post. this page has a 14 inch round template pdf file link at the bottom.
cute little basket too.
lots of cute things on that site.
hope that helps.
Comment by scroogie/MD on July 16, 2009 at 6:19pm
I like the nail in a yard stick idea. I was thinking nail a yardstick to the floor at the pivot point. and attach a pencil to the other end. Add an extra board to it so you can move it with your foot.
Comment by MES on July 16, 2009 at 1:30pm
How about fixing both the center & the outside pencil, and then moving the paper, rather than the pencil? You could probably move the paper with your fingers in small increments. I think I would use a porous surface, like a corkboard, as a "desk". Pin the center edge of the string through the paper & the corkboard, then tape the pencil to a big paperclip. Bend the paperclip so it makes a "U", and push the non-pencil arm of the "U" into the corkboard (outside the paper radius). Then move the paper.
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on July 16, 2009 at 12:58pm
A big flower pot? Big serving tray? lampshade? There is a tool that you attach to a yardstick, but I can't remember if it's a quilting tool (probably) or a carpenter's tool.
Comment by Mickey Peters on July 16, 2009 at 11:16am
What a challange!! Have u tried a 5 gal. Bucket Lid or Making a circle and taking it to copier and enlarge it . I hope your shoulder gets well fast.
Comment by Quiltmom/NV on July 16, 2009 at 8:05am
Do you have a dinner size paper plate? Just cut it to the size you want. You can also take a stick from a tree or a yard stick or ruler that you don't care about and hammer 2 nails in it. Hammer one in the board and use as the pivot and the other at the measurement you want the circle and use as a scribe. Now you kind of have a big compass. Then trace the scribe mark left behind by the nail. Good luck. Gina
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 15, 2009 at 10:16pm
Do you have a plate or pie pan or dish the size of the circle you want? That's an easy way, just trace around it. Hope your shoulder will soon be better. Those long healing things are so tough to be patient with, but so important to allow to heal without pushing it. Designing a quilt during this time sounds like a wonderful project!
Comment by Trevi in Texas on July 15, 2009 at 9:06pm
Use a piece of string one-half the size of the desirec circle diameter (thru the middle). Pin one end of the string in place and tie a pencil to the other end. The distance between the pin in the middle and the pencil point will be 1/2 the size of your finished circle. Now, draw your circle by moving the pencil and holding the center taught in place. You will have as big a circle as you wish, you just have to make sure your piece of paper is large enough. Hope this helps! RT in Houston
Comment by jeanne aka nzlstar on July 15, 2009 at 8:20pm
how big do you want the circle?
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on July 15, 2009 at 8:20pm
ok what about folding a piece of paper into quarters and cutting a semi circle from it so that when you unfold it, you'll have a complete circle... would that work for you?

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