This pillow tutorial from Janome really caught my eye. The illusion of the circle is awesome, and it is such an easy to follow tutorial.
Soooo....I thought why not enlarge it and make a lap quilt. After all, it is just a matter of making it bigger and piecing together straight lines...what could go wrong?
Step 1. Decide how much larger you want your quilt to be. I wanted a lap quilt, so I decided I wanted it three times larger than the pillow.
Step 2. Subtract your seam allowance before doing your multiplying. This is a CRITICAL step (as you will see later on in my post).
Step 3. Multiply each measurement by three (or whatever multiple you decide to enlarge this design by).
Step 4. Add the half inch seam allowance back into your measurements.
Step 5. Follow the tutorial (Janome's tutorial really is great).
Step 6. Because I made a lap quilt instead of a pillow I added a binding.
Step 7. Step back and admire your beautiful quilt; don't forget to pat yourself on the back for the great job you did. Aren't you clever for for figuring out how to enlarge a quilt pattern on the second quilt you have ever made in your life?
Step 8. Wait....what's wrong with your quilt? Step 1 - check. Step 2 -che.....wait....
I COMPLETELY FORGOT to do the same thing side to side. My quilt ended up not being square, and is wider than it is long. It still kinda has the "circle" effect that I found so appealing in the pillow, but not as dramatic.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still in love with my quilt....I'm just not IN LOVE with my quilt. If you're a perfectionist like me, you get it.
Here's a website that walks you through how to enlarge a quilt pattern.