My friend Lisa kindly showed me another circle method the other day involving freezer paper. Lisa learned this method here, but I believe there are other places to find similar methods. Check this out.Cut a square of freezer paper. Use a compass to draw a circle in the middle and cut that out.
Next iron the freezer paper, shiny side down onto a square of fabric. Sorry, I used white fabric but I think you can see the differentiation between it and the paper.
Cut the circle out of the middle of the fabric (I used my new Olfa circle cutter which is awesome) leaving about a half inch allowance. Clip the fabric allowance close to the paper.
Remove the freezer paper stencil.
Run a glue stick around the edge of the fabric. Yes, I did it on the paper but that was silly.
Using your fingers and the tip of your iron (or a mini iron) press the snipped seam allowance back onto the fabric.
Apply more glue stick (or basting glue, or Elmer's school glue) to the edge of your circle.
Place a square of fabric that will become your circle onto the back of your fabric and dry iron again. I let it sit for a few minutes to dry/set the glue before I...
Flip it over to the right side, pull back your outer fabric and carefully stitch right on the crease.
From the right side, you will have no visible stitching! After you sew it, you can iron the fabric snips toward the center for more of a puffy, applique look, or back over the outer fabric for a nice flat look (my preference).
Now, after all my circle play, I have to decide (by tomorrow) what instructions to give my fellow quilters for the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild bee... Circles? Improv. log cabin? Both??