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Circular Embroidery Attachment a Versatile Tool for Creatives Part 3

This is the last of this series of 3 all about the Circular Embroidery Attachment #83. It’s such a versatile tool for creatives. Today, I want to discuss Circular Embroidery Attachment #83 and a quilt as you go project and yes this attachment can do both!

Circular Embroidered Lamp Mat


  • Cotton fabric 12 x 12″
  • Circular embroidery attachment # 83
  • Open embroidery foot Open Embroidery Foot #C20
  • Heavy weight sew in interfacing
  • Decorative thread ( I used red only but many colours could be used)
  • Sewing Machine ( I used my BERNINA Artista 200 Sewing Machine) 
  • Fray check for final edge
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Decorative stitches 
  • Refer to Part 1 & Part 2 of this series for use of the Circular Embroidery Attachment #83
Image of Circular embroidery attachment # 83.

Circular embroidery attachment # 83

Circular embroidery attachment #83 lets you embroider unusual and decorative circles or semicircles. 

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Circle embroidered with Circular embroidery attachment #83 & red decorative thread, lamp mat

Circle embroidered with Circular Embroidery Attachment #83 & red decorative thread

Sewing Instructions:

  • Place sew in interfaced cotton fabric on Circular Embroidery Attachment #83 just like shown in Part 1 & Part 2 of this series of posts
  • Choose a decorative stitch for each round
  • Select spacing between rounds & move the pin on the Circular Embroidery Attachment #83 accordingly
  • Use the versatile Circular Embroidery Attachment #83
  • Fray check on final scalloped edge and trim carefully with small scissors
Lamp mat, circle embroidery

Lamp mat made with Circular Embroidery Attachment #83

Just imagine what you can do with lots of variation in colours! Yes you can embroider with lots of creative colours & stitches. Additionally, the attachment is also a versatile tool for creatives in that it can also be used for quilt as you.  The next project will show you how.

Orange Peel Quilt As You Go Center Piece

Orange peel block, quilt as you go orange peel, circular embroidery attachment #83

Orange Peel Quilt As You Go Table Center Piece


Image of Three-Sole Walking Foot with Seam Guide #50.

Three-Sole Walking Foot with Seam Guide #50

With three soles for sewing, quilting and topstitching ✓  Perfect fabric feed and even stitch formation ✓  Seam guides help you sew with precision ✓  Materials that are stretchy or tend to stick ✓ 

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How to make it:

  • Sandwich your squares of fabric coloured side down right side to RS of backing fabric & batting on the bottom
  • Using the Circular Embroidery Attachment #83 as shown in the previous posts Part 1 & Part 2, center the square stacks on the pin of the embroidery attachment and stitch with a straight stitch with Reverse pattern foot #1
  • Stitch out the circle
  • Trim the circle close to the stitch line
Circles trimmed, quilt as you go circles, circle quilt

Circle sandwiches trimmed

Getting ready for quilting using the Three-sole Walking Foot #50:

Cut a small slit about 1 1/2″long 1/2″ from the edge on one side as shown, make sure to cut only the coloured fabric, do this for all circles. 

Circle cut for orange peel block

Circle sandwich cut for turning

Turn all fabric out through the slits cut in the circles as shown. 

Circle appliqués turned to the right side

Circle appliqués turned to the right side

Measure 1″ in from the center right side where the opening is & draw a line across the circle as shown on all 4 circles.

Circle measured 1" from the edge & marked, circle appliqué, orange peel quilt as you go

Circle measured 1″ from the edge & marked

Pinning orange peel circles together

Pin 2 orange peel circles together matching the 1″ lines & edges, pinned with back of fabric to back of fabric

 The Quilting:

Quilt the 2 groups of 2 orange peel circles together on the drawn line using a Three-sole Walking Foot with Seam Guide #50.

TIP: change out the sole to the quilting sole as you can see the stitches better.

Sewing orange peel sets, quilt as you go, orange peel blocks

Sewing orange peel sets together

Iron the center peel section flat & sew with the walking foo along the edge of the peel (white as shown) 1/8″ from the edge. Mark the top edge of each set with a 1″ line as shown.

Orange peel blocks pressed, orange peel quilt as you go

Orange peel sections quilted down, marked to join

Pin & sew the 2 orange peel sections together back to back insuring the lines are matching & center seam is matched as shown then sew along the marked line with the Three- Sole Walking Foot #50.

orange peel quilt as you go blocks made with circular embroidery attachment #83

Orange peel quilt as you go sections pinned & matched ready for quilting

Lay the peel flat with an iron again & quilt 1/8″ from the edge and your are done with the quilting

quilt as you go orange peel blocks, appliqué made with Circular embroidery attachment #83

All circles quilted together, ready for top quilting

quilting an orange peel, quilt as you go block

Quilting 1/8″ from the edge with the Three- sole walking foot #50

Press & admire your efforts!

Quilt as you go center piece, orange peel quilt as you go center piece

Quilt as you go orange peel center piece completed. looks awesome on my midcentury table

orange peel quilt as you go center piece, make applique circles with Circular embroidery attachment #83

Completed quilt as you go orange peel center piece

If you are interested in more information about making art quilts with circles check out my website here.

By now you can see that the Circular Embroidery Attachment #83 is not just for embroidery and is a versatile tool for creatives, embroiderers, quilters & sewists’ alike. You are now Circle Saavy!  I hope you enjoyed this series and will get an abundance of creative use out of your Circular Embroidery Attachment #83.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: backing fabric, batting, Circular embroidery attachment #83, cotton fabric, interfacing, thread, three- sole walking foot #50
Used Products:
BERNINA artista 200
Three-Sole Walking Foot with Seam Guide #50
Three-Sole Walking Foot with Seam Guide #50
Circular embroidery attachment # 83
Circular embroidery attachment # 83

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