While looking through this blog, I found some examples of interesting circle quilts. This one, made by Kathleen H. McCrady and titled Sawtooth X, is patterned after an old one from 1875, using reproduction fabrics in brighter colorways.
This is kind of “circle-y,” but has added oak leaf appliqués in the corners.
Known as the Georgetown Circle Quilt, its maker is unknown, but it was made in the era between 1900-1920.
Here’s a modern variation of that Georgetown Circles quilt.
I found this one on my computer, with a date of 2005. It’s from Freddy Moran and I believe she calls it Airship Propeller. But I could be wrong about that title. Jenn Kingwell did a similar design, but turned her blocks on point:
Lastly, when I lived in Washington DC, the Smithsonian Institution’s American History Museum had this sort of secret quilt tour, but if you knew about it, you’d call them up and a docent would take you in the back and open lots of archival drawers, showing you positively ancient quilts (some 250+ years old). It was amazing. In one drawer was this quilt with circles. This one looks challenging to piece, but I think easier if is English Paper Pieced. I’ll save this one for later in the series, once we’ve gotten our skill set up and going.
All this proves that our slow sewing, of making English paper pieced circle blocks is an idea that has come around again.