ASSEMBLING THE CIRCLE SQUARES:
To set the circle into a background square, a hole that is 1" smaller than the circle must be cut out of the background square. Fold a 7" background square in half. Center the Circle Cut Ruler along the folded edge of the fabric and cut a 4-1/2" circle using the 4" line on the ruler. Note: This 4-1/2" background circle will not be used.
Fold into quarters and crease both a 5" design circle and the background square that has the 4-1/2" hole cut out. These quarter creases are for alignment when setting in the circle. If desired, the wrong side of the fabric may be marked where the quarter creases meet the edges of the circles.
Align the background circle edge on top of the design circle edge, right sides together, matching the quarter marks of both circles. Pin all four quarters. The outer edges of the background square will bunch up in the center of the circle. Ignore this and concentrate only on the two edges of the circles that will be sewn together.
Continue to align the raw edges of the two circles and pin generously taking care not to stretch the circles out of shape.
Sew the circle edges together with a smooth, even 1/4" seam allowance. This may be done by hand if preferred.
After sewing, open out the background square and press the seam allowance toward the set in design circle.
Trim the circle square to 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" keeping the design circle centered in the square.
Repeat steps 1-7 with the other 8 circles and background squares.