Circles and Crescents

Circles and Crescents

This quilt was inspired by the street map of Bath, the famous English spa town which enjoyed its heyday in the Regency era. The majestic Royal Crescent with its inimitable view was the birthplace of the concept behind this elegant wallhanging.

Read more background information on what inspired the quilt design in the article Bath Inspirations.

The quilt is made up entirely of Drunkard‘s Path units (a square divided by a curved line making one convex and one concave shape) in two sizes. These units are arranged to form full circles (pattern also known as Snowball or Robbing Peter to Pay Paul), half circles and three-quarters of a circle.

Circles and Crescents

The design needs 16 different fabrics belonging to the same colour group. We used a range of shot fabrics based on the same red warp thread.

Size of Quilt

The Circle and Crescents quilt is a medium sized wallhanging measuring ca. 28“ x 57“ (ca. 71 x 145 cm).


Intermediate. All blocks in the Circles and Crescents quilt have curved seams. Curved seams are easier to sew than they appear. Please read the instructions in the pattern and/or go to our Technique sections to read about Curved Seams.


We are very honoured that Angelika of Quilthouse Purgstall has agreed to prepare kits  with all the precut pieces you will need for this wallhanging. The kit offers the beautiful Ruby Red fabrics (by Oakshott Fabrics; we have used in our Circles and Crescents wallhanging. Email us at for ordering instructions.

Quilt Pattern and Sewing Instructions

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Circles & Crescents Quilt Pattern (PDF Download)