Don't give up on this one. The fabric is wonderful and I love the circles. How big of circles do you need? The ones in the picture look pretty big.
Put something squishy in the center under your fabric. Stick a push pin in through the fabric and into the squishy bit so it stays put. Tie a pice of string around the top part of the pin so it's secure but loose enough to slide easily. Tie the other end to a pencil or other fabric marking device and mark out your circle. Carefully cut out along the marked edge with scissors or a rotary cutter.
That is an incredible first quilt! Jennifleur is right about big circles. You're making a compass with the string and pencil.
Well, I can't help with the circles, but just had to comment that this is an amazing design - and you should definitely keep going. Jennifleur seems to have the solution to your problem!!
When I have needed to cut a really large circle, I use a modified version of Jennifleur 's idea. I press the fabric well and fold it neatly into quarters, finger-pressing the folds well. Then I use the pin in the center idea. I pinned mine into a rug, tied a string on and a marking pen to the string the length of the radius of the circle. Much less distance to mark. Once the mark is on that quarter, keep the fabric folded (pin if necessary to prevent shifting) and cut through all layers with sharp scissors. I have made table cloths and tree skirts like this.
Those are beautiful fabrics you have chosen.
Thanks for all the info and ideas everyone. I will definately keep working on it. The smalled pieced square is 46-inches. That's the black and white striped one that is done. I believe it's red and yellow on my original design. I went to pick fabrics and just decided that it really needed to be in monotone. I hope it turns out.
Love this... can't wait to see it finished!
Really great- will look forward to seeing this one done- but hey- if there's no hurry- there's no hurry- enjoy the process:)