Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Curves, Oh My!

I would never have believed it, but lately I've been really, really hankering to sew ... of all things ... curves!

I tried curved piecing for the first time (a little Drunkard's Path block) about a year and a half ago. I was on the verge of tears, and gave up right then. I tried it again about a year ago, and although I had more success, I still didn't like it very much, and I haven't made a single quilt with curves in it.

But strangely enough, lately I've really been wanting to do it. I feel like it's the one piece (no pun intended) missing from my piecing skill set. Being able to sew a basic curve seems to be an important skill, and there are so many gorgeous patterns that use curves. Even though I have resorted to raw edged applique in the past, it's really not the same!

So ... one day I sat down, took out my circle ruler and some scrap charms, and just cut several pieces for a few Drunkard's Path blocks. Then, I sat down at the machine, used no pins, and sewed up a few blocks.

These are actually pretty good for me! And most importantly, it was actually fun. The best part is that I used no pins or glue or anything like that. I'm not sure where I got the nerve to do that, but I suspect it's from watching Suzy Williams's video on no pins curved sewing. Seeing how easily she did it somehow gave me the confidence to try mine that way!

So, now that I finally think curved piecing is doable and even fun, I think there'll be a curved quilt coming up in my future!


  1. Your drunkards look pretty sober! Good job :) I like curved piecing and tend to do it in bursts. Like you, though, I hated it at first and found it super frustrating. Making my blocks oversized and trimming them square helped a lot.

    I know you'll make something really interesting and modern with your curved pieces, Liz!

  2. Oh, I'm so glad you've given it another go! I don't pin either, and they just somehow turn out well! It's like the magic of bias tape! Ha! Hope they get even easier from here!

  3. So glad you tried it again. I haven't done it in awhile and always used pins when I did. I think part of no pinning has to do with precision cutting too. We forget how important that can be!


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