In previous years, I would assume that no one would be reading my post because they would all be out shopping in a Black Friday frenzy. I’m so happy that the internet and early Black Friday sales have completely changed the nature of post-Thanksgiving shopping binges. For fabric lovers, there are many more options if you stay at home and shop online from quilt shops near and far (although I usually find better deals closer to the new year). While you’re waiting for the deals to come to you, check out this week’s Free Pattern Friday.
Last week’s FPF was all about an easy way to get your Christmas quilt started and finished using a panel. This week’s FPF is NOT a project to start at the last minute for a fundraiser, teacher gift or to impress your mother-in-law. In fact, I would put this one on your list of New Year’s resolutions – a new skill to learn in 2018. I think I might have made a resolution to try curved seams before – so maybe 2018 will be the year.
This free pattern is by Beth Studley for Makower UK. It does have extra instructions for those who are new to curved piecing and relies heavily on pinning. My experiences with pinning have been somewhat demoralizing and I have used other techniques, but I’m open to trying again with different techniques. The curves at the lantern centers are much more gentle and easier to sew than those at the outer edges of the lantern, so piece the blocks in stages rather than block by block.
I think that I would also choose to incorporate more solids into the lanterns to highlight the fabric patterns as well as the shape of the lanterns. If you’re going to the trouble of making the lanterns, they should definitely stand out!
If you’re intimidated by the thought of making so many curved pieces, there’s always the option of making 4 lanterns and creating a pillow or wall hanging. That’s a great way to convince yourself to start an intimidating project and have a finish to be proud of.
Happy curved piecing!