How do you tackle trying a new quilting technique? Do you take a class, buy a pattern, or study YouTube videos? Or are you the type who just has a vision in their head and just jumps right in there and starts cutting and sewing?
I’m definitely the second type – and the results are always a surprise! I decided to tackle curved sewing this week – not a whole quilt or a specific block, but more of an improv idea that I dreamed up last week. Since it was a dream, it just has to work out, right? Well…… it turns out that you can NOT paper piece curves! I didn’t do any cutting, so no fabric was wasted during that experiment.
Then I got serious and watched a couple of videos – nothing was quite right for what I wanted, but I got the general idea and went for it – with much better results! Ignore the general disarray of my sewing room and instead focus on the results of my first sewing with curves – and without pins. Even if I’m following some quilting rules, you know that I can’t follow ALL quilting rules! Plus I feel that pinning is demoralizing and unnecessary. I was rather impressed with myself.
My friend Amy had a sale at her shop, Montgomery Quilt Company last week to bring in business to help recover from being closed during and after Hurricane Harvey. I couldn’t resist shopping and splurged on the One Wonderful Curve book by Sew Kind of Wonderful and the quick curve ruler. Sometime in the next twelve months, I WILL CREATE ONE OF THESE QUILTS.
Since I’ve been thinking about curves this week, I thought Free Pattern Friday should include some curves!
This week’s pattern is Puzzle Pieces from Moda and uses a freezer paper construction method. The template is included in the pattern, so there isn’t a requirement to buy any notions or rulers, which is great! The quilt finishes at 60×60 which is a great size for a lap quilt. If you like bigger quilts, you could either add additional rows or enlarge the templates.
Have a great weekend.