Quilt With Carefree Curves Part One on The Best of Sewing With Nancy

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Quilt With Carefree Curves Part One on The Best of Sewing With Nancy

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Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | How To Quilt with Carefree Curves TemplatesCurved seams have been in traditional quilt blocks for years. Unfortunately, curved seams are not necessarily fun or fast to sew, until now. Using two squares, yes squares, you can create a 1/4-circle block, similar to the well-known Drunkard’s Path design, without matching any opposing curved seams.

Watch and learn as Nancy demonstrates the simple machine appliqué technique in this two-part Sewing With Nancy series, Quilt with Carefree Curves. It is the featured online Sewing With Nancy video.

Traditional Curved Piecing Technique

Take a look at the traditionally cut pieces used to make a curved seam block. To sew the seam, opposing curves must be joined. Whenever Nancy tried to sew this seam, she was quite unhappy with the results. Nancy generally avoided all quilt patterns with curved seams, and she was not alone.

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Templates Come to the Rescue

Liking the looks of curved-seamed blocks, but totally not liking the technique, Nancy thought about enlisting the help of a sewing product, fusible interfacing and some unconventional quilting techniques.

Nancy found it easier to trace the curve shape and then sew those curves, rather than working with opposing seams. So, She developed a set of templates, Carefree Curves Quilting Templates. These templates assist you in making traditional to super-sized blocks.

Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | How To Quilt with Carefree Curves TemplatesTo create the 1/4-Circle blocks, use the circle template, which makes three sizes of blocks: 4-1/2″, 6-1/2″, and 8-1/2″. You’ll see how the other two templates are used next week!

Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | How To Quilt with Carefree Curves TemplatesCarefree Curves Quilt Templates Nancy ZiemanHow to Create Carefree 1/4-Circle Blocks

  • For every four blocks cut four background squares, and cut one square to create four 1/4-Circles. The sizes are printed on the template.
  • Cut a square of lightweight fusible interfacing the same size as the 1/4-Circles.
  • Layer the squares (fabric and interfacing), right side of fabric to the smooth side of the interfacing.
  • Place the template on fabric/interfacing squares. Trace circle and quarter markings.

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  • Stitch along the traced line.

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  • Align ruler along quarter markings. Cut, using rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.

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  • Trim away excess interfacing from the interior, leaving 1″ of interfacing.

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  • Turn interfacing to wrong side. For best results, run a smooth edge Hera Marker along the stitching line to define the curve.

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  • Press curved edge, making certain seam is at the edge.

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  • Pin 1/4-Circle to one corner of the background square. Each sewn/cut circle creates four blocks.Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | How To Quilt with Carefree Curves Templates
  • Machine stitch 1/4-Circle to block, using a straight stitch, blind hem, or zigzag stitch.

Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | How To Quilt with Carefree Curves TemplatesDesign Options:

When you watch the Sewing With Nancy series, you’ll see all of these steps in motion! Plus, Nancy shows how easy it is to create a variety of designs.

  • 1/4-Circle—you’re not limited to one size of circle. Here we placed the larger 1/4-Circle in one corner of the block and the smallest 1/4-Circle in the opposite corner.

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  • Propeller

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  • Mohawk Trail

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  • Drunkard’s Path

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Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves, the two-part Sewing With Nancy series online. 

To watch Sewing With Nancy on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, download the app.

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Are you ready for the  NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series featuring Nancy’s Carefree Curves Quilting Templates? There’s still time to Gather Your Supplies and stitch your New! January Circle Block!

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Join the 2020 NZP Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series!

Prepare for the NEW! 2020 Nancy Zieman Productions Free! Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Series by gathering and organizing your supplies. Visit our 2020 NZP Block of the Month Mystery Quilt Kick Off & Gather Your Supplies Blog Posting for details!

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Blog Giveaway

For a chance to win a set of the Carefree Curves Templates, from Clover, tell us which Carefree Curve Design from the show is your favorite. Now, we didn’t show you all of them, there are more to see on the show!

Clover will give away one Carefree Curves Templates to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states.

Winner must reply within 30 days to the official giveaway announcement email message – sent from Nancy Zieman Productions.

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The randomly selected winner of a copy of the book, Quilt with an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons from dime, from the January 23 Quilt With an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons Part One on The Best of Sewing With Nancy and January 30 Quilt With an Embroidery Machine in 8 Easy Lessons Part Two on The Best of Sewing With Nancy Blog posts is, Rosalie Knoll.

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Her comment is: Quilting with an embroidery make would be so much fun and such a time saver. I would love to read Nancy’s story about her life. She was truly a remarkable woman.

 

atch Nancy Zieman's 5 minute Nancy's Corner Interview on Sewing With Nancy with guest Catrina Sparkmen, of Black Threads.

Sew to Give Spotlight! Today watch Nancy Zieman’s 5 minute Nancy’s Corner Interview on Sewing With Nancy with guest Catrina Sparkmen, of Black Threads. Six women artists and writers formed a modern day quilting bee. Together they learned a new art form—quilting—while sharing history and the love of family. As they found out, quilts not only keep us warm, but tell stories and also build friendships. These women made six very special quilts, and each quilt will be treasured for a lifetime.

Happy Quilting!

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33 Comments

  • Gail Beam
    February 6, 2020

    I really like the propeller quilt design, as I think it would be one of the easier ones to do, especially, for a newbie quilter. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • DebbieW
    February 6, 2020

    I like the quarter-circle block, would make it in greens and taupes.

  • L H
    February 6, 2020

    I liked red elegance and mohawk trail the best. I love the fact that they have come out with rulers for circles. It certainly beats looking for something to draw around or trying to make your own template.

  • Mary K Bell
    February 6, 2020

    I liked all of the examples shown. But it is a tough choice between the wagon wheel and the drunkard path!

  • Nancy
    February 6, 2020

    I liked the waxing and waning moon. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Phyllis Morris
    February 6, 2020

    I’ve always wanted to try the drunkard’s path and it looks like the templates would make it easier.

  • M. Mann
    February 6, 2020

    I have always wanted to do a Drunkards Path quilt. Someone in my class said you had to be drunk to make it work. With Nancy’s templates it looks so doable! So grateful.

  • Twyla
    February 6, 2020

    The templates make easier cutting out for interesting designs.Thanks for the opportunity to win. I enjoy the mohawk design.

  • Carol Taylor
    February 6, 2020

    Drunkard’s path has always intrigued me as well and any design with curves. I always like to challenge myself to improve my sewing skills. Thank you for the chance to enter and possibly win.

  • Clovis
    February 6, 2020

    I like the drunkard path even though my circles didn’t come out to bad. The circle template would help more. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Pat
    February 6, 2020

    I have always wanted to make a quilt with the Drunkard’s Path block but knew I would never have the patience to do all that curved piecing. Thanks to Nancy and team for this very clever alternative.

  • Lorraine Alves
    February 6, 2020

    I am definitely doing the Drunkard’s Path. The theme of next September’s town fair is “flocking to the fair”. I have a beautiful piece of fabric with a sheepdog herding sheep. I will use this material to lead the sheep to the fair ground. I am excited to try my hand using Nancy’s simple steps.

  • Sharon
    February 6, 2020

    I haven’t yet tried curves.

  • Linda Clark
    February 6, 2020

    I am going to make the wagon wheel quilt for my son. I hope you will demonstrate the pattern. I am especially having trouble figuring out how Nancy placed the small wheels between the large ones.

  • Rosie
    February 6, 2020

    I’ve always loved the Drunkard’s Path pattern but was afraid to try it because of all the curves. This method takes away many of my fears. I’d love to have the templates to use for this.

  • beth d.
    February 6, 2020

    I like the drunkard’s Path. I have always wanted to do a quilt like that. I hope to win the templates.

  • Dixie
    February 6, 2020

    I love the Drunkard Path . The templates would make it easier to make.

  • Andrea Letourneau
    February 6, 2020

    I’m most likely to use the circle template, though the “Hearts and Gizzards” one also creates an interesting block

  • Shirley Clark
    February 6, 2020

    I’ve always loved the Drunkard Path blocks. You have so many options for laying out a pattern.

  • EllenB
    February 6, 2020

    I think the Wagon Wheel block is pretty. Would be great in black and white with different colors for the centers.

  • Janet
    February 6, 2020

    I have always like the Drunkard’s Path quilts, I thought it would be very hard to do. Your easy way of doing makes it seem like a possibility for me. Thanks. I am anxious to play around with this design.

  • Diane Putzer
    February 6, 2020

    I like the Drunkard Path.

  • Linda H
    February 6, 2020

    I like the Drunkard’s Path design. It looks so easy with the templates.

  • L Watson
    February 6, 2020

    I think the one I like is the Wagon Wheel. I haven’t done a quilt with circles yet, it could be fun to try! It’s so nice Nancy came up with a new way that looks much easier.

  • Susan
    February 6, 2020

    The circle templates create wonderful designs and would be great to be able to try these handy tools. Particularly love the Hearts and Gizzards design as it seems joyful and very appealing.

  • MaryEllen
    February 6, 2020

    I would like to try the fan design. I think some of my batik fabrics would look great using this design.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    February 6, 2020

    I like the mohawk trail. I have been looking for an interesting 2 color quilt to use up some black and some red yardage. I think this would be good.

  • joanna
    February 7, 2020

    Especially love the Mohawk Trail and Hearts & Gizzards (wish I had made the H & G for a Valentines Day table runner this year!).

  • marilyn dunstan
    February 8, 2020

    I like the waxing and waning that Nancy was working on for herself. That could make a really interesting quilt. Thanks for the circle template give a way.

  • Carolyn T
    February 8, 2020

    The mill wheel and the propeller blocks have the negative space I like. The circle template and Nancy’s carefree fusible interfacing technique are great!

  • Charlotte Dunn
    February 13, 2020

    I love the Drunkards Path. Its been my favorite for many years.
    Ive watched Nancy do the circles so many times and with this tool and her teaching I would have the confidence to do this.
    I would love to try out this tool and I have been amazed at how beautiful the Hearts and Gizzards turns out.

  • SHAROL HANSEN
    May 18, 2020

    I like the Drunkers Path and the Fan seems looks hard but I like a challenge. Thnaks for Nanacy she made it look easy. Miss her. thanks for the chance to win.

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