Quilt With Carefree Curves – Part One
Curved 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 Zieman 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
Let’s 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. She generally avoided all quilt patterns with curved seams, and she’s not alone.
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.
- 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.
- Stitch along the traced line.
- Trim away excess fabric. For best results, use a pinking shears or pinking rotary cutter blade.
- Align ruler along quarter markings. Cut, using rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
- Trim away excess interfacing from the interior, leaving 1″ of interfacing.
- Turn interfacing to wrong side. For best results, run a smooth edge Hera Marker along the stitching line to define the curve.
- Press curved edge, making certain seam is at the edge.
- Machine stitch 1/4-Circle to block, using a straight stitch, blind hem, or zigzag stitch.
- 1/4-Circle—you’re not limited to one size of circle. Here Nancy placed the larger 1/4-Circle in one corner of the block and the smallest 1/4-Circle in the opposite corner.
- Mohawk Trail
- Drunkard’s Path
Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy.
For a chance to win a copy of the Quilt with Carefree Curves book and a set of the Carefree Curves Templates, 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 TV show! A random winner will be announced August 22.
The randomly selected winner of a copy of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew from Nancy’s Notions, is Michelle Hall.
Her comment is: Finding time to sew is 1 challenge, the other is doing a fly front zipper. They intimidate me and so I have never tried one.
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