Quilt With Carefree Curves – Part Two

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Quilt With Carefree Curves – Part Two

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Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard BlockLooking for a quilt block on the internet or in a reference book? Have you noticed the unusual names given to quilt blocks? One of the most unique monikers, Hearts and Gizzards, dates back to the late 1800s. The gizzard shape, opposite the recognizable heart motif is not something many modern-day people will recognize. The unique block is the focus of this Sewing With Nancy online program, Quilt with Carefree Curves.

Learn a carefree approach for constructing this once-difficult block using Trace ’n Create Quilt Templates—Carefree Curves.

Trace 'n Create Quilt Template Carefree Curves by Nancy ZiemanCarefree Hearts & Gizzards

In last Thursday’s blog posting Nancy Zieman previewed the first program of this 2-part TV series. If you didn’t see the traditional way of seaming opposing curves, you might want to watch the video. It isn’t an easy technique! But there’s a solution, take the carefree approach using fusible interfacing.

Select the Hearts & Gizzards Template. You can create five quilt-block sizes from super-sized to traditional: 16-1/2″, 14-1/2″, 12-1/2″, 10-1/2″, and 8-1/2″ blocks.

Carefree Curves Quilt Template Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Select two fabrics, contrasting in color.
  • For every two blocks, cut one background square from each fabric. (See template for sizes.)
  • Cut background squares in half diagonally.
  • Cut crosswise strips from both fabric colors for Hearts & Gizzards shapes. For every two blocks, cut four Heart & Gizzard shapes from each fabric. (Even the strip sizes are printed right on the template—how easy is that!)
  • Cut crosswise strips of lightweight fusible interfacing, such as Sof Shape—2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ crosswise strips depending upon size of heart. (Packaging contains full instructions.)

Carefree Curves Quilt Template Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Align the template on the wrong side of the crosswise strip, placing the template “fabric edge” marking of selected size along the top edge of the fabric.
  • Use a fine-point fabric marker to trace along the template. (We used a Sharpie so you could see the markings.)
  • Starting at one edge, trace both sides of template with a fabric marking pen/pencil.
  • Trace curve within die-cut areas of template.
  • Rotate template 180-degrees; align template “fabric edge” with fabric lower edge and side of template with previously traced line. Trace untraced side of template and curve within die-cut areas.
  • Repeat tracing and rotating process until desired quantity is achieved.

Carefree Curve Templates Sewing With Nancy Zieman

  • Cut along straight trace lines, using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

  • Align top edges of fabric and interfacing, right side of fabric to fusible side of interfacing; pin. Position top of next wedge along the lower edge of the interfacing; pin.
  • Stitch along the curved markings with a short stitch length.

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

  • Cut apart.
  • Trim away excess fabric. For best results, use a pinking shears or pinking rotary cutter blade.
  • Trim away excess interior interfacing, leaving 1″ of interfacing.

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

  • Turn interfacing to wrong side.
  • Press curved edge, making certain seam is at the edge.

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman

  • Pin two Hearts & Gizzards shapes to a contrasting background triangle as illustrated.
  • Machine stitch shapes to background, using a straight stitch, zigzag, or blind hem stitch.
  • Repeat process for a reversed color option.

Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard Block

  • Stitch triangles of opposite color combinations together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam allowance open.
  • Use two sizes of hearts within one block for a design variation.

Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard Block

  • Place four block sections together to see how the design unfolds.

Carefree Curve Quilt Templates Nancy Zieman Hearts and Gizzard BlockThere’s More!

When you watch online, you’ll also see the Wagon Wheel option, using the third template of theCarefree Curves Template Set. We’ll save that technique for another blog!

Carefree Curves Template Sewing WIth Nancy Zieman Wagon Wheel BlockWatch Quilt with Carefree Curves (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of  Sewing With Nancy online.

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Nancy Zieman's Giveaway

For a chance to win a copy of the Quilt with Carefree Curves book and a set of the Carefree Curves Templates, tell me 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.

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Happy Quilting!

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  • Anne Z
    August 15, 2019

    I love the Hearts and Gizzard block. I always love traditional blocks done in modern colors and fabrics to give them a new look.

  • L H
    August 15, 2019

    I like the Carefree Hearts and Gizzards.

  • Julie Kill
    August 15, 2019

    “Hearts and Gizzards” is my favorite! *I actually have a very old “Hearts and Gizzards” quilt in Red and white made by some ancestor. I don’t have any documentation to find out who made it, but it has to be at least from the 1940s if my Grandmother made it. If her mother made it, it’s over 100 years old. It was packed away in a trunk when she died and I was lucky enough to end up with it! It’s in beautiful shape. I hope to be able to make a modern version and hang them up side-by-side! Thank you for making “old” new again!

  • Lorna
    August 15, 2019

    Hearts and gizzards

  • Lillian Klaeger
    August 15, 2019

    Hearts and Gizzards is lovely in the solid contrasting fabrics.

  • Sharon
    August 15, 2019

    I haven’t looked at all of the patterns yet. I’d like to try the curved seams.

  • Susan
    August 15, 2019

    Heart on Square captures my heart as one of favorite designs shown in this book. Could have a lot of fun picking up fabrics for this one.

  • DebbieW
    August 15, 2019

    I like Wagon Wheel, it would make a gorgeous table topper. Always thankful for Nancy’s years of being our teacher.

  • Rosie
    August 15, 2019

    I enjoy the heart shapes in Hearts and Gizzards, but also would love to make a Drunkard’s Path.

  • Diane Putzer
    August 15, 2019

    I like the Wagon Wheel.

  • Ann West
    August 15, 2019

    The Carefree Hearts and Gizzard block stole my heart! This is a definite for my bucket list. Thanks.

  • Dixie
    August 15, 2019

    I like the hearts and gizzard block as well as the wagon wheel.

  • Carolyn T
    August 15, 2019

    Hearts and Gizzards! Great instructional video about using the curves templates. I’m sure Nancy’s book will have more terrific, time saving tips. Thanks for continuing her legacy.

  • Teri
    August 15, 2019

    I love the Wagon Wheel blocks. It’s a perfect design for a rodeo quilt.

  • Janet
    August 15, 2019

    Hearts and gizzards. This looks so easy. I would like to do it in pinks.

  • EllenB
    August 15, 2019

    I meant to say Wagon Wheel is great with the large pieces and bias finish. I got distracted looking at the templates and book on the website!

  • Pat
    August 15, 2019

    The Wagon Wheel is my favorite. I would try this one first. Thanks for the lessons on how to use the templates.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    August 15, 2019

    I really like the hearts and gizzards best. I would love to win the templates and the book.

  • Christi
    August 15, 2019

    I love Hearts and Gizzards, all fun.

  • Bonnye
    August 15, 2019

    I love the hearts and gizzards block.

  • Florence
    August 15, 2019

    I like the Wagon Wheel block. The design and Nancy’s choice of fabric colors are great! This would make a gorgeous wall hanging as well as a table runner.

  • Maggie Carver
    August 15, 2019

    I bought the template from someone who was retiring and trying to get rid of her “stash of supplies”. But there was no book, so I would really love to win the book and start learning to use the templates and having fun. Thank you

  • Lorraine Alves
    August 15, 2019

    Both Hearts and Gizzards and Wagon Wheel are favorites of mine. They would make perfect table runners to decorate with for holidays.

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    August 15, 2019

    Hearts and Gizzard block. Directions/book with directions for all of them would be used. I like making a wide variety of quilt designs.

  • Martha O.
    August 15, 2019

    Wagon Wheel is my favorite from this series. 🙂

  • Donna Fecteau
    August 15, 2019

    I like the wagon wheel block.

  • Linda
    August 15, 2019

    The Wagon Wheel Block is beautiful, especially with the vibrant colors. Now that I know an easier technique, I have to try curved piecing!

  • Suzy C
    August 15, 2019

    I want to make a “Hearts and Gizzards” quilt block to use as a Fall candle mat using orange, brown and green colored fabrics.

  • Clovis
    August 15, 2019

    The Hearts & Gizzards look very fun to make in an array of colors.

  • Barb K
    August 15, 2019

    Hearts and Gizzards has been a favorite of mine for a long time, despite it’s odd name!!

  • Vicky S
    August 15, 2019

    I love the plain circle – quarter, half and full. There are so many patterns I can do with this design, that having an easier/ cleaner way to inset the concave/convex surfaces is really HELPFUL. Once I get the technique, I can fly!

  • Marie
    August 15, 2019

    Just love the versatility of the templates! So many designs to choose from but I think I’d try hearts and gizzards first. Looks like fun.

  • Carol
    August 15, 2019

    I haven’t had time to see the program yet but as soon as I saw the hearts and gizzards block I knew I liked that one. I just don’t like the name gizzards!

  • Gail Beam
    August 15, 2019

    I liked the wagon wheel quilt design! Thanks for the change to win some templates and book.

    August 16, 2019

    I just love how easy Nancy made it look in the video (as always) to do both of the two designs. Having the video to keep watching helps me to learn how to sew anything that Nancy sews and she sewed tons of different things. Not just quilts. I love the colors and the templates. I would be honored to win the Quilt with Carefree Curves Book and the Carefree Curves Templates would definitely make it easier to make the quilt, table runner, wall hanging. And I have a pinking rotary cutter already in my tools.

  • Joanne T
    August 16, 2019

    Hearts and Gizzards .

  • Teri Long
    August 17, 2019

    Hearts and Gizzards!

  • Linda H
    August 20, 2019

    I like the Hearts and Gizzards block. As always with Nancy’s directions, she makes it look so easy.

  • C DeLamare
    August 21, 2019

    These are beautiful. I like the hearts.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    August 27, 2019

    I like the hearts and gizzards pattern. It looks like flowers. The fabrics used in the one in the picture was a great choice! Looks great!

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