Sewing curves

I made garments for more years than I’ve been making quilts, so I’ve never been scared by curved piecing.  However, most of the curved seams I did while making garments were sleeves that used gathering to smooth the curve.  So, I’ve been feeling like I want to do some curved piecing.

Angela Pingel’s book “A Quilter’s Mixology” has been on my “buy this” list for a while and I happened to come across a copy while I was in Canada last week.  Angela’s book focuses on some of the many variations possible with the Drunkard’s Path book.  I also recently purchased Lynn Harris’ “Every Last Piece“.  I’m not the best at using up my scraps and Lynn is an amazing quilter, so this was a must have for me.  Lynn includes curved piecing instructions in her book too.

To sum it up quickly, Angela uses one pin at the center of the block and Lynn uses more pins.  I tried a couple of blocks with each method.  Both methods worked well and I need a bit of practice no matter which method I use.  The blue blocks were done with Lynn’s method and the orange ones with Angela’s method.

I’ve cut out some pieces to make the Loosely Pieced wall hanging from Angela’s book.  I’ll let you know how it goes as I practice a bit more curved piecing.

What about you?  Have you tried curved piecing?  Do you have a favorite method?

1 Comment
  • sue
    Posted at 04:49h, 19 May Reply

    I have Angela's book and made the medallion quilt. I started with that one because I had acrylic templates that were the right size and made the cutting easy. Her method worked beautifully for me and I was delighted with the quilt. My daughter has some of the other quilts earmarked and I am eager to start another!

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