This week’s Guest Blogger
There is another gorgeous block from Karen waiting at The House of Wilson
- Curved piecing ( It’s not so scary )
- Make plastic templates. Templates can be found here.
- Trace around the template and add a 1/4″ seam allowance when cutting.
- Cut 4 yellow ‘pies’ and 4 green ‘pie casings’
- For the rest of the block you will require:
- 8 – 2.5″ x 2″ yellow rectangles
- 4 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ floral squares for the corners
- 4 – 1.5″ x 1.5″ black squares for the corner triangles
- 1 – 1.5 x 6.5″ strip of black fabric
- 1 – 1.5 x 6.5″ strip of lime green fabric
Piecing the curved blocks
- Sewing curved is not difficult. It just takes patience and slowing down a bit. Just think of a curve as a bent straight line.
- Finger press the mid line of both pieces.
- Place the two pieces right side together with ‘pie casing’ on top and pin starting at the centre out. For such a small piece the ‘pie casing’ is on top so that the puckering is more manageable as the pieces are sewn.
- Just take a bite of the fabric as you pin making sure the pin is passing through the marked seam lines of both pieces. Start sewing slowly, watching for puckers and use a stiletto or sharp tipped object to work the puckers away from the sew line.
- The seam will comfortably press to one side – the yellow curve seam will be pressed towards the green.
- If you find these pieces too small to sew, traditional hand piecing will work well with this block. I used a 1/4″ foot to sew but if you have a ‘curve master’ foot or other specialised foot it will make sewing curves easier.
- Make 4 blocks each measuring 2.5″ unfinished.
- Draw a pencil line diagonally on the wrong side a a black 1.5″ square. Place in lower corner of 2.5″ floral square, right sides facing together and sew along pencil line.
- Trim back to 1/4″
- Press team to one side.
- Take the 2 1.5″ x 6.5″ black and green strips and sew together lengthwise
|I used charm squares so I had to make 2|
- Cut 4 x 1.5″ segments.
Putting the blocks together
- Sew the yellow 2″ x 2.5″ rectangles to the black and green 1.5″ x 2.5″ block. Press open seams. Make 4.
- Sew the four curved blocks together. Press open seams. The block should measure 4.5″ unfinished.
- Layout pieces as shown in diagram below and sew in rows. Remember to pin accurately and match all seams.
- Stand back and admire your curvy block. The unfinished size should be 8.5″.
Adding or subtracting colours from this block can make some interesting patterns. Maybe placing the block on point rather than horizontal for a change.
Maybe just simplify the block.
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