This week will be chock a block with guests to make up the missing spots over the last 50 weeks.
My second guest this week is the bubbly Kate Haydon Cruchley from Kate Quilts. Kate has designed this scrumptious block – Killers don’t wear aprons. Hmm
My third guest is Shirley Petersen who enjoyed making her first block so much she is back for a second. Shirley does not have a blog but her post can be found here – 4 patch fancy.
- Freezer Paper or Template Plastic
- Extra fine Permanent Marking Pen / Pencil
- Large Fabric Scraps
There are many methods to make templates and sew curves. Today I will show you one method which involves, freezer paper. If you don’t like sewing curves by machine, this block would be very easy to hand sew.
- Download the templates from here. Remember not to ‘Fit to Page’ or Scale when printing. (Templates are already mirrored)
- Trace the template pieces on to the dull side of freezer paper. Cut out adding 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around.
- Using a warm iron, press the pieces onto the wrong size of fabric, trace around the template to mark the fabric and cut out piece.
- Remove freezer paper and clip sparingly the inside curves. (This relaxes the seam so it it easier to manipulate the seam when sewing the curved pieces together).
- Sew pieces, C,D,E,F,G, and H together.
- Sew pieces A and B together.
- Join the 2 sections.
The truth be told, I don’t pin and I use my 1/4″ foot for most curved blocks. I use my left hand to hold the top fabric and lift slightly and the right hand to manipulate the bottom fabric. I find that only doing a few stitches at a time and then readjusting works for me. I use a stiletto to anchor the pieces at the end where it can get a bit tricky.
Don’t be afraid of the curve! If you think about it, a curve is a bent straight line. If you can sew a straight line, you can easily sew a curve. Just slow down and sew a few stitches at a time.
If I am doing a whole quilt in curve piecing I will use the Curve Master foot.
|The Block – 8″ finished|
|On point layout|
|On Point Layout|