Tip Tuesday: How to Piece a Quilt with Curves

Most of us have struggled with sewing curves and rightfully so.

It’s so much easier to sew straight seams! But, piecing curves opens up a world of quilting opportunities that, as quilters, we should take advantage of. Piecing curves can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Not when there are so many great quilting tips on how to piece a quilt with curves available to you.

There are so many helpful tips, tricks and quilting notions available to you that make piecing curves so much easier! The Curved Seam Template Set9″ Curved Seam Template Set and Jumbo Curved Seam Template Set are a few of the useful quilting tools to have on hand when piecing quilts like String of Pearls.

String of Pearls - Piecing Curves
String of Pearls by Diane Tomlinson

Piecing curves in a Drunkard’s Path quilt block starts with aligning the center of the curves. Take a look at the quilting tutorial below to get an idea of what this means.

Quilt patterns that are perfect for using this technique include Beach Ball Bounce, Curvalicious, and Dazzled. The extended free quilting video tutorial, Sew Easy: Piecing Curves, walks you through each step of the process. The trusty Fons & Porter staff give you all of the tips you need to succeed!

Quilter Angela Pingel has perfected the art of curved piecing with an entire book devoted to quilts featuring the Drunkard’s Path quilt block and a quilting video tutorial illustrating how to successfully piece those quilts.  Here are a few tips straight from Angela:

Orange Twist Quilt by Angela Pingel
Orange Twist by Angela Pingel

Sewing curves quickly and simply is definitely doable, but some mishaps can occur. Here are three of the most common problems and the solutions for fixing them.

To prevent stretching in the first place, be gentler with your handling of the curved pieces. Since the curve on both pieces exposes the bias of the fabric, the pieces are vulnerable to stretching. This can happen when cutting, sewing, or pressing, or a combination of all three. Try to determine at what point in the process you are putting the most stress on the bias. Also note that some fabrics are more easily stretched than others, even though you are using the same technique to sew them. Some can make you feel like a rock star seamstress, and others make you want to throw in the towel.

There’s plenty more where that came from!l Learn more about Angela’s book and quilting video tutorial and get more Problem Solving Tips from Angela Pingel for common problems when sewing curves.

If you’ve never pieced with curves before or are frustrated when you sit down at your sewing machine to piece a quilt with curves, let us help! Take advantage of the tools and quilting video tutorials we have available for you. It makes for a happier quilter and a beautiful quilt.

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter

 

Happy Quilting!
Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

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