Hubby and I were talking the other day about the different quilts I have made.
Him: You need to make some quilts with curves in them.
Me: You think?
Him: Yes. All your quilts have rectangles or triangles, or points that meet.
Me: Um, lots of quilt patterns use squares, rectangles, and triangles.
Him: Oh. Well……
Me: You don’t like my quilts? (freaking just a little)
Him: (Panicked) Yes hon! I just think you need some curves.
(Good thing he was talking about quilts — I already have too many curves….)
Anyway, the next day I was talking with dear Julie and told her about our conversation. I have never sewn a curve. She asked if I had the Quick Curve Ruler. No, I do not but I had been considering it ever since the AQS show in Lancaster in March. One of the vendors gave a quicky demo and I had it in my hand. For whatever reason, I put it down and ended up leaving the show without it.
So, with those two gentle nudges I finally ordered the ruler. It was delivered yesterday and I immediately headed to the sewing room. I mean, it’s time to learn a new skill, right?
I purchased the large size which is 7″ x 12″. Kinda wish I had the smaller one and will probably add it to my collection. Using the instructions for the table runner pattern that are included with the ruler, I made this mini quilt:
Overall, the ruler is easy to use but there is a bit of a learning curve. (See what I did there??) 🙂
My first attempt at making a block ended up looking like this:
See that middle seam and those mismatched curves? NOT suppose to look like that.
Second try was better:
For me the problem was squaring up the two curved sections before sewing them together. The 1/4″ mark needs to be lined up with the curve on both ends of the piece and then trimmed. The instructions do explain which marks to use and there is a diagram. I think if the diagram was a bit bigger it would be easier to understand. There’s a lot of room for error there.
However, what I really liked about these curves is how easy it is to sew them. There is absolutely no need to pin. The top piece is held by the left hand, the bottom piece by the right hand, and all I had to do was keep the edges together as they went through the presser foot. Sounds more complicated than it is. By the time I started on my second block I was able to sew the pieces together pretty quickly.
I really didn’t want to make a table runner, but decided a mini to commemorate my first curvy project would be fun so that’s what I did.
This playful project also gave me an opportunity to test new batting. When I was at the quilt show in Lancaster I bought 18″x18″ squares of different types of Hobb’s batting. The piece I used in this mini is a cotton/wool blend that they say is washable. I like the definition it gives the quilting. You can kind of see the puffiness in the pic above. It would be even better if I had used a more dense quilting design. I would absolutely use this batting in a full size project.
For the back I used a fun stripe, and did the binding the same as the blue on the front. I don’t know. Even though this is a practice piece and rarely will anyone see it, that binding has been bothering me pretty bad. I may end up taking it off and using something else. It looks good on the back, just pretty squirrelly on the front!
So now, back to my curves. For a first try I think it worked out well. I will be playing with this ruler and curves more in the future but don’t expect anything fantastic any time soon. I’ve got a lot of learning to do! I want to explore different ways to use the ruler and see what types of blocks I can create and in what sizes. I’ve heard there are video’s on YouTube, so I’ll be checking those out as well.
How do you feel about curves? Do you have a favorite curvy pattern or project? I’d love to hear about your experiences.