Sunday, September 9, 2012

Curved Piecing with Craftsy BOM

Sewing was at a minimum this week, though I did get my two blocks made for Craftsy's Block of the Month. This month was all about curves.

I love the two blocks for this month, all made from Drunkard's Path blocks. The instructions were great (as they always are!) but I did deviate from the instructions for cutting these. Amy has you use a rotary cutter for cutting curves, and she specifically recommends using templates from Marti Michell. First, my rotary cutter and I have a very healthy respect for each other and we know our limits. Cutting precise curves is just not happening with a rotary cutter. Instead, I used a pencil to draw the curved line, then used my trusty Gingher fabric scissors for all the curved cutting.

Quilt blocks with curved piecing belong in a class all their own...there's just something extra beautiful about them. My only issue is that you have to use so many pins. I'm not a big fan of pinning anyway, and the only way to get a good curve is to pin, pin, pin. I started by doing each block, stitch, press, pin, stitch, press, but finally decided to pin a bunch, then stitch, then press. I enjoyed the process better that way.

Fabric selection is starting to get tricky since I'm getting low on so many of the prints. We're getting near the end though, so it should all work out just fine.

I am so happy I embarked on this free Craftsy class. It has been fun learning new skills, practicing different techniques, and watching this sampler quilt evolve.

Next month is the last month for making blocks, then we'll be putting it all together. I'm hoping to add this project to the finish pile at the end of the year.

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