Sunday, January 4, 2015

How I Finally Sewed the Curves: A Third Method

Here's a closeup of some of the curves in my curve pieced quilt. Everything looked straightforward but there were a few issues.

Whenever I took pairs of curves off the wall to sew them together, the darn things grew! They never fit back in the right place. There was always a gap to the left, the right or between the sewn section and what remained on the wall! Finally I pinned all the curves to each other.

But when I removed the top from the wall, showers of pins scattered across the floor. I must have picked up a thousand pins.

Curves overlapping each other,
before trimming and turning the seam allowance

So I put it back on the wall. See how the curved edges are slightly uneven in the photo above? As I turned the seam allowance under, almost every short wedge left a gap in the top. I hadn't overlapped the curves enough and the uneven raw edges hid that fact. Trim both inside and outside curves evenly first!

With a clean raw edge, turning was much more successful. I pinned parallel and as close to the curve as possible before steam pressing the top.

Curves with seam allowance
turned under and pinned on the outside

Next, I grabbed part of the seam allowances on the wrong side of the top between my thumbnail and index finger. Then I removed the pin on top with my other hand and repinned it along the pressed seam line. I repeated this process until the seam was pinned along the fold line on the inside of the quilt top. See the photo below.

Curves pinned on the inside
I sewed along the fold line, removing pins as the needle reached them. It's easier to remove the pins if they point towards the needle.

Machine sewing the curves
along the pinned seam allowance

I pressed the seam again when the stitching was done and then trimmed the seam allowances to a quarter inch.

Improvisational curve quilt in shades of pink, coral, red, blue, green and white

It's neither Sherri Lynn's nor Vikki's method but it worked for me.

Enjoy the day, Ann


Mystic Quilter said...

Wonderful method for your curves, I'm afraid I wouldn't be as brave at tackling something like this so cheers for you!

audrey said...

Wow! Those are some serious curves to be sewing! It looks like your method worked wonderfully for you though. From the picture, it looks fantastic!

Lara B. said...

Haha! You persevered Ann! I would have had to go take a nap to tackle any one of those curves. Bravo to you!

Kaja said...

This sounds like hard work! I love how this is turning out: I think you have the colours well-balanced and the curves look great, despite the problems you had sewing them. Have you decided what to do around the edges?

Ann said...

Thanks, Kaja. Once I got into the groove it wasn't hard at all. There is definitely an order to sew curves together. It's on the design wall while I'm quilting Steam Punk. Every day I turn it back a slightly different way and snap a photo. I still see it as a baby quilt, not a wall hanging, though.

Teresa Duryea Wong said...

Ok, now I have to try this! How cool.

Ann said...

It was such fun, Teresa. I was very much led by the curves rather than a sketch or design. And I bet there are easier ways to sew these curves. ;-)

Carli The Quilter said...

What a joyous riot of color and curves, well done. I'll have to do some playing with this idea!!

liz said...

Fantastic!!! Love the end result! Could not do this... but I might try some day. thanks for the inspiration!

Ann said...

I wasn't sure I could do it either but it turned out quite well. One good thing is that it's a wall quilt, not a bed quilt. The smaller finished size really helped.