My aunt Patsy, in an attempt to convince me that sewing curves really wasn’t THAT hard, came up with a hands-on tutorial for me several months back. Mind you, we’re talking about a woman who chose curved piecing for her very first quilt. If we weren’t related, I just might hate her. Anyway, she’d sewn up an example block and left me the pre-cut pieces for a second block with instructions to ‘just go with it…it’s easy’. Says you!
I sat down several times with every intention of ending with a finished block, but it was a no-go. Apparently, today was my day. Perhaps this is my reward for making it through the Co Defs’ weekend friends extravaganza.
Patsy’s block is the larger one on the left.
Now, I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Her’s was more like an anemic 1/8 inch, so of course, her’s turned out larger. Next time, I too, shall make a go of the Kate Moss seam allowance. But take a look at my curves, y’all! They are so smooth and fine…wish I could say the same of my thighs. Sigh.
Here’s a close-up…of my block, not my thighs…
Smooth, huh? What Patsy neglected to tell me is that curved piecing involves narrowing your eyes to pencil-line thin slits, scrunching your face into all sorts of wrinkle-inducing expressions and generally cussing like a sailor. I haven’t cussed that much since the last time I changed the oil in my car. All in my head, of course, since my sewing room’s in a corner of the living room and there were youngsters present. And I think I used an entire bottle of Mary Ellen’s Best Press to press those seams into submission. All in all, not bad for a first effort.
Will I do it again? Well, if you’d asked me earlier I would’ve said ‘oh, hell to the no!’ but since I’ve had that glass of wine, I could be convinced to go for round two. We shall see.
Happy quilting y’all!