6 pieces and 5 seams per block,
which makes it 360 pieces and 300 seams total so far,
And I did it. woo hoo!
I thought I would share what I learned, because I found it difficult to find information about how to quickly and accurately cut out all those pieces and then sew them together.
Disclaimer: I wouldn’t consider myself a “quilter” as I this is only the second quilt I’ve ever worked on. I don’t really know the “right” way of doing things. I would welcome any tips and suggestions from you if you have any. Previous posts about this quilt project are posted under the “quilting” category.
Cutting Out Curved Quilt Pieces
I asked as many quilters as I could, how to cut out these pieces, but I wasn’t satisfied with the suggestions I was given. The most common one was to use a rotary cutter. I don’t know about you, but I am rotary-cutting-on-a-curve challenged. There must be some secret to it that I am not aware of. Other quilters swear by the Accuquilt Go! die cutter, but there isn’t a die available for this “Roads” pattern. It certainly would have been nice for accuracy and ease though.
The method that worked best for me was to trace the templates onto freezer paper, à la The Train to Crazy, and iron them down to the fabric. I cut through 4 layers at a time and held the layers together with pins. Spring-loaded flat-bottomed scissors helped fight fatigue.
Piecing Curves without Pins – The Curve Master Presser Foot
The classic way of piecing curves is rather time-consuming and uses a lot of pins. I love me some pinning, but One Girl Circus pointed me towards the Curve Master presser foot. Watching YouTube videos of it in action, like this one by The Crafty Gemini, sold me on it.
This handy little guy can be used with any sewing machine and includes adapters for most. The suggested adapter for Brother machines didn’t fit mine (a Innovis NX-450), but I was able to snap the foot on without an adapter.
This method is definitely easier than painstakingly pinning all of those pieces, but it did take some practice to get a hang out it. The picture below shows my first few tries at it, starting at the upper left and going down from there.
I’m not sure what I should do with the blocks next, especially the non-square ones. Do I try to trim them up before piecing them? Tips on how to do this would be awesome.
Up next? I get play around with block layouts. I think this is called “auditioning” in quilt-speak.
Have you ever made a curved pieced quilt? What are your tips and tricks?
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