Hi there, my name is Lynett, the pattern designer and quilter behind LynsAvenue. I’m so honored to be a guest blogger for Elizabeth and share with you tips on sewing a curved quilt.
Before we begin, a little bit about me. I fell into quilting almost 10 years ago and I have never looked back since. In 2018 I started designing patterns, with my first pattern releasing in 2020. I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my husband and our 2 girls. Lastly, I work as a Social Worker during the day, currently working in the Family Violence and Child Wellbeing space.
I’m so excited to share with you some tips to sewing curves in a quilt using the versatile Quarter Circle block template. I’ve added a printable of this tutorial for you that comes with a bonus diagram that shows different ways you can lay out Quarter Circles into 9 different block layouts to achieve different design options and a Quarter Circle template. Even though this tutorial uses the Quarter Circle or drunkards path quilt block, these tips will work for most curved piecing, like a half-circle quilt block.
Basting your template
2. There are different ways to baste your curved pieces: using pins, glue or just go for it with no pins or glue. I like to have my concave piece on top as l find it easier to adjust and maneuver the pieces as l stitch.
If using pins, fold your pieces in half and finger press to mark their centers along the curved side. Align the edges of the two pieces at the center, right sides together and place a pin. Pin at the both ends and in-between these pins if desired.
3. l like to use this Sewline glue stick as it’s less messy and is easy to apply however any washable glue will work. If using the liquid glue, l would recommend using one with a fine tip as it helps to apply a little bit of the glue rather than have it smudge all over the piece. You’ll want to draw a thin line along the seam allowance on the curved side. Place the concave piece on top and manipulate the pieces to stick together until you sew them in place. Press your glued pieces together.
No glue or pins
Simply take your pieces to the machine and start sewing a ¼” seam allowance.
4. Piecing your circle quilt block
This blog shows you a video of sewing curves using the no pin method.
5. Press and not iron your curved quilt block with a dry iron using your preferred option, to the side or open.
I find it easier to press to the side. If piecing the units together to form a circle, be sure to press the blocks in opposite directions as this ensures that the seams are nesting together nicely when sewn together.
6. Trim your square according to your pattern instructions. For the template provided, you’ll want to square up to 6 ½”. Be sure to leave a ¼” seam allowance from the stitched line on either ends of the curve.
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