Curved seams have been in traditional quilt blocks for years. Unfortunately, curved seams are not necessarily fun or fast to sew, until now. Using two squares, yes squares, you can create a 1/4-circle block, similar to the well-known Drunkard’s Path design, without matching any opposing curved seams.
Traditional Curved Piecing Technique
Let’s take a look at the traditionally cut pieces used to make a curved seam block. To sew the seam, opposing curves must be joined. Whenever I tried to sew this seam, I was quite unhappy with the results. I generally avoided all quilt patterns with curved seams, and I’m not alone.
Liking the looks of curved-seamed blocks, but totally not liking the technique, I thought about enlisting the help of a sewing product, fusible interfacing and some unconventional quilting techniques.
I found it easier to trace the curve shape and then sew those curves, rather than working with opposing seams. So, I developed a set of templates, Carefree Curves Quilting Templates. These templates assist you in making traditional to super-sized blocks.
- For every four blocks cut four background squares, and cut one square to create four 1/4-Circles. The sizes are printed on the template.
- Cut a square of lightweight fusible interfacing the same size as the 1/4-Circles.
- Layer the squares (fabric and interfacing), right side of fabric to the smooth side of the interfacing.
- Place the template on fabric/interfacing squares. Trace circle and quarter markings.
- Stitch along the traced line.
- Align ruler along quarter markings. Cut, using rotary cutter, ruler, and mat.
- Trim away excess interfacing from the interior, leaving 1″ of interfacing.
- Turn interfacing to wrong side. For best results, run a smooth edge Hera Marker along the stitching line to define the curve.
- Press curved edge, making certain seam is at the edge.
- Machine stitch 1/4-Circle to block, using a straight stitch, blind hem, or zigzag stitch.
When you watch the Sewing With Nancy series, you’ll see all of these steps in motion! Plus, I’ll show how easy it is to create a variety of designs.
- 1/4-Circle—you’re not limited to one size of circle. Here I placed the larger 1/4-Circle in one corner of the block and the smallest 1/4-Circle in the opposite corner.
- Mohawk Trail
- Drunkard’s Path
Watch Quilt with Carefree Curves,the two-part Sewing With Nancy series online.
For a chance to win a copy of the Quilt with Carefree Curves book and a set of the Carefree Curves Templates, tell me which Carefree Curve Design from the show is your favorite. Now, I didn’t show you all of them, there are more to see on the TV show! A random winner will be announced April 16.