Wednesday 11 November 2015

WiP Wednesday: the one with curves

I haven't done a WiP Wednesday in a wile but based on this little tower, looks like I might just have a few projects on the go! Ha! (tower on left - WiPs, tower on right - stash all destined to be more WiPs)

So last Saturday my wicked good Guild, MMQG hosted one of our Skill builder workshops on sewing with curves. I have done a couple of curves before, but my friends it involved approximately 300 pins per block. An experience I was not ready to repeat! (I love you drunkards path, but not that much!)

In comes Heather, the MMQG PEI Lead, and her sharp Quick Curve Ruler skills!  Heather has had lots of experience using the Quick Curve Ruler. I must say I was pretty intimidated going in, but once she demystified it all for us, so easy! And the there are no pins to be seen! It's all about the gentle curve and slow stitching on the machine.

Here is my fabric pull for the class. We were all asked to bring our own Quick Curve Ruler pattern to work on. I went with Metro Twist and finally dove into my hoard of Jungle Ave by Sara Lawson and some Kona Watermelon. I LOVE this color.

It was so fun throughout the day to watch everyone's blocks go up on the design wall, so many pattern and fabric choices!

Now, once I got down to it (and actually read the pattern) I soon discovered that I have 160 curved pieces to make! 160 People! Needless to say, once I got the skill down, I spent the rest of the afternoon of the workshop getting all of the fabric cut for the rest of the quilt top, and then once I got home I set up the sewing machine again (at the kitchen table) and got to work.

Approximately four beers later, it was Saturday night folks, I had 80 pieced. Not a bad patch of work. Right now I am here...

Half of the pieced blocks done and pressed, they need squaring up and then repeat with the next 80.

Now, since the Christmas Season is upon us and I am, as always, last minute sewing, these curvy babies are going into the WiP tower, but I know I will be back to them as soon as I can. Cannot wait to see how it all comes together. And for sure I am thinking about my next curvy project.

I have to shout out to Heather for the excellent workshop, and thank you MMQG for the best ten bucks I ever spent on a Saturday! 

I am linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced, The Needle & Thread Network and with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social! What are you working on this week?


  1. I heard I missed a good workshop!

  2. Well, you'll certainly have the skill down after 160 pieces. A class is such a fun way to learn the skill, too. Share when you're done...

  3. Glad you enjoyed the workshop. Looks like some great projects on the design wall.

  4. Love your organizational system. I can't wait to see it all together. Working on my MQG challenge. Hope I can get it all quilted in next week or so.

  5. Thats a lot of curved pieces! I went to a workshop with Brigitte Heitland of zen chic and made 5 blocks on the day and that's been it - putting me to shame with your speedy piecing!

  6. I have the ruler and I"m going to download the pattern today... that is the one I'm liking best... your blocks are fabulous... I love that Kona background... watermelon... makes my mouth water and your fabrics are great... can't wait to see this one develop.

  7. Slow stitches, eh? I might just be made for curved pieces! :) these are absolutely beautiful. Love love Watermelon!