Exploring My Curvy Side

Hubby and I were talking the other day about the different quilts I have made.

Him: You need to make some quilts with curves in them.

Me: You think?

Him: Yes. All your quilts have rectangles or triangles, or points that meet.

Me: Um, lots of quilt patterns use squares, rectangles, and triangles.

Him: Oh. Well……

Me: You don’t like my quilts? (freaking just a little)

Him: (Panicked) Yes hon! I just think you need some curves.

(Good thing he was talking about quilts — I already have too many curves….)

Anyway, the next day I was talking with dear Julie and told her about our conversation. I have never sewn a curve. She asked if I had the Quick Curve Ruler. No, I do not but I had been considering it ever since the AQS show in Lancaster in March. One of the vendors gave a quicky demo and I had it in my hand. For whatever reason, I put it down and ended up leaving the show without it.

So, with those two gentle nudges I finally ordered the ruler. It was delivered yesterday and I immediately headed to the sewing room. I mean, it’s time to learn a new skill, right?

Quick Curve Ruler

I purchased the large size which is 7″ x 12″. Kinda wish I had the smaller one and will probably add it to my collection. Using the instructions for the table runner pattern that are included with the ruler, I made this mini quilt:

QCR Mini Quilt

Overall, the ruler is easy to use but there is a bit of a learning curve. (See what I did there??) 🙂

My first attempt at making a block ended up looking like this:

First Attempt with QCR

First QCR Block

See that middle seam and those mismatched curves? NOT suppose to look like that.

Second try was better:

Quick Curve Ruler BlockFor me the problem was squaring up the two curved sections before sewing them together. The 1/4″ mark needs to be lined up with the curve on both ends of the piece and then trimmed. The instructions do explain which marks to use and there is a diagram. I think if the diagram was a bit bigger it would be easier to understand. There’s a lot of room for error there.

However, what I really liked about these curves is how easy it is to sew them. There is absolutely no need to pin. The top piece is held by the left hand, the bottom piece by the right hand, and all I had to do was keep the edges together as they went through the presser foot. Sounds more complicated than it is. By the time I started on my second block I was able to sew the pieces together pretty quickly.

I really didn’t want to make a table runner, but decided a mini to commemorate my first curvy project would be fun so that’s what I did.

Cotton and wool battingThis playful project also gave me an opportunity to test new batting. When I was at the quilt show in Lancaster I bought 18″x18″ squares of different types of Hobb’s batting. The piece I used in this mini is a cotton/wool blend that they say is washable. I like the definition it gives the quilting. You can kind of see the puffiness in the pic above.  It would be even better if I had used a more dense quilting design. I would absolutely use this batting in a full size project.

For the back I used a fun stripe, and did the binding the same as the blue on the front. I don’t know. Even though this is a practice piece and rarely will anyone see it, that binding has been bothering me pretty bad. I may end up taking it off and using something else. It looks good on the back, just pretty squirrelly on the front!

Mini Backing Stripe

So now, back to my curves. For a first try I think it worked out well. I will be playing with this ruler and curves more in the future but don’t expect anything fantastic any time soon. I’ve got a lot of learning to do! I want to explore different ways to use the ruler and see what types of blocks I can create and in what sizes. I’ve heard there are video’s on YouTube, so I’ll be checking those out as well.

How do you feel about curves? Do you have a favorite curvy pattern or project? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

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I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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12 Responses to Exploring My Curvy Side

  1. Love your little project. I’ve been playing with my ruler lately too. Practice blocks are always a good idea.

  2. I have tried curves, but I’ve also been sewing since the dinosaurs and have set in a few sleeves. lol Those aren’t easy but there are only two so that’s an advantage. I may have to look into this ruler. A new gadget is always fun.

  3. Alycia says:

    Great curves! I have the ruler… somewhere…. but have not tried curves yet 😉

  4. I haven’t tried curves yet but it’s on my short list of new things to try. I think your mini turned out great!

  5. dezertsuz says:

    That was fun to read and to see your project. I usually do freehand curves, if I do any. I’ve thought about this ruler, though, and at some point, I’ll probably get one.

  6. Kate says:

    I don’t do curves, yet anyway. Your practice piece turned out beautifully. It’s always good to make additions to the skill set.

  7. Colleen says:

    I bought that ruler quite sometime ago and had much the same experience as you – it is a new skill, after all ! The curves aren’t difficult at all after the first one or two. It truly amazes me how the QCR women came up with the ruler and have added all the cool designs to make with it I ended up making 3 blocks and eventually turning them into a table runner. You can see it here if you’re interested https://piecemakerquilts.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/medallion-table-runner/

  8. Heide says:

    So happy to see that you had just a tad of a learning curve. I gave it a try a few month ago and was not happy. Going to give a another try this summer. I really like the look of your table runner. Thanks for the encouraging post…..I can do this!!

  9. Anne Beier says:

    Congratulations!! Great job, and it feels so good to learn a new skill. I haven’t done curves in over a year. Mine came out at first like your first try. But practice made it perfect. And I love what you did with the quilting.

  10. Tish says:

    I’ve thought about ordering this ruler, but I’ve just never bit the bullet and done it yet. Your mini turned out great. I’ve only worked with curves once and I used templates. I wouldn’t say it’s the hardest thing I’ve done, but there was a bit of ripping and resewing to get things lined up. Just curious, what did your husband say about the mini?

  11. Vicki in MN says:

    That is the ruler I have and made several pieces with it. My first block looked much like yours! But it does get better. Somehow for me I prefer using my regular ruler for the squaring up part. I do have the mini too. Have only pieced for one runner from it, verdict is still out as to if I like that one as much.

  12. I think curves can be really fun, but I definitely prefer sewing larger curves over smaller ones; the fabric just works better on a larger radius (for me, anyway!). 🙂 I think it’s awesome you dove right in, and it’s fun how fast it came together well for you, too.

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