Straight talk about curves: 3 quick sewing tips (+ sale!)

Quilt detail from Quilter's Happy HourDo quilt patterns with curves make you run for the hills?

Hey, wait…where are you going?

Before you disappear around the bend, think about it: Orange Peel, Drunkard’s Path (variation, right), Grandmother’s Fan, and Dresden Plate are just a few well-known blocks that use curves, but there are many more. Sewing curved shapes may take learning a trick or two, but the beautiful shapes that result make them worth the learning curve.

Whether you prefer to piece or appliqué, you need a technique that will whip those curves into shape. So today, we’re gathered three tips from designers who have conquered curves in their own way. See how they overcame their curve-based fears; then click through to see the quilts they’ve made with the skills they’ve honed. Which curvy quilt will you make first?

1. Want to PIECE your curves?

Tip from Quiltastic Curves by Tammy Kelly

Quick tip: curved piecing

Practice three-pin curved piecing in projects from Quiltastic Curves:

Projects from Quiltastic Curves

See all 12 curvaceous quilts in Quiltastic Curves

2. Want to MACHINE APPLIQUÉ your curves?

Tip from Quilter’s Happy Hour by Lori Buhler

Quick tip: machine appliqued curves

Try facing curved-appliqué shapes in these projects from Quilter’s Happy Hour:

Projects from Quilter's Happy Hour

(As an added bonus, recipes are included for the cocktails after which the quilts are named!)

See all 11 curvy quilts in Quilter’s Happy Hour

3. Want to try something COMPLETELY different?

Learn Fast-Piece Appliqué from Dream Landscapes by Rose Hughes

In this popular video, you’ll see how Rose creates curves with straight machine stitches and a couching technique that covers raw edges.

Reading this in email? See the “How to Machine Appliqué in a New Way: Fast-Piece Appliqué!” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.

Try Rose’s Fast-Piece Appliqué technique in quilts like these from Dream Landscapes:

Projects from Dream Landscapes

See more from Dream Landscapes

Simple Circles and Quick CurvesAnother approach to curves: starch appliqué

Designer Nancy Mahoney wanted an easy, efficient, and cost-effective way to sew curves and circles in her quilts. Her solution? Starch appliqué with reusable plastic templates, invisible thread, and a machine blanket stitch. Voilà! See her scrappy quilts featuring beautiful curves in Simple Circles and Quick Curves.

What’s your favorite way to sew curves: piecing or appliqué? Share your favorite method in the comments!

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