Friday, March 11, 2011

Overcoming the curves

I haven't blogged much about the Single Girl Support Group, but I joined as a way to challenge myself with my second quilt project. The Single Girl quilt, by Denyse Schmidt, definitely fulfills the challenge I was craving. I've never sewn curves before, and I was pretty intimidated when I started.

I chose to work with my fat quarter stack of Innocent Crush by AMH.

SGSG Fabrics

Solid Option #4

For my background color, I chose Kona Peridot.

I'm planning to make a QUEEN-sized quilt, because I am crazy.
I realized as I was sewing my first curve that I may have bitten off more than I could chew.
I pinned the curve to death, started sewing, had to rip.
Second time, same thing.
Finally, I decided to check my seam sizes. It turns out that almost every seam was shorter than 1/4 inch.

Precision matters here, folks.
Apparently, I'm not a very precise sewer.

Luckily, I had only sewn a few ring sections together at this point, so I didn't have to completely start over.
Trust me: there was enough cussing without any additional ripping.

Not perfect, but I did it!

Here's my first completed square.
Would you believe me if I told you I sewed this with no pins?? I don't believe it myself, but it's true. It's not perfect, but I felt so thrilled when I finished. I watched nova's video for pinless curves and just went with it.

So, only fifteen more squares to go. Um, yeah.

9 comments:

  1. Hee hee, might be time to shorten it to a lap size quilt! It looks great though, your color choice are spot on!

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  2. Wow, you're off to a great start!

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  3. I bet it will only get easier from here. It is looking awesome! The colors and patterns are just perfect.

    Keep on truckin'!

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  4. I'm sorry it's giving you so much trouble, but it's looking amazing!! Love the fabrics you've chosen, stick with it! :D

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  5. Impressive. And thanks for the link...another thing on my 'to do before I die' list is to make the color wheel quilt so I'm sure these will be useful. Looking forward to seeing you progress through all these squares!

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  6. Oh, you are BRAVE! No pins. I'm astounded. I'm curious. I'm afraid to look because I'm NOT doing this quilt-along, by golly.

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  7. Wow, I love all your new projects! You're brave - curves scare me to death!

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