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.


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

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

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

    Keep on truckin'!

  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

  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!

  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.

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


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