Curves made easy – Two different ways to sew curves for quilts

I used to avoid curves in any quilting project because I could never get them to line up correctly, especially the little ones. Things would always be screwy. I even tried buying facy feet, but nothing worked. I decided I was doomed to only sewing straight lines for the rest of my lift, until one day, everything changed. I saw a new technique I had never tried before. I don’t even remember what I was googling, but it was definitely quilting related. This technique was so simple and changed the way I looked at curves, and I can now happily and confidently use them in any project!

When piecing large curves for your quilt, we don’t do anything too fancy. We’ve found the standard pin method works great. Large can be subjective, Missy thinks anything above a 4-5″ block is large, I say it has to be above a 7″ block. We’ve noticed that the bigger the curve, the easier it is to sew and still maintain a nice smooth seam with things remaining straight and square. You can mark the center before pinning if desired, or check out below to watch Missy share a little trick she uses as she pins these large curve pieces together.

If you have a project with smaller curves or are struggling getting your seams to lay flat without puckers, you are definitely going to want to watch the magic technique we share this week. We first learned it as a way to do inset circles, but there is no reason to limit it to just those. This second technique using the template works for half circles as well. So, print out an extra template, make yourself comfortable, and watch how easy all those curves can be!

The quilt we are working on is called Windswept and will be available in our store the beginning of October.

14 Replies to “Curves made easy – Two different ways to sew curves for quilts”

  1. I had wondered how to use the glue method – so I’m looking forward to trying it. Great video1 Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome! Let use know how it goes.

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  3. Thank you so much for this great video! I will definitely give it a try.

    1. You are welcome! Let us know how it goes.

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  5. Well I tried the glue method on my 28 small drunkards path for wonderful Windswept. I was worried about clipping the curves and it coming apart. I shortened my stitch length but as an old garment sewer it did not sit well. So instead I marked the centre of each part by folding. Then stretched the convex curve gently working along only the curve. 5 pins and sew. Easy peasy. No pleats. Sorry Quilt police . This is probably highly unethical but works for me anyway. Beginner quilter but over 60 years sewing. Hope it helps some others

    1. No quilt police here! Do whatever works best for you.

    2. Like you Susie, I have many years sewing experience but new to quilting. I too would use the pin and sew method on all curves no matter what the size. I clip after sewing where necessary. Always works. I also purchased the gorgeous Windswept Pattern and can’t wait to start.

      1. Pinning and sewing is a staple. I’ve found the glue method helps me with the smaller curves, but we say use what works! Thank you for your support and we’d love to see pictures of the quilt when you are done.

  6. Gloria West says: Reply

    Great video! Thanks for sharing!❤️

    1. You are welcome!

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