What is it about sewing curved patches for quilts that makes most quilters cringe?
Maybe it’s because the pieces we are going to sew together aren’t at all the same shape and just don’t look like they will fit together.
Possibly it’s because the raw edges on both pieces are cut on the bias, causing them to stretch – and we all know that if patches get stretched too much, the finished block can be too big, too small, or completely out of shape.
Or maybe it’s because we have seen the quilts with curves that other quilters have made that are all pucker-y.
Whatever the reason – I’m with you, quilts with curves are more difficult to sew than quilts with simple straight edges.
But not impossible!
And, truthfully, it can be easy to sew curved patches for your quilts.
It wasn’t always that way for me.
When I first began quilting, I avoided curved patches like the plague.
Oh, I did make some heart baby quilts – but the hearts were machine appliquéd and I didn’t have to match any raw edges.
That was hard enough. Why would I want to try to sew two curved patches together?
But, one day, quilting daughter, Stephanie, chose a heart quilt pattern she wanted me to make for her Sunday School teacher.
It was a beautiful quilt, but I was terrified!
Weeks passed until I stumbled across a book that had tips for sewing curved patches.
Once I tried the techniques described in the book, I realized that those curves weren’t that difficult to sew at all.
The heart quilt was finished in no time – and ready to present to the beloved teacher.
You’ll have the keys to sewing curved patches in your quilts with this resource in your quilting toolbox:
Illinois Rose Quilt - with curves