Some of my favourite patterns include curved quilt blocks. I love curves, and maybe because I started sewing curvy blocks early in my quilting obsession I’ve never been scared of them…but a lot of people are.
I get it.
Curves can be intimidating.
But they don’t have to be! My secret weapon to sewing curves? PINS. And I hate pins. Really! I hardly ever use them when I’m sewing, but going a little pin-crazy really helps when sewing curves.
Here’s my process for sewing curves. For my example I’m using the Fizzy block from Blossom Heart Quilts.
Cut out the fabric for your blocks using your pattern.
Fold all your fabric pieces in half and iron the fold.
Match up the center folds and pin with right sides together.
Working out from the center slowly bring the edges together pinning as you go (every 1/4″ – 1/2″).
Try to go very slowly and be careful not to stretch the fabric – this can create wrinkles and puckering.
Once the entire curve is pined (so many pins!) sew with a scant 1/4″ seam, removing pins as you go
Finger press the curve from the right side so that the convex piece is flat and the seam allowance is to the outside and then iron (this part is just my personal preference)