Curves: Types and Tutorials

We’re just about to start week three of Sew For Fifteen, and you guys are blowing me away with your awesome curves! We’ve had improv curves, hand sewn curves, and lots of curves using templates and patterns.  I will be working on a template pattern this month – the Picnic Quilt by Color Girl Quilts.  I cut it out last summer, so it’s definitely time for me to get working on it! Which is your favorite type of curve?

Template Cut Curves

There are many patterns written for curves using printed templates or rulers specifically for curved piecing.  The following blog tutorials and videos are just a few of the great resources that you can use for template cut curves. One of them advocates using ALL THE PINS, one suggests skipping pins altogether, and the rest explore both options. I use a few pins when I’m sewing curves, but you have to find what works for you. Check out these tutorials and videos for guidance.

Color Girl Quilts: How To Sew A Full, Set-In Circle

Sewing Curves by Suzy Quilts (This video features the Propeller Quilt pattern, which has since been improved and renamed Modern Fans.)

Sometimes Crafter: Options For Sewing Curves

Pile O’ Fabric: Easy Methods To Piecing Curves

Art Gallery Fabrics Blog: Alice’s Tulips Block Tutorial

Sewn Up: Curved Piecing Video Tutorial


Improv Curves

Improv curves are typically cut without a template, though one of the tutorials listed here describes a great method for sewing improv curves with a freehand template. Most of these tutorials show you how to layer fabrics, cut a few curves into the layers simultaneously, then sew them together where they match up. Improv piecing is an art in itself, but we’ll cover that later in the year.  The spirit of most of these tutorials is to leave the templates behind and just go for it.

Red Pepper Quilts: Cutting And Sewing Free Hand Curves

Man Sewing: Curved Piecing Tutorial Video

Spontaneous Threads – Caution: Curves Ahead

Quilting Jet Girl: Improv Quarter Circle Tutorial

Night Quilter: Steps To Sewing Perfect Curves (This tutorial describes the method used by Stephanie at Spontaneous Threads, but with different photos and sample blocks.  Both are super helpful.)


Sew For Fifteen

If you’re just finding out about Sew For Fifteen, I’m glad you found it! We’ll be working together to learn some new techniques and check things off our quilting to-do lists, fifteen minutes at a time, for the whole year.  The community, tutorials, and prizes are bound to make this year productive and tons of fun! You can find all the information about how to participate here. Each month has a different theme.  January is all about curves.

So, which kind of curvy quilter are you – template or improv? If you’re just trying curves for the first time, tell me in the comments which type you think you’ll try first.


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