Wednesday, 24 October 2012

WiP Wednesday – the Curves Edition

 I’m a bit afraid of curves. I generally try to avoid them at all costs. I just can’t get my head around how to make the two pieces of fabric fit together.

But! I am happy to say – that’s the case no longer! Now I’m only mildly worried about curves. Because I managed to do this:

Ornate mini quilt top

That’s right – a mini quilt focused on curves! I did it and believe it or not, did not take out the seam ripper even once! I know, right? Miracle!

The pattern is Ornate Mini Quilt by the Sometimes Crafter. I saw one of her mini quilts on a blog and fell in love. Bought the pattern straight away and after only a few minutes picking out fabrics… just went for it! I had it cut out and pieced over a couple of days - not long at all!

Ornate Mini centre

The fabric is a bit of Echino – which I adore. The majority of the prints are from one fat quarter. The fussy cut birds though are from another. Mainly because I goofed up and fussy cut my pieces in the wrong direction originally, so it was a mad scramble to find some replacement pieces! The birds work I think! And I paired it with some lovely linen  that I received as part of a swap gift. Thanks Kate!

Ornate mini blocks

Oh yes – look at all those curved pieces! I’m rather impressed with them if I do say so myself. The pattern made it seem quite simple – very clear instructions even for a curve newbie like me!
So this is just the quilt top – hence the WiP status. It will be done for TGIFF this week though Smile

My other big WiP Spanish Tiles is still waiting on two things – backing fabric (on its way!) and batting (waiting for a sale!).

Seaside Cottage with borders

I’ve decided not to add any more borders and just finish it off with the dark grey as the binding. It doesn’t look it in the picture (I stood on a chair to get it to fit in the photo) but it’s quite big – 60” x 70”. I really don’t need it bigger than that for a lap quilt!

And that’s it on my WiP list at the moment! The lack of batting has put me off tackling anything too big! I have been working on a few little paper pieced patterns though. It’s nice when they turn out as planned (not like cooking dinner last night!).

Turkey big feet
Bluestone

So that’s it from me for this WiP Wednesday! Guess I should stop reading blogs and playing in EQ7 and actually sew something in order to have more to show for next week!
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20 comments:

  1. Wow! I love that! I'm totally going to make something similar. I really like the pattern it creates and I love drunkard's paths. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. I have some curves to tackle soon, too! I am going to try some improved nine patch blocks. I have a serious desire to replace a ratty quilt my grandmother made for my sister with one of my own...but I need to make a couple and see if I can do it, and like it enough to make the entire quilt.

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  3. Amazing little quilt mini! I didn't know you have hidden talent in curved piecing, LOL! What technique did you use? Did you pin with a 100 pins in every 2mm? :) Gorgeous fabrics, LOOOVE the linen!!!
    You rocked it big time, I'm so proud of you! :D
    Too bad you're not in the US, I bought tons of batting on sale at Jo-Ann the other day.

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  4. Oh my, that turkey is the cutest! Makes me wish we celebrated Thanksgiving... :)

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  5. Woohoo! Gorgeous curves - great job x

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  6. Gorgeous fabric! And great job on the curves! You do very, VERY nice work! LOVE!

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  7. Curves and linen that was brave, you really pulled it off though! Love the turkey too.

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  8. Your curves are great! (mmmm, now does that sound a little wrong in some way??) Perfectly even and neat - wonderful!

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  9. Lovely. I tried some curves last week for the first time and you are right, it's not as bad as we all think.

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  10. Awesome - love the mini quilt very inspiring

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  11. You did a great job on your curves! What a neat pattern.

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  12. Great job on the curves. I like your Spanish Tiles quilt. I'm working on a quilt from that book too. I wasn't crazy about the Spanish Tiles quilt but now that I see yours I may have to put that on my list too.

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  13. Fantastic curved block! I really like that you aren't using borders on your Spanish Tiles. The dark grey will look gorgeous!

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  14. I took Christina's class at sewing summit, and loved the curves!! Your quilt is beautiful:-)

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  15. Your ornate mini is absolutely gorgeous; way to conquer those curves!! The little turkey is too cute!! I think I would like to make a potholder out of him.

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  16. Gorgeious mini! I want to make one too! Also your umbrella quilt in the header is absolutley adorable.

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  17. Gorgeous pieces!! I love those curves...you did a great job. All of your projects are fantastic!!

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  18. Well done for taking on the curves. It is really, really lovely.

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  19. Your curves look so good! I love Echino so much...I have some in my stash, but I have been reluctant to cut into it. I guess it is not doing me much good sitting on the shelf LOL! The Spanish Tiles quilt is so nice and I am loving your new paper-piecing patterns!

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