Sewing Curves!


My new project!!  Double ring Quilt.   If any of you know, it is one of the most difficult traditional quilts around.  Why? Because you are sewing curved pieces most of the time.

Curved pieces have more stretch than the square or rectangle pieces because they are not cut on a straight of grain.  This leads to unwanted stretching of each piece.

With a lot of trial and error, I figured out how to do it with some ease that hopefully these tips will help you as well. By the way, you will see some dark threads on the pieces.  This is proof of my trials and mainly errors!  I will be taking a tweezer to them one night and pulling them out when I’m watching TV.


I discovered that the concave curve (Yellow piece) is the longest and needs to “ease” into the convex (Blue piece).

img_2923 Folding all of the curved pieces and lightly pressing them gave me the center of each piece.  I pinned the pieces in three places starting with the center and then both ends.  It will not lay flat until it is pressed.

img_2924I had to sew slow and math up the edges of the fabric approximately 1/4″ at a time.  I held onto the blue fabric with my right hand and eased the yellow fabric in place.  The feed dogs grabbed the yellow fabric more than the top fabric, and I allowed that to happen.  It took some getting use to.

img_2926When it is all sewed together, all of my pieces looked like this.  The ends of each piece and centers matched.  The iron does the rest of the work. I found it easier to place the blue fabric on my iron board first and gently push the yellow fabric flat.

img_2927 Just using the tip of the iron on the crease was just what the piece needed to lay totally flat.  Remember I said that you are working with all curves?  I didn’t have to clip the seam allowance because of those same curves!

As you look at the photo above, you can see the seem allowance from the right side of the piece.  This is due to poor planning.  Most of the double wedding ring quilts you see have a light colored background and darker colored curves.  The curve can only be ironed one way.  If I ironed the seam towards the blue, it would pucker and I would have to make those slits in it to work.

This is as far as I have achieved so far.  The completed block on the top is the only completed block I have so far.  By the end of the week, I will complete the rest and post it.

Thank you for reading this blog!  Have a wonderful day!