When I started quilting, I never thought I would make a quilt block with curved seams. Quite frankly, I didn’t really like the way they looked. That just proves that over time, preferences do change.
There will come a time in every quilters life when you will have to sew a quilt block with a curved seam. When it does, don’t panic. Someone out there has done it before and it can be done again.
I was making a sewing organizer that had a curved seam. It kind of reminded me of crazy quilting. This particular block was made with foundation piecing.
Get started on the quilt block with curved seams
Here are a few helpful tips to get you through the process.
First fold each piece in half so that you can mark the center of both.
The center mark you made is the point where you are going to start. Beginning in the center, start sewing, matching up the edges.
As you start to come to the curve, firmly line up the edges, this took a little bit tugging as I went along. The top piece is going to start bending, while the bottom piece lies flat. When you reach the end of the first side, cut your thread and start sewing from the center in the other direction.
You will have flipped the piece over and now what was on the bottom, is now on the top. Top piece will not bend, you will keep matching up the two and sew to the end, slowly.
Use a pointy tool to help you keep it in place. Take your time, this should be slow moving. As you start to get to the end, it will seem like the ends don’t quite match up.
This is normal. Since the curve of the fan is not a rectangle but tapers, those ends will not be perpendicular. Or is that parallel? I can’t remember.
Now you can press the seam flat and because this was paper-pieced I can be pretty rough with it.
After you have it pressed, it is up to you if you want to rip out the paper or keep it in. Some people prefer to rip it all out at the end of the quilt top process. I prefer to rip each block out as I make it. But I have tried it both ways. Each one has pros and cons. Which way do you like?