People, I am on a roll! I’ve pulled out another WIP that I’ve had sitting around for far too long.
About 3 years ago, my friend Leigh gave me some fantastic vintage applecore blocks she found discarded at a thrift or antique store. They were already cut and ready to piece.
The fabrics are a very random mix of prints, different kinds of cloth and clashing colors. Some of the prints are vintage-fabulous and some of them are vintage-hideous.
Up close, there are some scary combinations but stepping back, together they just work in a way I would never have put them together myself.
I’ve wanted to sew them together for ages but, like many sewists out there, I’ve been totally intimidated by the curved sides. I’ve watched other people sew curves and tried to get up the courage to do it myself, and always chickened out.
Behold the perfect timing of Angela Pingel’s new video teaching techniques for accurate curved piecing. (cue Hallelujah Chorus.)
Angela is the author of the book A Quilter’s Mixology, a book of patterns all using curved piecing in traditional and modern designs. I saw Angela introduce her book at Quilt Market last spring and was blown away by her beautiful designs using curved blocks. At the same time thought, “She makes it sound so easy, but I would definitely need someone to come hold my hand.”
Angela’s publisher, Interweave, has since produced a companion video where Angela walks through a variety of curved piecing methods and designs. There are traditional curved quilt designs such as Drunkard’s Path, Applecore (yay!), and Clamshells.
Angela also shares a lot of ideas and techniques for incorporating curved piecing into modern designs and improv piecing.
This video is available to purchase as a DVD or as an instant video download. If you have been admiring quilts with curved pieces, but feeling like you needed someone to come hold your hand too, then I highly recommend this video! It gave me the confidence to finally start sewing these applecore blocks together.
I’ll admit, piecing with curves takes some practice. My first couple of rows are not perfect. But I’m sticking to my mantra of 2015 to stop over-analyzing and just get stuff done. And as I’ve been going, I’m definitely getting the hang of it and each row is looking better! I want to just keep going!
What an awesome resource! I don’t mind curved piecing with my handwork, but I’ve not done much with my machine. I’ll definitely look for the Mixology book and check it out. Thanks for the chance to win!
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