In the middle of the night I woke up thinking that maybe I could use up the huge amount of tie scraps I ordered a few years ago making a quilt with curved seams. It seems that Threads had an article about this not too long ago. In my sleepy haze I could imagine how to do this without have a lumpy quilt. Any suggestions?
In issue 106, there was an article by Kathyanne White, an artist who makes curved-piece quilts and wall hangings. The way she approaches it is sort of like crazy-quilting and foundation piecing. Each piece is cut and sewn individually, and the resulting puckers and wrinkles that occur (since she's working with curved patches) are sewn into position with free-motion quilting. So there are lumps and bumps, but they're pretty small and add to the surface texture of her works. If you're using a lightweight fabric they shouldn't cause too much trouble. I love her work--it's very organic looking compared to traditional quilts.
I am not sure if you are talking about Drunkard Path type blocks or long strips of curvy cut pieces sewn together. It is easy to have these come out flat, if you know how. Let's use for an example long curvey strips. On your pattern make hash marks where strip A joins to strip B every 5 inches or so. Mark these on the fabrics. Pin strip A and B together (right sides facing) at all the hash mark positions. Pin between the hash marks, snipping the fabric where necessary to fit, making sure not to go beyond your seam allowance (sa). After you have sewn and pressed, you may have to do a bit more snipping in the sa to get flat seams but your seams will lie flat. Google "Ricky Tims" and get some ideas from his curvy works, just stunning.
You definitely need to check out Sharon Schamber - a rising star in the quilting world. She has a website. She has developed an ingenious system for curved piecing WITHOUT lumps and bumps called Piecelique. She teaches classes around the country and has several DVDs available. Her free-motion quilting is also an eye-popper! Can you tell I like her? - she is a very generous and wartm teacher.
Kay E. - Los Angeles
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