Saturday Sew-Along: Curve It Up Block 1

It’s our very first Saturday Sew-Along! Woo-hoo!

Technically it’s a little preemptive, since out first class doesn’t meet until tomorrow, but I just love the ring of “Saturday Sew Along”.

We’re hosting two different monthly sewing clubs in-store, which means that twice a month you hanging out with us virtually get to see our tips and progress.

For our first meeting, we’re tackling curves! Yay! We’re using the Curve It Up pattern with the Quick Curve Ruler.

pattern back pattern front

We’ve had the ruler for a while, but I used it for the first time with this class, and I LOVE IT. I was an immediate convert. But more about ruler-y specifics later.

The pattern uses 15 fat quarters, and 2 – 2 1/2 yards of background. I’m not sure why it varies, but I just went with the smallest amount.

I knew I wanted this to be my starting point. It leaped out at me one day and said “Pick me! I would be perfect for the Curve It Up sampler!”. So I did. Who am I to deny an ambitious fabric?
main fabric
It also gave me lots of options to work with; I pulled green, teal, and gray for my focus colors, and a tonal white for my background.

fabric pull

The first month’s block (i.e. this month) is a churn dash with curved sides.

curved churn dash block
Ta da!

It’s a nice way to ease into the ruler; most of the block is familiar straight-edge piecing, with 4 gentle curved edges to deal with.

Cutting Tips:

Follow the pattern. Exactly. For example, she says to center the ruler prior to cutting out the yellow strip; do it. Otherwise it is entirely possible that you’ll end up with a curve that ends midway down your strip, and not at the ends. It happened to a friend of mine….

quick curve ruler
Next time I’ll try to get a picture without the glare.

Once you have your focus and background curves cut – in my case, white and yellow – it’s time to stitch them together! For some reason I don’t have a picture of cutting out the white ones; I’ll try to do better next month.

 sewing curve pieces 2

See that little bit hanging over the edge in the first picture?  That’s DELIBERATE. Lay the background fabric on top of your focus fabric, and leave 1/4″ showing of the focus.  Believe it or not, that will work itself out in the end, and your pieces will finish the same size.

However you sew your regular 1/4″ seam (for me, I know where it is on the edge of the presser foot in the pictures), do that here. Gently pull the fabric toward you so that the background and focus (the yellow and white) line up on one edge.
sewing curve pieces 3
See in the bottom picture? I’ve pulled *gently* on the yellow and lined up the white with the edge. I never lined up more than an inch or two at a time, because I was afraid of stretching my fabric out.
finished rectangle curve

It’s done! With no pinning, and no wrinkles! Yay! This is when I fell in love with the Quick Curve Ruler.

From that point on, you have regular piecing techniques to assemble the blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together into your one big block. Next month we do curvy half square triangles, which are going to be fantastic.

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