Thursday, January 25, 2007

Curves



It is freezing here. That feels so great. I love to cycle in this weather. With a warm jacket, a warm scrave and warm gloves on.... the cold biting in my cheeks..... and then coming home to a warm cozy house.. mmmmmm.....



I am working on my swap with Dawn .We bought the same templates and we sew two blocks with the same fabric. One for Dawn and one for me... I am thrilled with the result. But oooohhh my..... it is so difficult to sew curves by machine!!! I tried several methodes: like using a lot of pins.... with only three pins..... and now without pinning. Gré - the new shopowner- can sew curves as the best and she do it without any pin. So I think what she can do, I can do it too:-) I don't give up and I am sure with a lot of practise I can make neat curves...
Dawn look! There are comming blocks your way :-))



ps... All credit to Dawn. She has sewn most blocks ( you can see at the picture ) !! I am a lot behind :-/

Lucy

14 comments:

Alena said...

wow, what lovely blocks, I have to try it also - no pins needed is a good news - what was always putting me off sewing the curves was that quantity of pins and little cuts of the scisors recommended in all the books... I love your colors, girls...
it is freezing here as well - in the Czech Republic they are enjoying 40 cm of new snow, here in Slovakia - nothing, I go to ride a horse tomorrow, hope I will have the same good feeling as you riding your bike... :o)

pamina (laurence) said...

Waow Lucy, I LOVE these blocks. I never tried to sew curves by machine... for me, by hand is more secure...

Karen said...

Pretty blocks, Lucy, I always want to start stitching whatever you are stitching :-). I like the photo of the hands stitching away on the curve.

Becky said...

I don't know if they have them over there, but here in the states we have a presser foot called the curvemaster (http://www.justcurves.biz/) that is a great help with sewing curves.

Laura said...

Oooooooooooooh! So pretty! You arrange colors so beautifully!!

Sandra said...

Great idea to get lots of different fabrics into your quilt! Sewing those curves does get easier, believe me :-)

May Britt said...

It will be a beutiful quilt. I love curves, but have not yet done them on machine. Handpiecing is my favorite with curves.

the quilters said...

Ohhh Funny !!! I was thinking about this block this week, waiting for the week end to start it !!! i love your !!

gwen said...

that is a very nice block, Lucy and the colours you chose are as always a hit. The more you sew, the easier it gets, believe me!

Jane Ann said...

I don't mind curves at all--no pins but a sharp stiletto helps! When I read this post the first time, I thought, "Oh, they'll have matching quilts!" Then I realized it all depends on how each of you sets your blocks. Fun! It will be interesting to see the difference.

Elaine Adair said...

I've not had problems with curves, but, I thought they were easier when using my quarter inch foot -- NOT the one with the flange/gate on the bottom, but one with a narrow bottom. I don't use it for anything else. I can't quite see in your photo the width of your foot, but it doesn't look narrow. Someone else mentioned the Curvemaster, and from a mechanical approach, it seems like it would work well. Their demostration video looks marvelous! The foot is very short, so it doesn't grab much of the ruffley edge of fabric like a longer foot does.

Whatever you've used, those blocks are lovely! Great job - you have a lovely sense of color.

Bonnie said...

I am catching up on your blog!! I love the picture of the featherweight on the pink puss-in-the-corner! (you need to QUILT THAT ONE!) and the circle blocks are turning out so nice! I love seeing the pics of what you are working on,it makes me feel like I am there...

Stay warm!
Bonnie

Shelina said...

These blocks look great! I haven't done very many curves, especially not such tiny ones, but I have seen the Curvemaster lady sewing one after another while she was demonstrating her curvemaster foot. I bought it, but haven't figured out how to use it yet!

Dawn said...

Oh WOW Lucy! They do look cool all laid out together! Now I'll have to start working on some more! Seeing this excited me!