CURVED PIECING PROJECT TIDDLYWINKS You will need Green solid for blocks, inner border, outer border and binding – 5⅝yds Ivory solid for blocks and middle border – 3⅞yds Backing fabric – 7½yds Batting – 89in square Templates – see Templates section Template plastic Q Q Q Q Q Q Finished size Quilt size – 80½in square Block size – 21in square Q Q one- hundred- and-forty-four (144) light units ( Fig 2). Center B BEHIND THE QUILT A Center TWIST ON TRADITIONAL GREEN Fig 1 “Whenever I hear the statement, ‘but it’s just a gentle curve’, I think to myself, ‘Well, it may seem that way to you, but it certainly looks like a [race course] curved speedway to me!’, but there are tons of tutorials and videos on how to piece a gentle curve. So I jumped right in after watching them. I finger-pressed the centre on both pieces and pinned them together. I was able to make stacks of pinned pieces, and then I sat down to sew them all at once. This is my grand hint for curved piecing – just start piecing them. Don’t worry too much about perfection, because once you get a sewing rhythm going, you’ll notice that it isn’t as difficult as your mind was making it out to be. My go-to Bella Solid Ivory #60 and the very beautiful Bella Solid Chartreuse #188 were just the colours I needed for this fun way to play with curves.” – B A Make 144 light units, 4in square Susan Ache Fig 2 Cutting out Making the blocks 4 Using ivory A pieces and green B pieces, make one- hundred- andeighty (180) dark units ( 1 From the green solid fabric, cut as follows: Seven (7) 4in x 42in strips. Eight (8) 3½in x 42in strips. Nine (9) 2½in x 42in strips. One- hundred- and-forty-four (144) of Template A. One- hundred- and- eighty (180) of Template B. Press the seam allowances as indicated by the arrows. Fig 3). Q 3 With right sides together, match the centre points of a green A piece and an ivory B piece ( pin in place with a slender pin, picking up just a few threads of the fabric. Repeat to pin the pieces together at the dots at each end of the curve. Sew together along the curved edge, slowly easing the fabrics to fit ( you can clip into the curve of the ivory piece if necessary to make the seam lines fit together). The light unit should measure 4in square including seam allowances. Make Q B Q Make 180 dark units, 4in square Fig 1); Q A Q Fig 3 5 Lay out sixteen (16) light units and twenty (20) dark units in six (6) rows as shown in Sew together the units in each row. Join the rows to make a block, which should measure 21½in square, including seam allowances. Make nine (9) blocks. 2 From the ivory solid fabric, cut as follows: Eight (8) 2½in x 42in strips. One- hundred- and- eighty (180) of Template A. One- hundred- and-forty-four (144) of Template B. Fig 4. Q Q Q 70 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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