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Sew Retro, Baby!

Posted on: March 11th, 2013 by Lorna McMahon

I have been wanting to design a quilt using curved seams…. I have been admiring Julie Pickles’ Mod Pop for quite a while… I REALLY like her design and even the colours of fabrics she used.

I don’t have a lot of experience sewing curves.  I googled around and found a great demonstration here.
I made a template and did a few practice pieces.  But I will be the first one to admit, there is rarely anything scant about my 1/4″ anything.  So I made a slightly larger template because I would prefer to be able to trim my blocks after sewing – ensuring they are exactly 5 1/2″ and square – before sewing them into a row.

Sew today, I got serious with the few doodles I have been working on.  And I have come up with a design that I am happy with.  The plan is to do a queen size quilt using 5″ finished size blocks.  But to start with, I am going to make a crib quilt using a 3″ block.

The crib quilt will be using about 12 different pink fabrics from the ‘stash’ and accented with white.  I spent the whole afternoon tracing templates and cutting pieces, counting, figuring and looking forward to tomorrow.  When I will get to SEW!

I sure hope the sewing goes well and I get a lot accomplished… The kids are on March break and it will be their first school day home…. Hope there are no complaints of, “I’m bored!”  Then again – the dishes need done!  Awwww!  Instant silence – How peaceful….

6 Responses

  1. What is with the curves? I am so drawn by them at the moment. The next retreat I do in October I'm planning to teach a curvy project. Between that & brighter colours, my quilts are a changing. 🙂 Whenever my kids say \”I'm bored\” I say \”Let me find you something to do\”. They quickly decide that whatever THEY can find to do will be miles more exciting than my idea. Means we're doing a good job. lol

  2. Sherry says:

    Will look forward to seeing your latest design!

  3. I don't know what is with the curves… But I am also drawn by them. I guess a design is quite limited by only using straight lines. Sew I am looking forward to where this will lead. Change is good! Regarding the kids…. I agree, we must be doing a good job!

  4. Thanks Sherry! I look forward to sharing more about it!

  5. After a few blocks, you will be a pro. The hardest things about curves are starting the project!Have fun!

  6. Thanks for the confidence booster, Cynthia! I appreciate it!