Thanks for all the comments last week about trying new things….the winner of the Simple Home book is Dawn! I sent you an email to get your mailing address. Speaking of trying new things: last month on one of my giveaway posts I asked readers what, if anything, they wanted to learn or try in 2015. By far the most popular response was to practice free motion quilting, which is also something I need to do. But many of you also chose new skills within sewing and piecing, including sewing curves in quilts. (if you’re interested, I have tutorial on curved piecing, Here)
As you probably know, I absolutely love quilting with curves and trying new shapes that can come from curved piecing. Do you want to know what my very first curved quilt was? You guessed it, it was a “Strips ‘n Curves” quilt, made from this book by Louisa Smith, at a class at my local quilt shop probably ten years ago or so. I would love to share this book with someone interested in trying out curves. While the photos make the quilts look very difficult, they are mostly simple drunkard’s path type curved piecing, easy and gradual with no strange shapes or templates. The fun effects come from making the strip sets and then cutting them up in creative ways.
I don’t have my first curved piecing quilt anymore, it was ruined when our basement crawlspace flooded at our last house. The design was similar to the orangey one in the second photo above, but I did it all in shades of pink and green. Obviously, I fell in love with curves and never looked back! This book offers instructions to get you started on piecing curves and shows tons of examples of ways to turn a basic block into a really impressive work of art.
If you are interested in trying your hand at curves, or you already love curved quilts and want to try this method, leave a comment here. I will choose a winner for the book next Sunday. Tell me, what is your favorite classic quilt block?