Curved piecing made easy

Tips for perfect curved piecing

Worried about achieving those perfect curves on the Dewdrop quilt? Not to worry 🙂 I’ve gathered some tips and tricks for you to perfect curved piecing (and cutting). Ready?

• Use your 28mm rotary cutter, cutting mat and, if you have one, your ruler, to cut the four pieces that form the main block.

I am not using the plastic template I told you about here because I ran out, but use it please! It is great
A 28mm rotary cutter is great for cutting curves
A quilting ruler can really help keeping pattern pieces in place when cutting straight lines instead of using pattern weights or pins

• For a more accurate pinning, you can use your knee or a tailor’s ham to help you match pieces. Fold pieces in half and finger press to find the middle and start pining there.

You can use a tailor’s ham to help you pinning the curves together
You can also use your own knee

• Place pins at equal distances so the curved edges match.

Try to place pins at the same distance between each other
For the bottom pieces that form the block, you may need to use more pins to keep the pieces in place

• We recommend using a 1/4’’ foot to achieve better results when curved piecing.

This is a 1/4” seam allowance quilting foot for my own Janome sewing machine

• Stitch with a short (2.4-2.6) stitch length.

• You will find that the fabric wrinkles as you sew, mainly the one at the top. That is normal with curved piecing, don’t worry. Go slowly and make sure that the fabrics under your needle lay as smooth as possible all the way. If you need to stop, leave your needle down, raise your presser foot and adjust. Don’t worry about starting over or using your unpicker or seam ripper if necessary. Continue checking that the raw edges match. Keep lifting the presser foot to reduce bulkiness before continuing sewing.

Stitch slowly using a short stitch length (2.4 or 2.6)
The top fabric can wrinkle a lot. No worries! Sew slowly and keep stopping to adjust if necessary

• Remove pins as you sew. Avoid pulling or pushing the pieces to be sewn so as not to stretch the curved edges.

• When you finish, press seams together towards the darker colour of your square.

Press seams to the darker colour

• Cut a practice block out of scraps before starting with your final fabric.

We hope you found this post useful and that you are ready to tackle the Dewdrop Quilt. Don’t forget to get your copy and if you want to share what you have made with us, remember to use the hashtags #cwdewdropquilt, #dewdropquilt and #cocowawaquilts. on your posts on social media.

Happy quilting!