Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quick Curves

I’m happy to be a blog hop stop for Sew Kind of Wonderful today!

  Jenny and Helen are the genius gals behind the Quick Curve Ruler and a fabulous line of patterns.  I sat next to Jenny on the flight from Chicago to Seattle in May and I’m pretty sure I talked her ear off.  :)

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If you’ve read my blog for awhile you know I don’t work with curves that often (except the other kind of curves…the kind that come with eating ice cream every.single.day this summer!)  So this was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I decided to try my hand at the Metro Hoops Pattern.

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The pattern is fabulously written…and cutting the curves was really simple with the slotted ruler and markings. 

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I was worried once I started sewing the curves together than some of my edges didn’t match up perfectly…but the pattern leaves enough wiggle room for squaring up edges, that even a beginner could make a perfect block.

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I started this yesterday so I only have one of my blocks sewn together…but I’m excited to see this one sewn up!

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If you are intimidated by curves but want to get out of your comfort zone and try something new you’ll love this ruler and The Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns.  They even have helpful video tutorials on their blog so you can see it in action. 

For more inspiration you can visit these blogs this week:

Monday 18 August http://quokkaquilts.com
Tuesday 19 August www.cluckclucksew.com
Wednesday 20 August www.fromthebluechair.com
Thursday 21 August liveacolorfullife.net
Friday 22 August www.happyquiltingmelissa.com
Monday 25 August www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com
Tuesday 26 August http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Wednesday 27 August www.pleasant-home.com
Thursday 28 August http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com AND http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au
Friday 29 August www.dontcallmebetsy.com

The bloghop is going to be followed by a 'Curve it up' Challenge Quilt-a-long on their blog starting in September.  You can visit their blog for more info!

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61 comments:

Judy said...

You did a great job, this pattern is also on my "to-do-list", just time is rare, but your block looks fantastic! Greetings from Switzerland

Kim said...

Beautiful block, thank you so much for showing this ruler, I tend to stay away from curves and this does look like a new way to try them.

Kim
Hello from Puyallup

Laura said...

Great post!! I just had to keep going with those blocks - I now have a KS half way through quilting :)

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure I have that ruler so I need to check out the quilt along!

Is your new collection coming out new month? I'm already on the lookout for it:)

Sandy W said...

Your block is fantastic!! Taking a class this Sept! Then maybe I will try this one!!!

Mary said...

Your block looks great. Now to the sewing room.

Needled Mom said...

I really love that pattern and your choice of fabrics. I am curve-a-phobic too!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Looks pretty cool!

Podunk Pretties said...

I love the wiggle room, that's always nice to have when trying a new technique. Looking forward to trying this ruler someday.

one line lane said...

Your block looks great - I like the colors you are using. The QAL sounds fun too.

Melissa said...

Beautiful block! Your curves look fabulous!

Terri Moses said...

I bought this ruler and made a quilt top with great results. Sew Wonderful's design of ruler is outstanding. I have always avoided curves - not any more! The possibilities are endless. :)

DebraKay Neiman said...

I love your block. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I've always wanted to try one of their patterns! Love how your block turned out!

Melissa Corry said...

It looks fabulous Allison!! I love the colors you choose ;)

Kris said...

Great job! you block looks awesome!

Lori said...

Your block is wonderful. Thanks for sharing how easy it is to use. One of my challenges is to learn curves.

Sarah Lahrman said...

I love this block! You have inspired me to try this out :)

Cecilia said...

I love that block! I haven't seen curves very much, but I think I'm ready to try them now. Thanks for sharing.

Quilting Tangent said...

Your block looks good, see you can do curves.
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petoskystone said...

Sweet curves!

Rosa said...

Your block is absolutely beautiful.Great job!

Nancy said...

I haven't tried Curves yet and this ruler makes it look so easy! Your Block turned out Beautiful!! Thanks for the Inspiration~

Huggs, Nancy

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your block is great Allison! the colors are so pretty and it looks lovely against that grey wall.

Jenn Cramer said...

That is super impressive! I would have never even thought about doing it like that.

Margaret said...

love your block. This ruler is definitly on my wish list.

Sarah said...

wow… great block!
I'm fairly new to machine piecing and quilting, so haven't tried curves yet, but Jenny's tutorials on how to use the QCR make it seem possible

Leeanne said...

wonderful block! I must play with my ruler more! Happy creating, from Leeanne in New Zealandxxxx

OhioLori said...

What a coooool block you made! That ruler is somethin' else! Wowie!!! Definitely on My "GOTTA HAVE" list!!! Looove it!!!

margaret said...

looks like I need to ad this ruler to my collection, not sure sure I will be so successful as you though

Charlotta said...

I love that block! - but it kind of seems like there'd be a lot of wasted fabric involved with making it, like you sew your strips together and then cut the curved piece from your "made fabric" but a lot of it would be wasted after the curved piece is cut.
Am I correct about that?

Allison said...

No Charlotta, there was VERY little waste....maybe 1" from each strip set. Pretty awesome!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Wow, that came out great! I admit, I find using the special ruler daunting, but by your (brave) example,)it looks like slow and steady makes it all right!

Nichole said...

Looks great! Can't wait to see it all finished. Love your blog! ☺

Lucy said...

Sweet block! I love the color palette you're working with.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Your projects always look great!
Love the curves!

Michele T said...

I love your block and you've convinced me that using this ruler to make curved pieces is do-able for anyone!!! Thanks!

Carol said...

I'm deadly afraid of curves in quilting. Did the seams just lie flat after you sewed them?

Stephanie said...

Great looking tool. I have not tried curves yet. I love your colors!

Susan Arnold said...

Nice! Love this ruler, and their patterns are very well written. I just did a variation of Metro Rings, which I call Metro Rings Medallion. Check it out at quiltfabrication.blogspot.com

Ramona said...

Your block is beautiful. Great seeing so many options with this ruler.

Allison said...

Carol - The seams did lay flat nicely, no clipping involved or anything. The curve is nice and wide so that helps. :)

A Quilter's Mission said...

What a great block and ruler. Looks so interesting.

kathy-o said...

I LOVE their patterns & the curve ruler. I'm making the Metro Rings - SO fun! Your colors are perfect - this quilt will be beautiful!!! xxoo

Ella and Nesta said...

Your block is stunning! Looks like a really fun ruler to use!

Aunt TC said...

I really like this block. Your sewing and the ruler makes the block so crisp.

WhoMom said...

Fabulous block and the curve tool looks like it makes it so easy!

Marija said...

LOVE the QCR ruler and Metro Rings is next on my To DO list!!
Love your colors and can't wait to see more of it!

Kay said...

Oh my word, this ruler looks wonderful. x

WhoMom said...

Love the block and the curves. I'm thinking this is going to be a must have on my wish list.

Tina Doskocil said...

Love your block and choice of fabrics! Metro hoops is on my list of ones I want to try. I just started Metro Twist.

Susan said...

This ruler looks like it would be fun to use. I like your block too.

Valerie Lanham said...

back to comment - they haven't been taking under the profile option till now. Anyway love the ruler and want to try Urban Abacus or Chained.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I absolutely love your block, and the color combinations are stunning. I can't wait to see it when you're done. cdahlgren at live dot com

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Thois is such a great tool - all teh quilts are looking amazing!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Yes curves intimidate me. No I don't have one of those rulers. Sounds like I might need one! blessings, marlene

Elisabeth DeMoo said...

So pretty.

MsMidge said...

This is such a beautiful block! Can't wait to see the whole quilt ;)

Deb said...

I've certainly enjoyed the blog hop, and love your block.

Di~ said...

Love your block there Allison, nice job on it.

Tera said...

That is one beautifully curved quilt block!!

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