Saturday, July 28, 2012

Never give up

Some curves - for Julie's pattern Mod Pop

I made those 30 quarter circles last night. After I cut the fabrics, I sat down at my sewing machine and 35 minutes later they were all pieced. I timed it to see how long it would take but I did not rush through the piecing of any of these, I plodded along methodically. They have since been pressed but not trimmed.

Sewing curves is easy - truly it is. Last December I posted a video which is 1 minute 18 seconds showing how to do it without pins, special sewing feet, fuss or bother, together with some tips. Or you can view it on Youtube directly here. If you are still reluctant to do curves, or hate all the pinning and fussing and the hours it takes, you might want to take a look.

Sea glass colours - for Julie's pattern Mod Pop

The curves were made from this stack of fabrics, Kona solids, mostly from a Poseidon bundle and Kona Snow. You see, my friend Julie from Distant Pickles is also giving me a chance to pattern test. Her pattern is Mod Pop and it is so retro and funky:


I have known Julie via the internet for a long while now, having met her in my first sewing bee - she is an excellent quilter and a great person. This is going to be her first published pattern and I am so excited to be able to be a small part of it.

I have a better plan for this quilt, the blues and greens will be the background and the snow will be the curvy chains. I am already planning the quilting too - I am hoping for a very mod look. I am pretty sure this assignment will improve my pattern tester grade - I have not give up yet.

I am off to the farmer's market, enjoy your day!

Best,

Leanne

30 comments:

Archie the wonder dog said...

I can't wait to see more of this quilt - the colours are fabulous!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Ooh I can't wait to see how this turns out, love the fabrics you chose and the pattern is so cool.

Shevvy said...

I will look amazing. I think it is time for me to do curves again - I've got a plan for my sandown quilt.

felicity said...

That is going to look absolutely stunning in the Poseidon Konas. I used that FQ stack for my Supernova quilt. LOVE it.

Liz DandeliondD said...

Wow - I am so going to give Drunkards Path a go now I have watched your video. Thank you so much for taking the time to make it.
I love how much you managed to do last night. They look fab xxxx

Dianne Neale said...

You must be psychic. I have to do a "curves" block for the Stitch tease bee and I was trying to remember whose video I had seen! I'll give it a go in the morning when I'm awake

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, spooky, I was doing some curves like that last night to demo how to put my bee block together! I'm pointing the girls your way for that video too :o)

Looking forward to seeing your finished version, I'm sure you'll get up at least into the Bs... ;o)

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Looks like a fab pattern...will check the tutorial out as I'm going to need to put this in into practise for my next quilt!

tusen said...

Can't wait to see it finished, I love the Poseidon colour combination.

Nydia Kehnle said...

I love the fabrics you chose Leanne... I need to retry the curves thing... I have so far given up quite a few times... I even tried buying the fancy foot thingie... haha... no such luck... I guess I should just cut a bunch and practice... Thanks for the motivation... that quilt pattern is fab. so hopefully I can improve and try it out...

nydia@add-crafter.com

Patchwork and Play said...

This quilt is going to be amazing! I love the colours you've chosen. A+ from me!

Sheila said...

Wow, you are on a roll! I just love the look of the new quilt. So many quilts, not enough time...

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am very excited about this one. I have often thought about pattern testing. How do you start that?

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

That video is awesome, I've seen it a while ago when someone linked it to their blog tutorial. You make curved piecing easy-peasy :) Your quilt looks beautiful the colors are really lovely!

Debbie said...

I remember your video & it was very helpful! Can't wait to see your take on Julie's pattern!

elle said...

Curves are cool. This top will be quite fun!

Catherine said...

I can vouch for your you tube video: I used it when I first wanted to do curves and it all made perfect sense. I love Julies pattern: great colours as well

Judith, Belfast said...

Beautiful pattern and quilt! I've every confidence in you L! Jxo

Annabella said...

Oh I love this pattern!!! I can`t wait to follow your progress - hope you are well Leanne.

Tina said...

Ooh, I must take a look at your youtube video! I've been scared of curves, but your quarter circles looks so beautiful and enticing!

♥Duff said...

that is an awesome pattern and perfect for a quilt along!

Valerie said...

Ooo, that is such a fun quilt! And I'm off to check out your curves tutorial -I like doing them but if you have a no-pin method, I've got to see it!

Poppyprint said...

Well, at that rate you'll have it all finished and bound by the time I come for a little visit! What a groovy pattern. I love it!

Andrea C. said...

I love that design!

momof3 said...

I can't wait to see your version. I want that pattern, when will it be released?

Judith said...

This is going to turn out great, I am sure. You are a speedy curve sewer !

Happy Turtle said...

Love the quilt. And must check out the videos. I've been wanting to do curves for a while now... maybe your video will help!
Carol

Cindy said...

Wow! This is one super quilt! How lucky you are to give it a test run!

Claire Jain said...

Whoa! The fabrics in those quarter circles are beautiful :-)

OPQuilt said...

Since I'm going backwards in time, it's fun to see the beginnings of your Mod Pop quilt. While her prints are fun, yours feels like going down a waterslide--a whoosh of water and fun.

Elizabeth E.
opquilt.com