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Project

Black & white curves

Project Description

What are you most proud of? No tucks, no cut-off points, I did a great job of piecing these blocks! I also learned to cut curves around a freezer-paper pattern with a rotary cutter -- it's not as hard as I thought! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be careful not to stretch the pieces when you sew and also when you press the sewn blocks. There are bias edges and seams all over the place, and you can easily pull it out of shape. Also, don't be afraid to try the freezer-paper piecing. It's a lot less of a mess than sewing through paper and then ripping the paper off. One caution though: you don't have to press long and hard and hot to get the freezer paper to stick to the fabric. I overdid it a little when I was pressing a black-on-white seam, and I found that the plastic melted enough to dissolve some of the dye in the black fabric and it left a shadowy smudge on the white fabric. It's not noticeable (it'll "quilt out"). I backed off a little when I pressed the rest of the seams, and I found that the paper stuck just fine without leaving a smudge. Also, when I ran the freezer paper through my printer, I tried Ann's suggestion to tape a back-up sheet of regular paper to it. I tried this, and it got a little jammed in my printer. I tried running the freezer paper through the printer by itself. But it wouldn't lie flat. So I tried Ann's other trick of roughing up the sticky side of the paper by ironing it onto the ironing board first. After I did this, the freezer paper laid flat and went through the printer with no problem.

What you will need

  • cotton fabric
  • cotton thread

Q&A with KChristine

Ann Petersen asked:
Great quilt! Love your simplified design and colors and the blocks look dynamic and wonderful. You also have some great advice and a nice trick with printing freezer paper! Thanks!
KChristine answered:
Thanks, Ann! I've now taken 3 of your craftsy classes, and I owe a lot to you. Two years ago I was biting my nails and hesitating, and now I'm sewing curves and quilting on a domestic machine! Thank you!

Skill Level

Beginner