Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing ~ Giveaway

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Oh boy, curved piecing. Is everyone already shaking in fear in front of your screens? Whenever I mention sewing curves, I feel like I get the same reaction as when I mention paper piecing: “Oh no no no no, there is no way I could do that! Looks so pretty though…sigh…”

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I’ll come clean. That was basically my reaction when I thought about attempting to sew curves. After some research and practice though, I’m feeling more confident. And I owe much of that to my dear friend Angela Pingel’s book A Quilter’s Mixology. You might remember me blogging about the book last year, and even making a quilt from her Petal Pusher pattern.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela has just released a companion video through Interweave called Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing: Basics and Beyond (DVD and Video Download). Today I’m here to share a bit about it with you.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I am a visual learner – I love LOTS of pictures or learning a technique straight from the expert. I love this video. Angela walks us through examples of Modern, Traditional, and Improvisational curved piecing.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She starts off talking about cutting your curved pieces. The only downfall of this part is I guarantee you will instantly want to go out and buy an Accuquilt Die Cutter and a new collection of Bloc Loc rulers. I know they are now on my wish list!

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Angela spends time going over how to pin the various types of curves you will encounter in quilting, and then shows the process of sewing the curves on the machine. Seeing this in action is a serious confidence booster.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

She makes blocks, stitches together larger sections, and then shows the finished quilt or project.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

I love seeing how different a quilt can look based on block size and color placement. The next two pictures below are the same block:

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

For those of you that love Improvisational Curved Piecing but don’t know where to start, Angela walks you through the steps to create really stunning pieces as well.

Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing by Angela Pingel

There is a LOT of information packed into this video. It was so enjoyable and helpful, I hope you will check it out!

Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 3: Faith Jones http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/ – Me!
Feb 4: Amy Gibson http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
Feb 6: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/

Angela and Interweave are giving away one copy of the DVD to a lucky winner. This giveaway is open to USA only (sorry international readers!). To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. I’ll pick a winner Thursday, along with the winners of my February Great Big Giveaway Day. It’s a busy week here on the blog! :)

++ Closing comments and will pick the winner shortly! ++

The winner is #210, Erin Lillibridge. Congratulations Erin! I will be in contact to set you up with your prize. :)

Poinsettia ~ A Finished Quilt and Pattern

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s finished! After a few days of quilting, yesterday I stitched on the last bit of binding. I’m so very happy with how it turned out. Hopefully you all are as excited as I am – if for any reason, because you don’t have to hear about this one anymore. Ha!

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know I’ve said so much about this quilt already, but I’ll touch on the main details again because I always have questions in the comments. I started this quilt over 2 years ago at a retreat put on by Pink Castle Fabrics (formerly known as Quilt Camp, now known as Camp Stitchalot). I was teaching a session on paper piecing and we were making the larger Poinsettia Star components as part of a small mini quilt pattern. I had already made the mini quilt, so I decided to play around with a new layout for all of my sample blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m sure a lot of you know how it goes – life gets busy and your UFO pile grows and grows. The original quilt section was put aside while I waited for the right time to pick it up again. That time proved to be last November.

A little more than 2 months later, the finished quilt measures 62″ x 75″. There are 99 quilt blocks…2,610 tiny pieces of fabric. But who’s counting. ;) Despite those seemingly overwhelming numbers, if you followed along on the progress you saw how this quilt was pretty achievable to assemble when broken down into steps.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Almost every piece of bright fabric in this quilt is from my stash of fabrics by Anna Maria Horner. (I can only think of 1 piece, from the original section 2 years ago, that isn’t hers.) I could gush all day about Anna Maria’s talent. Her collections just sing together. The colors, the designs…they are perfect for patchwork. The black/cream fabric is also from my stash. Half yards I’ve collected here and there. I used a lot up for this quilt, but I certainly don’t regret it. Much is from various Moda designers. A lot from Sweetwater, Lu Summers, Zen Chic. If I see it, I buy it, because Moda does not reprint fabric once it’s gone. Some are text, some are shapes and lines. Together, it just works.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing, I used a print from Anna Maria Horner’s Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Sketchbook in ivory. The binding is a scrappy mix of black prints I used within the quilt. I think it provides a nice finishing frame. By some truly accidental piece of luck, when I cut the this large piece of fabric in half to sew together for the backing…the design matched up perfectly. You can’t really even tell where the seam is (it’s in the middle of the above photo, down the middle of the black hand drawn birds.)

I quilted using straight lines, just organically measuring – not marking. They are about 1/4 to 1/2 apart.

Poinsettia Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And…for the moment many of you have been waiting for…a quilt pattern! This pattern is now available in my shop as a PDF instant download. I have a few new PDF patterns that I haven’t announced formally, so be sure to check them out. There’s the Poinsettia Quilt, Big Top Quilt and Holland Mills Quilt. I plan on sending all 3 to the printer this week for hard copy pattern booklets (if you prefer that to an instant download PDF file). Those should be available in about 2 to 3 weeks.

Now it’s time for me to go cuddle under that quilt. This one is for keeps.

A Finished Quilt Top

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you all so much for your wonderful and kind comments on my poinsettia quilt so far. I was especially happy to read those that commented on the enjoyment of seeing this quilt come together step by step. This has been a newer goal of mine for the blog – not to just pop in with a finished quilt and say “Ta da! Another one finished!”

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We all know what goes into making a quilt. Planning, cutting, stitching, more cutting, more stitching, basting, quilting, binding…. I think it’s important to show all these things, not only because each step is exciting and beautiful, but also so that we don’t set false expectations surrounding what goes into creating something handmade.

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve finished the quilt top and backing. The backing fabric is one I bought several months ago. It is a print by Anna Maria Horner that was first available in Home Dec weight, but has since been rereleased in a quilting cotton. It is called Sketchbook in ivory and is part of her Hand Drawn Garden collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. (I first used this print, in the home dec weight, on my Loulouthi Crosses quilt back in 2011.)

Poinsettia Quilt Top : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’ve also pretty much finished the pattern for this quilt. As I said in my earlier posts, this quilt is based off my Poinsettia Mini Quilt pattern, but with additional blocks. I can’t wait to release it! (Thinking next week – but don’t quote me on that!) Today is officially basting day, so I’d best get busy!

Posy Strip Pillow Tutorial ~ Bernina’s We All Sew Blog

Just popping in quickly today to let you know that my latest tutorial for Bernina USA’s We All Sew blog is up on their site! New pillows are a great way to refresh a space, right? I made the Posy Strip Pillow with Robert Kaufman Essex linen, Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints from DuckaDilly Fabrics, Aurifil thread and a handful of beautiful decorative stitches from my Bernina 750QE.

I hope you will head over to Bernina’s We All Sew blog to check it out. In the tutorial, I also link to an awesome video that shows how to install an invisible zipper with Bernina’s invisible zipper foot (#35) – LOVE that thing!