Hello friends! You have seen few sneaky peakys from my latest quilt project and now I tell you more about it. Curves has been winding on me sewing table …
This year I had decided to challenge myself more with curves. When I saw Rachel’s Jump Rope quilt, I knew this is the One! Just what I needed to feel again inspired! When I want to make and learn something new, it’s better to choose a project I really like. Then I don’t mind how difficult it is, because I just want to make it. And better to use also my favourite fabrics. I took a deep breath and picked my Kaffe Fassett’s Collective Design Strips.
As I don’t have curve ruler, I looked for templates in Pinterest. I don’t give you link because I’m not sure about them yet. I made test block and it worked well so I continued and made fabric templates. With them I can cut easily 2-4 pieces at one go.
I made few more test blocks to see what other fabrics to use. I was hoping that in this project finally I could use something else than white for the back ground…but no, I didn’t like it, totally too busy and blaah.
With this pattern I couldn’t just start to sew blocks and then play with them. I had to see how the colours work and how I should mix them. This pattern is great! You can play a lot with colours to change the look. I really like Rachel’s quilt but I thought for the first time with this pattern, it’s easier to begin with these matching fabrics than trying to pick fabrics from my stash. I’m sure I shall make later this pattern with other fabrics.
So I had decided that I shall use white, fresh crispy white! And then what? Those Kaffe’s fabrics have so strong, dominating colours/prints that I felt only solids can compete with them.
This is going to be ‘fireworks’ but you know I love COLOURS!
Blocks with white centre were easy to sew. My white is quite firm cotton and also Kona solids are very good quality.
But oh, those cursed curves….Kaffe’s fabrics are super beautiful but I’m not happy with the quality. They are very very thin and too strecthy. Not the best choise for curves and I’m thinking if we work a lot to make one quilt and it doesn’t last long, it’s sad. Before realizing what causes the problem, I had cut lots of pieces, so I have to continue. Still I change my plan a little bit. This is not going to be big quilt as I thought. Some of the pieces I have already cut are going to be triangles and used for an other quilt inspired by Kaffe’s diamond quilt.
Few blocks I had to rip and sew again because in worst case it looked like this… and I have pressed a lot!
Fortunately it looks really fun! These blocks create so many patterns; I love especially the circles! Now I need to have patient to sew few more coloured blocks to finish this top, because soon I need to empty my design wall to start a new baby quilt.
I bought my Kaffe Fassett fabrics few years ago from ‘Fat Quarter Shop’ and at the moment they don’t have the exact same colour bundle, but you can find other beautiful colours for example ‘light’ HERE. These bundles have 20 pieces of 6″ x 44″ strips.
My Kona solids (by Robert Kaufman) are mostly purchased from ‘Fluffy Sheep Quilting’.
Rachel’s posts about the quilt that inspired me, are here, here and here. Notice that Rachel has used 4 pieces to make her block and I used only 3. I worried about having so many seam allowances in the centre but perhaps it would have been easier to use Rachel’s way to make the curved pieces match well.
Thank you for reading about my quilting experiences. If you haven’t tried curves, I hope this inspires you to start. They are not so scary as we think and they give us lots of new possibilities to create quilt designs.
Thank you for your sweet, lovely comments about my sewing room!