Curve Piecing: Two Easy Techniques

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Last Updated November 01, 2018

Say the words “curve piecing” in a room full of quilters and you’ll hear mostly moans and sighs. Stitching a convex curve, like a fan, to a concave curve, like an arch, seems impossible to do. In the past, I avoided curve piecing as much as I could. Once I tried curve piecing, nothing can stop me now.

If you are a quilter who is avoiding piecing curves, you’re missing out on some beautiful designs. Classic quilting design elements such as those below, have modern interpretations.

curve piecing drunkards path
The Drunkard’s Path Block

curve piecing
Drunkard’s Path Variation

curve piecing
Drunkard’s Path Variation

curve piecing orange peel
Orange Peel

curve piecing pickle dish
Pickle Dish

curve piecing compass

Add the ability to piece curves to your quiltmaking toolbox, and you add a multitude of design possibilities to create.

Two Techniques

In this lesson there are two techniques for piecing curves:

  1. Using pins and
  2. Using glue.

For both techniques it is helpful to use something to hold the fabric in place as you sew. I use That Purple Thang but you could also use tweezers, a bamboo skewer or a  stiletto.

The videos below are part of a free online tutorial called Paper Piecing Log Cabin Blocks.

Curve Piecing Using Two Pins

This method uses 2 pins to hold the fabric in place.

Curve Piecing Using Fabric Glue

this method uses washable fabric glue to hold the fabric in place.

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