Curves and Curves…

Tread Softly

This week I have two finishes – one old and one new. I’m linking the ‘new’, above, to QED at Color Me Quilty – Pat’s exciting new monthly linky party for embellished quilts.

The ‘old’ finish is abysmal. In fact it was meant to be Abysmal – but not as abysmal as it turned out!

abysmal waters

Last month’s colour for for M-R’s at Quilt Matters is black and I thought I’d try making something using all blacks so I bought three pieces of fabric from The Cotton Patch which I expected to be black fqs. When they arrived though, they were lqs and the earthenware turned out to be more of a grungy dark brown.

So, armed with my modest success with curves in Something New
I thought I would try making another curvy piece. You may remember this mini, which I made back in January (blogged here), when I signed up for the I Ching Modern Quilt-along at daintyime

This image (below) is from Martin’s Dream where you can read more about what it symbolises.

  29. K'an / The Abysmal (Water)

 


above  K'AN
THE ABYSMAL, WATER

 

below  K'AN
THE ABYSMAL, WATER
My plan was to elongate this symbol and make it curvy, with the grim black fabrics, as a representation of Abysmal Waters – something like a stream rushing down hill. But it somehow degenerated from being a representation of the abysmal to being abysmal of itself. I tried a method of piecing curves, which I’ve seen in various places on the web, which involved overlapping two pieces of fabric, cutting an improv curve with a rotary cutter and then sewing the two pieces together. I was sceptical about this but attempted it anyway, and quite honestly, it was horrible. The pieces didn’t really fit together, there were wrinkles and the eventual semblance of flatness took a LOT of ironing and stretching. To make it worse, the fabrics are too similar to see the shapes well. I did some background machine quilting and some lines of hand quilting, again copying the hexagram symbol because I wanted to keep up with the Colour my World Challenge but the whole exercise was quite depressing and this quilt will not be going on my wall!

But I really did want to make some good curves so I tried again. This time I drew them on freezer paper, ironed the strips onto fabric and cut them with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and it worked! 

 Apologies for the photo quality
– it’s pouring with rain and very dull outside.

 
I think I may try a bigger version of this without the horse…
What have you been sewing this week?
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Here’s my WIP report for this week:

No progress:

Unicorn Stars Quilt
Flora Quilt
Happy Stars picnic rug

Started:
Tread Lightly mini quilt.

Finished:
Tread Lightly mini quilt.

Abysmal Waters mini quilt.

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 2
New projects – 1
Currently in progress – 2

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13 thoughts on “Curves and Curves…

  1. M-R says:

    Wow, your Pegasus and curves mini are beautiful, Janine! I'm sorry your improv curves didn't work. I've done improv curves unsuccessfully and successfully. For the successful ones, I learned (from Elaine Quelh actually) that you need to trim the block/quilt straight so the block needs to be made an inch or two larger than what you'll need in the end. I love what you did with the black challenge — so creative! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

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  2. M-R says:

    Wow, your Pegasus and curves mini are beautiful, Janine! I'm sorry your improv curves didn't work. I've done improv curves unsuccessfully and successfully. For the successful ones, I learned (from Elaine Quelh actually) that you need to trim the block/quilt straight so the block needs to be made an inch or two larger than what you'll need in the end. I love what you did with the black challenge — so creative! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

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  3. Lucy @ Charm About You says:

    It's beautiful, I love it and surely that's a unicorn!!?
    Seriously the curves look amazing and you can really see the skill. I love that you challenge yourself. It's a shame your waters are a bit murky but it did remind me of a waterfall!! Maybe you could add some silver to it or applique on some fish?? I'm taking painkillers they may be affecting my creativity ;)

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  4. Celtic Thistle says:

    Well done on two finishes, even if one of them was a trial to do. I have never tried curved piecing, but it sounds like it is not that straightforward to do. As they say though nothing ventured, nothing gained, at least you have now come up with a method of curved piecing that works!

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