I'm thrilled to participate in a little blog hop celebrating Curve It Up pattern and Quick Curve Ruler from the amazing ladies at Sew Kind of Wonderful. I had the chance to meet Jenny and Helen recently. I'm constantly amazed at all the ideas they keep coming up with. You are likely familiar with their Quick Curves Ruler. They also have a large assortment of patterns utilizing their ruler. They are currently having a sale that ends today, so if you have been thinking about it, now is the time!
|Discount Code: BLOGHOP|
I first encountered the Quick Curves Ruler (QCR) a couple years ago when I received it to make this quilt for Fat Quarterly.
I used the ruler again when I put together these quilts for my cousin. She was expecting identical twins and asked me to create quilts for her girls. My aunt had been working on some quilt blocks when she passed away unexpectedly. My cousin wanted to use her mother's quilt blocks in the quilts for her girls. The border using the QCR was a perfect addition to my aunt's blocks. My cousin's daughters just turned two, and they are adorable. I love that they have these quilts as a reminder of their sweet grandma.
Now two years later, I'm starting another project with the QCR with a very different style. In conjunction with the blog hop, Jenny and Helen offered to send each blogger something new to try. I couldn't decide between their new book or the Metro Twist Pattern. Jenny offered to send out both!
I was torn between the cover quilt on their book and the Metro Twist Design. All of their patterns I have read through appear well written and easy to follow.
I was leaning strongly toward using my stack of Field Day from Alison Glass for the quilt and felt that Metro Twist would be the best fit for this fabric. The pattern was great and guided me through the process without a glitch.
I paired it with some low volume prints from my stash.
I cut everything out. There is relatively little waste which I really like about this design. Notice the low volume prints on the left in this photo have been trimmed while the ones on the right are untrimmed. Only a small amount is cut away. The trimming portion of the pattern was somewhat time consuming, although I'm sure I made it more difficult by cutting my background pieces from 15 different fabrics vs. just one as called for in the pattern.
The blocks come together easily, and chain piecing makes them even faster. Because the curve is fairly gentle, it's fast and easy. If you've never sewn curves, this is a great place to start. The blocks do require trimming after sewing and pressing. It definitely saves time to complete each portion of the project in batches.
This is what I have completed on my (thread covered) design wall so far! I love how it's coming together!
|Monday 18 August||http://quokkaquilts.com|
|Tuesday 19 August||www.cluckclucksew.com|
|Wednesday 20 August||www.fromthebluechair.com|
|Thursday 21 August||liveacolorfullife.net|
|Friday 22 August||www.happyquiltingmelissa.com|
|Monday 25 August||www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com|
|Tuesday 26 August||http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com|
|Wednesday 27 August||www.pleasant-home.com|
|Thursday 28 August||http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com AND http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au|
|Friday 29 August||www.dontcallmebetsy.com|
The blog hop will be followed by a 'Curve it up' Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!
The Sew Kind of Wonderful ladies are offering one winner a copy of their Curve it Up Pattern. They will be hosting a QAL for this pattern over on their blog starting next month! I love this pattern because it offers so many different block ideas for the QCR. To enter, simply leave a comment telling us which pattern on their site is your favorite. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, August 25th.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I received two free patterns in exchange for my participation in this blog hop. My opinions are based on my hand-on experience with the products.