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Intro to Curves Piecing - Totally Groovy Quilt Along

This post is part of the Totally Groovy Quilt Along. Click here to see all of the posts and learn more about the Quilt Along. This is week four of the Totally Groovy Quilt Along. So far many people have said the quilt is coming together much easier than expected! Check out some of the recent pictures of quilts in progress from the flickr group.

Some Groovy Progress!

1. Groove quilt top, 2. progress so far, 3. Wednesday WIP 002 edited, 4. A Groovy Kind Of Love, 5. getting groovy, 6. Totally Groovy QAL- progress

Intro To Curve Piecing

Last week we talked about cutting our fabric, and today I would like to introduce curve piecing. We will be learning how to piece curves with pins, without pins, and with a curve master foot. So for the next few weeks stop on by here at Pile O' Fabric to enter the Groovy Giveaway and for a link to the wonderful tutorials. I decided to do a little curve piecing experimentation. I cut out a few extra curves to play with, which I strongly encourage you to do as well. On each piece I tried out a different method.

Cut out extra templates to practice Piecing Curves with Pins

I was having a little trouble pinning, an now after Jacquie's tutorial I know exactly why! Pin from the center folks, duh Alyssa!

Piecing Curves with No Pins

I also tried piecing with no pins. Very thrilling, to say the least!

Piecing Curves with Curve Master

And with my curve master presser foot!

Tried a different method on each curve.

My curves could definetely be better, but It wasn't to difficult and quite fun actually!

Piecing Curves with Pins : TUTORIAL

Conquer Your Fear

Our very first curves piecing tutorial today, is by the amazing Jacquie Gering. Jacquie is the co-author of Quilting Modern, and blog's at Tallgrass Prairie Studio. I have been following Jacquie since I began quilting, before Pile O' Fabric, and I have learned so much from her, she has been a great inspiration to me.

If you haven't already seen Quilting Modern I highly recomend it. Jacquie and Katie introduce improvisational techniques that I have never seen, but are so important and will really change your quilting for the better. I want to thank Jacquie so much for offering to take the time to prepare this this tutorial for us Groovy Quilters. If you will be going to QuiltCon you can catch one of Jacquie's wonderful classes. She will be teaching a class on Machine Piecing Hexagons! So before you head over to the tutorial I'd like to introduce today's Groovy Sponsor and Giveaway.

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Fresh Modern Fabric

Meet Alice Essinger of Fresh Modern Fabric! Alice aim's to make shopping at Fresh Modern Fabric equally joyful for you by offering amazing customer service, an outstanding selection of contemporary fabrics, competitive pricing and lightning fast shipping. Alice strives to always provide high quality photographs of the fabric in natural light to show the fabric as true to color as possible. Alice has a background as a catalog librarian and takes the organization of information very seriously!! She want's you to easily find what you're looking for. She work's really hard on assigning accurate and useful tags and always posts links in the listings to other fabrics in the collection, by the designer, and by the manufacturer. It is her hope that this really helps you find what you are looking for easily, quickly and without frustration. Visit Fresh Modern Fabric Etsy Shop.

Groovy Giveaway

Totally Groovy Giveaway

Alice at Fresh Modern Fabric is giving away a Half Yard Bundle of Quilt Block Stars, by Ellen Luckett Baker to one lucky winner!

Enter to Win

Here's how, using the Rafflecopter widget below, follow the step by step instructions. First step is to add a comment to this post and tell me what methods of curves you have tried, if none tell me which you plan to try. This giveaway will end Thursday, August 30th, at 12 a.m. EST. Mr. Random will choose a winner and I will announce their name on the Giveaway Winners page, later that Thursday. * Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE near and far! If you're a "no reply" or an anonymous commenter, remember to include your email address in your comment so that if you win I can contact you!

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a ENTER NOW with Rafflecopter widgetSo now head on over to Tallgrass Prairie Studio for a wonderful Curves Tutorial. While you are there it would be wonderful if you would show Jacquie some comment love!


Alyssa Williams

Alyssa Williams

Creator of Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.