Sewing Curves with the Quick Curve Ruler
If you've ever been intimidated by sewing curves, the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler was made just for you. The gentle curve is easy to sew and there are a variety of patterns available to use with it.
This past weekend, Paula took over the the demo area and showed our in-store customers how to use this great tool. On September 19, Judy Livingston will join us for a Metro Rings Quilt workshop that uses the Quick Curve Ruler. If you're local, we'd love to have you join us!
But for those who are too far for a trip in to the shop, we wanted you to see the Quick Curve Ruler for yourself--it's one of our favorite tools!
First, you start with 8 1/2" strips of assorted prints, as well as 8 1/2" and 3 1/2" strips of the background fabric. The key to cutting out the curve is using the dotted reference lines. The wide groove allows for you to use your 45mm rotary cutter to quickly and easily cut the curves.
When you've made the first cut, you simply slide the ruler over and line up the reference mark on the ruler with your cut.
Cut the other side of your curve, again using the reference lines.
You can continue along the entire strip of fabric to cut out 14 curved pieces.
From the background fabric, cut 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles, then align with the reference lines and cut one curve in each piece.
Using a quarter-inch seam allowance, sew the curves together. There are a few techniques for sewing curves that can help, but the trick that Paula likes best is not pinning the fabrics. Instead she holds them apart, then lets the sewing machine feed them together as the pass under the foot. Keeping the outside curve on top makes it easier, as well.
Use the ruler's markings again to square up the blocks to 4" x 8" blocks.
You'll find all the instructions to create these blocks and how to use them to make a table runner with the Quick Curve Ruler packaging. If you're interested in using the ruler to create other designs, check out the Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns, online and in-store.