Waves in the water and beach balls, all in one convenient quilt!


I finished my curved piecing yesterday!  It is really fun, once you get over the initial horror of taking a rotary cutter and slicing randomly through the fabric.


Anytime I need help smoothing out fabric on a flat surface, Tippy the massive cat shows up to offer his services.  He is 20 pounds of fabric love.  Apparently that front beach ball needed some work.


When that beach ball was properly pressed, his work was done.

I had the beach ball parts fused and cut out already, so don’t be thinking I performed any super-human piecing tricks.  I attached them to the background and zigzagged them on.  I ripped out parts of a couple of the seams so that two of the balls would look like they were in the water.



Now I am thinking about the borders.  I had a plan, similar to the one shown on the pattern (Day at the Shore Quilt by See How We Sew.)  That may change…

I’m making waves, and here’s a curved piecing tutorial so you can make them too!



The quilt that I am working on has waves in the background.  They are freehand waves, and it turns out they are pretty simple to make.  Shall we dive right in?


Here are the waves so far.  The fabric for the next layer is on the left.


Place the new wave over the previous wave, lining up the selvedges or edges and using a consistent measurement across.  This diamond fabric overlaps the blue approximately 2 inches all the way from edge to edge.


Obviously, I cannot see the bottom of the blue fabric now.  I use my ruler as a guide along that edge, so that when I cut, I will stay above the ruler by at LEAST 1/4″ so I can have a proper seam allowance.


The next step is cutting the curve.  I did my freehand.  The one in the above photo is a narrow strip, so the curve is very gentle.



As I remove the top of the diamond fabric and the bottom of the blue fabric, you can see that the curves fit together perfectly.  Now it is time to mark the fabric so the curves will match after stitching.  I used a Frixion pen which disappears when the fabric is ironed.

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I mark my curves about every six inches or so.


Pin the pieces right side together, matching each set of marks.


Stitch, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, easing the curves for a smooth seam.  Below is the stitched seam before pressing.

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Using your iron and lots of steam, press the seam downward.


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And voila!  Beautiful waves, stitched and steamed to perfection!

The fabric shown in this tutorial is Tidal Lace by Kim Andersson, from Windham Fabrics.  The quilt I am working on is A Day at the Shore Quilt by See How We Sew.