Is it just me, or can sewing curves be completely intimidating? I’ll never forget my first attempt…holding the cut fabric pieces in my hands and saying, “These fit together exactly how?!? And it’s supposed to lay flat?!?” Ah! It can really be so intimidating that many quilters don’t even attempt it, and skip over designs that contain curves for more straightforward options (ha!). That was definitely me at one point in time!
Thank goodness for wonderful teachers like my dear friend Angela Pingel, who aren’t afraid take curves by the horns and share with us some invaluable instruction and guidance to really help us tackle our fears of incorporating curves into our quilts. Angela blogs over at Cut to Pieces, and is the author of the new book, A Quilter’s Mixology. I’m posting today in celebration of her brand new book companion DVD that has just been released – Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing.
First off, if you don’t have this book yet, you need it! These quilts are absolutely gorgeous, and so innovative! Honestly, you’re bucket list will be filled up before you even get half way through it. Love this book.
This DVD is an absolute WEALTH of not only information, but also step by step demonstrations where Angela takes us through all of the gorgeous designs from her book. Drunkards path, apple cores, clamshells, rain drops and paint drips, flowers, butterflies, leaves…such fresh, modern interpretations of classic curved patchwork.
For me, curves are just like foundation paper piecing in that it’s just so incredibly helpful to be able to actually SEE someone demonstrate it. Photos or illustrations can never provide as much as a great video demonstration can, when it comes to techniques like this…to see the way she handles the curve and where and how she pins, stitches, and presses….absolutely enlightening.
If curves are on your bucket list (or you’ve removed them from your bucket list because you don’t even want to go there!), I definitely recommend picking up this fantastic video, via either DVD or instant digital download. What a fun and simple opportunity to finally tackle those curves!
And now how about a GIVEAWAY??? Use the Rafflecopter box below to enter, and on Friday 2/6 I’ll choose 1 lucky winner to receive a copy of Angela’s dvd (USA only- so sorry international readers! Love you!).
And don’t forget to check out the other stops on this fun blog hop! Lots of giveaways going on so go hop some blogs and win yourself the DVD!
Feb 1: Lynne Goldsworthy http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/
Feb 2: Jennifer Mathis http://ellisonlane.com/
Feb 3: Faith Jones http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
Feb 4: Amy Gibson http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/ (yours truly)
Feb 5: Lee Heinrich http://www.freshlypieced.com/
Feb 6: Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/