Making these September Block of the Month blocks for the Craftsy 2012 BOM quilt was the first time that I have pieced curves. Fortunately, I didn’t find it as terrifying or challenging as I anticipated, and I’m pretty happy with how these blocks turned out. The top block is called a Chain Block and the bottom is Cleopatra’s Puzzle. Yet again, I’ve found that my use of stripes and plaids is less than ideal. I’m particularly not satisfied with the way the plaid doesn’t align in the large brown and green plaid above. And for the brown stripes, I managed to sew two blocks with the stripes facing differently than the other blocks. Rather than unsew and resew them, I put them at either end of the chain. It’s not ideal, but I’m okay with it as it’s just one more imperfection on the giant list of imperfections that make this quilt (which is a learning process for me, so I’m okay with having imperfections, even if I feel the compulsive need to point out each and every single one!).
Not all of my corners align perfectly, but I’m zooming up on one here that did, so we can all smile and nod and pretend that all of the corners look like this, ok? I know I could get more perfect points if I could get myself to slow down a bit. I hear different opinions on using pins to make sure pieces are aligned – some people say to use pins to help pieces align, others say that pins warp the fabric and shouldn’t be used. I’ve been using minimal pins, so perhaps for my next complicated piecing project I’ll up my pin usage and see how that works for me.
To cut the curved pieces, I used the printable template from the Craftsy class materials. Although many people recommend working with a more solid (i.e. plastic) template, I found that I had plenty of control when using my miniature 18mm rotary blade. Of course, I worked very slowly. If I was going to be making a whole quilt out of curved pieces, I would definitely buy a plastic template. But, for this little block, using a small rotary cutter and going slow was just fine.