SAHRR2022 – Curved-Block Round One
Today is Round One of the Stay At Home Round Robin or SAHRR2022 for short. Anja at Anja Quilts gets this party started with her choice of the curved-block. To be honest, and why not be??, I am not a huge fan of the curved-block. I’ve made Drunken Path blocks a few times and even a whole quilt or two of them (with a free pattern if you’d like it).
Look at how little Ms. Addison was sitting on one version of Ripples! Miss Addison (I’m not sure if she’ll prefer Ms. or Miss) just turned three on the 4th. How is that possible?? But I digress . . . back to curved-blocks and specifically, Drunken Path (DP). Looking at that picture above, I think it is the perfect name for the block, don’t you?
Our Ripples quilt (and the leftover block pieces version, too, for that matter) is just one layout of oodles of possibilities. Isn’t that how all quilt blocks are? In a four-patch type layout, they form a perfect circle, pie shape, or even an hourglass/apple core shape. The second picture below really shows the importance of having enough contrast between your fabrics. It’s hard to see the apple core shape in black with the dark floral fabrics competing for attention. These were beehive blocks we made back in 2019 – we are much smarter now. (Wink!)
So how does this pertain to our SAHRR2022 for heaven’s sake?? Get to the point . . . Well, I’ll tell you! I saw the perfect DP idea one day. It came up in my Pinterest feed and it stuck in my memory, only to be pulled out from the depths for this round-robin! Impressive, huh?! Jan shared the sweet little idea on her website called Be*Mused for some little hearts using a curved-block.
Hearts and A Curved-Block
Since we are going to make a wall hanging project to match Addison’s quilt, hearts seem like the perfect addition. Don’t you think?! We went old school using two cardstock templates and drawing with pen on the reverse side of the fabric.
We used the standard DP block with templates for a three-inch block. I made the template in EQ8 and you can easily download them right here! Or, here’s a tutorial on We All Sew if you would like further instructions. I drew the template to have a skinny background fabric leg surrounding the featured fabric. That should help to form the heart-shape with the legs nearly meeting when sewn together.
Addition to the Center Block
Last week, I shared the details about our center block. We’ve decided to make a small addition to the block with a narrow one-inch border on all four sides. That brings the center block to 12.5″ unfinished or 12″ when finished. We might refer to that addition as Round .5. HAHA!
Detail Heart Curved-Block
Here’s the nitty-gritty on how we made our heart-shaped curved-block using the drunkard’s path template. I’ll share all the details in pictures using the slideshow below.
First, I traced the templates on the back of the featured and background fabrics and cut them out. Starting with each DP piece, I folded them in half and made a crease to the curved side in the center and matched them up. To avoid shifting, I added a pin in the center. Then, an additional pin was added at each end to keep the fabrics from slipping while sewing. Slow stitching ensued all along the curved seam. A quick finger-press shows the first curved side of the heart. Repeat for the second curved piece and then all you need is one half-square triangle set for the bottom points from one 4″ square each of background/feature fabric. All four pieces of the heart are 3.5″ unfinished for a 6.5″ unfinished size curved-block.
Here’s the final layout of all four 3.5″ pieces and a tentative layout with our center star block. We are leaning toward using two hearts above and two below the star but are awaiting the next prompt to officially decide.
More Curved-Block Fun!
Check out our fellow SAHRR blog friends for their ideas on how to use a curved block of some sort in your first round:
- Anja @ Anja Quilts with a linky party!!
- Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
- Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
- Gail @ Quilting Gail
- Chris @ Chris Knits Sews
Don’t forget to link up at Anja’s and share your ideas in the comments below. We all look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with! Next week, Emily will give the prompt for Round Two.
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