The Tighter The Curve The Trickier …

The Bungle Bungles series moves along.  I’ve started another one this week, to be 2.25m x approx 1m, destined for a particular wall in our house, which currently features either Ebb&Flow 15 or Timetracks 15 , which I rotate every couple of months.

If you’ve been following my posts you’ll know that this series involves a lot of setting curved shapes into background fabric.  This early one, called ‘Dreamtracks’ is a good example – the shapes are very small; when you consider this is a 30 cm square quilt, those patches are about 2cm – 4cm across.   Actually I don’t think quilted things this small deserve the moniker ‘quilt’, but this one is currently showing in a collection of 30cm quilts being seen in Australia, The Kimberley Dreaming Collection – I’m not sure where it is right now, but Dale Rollerson or Elizabeth Dubbelde will know 🙂

Dreamtracks Kimberley Dreaming entry copy blog


The smaller and tighter the curve, the more pins I need to keep the cut edges of the shapes together for sewing!  With the machine sewing very slowly, my right hand darts back and forth, pulling pins and pushing them into the pin cushion centimeters away, just out of the range of this photo.  Like a lot of  really improvisational piecing, it’s very painstaking, but worth it, imho; and made a bit easier with the machine located in a well constructed in the  sewing table by our friend Dennis, so that the machine bed is mol level with the table top.

the tighter the curve the trickier!



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3 Responses to “The Tighter The Curve The Trickier …”

  1. It’s refreshing to see that you pin too. I hold this silly idea that art quilters don’t use pins, they just finese the fabric into place-silly me! Those are some mighty small curves and you got them flat-that’s a trick.

  2. Alison says:

    There is no correct way to do it, and only one correct result – a flat one! See my blog post for July 26th last where you’ll find easy directions and tips to get going if you want to piece some curves. I’ve had years of practice, of course.

  3. Gwyned says:

    Thank you, Alison, for sharing that you pin tight curves. I agree, it is time well spent to achieve that a flat piece and smooth curve.

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