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Accurate pinning makes all the difference with curved piecing

Yesterday I used the Dreamweaver XE to sew the first curved seams in the Double Wedding Ring quilt and we saw how easy curved piecing can really be!

Today we’ll finish assembling these sections of our blocks by sewing on the remaining pieced arcs. How’s your curved piecing coming along?

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Take one of the sections pieced yesterday and fold it in half lengthwise to find the center. Place a pin along the fold.

Pin center of inside arc.
Pin center of inside arc.

Match the center of the pieced arc with the pin at the center of the inside arc piece.

Match centers.
Match centers.

Pin the two sections together at their center.

Pin together.
Pin together.

The seam where the end square meets the pieced arc, needs to be matched up correctly with the seam between the inside arc and the opposite pieced arc.

Align these two seams so that they meet ¼” in from the raw edges (not right at the raw edge). You can see if they are matching by folding back the fabric on the top fabric to see ¼” in from the raw edge.

Put a pin right in that spot on the top fabric and ensure that it comes out at the back right on the seam. This step is essential for making the point of the inside arc accurate.

Pin at the seams.
Pin at the seams.

Match up the ends of the two sections and pin these as well. Five pins placed correctly is all you need!

Pin the ends.
Pin the ends.

Follow the same process as yesterday to sew the curved seam using the Dreamweaver XE. Use the needle down function and gently pull at the pin to stretch the seam straight for easy sewing.

Sewing the seam
Sewing the seam

Here’s the second curved seam that completes one arc section of the Double Wedding Ring block.

The second curved seam
The second curved seam

Press the seam as I showed you yesterday and your finished arc section should look like this. As you can see, this one has light colored squares at each end.

One arc with light ends
One arc with light ends

Here’s one of the arc sections with a dark colored square at each end.

One arc with dark ends
One arc with dark ends

Here’s a close up of the point of the inside arc. If your point doesn’t look like this, then you probably didn’t match the seams correctly (see above), pin the seam quite right, or you veered off course a bit while sewing and your seam at that point ended up being narrower or wider than ¼”.

Have a close look at the seam to see what you need to fix for the next one you sew.

Close up of inside arc point
Close up of inside arc point

How do I know how many dark arcs and light arcs to make?

The dark ended arcs will be sewn to the top and bottom of the blocks and the light ended arcs will be sewn to the right and left sides of the blocks.

So if you have a square quilt, you’ll need an even number. If you have a quilt that is one block longer than it is wide, then you’ll need one more dark ended arc than your light ended ones.

For example, according to our chart, you need 127 arcs for a queen size quilt. Therefore you need 64 dark ended arcs and 63 light ended arcs.

Believe me, this will all make way more sense when we start putting the quilt blocks together. Unfortunately, we’ve run out of time for this week, so you’ve got 3 weeks to keep sewing those arcs together and in April we’ll start assembling the blocks and then the quilt top.

Until then, happy sewing! I hope you’re using the Brother Dreamweaver XE, we can all use as much help as we can get!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Curved piecing made easy with the Dreamweaver XE

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

1 Comment

  1. Ronda M

    I’m looking to make a queen size double ring quilt but I’m needing to know how much fabric is needed for each piece. You have how many pieces but not how much yardage.

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