Welcome to Week Three of the Solar Phases QAL!
Who's excited to sew some curves? Nervous? Follow along below as I explain my process for sewing curves step-by-step. Quick tip before we get going: If this is your first time sewing curves, grab some scraps and try a couple of practice rounds first. The larger the curve, the easier it is to maneuver your fabric around the curved edge.
First, let's talk about stitch length. I typically have my stitch length set between 2.0-2.5 on my machine for piecing. For curves, I drop my stitch length down to about 1.5. A smaller stitch length will help result in a smoother curve.
Okay! It's time to start pinning! Remember when we creased our folds for our A & B Templates? It's time to start lining up those creases.
Start by placing your Template B piece on top of your Template A piece, lining up the creases.
You did it! Press seams to the inside. Next up, we trim!
Start by trimming the bottom of your curve. Trim very little off to create one flat edge across the entire piece.
This Week's Prizes and Sponsors
The prize for Week Three of the Solar Phases QAL is a Modern Makes Box from Alderwood Studio as well as a $30 gift card to Tacoma Fabric Company! To be eligible for this week’s prize, post a photo to Instagram of your sewn curves by 8pm PST on March 20th and use the hashtag #SolarPhasesQAL and #SolarPhasesQuilt in your caption! A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday, March 21st! Remember that your account must be public to participate.
Happy sewing! See you next week!