Quilt Flap

This blog is for and about vintage and antique quilts and the folks who love them. We get together and show our quilts. Hence the term 'quilt flap,' as in, drag-n-brag or show-n-tell. Starting in coastal North Carolina, a region of the American South with lots of history and mosquitoes, we hope other people will join us as we search out textile treasures and share them on this blog.

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Quilt teacher, designer, writer.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Curves Ahead

When first starting to quilt, I ignored curved patterns altogether. After disastrous attempts at set-in sleeves, I realized my skills were not advanced enough to approach the mysteries of matching two curved pieces of fabric. I assumed there was a secret trick that, in time, experienced quilters would share with me. Something like being initiated into the Masons: "All will be revealed." But for right now, there were loads of patterns that were easy straight-line sewing. Why should I attempt curves?

Of course you're always drawn to the thing you can't have! The same is true for quilt patterns. I lusted after curves but from afar. A few of the patterns out of my reach were the following: Drunkard's Path, Clamshell, and any Compass-type design you needed to drop into a square. Off limits.

These pictures show a few of the many curves I was missing out on.

One day I got tired of my ignorance and set out to 'learn myself' Curves. That's the subject of next week's blog entry.

About the quilts pictured in this blog: the yellow and black Snake's Trail is from an ebay auction and was made In Kentucky. The Clamshell is a midwest quilt c.1930. The Full and Change of the Moon is another Kentucky classic and the North Carolina Drunkard's Path is from my own collection.