Thursday, 29 July 2010

Curve Master Quilts FREE Giveaway

Sandra Chandler from Just Curves USA, the inventor of the famous Curve Master Presser Foot, has been my guest several times now on the show circuit in Australia.  I thought you may like to view some quilts that customers have made reinforcing that piecing curved quilts are so easy with the Curve Master Presser Foot.
Sandy ran a competition on her website and here is the winning quilt from Kim Loar, shown with her kind permission.
Kim used Just Curves' Blazing Star and Cross Roads Templates.  Quite amazing and I love the colour coordination.

Another brilliant quilt by Kate Gow, one of my own customers from NSW, proudly sent me a photo of her daughter's quilt using the Curve Master.  Isn't it so feminine and certainly to delight any girl's room?  Well done Kate!  Thank you for sharing your satisfaction. 
Kate told me "Hi Judy, Thought I would just show off and show you the finished article! This is only the second quilt I've ever made bigger than a cot size so I'm really pleased with it - if you ever need an advocate for the curvemaster foot, I'm it! Thanks, Kate"

If you have a photo of a completed project, please share it with us all.  Simply email me an image or post me a photo.  We all like to see what others are up to because it gives us inspiration for our sewing.
May I invite you to post some comments re using the Curve Master and I shall reply with little tips if need be.
Certainly one of the most inventive sewing machine feet ever made so I want you to discover how easy it is to piece curved blocks without pinning or measuring ever again.  That's a fact!

I will choose one "comment" to be the winner of a FREE Just Curves Template Set as a reward for sharing your thoughts. 

If you use your Curve Master, tell me what you've accomplished, or maybe, what you need help with.  If you don't yet own a Curve Master, maybe tell me why you "need" one because of previous disasters ending up in the UFO pile!  Yep, we all have them!

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  1. I am in the middle of an apple core quilt using my Curve Master. It was a bit daunting using a shape where all sides are curved, but I figured I might as well jump right in! I am now up to sewing my rows together and I just cannot work out how to get my points to match without pinning, while dealing with the curve direction changing after each block. Any suggestions please?

  2. Hi there, good for you jumping right into such a quilt for your first curved masterpiece. For this answer I requested Sandy to reply since I was chatting with her online at the time. I know this will help.
    Sandra Chandler says:
    "Doing an Apple Core quilt or any other curve that changes direction such as wavy curves, I find that clipping about 1/8" into the seam allowance along the concave curve only and BEFORE sewing the wavy curves, helps in dealing with the change of direction. Remember though that it is not necessary for the "one way" curved pieces to be clipped before sewing; it is only having reached the stage of putting together the rows that I clip.
    Be sure to keep the top fabric up in the air when sewing and be especially gentle when the concave curve is on top as it is the stretchier of the two curves. I also find that having a visual milestone helps: I "test" the intersection of the two seams I am approaching by putting them together about 3/4" from the intersecting seams and then adjusting my "stretch or smudge together hold" as I sew to "make it fit." I also watch to be sure that the two seams intersect with an X that is 1/4" in from the edges of the two fabrics. That is, where the top fabrics 1/4" seam crosses the bottom fabrics 1/4" seam - the two sewn pieces seams will form an X with the crosspoint of the X being on the seam. You really have to not just "look" but really "see" what you are looking at to "get" this...hope it makes sense. I have found that there are many things one must "see" which is different from just "looking at."

  3. Have avoided making quilts with curves for years but looks like the template would be just the thing to give me that extra confidence to jump in and try one ..... lol

  4. I have wanted to make a Drunkards Path for ages, but the curves put me off. Recently, a friend bought (and reviewed on her blog), the curve master foot from you, and now I want one, too! I fully intend getting one as soon as funds are available!

  5. Hi Lindi, eat sausages, not steak, then you'll soon have the funds! Hope you achieve your goal quickly because the Drunkard's Path is certainly one of my favourites too. Let's share your friend's blog then please - the one who reviewed the Curve Master. Judy

  6. I just watched a demonstration on youtube. My question is, do we always put the concave piece underneath? does it sew an in-and-out curve seam, like those in an apple core quilt? Thank you.

  7. Hi Ming, yes, I do, but I can ask Sandy what she does? I have the one that swings out to the left to be the fabric on top. Judy

  8. Ming, comment from "ye wise one" Sandra Chandler, the inventor of the Curve Master.
    "Sewing with the pie wedge shape on top gives you better visibility, but either the convex or concave on top is okay. If sewing a wavy curve, clip the concave curve several times slightly into the seam allowance before sewing. Yes it will do Apple Core, wavy type quilts.
    If sewing a stiffer fabric (such as a Batik) with a softer fabric, the stiffer fabric is better to be on top." Thanks Sandy, Judy

  9. Karen Nethercote8 August 2010 at 13:41

    Hello Judy,
    I haven't used my Curvemaster foot very much, but I made Anelie Belden's "German Chocolate" quilt(Thoroughly Modern Dresden book). I called mine Coffee and Cream. Of course, I didn't follow her instructions to the letter and paid the ultimate price! Now what do I do? Curve master foot to the rescue. I didn't have any trouble sewing the circles on, I just had to cut away the backgrounds and curvemaster did the rest. I showed this quilt at the Bundaberg Quilt Exhibition last weekend and got lots of "wow" comments. Karen

  10. You quilt looks magnificent Karen, thanks for emailing it to me. I shall include it in my next blog for everyone to see. Knowing you and how enthusiastic you are with your projects, I'm glad the Curve Master came to the rescue. Judy

  11. I made a quilt using Drunkard's Path block and lots of Machine embroidery for my Grandson. I drafted the DP templates and successfully sewed my first project with the Curve Master foot.What a magic device! I'll bet the job would have been easier with Just Curves templates.
    Will send an email with picture.
    Jo McB

  12. I have been very keen to 'get into' my curve master foot, after eyeing it off each Quilt Expo I go to, in Melbourne. This was the year I bought it (with a little help from my mum!) I did have some teething problems, which Judy has helped me with - namely, using a template!! Having no idea about geometry with curves, I thought I could just wing it and do my own thing! Well, I kept ending up with a mess and getting frustrated. After Judy's advice, I borrowed a friend's drunkard path template, and with a little bit of practice, making it (or I should say, my technique) perfect - it works like a dream!!

  13. Julia's review is here, Judy.

  14. er ... I have not really looked at those curve master feet ... but - I don't have one, therefore I guess I must need one! LOL
    (well isn't the name of the game to not only die with the most fabric on one's stash, but also to have the most gadgets?)
    If the curve master foot, and the templates, are as good as people here are saying (which I am sure it is or they wouldn't be saying so ;-) then I probably would find it useful to have both ... then all I will need is another 50 hours in each day so I might actually have time to do all the curvy wavy quilts and stuff that I have ideas for!