Movie Night QAL & Donate: Week 2

Welcome back to week 2. If you're following our schedule, during the first week you picked out your fabric and followed all the cutting instructions in the pattern. This week, let's talk curves!

Options for Curves

Curves. Many people run away from any pattern that has curves. And I completely understand! I did the same thing for a long time. Then one day, I decided my fear was silly and gave it a chance. And guess what? It was easy! I couldn't believe I had wasted so much time fearing these rounded beauties and now my world of quilting just grew quite significantly.

I know this can be true of you! Whenever we add a new technique to our quilting knowledge, a door opens to endless, new patterns we can explore. So let's begin.

There are two ways in which to prep your curves that I will cover. Mind you, there are so many options and opinions out there and thankfully, you can do what is best for you. For this QAL, I will show you how to pin the curves and how to glue the curves. These are my favorite ways to go about getting accurate and beautiful curved piecing.

Pinning Curves

I learned to piece curves by pinning. At first, I thought there had to be an easier and faster way. Many would argue that there is. However, I learned to love pinning and prefer it still today.

Here are the steps I take to pin followed by a video (speed 2x) so you can watch how I do so...

  1. Fold both the concave and convex pieces in half and make a crease in the center.

  2. Open both pieces.

  3. Place the pieces RST matching the center creases. Place a pin at the center creases.

  4. Place one pin on both corners. At this point, you'll have 3 pins.

  5. Place pins in between the middle and outside pins. At this point, you'll have 5 pins.

  6. This is where I used to stop. However, I found that interspersing pins between the 5 pins (adding 4 more for a total of 9) kept the fabric more secure during the sewing.

Gluing Curves

For gluing curves, I use the Sewline Glue Pen. It works just like an Elmer's Glue Stick taking me back to kindergarten craft days! And it's just as much fun, too. Here are the steps to follow as well as another video for you visual learners.

  1. Fold both the concave and convex pieces in half and make a crease in the center.

  2. Open both pieces.

  3. Place the pieces RST matching the center creases. Place a pin at your creases.

  4. Starting from the center, run the glue pen along the edge of the bottom (convex) fabric from the center to one edge.

  5. Match up the top (concave) fabric with the bottom fabric starting from the center and press the edges together to one end.

  6. Repeat on the other side.

Sewing Curves

Now that you're ready with either your pinned curves or glued curves, it's time to sew. At this point, it's just like any other piecing for the most part. Sew along the pinned/glued edge with a 1/4" seam just like all other piecing. Move slowly as you keep right at that 1/4" mark. The tricky part with curves is your top (concave) fabric seems all wonky. That's why you just take your time, smoothing out the fabric as you go along.

Tip: As you move along on your 1/4" seam, it's tempting to pull the fabric in order to avoid creating pleats. So remember that you're smoothing down the fabric, not pulling.

Tip: You may end up with some tiny creases and it's ok. When you press your curves, press toward the convex curve and your tiny seams will flatten out.

And there you have it! With the baby size Movie Night Quilt, you will making a total of (20) curved blocks so you'll have ample opportunity to practice your new skill. I knew you could do it!

Week 1 Winner

Now with all the work of picking out fabric and cutting this week, let's reward someone for their hard work! The prize for week 1 is a Quilter's Tumbler from Sew Many Quilty Things and I'm adding a set of Sewline Glue Sticks! Perfect timing as we head into week 2 with a new coffee tumbler and new notions to make those curves. Without further ado, the winner is KATHY Q posting in our Friends Group! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your prizes.

Week 2 Prize

The winner of week 2 will receive this beautiful quilt pendant from Patchwork Pendants and the CCQ Rose Gold Mini Quilt pattern. The pattern was inspired by this pendant. Remember how easy it is for a prize entry...

  1. Share any progress (whether you're behind, ahead, or on schedule) in our Friends Group.

  2. Share any progress on Instagram using #qalanddonate.

Also remember it's "either/or" and it's "both". If you post to both places, that's two entries! Good luck, my friends!

QFK Stories

Now that we've covered all our details for the week, let's turn our attention back to Quilts for Kids. I receive the QFK monthly newsletter in my inbox. Everytime their email arrives, I find myself eagerly opening it up to read the latest news and stories.

First up, a child's face. We don't get to see many of these quilts delivered and the children to whom they go. However, here is a peek inside of QFK and the face of a little one who received her quilt...

"Shelbyville, MI, Chapter leader, Nina Bachman, was thrilled to receive this adorable photo showing how much this little one loved her quilt. Looks like a "blankie" from here!"

Oh, those eyes! How darling this little girl is. I wish I could just pick her up and rock her for a bit. Even though we probably won't see our quilt ever again once it's boxed up and sent to Pennsylvania, seeing photos like this reminds us of the difference we can make!

Believe it or not, QFK also reaches outside our US mainland to places far away. Take this one for example...

"After a lengthy hiatus due to Covid, Smiles for Guatemala is back in action! A surgical team from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, accompanied by Rotary Club members, will travel to Guatemala to repair cleft palates for children of the indigenous populations.

Rotarian, Louise Zawadski (pictured here) is our contact and recently stopped by QFK to pick up bags of quilts for the mission. This year Louise also collected quilts for the American Ukrainian Relief Association who is providing medical and humanitarian aid. Contact to help."

This story helps me grasp the magnitude of QFK and the far reaching beyond what one person can do. That's why it's so important for us to spread the word. Sending one quilt doesn't seem like much to us, but when an army of quilters come together, the reach is unimaginable!

It's not too late for other quilters to join the QAL for this very reason. In fact, I never close the opportunity. Anyone can join at any time. So if you have a friend or two that might want to join this massive effort, go ahead and invite them! This begs the repetition...

"The more that know, the more that sew." - Linda Arye, Founder of Quilts for Kids, Inc.

Donating Your Quilt

To close this week, I want to remind you to review the guidelines given by Quilts for Kids as well as the return process. QFK enjoys keeping track of every single quilt that delivers to their door. That's why I give you a return form to include with your shipment. Simply print out the form, fill out the information, cut off the bottom portion and include with your quilt.

As always, I'm here to help. So please reach out to me should any questions arise. Also, you can share questions or tips in our Friends Group. We can all learn from each other!

Have a blessed week practicing those curves!

Beth Ann

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