Blah blah blah applecore…
You know those people who claim to be able to piece curves without clipping and without pins? I don’t believe ’em. I tried a few like that and quickly retreated to full on curve clipping and pinning. I am also throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the recommendations on which curve (innie or outtie) should be against the feeddogs (the recommendation in Piecing the Piece O’ Cake Way is to have the convex curve – the outtie – against the feeddogs).
It has been quite a while since I’ve done much curved piecing. And even then I usually did it by hand since it was easier to control that way. I have the Elisa’s templates and BELIEVE curved piecing can be done sans pins… But, we are doing the best we can with the skillz we currently have. I’m not complaining. It is still fun. I am just glad that this is a small quilt. I have four out of ten rows sewn together. Before it gets to the machine, it looks something like this:
I empty my pin holder when I pin a whole row. May I just ask why it is that I am saving broken machine needles? That’s what I am left with when a row is pinned.
I will spare you a close-up of the index finger on my left hand. That would be the site of many “pin throughs.” You know, when you pin through your finger and just try to gauge how much skin is under that pin. If it’s not a large amount, just rip the pin away from your finger AND MOVE ON. All in all, this is going to be a cheerful quilt and I will have some curves under my quilting belt.