Modern Quilt Patterns: Captivating Curves

I don’t know about you, but I am completely captivated by modern quilt patterns that feature circular shapes. I’d love to be a quilter who has conquered curvy quilts, but in reality, I’d classify myself as new and nervous when it comes to curved piecing.

Quilts with curves have become quite popular in the realm of modern quilting, so this is a quilting technique I’d like to learn (and eventually master). I’ve gathered several curvaceous quilt patterns from the March/April issue of Modern Patchwork that solidified my desire to learn how to sew curves.

Use needle-turn applique to create a bold modern quilt

Circle Takes the Square Quilt

In this charming quilt by Rosemarie DeBoer the semicircular shapes peek out from a field of fabric. I’m in love with the negative space and the fact that the circles are secured to the quilt top using needle-turn appliqué. The simple piecing and manageable size of 46” x 58” makes this an easier project to tackle. Plus, this quilt is a great opportunity to practice machine quilting in the white background.

Practice curved piecing with this modern quilt pattern by Jen Carlton Bailly.

So Curvy Quilt

This throw by Jen Carlton Bailly is so cheerful I can’t help but smile every time I look at it. Oversized Drunkard’s Path blocks measuring 9” x 9” come together to create this vibrant quilt. The fabrics Jen chose are perfect for spring, but I’d love to experiment with a monochromatic version or a warm fall color palette for this modern quilt pattern.

Mix curved and stripped piecing to create a graphic modern quilt.

Urban Trek Quilt

Talk about captivating! The combination and arrangement of curved and strip piecing create amazing depth within this quilt by Heather Black. Inspired by shapes and textures she encountered on a walk in the city, Heather simplifies the crosswalks, manhole covers, traffic signs, and construction sites to design a modern quilt that’s simply gorgeous.

Use Drunkard's Path block to create this unique modern quilt designed by Jenn Rodriguez


Feathered Quilt

If you’re new to sewing curves like me, this quilt by Jenn Rodriguez is a great place to start. She combines Drunkard’s Path blocks with additional patches of fabric to make this feather pattern. The large sections of soft colors in the solid fabrics make a wonderful canvas for machine quilting. Explore a different color palette or your own unique quilting design when you make this quilt yourself.

Are you ready to embrace curves in your quilting? I know I am! Visit Interweave Store to explore quilting patterns galore.  If you’ve fallen in love with these quilt patterns get all four and more when you order your copy of Modern Patchwork March/April 2017. Or to satisfy your craving for curves today download the magazine instantly.

Happy quilting!

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P.S. Do you have any curved piecing tips for newbies like me? Leave a comment below to share your helpful hints.

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