The Curves for Squares Quilt – Creative Grids Curves for Squares Ruler Review

I just love this ruler. It has given a whole new look to my layer cake quilts. The gentle curves add movement and dimension to the quilt.  The Creative Grids Curves for Squares Ruler lets you add curves to fabric squares measuring 5″,  6″,  7″,  8″,  9″ or 10″.

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Where Can I Buy the Creative Grids Curves for Squares Ruler?

You can find these great rulers at Amazon.

Like all Creative Grids rulers this ruler has grips on the back so that you can move it freely around on the fabric until it is in the position you want it to be, then when you apply pressure with your hand, the ruler grips onto the fabric and doesn’t slip or move.

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Watch the video here on how to use this ruler. We show you how to cut and sew curves for squares.

 

How to Make a Curves for Squares Quilt Using a Layer Cake or 10″ Squares.

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  • Take 1 layer cake or cut 42  x 10″ squares from fabrics of your choice.  For this quilt I used the Simply Style by V & Co for Moda layer cake.
  • Lay the squares out on the table and sort them into contrasting pairs. It is entirely up to you how you match your fabrics.
  • Take one square and place it on your work surface with the right side facing up.
  • Take another square and place it on top of the first square also with right side facing up.

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  • Line up the edges and the diagonal corners.

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  • Place the ruler with  on top of the squares, making sure that the black 10″ runs along the top edge of the squares and down the left hand side of the squares.  The point where the line runs off the edge of the ruler needs to be exactly on the diagonal corners.
  • I have played around with this ruler and find it easier to work with if I lay my fabric on the mat, on point rather than  square on. But this is just a personal choice, I am short and it suits me best.

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  • Take a rotary cutter, I use an Olfa 28mm cutter (I prefer the smaller cutter for cutting curves), and carefully cut along the curved line of the ruler.

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  • You now have 2 curved half square triangles.

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  • Take one of the top pieces from one square and match it to the bottom piece of the other square. You now have a curved half square triangle with contrasting colours.

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  • Take the two squares and lay one on top of the other, right sides together. You will notice that nothing lines up, but that’s okay.

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  • Line up the pointed ends  and the edges of both pieces and place a pin about ½” from the end. You will remove this pin once the material is caught in the machine.

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  • Have your sewing machine needle in the needle down position.
  • Use your left hand to control the top fabric and you right hand to control the bottom fabric. Do not pull or stretch the fabric. Manipulate the fabric, keeping the edges together as you sew. Take your time.

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  • Finger press the seam to one side.
  • Press along the seam line and finally press the square flat.

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  • Trim the square to 9″ inches. As yo don’t have a straight seam line to lay your ruler along, just make sure to lay the the 45º line so that it matches the diagonal corners.
  • (Note: in the video I have used 5″ squares and trimmed them to 4½”) This was just to demonstrate the ruler, but the principle is the same for whatever size squares you are using.
  • I find it handy to use a rotating mat but it’s not a requirement if you don’t have one.

Trim as per a normal half square triangle. See our tutorial here.

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As you can see below, you can lay the blocks out in rows, as curved diamonds, as a curved pinwheel, or as curved flying geese or arrow heads. There is plenty you can do with this block.

Curves for Squares – Diagonal Rows.

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Curves for Squares – Curved diamond

Curves for Squares – Pinwheel

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Curves for Squares – Curved Arrow Head

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More views of the quilt

Close up of the squares and the beautiful quilting which was done by Chris from Sew ‘n’ Sew Sisters.

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The backing is a dark grey with light grey stars and you can see  how lovely the quilting pattern stands out on the back.

Strip/String Quilt for My Grandaughter Ce’Nedra

The quilt I made for Cedie was made from our How to Make a String Quilt  tutorial. This one was made some time ago but I just didn’t get around to finishing it.

So as her birthday was approaching it was time to get it out of the cupboard and finish it off.

Although the blocks and sashing were made using the techniques in our String Quilt tutorial, the backing was done using the same method as our Easiest Quilt Ever tutorial.

  • The outer edge of the quilt was topstitched to catch in the opening that had been left to turn the quilt through to the right side.
  • I ditched stitched between the outer edge borders.
  • The next thing was to quilt it to hold everything together. I did some linear quilting, which I quite like on this sort of quilt.
  • The lines are 1″ apart and I drew the lines onto the quilt to keep them straight.
  • I sewed from the top to the bottom, turned the quilt and sewed back in the opposite direction. You can see an example of linear stitching on our Triangle Table Runner tutorial.

 

 

Layer Cake Quilt for My Grandaughter Ishta

My grandaughter Ishta and her husband Evan both turned 30 this year. Their birthdays are within a few days of each other. So I decided to make them a quilt for their birthdays.

I wanted this quilt to be a little wider than the size I usually make so I added 4 borders. I didn’t have a full layer cake pack so I took squares from a couple of different packs and also cut some of my own stash into 10″ squares to add to the mix, and I was really happy with how it turned out.

  • This ended up being quite a large quilt 90″ x 110″. Thank goodness Chris has a large quilting machine.

You can see the borders and the beautiful quilting detail in the photo below.

These are the finished sizes for the border:

  • Border 1 – 2″
  • Border 2 – 4″
  • border 3 – 6″
  • Border 4 -5″

  • I used the dark grey for the binding as well as the last border.
  • I think the cream coloured backing suits this quilt.

The quilt was quilted by Chris from ‘Sew ‘n’ Sew Sisters‘ here in Australia. I highly recommend Chris, her quilting is beautiful and really showcases even a simple layer cake quilt like this one.

Honey Honey Layer Cake Quilt for My Daughter Varinia

April is a busy birthday month for me, so this year I made decided to make some Layer Cake quilts for my daughter, Varinia, my grandaughter, Ishta and I finally finished the Strip Quilt for my granddaughter Ce’Nedra.

Layer Cake quilts are quick to make. I simply lay the squares out on the floor and move them around until they look aesthetically pleasing. Then I take a photo so I remember how I want the quilt to come together.

This quilt is Varinia’s. I love the bright summer colours in this ‘Honey Honey’ layer cake by Kate Spain for Moda.

The quilt is laid out in squares 6 x 7. I find that using a full layer cake of 42 squares makes a nice size for the finished quilt.

  • After sewing the squares in each row together, I sewed the rows together to form the centre of the quilt.

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  • I used the one of the materials from the collection for the backing and another for the binding.

  • I added a 3½” inch blue border and a 6½” green border.
  • Chris from Sew ‘n’ Sew Sisters quilted the quilt and I just love the pattern she chose.
  • You can check out our video interview with Chris here.

These Layer Cake quilts make such lovely presents.

 

Shabby Chic Quilt Cover Tutorial

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I have a number of doilies that were crocheted by my mother and mother in law back in the day when it was fashionable to have doilies  set about the house. Doilies were used to stop the surfaces of tables, sideboards from being scratched by the large vases of flowers that always adorned our living room, and to protect dressing tables from being scratched by crystal perfume bottles, hairbrushes etc. Larger doilies were placed on chair and sofa backs and arms.  I remember sitting on the floor at my mothers feet while she deftly crocheted her masterpieces. One of the most popular patterns was the pineapple stitch pattern.

And even though I no longer use the doilies, I didn’t want to dispose of them as both of these wonderful women have passed on, and the doilies bring back such wonderful memories of their talent and their patience.

So I decided to make a quilt from the doilies I had on hand and Paula and I searched for more of these forgotten treasure in the various op shops around town, to supplement the supply.

What you Need:

Main Fabric

  • 10 squares of fabric each measuring 10″ x 10″ – We used damask curtaining fabric as it is heavier than quilting fabric.  If you use quilting fabric you will want to stabilise it so that it is sturdy enough to hold the embellishments.

Contrasting Fabric

  • 10 squares of fabric each measuring 10″ x 10″

Note: you can use all one colour if you wish. I used two different fabrics to give the quilt some added dimension.

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Sashing

  • Cut 25 strips @ 10″ x 2½”
  • Cut 6 strips @ 48″ x 2½”

Backing – Cut to approx 2″ bigger all round than the quilt top.
Batting –  Cut to approx 2″ bigger all round than the quilt top.
Assortment of doilies, laces and other embellishments that you might like to add.

Method:

  • Take 1 of the 10″ squares and  sew on doilies and lace.
  • Repeat for 10 more squares.
  • What I do is lay the embellishments on the block.
  • Just keep rearranging things until they are positioned just as you like them.t
  • Take a photo with your phone or iPad.
  • Sew the pieces onto the square from the bottom up.
  • I machine sewed around the doily to hold it in place.
  • Machine sew the lace pieces in place.
  • For the square below, I machine sewed the large organza flower and hand stitched the smaller ribbon flowers.
  • You could also add pearls and buttons to further enhance your block.

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  • Leave 10 of the 10″ squares plain.
  • Lay out the squares how you want them to look when the quilt is finished.

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  • Sew one of the 10″ x  2½” sashing strips to the side of one of the 10″ squares.
  • Place the fabric pieces right sides together.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.
  • Do this with all 20 squares

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  • Sew a 10″ x  2½” strip to the outside of the last square in each row.

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  • Sew the squares, with the sashing pieces attached, together to form a row.
  • Lay the squares right sides together.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.
  • I generally sew the first two squares together and the last two squares together. Then sew both sets together.

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  • Starting with the top row, sew a 48″ x 2½” sashing strip to the top of each row.
  • When you get to the last row, sew a 48″ x 2½” sashing strip onto both the top and the bottom of the last row.

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  • Join the rows by sewing each row of squares onto the sashing strip of the previous row.

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  • I added a 6″ border.

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  • Sew some lace around the border seam. I did try sewing the lace into the seam as I went but this didn’t work out very well. So I opted instead to sew the lace on after I had added the border.

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  • Cut batting and batting about 2″ larger than the size of your finished quilt top.
  • Quilt as desired.
  • Bind the quilt.