Crazy about Curves is a quilting technique I
developed by trial and error over a period of several years.
Originally I dubbed this technique "Mosaic Appliqué", but changed
the name because it didn’t adequately describe this fast method of
constructing creative and free-flowing curves! Crazy about Curves is
a combination piecing/appliqué method of constructing even the
sharpest curves and narrowest points within a quilt design with
total ease and precision. This technique is especially appealing to
those who love the grace and beauty of curved designs but feel these
projects are too difficult to construct with conventional methods.
A unique feature of Crazy about Curves is that all work is done on
the surface of the project, to include stitching. This allows the
quilter to see the progression of her/his work at all times,
avoiding mistakes and making correct fabric choices. If any
adjustments are necessary, they can be made before sewing. All the
fabric templates are prepared on the right side of the material.
Perhaps you wish to single out a particular design in a fabric
pattern, maybe a butterfly or a special leaf, and incorporate that
into your quilt. You can lay the template exactly where you want it
on the right side of the material for perfect results. And with my
method, there is no measuring of any seam allowances! Just "eyeball"
the appropriate amount of allowance needed for each template.
The second advantage is the incredible ease of constructing
difficult curves. I love curves in quilting and this is the easiest
way I've found to make them! Crazy About Curves, an alternative
technique to reverse appliqué and conventional piecing, is a fast
and simple method for achieving the grace and beauty of curves in
your design but it gives the outward appearance of an intricately
The principles of my Crazy about Curves are simple and easy to
understand. While curved quilt designs may appear to be daunting and
too intricate to tackle, this method of achieving its completion is
simple. Even the most technically inexperienced quilters can create
beautiful projects with no difficulty. I know this is true because I
have taught workshop students who have no confidence in their sewing
abilities. They master this technique in no time and leave the
workshop not only thrilled with their created project, but inspired
by their own success.
While this method is wonderful for those who enjoy making innovative
quilts, it has many other applications: traditional, pictorial,
wearable art, table runners, etc. can be constructed all or in part
by this technique.