The curved seam
I often present methods that have become part of my style that may not be the best solution for everyone, but I feel it is important to share simply because they are solutions that have become useful to me. Curved lines are so much fun to compose with. I especially love them in contrast to my safety net, the grid. A Puzzle piece with a curved seam is a handy component. But I never enjoyed creating a classic curved seam. Since a seam ultimately becomes just a stitched fold, I began to approach curves from a different perspective.
shaping the puzzle piece, in this case a square
The first 2. Squared
Leaning into a method
Just talking... AUDIO-Curves
So today I am working with a 3" square. I've used the curved patches I have made so far and ironed them around a 3" template. Just for starters. Imagine them smaller! I want to say again, the smaller you work, the thinner the cloth needs to be to prevent layer build up in the seam allowances. I use thin cloth, in genera,l for almost everything. Because that is mostly what I have collected over time.
Note: I mentioned Sketch applique ( which I mostly uses for white on white) which can be found in the methods index (sidebar) under line guided applique.
So I made 5 so far, I will do 4 more, 9 is a good number to get a feel for how this kind of curve might work. I have already begun to think about these as "making waves". There are certainly a lot of stories that might come from that. The curves have already begun to evolve.