Sew Kind of Wonderful Metro Waves Quilt Using Quick Curve Ruler

I got super excited when I saw that a quilt shop near me was having a class on the Quick Curve Ruler. I’ve admired the quilts from Sew Kind of Wonderful but they seemed intimidating cuz curves. I signed up for the class from Orange Quilt Bee. The class suggested that we choose one of three patterns from SKOW’s site, but none of them were particularly appealing to me.

So I chose the Metro Waves pattern from the site and ordered the quick curve ruler. I love the colors for the example quilt for this pattern, and knew I had Kona solids in a similar palette that I could use. But I was also concerned that the exquisite quilting on the example was what really made this quilt remarkable, so I didn’t know if I should use solids. But I didn’t have enough low-volume prints, so decided to go with the Kona solids from my stash.

The class was an excellent way to learn how to use the ruler. I don’t think I could have figured it out just from reading the pattern by myself. Most of the people in the class had chosen the wedding ring pattern and as I suspected, it proved to be one of the more difficult SKOW patterns.

I worked on my quilt around the time our guild’s annual philanthropy quilt was due. I decided to use my quilt for the challenge and bought a nautical-themed nonfiction book to go with the quilt.

I decided to quilt it on my domestic machine which ended up being a very frustrating experience and I wasn’t happy with the results. I had it basted on a longarm and my quilting plan was to simply follow the curved lines. However, as someone who has only done a couple of quilts using straight lines, this was harder than I thought it would be. The finished quilt was puckered in several areas, but when I pointed this out at the guild meeting, people said they weren’t noticeable and would improve once the quilt was washed.

Metro Waves Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Quilt
Ladyface helps with fabric selection.
Metro Waves Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Quilt
My first block! These blocks need to be squared up.
Metro Waves Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Quilt
The teacher put these super helpful tape arrows so you know where to line it up.
Metro Waves Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Quilt
Squared-off block.
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Getting ready for some curved-chain-piecing!
Metro Waves Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Quilt
My unimpressive quilting. 😦
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The finished product!
Metro Waves Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Quilt
The book that I chose to accompany my quilt.

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