close up photo of different bright colours of fabric sewn together with wavy edges

Cutting and sewing wavy curves is a popular technique in modern quilting and is easy and fun to do. If you haven’t had an opportunity to try this, a little reading and a practice piece will be helpful.  

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Here are a few excellent tutorials:




Quilts with Curves: Curved piecing with Rob Appell of Man Sewing

Rob uses a relaxed free sewing technique for those who don’t like to pin

How to Sew Free Form Curves in Quilting

Erica Arndt demonstrates curved piecing using pins

‘Jewels’ Gentle Curve Cutting with Jean Wells

 Jean demonstrates how to include very narrow inserts that she calls ‘jewels’


Written tutorial


For those of you who aren’t into videos, check out the tutorial 

Cutting and Sewing Free Hand Curves. Rita Hodge provides an excellent written tutorial with pics. 





– Use 9″x3″ strips of solid coloured fabrics in a variety of colours.

– To tie the colour schemes of the different blocks submitted, please include one or two of the following ‘connecting colours’ in your block:

        • Black

        • Purple

        • Lime green 




1. Using the technique demonstrated in the tutorials, assemble a block that is at least 8″ wide. A little extra on the width will help when assembling the blocks. 

2. The top and bottom edges will likely be a little uneven, by starting with pieces 9″ in length it can be trimmed to an unfinished block height of 8 inches. 

3. Don’t forget to include one or two of the ‘connecting colours’ in your block.

For those of you who really want to hone your wavy curve skills try introducing the ‘Jewels’ in Jean Wells tutoria.


Sample quilt block with wavy pieces of fabric sewn together
photo of a quilt block made with wavy pieces of bright fabric