Having followed Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten since she started out in earnest in the United Kingdom, I was more than excited to be given a set of her acrylic templates and some luscious Oakshott fabrics. I was less excited when I realised which pattern she wanted me to use…. Curves always fill me with dread, although as you’ll see below, it’s not that difficult once you let go!
The pattern is a sun flower made up of various drunkard’s path blocks (CURVES!!!!), all combined in a clever way to create a flower and various leaves.
The pattern instructions are very well set out; with step by step written instructions and supporting images to take you through the various steps. If you are following the colours set out in the pattern, the main challenge is going to be to ensure the colours go in the right place.
Top tip: Immediately label all pieces of fabrics so you don’t mess up the colours!
The templates come in a few different sizes, but the ones used for this pattern ensure you can get both a convex and a concave piece from a 5″ charm square.
The templates are custom made for Jenny to work with her various patterns. Lately, I saw a Double Drunkard’s Path set on Instagram!
Most of her template sets also include a ‘square-up’ tool which on its own warrants the cost of the templates. The ‘square-up’ tool is by far my favourite!
Never done curves before?
I mentioned curves and the square-up tool above, didn’t I? Well…. I’ll explain why I love the square-up tool. Jenny’s instructions are easy to follow and as long as you take it step-by-step you shouldn’t have any issues with this pattern. This includes making the curved blocks!
As you start with larger squares than you need, you can ‘just go for it’ and then trim to size. The pattern also includes instructions on how to place the two pieces of fabrics when sewing the curves; Jenny recommends to put the concave piece on top.
If you look at the image to the left, this is what my curve looked like when it was sewn completely free-hand, no pins, no special presser foot. Yep, rather wonky! On the right, is the trimmed square, with a rather perfect smooth curve, and 1/4″ seam allowance to the curve.
You can of course use your normal quilting ruler for the trimming part, if you prefer.
Top tip: Cut some extra pieces so you can test it a few times. I found, that the more relaxed I was, the better the result. Hence my comment, to ‘just go for it’!