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Workshop notes

Simple wavy backgrounds:

Choose the range of fabrics that you will be using; they don’t need to be cut accurately in width as we will be doing that as we go. (but they must be wide enough and long enough!)

Lay them out in the required order.

Take first two, place them on the cutting board and overlap approx 1” along the long edge – right sides up.

Cut through the two layers, remaining within that 1”, with a gentle curve running from the start to the finish of the fabric.

Remove the little scraps and you will see that the curves match exactly.

Take the next fabric in the sequence and again overlap – you can adjust the width of strip 2 by where you place strip 3, but remember you will be loosing some of the fabric into the seam allowance.

Progress up the line of your chosen fabrics until they are all cut.

NOTE: If you find that the curves are being too alike, just pick the whole board up and turn it round - this will give you a curve moving in a slightly different direction.

Once they are all cut the fabrics are ready to sew; pin two fabrics, right sides together along the edge to be sewn, - you may find it easier to pin a little and sew and then pin a bit more; sew together with seam allowance which can vary from 1/8” to ¼”; when complete you can gently press seams both in the same direction.

This method works well for wavy borders but you will obviously be working with much longer pieces of fabric – but give it a go; you may be pleasantly surprised.

Wavy background for Patchwork

Why have straight lines when wavy would be better. This isn't curved piecing; just gently wavy lines that fit together like a dream. - a much more interesting backdrop for your picture.