Don’t Fear the Curves!!


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Saturday, July 20, 2024 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Gethsemane Episcopal Church, with Alice Ridge

In this class Alice will teach you the techniques for sewing accurate curves when piecing quilt blocks. Learning to properly piece curved seams is an essential skill for quiltmakers. This class is suitable for beginners and more advanced quilters looking to improve their curve piecing skills. You will make traditional Drunkard’s Path blocks and play with different arrangements/layouts with them. After traditional curves you will move on to improvisational curves. By the end of the class, there won’t be a curve in the world that will intimidate you!

Space is limited so register today!

Supplies and Pre-Class Cutting Instructions:

Main Fabric for Background      2 yd

  •    Please Cut fabric into 16  10” squares.  You can also use a 10” Layer Cake pack for this if you want your background to be “Scrappy”


Fabric for Circles       1/2 yd

  •   Please Cut Fabric into 16  6” squares.  This fabric should have a clear contrast to the Background Fabric.  If you choose a Layer Cake for your background, you may want to keep the same fabric for all the Circle pieces.


  • Wonder Tape
  • Creative Grids, Non-Slip Circle Savvy Ruler      (I will bring a couple for sale)
  • Thread for Piecing
  • ¼” Foot for sewing
  • Cutting Mat, 28mm Rotary Cutter, ruler
  • Small scissors, and any other general supplies you like for quilting
  • Sewing Machine in good working order, clean, oiled, new needle.

Alice’s biography:

I learned how to sew and embroider by hand when I was in second grade, taught by my grandmother and my great aunt.  I got my first sewing machine when I was in 5th grade and have been sewing ever since. I have been quilting on and off for over 35 years.  Quilting “obsessively” (as my husband says) for the last 15+ years.   I have been a Traveling Quilt Teacher and Speaker for about ten years.

Just about all quilting styles appeal to me.  Handwork and machine, traditional to art quilts. I love to try new techniques and ‘tweak’ old ones to make them new and fresh! I have a small rigid heddle loom to weave my own fabric to incorporate into some of my art quilts. I love playing with the different textures that you can get from different fibers!  I also crochet and knit, and am learning how to tat lace.  Never a dull moment!

I am married to a career Army man ( just retired after 35 yrs Active Duty !!)  and have traveled all over the world.  We have lived on 3 continents….I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve packed and moved ! 3 children –  2 daughters and 1 son.   The girls are in Indiana, my son is in the Army and his location changes as often as ours has over the last 35 years! 4 grandchildren  – 2 girls and 2 boys, all of them in Indiana.  A big Fat Grey cat, crazy and stupid, but lovable anyway.