Quilting in the Hoop: Curved Shapes the Easy Way!

Creating pieced and quilted curves can be terrifying, unless you stitch them in the hoop!

Do you like the look of curved seams in quilts? Even the most novice sewer has stitched straight seams, but stitching blocks with curved or circular pieces can challenge even the most experienced quilters. Until now.

In-the-hoop (ITH) quilt blocks make curved seams so much easier. Mostly because, instead of stitching an arched seam, modern machine embroidery appliques the pieces into the block and it couldn’t be easier.

Applique Circles Quilt Blocks from Allstitch provide plenty of variety with individual pieces of the circle each sporting different fabric.

Matching applique edge thread to the fabric makes everything blend seamlessly.

Wedding Ring Quilts are an old-time favorite but would be extremely labor intensive to cut and stitch in the traditional way.

The hardest part about creating the Quilt Addiction 2 wedding ring block, also from Allstitch, will be choosing the fabric. Applique in the hoop makes construction as simple as can be and the built-in quilting stitches make it so that all that is left is to stitch the blocks together and add a binding.

Because of the curved seams, Cathedral Window is another beautiful, but demanding quilt block. ITH Fairy Alphabet Block from Kreative Kiwi, features a floral alphabet on a stippled background.

The background fabric is appliqued to the center of the block with light quilting along each edge.

The Cathedral Window Table Mat from Mar Lena Embroidery combines the applique technique with elaborate quilting and coordinating embroidery designs.

Even tricky angles are no problem when stitched in the hoop. Decorative embroidery and pretty quilting combine for a gorgeous finished product.

Curved blocks are not a problem when you can stitch them in the hoop!