Illusion of curves

Sewing curves is tricky but it’s possible to create the illusion of curves with straight sewing.

Morning star is one such block.

How to make a Morning star block

Learn to make this block in just over 3 minutes:

What can you do with this block?

You can make A cog in the wheel quilt.

Quilt pattern: A cog in the wheel - confident beginner - quick and easy quilt

A cog in the wheel is an easy modern quilt pattern suitable for confident beginners.

You can choose which technique to use in making it.

Included are instructions and templates for traditional piecing and foundation piecing.

Buy A cog in the wheel quilt pattern

Download just the block paper template

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“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

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Illusion of curves


  1. Quilt size: 78″ x 78″.

    Finished block size: 12”.

    Quilt style: modern.

    Quilt technique: the pattern includes instructions and templates to make the quilt in 2 different techniques either using traditional piecing or foundation paper piecing.

    Skill level: confident beginner.

    In the 11 page pattern I have included lots of diagrams and written instructions as well as links to bonus tutorial that demonstrate how to make the blocks.

    There are no curve sewing in this quilt. There is only an illusion of curves.


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