TV on the Radio Quilt Tutorial

I'm not a curve sewer. Last time I sewed curves (into clamshells, tutorial here) I did it by cutting all the pieces with templates. This time I'm going to show you how it's done with freezer paper. There is a bit more waste (discarded freezer paper), but I also couldn't figure out how to get the curves perfectly aligned without it.

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This pattern is perfect for beginners. Perfect for Layer Cakes (or large squares cut from generous FE bundles). Also perfect for showing off large prints. And you can scale these blocks up or down. You just want to make sure that the diameter of your circle template is smaller than your blocks.

Let's get started!

25 10" Squares
1 yd. background A (between the blocks)
1.5 yd. background B (around the outside)
1/2 yd binding

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Make it!
1. Cut 10 - 8.5" strips from the freezer paper. Iron them together in pairs, shiny side to dull side, on low heat without steam. You should have 5 pairs.

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2. Trim each strip into 4.25" x 8.5" rectangles. You should have 20.

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3. Mark the center of each strip and draw a 4" diameter half circle. You can use a compass or this template.

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4. Cut out the circle and discard. Cut apart the 2 corners and set aside. You should have 40.

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5. From fabric A, cut 7 strips 4.25" x WOF. Subcut into 4.25" x 6.25" rectangles. Then cut each rectangle into a wedge, as shown. You need 80 wedges.

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6. Square up the wedges to 4.25" x 4.25" by cutting off the point.

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7. Iron the freezer paper corners to the wrong side of fabric A corner, shiny side down.
**You will only have enough freezer paper corners to fo half the blocks. Once you have glued and removed the freezer paper from those blocks (steps 8 & 9), reuse it to finish the other half of the blocks. ** 

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8. Trim the fabric to 1/2" from the freezer paper arc. Then snip the fabric, making sure not to cut all the way to the freezer paper. Using a glue stick, run a small line of glue along the freezer paper arc and press the fabric back.

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9. Run a small line of glue along the fabric tabs that you just glued down and place on the corner of a 10" square (on the right side of the fabric). Repeat with remaining corners on that block and other 10" squares. Press with a dry iron.

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10. Carefully remove the freezer paper by peeling back fabric A, then along the curve. Press the blocks once the freezer paper has been removed.

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11. Attach your zipper foot and set your needle position to the left, aligning it with the edge of the foot.

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12. Lift the corner of fabric A to expose the pressed curve. Stitch along the curve as precisely as possible.

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13. Trim off the excess fabric in the corners and press.

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14. Sew the blocks together in a 4 x 5 grid. Press seams open.

15. From Background B cut 5 strips 3" x WOF. Trim down 2 strips to 38.5". Sew to top and bottom of patchwork. From the other 3 strips, trim off the selvedges and sew together end to end. Trim to 2 strips 3" x 53". Sew to sides.

16. Cut the 5 remaining 10" squares into 2"x10" strips. Sew together 5 strips end to end, then trim to 43.5". Repeat with another 5 strips, then sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. Sew 6 together end to end, press seams open, then trim into 2 strips 2" x 56". Repeat with another 6 strips, then sew to the sides of the quilt.

17. From background B cut 6 strips 4.5" x WOF. Trim selvages and sew 3 together end to end. Press seams open, then trim into 2 strips 4.5" x 56". Sew to long sides. Trim selvages and sew the remaining 3 strips together end to end. Press seams open, then trim into 2 strips 4.5" x 54.5". Sew to top and bottom.



TV on the Radio Quilt

I'd love to see if you make something using this tutorial. Email me or add it to my Flickr group!


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! Thanks for sharing the how-to :)

  2. This is a great tutorial! I have been struggling with a quarter-circle piecing project with the background (corners) going to zero width like you show here. I used a method similar to the one you show here, but I like yours better. However, I find there is a lot of bulk in the seam allowances at the endpoints of the curves. Did you find it to be very bulky too? if so, how did you handle that? I'm wondering if I am a quilting wimp or merely lack experience. I hope you reply with some advice. :-) thx


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