Thursday, May 23, 2024

Island Batik Ambassador Paper Pieced Celebrations Blog Hop ~ featuring the Gifted Quilt

This is the quilt I made for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge, Gifted.  Isn't it cute?  I loved making this quilt.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Sponsors.

Our challenge was to make a quilt using the "surprise" fabric collection we received in our January boxes. I used all 20 of the fabrics in my quilt. Requirements were paper piecing, lap size, and a holiday celebration theme.  Many of the ambassadors got creative with their holiday celebration theme.  It's been fun.  I even learned about a new holiday, Frog Jumping Day.

The fabric collection I received is Woodland Holiday.  It's red, green and gold.  It features reindeer, snowflakes, and holly.  It is a beautiful collection.  I felt compelled to make a Christmas themed quilt.  I searched EQ8 for paper pieced block ideas.  I was excited and inspired when I saw how many different present blocks EQ8 has.  I chose 12 different blocks for my quilt and also used an EQ8 layout for the top.  I love the way the tilted blocks came out!  They are so much fun.

I pressed all my fabrics with my new Oliso iron.  It was super for pressing everything flat while I worked on paper piecing the blocks.

Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread sewed through everything perfectly.  I was able to use one needle for the paper piecing of all 12 blocks.

Here is one of the first blocks I pieced.  I love the way the pieces are large enough to show the beautiful designs in the Woodland Holiday fabric collection.

Look at how pretty this fabric is!!! 

Here are six of the blocks up on my design wall.

When I finished putting the top together, I chose Hobbs 80/20 Bleached Cotton for the batting because the quilt top has so much white in the background. This will help keep it bright.

I chose Aurifil thread, color #4653 for the quilting and did my usual all over loopy meander.

A quilted present.  I wonder what is inside?  Probably a quilt ~ LOL!

Presents on parade!

While this quilt was in the binding stage, my three sons and my daughter-in-law spent Mother's Day with me.  It was so nice to have them all together.  I showed them my quilt, and my oldest son quickly laid claim to it.  I told him he can have it for Christmas!

Loopy meander quilting in the border.

I used a variety of the red fabrics to make the binding and backed my quilt with two different light gray Island Batik fabrics from my stash.

Binding close up!  I used nearly every bit of the red fabrics from the Woodland Holiday collection in this quilt.

Gifted

Quilt Stats:
Quilt size:  62" x 77"
Block size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Woodland Holiday
Thread:  Aurifil 4653
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Bleached Cotton
Needles:  Schmetz
Iron:  Oliso
Designed in EQ8

As part of the Island Batik Ambassador Paper Pieced Celebrations Blog Hop, Island Batik is giving away two fabric bundles this week, The Grove, and Prisms.  Visit their blog for a chance to win one of these fabulous bundles!  Click here to visit the Island Batik blog.

This is the last day of the blog hop.  Thank you so much for stopping by to see my quilt.  If you missed any of the quilts, you can still visit the Ambassador's blogs to see what they made with the new Island Batik fabric collections.  Here's the list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs

Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting

Megan Best ~ BestQuilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts Studio

Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts

Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

Kim Jamieson-Hirst ~ Chatterbox Quilts

Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kresin Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ A Quiltery

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique

Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Julia Schweri ~ Inflorescence Designs

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Carol Stanek ~ Stitch with Color

Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


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Jennifer Thomas

Curlicue Creations

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Island Batik and Funky Friends Factory Challenge featuring Aristotle Axolotl

Hello there!  Meet Aristotle Axolotl, my Island Batik Ambassador challenge for the month of April.  This little guy was fun to make!

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partners.
This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were lucky enough to choose a pattern from Funky Friends Factory to create a stuffed animal of our choice.

I've made a few Funky Friends Factory patterns before.  I've made Lloyd the Llama, a Fox, and a Kawaii Cutie Cat.  They were all fun to sew.  The patterns are detailed and easy to use.  Aristotle Axolotl was rated as an easy pattern, but I found it a little challenging.  That's okay, Funky Friends Factory has photo tutorials available on their website to help get you through the tricky parts.

My son chose the pattern and the fabric, too.  He picked out two sold color Island Batik fabrics, Fuchsia and Pink.  Island Batik has beautiful solids to coordinate with their batik fabrics.  They are printed on the same high thread count fabric as the batiks, so they pair really well and do not fray.

In this photo I am doing some topstitching on one of the Axolotl's outer gills.
I did a little research and they are pretty cool!  Axolotls are an endangered type of salamander.  They are found in two freshwater lakes in Mexico and they come in a variety of colors.  It is estimated that the current population is less than 1000.

In this photo I am pinning the head to the body.  Pins are your friend when sewing Funky Friends patterns.  They help keep everything lined up correctly while sewing the curvy pieces together.  Chessie the stray cat helped. She's my friend, too.

This project sewed up quickly.  I only worked on him for a couple of days.  I used some craft eyes that I had leftover from another Funky Friend Factory pattern project.  In this photo Aristotle is partly stuffed.  He's starting to look pretty cute!

The reason my son chose the Axolotl is because they are featured in a popular video game that he loves to play.  I took this cute pic of Aristotle and his game partner together.  Then we went outside to play.

Axolotls spend most of their time underwater, so he was keen to go exploring.  We went on a bicycle ride.

Then he tried driving my car.  Oh my!  Not recommended.

What is he doing here?  Up a tree?

Tree climbing close up.

And the reward.  A lofty perch.

Playing in the flowers.

Axolotls like to eat frogs.  Watch out, Mr. Frog!

Hanging out in the woods.

I should mention that I also used Schmetz needles, Aurifil  thread, and my Oliso iron to create this fun critter.

So cute!

And one last photo with some Pansies and seashells.  If you would like to try sewing a stuffed animal, I recommend you check out the Funky Friends Factory website.  The variety of downloadable patterns is truly amazing and the patterns are well written with handy check boxes for each step.  

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Please visit the rest of the Island Batik Ambassador crew to see which adorable Funky Friends Factory patterns they have created.  Here's the list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs

Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting

Megan Best ~ BestQuilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts Studio

Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts

Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

Kim Jamieson-Hirst ~ Chatterbox Quilts

Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kresin Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ A Quiltery

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique

Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Julia Schweri ~ Inflorescence Designs

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Carol Stanek ~ Stitch with Color

Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 04/12/2024

Sew these lovely wardrobe pieces for everday wear. Classic pattern from the Simplicity pattern line. This pattern sews a dress and unlined jacket, suitable for misses and miss petite. Dress is below knee length with button front, V neck, extended shoulders, cap sleeves, straight skirt, with front pockets and pleats, elastic waistline, and back vent. Option for a contrast skirt. Unlined jacket has 3/4 length sleeves with turn back cuffs.

Beautiful! Make some pretty and casual outfits with this pattern. Mix and match for maximum looks.

This pattern is in like new, factory folded, uncut condition. The envelope is a little worn. Pattern and instructions inside are in excellent condition. Sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. Vintage 1989.

Bust 30-1/2, 31-1/2, 32-1/2, 34, 36
Waist 23, 24, 25, 26-1/2, 28
Hip 32-1/2, 33-1/2, 34-1/2, 36, 38
Back-neck to waist 15-1/2, 15-3/4, 16, 16-1/4, 16-1/2

This listing is for a boys smocking shortalls outfit sewing kit by Little Miss Muffet. Vintage 1970s unopened kit. Size is not marked.

Kit includes (as far as I can see through the package), boy's shortalls outfit, smocking material, embroidery floss, needle, buttons, trim, and instructions.

Get a head start on this year's holiday gifts with the Boys Shortalls Smocking Sewing Kit. Vintage 1970s, unopened kit.

A beautiful cut of high quality flannel quilting fabric, Baby Talk Alphabet Panel Flannel, by Cheri Strole, for Moda Fabrics. One panel of 100 percent flannel cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features letters and pictures that go with each letter on a white background with a green border. C is for Cat, I is for Ice Cream, D is for Duck, and on and on.... The panel by itself would make a lovely receiving blanket. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. (not intended for children's sleepwear). So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Marbles Orange Fabric, for Moda Fabrics. 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric is a marbled orange color. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

Hope and Heart Batik Quilt Fabric, 10" squares precuts, for Island Batik, 100 percent cotton. Breast Cancer Awareness quilting cotton.

This package of gorgeous Island Batik fabric contains 42 pieces, with 20 different fabric designs cut into 10" squares. This fabric is 100 percent cotton, hand dyed batik, from the garden village of Sanur, Bali.

A beautiful cut of quilt fabric, Patchwork Roses quilt fabric. 100 Percent Cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features various patches, some of them are floral. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Pansy Passion III Ivory Stripe Fabric, by Blank Quilting. 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Hand wash separately, cold water, no bleach, line dry, cool iron on reverse.

The design on this fabric features a bold stripe, accented with thin gold metallic stripes. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Yellow Purple Floral quilt fabric by Quilters Choice. 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features yellow flowers over a purple background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

This beautiful piece of cotton has been individually hand dyed by Island Batik fabric artists in the garden village of Sanur, Bali. 100 percent cotton fabric. Easy care, machine wash cold water, delicate dry cycle, cool iron.

The design on this fabric features an abstract pink color. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Country Harvest Fabric, by Anna Krajewski, for South Sea Imports. 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric is an abstract blue green spotty print. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

For all these and more fabulous finds, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations Etsy Shop.

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Jennifer Thomas
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