Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of November 22, 2017

Easy Nine-Patch Quilting is an outstanding quilting book, by the popular quilt publisher, House of White Birches. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding all aspects and styles of nine-patch quilting.

This book is hardcover, in fair condition. Color photos and diagrams. 160 pages. Copyright 1998. 

This book includes a Nine-Patch Through the Years, Grandmother's Nine-Patch Favorites, Decorating with Nine-Patch, Glorious Nine-Patch Quilts, Contemporary Nine-Patch, General Instructions, and more. There is a lot of in depth information accompanied by helpful, step by step diagrams.

Log Cabin Quilts Unlimited is an outstanding quilting book, by the popular quilt artists Patricia Cox and Maggi McCormick Gordon. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding all aspects and styles of log cabin quilting.

This book is softcover, in very good condition. Color photos and black and white diagrams. 144 pages. Copyright 2004. 

This book includes an Introduction, The Pattern that has Inspired for Generations, Block-Making Techniques, Block Variations, Setting Patterns, Workbook, an Index, Acknowledgments, and more. There is a lot of in depth information accompanied by helpful, step by step diagrams.

Quilting USA Magazine, the Feburary 1987 issue. This magazine features Special Edition Exclusives, 21 Full Size Patterns, Beginner Quilts, Fund Raisers, Heirlooms, Wall Hangings, Shows, Ornaments, Gifts, Profiles, Reviews, New England Images II Show, Make this Quilt In a Day, and more.

This fabulous issue of Quilting USA magazine is in used, but fair condition. 62 pages of great ideas for quilting.

Fat Quarter Quilts is an outstanding quilting book, by the popular quilt artist M'Liss Rae Hawley. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding all aspects of quilting, plus ten projects featuring fat quarters.

This book is softcover, in very good condition. Color photos and black and white diagrams. 79 pages. Copyright 1999. *Note: A name is handwritten on the inside cover (see photo 10).

This book includes an Introduction, General Instructions, Projects, Quilt Finishing, About the Author, and more. There is a lot of in depth information accompanied by helpful, step by step diagrams.

For these fabulous quilt books and magazines and more, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations shop.  New items are added weekly.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Quilt Block Classics - Log Cabin Block and Tutorial

Hello, and welcome to the Log Cabin Quilt Block Classics tutorial.   We'll be exploring the classic log cabin quilt block, learning a little about it's history, and sewing a 12" sample block.

Log Cabin Quilt Block
If you've been quilting for any time at all, you've probably seen or sewn a Log Cabin block.  There are many, many versions of this block.  Some are skinny, some are wonky, some are modern, but all originate from the classic Log Cabin block.  The Log Cabin block starts with a center square and builds out and around from the center with "logs" of fabric.  The center square is traditionally red, to represent the hearth of the cabin.  The block is normally constructed with one half of the fabrics in a dark value and the other half of the fabric in a light value, split diagonally, across the block.  This allows the quilter to create a large variety of quilt patterns, all using the same, basic block.  


I'm not sure how "printable" this image is here, from the blog, but this is a Log Cabin coloring page using the same block layout we're sewing today.  For more free and downloadable quilt coloring pages, sign up for my newsletter.  There is a sign up form on the right hand side of my blog and also at the bottom of this post. 

Now, let's sew the Log Cabin block!
I went to my stash for the fabrics used in my block.  Log Cabin is an excellent stash busting scrap quilt block.  You will need a red or pink fabric for the center square, six light value fabrics, and six dark value fabrics.  

Cutting Info:
Red/Pink:
Cut 1 ea. 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square A

Light Value Fabrics:  
      Cut 1 ea.  2" x 3-1/2" strip B
Cut 1 ea.  2" x 5" strip C
      Cut 1 ea.  2" x 6-1/2" strip D
Cut 1 ea.  2" x 8" strip E
     Cut 1 ea.  2" x 9-1/2" strip F
 Cut 1 ea.  2" x 11" strip G

Dark Value Fabrics:
 Cut 1 ea.  2" x 5" strip C
       Cut 1 ea.  2" x 6-1/2" strip D
Cut 1 ea.  2" x 8" strip E
      Cut 1 ea.  2" x 9-1/2" strip F
 Cut 1 ea.  2" x 11" strip G
       Cut 1 ea.  2" x 12-1/2" strip H

Here we sew!
Sew one Light 2" x 3-1/2" strip B to the Red/Pink 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square A.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Light 2" x 5" strip C to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Dark 2" x 5" strip C to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Dark 2" x 6-1/2" strip D to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Light 2" x 6-1/2" strip D to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Light 2" x 8" strip E to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Dark 2" x 8" strip E to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Dark 2" x 9-1/2" strip F to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Light 2" x 9-1/2" strip F to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Light 2" x 11" strip G to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Dark 2" x 11" strip G to this side of the block.

Turn the block a quarter turn, clockwise.  Sew one Dark 2" x 12-1/2" strip H to this side of the block.
Your Log Cabin block is complete!  Sew a few and play with them.  Turn the blocks in different directions and see the beautiful results you can create with a few simple blocks.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today!

Jennifer Thomas


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Friday, November 17, 2017

My Sewing Tutu

 No, I'm not dancing and quilting at the same time.  I'm nowhere near that coordinated!  The sewing Tutu came in the October Quilty Box.

I was excited to try it.  It fits over the top of  a wide mouth canning jar.  What a cute idea!

The pincushion top can be customized with the fabric of your choice.  I've been waiting for the "purrfect" project to use my "You've got to be kitten me" fabric.  This is it!  Meow.

I tried a few different jars before I found the right one.  The jar needs to be wide mouth ~ and have shoulders, otherwise the tutu falls down.  That could be embarrassing!

I filled my jar with a bunch of vintage buttons, but you could customize it with so many different possibilities.  This is my result.  I love it.  Room for pins, needles, scissors, thread, thimble, etc.  This is just right for my hand sewing tv nights.

This was just one of the fun surprises in the October Quilty Box.  I just received my November Quilty Box this week.  I'll show a peek into that package soon.  If you want to try Quilty Box for yourself, or send one to a friend, just click on the advertisement at the end of this post.

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Jennifer Thomas





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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of November 11, 2017

New Look Easy Tops pattern, sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18. This pretty pattern makes a classic style top in six variations. Options for tops include sleeveless, short sleeves, long sleeves, neckline variations, drawstring or hemmed, and various trims and decorative stitching.

Picture yourself wearing this lovely top to a special event, at the office, or even just out shopping. This outfit will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

This pattern is in uncut, factory folded condition. Copyright 2002.

Bust 31-1/2, 32-1/2, 34, 36, 38, 40
Waist 24, 25, 26-1/2, 28, 30, 32
Hip 33-1/2, 34-1/2, 36, 38, 40, 42
Back-neck to waist 15-3/4, 16, 16-1/4, 16-1/2, 16-3/4, 17
Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo Yarn, Color Purple Caterpillar, Super Bulky

A beautiful super bulky weight (6) yarn in a gorgeous purple color. 

75 percent acrylic, 7 percent wool, 9 percent nylon, 6 percent viscose, 3 percent angora. Net wt .88 oz, 25 g. 5 yards, 5 meters. Made in Italy. Hand wash cold. Dry flat.

Tealy Boutique Filigree Yarn
Red Heart Boutique Filigree Yarn, Color Tealy, 3.5 oz.

A beautiful super bulky weight (6) yarn in a gorgeous teal blue color. Scarf pattern included as shown.

85 percent acrylic, 15 percent polyester. Net wt 3.5 oz, 100 g. 23 yards, 21 meters. Hand wash cold. Dry flat. 

Moda-Dea Burst Yarn, Color Passion 4250, 50 grams.

A beautiful medium weight (4) yarn in a purple color with fabulous pink and purple soft puffs along the length of the yarn. 

64 percent acrylic, 36 percent nylon. Net wt 50 grams, 1.76 oz. 60 meters, 65 yards. Machine wash cold. Lay flat to dry.

Too many new items to list them all on this post ~ click here to visit the Curlicue Creations shop.
New items added weekly.

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Jennifer Thomas





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Monday, November 13, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16 Road Rally Blog Tour

 Hello and welcome to my little corner of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16 Road Rally Blog Tour.  I'm so glad you've taken a few minutes out of your busy day to visit me!  You are rolling your  virtural "road rally" car into the beautiful countryside of Henderson, North Carolina.  We're at the peak of the fall foilage this week, my favorite time of the year.  I love the way the bright leaf colors pop against the gray skies.

This is my block for issue 16, "Grow a Little Love".  It is block #1509.  The pattern for this block appears on page 12 in the applique section of the magazine.

I designed and made a small wall hanging to showcase the Grow a Little Love block.  This quilt features fabrics from the Peony Passion fabric line, by Lynnea Washburn, for Northcott Fabrics.

This block would make a wonderful friend gift as a wall hanging, pillow, or sew three in a row to create a cute table runner.  The possibilities are endless!

To win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, please leave a comment below.  Let's make it interesting ~ what is your favorite flower?  I look forward to reading your answers.  The winner will be chosen randomly.  Please be sure I have a way to contact you, if you should be the lucky winner.

To return to the Road Rally Blog Tour page, click here:  Quilty Pleasures.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Monday, November 6, 2017

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of November 6, 2017

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Rosemarie Vases Fabric. 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash warm, tumble dry, remove promptly.

The design on this fabric features bunnies, flowers, hearts, flowerpots, and watering cans over a pink background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. This fabric can also be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Toyland Fabric. 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash warm, tumble dry, remove promptly.

The design on this fabric features stripes of playful snowmen, penguins, candy canes, and snowflakes. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. This fabric can also be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of heavy corduroy upholstery fabric, Gray Purple Corduroy Reversible Heavy Upholstery Fabric. 54" wide. 

The design on this fabric features an iridescent gray purple design. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind items. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of cotton fabric, Glendowan Janelle Duracolor Upholstery Fabric. 100 Percent Cotton, 54" wide. 

The design on this fabric features large scale roses over a white background. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind items. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of heavy upholstery fabric, Cheetah Print Sand Upholstery Fabric. 54" wide. 

The design on this fabric features a Sand Cheetah Print design. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind items. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of woven camel cotton fabric, Aspen Beige Plaid Upholstery Fabric. Woven Camel Cotton, 54" wide. 

The design on this fabric features a Beige, Brown, Black, and White Plaid design. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind items. So unique - be creative!

Supernova quilt. This quilt would be a striking focal point for any room as wall art, or for traditional use as a lap quilt. The Supernova quilt features an explosion of color radiating out from the center of the quilt. This quilt is quilted with gold thread in a loopy meander all over design. The back of the quilt is a small scale red and gold stripe that coordinates with the fabrics in the quilt top.

This quilt measures 58" x 58"", and includes a hanging sleeve. All fabrics are 100 percent cotton. This quilt was designed, stitched, and quilted in my studio by me. A label is affixed to the back stating the quilt's name, my name, the date completed, and where it was created. The inner batting is high quality 100 percent cotton.

For all these and more fabulous fabrics, quilts, and sewing accessories, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations shop.


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Jennifer Thomas






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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Supernova Quilt

 Today I'm showing the Supernova quilt.  This quilt features an explosion of color radiating from the center of the quilt.  The blocks all feature simple rotary cutting and straight pieced seaming.

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  58" x 58"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Scraps from my stash, mostly batiks
Batting:  The Warm Company
Thread:  King Tut, by Superior

 Block One:  These four blocks create the light eminating from the center of the quilt.

 Block Two:  These colorful blocks surround the center Block Ones.  Notice how all the pieces are triangles.  I adore triangles!

 Block Three:  These four blocks are in the corners of the quilt.  I love the dark intesity of the colors in Block Three.  This block pulls the eye into the center if you look at it for a few minutes.  To me, this version has a folded, 3D look to it.

 I used one of my favorite go-to quilting designs for the Supernova quilt, a loopy meander.  This allows the piecing and color placement of the quilt to be the star of the show, rather than competing with the quilting for attention.

The Supernova quilt pattern is available for purchase in the Curlicue Creations shop now.  Get yours today.  Click here to purchase:  Supernova Quilt Pattern.  

If you sew a Supernova Quilt, please share a photo.  I would love to see it!

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas



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