Saturday, February 24, 2018

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of February 22, 2018

The Kit Kat Cat Mat Quilt Pattern sews an 8" x 10" finished size quilt, perfect for your pet's bed, a mug rug, or a best friend gift. This pattern is sewn using easy straight piecing and fusible applique directions. This pattern includes full color step by step diagrams. 

The Kit Kat Cat Mat Quilt is a sweet mat for your furry friend or favorite cat lover. Customize with fabrics to match your pet.

Stitch up this cute kitty quilt quickly for your next gift, or home decor project. This small sized quilt is perfect for any room of your home. Add a little zip of color to any area with the Kit Kat Cat Mat quilt pattern.

To purchase your Kit Kat Cat Mat Pattern, and more, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations Shop.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Rainbow Connection Update

Here's the latest on The Rainbow Connection.  I'm still sewing away, slowly, but continuously.  Soon it will be one big hexagon.  I'm not sure where I'll go from there.  Should I finish it as a hexagon, or square it up?  Opinions?  Please leave a comment below.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Galentine's Day!

Kit Kat Cat Mat
Happy Galentine's Day!  This is my first project as an Island Batik Ambassador.  It's the Kit Kat Cat Mat.
Galentine's Day is a special day to celebrate your gal friends.  It falls on February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day.

I spent some time thinking about the different "gals" in my life.  Family, friends, mentors, but when it comes down to it, my best gal is Kit Kat.  She's been with me for seventeen years, through all the good and bad that life throws at you.  I wanted to make something to commemorate her love and loyalty.

These are some of the fabrics that were given to me by Island Batik  through the Ambassador program.  The top three fabrics were included in my Galentine's Day bundle.  The bottom three fabrics came out of my 5" x WOF bundles.

I used one of my favorite techniques for this project, fusible applique.  Here you can see all my pieces cut out and ready to press.

I used this gorgeous Aurifil thread (also given to me in my Island Batik goody box) for my piecing and the zigzag stitching around the heart.  I just love this color.  It reminds me of a hot tomato.

I pieced together this simple framed background.

And pressed my applique pieces into place.  I think it would be a pretty cute mat just like this, even without the eyes and nose.  

The two different colored eyes really give this tiny quilt a big personality.

Next, I zigzag stitched around all the applique pieces with matching thread.  I set my machine on 2 for width, and 1.5 for length and stitch slowly, lifting the foot with the needle in the down position occasionally to adjust the angle.

I ran into a problem when it was time to quilt.  My quilting foot had somehow snapped into two pieces, and I didn't have an extra foot that would fit my domestic machine.  I didn't want to go footless, because I like my fingers, so I tried this experiment.  I used a clear presser foot and adjusted my machine so that it just lightly floated over the quilt.  It actually worked pretty well.


I tried a small bit of the Hobbs Cotton Batting (given to me in my Island Batik Ambassador box).
Because of my quilting dilemma, I only outline quilted the heart, the cat, and the edge of the background.

I used this fabric for the backing and the binding.  It's the same fabric as I used for the border.

Sewing on the border.

This is the finished project.  Pretty cute!  The finished size of my project is 8" x 10".  This would make a great gift for your furry friend, best gal, Valentine....or yourself.

This pattern is for sale as a PDF instant download on Craftsy here:  Kit Kat Cat Mat PDF

A print version is for sale in my Etsy shop here:  Kit Kat Cat Mat Paper Pattern

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas




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Sunday, February 11, 2018

New Dress Patterns in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of February 11, 2018

This pattern produces a lovely misses jacket and pants combination by popular designer Bill Blass. The a-line style jacket features a collar, shoulder pads, pockets, side panels, and long two piece sleeves with a button vent. Pants are lined with a contour waist, side pockets, and back zipper closure.

Wear this timeless, classic outfit for a good look every day. 

This pattern is in like new, factory folded, uncut condition. The envelope is a little worn. Misses Sizes 6, 8 and 10. Vintage 1998.

Bust 30-1/2, 31-1/2, 32-1/2
Waist 23, 24, 25
Hip 32-1/2, 33-1/2, 34-1/2

I love this versatile pants pattern in three views! It's loaded with personality. These pants are constructed with five simple pieces and can be sewn in three different lengths. Pants are close fitting and feature a zipper closure.

This pattern is in factory folded uncut condition.

Sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20.

For both of these patterns, and much more, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations shop.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas




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Friday, February 9, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador Box Arrival and Unpacking!!!

 Sqeeee!  It's finally here!  My first goody box as an Island Batik Ambassador!  As you can see in this photo ~ it's quite large and luscious!  That is a lot of exclamation points, but I'm really, really excited!  First I have to thank Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs, as all items in this box have been generously given to me at no cost.

 My first peek inside the box ~  I see batting.  I see thread.  I see fabric.  Gorgeous eye popping colors assaulting my senses.  Oh yes.

 Here is what else was inside of my box:  Aurifil thread and Hobbs batting brochures.  I'm sure these will be handy and informative.

 Two packages of two different types of Hobbs Batting, one twin size, and one queen size.  I've never tried their batting before.  I'm looking forward to the experience.

 One huge white cone of Aurifil thread (that will certainly come in handy!), plus six more spools of Aurifil in colors that coordinate with my fabrics.  Yay!

 A fabulous cut of Midnight Black rayon fabric.  Solid black ~ always useful!  I'll have to sew something sleek and mysterious with this...hmmmmm...wheels churning....

 Red, white, and pink fat quarter bundle for my Galentine's Day project.  I'll be sewing that this weekend.

 A large piece of this neutral fabric.  This fabric is titled "Whip Cream".  I love it.  Love the fabric ~ Love the name.

 A useful bundle of fabrics to blend with.

 This super black batik rayon scarf.  What a surprise!  I wonder how this would look tied up in my hair at the beach this summer?

 Alpine Jingle 10" squares stack with coordinating fabrics.  Quite Christmas-y.  This should be fun to play with.

 Five rolls of quilty goodness in many fabulous colors.  Perfect for when I need a little punch of color for this or that.

This is my personal favorite ~ Sunflower Serenade fat eighth bundle with a coordinating fabric.  Look at these yummy sunset colors!  It's like I'm at the beach right this minute.  Ahhhh!

 That's all for now folks ~  Looks like it is time to go and sew.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Log Cabin Top ~ Quilt Block Classics


Log Cabin Top ~ Quilt Block Classics

Here is the finished top I made with the Log Cabin blocks I sewed from the Quilt Block Classics tutorial posted in November 2017.  I made nine blocks and simply set them all in the same direction.  I like the way the zippy pink border pulls it all together.  Now to quilt it.  Do you have any quilting suggestions?  Please leave a comment below.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

My Pioneer Rose Quilt is on the Love of Quilting Television Series!

 My Pioneer Rose quilt is featured on the Love of Quilting television show this season.  It is on episode #3105.  This episode already aired in some areas, but check your local PBS listings to see when it will be on in your area.  Due to family obligations, I was unable to appear on the episode with my quilt, but I am confident that the Fons and Porter staff did an excellent job presenting it. 

The Pioneer Rose quilt is an heirloom style quilt featuring many different quilting techniques. It was the cover girl for the September/October 2017 issue of Love of Quilting magazine.

The above video shows a preview of the episode featuring the Pioneer Rose quilt.
If you watch the episode, please let me know what you think.  And if you sew your own version of Pioneer Rose, please share a photo.  I would love to see it!

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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