Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Compass Quilt ~ Secondary Pattern Challenge

Let me introduce you to Compass, my Island Batik Ambassador challenge quilt for the month of July.
The materials for this quilt were given to me by Island BatikAurifil, and Hobbs.

This month's challenge was secondary pattern quilts.  A secondary pattern is an often unexpected design that emerges when you put multiples of the same quilt blocks together with no sashing or negative space separating the blocks.

 This is the main block in my Compass quilt.  You may recognize it as my "Cherry Bon Bon" block from a previous issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.  It was fun and challenging to give it a makeover with the Island Batik fabrics.  I didn't have quite enough of some of the colors I wanted to use and did a lot of juggling to come up with a look that I liked.

 I made nine Compass blocks.  When I put them together, I get this simple, Diamond in a Square type secondary design.  

 As I sewed this quilt, I kept changing the name.  Because this block's original name was Cherry Bon Bon, I started with Chocolate Bon Bon, then just Bon Bon, then somehow that morphed into Compass in the Woods, which I eventually shortened to Compass.

 I love the way the fabric colors and patterns play together.

 Compass looks nice hanging behind a Singer 301 in my living room.  I do most of my piecing on a 301.  I own a few.  They are my favorite machine for piecing quilts.

 The summer months are super busy for me so I did a quick loopy meander to quilt the top.

 I tried this beautiful pure white Aurifil thread for the quilting.  I was not disappointed!  It quilted smoothly.  I really enjoyed the feel of it.

I used the Hobbs Thermore batting for this quilt (back of photo).  It quilted quite nicely again, just like it did on the Accordion Quilt I made for last month's challenge with all straight line quilting.

 I was running a bit low on batik backing fabrics, so I used this solid sage green.  It's a nice coordinate with the woodsy colors in the quilt top.

 I pieced together leftover strips from several of the blues and greens used in the quilt top for the binding.  I usually do my binding in the same fabric as the quilt's outer border, but I really like this fun look.  I may try it again on a future project.

 My boys tested the quilt's cuddly-ness.  It passed.

 One last photo of the Compass quilt, folded and pretty.

In summary:  The Compass quilt.  

Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  42" x 42"
            Block Size:  12" x 12"
                     Fabrics:  Island Batik
                            Batting:  Hobbs Thermore
            Thread:  Aurifil

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Quilt Books in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of July 10, 2018

The Colorwash Bargello Quilts Book, is an outstanding quilting book, by Beth Ann Williams. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding different aspects of making bargello quilts, plus ten easy quilt patterns to sew.

This book is softcover, in used but excellent like new condition. Color photos and Black and White diagrams throughout. 95 pages. Copyright 2001.

This book includes an Introduction, an Equipment and Supplies Section, Selecting a Palette, Creating Colorwash Effects, Constructing the Body of the Quilt, and more.

The Appliquilt Quilt Book, is an outstanding quilting book, by Tonee White. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding different aspects of appliquilting, plus nine easy quilt patterns to sew.

This book is softcover, in used but good condition. Red underlining on one page, see photo 10. Color photos and Black and White diagrams throughout. Pattern pull out section still intact. 80 pages. Copyright 1994.

This book includes Meet the Author, Introduction, Materials and Tools section, Making the Quilt Sandwich Foundation, Cutting Out the Pattern Pieces, Appliquilting-Applique and Quilting in one Step, and more.


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Jennifer Thomas

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Island Batik Ambassadors Box 2 Arrival and Unpacking

Disclaimer:  The items in this box were given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs Batting.
 It's here!  My Island Batik Ambassadors Box #2 has arrived.  I'm super excited!  As an Island Batik Ambassador, they send me two boxes per year filled with vibrant Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil  threads, and Hobbs Batting to use to complete my monthly challenge projects.  They have all been so generous.  This box nearly fills my front porch glider.

 Let's take a peek inside the box.  I see some birthday candles, and explosions of color.  Oh how I love color ~ every color.  

 The birthday candles are decorating this cute and handy tote bag from Aurifil.  Aurifil USA is ten years old.  How nice!  I may just take this with me for shopping at the Sewing Expo in a couple of weeks.

 Inside the Aurifil bag we find some thread color charts (yay!), a decal, a set of forest green Aurifil threads in every weight, and a larger spool in a nice blendy color.

 Now on to the fabrics.  This is Paisley Dot.  This package contains 42 pieces in a 10" square stack.  What a fabulous rainbow of colors!  I can't wait to play with these.

 I also received a 10" square stack of the All A Flutter collection.  These colors really sing to my heart.  Purples, pinks, and turquoise.  Yes, oh yes!

 This is the London Fog collection.  This package includes a 40 piece, 2-1/2" strip pack with two coordinating pieces of yardage, one light blue, one dark blue.

Yardage of three more lovely blue fabrics.  These fabrics are called "Check it Out".

 A large 5 yard cut of "Custard", a pale yellow with light blue vines here and there.  Thank you, Island Batik.  This will be perfect to coordinate with the other fabrics.

 More yardage in an assortment of colors and patterns!

 And three solids, in gray, white, and black.  I know I'll be using these up!

 Hobbs batting was also very generous.  This time they sent a roll of cotton batting, my personal favorite.

 They also sent a batting I've been wanting to try, 100 percent wool.  Cool!

 And this one is a cotton wool blend.  I feel so spoiled!

Here's a little view of everything all together.  I'm so inspired!  I just can't wait to get to work designing and making new projects to share with you over the next six months!

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas




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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Crafty Class Sale ~ All Classes Under $20!

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All Craftsy Classes Under $20 at Craftsy.com 7/6-7/8/18. No coupon code needed.
So...I'm not so patiently waiting for my second Island Batik Ambassadors box to arrive today, and I came across this fabulous promotion from Craftsy.  All classes are currently priced under $20!  That's a steal.  This promotion is only good through July 8th ~ eek! ~ tomorrow!  So get on over to Craftsy and check it out.  You don't even need a coupon.  Here's a link especially for you:  Craftsy Under $20 Class Sale

Everything you need to knit, crochet, spin and weave at Craftsy.com
In addition to the class sale, if you are like me and also enjoy knitting and crochet, they are having a sale on yarn, up to 50% off!  Click here to visit the yarn sale:  Yarn up to 50% off  This is an ongoing sale, so shop at your leisure.

Now, where is that Fed Ex guy????

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Jennifer Thomas
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Friday, July 6, 2018

New ~ Vintage Bernina Feet in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of July 5, 2018

Bernina #030 Embroidery Foot Old Style Foot Satin Stitch Foot Applique Foot Vintage Bernina Parts

Bernina #560 Reverse Pattern Foot Old Style Foot Red Dot Vintage Bernina Parts

Bernina #452 Buttonhole Foot Old Style Foot Vintage Bernina Parts

Bernina #016 Blind Hem Presser Foot Old Style Vintage Bernina Parts

Bernina #419 Tailor Tacking Foot Old Style Vintage Bernina Parts

Bernina #285 Darning Foot Old Style Quilting Foot Free Motion Quilting Foot Vintage Bernina Parts

The above sewing machine presser feet fit many of the older Bernina machines. Please be sure the feet you want are appropriate for your machine before placing your order.


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Jennifer Thomas



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Thursday, July 5, 2018

What's in the June 2018 Quilty Box?

Disclaimer:  The contents of this box have been given to me at no cost by Quilty Box.
 It's July already, I know, but I've had such a busy June that I haven't had a chance to talk about the June Quilty Box.  Here it is, lurking in the Azaleas and Nasturtiums.

 Peek inside the Quilty Box and an assortment of quilting goodies pop out at you!

 This month's Bundles of Inspiration mini-zine has a new cover.  What a cutie! 

 This fabric bundle, Floribunda is by the June featured designer, Melanie Testa.  She is a textile and quilt artist.

 Here is the bundle unrolled so you can see the lovely assortment of color co-ordinated fabrics.
Are you inspired yet?

 There are a couple of new to me products in this month's box that I'll have to try out.  This is a Goddess Sheet, used in fusible applique to protect your pieces and keep your iron gunk free.

 I enjoy sewing fusible applique, but I've never tried the Mistyfuse brand.  I'm excited to see how smoothly it sews.

My favorite item this month is this black Wonderfil Accent 12 Wt. Thread.  Thick and gorgeous!  I feel some sewing coming on.


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Jennifer Thomas

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