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I'm so happy you could stop by. I'll be posting about my latest quilt patterns, and projects in the works. I'll also be periodically posting information and pictures about my vintage sewing finds. Please visit my shop at curlicuecreations.com. Have a super day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kenmore Mini Ultra


The Kenmore Mini Ultra.  This is not a vintage machine.  All plastic, 3/4 size.  You can still purchase these new.  My husband found this one at a thrift shop for $7.00.  How can you pass up a sewing machine for $7.00?  It's in brand new condition.  I don't think it's ever been used.  No lint. Extremely clean.  It sews smoothly and has a variety of stitch functions.  Plus it's cute in the baby blue color.  I'm thinking this will be a good machine to teach my crafty little guy to sew on.  My youngest wants to learn to sew.

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 UFO - Still a UFO


Here it is, March 31st, and I have not finished my UFO challenge for the month.  I was trying to finish quilting this top, Mulberry Square.  It's pretty big, 99" x 99", and I have a few other projects happening at the same time.  I'm about halfway done with the quilting.  Here's a bit of it:


Swirls.  I'm swirl quilting the whole center of this top.  I've been experimenting with different styles of swirls.  I'm using my favorite thread for quilting, King Tut, by Superior Threads.


More swirls appear in the gold border.  The pieced border features a leaf type design.  


More swirlies in the green border.  The yellow has some flowers, but it's really hard to see.  The thread I'm using in this border matches the fabric so well, I had a tough time quilting it.


More swirls...


and more swirls.  Maybe I will get this finished in April.  Did you have any March finishes?

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cutting It Close


This is all I had left after cutting for a new project.  Now that's "cutting it close".  (I'm so punny!)

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Busy, Busy Sleep Pants


Trent asked me to sew a pair of sleep pants with the above fabric I had leftover from the back of his 100 Blocks quilt.  I had to piece the fabric together a bit to make it work.  Then I modified a boys 
pull -on pants pattern, and Voila! - super cute sleep pants!


It is not easy to get a 5 y.o. to be still long enough to get a good picture of  his new pants, but here's one from this morning.  He's busy collecting supplies to be a spy.  Apparently you need binoculars, a rolling backpack, some stickers, a mysterious looking tracking device, and a couple of art clips for holding paintings to an easel.


Here's the other wonderful photo I got of him watching a movie last Friday night.  Looks comfy, eh?

For great sewing patterns like this one, please visit the Curlicue Creations shop...and have a super day!

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Persuasion Quilt Homecoming


My Persuasion quilt returned home yesterday.  It's always a special day when a quilt comes back home from the magazine.  I'm a little bit nervous and critical of my work when I send them off, but when they return home, and I unpack the box, I think, "Wow - that actually looks pretty good."  Ha!ha!


Here's the Persuasion block.  Complete directions and pattern pieces appear in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 10.  My block is #954, on page 45.  I feel honored and excited to have another block in the upcoming Volume 11, due out in May. 


If you haven't got your copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 10 yet, I still have a few available in my online shop.  You can purchase one by following this link:  100 Blocks, Volume 10.  These usually sell out when the new issue appears, so get yours now.

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Treadles: One, Two, Three.


Treadle machines, one, two, three.  This is what my front porch looks like this morning.  The third treadle is in a wooden coffin case, behind the azalea bush.


Treadle number one is a Burdick, made for Sears and Roebuck.  These machines were only produced for a few years, between 1899 and 1901.  Pretty decals.  The cabinet is made beautifully.  The treadle mechanism has one piece of broken wood that needs to be replaced.  Otherwise this machine appears to be in working order, but obviously needs restoration.


Treadle number two is a Singer.  From my limited research yesterday, I'm not exactly sure what model this one is.  I looked up the serial number and found it was manufactured in 1910.  It says it's an 85, and only 100 were made on that particular day.  I couldn't find any information on a Singer 85.  It looks like an older model 15 to me.  This one is in bad shape.  Currently frozen.  The treadle mechanism works well and the cabinet is in beautiful condition, although someone has painted it a dark brown.


Treadle number three is a Wheeler and Wilson, #9.  This is the oldest of the three machines, made in the 1800's.  It's not pretty, but seems to be in working order.  The cabinet has beautiful details.  The treadle for this machine actually has a brake - cool! 


The coffin cover.  Unfortunately someone did a terrible paint job on the cabinet and cover.  


I found lots of interesting goodies stashed away in the drawers.  An old raisin box full of antique buttons, many old spools of thread, bobbins, machine accessories and feet, antique needle books, a small can of oil, and a few mysterious items.


This partially sewn garment was stuffed into the fourth drawer.  It appears to be the bodice to a girl's dress.  I'm not sure if I should keep it or toss it.  It's interesting from an historical sewing viewpoint, and has no evidence of mice or moth damage, but it is a bit yellowed.

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Monday, March 23, 2015

Quilt Rescue


My husband spends a lot of his time out vintage shopping.  I've got him trained to bring home orphan quilts.  Here's the latest one.  I love the way the wind kicks up whenever I try to take a photo of a quilt on the clothesline.


This quilt came equipped with a label - Hooray!  It was sewn by the Capital Quilter's Guild in Raleigh, NC.  I wonder who it was made for.  They washed it without a color catcher and all that gorgeous bright red bled into the checkerboard sashing.


With a little love and a little luck, I was able to get most of the red out.  


I believe the quilt is happy to have a new home.


Here's the most wind-free pic I was able to take.  Very nice.  I like it.

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas