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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13 Blog Tour

Hello quilters!  Welcome to my little segment of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13 Blog Tour.  I can't believe we're up to 13 issues of 100 Blocks already!  Here's my block for this issue, Evening Bloom.  It's in the applique section, on page 14.  If you love applique as much as I do, this block will be fun to sew!  I believe there are 67 pieces?  Count them if you want to.

I made my block with these gorgeous fabrics - Wool Needle Flannels III by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics.  So delicious!

I used a green tone on tone plaid for the bias stems.  To make the stems, cut the fabric 1-1/4" wide on the bias, fold in half, and sew a tiny seam along the length of the strip.  Press the seam under and voila! - you are ready to applique.

To help with stem placement, I drew a four by four grid with chalk onto my background piece.  I did not have to remove the markings later, they were gone by the time I was finished sewing the stems down.

Next, I used tiny applique pins to secure the stem in place, and stitched it to the background fabric.

I applied the flowers, leaves, and berries using the fusible applique method - always fun!

To keep my pieces separated while I work, I put them into little zipper sandwich bags as soon as I cut them out.

Here you can see the stems sewn in place and the flowers, berries, and a few of the small leaves after fusing.  I prefer to fuse a few at a time, rather than trying to lay out all the pieces at once.  I just give them a quick tap with the iron at this stage, so if I need to move anything I still can.  I give everything a final fuse when all the pieces are in place.

Here is a close up pic of the berries and leaves.

After all the pieces are fused in place, I like to go around each patch with matching thread and a zigzag stitch.  You can just barely see the stitching here, on the bud and leaves.

Here is the completed block, once again, Evening Bloom.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my creative process and maybe learned a tip or two for sewing my block.
And now for the giveaway!  If you would like your very own copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 13, please leave a comment below, and let's make it interesting.  Please comment about who taught you to quilt.  I'll choose a random winner at the end of the blog tour.  Please be sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky one.

To return to the blog tour, and more quilty inspiration, click here:  Quilty Pleasures.

Have a lovely day,

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Do-Si-Do Quilt

Today I'm presenting my Do-Si-Do quilt.  The pattern for this quilt is available in the new issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine, the May/June 2016 issue.  

Quilt Stats:

Size:  64-1/2" x 81-1/2"
Block Size:  12"
Fabric:  Lorraine by American Jane For Moda
Batting:  Warm and Natural by the Warm Company
Thread:  King Tut by Superior

This is the floral applique block.  I made six of these for the quilt.  They are sewn using the fusible applique method.  They look a little plain, all by themselves, but they come alive when paired with the alternate pieced blocks.

The flower petals are laid over the background fabric to form a slightly wonky six pointed star center.

The alternate blocks are mostly pieced.  The center section of the block features a little curvy applique to give these blocks a unique look that pairs well with the floral blocks.
I made twelve of these blocks for the quilt.

This is a pic of the back of the quilt.  The quilting design really shows up well on the dark blue backing fabric.

  The Do-Si-Do quilt is gracing the cover of Love of Quilting.  I'm a Cover Girl!  This issue should be available in your local quilt shop soon, or you can purchase a digital issue online from Fons and Porter here:  Love of Quilting Digital Download May/June 2016.  If you only want to purchase the Do-Si-Do pattern, you can get it here:  Do-Si-Do Quilt Pattern.  And, if you want to sew your quilt with the same gorgeous Lorraine fabric line, a kit is available here:  Do-Si-Do Quilt Kit.

If you do sew a quilt from one of my patterns, please share a pic.  I would love to see it!

Have a wonderful day,

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cookies without Calories (Sneaky-Peeky!)

The Cookie Exchange is an upcoming fabric line by Sweetwater for Moda.  Aren't these yummy?  I spent a couple of days cutting them up for a big Christmas quilt I'm sewing this Spring.  

Love this true red.  Red doesn't get any redder than this!

This white on white print features a cross-hatching design.  It's super pretty.  I also have some of this in red and light blue.

The snowflake print is fun, too.  I love this green.  The snowflakes really look like they are falling over this print.

Here is the same fabric with red snowflakes on a white background.  Wouldn't this look terrific in a red and white quilt?

There is also a light blue with different Christmas carols and sayings in white.  "Merry Christmas", "Joy", "Believe, and my favorite, "Peace".  I have these cut into triangles, labelled and bagged.  How do you organize your pieces when you are sewing?  Leave a comment below.

Have a wonderful day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Craftsy Supplies Sale - Now Through Sunday!

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 No time to tiptoe around the tulips –– Craftsy is having a clearance sale! You'll find craft project kits and supplies from your favorite brands and designers, discounted at least 40%. Stock up for spring, and get ready to pack a picnic basket full of inspiration! Hurry, offer ends Sunday. 

Follow this link to browse and shop:  Craftsy Spring Clearance Sale.

See you there!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - April 5, 2016

The Greetings - The Little Quilt Collection Pattern features a nice variety of small quilt patterns, and includes a metal hearts quilt hanger to display your finished project. 

The pattern includes instructions to sew the finished quilts and pillows pictured on the front, plus a bonus metal hearts quilt hanger. 

Can you say "Oh Kitty"?
The Kats and Kitties Table Rug and Pillows Pattern features cute kitties, leaves, and flowers frolicking across a table rug and two small pillows. 

The pattern includes instructions to sew the finished table rug and pillows, designed for felt fabrics. 

These small pillows and table rug will add a "purr"fect touch to your home. 

Have a wonderful day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Autumn in Spring Sneaky Peeky!

Here it is, very early Spring, and I'm sewing a quilt for Fall.  I finished cutting all my fabrics, and started sewing last evening.  I can't share what I'm making yet, but here's a look at a few of the color drenched fabrics.  These are from Moda's upcoming fabric line, Welcome Fall.  I love the quote printed on the selvage "Autumn, when every falling leaf is a flower".

 This green print features gracefully falling leaves, or "flowers".

And how about this rich red with gold etched leaves?  This one will be available in several different Autumn colorways.

Have you sewn a special quilt for Fall?  Leave a comment below.

Have a wonderful day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Rainbow Connection - Update

Here's an update on my Rainbow Connection hexagon quilt.  I've been adding some yellow hexies this week. What a difference that makes.  The bright and warm yellows going around the edges really changes the look and feel of the whole quilt.  I can't wait to see what happens next!

Do you use yellows in your quilts?  Leave a comment below.

Have a wonderful day,

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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