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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!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quiltmaker's 1000 Blocks! Blog Tour

 Woo-Hoo!  Quiltmaker!  1000 Blocks!  Congratulations!  I'm so glad I've been a part of this ongoing journey with the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazines.  Here we are, Volume 10, and it's wonderful.  So many amazing blocks to sew!


Here's my block, Persuasion.  This was a fun block to design.  I knew I wanted something with a pieced background.  The swirly rose just came about by happy accident.


Love this hearts on black fabric by Moda!  The hearts are just dancing all over the place.  


For my quilt, I sewed four Persuasion blocks.


 I wanted to put them into an on point setting with the blocks kind of spinning around from the center...but I ran out of fabric.  I even dug through my stash for some other fabric that would work - nothing!


So this is how the quilt turned out.  Still cute!



And now for the giveaway - today is actually my birthday - what fun to be on the blog tour and hosting a giveaway on my special day!  To win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 10, please leave a comment below.  Be sure I have a way to contact you, if you are the randomly selected winner.

Please be sure to visit the Quiltmaker blog, Quilty Pleasures, to get links to all the designers on the blog tour today and the rest of the week, plus fun surprise giveaways by Quiltmaker.  1000 Blocks!  Woo-hoo!  Congratulations, Quiltmaker.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Monday, November 17, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Volume 9

Hello.  Welcome to the very last day of my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Day 9.  From Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 9 I've sewn one block and one quilt.


Triangle-O-Rama, Block #897, designed by Me!  The first completely pieced block I've designed for the 100 blocks series.


I also made this quilt, Cosmic Blast using the Triangle-O-Rama block.  The Cosmic blast quilt appears in Quiltmaker's Quilts from 100 Blocks, Fall 2014.


If you didn't already know, the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 10 Blog tour starts today!  Please visit the Quiltmaker Blog, Quilty Pleasures for links to all the designers participating on the tour, plus great giveaways by Quiltmaker.  I will be on the blog tour tomorrow to reveal my block for Volume 10, plus giveaway a copy of the magazine.  See you then!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Volume 8

Hello!  Welcome to Day 8 of my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown.  I've sewn four blocks and one quilt from Volume 8.


Ukulele-lei, Block #701, designed by Sandi Colwell.  Love, love, love this block!  It's so happy!  The ukulele strings were fun to stitch.  This will be part of Trent's 100 Blocks quilt.


Shadow Play, Block #714, designed by Me! Another design where I'm playing with cutouts, layers, and shadows.

I also made a Shadow Play quilt, which appears in the magazine.  I've set the blocks into larger blocks and repeated a motif for the center of the quilt.


Rollin' Along, Block #717, designed by Kristy Wolf.  Another one of my all time faves!  This block was super fun to stitch, all the way up to the tiny red bird perched atop the flag.  I love it!  This is one of Trent's quilt blocks.


Mixmaster, Block #797, designed by Denise Starck.  This is the first block Trent chose for his 100 blocks quilt.  

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Volume 7

Hello.  Welcome to my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Day 7.  
I have sewn 3 blocks and one quilt from Volume 7.


Summer's End, Block #609, designed by Me!  I made this block with wool look flannels fusible appliqued onto a muslin background.  So warm looking.


I also made a Summer's End quilt, which appears in the magazine.  This is one of my all-time favorite quilts.  It's so cuddly!


Cuppity Cake, Block #630, designed by Sandy Fitzpatrick.  Oh yum!  This sweet block is part of Trent's 100 Blocks quilt.


Bus Stop, Block #696, designed by Denise Starck.  Another block for Trent's quilt.  He has really enjoyed riding the school bus for his first year of school.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Friday, November 14, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Volume 6

Hello. Welcome to Day 6 of my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown.  What am I counting down to?  Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 10!  Ten amazing issues of 100 blocks each - that's 1000 blocks!  Woo-hoo!  Here are the blocks and quilt I've sewn from Volume 6.


Snow Day, Block #509, designed by Denise Russart.  This block is for Trent's 100 Blocks quilt.  He just loves playing in the snow with his brother, Levi.  They are already watching the weather carefully this season, watching and waiting for that first snowfall.


Happy Puppy, Block #511, designed by Rob Stanphill.  How cute!  Who could resist this sweet little dog?  Another block for Trent's quilt.


Tango, Block #513, designed by Me!  Tango was my block for issue 6.  Here you can see I'm still playing with circles, cutouts, and fusible applique.


The Tango quilt also appears in the magazine.  It was wonderful to sew this colorful quilt in nine delicious batik fabrics.  


Cat Nip, Block #542, designed by Dianne Gardner.  More kitties!  Oh kitties!  Isn't this pair just too cute?  Button eyes and ribbon collars.  They are also for Trent's quilt.


Rescue No. 1, Block #597, designed by Denise Starck.  This one is for Trent's quilt, too.  I'm sewing three of Denise's truck blocks for his quilt.  They each have a lot of pieces, but as long as you keep them organized, sewing is a snap.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Volume 5

Hello.  Welcome to Day 5 of my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown.  Volume 5 was a busy one for me.  I sewed 16 blocks and 3 quilts from Volume 5.  This was the last issue that I had the pleasure of testing blocks for.  What an enriching experience that was.  I came out of it feeling like I can quilt just about anything.  Here's what I made from Volume 5.


Abloom, Block #401, designed by Barbara Cherniwchan.  This is the first block that appears in Volume 5.  I made mine using the fusible applique method.  Lovely curves in this block.


Fresh Flowers, Block #406, designed by Cheryl Haynes.  Her original block has a light background.  I changed it up by using this night sky fabric with bright colors.  The butterfly button and french knot detail really make this block fun.


I liked it so much that I designed this little wall hanging featuring the Fresh Flowers block.  This is currently hanging in my quilting studio hallway.


Ray of Sunshine, Block #407, designed by Mary Andra Holmes.  This was fun to sew also.  I adore fusible applique!  Once again, I changed the background from a light, white fabric, to this dark brown for a dramatic result.


Sitting Pretty, Block #410, designed by Kay Mackenzie.  Oh kitty!  You know I love my kitties, and my boys do too.  Trent selected this block for his 100 Blocks quilt.


Icicle Star, Block #416, designed by Sheri Diesburg.  A fantastic foundation pieced block.  Sorry my photo is a little fuzzy.


Circle of Friends, Block #420, designed by Carolyn Cullinan McCormick.  This is a great block for scrap busting!  Look at all the fun fabrics I was able to use in this block.


May Showers, Block #421, designed by Jennifer Ofenstein.  This paper piecing block has a ton of seams!  I had a little trouble getting them all lined up correctly, and my rain drops are still falling up!  Oooops!  But it's cute. Jennifer is awesome.  She's a paper piecing diva.


Polka Party, Block #429, designed by Me!  This was my block for Volume 5, my first try for a "modern" style design.  I love the combination of squares, circles, and the tiny flower in the center.  I have sewn this block in a few different color combinations for great results, too.


I made a quilt, Fresh 'N Fancy, for the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Spring 2013 issue featuring my Polka Party block combined with Fresh Cut, Block #343, by Sara Tuttle Khammash.  The on-point setting really works for these two blocks.


Old Town Star, Block #448, designed by Katie Blakesley.  I adore this block.  It was fun to use the bat novelty print in combination with the red check and green tone on tone.  


Framework, Block #454, designed by Emily Cier.  This was a challenging block for me to sew.  There are a lot of long, skinny pieces.


Window Panes, Block #458, designed by Jennifer Dick.  Another block by a Jennifer!  Yeah!  Go Jens!  This block is simple, but fun.  It would be interesting to play with a lot of these up on a design wall.


Diamond Eyes, Block #459, by Monique Dillard.  Very nice classic looking block.  The cornerstone diamonds almost make it look like a quilt in itself.


Crossroads in Life, Block #466, designed by Carolyn Goins.  Another block that features great movement.  Simply by playing with color and block placement, you could create a quilt that really makes your eyes move.


Diamond Mine, Block #474, designed by Faith Jones.  Faith used all solids in her block for an ultra-modern look.  My block features the Mosaic collection by Timeless Treasures.  


Flower Burst, Block # 476, designed by Debby Kratovil.  Debbie's block features a large fussy-cut flower in the center.  I loved using the fun bat print fabric again for this block.  It almost looks like you are viewing the bats through a round window at night.


Star Light, Star Bright, Block #487, designed by Scott Murkin.  I used the bat fabric again for the edges of this fantastic hexagon star block.


I sewed nine of the test blocks together into this quilt, Wedding Chapel Windows.


Thanks so much for reading today!  Please join me for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour on November 18th for a fun giveaway of issue 10!  1000 Blocks!  Wow!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Countdown, Volume 4

Hello everyone!  Welcome to Day 4 of my Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks countdown.  Today we are on Volume 4 from Winter 2011.  I did more block testing for this issue.  I also submitted a block.


In My Garden, Block #306, by me!  What a playful little block.  It always makes me smile when I see the little turtle and the graceful flower bending in the breeze.  I do have Eastern Box Turtles in my garden occasionally.  They like to nibble on the cantaloupes.


I made this cute little wall hanging featuring the In My Garden block.  Simple, but effective with a fun stripey border.


Winter Blooms, Block #309, by Cheryl Haynes.  Cheryl Haynes is also known as the Prairie Grove Peddler.  She is one of my favorite block designers.  I love her floral applique blocks.  This block features little french knots in the centers of the flowers.  


Olde St. Nick, Block #313, by Susan Marth.  Who doesn't love Santa!  This was a fun block to sew.  I was a little nervous about outlining all the patches with black thread, but it came out nicely.  It has been pointed out in Quiltmaker magazine that if you turn this block upside down it looks like a sheep eating out of Santa's hat.


The Balancing Act, Block #316, by Denise Russart.  How adorable!  Denise has designed a lot of dog blocks.  This one is so cute with the butterfly perched on his nose.


Posie Pathway, Block #317, by Erin Russek.  Another one of my faves.  I just adore applique floral blocks.


Sunday Rose, Block #325, by Chris Hoover.  I tried to use similar colors to Chris' original block for this one.  Very pretty foundation pieced block!


Fresh Cut, Block #343, by Sara Tuttle Khammash.  I sewed this block as part of my Fresh 'N Fancy quilt which appeared in one of the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issue.  I chose this block to go with my Polka Party block (Volume 5 - see tomorrow's post) because I wanted an applique block with a pieced background.  I wanted the applique shape to be rounded to add softness to the squareness of the Polka Party blocks. 


The Fresh 'N Fancy quilt, included in the Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Spring 2013 issue.  See how the Fresh Cut blocks and the Polka Party blocks coordinate together?


Sephora, Block #345, by Becca LoGiudice.  This block makes me smile.  Becca's original block is very serious, a beautiful black and blue vase on a black and white background.  My vase has chickens on it and looks like it is outside, sitting in a farmer's field with the cows, geese, and ducks looking on.


Linked, Block #348, by Moira McSpadden.  This block gave me a hard time.  I sewed the sections together incorrectly the first time, but the end result is a really cool, interlocking look.  A fun modern block.


Patchwork Bouquet, Block #349, by Amanda Murphy.  I won't lie here - Amanda's block is far prettier than mine!  Her block is all cool blues and greens.  The color combination I used here is a little bit crazy.  I wanted to experiment with colors and stripes.  I did use the red and white striped fabric in several of the blocks I tested for this issue.


Brer Bunny, Block #353, by Marjorie Rhine.  How cute it this???  A little blue bunny sewn out of a triangle, with a carrot snack.  A little embroidery detail on the nose and mouth.  You can see I played with the red and white stripes in the background.
Stripes can add marvelous dimension to a block.


Confetti, Block #354, by Laura Stone Roberts.  Definitely different!  This block features a modern style pieced stripe background.  Each tiny squares is then fused on and secured with a French knot.


Patchwork Pansies, Block #360, by Terry Clothier Thompson.  Another pretty floral block with a pieced background.  I should have chosen a better contrasting fabric for the pansies.  They feature sweetly embroidered details.  


Ozark Cactus, Block #384, by Judy Laquidara.  This block should produce a nice secondary design when placed together.


Just Chillin', Block #397, by Margie Ullery.  I'm sorry the photo is so skewed.  It's the only pic I could find of this block.  This one was sewn for Trent's 100 Blocks quilt.  So cute!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas