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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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Friday, March 25, 2016

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - March 25, 2016

Count Your Blessings Volume 2 Decorative Painting Booklet, by Chris Thornton. Good condition. 94 pages. Soft cover. Cover is a little bit worn. Copyright 1987. 

This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes over 30 painting projects, a supplies list, helpful hints, how to's and what are's, and a Preparing Surfaces section. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Dutch Welcome, Soap Box Derby, My Loved Ones, Little King, My Pony, Peach Rose Mirror Pitcher, Swan, and Trinket Box, The Season, Halloween Train, Barney Owl, Christmas Geese Candle Holders, He is Risen, Sugar Shack Recipe Box Christmas Ornaments or Plant Sticks, Mouse, Baby Duck, Teddy Bear, Rocking Horse, As For Me, and more.

Crafts 'n Things Magazine, January 1999 Issue. Used, but good condition. 110 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes 26 Free Patterns, Christmas Ideas, How-to's, Tips, The Easiest Angel, The Busy Woman's Last Minute Christmas Idea Book, 29 Christmas Ornaments Decorations Gifts, Make Mr. Blue for Under $5!, You Can Make Any of the 29 in Less than One Hour, plus much, much, more! 

Are you collecting these stellar crafting magazines? If you enjoy a variety of crafting techniques, this magazine will keep you busy.

Crafts Magazine, February 2001 issue. This magazine has 106 full color pages and is in excellent condition. Includes pull out pattern section. 

This issue includes 25 Ideas from the Heart, Sneak Peek! Susan Branch Designs for Crafters, Make Our Elegant Beaded Mini Purse, Easy Embroidery! Love Birds Pillow, Paint our Easy Sweet Treat Plate, and more.

Country Fixin's Sunflower Friends Decorative Painting Booklet. Excellent condition. 70 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1995. 

This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 70 pages of quick and easy painting projects, a general instructions sections featuring Brushes, Supplies, Paint, Wood Preparation and more. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Tulip Country Kitchen, You Put Sunshine in My Heart, You Put Sunshine in My Life, Sunflower Welcome, Spring Welcome, Checkerboard Sunflowers, If Friends Were Flowers I'd Pick You, Checkerboard Sunflowers Spoon Holder, and more.

ReNew with PermEnamel Decorative Painting Booklet. Good condition. 40 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1998. 

This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 34 quick and easy painting projects, a general instructions and information section, Supplies Section, Type of Paint, Preparation of Surface, Helpful Hints, and more. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Cherry Coffee Pot, Cherry Plate with Liner, Cherry Toaster, Cherry Votive Lamp, Cherry Jam Jar, Painted Butter Knife, Jello Mold, Votive Candle holders, Can Jar Oil Candle, Violet Candle holder, Wisteria Candle holder, Violet Tile Trivet Clock, Snowman Tile Trivet, Snowman Teapot and Matching Cups, Pumpkin Harvest Cake Cover, Bowls, Pie Tin, and Kettle, Ghost and Pumpkin Candy Jar, Ghost Ornaments, Heart to Heart Cookie Sheet Message Board, Cake Pan Clock, Canning Jar Lamp and Shade, Teapot, Painting Hearts, Magnets, Ornaments, Chandelier Globe Candle holder, Cotton Candy Pink Floral Jar, Ribbons and Roses Oil Can, Bath Caddy, Magnet Board, "All Birds Welcome", and Granite Pan Snowman and Can.

Crafting Traditions Magazine, May/June 1999. Used, but good condition. 67 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes Over 40 Bright How-to's, For Mom and Dad, Weddings, Family Keepsakes, and more. All patterns are full size and ready to use. 

Are you collecting these wonderful crafting magazines? 

For more information, pictures, and to purchase these inspiring books and magazines, please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop.

Have a wonderful day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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