Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - July 13, 2016

Michaels Create! Magazine, May 2002 issue. This magazine features Fresh Decor Ideas for Spring, Celebrate Favors, Cards, and Decorations for Special Occasions, For the Bride - Headpieces and More You Can Make, Fashion Flair, and more.

This fabulous issue of Michaels Create! magazine is in used, but very good condition. 106 pages of great ideas for crafting.

Woman's Day Super Special Granny Squares Magazine, issue No. 7. This magazine features Heirloom Section - Great Grannies from Our Past, On-the-Go Crochet: Simple Squares & Lacy Motifs, Bold & Bright: Afghans, Rugs, Pillows & Table Decor, Super Sweaters for the Family!, and more!

This fabulous issue of Woman's Day Super Special Granny Squares magazine is in used, but very good condition. 96 pages of great ideas for crochet.

Country Quilts Colorpoint Paintstitching Book, by Donna Gallagher. Very Good condition. 18 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1993 

This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 11 charming projects, 8 pages of transfer patterns, general instructions, troubleshooting & helpful hints, practice makes perfect, and caring for colorpoint projects. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Hearts & Flowers, Decorative Pillow, and more.

This Pot's For You...Plus More Decorative Painting Book, by Margaret Gay, CDA & Kim Gay. Very Good condition. 31 pages. Soft cover. Copyright 1994 

This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 16 charming projects, General Information, Painting Set-Up, and Painting Techniques. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Standing Bunny, Bunny on Chambray, Easter Clay Pots, Floral Floor cloth, Bear Floor cloth, Bear Cookie Jar Lid, Cheese boxes, and Clay Pots, Tulips & May Flowers, Teacher and School Clay Pots, Watermelon & Artist Clay Pots, Sailboats, Kites and Fish Pots, Baby Clay Pots, Over the Hill Pots, Sports Clay Pots, Chunky Pumpkins, Halloween Clay Pots, Santa in Chimney, and Santa on Chambray.

Quick and Easy Plastic Canvas Magazine, issue No. 7. This magazine features 30 Hot New Patterns, Warm Up to Southwest Designs, Quick Back-to-School Projects, and more.

This fabulous issue of Quick and Easy Plastic Canvas magazine is in used, but very good condition. 31 pages of great ideas for stitching.

This week's additions include all these and more - a nice variety of crafting inspiration.  Get Creative!  Click here to visit the Curlicue Creations Shop.

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sailing Under the Stars


 I completed my four Star Blocks.  Aren't they just so sparkly?


Now, on to the ships.  I started with a little chain piecing.


These triangle squares are going to become the ship's sails.


Sewn together into fours; each ship will have four sails.


The dark red/light blue triangle squares will be the bottom section of the ships.

 

See how the sails fit together with the bottom of the ships?


Last, I sewed a wavy looking blue batik to the bottom of the ships to complete the three ship blocks.


Up next:  The Tree Blocks!

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Cotton Club Quilt


 Introducing my Cotton Club quilt.  The pattern for this quilt is available in the new issue of Quilter's World magazine, Autumn 2016.

This issue is filled with lots of gorgeous Fall projects - Yum!


Quilt Stats:

Size:  84" x 96"
Block Size:  12"
Fabric:  Tonga Batiks Salsa by Timeless Treasures
Batting:  Warm and White by the Warm Company

Thread:  King Tut by Superior


The quilt top is made from one block in two different color variations,  This block...


...and this block.  I made my quilt in Fall colors, for the Autumn issue, but it would look lovely in any number of color schemes.  Just remember to keep the color values the same to achieve a pleasing design.


I quilted this in a simple loopy meander all-over design with a nice blendy gray thread by Superior, King Tut - my favorite thread for quilting.


This photo shows the complete quilt top, and gives you a nice sense of how the design makes your eyes move across the quilt.  


 The Cotton Club quilt is in the Autumn 2016 issue of Quilter's World magazine.   This issue should be available in your local quilt shop soon, or you can purchase a digital issue online from Quilter's World here:  Quilter's World Autumn 2016 Digital Issue.

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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Thursday, July 7, 2016

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - July 7, 2016

Designs in Patchwork , by Diann Logan. This quilting how-to book features 30 bright new quilts for machine piecing. All designs feature full color photos, plus black and white and some color diagrams, patterns, and complete instructions. 

This book is divided into different sections including an Introduction, General Instructions, Patterns for Templates, and the 30 quilts and patterns. 

143 pages. Vintage 1987. Hardcover with dust jacket. Excellent condition.
Easy Mix & Match Machine Paper Piecing , by Carol Doak. This quilting how-to book teaches Carol Doak's machine paper piecing method and includes 70 quilt blocks patterns. All designs feature full color photos, plus black and white diagrams and complete instructions. 

This book is divided into different sections including an Introduction, Working with Block Designs, Fabric Grain Options, Quilt Blocks, Block Designs, Block and Quilt Design Possibilities, Quilt Layouts, Project Size, Quilt Plans, Gallery of Quilts, and Quilt Finishing. 

95 pages. Vintage 1995. Softcover. Very good condition.
Adventures with Fuzzy Tales Decorative Painting Booklet. Good condition. 35 pages. Soft cover. Vintage 1988. 

This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 13 charming bear and bunny painting projects, general instructions section, general supplies section, a word about the deerfoot brush, and about the author. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include A Chair for Cubby, Child's Window Shutters, and more.
Country Companions Decorative Painting Booklet. Good condition. 35 pages. Soft cover. Vintage 1989. 

This beautiful decorative painting booklet includes 15 quick and easy painting projects, a "Basic 6-Step Procedure for Creating the Really Country Look, and a general materials and supplies section. Designs are all shown in full color and include detailed painting instructions. Designs include Family of Bunnies, Yesteryear Today Prayer Bench, Christmas Gander Welcome Wreath, Bunny Silhouete Candle Holder, Country Caddies Napkin Holder, Toothpick Holder, Sweetener Holder, Business Card Holders, Santa and the Sheep, and more.

Get creative with these crafting books and more!

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Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Home by the Sea Star Blocks

 I'm sewing my Home by the Sea quilt, starting at the top with the four Star Blocks.  

 First I sewed the dark yellow triangles to the blue triangles to make triangle pairs.

 Next, the triangle pairs are sewn to the large yellow triangles to make square units.

 Here, the blue squares are sewn to the pieced units.

 This is where it gets a little tricky.  It is easy to sew the triangle units to the square units facing the wrong way!  I had to do a little un-sewing myself.

 This is the progress I've made to date.  Two of the star blocks are almost complete!  I should be able to finish them all during my next sewing opportunity.  I can't wait to see how they turn out!

What are you sewing today?  Leave a comment below.

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Rainbow Connection Update

After finishing five crazy deadline quilts, I finally have a little time in the evenings to add to my current hexagon project, The Rainbow Connection.  I took the above photo this morning.

I was recently able to prepare a nice little baggie of hexagons on a short trip to the beach.  They are so fun and easy to sew on the go.  The funny thing was I finished the last hexagon with the last bit of thread only one mile before arriving back home.  Strange how things work out sometimes, eh?  This photo is my two youngest boys, playing in the sand.  They had a blast and are begging for a return trip to the ocean.

Do you sew on the go?  Leave a comment below.

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - June 29, 2016

Simplicity 8726 Design Your Own Dress pattern, sizes 8, 10, 12, and 14. This pretty pattern makes a classic style dress in many variations. Dress features include slim or flared skirt, many different neckline and skirt variations, back zipper, elastic waist, long or short sleeves, different skirt lengths, back vent side seam pockets, cuffs or sleeve ruffles. This pattern is designed to mix and match to create your own unique dress. 

Picture yourself wearing this lovely dress to a special event, at the office, or even just out shopping. This dress will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

Vogue's Basic Design 1813 Shirt pattern, sizes 8, 10, and 12. This pretty pattern makes a classic style shirt in five variations. All shirts feature dropped shoulders, shoulder pads, back pleated yoke. Options include collar variations, pockets with mock band and button trim, different sleeve lengths, and button cuffs.

Picture yourself wearing this lovely blouse to a special event, at the office, or even just out shopping. This blouse will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

New Look 6458 for Kids Easy Jacket, Vest, Jumper, Pants, and Headband pattern, sizes Newborn, Small, Medium, and Large. This pretty pattern makes a classic style outfit for baby. Pattern includes pieces and instructions to sew a jacket, vest (waistcoat), jumper, pants, and headband. 

Picture your baby wearing this adorable outfit to a special event, play date, or even as everyday play wear. This outfit will inspire your child to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

See and Sew 5820 Jacket and Pants pattern, sizes 8, 10, and 12. This pretty pattern makes a classic style jacket and pants outfit. Loose fitting jacket features mock bands, extended shoulders, shoulder pads, pockets, and long sleeves. Pants are tapered with waistband, front pleats, side pockets and pocket opening. 

Picture yourself wearing this classy outfit to a special social event, out to dinner, or even as everyday office wear. This outfit will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

For all these and more fabulous vintage sewing supplies, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations Shop.  Get Creative!

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas