Welcome to the Curlicue Creations blog.

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!

Monday, April 14, 2014

1980's Fashion Flashback!

This week I've added a couple of 1980's classic sewing patterns to the shop.  Fun, and still fashionable!  Isn't it about time for shoulder pads to come back into style?



Adorn your self in this pleasantly stylish outfit with this easy McCall's wardrobe pattern. The cocoon style jacket is unlined and has shoulder pads. The tank top is a pullover style. The tapered pants are also an easy pull-on style with a partial elastic waistband and side seam pockets.



Adorn your self in a variety of cute and stylish dresses with this easy to sew Simplicity dress pattern. The dress can be sewn in three lengths, with a straight or flared skirt. All dresses feature back zipper closure and side seam pockets. Other options include with or without collar, long sleeves, or sleeveless, and front pleats. This pattern is also petite-able.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fresh Out of White Thread


I got stuck on the Stitch-A-Long this week.  You can see the next block, the Friendship Star block is almost complete.  I ran out of White DMC to fill in the background.  I have floss stashed everywhere, too.  I have six of those handy-dandy floss keeping boxes, a jar of floss, a wooden box full of floss, and one bent up tin of floss.  No White anywhere!  I guess I'll have to go shop soon.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Star Quilt Block of the Month Tutorial #9 - Royal Star

Welcome to Block Nine, Royal Star.  This block looks complex, but if you follow my step by step instructions, you will find it is easy to sew.  The most important thing to remember while sewing this block, is to double check that each unit is facing the correct direction before stitching your seam.   If you need to catch up, the previous eight Block of the Month Tutorials can be found under the "Star Block of the Month Tutorials" tab at the top of this page.  Remember that all seam allowances are 1/4".  All blocks in this series will finish at 12".  And away we go....


The Royal Star Block appears as a star floating over a background of four triangles.  Keep this in mind when you pick out your fabrics. You will need a good contrast between the lights for the background, and the darks for the star to get pleasing results.


The fabrics I used in my block from left to right:  Pink, Lilac, Purple, Brown, Dark Brown.  These fabrics are all from Robert Kaufman.  The pink is an Artisan Batik, the lilac and purple are from the Jennifer Sampou Studio Stash line, and the browns are Fusions.


Cutting Instructions

                            Pink:  Cut 2 ea. 3-7/8" squares A          Lilac:  Cut 2 ea. 3-7/8" squares A   
                                     Cut 1 ea. 4-1/4" square B                      Cut 1 ea. 4-1/4" square B
                                     Cut 2 ea 2-5/8" squares C                     Cut 2 ea. 2-5/8" squares C

Purple:  Cut 4 ea. half square triangles D from 2 ea. 3-7/8" squares  
Cut 2 ea. 4-1/4" squares B

Brown:  Cut 8 ea. quarter square triangles E from 2 ea. 4-1/4" squares

Dark Brown: Cut 4 ea. 2-5/8" squares C 


Sewing the Block:

Step 1:  Sew each of the Pink 2-5/8" squares C to a Lilac 2-5/8" square C.  


Sew the pairs together to make a Four Patch unit.


Sew one Purple half square triangle D to each side of the Four Patch unit.


For accuracy, match the point of the triangle with the center line of the four patch unit and pin.


The completed center unit.


Step 2:  Sew one Brown quarter square triangle E to one side of a Dark Brown 2-5/8" square C.


Sew a second Brown quarter square triangle E to an adjacent side of the Dark Brown 2-5/8" square C to make a large triangle unit.


Sew a total of four large triangle units.


Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of the Pink 4-1/4" squares B and the Lilac 4-1/4" squares B.


Pair them right sides together with the Purple 4-1/4" squares B.


Sew 1/4" away from the line on both sides.


Cut on the drawn lines.


Open out, and press.


Cut each unit in half diagonally from corner to corner to yield four Pink/Purple small triangle units and four Lilac/Purple small triangle units.

Sew two of the Pink/Purple small triangle units to one of the large triangle units.


Repeat.


Sew two of the Lilac/Purple small triangle units to one of the large triangle units.  Repeat.


Step 3:  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of the Pink 3-7/8" squares A.


Pair them right sides together with the two Lilac 3-7/8" squares A.  Sew 1/4" away from the line on both sides.


Cut on the drawn lines.


Open out, and press.  You should have four each Pink/Lilac square units.  Each unit should measure 3-1/2" square.


Step 4:  Lay out the block.  Be careful with the unit placement.  When the units are in the correct positions, it should appear as if the star is "floating" over a background of two Lilac triangles, and two Pink triangles.


Sew the units into three rows.


Sew the rows together to complete the block.

Smile!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Scrap Explosion!


Here's what happened in my studio yesterday...a TNT scrap basket explosion!  My 4 y.o.'s initials are T.N.T.  Appropriate, eh?


He had a good reason for exploring the scraps.  His fire station needed some "insulation" and "rugs".   I agree, they will be warm and cozy at the fire depot.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mark Your Calendar!


It's only one month until Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 9 Blog Tour!  Mark your calendars now.  You won't want to miss it.  Each day you can visit different designers to see their block, get great tips and ideas, and there will be giveaways galore! My day is Friday, May 2nd.  


Here's a sneak peek at the cover of the upcoming issue.  I'm so excited!  This is the sixth issue of 100 blocks that I've had a design in, but it's my first time on the cover.  I'll reveal which block is mine on May 2nd.  See you then!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas


Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Design Wall is too Small!


Today I took on the task of stitching Trent's 100 Blocks quilt top together.  I tried to take some photos, but my design wall just isn't big enough for these rows!  See them folding over on the edges?


This pic shows the top border and part of one of the rows.  The border didn't even fit on the design wall at an angle.


Here's one of the rows together.  I took this picture in front of a window.  You can really tell, because the center block looks like stained glass with the light shining through.


Here's a picture of the back of one of the rows, while pinning.


And what is wrong with this picture?  Oh no!  That was a really looooooong seam to rip out.  Yes, that's why they call me the "Jinxed Seamripper".  Sigh!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Batting Review: Soft & Bright Batting


I tried Soft & Bright batting by The Warm Company for my most recent quilt and I loved it!  This is my favorite batting to date.  It's thick, soft, and warm.  It quilted beautifully - no problems at all.  I can't wait for next Winter, so I can sleep under this quilt.  It is going to be super warm.  

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas