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!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Aura Hexie Quilt Weekly Update


I'm adding some red hexies this week.  Thanks for looking!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wishing Stars Quilt Homecoming


This week My Wishing Stars quilt came home from Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts.  It was all wrapped up in some nice tissue paper, and folded pretty, just so.


The first thing I did was give it a BIG hug!  It smelled so nice, like fresh cotton.  It must be the The Warm Company's Warm and Plush Cotton Batting.  How wonderful!


Trent wanted to cuddle the Wishing Stars quilt, too.  


I hung it on this empty quilt rack in my living room for now.  I like to change out my quilt displays often.  It changes the look and mood of a room instantly.  Light and bright sparkling stars for Summer?  Yes.


If you would like to sew your own Wishing Stars quilt, the pattern is available in the Summer 2015 issue of Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summertime and the Flowers are Hot!Hot!Hot!


It's June, and you can feel it the instant you step outside.  Summer has arrived with a high of 99 today.  I will be floating in the pool this afternoon.   A few summer flowers are blooming today, despite the heat.  I love these tall lacy wildflowers in my front garden bed.


A few roses and orange lilies are tucked into a shady corner by the old stone chimney.  I can also see the green leafy foliage of my fall Mums, a promise of Thanksgiving blooms yet to come.


A pop of bright yellow lilies and a few more orange lilies gracing the front of the greenhouse.  Hot outside, even hotter inside.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Back Issues For Sale

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, August 2007, Issue 87. Used, but very good condition. 104 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes Finish Fast! Speedy Strip-Piecing, Stunning Big Blocks, Fresh Looks for Historical Designs, Easiest Applique Ever and more. 

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, August 2009, Issue 99. Used, but very good condition. 104 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes Quick and Easy Quilts, Three Projects to Make in a Weekend, Stash Buster! Fat Quarter Quilts, Twice as Nice Boy and Girl Baby Quilts, Tips for Specialty Fabrics - Asian Prints, Flannels, Batiks, Fuse it Fast! Wall Hanging, and more. 

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, December 2008, Issue 95. Used, but excellent condition. 128 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes One-Block Wonders, 5 Single-Blocks Quilts You'll Love, Paper-Piece Holiday Stockings, Easy Gifts to Make, Quick Fix for Tension Trouble, Embellish with Embroidery: Learn How! and more. 

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, October 2008, Issue 94. Used, but very good condition. 112 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes Scrappy Quilts from Your Stash, Binding Tricks for a Fun Finish, Quick Tip for Smooth Applique, Our Secrets to Great Machine Quilting and more. 

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, June 2008, Issue 92. Used, but excellent condition. 120 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes Big-Block Beauty, Nine Blocks Make a Bed-Size Quilt, Picture Perfect Color Combinations Made Easy, 10 Tips for Accurate Cutting and more. 

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, February 2008, Issue 90. Used, but excellent condition. 104 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes Stunning Solids, 12 Inspiring Combos to Try, Miniature Quilts Tips and Tricks, Applique and Quilt in One Step! and more. 

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, June 2007, Issue 86. Used, but very good condition. 128 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes Twist on Tradition, Updated Color Choices, Innovative Block Settings, New Techniques for Antique Blocks, 5 Pieced Projects You'll Love, The Quilts of Lancaster County, Fussy-Cutting What You Need to Know and more. 

American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, December 2006, Issue 83. Used, but excellent condition. 128 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes 18 Holiday Gift Ideas - Quilts, Ornaments, and More, Beautiful Projects from your Stash, Easy Applique, Rotary Cutting Secrets, and more. 

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas


Sunday, June 7, 2015

June UFO Binding Question


Mulberry Square was my quilting UFO challenge project for the month of April.  I quilted the whole 99" x 99" square top.  Because the quilt has a scrappy look to it, I approached the quilting with a scrappy theme, too.  I used up all my leftover bobbins, and quite a few spools of quilting thread that were previously almost empty.   I intend to complete this quilt for my June UFO challenge. 


Yesterday, I spent all of my sewing time weaving in the loose thread ends.  I never do this as I quilt along.  I always wait until the end and do it all at one time - ugh!  So tedious!


Here's a little pic of the quilt back.  The back is pieced.  When the quilt is complete, I'll try to get a photo of the whole back up for you to see.  I like this pic, because you can see a lot the quilting designs I experimented with on this quilt.  


Now on to my problem!  I usually match the binding fabric to the outer edge fabric on my quilts.  Because this is such an old UFO, I'm sure I don't have any more of that fabric.  What color fabric should I use?  Should I try to get as close as possible to the outer border color, or punch it up with something else?  This quilt has a lot of gold, purple, green, and blue.  Help!!!  I need suggestions!

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Friday, June 5, 2015

Aura Hexagon Quilt Weekly Update


Adding a lightning streak of yellow to the right edge of Aura.

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Singer 99K


This lovely Singer 99K joined my sewing machine family yesterday.  According to the Singer site, it was born on July 20, 1955.  Amazing!  Almost 60 years old and still in pristine condition.  This machine appears to have been well cared for, and has little mileage.  The decals are in excellent condition.  Everything is still factory shiny - very clean!  But still, I will make it a priority to clean, oil, and lubricate all parts.  Sews a nice seam right now.


This is the case it came in.  Cool!  I like the two tone look of it.  The 99K was manufactured in Great Britain.  It is a 3/4 size machine, straight stitch only.


This machine was so well cared for it still has the accessories in the box and an owner's manual!  Yay!  Normally I have to look for an owner's manual online.  I'm so happy to have the original. 

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

Get Creative!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas