Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What's inside the Quilty Box Mini? May 2018

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 What's inside the May 2018 Quilty Box Mini?  This month's Quilty Box mini features designer Violet Craft. You get the Bundles of Inspiration mini magazine, including an interview with Violet Craft, one of her patterns, and more.  Plus this cute Canyon Jewels Runner pattern, pictured above.

 You can sew the runner with this cute charm pack of Palm Canyon fabrics. I love the mid century feel of this collection.

Look at this luscious color!  I can't wait to sew with this 12 wt Egyptian cotton thread, Spaghetti by Wonderfil.  Minty green paradise.  Oh yes.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

New Quilt Fabrics in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of May 22, 2018

This beautiful piece of cotton has been individually hand dyed by Island Batik fabric artists in the garden village of Sanur, Bali. 100 percent cotton fabric. Easy care, machine wash cold water, delicate dry cycle, cool iron.

The design on this fabric features green leafs, stars, snowflakes, and dots on a lemon lime background. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

This beautiful piece of cotton has been individually hand dyed by Island Batik fabric artists in the garden village of Sanur, Bali. 100 percent cotton fabric. Easy care, machine wash cold water, delicate dry cycle, cool iron.

The design on this fabric features beige leaves, stars, snowflakes, and dots on a brown background. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Ivana, by Sentimental Studios, for Moda Fabrics. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features large scale pink and purple roses. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Petite Flower Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash warm, tumble dry, remove promptly.

The design on this fabric features a small scale allover flower design over a pale pink-beige background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Life's A Trip Fabric, by Teresa Kogut, for South Sea Imports. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric is an adorable bear print depicting bears in different vacation costumes on a green background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Simple Pleasures, by Anna Krajewski, for South Sea Imports. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric is an allover large scale floral print. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Blackwork Fabric, by Carol Roeda, for Four Corner Designs, A.E. Nathan Co., Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features a white, scrolling, floral design on a black ground. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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Jennifer Thomas

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Vintage Pre-Loved Quilt Rescue

 I rescued this vintage quilt from my local thrift shop last week for $1.00.  It has some cosmetic issues, but I really fell in love with it, and the price was right.

 Some of the fabrics are worn, but the variety and design is wonderful.  I feel like this quilt has been through a lot of love.

 It's all hand quilted, too.  Really nice work.

 Here's a close up of a few blocks.

 Some interesting repairs have been made to this quilt in the past.

The back of the quilt has also been pieced together - so fun!  You can see the quilting in this photo, plus a lot of repairs along the edges.  I'm glad to have found this tattered treasure.  

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Quilty Box ~ May 2018

Disclaimer:  The contents of this box were given to me by Quilty Box.
 It's time for this month's Quilty Box!  I can hardly wait to see what's inside.  It's so much fun getting a quilty surprise in my mailbox every month.

Inside this month's box:  Bundles of Inspiration mini-zine.  This month's featured designer is Violet Craft.  (Love her name!)  You can read an exclusive interview with her inside Bundles of Inspiration, sew her County Seat Quilt pattern, and get tips on paper piecing.

 A nice chunky fat quarter bundle of Violet Craft's Palm Canyon fabric collection!  I love these fabrics.  The designs are very mid-century.  They will go great with my Pyrex collection.  Maybe I will sew something for my kitchen with these.

 I'm going to fan the fabrics out so you can get a better view.  Isn't that turquoise just dreamy?

 I love these Every Sewn Thread Snips!  They will be going right next to my sewing machine.  Just perfect for thread trimming.

 This month's thread is WonderFil Spaghetti Thread.  It's a hefty 12 wt Egyptian cotton.  I love, love, love, this color.  I can't wait to sew something with it.  This thread was also designed by Violet to go with the Palm Canyon fabric collection.

This nifty little seam roller is to be used in place of an iron.  It should be handy for paper piecing, or sewing on the go.  



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Jennifer Thomas

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of May 15, 2018

Cozy Cabin Quilts from Thimbleberries is a quilt pattern book featuring 20 projects for any home. This book is filled with beautiful quilting designs for every occasion. 

This book is softcover, used, in excellent condition. 144 pages. Copyright 2002.

This book is packed with all the valuable information you'll ever need to make each quilted item, adding that special touch here and there. Patterns, color photos, black and white diagrams, and pattern pieces are included to help you sew the many traditional style quilts in this book. Also included is a General Instructions section and a handy index.

500 Full Size Patchwork Patterns is a quilt pattern book featuring patterns for 500 different quilt blocks. This book is filled with beautiful quilting designs for every occasion. 

This book is hardcover, used, in very good condition. 168 pages. Copyright 1985.

This book is packed with all the valuable information you'll ever need to make each quilted item, adding that special touch here and there. Patterns, some color photos, black and white diagrams, and pattern pieces are included to help you sew the many traditional quilt blocks in this book. Also included are sections on How to Use This Book, Borders, Pattern Pieces, Appendices, Estimating Yardage, and a Quilt Index.

Weekend Scrap Quilting is a quilt pattern book featuring 35 scrappy quilt patterns that can be sewn in a weekend. This book is filled with beautiful quilting projects for every occasion. 

This book is hardcover, used, in good condition. 176 pages. Copyright 2004.

This book is packed with all the valuable information you'll ever need to make each quilted item, adding that special touch here and there. Patterns, full color photos, diagrams, and detailed instructions are included to help you sew the many traditional quilt blocks in this book. Also included are sections on General Instructions, Special Thanks, and Fabrics and Supplies.

Let's Make More Patchwork Quilts is a quilt pattern book featuring 40 traditional 
quilt blocks designs arranged into a variety of quilt settings. This book is filled with beautiful quilting projects for every occasion. 

This book is hardcover with a dust jacket, used, in fair condition. Small rips in the edges of the dust jacket (see photos) 154 pages. Copyright 1984.

This book is packed with all the valuable information you'll ever need to make each quilted item, adding that special touch here and there. Patterns, full color and black and white photos, diagrams, and detailed instructions are included to help you sew the many traditional quilt blocks in this book. Also included are sections on Basic Techniques, Final Steps, and a handy Index.

Tips for Quilters, by Rachel T. Pellman. This quilting how-to book displays helpful tips gathered from experienced quilters all over the United States. This book is divided into different chapters for every quilting subject imaginable and includes a handy index, too. 

236 pages. Copyright 1993. Softcover. The book is in very good condition.

Learning to Quilt, A Beginner's Guide is a quilt pattern book featuring a variety of traditional 
quilt blocks arranged into a sampler style quilt. This book is filled with beautiful quilting projects for every occasion. 

This book is softcover, used, in excellent condition. 73 pages. Copyright 1990.

This book is packed with all the valuable information you'll ever need to make each quilted item, adding that special touch here and there. Patterns, full color and black and white photos, diagrams, and detailed instructions are included to help you sew the many traditional quilt blocks in this book. Also included are sections on General Instructions, and Introduction, a handy index, and more to get you started in the right direction.

This quilt book is filled to the brim with information and how to projects for manipulating fabrics to create beautiful stack and whack style quilts. Gorgeous, full color photography throughout this book will give you lots of ideas for your family.

This book includes Acknowledgments, Preface, Introduction, Backstage, Stacking the Deck, Half-Square Triangle Magic, 45 Degree Triangle Magic, 45 Degree Diamond Magic, 60 Degree Triangle Magic, 60 Degree Diamond Magic, The Curtain Call, Guides and Patterns, Lesson Plans, and a handy Bibliography and Sources section.

Softcover book in excellent condition. 111 pages.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Simplicity Rotary Cutting Machine

I found this at the Goodwill last weekend.  I thought it would be worth taking a gamble on the $6.99 "as is" price tag.  It looked to be in good shape and the instructions were included inside the box.

This is the machine, after taking it out of the box at home.  It's a nice compact size.  Easy to move around, yet enough weight to it that it doesn't slip around or fall over when in use.

Finger protection, too.  I need that.  My machine only came with the pinking blade.  That was the "as is" factor.  I will have to order a straight blade online somewhere.

 I pulled this orange fabric out of my scrap basket to try it out.

 It was easy to adjust the strip width.  

I set it to 2", plugged in the cute little foot pedal and stepped on the gas.
It was fun!  It was a little tricky to feed the fabric through straight, but it might go better if I were sitting down.  I'm sure it will get better with practice, too. 

Here are the three strips I cut out of the orange fabric.  I'll be using these to cut hexagons, so the accuracy isn't that crucial.  In all, this machine is super fun to use.  I can see myself cutting all my scraps into strips with it in the future.  Yee-ha!

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