Friday, July 14, 2017

New Fabrics in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of July 13, 2017

A beautiful cut of cotton/polyester blend fabric, Turquoise Purple Paisley Crepe Challis Fabric. 50 percent cotton/50 percent polyester blend, 54" wide. Machine Wash Warm, Delicate Cycle, Tumble Dry Low, Use Cool Iron.

The design on this fabric features a turquoise, purple, and gold paisley. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of polyester/rayon/linen blend fabric, Lovely Lavender Linen fabric. Polyester/rayon/linen blend, 60" wide. Machine wash warm, delicate cycle, tumble dry low, use cool iron.

The design on this fabric features an all over textured lavender solid. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

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Jennifer Thomas




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Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Fabric in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of July 8, 2017

A beautiful cut of Rayon/Polyester blend fabric, Green Speckled Leaf Print Linen Woven Feel Fabric. Polyester/rayon blend, 60" wide. Machine wash warm, delicate cycle, tumble dry low, use cool iron. 

The design on this fabric features a large scale abstract green leaf print and green speckles over a white background. This fabric has a woven linen feel. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

To purchase this fabric, and more, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations shop.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of June 28, 2017

The Turning Twenty...Again Quilt Book, is an outstanding beginner quilting book, by Tricia Cribbs. This book is filled with three easy quilt patterns using fat quarter fabrics. 

This book is softcover, in good condition. Full color photographs and diagrams throughout. 10 pages. Copyright 2005.

This book includes a General Instructions section, a Quilt Gallery, and three Patterns.

The Dog Cabin and Others Quilt Book, is an outstanding beginner quilting book, by Kay Mackenzie. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding different aspects of quilting, plus three easy quilt patterns to sew.

This book is softcover, in excellent condition. Black and White diagrams throughout. 28 pages. Copyright 2003

This book includes Discussion of Fabrics, Tools and Notions, Cutting/Theme Squares, Quarter-inch Seams, Sample Block, Cutting Strips, Chain-piecing, Layout, Joining Blocks, Borders, Quilt as Desired, Bonus Blocks, Dog Biscuit, Guppy Fish, and Bright Ideas.

McCall's Quilting Magazine, December 2006 issue. Used, but good condition. 98 pages. 

This beautiful issue includes 50 Heartwarming Ideas for the Holidays, Beautiful Patterns for your Home, Great Gifts!, Easy to Expert Applique, Coddle Your Critters Gifts for Pets, Jolly Jester Snowmen, and more.

For all these wonderful quilting resources and more, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations Shop.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Supernova ~ Cutting Out a New Quilt Design

 Supernova Quilt
This quilt and pattern was originally published in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, as Cosmic Blast.  I love the color explosion in this quilt so much, I've decided to redo the quilt and release it as a new Curlicue Creations pattern, Supernova, hopefully sometime this year.

 I cut most of the fabrics this week.  All fabrics are coming out of my stash ~ nothing new.  This gorgeous swirly dot print from Timeless Treasures is going to be used for all of the black in the quilt.  
 I love batik fabrics, and am putting a lot of them into this project.  I'm using this Red Orange for some of the triangle pieces.

And this darker Red Orange batik will help to add depth to the design.

I'll post more updates as this quilt develops.  

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Rainbow Connection Update

Slow but steady progress:  This update shows the red, orange, and yellow rows being added to the top and bottom arms of the star.  I've sewn a row of black hexies to the lower left star arm that will continue around all edges.  I've not yet decided if I should do all of the fill in with black, or jazz that up with some "V" shaped stripes.  What do you think?  Please leave a comment below.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

New Dress Patterns in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of June 23, 2017

Sew these lovely misses blouses for everyday wear. Easy pattern from the Simplicity pattern line. Blouse can be sewn in four different views. All views have front tucks, back button closure, and set-in sleeves. Options include collar, neck band, long sleeves, button cuffs, short sleeves gathered to bands or turn-back cuffs.

Beautiful! Make some pretty and casual blouses with this pattern.

This pattern is in like new, factory folded, uncut condition. The envelope is a little worn. Size 12. Vintage 1979.

Bust 34
Waist 26-12
Hip 36
Back-neck to waist 16-1/4

McCall's 5194 Infant's Wardrobe Pattern
Sew these adorable baby outfits for everyday wear. Easy pattern from the McCall's pattern line. A focus on overlock (serger) sewing pattern. Bunting and gown have from snaps. Gown has drawstring option. Jumpsuit, Long or short bodysuit, and tank bodysuit have snap crotch. Pullover t-shirt can be sewn with short or long sleeves. Pull-on style pants. Diaper cover can be sewn with or without eyelet trim.

Beautiful! Make some pretty and casual baby clothes with this pattern.

This pattern is in like new, factory folded, uncut condition. The envelope is a little worn. Sizes Newborn, Small, Medium, and Large. Vintage 1991.

Weight 14, 15-20, 21-26, 27-32
Height 24, 24-1/2 - 28, 28-1/2 - 32, 32-1/2 - 36


Butterick 4929 Misses Skirt Pattern
Sew these adorable fast and easy skirts for everyday wear. Easy pattern from the Butterick pattern line. A-Line front wrap skirt in two lengths features no waistband, front button closure, front and back yokes, and top stitching.

Beautiful! Make some pretty and casual skirts with this pattern.

This pattern is in like new, factory folded, uncut condition. The envelope is a little worn. Sizes 14, 16, and 18. Vintage 1980's.

Waist 28, 30, 32
Hip 38, 40, 42


McCall's 5589 Skirt, Split-Skirt, and Pants Pattern
Show off your beauty in this gorgeous, skirt, split-skirt, and pants pattern from the McCall's pattern company. The gathered straight skirt can be sewn in two lengths. The long length features a back vent. The split skirt has front pleats and side seam pockets. The pants are tapered with tucks, side pockets, and darts. All have waistband and back zipper closure.

Beautiful! Feel like a fairy princess in this outfit.

This pattern is in like new, factory folded, uncut condition. The envelope is a little worn. Sizes 8, 10, and 12. Vintage 1991.

Waist 24, 25, 26-1/2
Hip 33-1/2, 34-1/2, 36

Time to sew!  For all these and many more fabulous sewing patterns, click here to visit the Curlicue Creations shop.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Purple Batik fabric and more in the Curlicue Creations shop ~ week of June 22, 2017

This beautiful piece of Cotton has been individually hand dyed by Island Batik fabric artists in the garden village of Sanur, Bali. It is 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, delicate dry cycle, cool iron.

The design on this fabric features shades of purple buttons on a purple background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. This fabric can also be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

Quilts with Style Magazine, the March/April 2004 issue. This magazine features Learn Cynthia England's Picture Piecing with an Exclusive Quilt, Paper Piece and Elegant Quilt Strike Up the Band, 30 Ways to Help You be an Inspired Quilter, Stitch a Trio of Funky Chickens, and more.

This fabulous issue of Quilts with Style magazine is in used, but excellent condition. 64 pages of great ideas for quilting.

Quilts with Style Magazine, the September/October 2004 issue. This magazine features A Bountiful Harvest of Quilts, An Exclusive New Technique, Turn Your Scraps into Quilting Fun Confetti Quilting, 12 Ways to Brighten Up your Quilts, Make a Vintage Stained Glass Quilt Napa Valley, and more.

This fabulous issue of Quilts with Style magazine is in used, but excellent condition. 60 pages of great ideas for quilting.

Quilter's World Magazine, the Spring 2015 issue. This magazine features 19 Projects to Spring-Clean Your Stash, Ella Redesign a Double Irish Chain, More Size Options More "Your Ways", and more.

This fabulous issue of Quilter's World magazine is in used, but excellent condition. 114 pages of great ideas for quilting.


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Jennifer Thomas



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Flowerfall Quilt

Today I'm showing the Flowerfall Quilt.  This quilt features two blocks, an applique floral block, and a pieced four patch chain block.  The Flowerfall quilt has the look of a straight setting, but is actually sewn together on point.

Quilt Stats:  

Size:  60" x 72"
Block Size:  8-1/2"
Fabric:  Sunday Drive, by Pat Sloan, for Moda
Batting:  Warm 100, by the Warm Company
Thread:  King Tut, by Superior

This is the Four Patch Chain Block.  These are really simple and fun to sew.  The color choices could easily be changed to match your decor.  


This is the Floral Applique block.  Eight small flowers swirl around a larger center flower in equally spaced curvy stems.  I used the fusible applique method, but feel free to use whatever applique method you prefer for equally beautiful results.


This photo was taken during the quilting process.  I simply outline quilted around the floral patches and then filled in the balance of the quilt with a loopy meander pattern.


The Flowerfall quilt and pattern appear in the July/August 2017 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine.  Look for it at your local quilt shop today, or order a copy online here:  Love of Quilting.

If you sew a Flowerfall quilt, please send me a photo.  I would love to see it!

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Jennifer Thomas




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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of May 30, 2017

McCall's Quilting Magazine, the October 2001 issue. This magazine features 16 Autumn Classics, Apple Treats for Your Table, Create Our Cozy Cottage Step-By-Step Instructions, and more.

This fabulous issue of McCall's Quilting magazine is in used, but good condition. Some wear along the spine, but all pages are intact. 82 pages of great ideas for quilting.

Heartstring Quilts is an outstanding quilting book, and part of the Quilts Made Easy book collection. This book is filled with techniques and tips regarding all aspects of quilting, plus eleven easy patterns to sew.

This book is softcover, in good condition. Color photos throughout. 48 pages. Vintage 1996.

This book includes a Workshop chapter, plus patterns to make Country Hearts, Puppy Love, Fans for Rachel, Hearts and Flowers I, Patchwork Hearts, Hearts and Flowers II, Ohio Star with Houses, Stenciled Crib Quilt, Tucked Muslin Pillow, Checkered Hearts, and Heart's Desire. There is a lot of in depth information accompanied by helpful, full color, step by step photos.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nine Patch Quilting Complete

 Here is the simple Nine Patch quilt I posted about last week, all quilted and rolling off the machine.  Oh Yeah!

 As you can see in this edge pic, I quilted an average of four swirl motifs in each square.  That makes 36 swirls per Nine Patch block, for a whopping total of approximately 1,080 swirls over the whole quilt top.  Whew!  No wonder my back is achy.

 I selected this pretty green Jinny Beyer fabric for the binding.  It features a small black diamond pattern all over.

 You can see the diamonds a little bit, here in this photo, where the binding is being pinned to the edge of the quilt.

After pinning, the binding was sewn on to the front of the quilt with a walking foot, and my trusty Elna.  It's all ready for some TV time, while I flip it over and hand sew it to the back of the quilt with some groovy green matching thread.  I enjoy the relaxation of hand stitching, and usually have a hand sewing project on hand.  Do you hand sew, machine sew, or both, like me?  Leave a comment below.

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Jennifer Thomas




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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chistmas BOM UFO

 School is almost out.  It feels like Summer.  Time to pull out an old UFO.  This is part of an old Christmas Block of the Month quilt I began years ago.  Most of the blocks have been cut out, bagged, and are ready to sew.  Fun!  

 I had pressed the candy pieces and stars into place during a previous sewing session, so I pulled out some matching thread and zigzagged around the edges.
I still need to pull the thread ends to the back and tie them off.  I'll show a picture of the finished block next week.

 This is a pointy triangle section for one of two red and green star blocks.

 These two blocks are pieced, and I'll be showing pics of them next week, too.

Do you have any UFO's?  Most of us do.  Are you working on one now?  Leave a comment below.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ironing Boards - Is Vintage Better than New?

So many things don't seem to be manufactured quite as nicely today as in the past, ironing boards included.

My old vintage ironing board finally met it's end.  The metal cracked, and the whole board needed to be replaced.

I ran out and bought a shiny new board with a modern blue chevron striped cover.  It was pretty.  It was also pretty flimsy!  Every little bump sent it wobbling dangerously.  I was sure someone or something would get burned.

The modern board was then replaced with a vintage ironing board from the local thrift shop.

Price:  $1.00.
Look:  Not so pretty.
Quality:  Excellent.

Not only is the vintage board sturdier, it sits at a better height for me and is a few inches longer than the sleek new modern version.  I know this because I tried to stretch the cover from the modern board onto the vintage board ~ surprise! ~ it didn't fit.  I clamped it onto the edges with some binder clips, and planned on making a new cover...someday...when I wasn't swamped with children's needs, house cleaning, and work.  (When does that happen?)

Last weekend I was out at a yard sale and found  this vintage pink ironing board cover still inside it's dusty unopened package for 25 cents.  It fits perfectly!  It came with a nice thick pad!  Bonus:  It's pink!  The sewing goddesses have smiled down on me, and all is well in my studio.  Creation can go on ~ Yes!

I'm sure there are some wonderful new ironing boards out there somewhere, just not in my town!  What is your ironing setup like?  Do you keep it set up all the time, or only when you are sewing?  Leave a comment below.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Fabrics in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of May 8, 2017

Burgundy Damask Vine Pleasure Knit Fabric
A beautiful cut of 50 percent combed cotton/50 percent polyester blend fabric, Burgundy Damask Vine Pleasure Knit Fabric. Cotton/polyester blend, 60" wide. Machine wash warm, tumble dry, remove promptly. 

The design on this fabric features a pink and white damask vine print over a burgundy background. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

Blue Leopard Print Knit Weave Fabric
A beautiful cut of polyester/cotton blend fabric, Red Leopard Print Knit Weave fabric. 80 percent polyester/20 percent cotton, 60" wide. Machine wash warm, delicate cycle, tumble dry low, use cool iron. 

The design on this fabric features black leopard spots over a red background. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

Brown Red Blue Damask FabricA beautiful cut of rayon fabric, Brown Red Blue Damask Fabric. Rayon, 60" wide. Hand wash separately, use cool iron.

The design on this fabric features a large scale colorful brown/red/blue damask design. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

Black and Gold Floral Rayon Fabric
A beautiful cut of 100 percent rayon fabric, Black and Gold Floral Rayon Fabric. 100 percent rayon, 60" wide. Hand wash separately, use cool iron.

The design on this fabric features an allover gold floral design over a black background with occasional large colorful bursts of flowers. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

Purple Summer Fabric
A beautiful cut of 100 percent polyester fabric, Purple Summer Fabric. 100 percent polyester, 44" wide. 

The design on this fabric features an abstract floral design in purple and green. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!
A beautiful cut of cotton/polyester blend fabric, Turquoise Polka Dot fabric. Cotton/polyester blend, 60" wide. Machine wash warm, tumble dry. 

The design on this fabric features turquoise polka dots over a white background; fabric is also reversible, back is solid turquoise. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

Pink Roses on Black Flower Fabric
A beautiful cut of polyester/rayon/linen blend fabric, Pink Roses on Black Flower fabric. Polyester/rayon/linen blend, 60" wide. Machine wash warm, delicate cycle, tumble dry low, use cool iron.

The design on this fabric features an all over pink and purple large scale flower design on a black background. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!
A beautiful cut of rayon polyester fabric, Mint Green and White Floral fabric. Rayon polyester, 60" wide. Machine wash warm, tumble dry. 

The design on this fabric features an allover white floral design over a mint green background. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

New fabrics added weekly!


Be Creative ~ sew something today.

Jennifer Thomas