Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sewing Porch Pillow Project

 I have a little screened in porch right off of my sewing room.  It's nice to sit out there and do hand stitching projects.  It's kind of hidden behind my house so no one driving by can see me.  It feels like a special secret place just for me.  I've been working on making it less cluttered and more pleasant to use this year.  As part of that project, I decided my rocking chair needs a new pillow.  I'm using the Pocket Change pattern by Libs Elliott to create my pillow.  This was included in the September Quilty Box.  

 I absolutely love curvy quilts.  When I saw these fabulous templates in my Quilty Box, I knew I would use them for something.

 This is the fabric collection that came with the templates.  It's Greatest Hits Vol. 1, by Libs Elliott, for Andover Fabrics.  Instead of making a multi colored pillow like shown in the quilt pattern, I opted for a two color blue and green palette.  I'm using the blue with the stars all the way over on the lower right, and the blue and green diamond pattern fabric.

 The templates were easy to use.  I drew around them with a red Frixion pen.

 I carefully cut out my curved pieces.  Here's what a block is going to look like.

 When I sew curves, I use a lot of pins.  Remember to sew with the concave piece on top for best results.

I ran out of time for sewing before I finished. I probably had to go cook dinner, or pick up a child from band practice, or something like that. This is how it's looking so far.  I like it.  The pieces are fitting together nicely.  See how the points are coming together?  


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If you would like to try Quilty Box, click above to visit their site.  It's so much fun to open a box full of quilting goodies each month.   I hope I find some time to finish my pillow soon.  Because it's not a deadline project, I have to fit it in between my other sewing.  When I finish, I'll take some pics on the porch.

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Jennifer Thomas

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Happy Fall Part One

 Happy Fall, Y'all!  Autumn is my favorite season of the year. It's finally starting to feel like it here in North Carolina.  The squirrels are going crazy gathering acorns, and the leaves are beginning to turn. I'm making a Fall table topper for my October Island Batik Ambassador project.  Above is the idea I drew up in EQ8 for my design.  I've changed it up a bit and added a few borders in my final design.

 I decided to make the pumpkin out of one big rectangle of orange fabric with flip and stitch corners.  Doesn't this Island Batik fabric make it look like a lit Jack 'O Lantern?  I love the way it glows.

After piecing everything together, I used Heat 'n Bond Lite to fuse the letters in place.  I'm blanket stitching around the edges with black Aurifil thread.  I'm almost ready to quilt this, but I'm not sure how to do the quilting just yet.  It's hanging up on my design wall waiting for inspiration to strike.  Hopefully, that will happen soon!  

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Jennifer Thomas


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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New This Week in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 10-08-19

he Painted Butterfly Book. Used, but good condition. 34 pages. Soft cover. Pull out pattern section still intact. Vintage 1999.

This beautiful book includes a Supplies You Will Need section, and patterns to make all 15 of the projects. Projects include Butterfly Fantasy Vase, Butterfly Memories Domed Box, Butterflies in the Garden Tall Cabinet, Butterfly and Buttercups Letter and Key Keeper, Megan's Butterfly Garden Tin Box, Butterflies and Daisies Planter, Butterflies and Wake Robins Glass Bowl, Emerald Butterfly Candle Sconce, The Picket Fence Wall Cabinet, and more.

The Bridget Quilt Pattern, Bonnet Girls, Gentlewomen Applique Quilt Pattern Series. This unique pattern by Helen Scott sews a country style applique quilt.

Finished quilt or block size is 15" x 22".

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Friday, October 4, 2019

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 10-04-19

The Horseless Carriage Quilt Pattern, Bonnet Girls, Gentlewomen Applique Quilt Pattern Series. This unique pattern by Helen Scott sews a country style applique quilt.

Finished quilt or block size is 45" x 22".

The Margaret Quilt Pattern, Bonnet Girls, Gentlewomen Applique Quilt Pattern Series. This unique pattern by Helen Scott sews a country style applique quilt.

Finished quilt or block size is 15" x 22".

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Provisions Fabric, Linen Colorway. 100 percent cotton, fabric by the yard. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features an abstract brown speckled design over a beige background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Round Up, from the Moda Classic Collection, for Moda Fabrics. 100 percent cotton, 44" wide. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features rodeo cowboys riding bucking broncos. Each mounted pair is encircled by a rope lasso on a blue background. Yee-ha! Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fall Skirt Update ~ Interruption! Evil Wizard Halloween Costume

 If you missed my previous post, my new apparel sewing project is this skirt for Fall.  I'm making the long version, pictured all the way to the right.  One of my readers commented that I could sew this in an afternoon.  If only I had a whole afternoon!

 I did manage to lay out the pattern pieces.

 My fabric is right sides together here, but you can still see the pretty floral print denim.

 I was able to get all the pieces cut out, and then...

 My 9 y.o. came to me with this.  It's his plan for this year's Halloween costume.  He wants to be the Evil Wizard Leetroy.  It's a character he created himself.  I was a little nervous about the challenge as I'm not a super apparel sewist, but last year I made a talking toilet costume, so this should be easy!  Together, we looked through my sewing pattern collection in search of something I could alter into an Evil Wizard cloak.

 Part of Trent's inspiration was this huge roll of red velvet fabric that I've had forever.  He loves this fabric.  

 We altered the pattern, cut everything out, and did a good bit of sewing.  I'm pretty pleased with how it's turning out.  The sleeves have the shape he wanted.

Here's how it's looking at the moment.  He wants it to drag on the ground a bit, and would like me to add a collar, a pocket for his wand, a couple of buttons near the neckline and possibly some ostentatious gold trim.  I'm hoping we can finish this weekend.  Through raising three boys, I believe I've only purchased two Halloween costumes.  We've made so many interesting things over the years.  I've made Eeyore the Donkey, a Knight, Captain Hook, a Refrigerator, and the above mentioned Talking Toilet to name a few.  What kind of Halloween costumes have you created?  Leave a comment below.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

What's Inside the September 2019 Quilty Box?

 What's inside the September 2019 Quilty Box?  Let's take a peek!

 Every Quilty Box includes their exclusive Bundles of Inspiration mini magazine.  Inside is an interview with this month's featured designer, Libs Elliott, four patterns, the Subscriber Spotlight, and more!  

 One of the first things I noticed when I opened this month's surprise box was these curvy templates.  I adore curvy quilts!  What are these templates for?

 The Pocket Change Mini Quilt pattern!  So cute.  I can see a lot of possibilities with this pattern.  You could get a huge variety of looks by changing up the color and value placement of the fabrics.  Playtime!

 This months fabric bundle is a hefty stack of fat quarters from Libs Elliot's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 collection for Andover Fabrics.

 It's a rainbow of quilty goodness!  Look at these colors and prints.  Yummy.

 Also included in this month's box is a new Hera marking tool.  Have you ever used one?  It allows you to mark your fabric by making an ink free crease line.

 Sew Fine Thread Gloss in Orange Lavender.  This is a cute little tin of thread conditioner for hand stitching.  I'm excited to try it out.  The Orange Lavender scent is surprisingly spicy.  It makes me feel pampered.

This month's thread is a super hot pink by Aurifil.  Yay!  I didn't have anything close to this color in my thread collection.  I love pinks.  This will be fun to sew with.

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Next month's featured designer is Edyta Sitar.  I can't wait to receive that box!  She is one of my favorite designers.  If you would like to try Quilty Box, click on the above ad to visit their site.  They have a variety of plans to fit every budget.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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