Saturday, November 26, 2022

Foxface Quilt and Pattern ~ New!

This is the Foxface quilt, my newest pattern.  It's featured in the Island Batik catalog.  This pattern is available in my Etsy shop and in select quilt shops across the USA.  I used Island Batik's new Honeycomb fabric collection to make this quilt.  Island Batik provided the fabric for this project.

The Foxface blocks are pieced and soooo adorable!  If you are following me on social media, you've probably seen snippets of the Foxface quilt all week.

Four Foxface blocks together make this fun unit.  The Foxfaces are sewn in three different color combinations.

The Foxface quilt finishes at 43" x 55".

I quilted Foxface in an allover loopy meander.

You can see the hot pink backing fabric, and the binding in this photo.

Foxface

Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  43" x 55"
Fabric:  Honeycomb by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

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Jennifer Thomas
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Friday, November 18, 2022

I Made a New Window Quilt!

If you didn't know, I live in an old, old, farmhouse.  It's drafty in the winter.  The wind blows straight at the front of the house and sometimes it feels like it's coming right on through.  Sometime in the last year the bedroom curtain that was on this window went kaput!  Since then it has been covered with this makeshift and super ugly green sheet.  Not very attractive, it fell down regularly, and it was certainly not going to help at all with the cold weather on the way.  

Did you see the beautiful Christmas stocking I made for my November Island Batik Ambassador project?  I used fabric from this Emperor's Treasures strip pack.  I still had a lot of fabric left, and just look at these gorgeous colors!  I decided to use it up to make a quilted curtain.

I began by cutting the light purple coordinating fabric into 2-1/2" strips and sewed it together with the Emperor's Treasures strips.

I then sub cut into 2-1/2" strip sets.

After sewing the strip sets together, I added a couple of coordinating light purple strips of Island Batik fabric from my stash to each side of the checkerboard panel to make it the right size to cover my window.

I loaded it onto my quilting frame, using Hobbs Thermore batting.  This is a thin, lightweight batting, perfect for this project.

I quilted in a swirly pattern.  I love quilting swirls, and I'm so glad I did.  It looks really pretty on the finished project.

Here is my finished quilted curtain panel. It looks so pretty with the light shining through. I bought a new curtain rod and installed it myself.  I made ties with some of the 2-1/2" fabric strips, so I can roll it up and let the sun shine in on pleasant days.  And on chilly days, like today I will have a better barrier to the cold, and a pretty room decoration.  These window quilts are really easy to make, and help insulate a drafty window.  I simply sewed a sleeve across the back for hanging.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Creative Christmas Stocking with Island Batik

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to make a Christmas Stocking.  

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this stocking were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.


I was inspired to use the Emperor's Treasures strip pack and the dark coordinate, Merlot, that I received in my Island Batik Ambassador second shipment for 2022.

Though the purples and lime green are not very traditional Christmas colors, I love the rich look of them paired with the dark purple Merlot coordinating fabric.  The first thing I did was cut 2-1/2" strips of the dark purple and sew them together with some of the strips from the Emperor's Treasures pack.

Next, I sub cut crosswise 2-1/2" strips, and sewed them together to make this checkerboard pattern.

I made a quilt sandwich with Hobbs fusible batting and more of the dark purple Merlot fabric for the lining.  I wanted the quilting thread to stand out and add to the design so I used this beautiful Light Yellow 1135 thread from Aurifil.

I am making this stocking for Mariah, my son's fiancé.  I decided to use the embroidery unit on my Janome Memory Craft to personalize the stocking with her name.  I used the same Yellow Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles for her name as I used for the quilting.

I don't have any Christmas decorations up yet, so I took this photo outside in an evergreen tree.  I love the way this project came out!

Christmas Stocking Stats:
Fabric:  Emperor's Treasures strip pack and Merlot by Island Batik
Thread:  Light Yellow 1135 by Aurifil
Batting:  Fusible by Hobbs
Needles:  Schmetz

I still have a lot of strips left from the Emperor's Treasures package, and I have another project in the works, pairing them with the other coordinating fabric.  It's coming along nicely.  I'll be showing that one soon, too.

For maximum Christmas Stocking inspiration, check out what all the Island Batik Ambassadors are making this month.  Here's a list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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Jennifer Thomas
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Friday, October 21, 2022

Coastal Stars Quilt, Pattern, and Kit in the Connecting Threads Catalog

Photo of Coastal Stars quilt by Connecting Threads

This is the Coastal Stars quilt.  I went a little outside of my usual color styling and tried a new combination with this pattern.  The terra cotta, green, purple, and gray together give this quilt a bold, yet restful look.  Finishing at 46" x 58", this quilt is the perfect size for a cuddly couch throw.  

Photo of Coastal Stars quilt by Connecting Threads

The Coastal Stars quilt is available as a kit through the Connecting Threads website.  Click here to learn more and order the Coastal Stars Quilt Kit.

If you would rather choose your own fabrics, a PDF Download pattern of the Coastal Stars quilt is also available through Connecting Threads.  Click here to learn more and order the Coastal Stars Pattern Download

If you sew a Coastal Stars quilt, please share a pic with me on Instagram @curlicuecreations.  I would love to see it!

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Blog Hop Winner Announcement!

Congratulations goes out to Sew Girl!  She was chosen by random number generator as the winner of these 5" charms from the new Bee Hive Buzz fabric collection by Island Batik.  

When asked what her favorite flower was, she commented:  "Beautiful quilt! My favorite flower is the rose. My dad used to really have a green thumb with them!"

I used the Bee Hive Buzz collection to make my quilt, Beeswax.  If you missed my post on the hop day, you can read it here:  Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 blog hop featuring Beeswax

I love this fabric collection so much, I have another quilt I made with it for the Island Batik catalog.  Stay tuned for a post about my Nectar quilt, coming soon!

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