Saturday, January 25, 2020

Let's Get Scrappy ~ Featuring the Flea Market Quilt

 The Flea Market quilt is complete!

Disclaimer:  The product used to create this project was provided to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.

Let's Get Scrappy is the January challenge for the Island Batik Ambassador program.  
I dug into my Island Batik stash and really had fun choosing the rainbow of color for this quilt.

 I was excited to use this older Accuquilt die to cut out the triangle units for this project.
It made them quick to cut and easy to piece, with the corners automatically trimmed off, it was easy to match the pieces together while sewing them.

 This is the basic block for the quilt.  I made 24 blocks.

 I used Hobbs Tuscany Collection Cotton Wool Blend batting.  This quilts so wonderfully.

 I quilted straight lines in all the gray patches, and practiced my free motion quilting with swirls and circles over the rainbow part of the quilt.

I used my new Schmetz needles to quilt.  They work so well with the tightly woven Island Batik fabric.

 This quilt is awash in a rainbow of Island Batik color.

 Trail Mix helped with the quilting.  

 You can see all of the colors in this folded side view.  Rainbow!šŸ’—šŸ’›šŸ’š


 Flea Market quilt lookin' pretty, folded on a patio chair.  Come on over for some lemonade and a chat.

I used Aurifil thread in matching colors to quilt Flea Market.  This is what I have left.  See that empty spool on the left?  That's yellow 5015.  Over the past year I've used up two spools of this color, and I don't fancy myself that much of a yellow lover.  Hmmmm....I better get some more of that.

 The back of the quilt features a pretty Island Batik mushroom print.

 I used the same blue fabric for the binding as I used in the outer border.

 The Flea Market quilt with some toasty firewood on my front porch.  I'm ready for a sunset or a warm fire.  

 Pretty folds.

Flea Market Quilt
Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt size:  38" x 47"
Block size:  9" x 9"
Fabric:  Island Batik scraps from my stash
Batting:  Hobbs Cotton Wool Blend
Thread:  Aurifil 50wt various colors

Read more about the Flea Market quilt here:

Connect with the other Island Batik Ambassadors to see their Let's Get Scrappy projects here:
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
PamelaBoatright ~ PamelaQuilts
JenniferFulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi~ Mania for Quilts
CarlaHenton ~ Create in the Sticks
ConnieKauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
EmilyLeachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
DeniseLooney ~For the Love of Geese
LeahMalasky~Quilted Delights
SallyManke ~Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick~Kathleen McMusing
CarolMoellers ~Carol Moellers Designs
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
MichelleRoberts ~Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~Quilting Gail
Jennifer Strauser~Dizzy Quilter
JenniferThomas ~Curlicue Creations
AlisonVermilya ~Little Bunny Quilts
SandraWalker ~mmm! quilts
JanetYamamoto ~Whispers of Yore



Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today!

Jennifer Thomas


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 01-22-20

Set of five white sewing buttons with anchor design. 1/2", 12 mm. Four holes for secure stitching.

Set of 36 gray sewing buttons. 1/2", 12 mm. Four holes for secure stitching.

Set of ten blue sewing buttons. 7/16", 11 mm. Four holes for secure stitching.

Set of nine black sewing buttons. 1/2", 12 mm. Four holes for secure stitching.

Set of 17 black sewing buttons. 1/2", 12 mm. Four holes for secure stitching.

Set of 17 coppery red shell sewing buttons. 3/8", 10 mm. Four holes for secure stitching.

This wonderful book, Transforming Fabric, teaches 30 techniques to paint, dye, and pattern cloth.

Inside, you'll find sections such as The Cloth: Bowing to the White, The Colorants, Black-and-White Transformations, Water Drop Patterns, Nature's Patterns, Sponge and Moldable Foam Printing, Compression Dyeing, Heat-Transfer Dyes, Hand-Cut Stamps, Destructive Patterns, Wax Patterns, Silk Painting, and more.

This book is used, but in very good condition. Copyright 2004. 159 pages.

This agreeable book is filled to the brim with information and how to projects using fabric for patchwork and quilting. There's a whole section of "Quick and Easy" projects to get you started, plus additional chapters on Pieced Patchwork, Traditional Quilts, Applique, and Novelty Projects. Gorgeous, full color photography throughout this book will give you lots of ideas for your family.

Projects are included to make place mats, tablecloths, chair pads, quilts, curtains, pillows, a headboard, and an exercise mat in a variety of colorful patterns.

Hardcover book in excellent condition. 96 pages.

This wonderful book, In the Nursery, showcases rooms full of creative ideas for children's rooms, nursery age and older. Inside, you'll find unique ideas to welcome a new baby into your home, make your child's room more cheery, or decorate a special playroom in your home for the grandchildren.

Inside, you'll find directions to make quilts, curtains, lampshades, and how to add special painted touches to make a child's space personal. This book is used, but in excellent condition. Copyright 2001. 112 pages.

New items added weekly!

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Scrappy Star Quilt Update

 I did a little sewing on the Scrappy Star quilt.  I'm finally getting some blocks together.  Here's the first one.

 Blocks in various stages on the design wall.

 I'm lovin' the fabric combination of this center star!

 Sew pretty!

 That black one with the pink and white polka dot star is cute, too!

 Sewing, sewing, sewing, sewing!

And Wow!  These blocks are really coming together.  I should be able to piece the top soon.  Stars are always fun to sew.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Flea Market Quilt ~ Scrappy Part Two

Here's my Flea Market quilt top all sewn together and ready to quilt!  Don't the Island Batik fabrics look gorgeous sparkling across the top?

Disclaimer:  The products used in this post were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.
 I'm going to quilt this with Hobbs Tuscany Wool Cotton Blend batting.

I'm also going to try these Schmetz super non-stick needles.

 I'm quilting equidistant lines in the kite shapes with matching light gray and medium gray Aurifil thread.

 I'm quilting the round space between the gray shapes with large swirls and circles, trying to accent the curvy secondary pattern, also with matching Aurifil thread.  I'm changing thread color often.

 Quilting helper number one showed up to help "secure" the quilt while I was stitching.

 I'm using the presser foot to measure the width between the straight stitched lines.  You can see the swirls and circles on the left.

Quilting helper #2 chooses to use a "paws on" approach.  I'm hoping to finish this up sometime this week, take a pretty photo session and show you the final quilt soon.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today!

Jennifer Thomas


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