Saturday, March 21, 2020

One Die Wonder ~ Featuring Hattie's Choice

 Hello There!  I've been away from the computer all month working on a lot of secret sewing projects.  I managed to fit in my March Island Batik Ambassador quilt, too!  Here it is.

Disclaimer:  The products used in this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.
 This month's challenge was One Die Wonder with Accuquilt. Each ambassador received one of the four above BOB dies to sew a quilt.  The quilt had to be at least 45" x 60" and use the die in a way that showcased the blocks.

 I received the Hattie's Choice die.  Look at the fun shapes in this block!  Diamonds, triangles, and kites.  I couldn't wait to play.

 I used Island Batik's Faded Blue Jeans collection for this quilt.  The 2-1/2" strip pack gave me a nice variety of blues and whites.  I also used Island Batik solid black and white fabrics to round out my design.

If you are intimidated by sewing together triangles and diamonds, I wanted to show you how easy the Accuquilt die makes it.  There is no offset piecing to make the seams match up with Accuquilt dies.  See how the corners are automatically trimmed when you cut the pieces?  This makes them fit together perfectly, for perfectly easy and fun sewing time.

 When I'm piecing, I like to play with my quilt units on a design wall.  This gives me ideas for future designs.  There are so many fun things you can do with the triangles and diamonds cut from the Hattie's Choice die.  Look at these fun shapes!

 The triangle diamond units could make a jazzy border, or a fun hexagon star block, or a star.  So many ideas!

 I didn't even see these butterfly shapes until after I pieced my quilt together.

 My quilt also has this flowery diamond X shape.

 And this curvy shape with a star in the negative space.

 I used Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread for all of the piecing.  I used white Aurifil thread for the pebble quilting in the diamonds.

 I used this Hobbs 80/20 Black batting because the majority of my quilt was solid black.

 This shows the quilting in the border areas.  I quilted circles in the white borders, back and forth lines in the blue border, and a half feather along the outer black border.  

 I quilted a loopy meander in the black negative space, pebbles over the white diamonds, and back and forth lines over the blue triangles.

 Folded view of Hattie's Choice.

 Horizontal bed view of Hattie's Choice.

 I used a yellow Island Batik fabric for the backing of my quilt.  I see snowflakes.  What do you see?

 I bound the quilt with solid black to match the outer border.

 Pretty folds.

Hattie's Choice on my front porch.

Quilt Stats:
Quilt size:  45" x 60"
Block size:  8" x 8"
Fabric:  Faded Blue Jeans by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Black
Thread:  Aurifil
Dies:  Accuquilt Hattie's Choice, 1-1/2" strip, 2-1/2" strip
Needles:  Schmetz

Thank you for stopping by to see my quilt!  Have a fabulous day, and be sure to:

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas


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Thursday, February 27, 2020

What's Inside the February 2020 Quilty Box?

 This is going to be a quick one.  It looks like Spring, but it's brrrrr~cold and super duper windy, too.  I'm blaming that on our local groundhog, Sir Walter Wally.  Six more weeks of Winter!!  What was he thinking?

Disclaimer:  The contents of this subscription box were given to me by Quilty Box at no cost to me.
 This month's Quilty Box has an intriguing pattern sheet.  It looks like some sort of paper piecing project.  The featured designer is Amy Gibson.  Bundles of Inspiration has an interview with her, a butterfly quilt pattern, a tote bag pattern, a baby quilt pattern, and more.

 The fabric bundle this month is Bungalow, by Amy Gibson, for Windham.

 Here's a side view.  It's way too cold and windy to take these out of the package and fan them out today.  I'll try to show them in a future post when I decide what to make them into.

 This month's box also includes a 6-1/2" x 2" ruler ~ so handy!  And a petal template.  I think the petal template is used in the butterfly quilt.  It could be used in a variety of projects as leaves or flower petals. 

A spool of beautiful Aurifil thread.  What a gorgeous color.

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Are you ready to try Quilty Box for yourself?  They have a variety of plans to fit every budget.  Just click on the above photo to visit the Quilty Box website and see all they have to offer.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop Week Two and Giveaway!

Thank you so much for visiting my turn on the blog hop last week featuring my Cabin Crossing Quilt and the new Island Batik Bloomers fabric collection.  Here's a recap of week two of the blog hop in case you missed it.  You can still visit all the blogs and enter to win Island Batik's rafflecopter fabric giveaway!  Woo-hoo!
 Monday, February 17
 Tuesday, February 18
 Wednesday, February 19
Thursday, February 20

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 02-19-2020

Two beautiful cuts of high quality quilting fabric, Crabapple Farm Quilt Fabric Fat Quarter Bundle, by Deb Strain, for Moda Fabrics. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cuts. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The designs in this fabric collection includes apples, acorns, leaves, and baskets. One white background fabric and one brown background fabric. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

This collection of Marbles by Moda fat quarters contains 4 different fabrics. This is a nice variety if you are collecting fabrics, or just want to build your stash. These fabrics vintage 1997.

Included in this grouping is a minty green, a bright sunshine yellow, a fire orange, and a pale peach. A beautiful fabric grouping for your collection! What a fun way to increase your fabric stash.

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, North by Northwest Quilt Fabric, by Kanvas, for Benartex. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features clusters of golden yellow pine trees over a golden yellow background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of high quality quilting fabric, Orange Fern Quilt Fabric, by Beth Ann Bruske, for David Textiles. 100 percent cotton, fat quarter cut. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

The design on this fabric features large fern fronds over an orange background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

New items added weekly!

Are you following the Island Batik Log Cabin blog hop?  Today's stop on the hop features the new fabric line, Jewel Box.  Here's the links to today's ambassadors:
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Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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