Sunday, May 24, 2020

What's Inside the May 2020 Quilty Box?

 The May 2020 Quilty Box has finally arrived on my door step.  How nice to get a quilty surprise in my mailbox each month.  New supplies and inspiration without having to leave home.  I love it.

Disclaimer:  The contents of this subscription box were given to me by Quilty Box at no cost to me.
 This month's fabric collection is full of cool grays, whites, and blues.  It's the Pottery collection, by Dale Allen-Rowse a.k.a. the Quilting Cowboy for Windham Fabrics.

 Inside Bundles of Inspiration you can read an interview with the Quilting Cowboy and sew his pattern Cross Play in two sizes.

 This month's box also includes a new pack of Gold-Eye Milliners needles!

 A pack of Sew Tites Dots.  These strong magnets can be used in place of pins.

 An acrylic template for the Cross Play quilt.

 A mask hook.  I'm assuming this is some sort of tool for making face masks, but I'm not sure how to use it.  I'll have to look it up.

WonderFil Thread in a beautiful gunmetal gray color.

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Are you curious to try Quilty Box for yourself?  Click on the above ad to visit their site now.  They have plans to fit every budget.  Next month's featured designer is Laura Heine.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 05/23/2020

Twinkle Twinkle handmade quilt. This quilt would be lovely for a housewarming gift, a baby quilt, a table topper, or as a small wall hanging. Divine purple, green, pink, and white parade across this square quilt, adding sparkle to your table top or wall.

This quilt is quilted with pink thread in a wavy line wishbone design. The back of the quilt is a black print fabric.

This quilt measures 41" x 41", and includes a pink floral print hanging sleeve. All fabrics are 100 percent cotton. This quilt was designed, stitched, and quilted in my studio by me. A label is affixed to the back stating the quilt's name, my name, the date completed, and where it was created. The inner batting is high quality 100 percent cotton.

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

The design on this fabric features dark yellow swirls over a yellow background. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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

The design on this fabric features purple bubbles over a purple background. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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

The design on this fabric features light blue coral over a blue background. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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

The design on this fabric features dark yellow swirls over a yellow background. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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

The design on this fabric features purple bubbles over a purple background. This fabric is perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

Little Country Favorites cross stitch book 6, Art of Cross Stitch, Linda Myers. This cross stitch booklet features 12 different country cross stitch patterns. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC and Bates floss.

8 pages. Softcover book. Fair condition. All charts are in usable condition. Copyright 1984.

Little Country Favorites cross stitch book no. BK7, Graph-it Arts, Lynn Waters Busa. This cross stitch booklet features 24 different country cross stitch patterns. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC.

6 pages. Softcover book. Very good condition. All charts are in usable condition. Copyright 1987.

Nine Lives cross stitch booklet, Graphique Needle Arts, Judy Nason. This cross stitch booklet features 8 different cat cross stitch patterns. All designs are shown in full color. The color charts are written for DMC and Bates Anchor embroidery floss.

13 pages. Softcover booklet. Good condition. A small area is hilighted in blue on one of the charts (see page 10). All charts are in usable condition. Copyright 1983.

This wonderful booklet, 99 Expert Quilting Tips from the editors of Rodale Press Quilt Books and Quilters Newsletter Magazine includes tips and helpful hints on all aspects of quilt making.

This book is softcover, used, fair condition. Some pages have dog eared corners. Copyright 1997. Black and white photos. 45 pages.

This wonderful book, Pixel Perfect, by Tula Pink includes a pattern to make the Pixel Perfect quilt and a Pixel Perfect Pillow. This was originally a supplement to Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine.

This book is softcover, used, but in excellent condition. 20 pages.


Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Happy Scrappy Quilt ~ Finished Quilting!

It feels so good to get back to the Happy Scrappy quilt.  I'm nearly finished.  This sewing session I completed the concentric circle quilting.  This pattern is by Guicy Guice.  I received it in a previous month's Quilty Box.

 I quilted concentric circles about an inch apart using this pretty variegated thread; it's #305, Poly Quilter, by Superior Threads.  As you can see, every now and then I stitched a  machine embroidery motif for fun.

 But mostly I just went around, and around, and around with a standard straight stitch.

 I wanted to take a quick clothesline pic of the quilted Happy Scrappy top.  The wind picked up and Trail Mix did a casual photobomb.

 More wind, and Trail Mix casually strolling away to investigate something else.

Another big gust.  I love windy quilt photos.  It makes the quilt seem "alive".

Now I'm ready to make some binding.  I like to sew binding that matches the outer border, but in this case my outer border is a multitude of colorful triangles.  What color should I bind with?  Please leave your suggestion in the comments.  Thank you.

Are you following the Island Batik Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop?  Today's featured fabric line is Whispering Feathers.  I'm using this collection to make my June Island Batik Ambassador project, and it is amazing!  Check out today's featured bloggers to see what they made:
Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today,

Jennifer Thomas


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Monday, May 18, 2020

The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop featuring Smooch by Island Batik ~ Plus a Giveaway!

 Hello!  Thanks for joining me today for my little corner of Island Batik's Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop.  I'm showcasing the gorgeous new Smooch by Kathy Engle fabric collection.  

Disclaimer:  These fabrics were given to me by Island Batik at no cost to me.
 This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge is to make a home decor item using as many fabrics as possible from our assigned fabric collection.  These are the "Surprise" fabrics we received in box one.  I got the Smooch by Kathy Engle fabric line, pinks, yellows, and greens.  

 I knew immediately that I wanted to make seat cushions for my kitchen chairs.  I've been wanting to make these for a long time.  The challenge gave me an extra push.  I was able to use all 20 fabrics by using one fabric for the top of the cushion, one for the bottom, one for the ruffle and one for the ties.  I made five cushions.  

 This photo shows the bottom side of the cushions and the ties.
I'm really pleased with how well they turned out.

 As you can see, the colors work well in my kitchen.

 Cushion view, back of chair.

 Cushion view, front of chair.

 I used Aurifil's Verona Mauve thread collection to sew my cushions.  These soft neutral colors with a hint of pink blended well with all of the Smooch fabrics.

 I used Schmetz Microtex Sharp Needles for all of the stitching as well.  

Visit Island Batik's blog to enter this week's fabric giveaway, here:  Island Batik Blog

Be sure to visit Joanne Hart's blog to see what she made with the Smooch collection, here: 

I'm having a giveaway today of a 15 piece charm pack of Smooch fabrics, plus a copy of my Sherbet Hearts quilt pattern, which also features the Smooch by Kathy Engle fabric line.  To enter, just leave a comment and I'll choose someone randomly at the end of the hop.  Please be sure I have a way to contact you.  USA entries only, due to contest laws.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today!

Jennifer Thomas


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