Saturday, January 23, 2021

City Placemats Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for January was Placemats.  I designed and made these City Placemats.
 
The challenge was to make placemats, sized 12" x 18" or larger.  Mine are the smallest size.  As you can see, they cover up most of my tiny kitchen table.

I chose the Melody fabric collection by Claudia Pfeil.  I received this 10" square stack in my first Island Batik Ambassador shipment for 2021.  To see all the goodies I received in my boxes, come back on January 27th.  My unboxing video will be posted at 11 a.m. EST.

Disclaimer:  The products used in this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
My original idea for these placemats was to sew the design together in all one piece, quilt it on my frame and then cut it into four pieces for the individual placemats.  I had another quilt on the frame at the time, so I opted instead to sew them into four pieces and then quilt them with straight line quilting on my Janome Memory Craft.  

To quilt, I used a brand new Schmetz needle (yay!), Aurifil thread in 40 wt, color 2315, and Hobbs Fusible Batting.  I cut my binding strips with my Accuquilt Go 2" strip die from the same light green fabric I used for the back of my placemats.

The light green backing fabric nearly matches the color of my shabby old kitchen table.
  
They certainly dress it up!  You can lay the four placemats together to get this fun optical illusion design.

I took them outside to see how they would look on my patio table.  We eat a lot of meals outdoors in the summertime under the trees and patio umbrella.  It's so peaceful.

I like how the four placemats are all a little bit different from each other through the color placement.  This is my favorite.  I love the pinks and purples.  This is perfect for my kitchen.  I'm slowly working on a pink lemonade/limeade look for my kitchen.  The City Placemats fit right in.

Have you seen the placemats made by the other Island Batik Ambassadors?  There's so much juicy creativity flowing around this new group!  Be sure to follow and visit all of the designers for maximum batik quilting inspiration.  Here's the list:

Megan Best ~
Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~
Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~
Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Emily Leachman ~
Denise Looney ~
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~
Claudia Porter ~
Gail Renna ~
Brianna Roberts ~
Michelle Roberts ~
Gail Sheppard ~
Andi Stanfield ~
Jennifer Thomas ~
Janet Yamamoto ~

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Jennifer Thomas


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Friday, January 22, 2021

A Happy Scrappy Finish

I finished the Happy Scrappy quilt!  This project took a long time as I worked on it in between other quilts.

I quilted this one with concentric circles out from the center.  One of the fun things I did on this quilt was to add a couple of circles of machine embroidery stitches.  See the colorful tulips?

I'm not sure what this stitch is called, but it's adding a pretty touch to the quilt.  If you try this, be aware that it takes a looooooong time to get around each circle with machine embroidery stitches, as they are much more detailed than a regular straight quilting stitch.

I really like the way this quilt came out.  The pattern and most of the fabric is by Guicy Guice.

The pattern and fabric came in a Quilty Box.  Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box for quilters.  Each month you receive fabric, patterns, thread, notions, and inspiration in your mailbox.  It's so much fun!

Disclaimer:  This subscription box was given to me by Quilty Box at no cost to me. 

Doesn't this quilt look inviting, sitting on the front porch glider?  

I used a solid Navy Blue for the backing fabric.

I bound the edge with a bright medium blue.

Pretty folds.

Flying free in the January sunshine.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Island Batik Ambassadors 2021


 I'm pleased to announce that I was chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador again for 2021.  This is my fourth year as part of this talented group of creatives.  I look forward to bringing you more beautiful Island Batik inspiration.  This year's industry partners are Aurifil Thread, Hobbs BattingAccuquiltSchmetz Needles, Studio 180 Design, and byAnnie.com.  I can't wait to dive in and begin this year's projects.  

I also encourage you to follow all of the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2021.  Here's the list:

Megan Best ~
Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~
Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~
Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Emily Leachman ~
Denise Looney ~
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~
Claudia Porter ~
Gail Renna ~
Brianna Roberts ~
Michelle Roberts ~
Gail Sheppard ~
Andi Stanfield ~
Jennifer Thomas ~
Janet Yamamoto ~

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Friday, January 15, 2021

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 01/15/2021

                                               McCall's M5071 Pleated Valance Pattern

McCall's M5071 Pleated Valance Pattern.

Adorn your home with fun to sew window treatments in a variety of styles.

Picture your home decorated with these beautiful handcrafted items. A great way to really personalize your home. You will be sure to get many hours of enjoyment with this variety of patterns to fit your home.

This pattern is in uncut, factory folded condition. Copyright 2006.

                                             Simplicity 1788 Patchwork Pillows Pattern

Simplicity 1788 Patchwork Pillows Pattern.

Adorn your home with fun to sew pillows in a variety of styles.

Picture your home decorated with these beautiful handcrafted items. A great way to really personalize your home. You will be sure to get many hours of enjoyment with this variety of patterns to fit your home.

This pattern is in uncut, factory folded condition. Copyright 2012.

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Lavender Rose Lilac Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features large scale roses and lilacs over a lavender background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Blue Quilters Candy Quilt Fabric, by Connecting Threads. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features playful white dots over a blue background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Victorian Wheeling Quilt Fabric, by Jennifer Sampou, for P and B Textiles. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features fanciful swirls with a border on one edge. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Pink Spectrum Quilt Fabric, by V and Co, for Moda. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features sewing and cutting terms and small hearts. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Purple Clamshell Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features a purple and pink clamshell pattern. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Cheddar Floral Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features small pink and red flowers over a cheddar background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Blue White Dot Swirl Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features large scale white dot swirls over a blue background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Large Flowers Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features large scale colorful flowers on a white background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Purple Garland Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features black and white star, dot, and striped garlands and pinkish spots over a purple background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Purple Roses Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features large purple roses on a purple background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Purple Triangle Square Nancy Crow Quilt Fabric. Fat quarter cut of 100 percent cotton. Easy care, machine wash cold water, tumble dry low.

This is a vintage destash fabric, not a new, off the bolt cut. This fabric may or may not have been pre-washed.

The design on this fabric features large purple quarter square triangles in an on point pattern. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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Jennifer Thomas

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