Friday, July 29, 2011

South Shore Road, Raspberry blocks, and a little quilty shopping...

St. Mary's Shoreline
by Sandi (kwiltnkats)

I recently made a new online friend, Sandi, aka kwiltnkats at the Quilters Club of America website.  What a fun site to connect with other quilters.  I just loved her rendition of my quilt design, South Shore Road, featured as a series quilt in Quiltmaker magazine from the January/February 2006 issue through the July/August 2006 issue.  The subtle color scheme she used gives this quilt a quiet magnificence.  It is so much fun to see someone else's interpretation of one of my designs.  Sandi's quilt was used for an American Legion raffle.  You can see more of her work at her blog,, her website,, or in her gallery at Quilters Club of America.

Raspberry Bridge Mix 
Hourglass Blocks

Here's a picture of some of the large hourglass blocks I made yesterday for the Raspberry Bridge Mix quilt.  I made a total of 20 raspberry and chocolate hourglass blocks yesterday.  Yum!  Today I started working on some of the small chocolate and cream hourglass squares.  The pattern for this quilt is available for sale at the Curlicue Creations shop,

Set of 3 "Quilty" Jars

"Quilty" Cookie Jar

And on to the "quilty" shopping!  I now have a complete set of the barnyard jars with lids.  I originally had only the pig jar, but a couple of weeks ago I found both the cow jar and the chicken jar and lids for all three.  How cute!  I am keeping snippets in the pig jar, and safety pins for basting in the cow jar.  But what to do with the chicken jar?  Hmmmmm?  Chocolate stash maybe?

I found the cookie jar in a thrift store today for $2.00.  I just couldn't pass it up!  There are 16 different squares in the 25 squares printed on the jar.  The kids and I had fun today picking out our favorites.  Splendid!  Plus, if I replace my old clear glass cookie jar with this one, Trent won't be able to see the cookies inside.  That will eliminate a lot of crying for cookies.  That's worth $2.00 for sure!

Faith Quilt Block 

Be sure to check out the Curlicue Creations shop for the Faith Quilt Block pattern, first in a series of five applique block patterns, Faith, Joy, Love, Peace, and Hope.  Here's a link to the Faith pattern:

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Eutsler

Thursday, July 28, 2011

North Carolina Museum of History

Recently, I took the kids to visit the new "Story of North Carolina" exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC.  The wholeness of the exhibit was fantastic.  They had sections on Native Americans, Pirates, the American Revolution, early family life, and farming, and it was only "Part 1".  The second half of this exhibit is scheduled to open in November.  I really wish I had brought my camera to share with you.  We saw antique stick pins, thimbles, and a sewing box.  The most interesting item was an early American Flag for the 13 colonies.  It was hand sewn with 13 large six pointed stars in rows in the top left corner, and the 13 stripes, too. It looked like it was made from whatever they had on hand.  If you get a chance to visit Raleigh, the website for the museum is

Joy Applique Block
(12" x 12")

Here's the most recent addition to the Curlicue Creations pattern collection.  The Joy Applique block pattern. This pattern makes a 12" x 12" block and is second in a series of five applique blocks, Faith, Joy, Peace, Love, and Hope.  This block pattern is for sale at the Curlicue Creations store,  Here's a link to the Joy block pattern:

Have a super day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Basket Trivet

Basket Trivet

Here's the basket trivet I just finished.  It's came out just dandy!  I made it 12" x 12", so it will work for just about any size pan, protect your kitchen table, or counter top, and still look great in your kitchen!  The backing is made from the same blue material as in the basket front.  I machine quilted around each patch.  The basket handle and the binding are both done by hand with love.  This item is currently for sale at

Have a super day!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lollipops Quilt on Display at the Quiltmaker Gallery

Lollipops (on the right)

Here's a photo of my Lollipops quilt hanging in the Quiltmaker Gallery in Golden, Colorado.  It's the quilt on the right.  It's just nifty to have my quilt hanging there with all the quilts by the block designers from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 3.  I did block testing for this issue, and nine of the blocks I tested are featured in my quilt.  The woven ribbon border and tiny checkerboard squares setting are my design.  This quilt just came together on it's own, and is one of the most exciting quilts I have worked on to date.  It was so much fun testing the blocks from different designers.  Each block was unique and challenging in it's own way.  I hope you get an opportunity to visit the exhibit.  The quilts will be on display until September 1, 2011.  You can find more information at Quiltmaker's blog, Quilty Pleasures, or at

Monday, July 11, 2011

Toy Sewing Machines

Sew Precious by Simplicity

My latest acquisition - the Sew Precious by Simplicity.  You can actually sew on this cool machine, but it's for a beginner, for sure.  It does a straight stitch and a zig-zag.  I'm calling it a "toy".  It would be great for a child who wants to learn how to sew.

Pink Toy Sewing Machine by Mattel

I just love this machine.  It's so Pink!  When you pull out the red knob and let it go the plastic yellow needle moves up and down, the whole thing shakes, and it makes a terrific sewing sound.  Did you have a toy machine when you were a child?  Do you still have it?  I still have a Barbie sized wind up sewing machine.  The needle moves up and down when you wind the mechanism.  As a girl, I even wound some yellow thread around the plastic spool to make it more realistic.  Nowadays it resides in my quilt shop dollhouse, along with a couple of tiny metal black Singer type machines.  I'll have to post some photos of the teeny tiny quilt shop someday...

Singer Junior Miss

I also have the Singer Junior Miss.  This toy machine also sews.  It has both a plug and a battery compartment.  It even comes with it's own carry case.

White Sew Cute

When this machine came out in the store, I just had to have one.  They originally came in three colors, yellow, mint green, and pink.  I wanted one of each, but I just got the yellow one.  I originally wanted it to sew at work on my lunch break, but it was a bit too noisy.  A couple of years ago it fell off a tall pedestal, a crucial piece broke off, and voila - it became a toy.  My middle son has put many hours of love playing with this machine.  My youngest son is starting to take to it, too.  

I believe that's it for the toy sewing machine collection...for now...maybe someday I'll come across one of those antique metal toy machines, just begging to come home to my personal sewing museum.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day, America!

Fourth of July Geese quilt

I have actually made quite a few patriotic quilts.  Most of them are being used as quilted curtains in my home. This Fourth of July Geese quilt started out as Fourth of July Ducks, but I think the necks are too long for ducks, so....they turned into geese.  Duck, duck, goose!  I need to finish hand-quilting this one.  It is close to complete.  Maybe by the next Fourth of July.

Pinwheel X quilt

This quilt is also patriotic and the pattern is available in my shop,  It is a quick and easy paper foundation pieced quilt.  The finished quilt is a good size for a wall hanging, lap quilt, or crib quilt.  Order the pattern now, and you could have it ready for your next Independence Day picnic.

Ice Pellets quilt top

This week I wanted to start quilting the Ice Pellets quilt.  The Ice Pellets pattern is also for sale at  Unfortunately, I do not have enough safety pins freed up for basting.  I really need to finish some of those UFO's, like the Fourth of July Geese quilt.  I did get back to working on quilting the "Love Trip Around the World" quilt, shown below.  I freed up a few safety pins from that one.  It is a huge quilt.  It's going on my king size bed...someday.

Love Trip Around the World quilt top

That picture is from before the borders were joined to the top.  It has two plain borders, one medium blue, one navy.


I also worked on the Faith applique block pattern.  This block finishes at 12".  Four other applique block patterns are to follow, Joy, Hope, Peace, and Love.

Chickens in the Kitchen quilted trivet

I opened two new sections in my Etsy shop,  Quilted Trivets, and Craft 
Books.  The Chickens in the Kitchen quilted trivet shown above is available for $19.00 plus shipping.  It measures 9" x 9".  If you prefer to make your own, the pattern is also available in the Quilt Patterns section.
Be sure to browse the Craft Books section for a variety of books, some vintage, some not.

If you make a quilt from a Curlicue Creations pattern, please send a picture and I will post it on the blog.  I would love to get a Curlicue Creations online quilt gallery set up for everyone to share their quilts.

Please be sure to visit the Curlicue Creations Facebook page and click the "Like" button!  We need to get 25 likes to get it going.  

Have a super Independence Day!