Monday, August 29, 2016

Quilting the Home by the Sea Quilt

 Here is a pic of the top row of the Home by the Sea quilt, hot off the machine.  I used a very thin, cream colored thread for the quilting, and did an allover loopy meander, one of my favorite go-to quilting designs.

 Here are a few close-ups of the blocks.  This is the Ship block.  I used Warm and Natural Batting by the Warm Company for this quilt - it smells so good.

 The Lighthouse block.

 One of six Little House blocks.

 The Pine Tree block.

The Star block.

I should have a pic of the finished quilt soon, and the pattern will be available in the Curlicue Creations shop in September.

Have a super day!

Jennifer S. Thomas

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Home by the Sea Quilt Top

The Home by the Sea quilt top is finished!  Here's how it went together:

 I began by sewing a Navy Blue 1" sashing to the right sides of my blocks.
~Star Blocks~

 ~Ship and House Blocks~

 Many of the blocks in various stages, being sewn together with the sashing.

 Once the blocks and sashing were sewn together, I made alternate rows of sashing with red cornerstones.

 The sashing/cornerstone rows were sewn between the block rows.

 I added a narrow Navy Blue border around all the blocks.

The top is finished with a wider, Light Blue border.  I used the same fabric as the block backgrounds for the outer border.

Next:  Quilting the Home by the Sea quilt.

Have a super day!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quiltiles Product Review

Over the last week or two, my family has been playing with a new product from Kits by Carla.  It's called Quiltiles.  It's both magnetic, and easily portable, so we took it along for our end of the Summer beach trip.

 Quiltiles is a magnetic quilt block design tool.  As the front of the box states, "It's a tool...It's a game...It's art!"

 The first thing you see when you open the box is this colorful instruction sheet.  It includes a basic overview of the product, suggestions for two quilty games you can play using Quiltiles, and some info about their growing online community.  You can visit and join their Facebook group here: Quiltiles Community.

 Under the instruction sheet, you can see the four sheets of magnetic shapes and the design board.

 The magnetic shape sheets come in four colors, red, yellow, green, and blue.

 The design board has a nice 6 x 6 grid and two diagonal corner to corner guidelines.  Of course, you are not limited to the design board either.  Because all the pieces are magnetic, you can play with them on refrigerator or other magnetic surface.  

 Each of the four magnetic shape sheets break up into these pieces.  In total, you have 144 pieces to play with!  That is a lot of combinations!

 Before I had a chance to try it, my 6 year old took over.  He loves it.  

He used every possible space to create this design.  He says it's a block warehouse building.
He made a few other designs, too.

 Here are a few of the designs I came up with.

 The first design evolved into this one.  

 Then this...

 And finally this!  It was fun to play with the shapes, plus it got my creative juices flowing again.  Playing with Quiltiles had me thinking in a fresh, new way.

 I came up with this modern looking yellow and green arrow design.

 I made a little row of cottages by putting the rectangular magnets on top of the square magnets.

 Here's a fun, traditional Pinwheel Star block.

 The Pinwheel Star block evolved into this Hourglass Star block.

 That became this block with the triangular edges.  The only thing I didn't like about Quiltiles is the number of small, quarter square triangles.  It would have been handy to have a few more of those in each colorway.

 I decided to make this fun, half-square triangle design into a real quilt block.

 Here's what I ended up with.  I changed it from a five color design into a three color design, and sewed half-square triangles from big 5" squares of fabric.  The resulting quilt block is 24".  I'm not sure if I'm going to sew a few more of these for a quilt top, or just finish it as a small wall hanging.  Please leave a comment below with your vote or suggestion.

I used this Moda Bella Solids charm pack for the white squares, and a couple of blues from my stash to sew this.  It was so easy with the precuts!

Quiltiles is a terrific way to jump start your creativity!  To get yours, visit Kits by Carla here:  Quiltiles

Have a super day!

Jennifer S. Thomas

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lighthouse by the Sea

The Lighthouse block is all paper foundation pieced.  It has a few funky angles that were well suited to paper piecing.

I attached each side by pinning and sewing to the angle in two separate seams.

I approached the top in the same way.  Then I attached the sandy strip to the bottom to complete the block.  

All the blocks for the Home by the Sea quilt are finished.  It's time to sew the top together.

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas

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Friday, August 19, 2016

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop - August 19, 2016

The Broken Blooms pattern makes a 79" x 83" quilt. The quilt is sewn using a focus fabric for the panel sections.

This quilt is a lovely size for a lap throw, single bed, or wall hanging. 

Copyright 2008, designed by Lain Stowe.

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Have a super day!
Jennifer Schifano Thomas

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Twelve Trees, Six Houses, and One Kitten

My six tree blocks are complete.  That's a total of twelve trees, a mini forest.

Next, the house blocks.  I started with simple shapes, a rectangle for the window, and a few squares.

Super easy piecing - just sew the squares to windows.

Here squares have been sewn to both sides of the windows, with an additional strip of matching fabric under the window.

The strip over the top of the window is a little thicker than the bottom strip.
The strips on the left are going to be the doors.

Homes under construction!  An assortment of doors, windows, and walls.

The bottom sections of all six houses are complete.

My little helper, Trail Mix is keeping my project box organized.  Thank you! 

The roof sections of the houses are paper pieced to accommodate the angles.


And the roofs are on.

At this point, Trail Mix discovered the ironing board is a toasty warm spot.  Awwww!  Isn't she cute?

A few simple strips and squares and the chimneys are on.

A little blue sky and ~ Voila!  Six new homes, ready to move in.

Next up:  The Lighthouse block.

Have a super day!

Jennifer Schifano Thomas