Saturday, November 30, 2019

A Piece Of Blog Hop Winner!

The winner of the Island Batik Tweet charms is:  Barb!  She commented, "Those fabrics are just awesome, love the quilt in the woods".  Thank you so much, Barb.  Congratulations!  I hope you enjoy these brilliant fabrics.  To go back and see what I made with the Tweet collection, click here:  Wild Tuba Party in the Woods.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Fall Skirt Update

 I'm sewing this skirt in tiny bits of time.  If you didn't see my earlier post, I'm sewing the long version shown all the way over on the right side.

 I've just finished sewing the panels together to make the front and back sections of the skirt.

 I'm using this fun hot pink shade of Aurifil thread for the top stitching details.

Will I ever finish?  Maybe it will be ready to wear by Spring!

Do you enjoy apparel sewing?  I have sewing patterns and dress shop fabric available in the Curlicue Creations Etsy shop.  Come on in and browse for a while: 
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Monday, November 25, 2019

New PDF download patterns in the Curlicue Creations shop!

I've added a new section to the Curlicue Creations Etsy shop ~ PDF Quilt Patterns.
Here's the patterns available as PDF instant downloads so far:

Checkerboard Cat PDF Quilt Block Pattern. This paper pieced block pattern makes a 12" x 12" finished size block. It is the first in a series of Cats in Baskets blocks. There are 12 blocks in all. Each block features a different traditional quilt pattern on the basket. Collect them all to make a unique sampler quilt.

The romantic Sherbet Hearts PDF Quilt Pattern Pink Lemonade Version makes an approximately 64" x 70" finished quilt. This quilt pattern features fusible applique, rotary cutting, and a quick and easy stitch and flip method for the flying geese border.

The result is a simply charming design with old-fashioned hearts and nine-patch blocks trimmed with a flying geese border in yummy pink lemonade colors. A timeless design, reminiscent of quaint, downtown homes, front porch sitting, and a cool glass of lemonade on a warm day.

The Heart Match PDF quilt pattern is a sparkling palette of colorful applique hearts and simple to sew squares. This pattern makes a finished size quilt approximately 43" x 55", perfect for a toddler, an eye-catching wall hanging, or cuddling on the couch. My two year old couldn't sleep at night without his Heart Match quilt to "tuck the love in".

This quilt also doubles as a fun seek and find game for children or the young at heart. Each appliqued heart has a matching square to seek and find. Make it more challenging for older children by including one heart/square combination that does not match. Can you find the "unmatched" pair?

This pattern is written for needle-turn applique, rotary cutting, and machine piecing. Other methods may be used to get similar results.

The Easy Hourglass PDF Quilt Block Pattern makes 2 each, 4" finished size blocks at a time.

Sew up a multitude of these fun blocks in record time for a fantastic, vintage look quilt. Or, just make a few for table runners, pot holders, or a quick baby quilt.

House Cat Quilt Block Pattern. This paper pieced block pattern makes a 12" x 12" finished size block. It is the eleventh in a series of Cats in Baskets blocks. There are 12 blocks in all. Each block features a different traditional quilt pattern on the basket. Collect them all to make a unique sampler quilt.

The Country Basket PDF Quilted Trivet Pattern will add a sunny charm to your country kitchen. It will protect your table and counter tops from hot, steamy casserole dishes and pans of oh, so gooey brownies....Mmmm! The finished size of this trivet is a handy 12" x 12", great for a variety of your favorite kitchen baking pans.

This trivet also looks charming under a vase of freshly picked flowers, straight from your cutting garden, a tempting nearby field, or even the corner grocery. Make several, and always have a handy hostess gift.

All the above patterns are also available as a paper copy in the Curlicue Creations Etsy shop, too.  Just click here to browse the Quilt Patterns section.

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Jennifer Thomas

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Peace Quilt Block

 Here's my completed Peace quilt block.

All the pieces in this block are attached with fusible applique.  My preferred fusible web is Heat 'n Bond Lite.  That's what I'm using in the above photo.

The back side of my green fabric, ready to be pressed flat, and the paper patterns fused in place.

Red flower petals cut out.

More pieces cut out.  I really enjoy cutting the patches out.  I opted to fuse the stems, too.  Sometimes I hand applique them instead.

All the pieces have been fused to the background fabric.

Stitching around the edges of each patch with a matching thread in a zigzag stitch.
Sometimes I use a buttonhole stitch, but zigzag is my favorite.

Stitching around the leaves and stem.

Stitching the around the flower petals.

The finished block.  This block will finish to 12" x 12" when it is sewn into a quilt.  The pattern is available in the Curlicue Creations Etsy shop here:  Peace Applique Quilt Block Pattern
If you sew a block, please send me a photo.  I would love to see it!

I'm linking up with Becca at Pretty Piney for What I Made Monday.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Piece of Blog Hop featuring Wild Tuba Party in the Woods

 Hello!  Welcome to my day on the Island Batik A Piece of Blog Hop.  This is my quilt, Wild Tuba Party in the Woods.  The fabric for this quilt was generously given to me by Island Batik at the beginning of this year.  I've had to keep it a secret all this time!  It's been tough to do.

 Half of the Island Batik Ambassadors are participating in this hop.  By visiting all the blogs you can get to know all the new Island Batik fabric lines, see everyone's fabulous creations, and enter some giveaways, too.  I'll have a giveaway at the end of my post today.

Here's the Tweet fabric collection.  It's designed by Barbara Persing and it will be available in your local quilt shop in December.  If you don't see Island Batik fabrics in your local shop, ask for them!
To see all 34 fabulous fabrics in this collection, click here:  Tweet fabrics

This is one of my favorites!  I love how the bright rainbow of colors pop through the dark background.  I used a lot of this fabric in my quilt.

One of the other features I love about this collection is the black and white prints.  I used them all in my quilt.  They add a fun punch to complement the rainbow of colors in this group of fabrics.

Look at this amazing aqua blue fabric!  It's one of my favorites.  I'll be sure to use it in another project in the future.  So very yummy!

My blocks were inspired by another quilt I made in the past, Polka Party.  I changed the center square to a four patch and added another black border, the skinny one.  The Polka Party quilt had a lot of appliqued circles and flowers, but that was too busy for this already wild party of a quilt!  

I needed to showcase all of the fabrics in the Tweet collection.  To do this I used placed the cool colors (blues, greens, purples) in the same patch location in each block and the warm colors (pinks, oranges yellows) in the other patch locations in each block, too.  I spread the black and white fabrics out evenly throughout the quilt.

I paired up the cool and warm colors randomly, so each block was a fun surprise to sew.  This is one of my favorites.  I pieced my quilt with Aurifil thread in various colors to match the fabrics.

I didn't have a lot of time left for quilting, so I did a loopy meander, my go-to quilting design when I'm in a hurry.

I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Bleached Cotton Batting for this quilt.  It quilted like butter.  Loved it.  

Example of the quilting.

I take a lot of photos when I'm working on a quilt project.  Sometimes they lead to new quilt design ideas.  I'm going to play with this one.  It may become part of a future quilt.

I really love the color combo on this block too!  

I bound my quilt using this pretty yellow dot fabric.  It matches the outer border.  I used it on the blocks and cornerstones too.

How did this quilt get the name "Wild Tuba Party in the Woods"?  This is the woodsman.  Legend has it that once a year he goes deep into the woods (on his birthday), hires a live band, and parties long into the night.  One by one the musicians drop out as they become exhausted from the wild partying, until the only one left standing is the tuba. The tuba is then traditionally shot (just the tuba, not the tuba player), and the party is over.  Afterwards the neighborhood gets to sleep blissfully for the rest of the night.

The other 364 days of the year, the woodsman is hard at work, chopping firewood for the winter.

Visit my hop partner, Leah Malasky to see what she's made with the Tweet collection.

Visit the Island Batik blog for links to all of the blog hop posts.

Each week of the hop Island Batik is giving away a bundle of fabrics from one of the new collections.  This week's giveaway is the Islander fabric collection.  It looks like a peaceful seaside to me.  Beautiful!  I would love to sew something with these!
Visit the Island Batik Blog to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wild Tuba Party in the Woods
Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  54" x 70"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Tweet, by Barbara Persing, for Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Bleached Cotton
Piecing Thread:  Aurifil
Quilting Thread:  Giza, King Tut, by Superior Threads

For my giveaway, I've cut a charm pack from my leftover fabrics in the Tweet collection.  To win these lovelies, please leave a comment below.  Be sure I can contact you, should you be the lucky winner.  I'll be randomly drawing a winner on Monday morning.  Due to legal restrictions, this contest is only open to USA residents.

Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, released Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CST November 20, 2019 and ends at 11:59pm CST on November 25, 2019. One winner will receive a charm pack of Island Batik fabric.  Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: leave a comment on this blog post. One comment per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted. Winner will be chosen by random.org on November 25, 2019 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If winner can not be reached via email or prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Curlicue Creations from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today!

Jennifer Thomas

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