Sunday, August 22, 2021

Hexagon Project Update

Here's the progress on my current hexagon project.  It's more than doubled in size since my last post about it.  Can you see what it is yet?
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Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

New items added weekly!




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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Try a Tool Blog Hop featuring the Orchid Table Runner

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the Island Batik Try a Tool blog hop.  This is what I made, the Orchid table runner.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.


For this blog hop, I was pleased to use this glorious new fabric collection, Fancy Feathers, by Kathy Engle, for Island Batik.  I love all colors, but purples are my favorite.  This collection sings to my heart.
If you love it as much as I do, these should be in your local quilt shop now.  Also, I will be giving away a charm pack of my leftovers from this project at the end of this post.

For the "Try a Tool" part of the challenge, the Island Batik Ambassadors were given different rulers by Studio 180 Design.  I received Split Recs.  It makes the type of unit shown above, in many different sizes.  We were required to make a project with at least 30 units.  The Orchid table runner has 64 Split Recs units.

I am not much of a ruler gal, but I have to admit, once I got the hang of how this ruler works, the units came together easily.

The Orchid block.  It's not perfect.  I paper pieced the center section.  I think it would have matched up a little better if I had the Corner Beam ruler for the center part.

I had a nice variety of matching Aurifil thread for the quilting. I also had just enough Hobbs 100 Percent Cotton batting and solid gray Island Batik fabric left on my quilting frame from my last project to quilt this table runner.  How lucky!

I used my favorite Schmetz needles for the piecing and quilting.  The borders were cut with my Accuquilt strip dies.  Designed in EQ8.  Here's a few glamour shots of the finished project.

Close-up.

Posing with some Monkey Grass on the front steps.


The gray backing.  You can see my not perfect, but always trying to improve quilting.

I love the way this binding came out.  The little curves on the fabric fit perfectly.

Pretty folds.

Orchid Table Runner
Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  40-1/2" x 16-1/2"
Block Size:  8" x 8"
Fabric:  Fancy Feathers by Kathy Engle for Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs 100 Percent Cotton
Thread:  Aurifil

Giveaway time!  I used up two of the fabrics from the Fancy Feathers collection, but I was able to cut 18 five inch charm squares to give away.  Leave a comment below and I will choose a winner via random number generator at the end of the hop.  Let's make it interesting.  Because this is a table runner, comment your favorite food.  What meal would you serve atop the Orchid table runner?

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Be sure to visit the Island Batik blog to enter this week's giveaway of Butterfly Blooms and Autumn Wings.  Visit the other stops on the blog hop to see all the new fabric collections, and what the other ambassadors made:

August 10:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail 

August 11:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

August 12:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

August 13:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

August 16:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

August 17:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Sally Manke, Sally Manke Fiber Artist

August 18:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt 

August 19:

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

August 20:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

August 23:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

August 24:

Megan Best, Bestquilter
Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore

August 25:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde

August 26:

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

August 27:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

August 30:

Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas



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Monday, August 9, 2021

New in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 08/09/2021

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Red Dream Field quilt fabric, by Fabri-Quilt. 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 thin black chevron lines over a red abstract background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Vienna Nights quilt fabric, by 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 red on red toile style vignettes. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Red Marbles quilt fabric, by 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 a red marbled pattern. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Red Scrolling Vines Tone on Tone 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 red scrolling vines with flowers over a red background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Red Checkerboard Tone on Tone 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 red checkerboard tone on tone. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Red Wavy Vines Tone on Tone 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 red wavy vine in stripes over a red background, tone on tone look. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Red Floral Tone on Tone 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 red floral tone on tone with a slight ombre look. 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 gray striped clamshell pattern. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Burgundy Rose Paisley 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 roses and paisleys over a burgundy background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Purple Diamonds 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 dark and light purple diamonds. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Peach 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 bouquets of peachy roses over a peach pink background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Purple Stripes 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 thin purple and slightly silver stripes. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Purple Iris 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 purple Irises and circles over a purple background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of quilting fabric, Green 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 scale green flowers over a light background. Perfect for your next quilting or home sewing project. So unique - be creative!

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New items added weekly!

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

Cut Time, Quilt More
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Friday, July 30, 2021

Never Too Early featuring the Jolly Holiday Christmas Tree Skirt

The Island Batik Ambassador July challenge was to make a holiday themed project.  I chose to make a Christmas tree skirt, as I've never had one.  My poor tree has been wrapped in a red and green plaid table cloth all these years.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
I designed my Christmas tree skirt in EQ8.  I was surprised at how easy and fun it was to make this project.

I used the new Holly Holiday by Kathy Engle fabric collection.  I really love the gold fabrics in this collection.  These should be available in your local quilt shop now.  It's the perfect time to begin those holiday projects.

As I pieced the wedges for the tree skirt, I put them up on my design wall.  I thought they looked a bit like candy corn.  Inspiration for a fall project, possibly?

I don't normally mark for quilting, but I felt compelled to use some of the quilting stencils in my collection for this project.  I did feathers on each of the large sections.

I quilted this fun curlicue on the top and bottom edges.

Top edge curlicues.

For this project I used Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Blend, which is washable, but recommended to air dry.  It made my tree skirt soft and fluffy.  I used Aurifil thread in matching colors for the piecing and quilting.  And I used Schmetz needles as well.

Pretty folds.

I used Island Batik's Parchment fabric for the backing.  I really wanted to use the green binding fabric, but I simply didn't have enough for the whole skirt.

Close up of the green binding.  Isn't this color gorgeous?  It's my favorite Island Batik green ever!  I made the bias binding with my Accuquilt strip die, following a neat tutorial I found online.

I have a lot of trees in my yard, but no "Christmas" trees, so I modeled the Jolly Holiday tree skirt around the base of a pine tree.  So pretty!  I can't wait to try this on my tree this year.

Follow my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors for maximum quilting inspiration, here:

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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Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today

Jennifer Thomas



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