Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Log Cabin Blog Hop ~ featuring the Promises Quilt, and a Giveaway!

This is my quilt for the first Island Batik Ambassador challenge of 2024, Promises.

*Giveaway Alert ~ Read to the end of this post for a chance to win some Island Batik fabric and my newest pattern!

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

We were challenged to make Log Cabin quilts using our assigned new fabric collections, shipping to stores now.  I've made many different log cabin variation quilts in the past, and I was excited to try something new.

I was even more excited when I dove into this stack of half yard cuts!  This collection is called Romance Garden.  It's a signature collection for Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting, designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik.  The colors in this collection are saturated pinks, purples, and greens.  The more I worked with them, the more I loved them.  These colors are making me happy!

I turned to Electric Quilt 8 for my design inspiration.  I chose to make offset stained glass log cabin blocks for my quilt.  Instead of using a solid black fabric for the "leading", I used the deep blue violet fabric shown here.  This is part of the Romance Garden collection and luckily I also received an additional 2 yard cut of it to use in my project.  I used nearly all of it!  I used it for the leading, the quilt border, and the binding, too.  I cut the rest of my fabric into strips of varying widths and sewed one strip of the blue violet "leading" fabric to each strip for my quilt.

Everything pressed nice and flat with my new Oliso iron.  I have been using this iron constantly and I have to say that I really do love it.  It's smooth, hot, and ready to press at a moment's notice.

The blocks sewed up quickly with my Schmetz needles and in no time at all I had a nice colorful stack of them.

I auditioned a few different thread colors for the quilting and decided on this hot pink Aurifil thread.

I used this 100 percent wool batting from Hobbs Tuscany Collection.  It's had a nice loft to it and resists fold lines in your quilts.

I quilted my favorite motif, an allover loopy meander.

You can see the quilting really well on the back of the quilt.  I used Island Batik's solid dark gray fabric for the backing, and you can again see that fabulous blue violet fabric for the binding.

Chessie, my studio cat kept me company.  She loves to sit on this chair in front of the heater.

I took my quilt to the beach for part of the photo shoot.  (Quilt with legs)

Close up of quilt with legs.

Quilt with feet.

It was another beautiful day at North Topsail Island.


Finished block close up.

Horizontal view.

I took a few photos at home, as well.

This is in front of my studio, isn't it cute?


Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  52" x 52"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Romance Garden for Sherry Shish by Kathy Engle for Island Batik
Thread:  Aurifil
Batting:  100 Percent Wool, Tuscany Collection by Hobbs
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

I'm giving away a collection of 5" charm squares of nineteen of the fabrics from the Romance Garden collection, plus a PDF copy of the Promises quilt pattern.  To enter, please sign up for my newsletter and leave me a comment.  Which one of the new Island Batik fabric collections is your favorite?  Have you been following the blog hop?   It's not too late to visit all the blogs!  I'm amazed at the fabulous log cabin quilts!  USA entries only.  Please be sure I have a way to reach you, should you be the lucky one.

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You can purchase and download the pattern to make the Promises quilt in my Etsy Shop.  If you sew this quilt or any of my quilts, please tag me on Instagram @curlicuecreations.  I would love to see your quilt!  Click here to purchase the Promises quilt pattern.

Island Batik is also having a fabric giveaway on their blog.  They are giving away a bundle of Romance Garden (Yay!) and a bundle of Squiggles, Dots, and Lines!  Visit the Island Batik blog for a chance to win one of these two fabric bundles.  Good luck!

Here's the list for the blog hop.  Visit all of the Island Batik Ambassador team for maximum inspiration!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Christmas Crossing Quilt in Love of Quilting Magazine

Have you seen my Christmas Crossing quilt?  I know it's either a little late for Christmas 2023, or super early for Christmas 2024, but here it is!

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

This quilt is on the cover of the November/December 2023 issue of Love of Quilting magazine.  The pattern is tucked inside on pages 12 ~ 16.

If you can't find a copy at your local quilt shop, you can order one through the Quilting Daily website. 

To make the Christmas Crossing quilt, I used a variety of Island Batik fabrics in red, green, white, and a yummy multi colored fabric.  Some of the fabrics I used are from the Chromatic collection.

It's a merry little quilt, finishing at 35-1/2" x 35-1/2".  Here it is still in progress with only the red border sewn on.  As you can see, it looks great with just one border as well.  If you needed a smaller quilt or table topper, you could stop here.

This is the completed quilt top with the white and green borders added.

I quilted an all over loopy meander with King Tut thread in Temple.  

I used Hobbs Premium Cotton for the batting ~ my favorite.

Everything was stitched together with Schmetz needles.

Quilting close-up.

The backing is Gecko from Island Batik's Glorious Greens collection.  

I matched my binding to the outer border.

Glamour shot of Christmas Crossing with bin of firestarter pinecones.

Christmas Crossing

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  35-1/2" x 35-1/2"
Block Size:  6" x 6"
Fabric:  Chromatic and Assorted by Island Batik
Thread:  Temple, King Tut by Superior
Batting:  Hobbs Premium Cotton
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

If you sew a Christmas Crossing quilt, please share a pic with me on Instagram @curlicuecreations.  I would love to see your quilt!

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today,

Jennifer Thomas
Curlicue Creations

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