Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Create for a Cause with Island Batik and Deb Tucker Studio 180 ~ Finish!

Here's the finish of my Deb Tucker Studio 180 Split Recs tool and Island Batik Ambassador challenge!  I loved making this quilt and I hope the recipient of it loves it and finds comfort and warmth.  This was a great challenge to Create for a Cause.  I finished my quilt with Hobbs Poly batting and quilted it with Aurifil thread and a Schmetz needle.

Announcing the winner of my Split Recs ruler giveaway is SewGirl!  Congratulations!

Disclaimer:  The items used to create this quilt were generously provided by Island Batik and their Industry Partners at no cost to me.
All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering top-notch beds to children and families in need. Quilts Across America is a program that relies on the generosity of quilters everywhere to provide a quilt with each bed that is delivered by Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Quilts Across America was initiated by Studio 180 Design and Tucker University in July 2023.

One of my recent sewing room additions that I got in my last Missouri Star order was this cute bluebird tin with 100 blue clips inside!  I used these on the binding for my Create for a Cause quilt.  I love to use these to secure my binding before stitching and my old clips were getting worn out.  Please remember that I'm a Missouri Star affiliate and you can save 20% off your order of $50.00 or more when you use my link to shop at Missouri Star. 
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Jennifer Thomas
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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Dancing Flowers Quilt and Pattern

Today I'm going to show you the Dancing Flowers quilt.  This quilt was made with the Local Motion fabric collection for Maryellen McAuliffe by Island Batik.  It was inspired by those solar activated dancing flowers you sometimes see on car dashboards.

Disclaimer:  The fabric used in this quilt was provided at no cost to me by Island Batik.
These are the fabrics I used from the Local Motion collection.  Aren't they pretty?  I love the purple teal gold color combo and the designs are really fun!  Bicycles and cog wheels galore.
I made six of these nine patch variation blocks for this quilt.  They are quick and easy to strip piece.

I used the fusible applique method for the flowers.  Check out the bicycle fabric I used for the flower petals.  They are really dancing on the move!

I quilted an all over loopy meander in a purple and teal thread over most of the quilt.  I quilted a smaller scale loopy meander in a white thread for the background of the flower blocks.

I love the texture the small loopy meander makes!

Tucking in the loose thread ends.

The dancing flowers quilt "dancing" off the quilt frame.

Sewing on the binding.  I love this fabric collection!

Dancing Flowers

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  70" x 87"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Local Motion for Maryellen McAuliffe by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs Cotton 80/20 Bleached
Thread:  King Tut by Superior
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8


 The Dancing Flowers quilt pattern can be found in select quilt shops across the USA.  Look for it in                your local shop.  If your shop doesn't carry Curlicue Creations patterns, ask for them!

Optionally you can order a copy from the Curlicue Creations Shop.

Click here to order a Dancing Flowers PDF instant download pattern.

Click here to order a Dancing Flowers paper copy pattern.

If you sew a Dancing Flowers 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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Thursday, July 4, 2024

Create for a Cause Piecing and Trimming Units

Moving on to the next step in my Island Batik/Studio 180 project.  I've cut out all of my Split Recs units and am ready to piece them together.  The most important thing to remember here is to be sure the diagonal line is running in the right direction before you begin to sew.  For my quilt, I made 40 black and white split recs units.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partners.
Then I moved on and sewed the color and gray units.  Notice that the diagonal line runs the opposite direction for these units.  See how they line up for sewing?  Easy-peasy!  And they don't have to be perfect, because the units will be trimmed down to size in the next step.

Isn't this blue Island Batik fabric dreamy?  I chose all fabrics from my stash for this project to get the rainbow effect.  It was fun to dig through my drawers of Island Batik fabric and choose just the right thing.

After sewing all the triangles together I pressed them with my Oliso iron.  I used Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread to piece my units.

After pressing, the units are trimmed down to the size needed.  You just line up the diagonal sewn seam and the edges of the unit and trim it down.  So simple and everything comes out perfectly.  I had time to trim all of the black and white units.  I will be trimming the color and gray units this afternoon, during my Fourth of July sewing session.  Happy Fourth of July!

If you didn't see it in my previous posts, here is the EQ8 drawing of my quilt.
If you didn't see my original post, please go back and read it.  You can enter to win a Split Recs ruler of your very own!  Create for a Cause Tool Giveaway

All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering top-notch beds to children and families in need. Quilts Across America is a program that relies on the generosity of quilters everywhere to provide a quilt with each bed that is delivered by Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Quilts Across America was initiated by Studio 180 Design and Tucker University in July 2023.


On a side note, did you see my Facebook and Instagram post about the Missouri Star US State Embroidery Map?  I'm so excited to be stitching away on this fun project in my spare moments.  I began by outlining my home state North Carolina.  This is such a creative project.  You can literally do anything with it to make this your own custom map of the USA.  

You can use my link to get 20% off any order of $50.00 or more here:  Missouri Star

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Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today,

Jennifer Thomas
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Monday, July 1, 2024

Create for a Cause Cutting

Did you read my last post?  Create for a Cause with Island Batik and Deb Tucker Studio 180  If you didn't see it, please go back and read my post and enter my giveaway for a Studio 180 Split Recs tool.

I stated that I was not going to finish my June project on time.  Here's an update on how it's going:

Before I began cutting, I put on a brand new rotary blade.  I always do this!  It is amazing how easy it is to cut with a fresh blade.  I order my blades in a multi pack from Missouri Star.  You can use my link to get 20% off any order of $50.00 or more here:  Missouri Star

Please note that as an affiliate of Missouri Star, I may receive a small commission.  Thank you.
I used my Deb Tucker Studio 180 Split Recs tool to cut out all of the triangle pieces for my quilt.  I cut for the largest size, 4" x 8" finished.  This tool is amazingly versatile.  You can cut units in so many different sizes.  If you haven't used Studio 180 tools before, they make it easy by sewing the units a little larger than needed and then trimming them down to size.  It was incredibly fast cutting out all the triangles I needed for my quilt.  It probably took me longer to choose the fabrics, then it did to cut them out.  Please visit my previous post to enter to win a brand new Split Recs tool, here:  Create for a Cause

I ironed all my fabrics with my Oliso smart iron and cut them into strips.  The directions are included with the ruler tool.  It is so easy to use.

The triangles are cut into pairs using the two fabrics that will be in your Split Recs unit.

Here is my pile of freshly cut Island Batik triangles.  I am using solid black, white, and a variety of bright colors from my stash for this project.  Now I'm all ready to sew!

Here's a look at my EQ8 drawing for this quilt.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were generously supplied by Island Batik and industry partners.
I can't wait to finish this and donate it to Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  

All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering top-notch beds to children and families in need. Quilts Across America is a program that relies on the generosity of quilters everywhere to provide a quilt with each bed that is delivered by Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Quilts Across America was initiated by Studio 180 Design and Tucker University in July 2023.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today,

Jennifer Thomas
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