Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Modern Mini Star Pattern and Kit is Available in the Connecting Threads Catalog

 The Modern Mini Star quilt pattern and kit is now available through Connecting Threads!
They made this quilt using their new General Store fabric collection.  Order your kit here:  Modern Mini Star Quilt Kit.  If you want the pattern only, click here to order the PDF download:  Modern Mini Star Pattern.  If you make a Modern Mini Star quilt, please share a photo.  I would love to see it!

The Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop is beginning on Monday!  I'll be on the hop on May 1st.  I'd better get cleaning ~ see you then.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Friday, April 19, 2019

The Making of the Strawberry Rose Quilt

(Note:  The materials for this quilt were given to my by Island Batik at no cost to me.)

The Strawberry Rose quilt looks right at home, hanging on our greenhouse. 

Here's another glamour shot ~ hanging out on the front porch on a sunny afternoon.

This seems like a fitting place for this vintage style quilt.

Even though this quilt did not have a lot of similar pieces, I still bagged and labeled them.  It's my system and it works well for me.  This helps to keep everything clean and organized.

The blocks came together quickly.  I used Heat 'N Bond Lite for my fusible applique.

I zigzag stitched with matching Aurifil thread around all of my fused patches to secure them.

Here's one block completed.  Don't the Island Batik fabrics look vibrant?  I love the versatility of batik fabrics.  They work well in every style of quilt.

Here's the top before quilting.  See the lower left corner?  It didn't come together the way I wanted it to.  I considered unsewing and resetting that patch, or adding some buttons or yo-yo's to disguise it, but in the end I ran short on time and just left it.  I'm not trying to win a prize, and I'll just say it's imperfection is "charm".

I straight line quilted this on a diagonal out from the center using my hopefully never ending cone of white Aurifil thread.

I didn't do any quilting on or around the applique patches.  When I reached the appliques, I simply ended my thread with a machine knot and continued my line of quilting on the other side of the rose.

You can read more about the Strawberry Rose quilt and it's inspiration here:  Vintage Reimagined Featuring Strawberry Rose.

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Jennifer Thomas

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New Dress Patterns in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of 04-16-19

Vintage from the 1970s
McCall's 6391 Housecoat Robe Pattern, size Small. 

This casual housecoat or robe pattern is quick and easy to sew. 

Housecoat or robe is loose fitting with standing collar front zipper closure, raglan sleeves and side seam pockets. Can be sewn with short or long sleeves.

This pattern is in factory folded, uncut condition. Copyright 1978.

Picture yourself wearing this comfy robe to relax around the house. This pattern will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

Bust 32-1/2, 34
Waist 25, 26-1/2
Hip 34-1/2, 36
Back waist length 16, 16-1/4

Vintage from before 2000
Butterick 5856 Unisex Jacket Pattern, sizes XS, S, and M. 

This casual jacket pattern is suitable for both men and women. 

Jacket is loose fit, unlined, below waist length with collar, dropped shoulders, yokes, side front and back seams, pockets with flap closure, lower band, long sleeves with pleat and button cuffs. Variations include contrast collar, flaps, and inner cuffs.

This pattern is in factory folded, uncut condition. Copyright 1991.

Picture yourself wearing this fabulous jacket to a party, out to dinner, or just out shopping. This pattern will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

Bust 30-1/2, 31-1/2, 32-1/2
Waist 23, 24, 25
Hip 32-1/2, 33-1/2, 34-1/2

Butterick 3835 Coat and Dress Pattern, sizes 12, 14, and 16. A Diahann Carroll pattern.

This pretty wardrobe pattern makes an amazing combination for you to sew and enjoy. 

A-line coat is floor length with long sleeve, self faced front and raised neckline. A-line dress is close fit, lined, evening length with princess seams, back zipper closure, side front slit on the left, and contrast bands.

This pattern is in factory folded, uncut condition. Copyright 2003.

Picture yourself wearing this fabulous ensemble to a special occasion, out to dinner and dancing, or anytime you need a bit of glamour. This pattern will inspire you to be confident, plus, you can say you made it yourself!

Bust 34, 36, 38
Waist 26-1/2, 28, 30
Hip 36, 38, 40

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Jennifer Thomas




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Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Peek Inside the March 2019 Quilty Box

Disclaimer:  The contents of this subscription box were given to me by Quilty Box at no cost to me.
 Let's see what's inside the March 2019 Quilty Box!

 This month's featured designers are Sherri and Chelsi.  This is not the best photo, but wow ~ what a beautiful work space on the cover of the Bundles of Inspiration magazine.  

 This fat quarter bundle is Walkabout, by Sherri and Chelsi, for Moda Fabrics.

 Eight fabrics are included.  I really love this fresh palette of Spring blooms.

 Here's a Nest organizer to "keep stuff handy".  I'll have to try it out.  A lot of my stuff is currently in a large mug on my sewing desk.  This might be a better option.  It looks like you can even store rulers in the Nest.

 A new Clover seam ripper.  I can always use another seam ripper.  They tend to disappear like socks in the dryer.  I'll be trying this one out today.  Last night I put together a terrific block, then noticed that I put the wrong fabric in the corners ~ Ugh!  That was the end of my sewing session.

 Aurifil thread ~ Yay!  And it's white.  I can always use more white thread.  Excellent.

Here's this month's goodies all together.  Time to sew!



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Jennifer Thomas

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Scrappy Star Quilt Update

 I'm sewing a scrappy star quilt!

 I think I posted about this quilt before, but it's been awhile.  

 Isn't this fabric pretty?  

 Here is most of the pieces laid out so you can see my color scheme.

 Flying geese halfway done.

 Time to trim.

Completed Flying geese sections.  I'll post another update when I do the next sewing session.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Rock the Boat Pattern is in the New Island Batik Spring Summer Catalog!

Disclaimer:  The fabrics for this quilt were given to me by Island Batik at no cost to me.
 The Rock the Boat pattern is in the new Island Batik Spring Summer Catalog.

Above photo by Jerry Khiev.

You can view the complete catalog at the Island Batik website now.  Here's the link:  Island Batik Spring Summer 2019 Catalog  It's amazing.  I was so excited and inspired to see the upcoming fabric lines, the quilt patterns, and more.  There are just so many things I want to make!  Besides quilts, there are patterns to make bags, clothing, tuffets, stuffed animals, and more.  Everything glowing in the gorgeous Island Batik fabrics.
 
 This is the Island Batik version of Rock the Boat.  It's made in the coming soon (this Spring) Graphic Gems fabric collection.

It's backed with another gorgeous Island Batik fabric.  If you don't see Island Batik fabrics in your local quilt shop ~ ask for them!

Here's a close up of one of the blocks.  You can see it's a four patch-palooza kind of quilt.

The Graphic Gems collection really sparkles and shines across this quilt top.

I've been working in this purple, teal, and white color scheme a lot lately.

If that's not your thing, this is an easy pattern to change to a different color scheme.  Just substitute the purple and teals with two of your favorite Island Batik fabrics and sew, sew, sew.

I kept the quilting simple, stitching a large zigzag across the quilt with white Aurifil thread.

A closer look at the beautiful backing fabric.

I bound this quilt in a dark teal fabric that matches the outer border.

So pretty!

Look for the Rock the Boat pattern and Island Batik fabrics in your local quilt shop soon.  And if you don't see it....ask for it.  

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today!

Jennifer Thomas




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