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January 26, 2022
January 2022 from Sew Karen-ly Created...

 All I can say's a good thing I don't make new year resolutions because if I did...I would have broken one by now!  It's in my head to blog more this year as I really enjoy writing and posting, but the time just seems to zoom by and much of what keep me busy just isn't good blogging material (like inventory, answering emails, shovelling snow!).    There are some fun things too, and the highlight of January has been starting the new 2022 Colour Builders program with Aurifil.

My list of subscribers has grown ...

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January 18, 2022
Shop Hop Quilt and Pattern in Quilter's World Spring 2022! from Curlicue Creations

Introducing:  Shop Hop!  A cute, fun, and whimsical wall hanging or lap quilt.

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

This is my second quilt and pattern that is featured in the new Spring 2022 issue of Quilter's World.  This should be available in your local quilt shops now.  Run out and get a copy before they're all gone!

I actually made this quilt a couple of years ago, for a different issue.  It ended up not being used for that one, and I didn't even ...

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January 12, 2022
Whirligig Quilt and Pattern in Quilter's World Spring 2022! from Curlicue Creations

Introducing:  Whirligig.  This bright happy quilt is ready for some springtime stitching!  

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

Whirligig is featured in the new Spring 2022 issue of Quilter's World.  This just hit local quilt shops yesterday.  Go out and get your copy before they are all snatched up!

I have two patterns in this magazine.  I'll be sharing the second quilt, Shop Hop in my next post.

I used Karen Overton's Sea Glass fabric collection for the Whirligig quilt.  This is one of my ...

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December 27, 2021
Island Batik Ambassador EPP Challenge featuring Sunset Tree from Curlicue Creations

This is my last Island Batik Ambassador project for 2021.  I've been working on this quilt since February.  It has over 1500 hexagons, all made from my Island Batik scraps.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
The challenge for December was to make an EPP (English Paper Piecing) project using any of our Island Batik fabrics.  The requirement also stated that our projects could be as small as 12" x 12".

I adore English Paper Piecing.  I usually have a project or two going on at a ...

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A year in the making : The fruits of plenty from Charm About You

It took a year...

How it started...

How it's going... 


It's not often I complete something in a year, my work in progress pile can attest to that! This stitch-a-long is the third one I've completed from Modern Folk Embroidery, obviously I highly recommend his patterns and this was a joy to stitch. It was lovely receiving the next part of the pattern each month and I've really enjoying seeing all the other versions as they've been stitched on instagram #MFESAL2021, so many interesting colour combinations. The pattern is The Fruits of Plenty. Also ...

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December 23, 2021
Divide and Conquer Large Bag Finish! from Curlicue Creations

Here's the finish of my large Divide and Conquer bag!  I actually finished a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't get to the blog post until today.  It's almost Christmas.  All the gifts are wrapped and I have a few minutes to write.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this bag were generously provided by Island Batik,, Aurifil Thread, and Schmetz Needles.
This is the front of the bag.  I used the Autumn Wings fabric collection by Island Batik.  Aren't the butterflies beautiful?  I love the colors in this collection.  These ...

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November 23, 2021
window zippered pouches from Charm About You

Back with another Aurifil Artisan project! This month I was sent some gorgeous Free Spirit fabrics to play with, along with a spool of 50 weight thread. I received two cuts of the stunning Little Fluffy Clouds in Cloud, Daydreamer by Tula Pink and a deep purple solid (which I think might be Tula Pink Solids in Tanzanite?!). The Daydreamer collection has some really stunning prints, including one called Lucy! 

The Little Fluffy Clouds print is a beautiful ombre, from yellow to green to blue - you get a better sense of it in this picture from the Free Spirit website ...

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November 17, 2021
Christmas 2021 Aurifil Thread Specials from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Without a doubt, Christmas -and the way we shop, and gather -has certainly been impacted by world events. Nevertheless, we still find creative ways to celebrate the season. One of those ways is to order online, have your parcel beautifully wrapped with a hand-written gift card, and delivered directly to your recipient.  We can do that!
To sweeten the pot, from now till the ends of November all of the Aurifil thread sets of 12 large spools in a reusable storage case are on special for $10. off. When you do the math, it works out to $11.40/spool ...

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October 15, 2021
Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along Part 3 from From My Carolina Home

Are you having fun with the quilt along? Today we’ll assemble the center section.

Begin by pulling these pieces from the cutting instructions. You’ll need
Autumn Theme Scraps – nine 2-1/2-inch squares, four 4-inch squares
Background – four 3-1/2-inch squares, four 4-inch squares
Accent Color 3-1/2-Inch Strips – cut two 12-1/2-inches long, and two 18-1/2-inches long.

Using the nine 2-1/2-inch squares, assemble a nine patch.

Match four 4-inch scrappy squares with 4-inch background squares and make HSTs. Use my Chain Piecing Half Square Triangles method for speedy assembly. Square up to 3-1/2-inches square.

Arrange ...

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September 30, 2021
Divide and Conquer ByAnnie Bag Challenge from Curlicue Creations

Pshew!  Here I am posting about my byAnnie bag on the last day of September.  I just barely finished this morning.  I've had so many things pulling me away from sewing time in the last month.  I'm actually making two bags, this is the smaller size.  The large sized bag is about 3/4 of the way done at this time.  I'll show it on another post when it's complete.

Disclosure:  The products used to make this bag were given to me by Island Batik,, Aurifil Thread, and Schmetz Needles.

This month's Island ...

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August 12, 2021
Try a Tool Blog Hop featuring the Orchid Table Runner from Curlicue Creations

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 ...

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July 30, 2021
Never Too Early featuring the Jolly Holiday Christmas Tree Skirt from Curlicue Creations

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 ...

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July 28, 2021
Island Batik Ambassador Box #2 Unboxing ~ Second Look from Curlicue Creations

Did you see my Island Batik Ambassador unboxing video yesterday?  Today I'm showing photos of everything so you can get a second look.  This is the Fancy Feathers Collection, plus two coordinating fabrics.  I'll be using this fabric in my August blog hop project.  You can see my project soon, on August 12th.  Be sure to mark your calendar.  I'll be giving away some of this gorgeous fabric as part of the hop.

Disclosure:  The items in this post were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.
This bundle coordinates ...

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July 27, 2021
Island Batik - Unboxing Part 2 from Sew Preeti Quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive fabric from Island Batik and other supplies from industry partners (Hobbs Batting, Aurifil, Bags by Annie, and Studio 180), twice a year. The first set of boxes were received in January 2021.

Island Batik Boxes and the Video Shoot Setup

The second set of boxes were received in July 2021. Here is my home video showing the goodies as I unbox them.

For the August Challenge (Try a Tool) and Blog Hop, I will be working with Island Batik's Butterfly Blooms collection.

Butterfly Blooms

Foundations to Match Spring 2021 Bundle

Matching Yardage ...

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July 9, 2021
A new pattern! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

I've had a quilt rattling around in my head for a bit and I am happy to say the pattern has become a reality. 

"Encircling" is a great design to showcase large prints and gorgeous florals, and when I saw Tula Pink's "Curiouser and Curiouser" line I knew it was perfect.  A trip to Mrs Pugsley's Emporium in Amherst yielded this stack of Fat Quarters.  I paired it with Fairy Dust for the background, and a black solid for the rings and binding. 

It was fun to see how closely the fabric matches the artwork on the ...

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July 5, 2021
Island Batik July Challenge - The Holly Family from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik Challenge for July urged us to get an early start on Christmas and other end of the year holiday projects!

In my first Island Batik Ambassador Box, I had received a strip set of Holly Holiday fabric, designed by Kathy Engle. With deep red/dark green colors and reindeer/pine shaped trees it screams Christmas. Naturally I set it aside for the July challenge.

Holly Holiday Strips


I chose to make a tree skirt.

We have a small Christmas tree and some years we even put it up, when we are not traveling. If I make ...

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June 17, 2021
Spread Love and Joy featuring Morning Star from Curlicue Creations

Meet Morning Star.  This is my Island Batik Ambassador challenge project for June.

This month's theme is Spread Love and Joy with Accuquilt.  The guidelines are to create a gift of comfort, using the Accuquilt die we received in our first ambassador box of the year combined with designs from the 8" Qube dies.

Note:  The materials used to create this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners Accuquilt, Aurifil, Hobbs, and Schmetz.

I was super excited to receive the Morning Star die.  It's fabulous!  It looks a little intimidating with all those triangles ...

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June 12, 2021
Island Batik June Challenge - Novella from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik Challenge for June 2021 reads as follows:

The challenge for you is to use the 8” or 12” finished BOB dies from your Ambassador box, the GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block and create a whole new pattern by combining the two!

Here is my response

Novella, 11" by 66"

And here is the Story.

BOB means Block on Board. In other words, the complete block is on a single die. I received Snails Trails Die.

Snails Trail BOB Die

All units in one place

Cut Pieces

First Block

In my opinion, the best complement to Snails ...

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May 29, 2021
Joy Quilt Block and Pattern from Curlicue Creations

This is the Joy quilt block.  It pairs with the Faith quilt block that I showed last week.
This is an update for a block pattern in my Etsy shop.  Here's how I made it:

I used a fusible applique method for this block,  Here's some of the leaf pieces laid out on the back of the green fabric.

These are the flower centers fused to the back of the yellow orange fabric.

Cutting out the fused patches.

Arranging leaves on the background square.

Arranging stems and flowers on the background square.

Adding more leaves.  At this point ...

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May 28, 2021
quilt label X gold needles from Charm About You

An important part of the process is quilt labelling. Do you label your quilts? 

Despite not yet having a finish, the idea for a label came to me and I jumped right in! There's no point in waiting to create, might as well stitch when the mood strikes. Here I show you my process for making this label, share some favourite tools and there's a chance to win a jar of Hemline Gold needles.
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