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Friday, 2 February 2018

February Studio Tour: DIY large quilter's ironing board

I've used a regular ironing board for quilting my whole life. So, when I started seeing these wide ironing boards for quilting, I knew I had to have one. I wish I'd made one of these years ago because it truly makes a difference when ironing my quilt tops. If you have an ironing board, you can make one of these quilting boards yourself in a weekend.

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial

How to Make a Quilter's Ironing Board

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SUPPLIES
  • Standard metal ironing board
  • 20" x 55" - 3/8" or 1/2" plywood
    (If you don't have a saw, most hardware stores will cut this for you.)
  • [8] screws
  • [8] washers
  • [1] 26" x 60" cotton duck fabric.
  • [1] 24" x 60" insulated batting. I used  Insul-Brite by Warm Company.
  • [2] 24" x 60" 100% cotton quilt batting

TOOLS
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver
  • Handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Staple gun and staples shorter than thickness of your board

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Measure and mark 1-1/2 inches from the corners of the board. (Fig.1).
2.  Cut this amount off with a hand saw. (Fig. 2)

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial - detail 01
Figure 1

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial - detail 02
Figure 2

3.  Staple the fabric and batting layers evenly around the edge of the board in this order. (Fig.s 3)
  • Top - cotton duck 
  • Middle - Insul-Brite batting
  • Bottom - quilt batting

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial - detail 03
Figure 3

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial - detail 04

6.  Place ironing board upside down onto the board being sure it is lined up correctly. Mark where each screw will go. (Fig. 4)

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial - detail 05
Figure 4

7.  Screw the screws with the washers through the holes in the mesh.

8.  Tada!! Your new ironing board is now ready to be enjoyed.

DIY quilters ironing board tutorial - finished

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My Easter Egg table runner featured at Connecting Threads

This is my second pattern to be kitted by Connecting Threads. It's my Easter Egg Table Topper. The Easter fabric Eggstraordinary by Connecting Threads was perfect for this project. Buy the kit at Connecting ThreadsBuy the pattern HERE.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January Studio Tour: Tips for Sorting Your Fabric Scraps

Well, another new year has begun. All the Christmas decorations are put away, the turkey leftovers are eaten, and life has fallen back into a regular routine. This is the time of year that I like to tidy my studio and get it ready for the days ahead. It's also the perfect time to purge some of my scrap fabrics and get them ready for scrap quilts.

When I first started sorting scraps, I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I now follow a few simple rules I learned along the way.

TIPS FOR SORTING FABRIC SCRAPS

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1.  Have a scrap fabric basket under your sewing table at all times.

quilt scraps bucket

2.  I consider anything smaller than a Fat Eighth (9" x 21") a scrap.

3.  Cut scraps in various sized squares. I cut an assortment of squares in the
following sizes:  1-1/2 inch, 2 inches, 2-1/2 inch, 3-1/2 inch, and 5 inches.

4.  You'll be amazed at how fast your square supply grows. Keep your squares in a storage container.

quilt scraps in container

5. Keep leftover fabric strips to use for string quilts. I store these in a container from the dollar store.
quilt strip scraps container


Get this FREE mini quilt pattern. This is a quick and simple project to start using up your scraps.

Download the PDF pattern HERE


Below are a few scrap fabric projects.

doll quilt made from 2 inch scraps
Doll quilt made from 2-inch scraps

Saturday, 23 December 2017

NEW! Holiday Magic Wall Quilt Pattern

Talk about getting a pattern project finished under the wire. I really wanted to have the pattern launch done for my Holiday Magic wall quilt long before Christmas, but Christmas preparations and our new puppy took up most of my time. I love, love, love this pattern and I think you will too. It's made up of simple foundation piecing and fusible web applique. I think it would be stunning in any Christmas fabric. Anyone with basic applique and foundation piecing skills will have no trouble doing this up quickly.

Holiday Magic Wall Quilt






Here is our little Pomeranian-cross puppy, Teddy. We adopted him a few weeks ago, and he's settling in quite well although Sophie can be a little impatient with him.

Teddy - image 1
Teddy and his big sister Sophie

Teddy - image 2
Teddy in his favourite hiding place
under the coffee table.


Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

December Studio Tour: FREE Fat Quarter Storage Box Template

Like most quilters, my fabric stash often fills up faster than I can store it, ending up with me not knowing what I have or what I don't have. Thankfully, I love organizing and having a place for everything and everything in its place.

I normally buy fat quarters and charm packs for my projects, so I needed a storage solution that would keep them nicely organized and in plain sight. After much experimenting, I came up with a box that's perfect for storing fat quarters and charm packs.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN FAT QUARTER STORAGE BOX

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YOU WILL NEED 
  • Download my Fat Quarter Storage Box template HERE
  • Printer 
  • [1] 24"x 36" cardboard sheet, cut into two 24" x 18" sheets. 
  • (Cardboard sheets can be purchased at any art store). 
  • regular tape (I used masking tape) 
  • double-sided tape 
  • spray glue or large glue stick 
  • pencil 
  • utility knife 

HOW TO MAKE THE BOX TEMPLATE


1. Print the [4] four template pieces.

2. Cut along the inner edges of the template pieces.

3. Line up the pieces using the dots then tape together. Do not overlap. (Fig 1)


Figure 1

4. With spray glue or a glue stick, glue the assembled template to the first sheet of cardboard. (Fig 2)


Figure 2

5. With a utility knife, carefully cut out the template along the outer edges.





Friday, 1 December 2017

NEW Pattern! Candy Carousel Table Runner

My newest pattern, Candy Carousel, was inspired by Christmas peppermint candies. This table runner pattern is simple and modern. It would make an excellent project for the confident beginner. Pattern includes instructions for making quick pinwheel blocks.

Candy Carousel Table Runner Pattern
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Candy Carousel quilted table runner pattern by Monica Curry

Candy Carousel quilted table runner pattern - detail #1

Candy Carousel quilted table runner pattern - detail #2

Candy Carousel quilted table runner pattern - detail #3

Friday, 10 November 2017

November Studio Tour: How to Raise Your Cutting Table to Reduce Back Strain

As a graphic designer, I sat for long hours at the computer. It was easy to get lost in my work and not pay attention to my body. I suppose I paid the price because this caused me to suffer from back pain for years. So, when I started quilting more, it became clear that I needed an ergonomically friendly cutting table. There were several options available to me, but I opted to buy the Linnmon/Finvard table from Ikea. This was a great buy, but there are other ways to get a raised table without spending a lot of money.

Linnmon/Finvard adjustable worktable from Ikea
Linnmon/Finvard adjustable worktable from Ikea.

HOW TO RAISE YOUR CUTTING TABLE TO REDUCE BACK STRAIN

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1.  Fold-Away Table and PVC Pipe

If you have a fold-away table like the two below, PVC pipe is your friend. You can get PVC pipe at any hardware center such as Home Depot or Lowe's. First, measure the table leg from the joint of the leg to the floor (see Diagrams 1 and 2). To raise your worktable, decide on the new height you want the table to be. To get this number, measure from the top of the table up to somewhere just above your belly button.  Cut four 1.5" wide PVC pipes to these two measurements. Slip each table leg into the cut pipe.


Four ways to raise your work/cutting table. No 1
Diagram 1

Four ways to raise your work/cutting table. No 2
Diagram 2

Friday, 3 November 2017

My favourite foundation piecing papers

Anyone who has done foundation paper piecing (FPP) knows how frustrating and tedious it is when struggling with bad piecing paper. I've tried most every FPP on the market. I've also tried various tissue papers, tracing papers, parchment paper, copy papers, phone book paper ... well, you get the picture. After all my research, my favourite FPPs are Fun-dation and Sulky Tear Away Stabilizer.

Because I do a lot of FPP for my designs, I was excited to see Fun-dation brand piecing paper go on sale recently at Amazon.ca for $5 CDN. I ordered five packages. A package has 25 sheets. I'm glad I ordered when I did because the price went back up to $7.69 CDN (which is still not too bad). Fun-dation brand FPP is the best I've used. It tears away beautifully, it's translucent enough for fabric placement, and it prints well; I love this stuff. One package of Fun-dation works out to about 0.31 cents a sheet. 

Fun-dation Foundation Piecing Paper

Another very good option for FPP is Sulky Tear-Easy Stabilizer in the 12" x 11 yards roll ($15.11 CDN at Amazon). Sulky Tear-Easy is very much like Fun-dation. An 11-yard roll of Sulky makes [47] 8.5 inch wide sheets at 0.32 cents a sheet.


Sulky Tear-Easy Stabilizer