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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 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.

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.



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: Fat Quarter Storage Box

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 BOXES




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
BUY NOW @ My Pattern Store

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: 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.


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

Saturday, 21 October 2017

October Studio Tour: Resizing a Quilt Pattern

This month's studio tour is actually a post I did awhile back. I felt it was important enough information to re-post.

Quilt patterns can come in many sizes. But what if the size of the pattern isn't the size you want? Maybe you want a throw instead of a mini quilt or a baby quilt instead of a king size. To resize your pattern, you need to know the percentage to reduce or enlarge the blocks. Read below to learn three easy ways to get the percentage you need to resize your blocks and templates.

1. DO THE MATH

Below is the standard formula to get the percentage for reducing or enlarging.

Enlarging:
  1. Measure the shortest length of the original block size? e.g. 6 inches
  2. What size do you want the new block to be? e.g. 8 inches
  3. Divide the new size by the original size, e.g. 8 ÷ 6 = 1.33. 
  4. Move the decimal point two steps to the right to get your percentage = 133%.
  5. Enter 133% into the copy machine to enlarge your 6-inch block to an 8-inch block.
Reducing:
  1. Do the opposite of above. 
  2. Divide the small size (e.g. 6") by the large size (e.g. 8") to get your reduction percentage, e.g. 6 ÷ 8 = 0.75 = 75% reduction.
2.  PROPORTIONAL SCALE

Proportional Scales may look a bit intimidating at first but they're easy to use. You can buy a Proportional Scale especially for quilters HERE.


How to use a proportional scale:
  1. On the bottom wheel, find the original size of your block (e.g. 6"), [Fig 1].
  2. Line up this number with the new size (e.g. 8") on the top wheel, [Fig 1].
  3. In the window, you'll see the percentage of the reduction or enlargement you need to resize your block, [Fig 2].
Note: The math formula and proportional scale results may be off a tiny bit. This is okay.

Using a proportional scale
Figure 1

Using a proportional scale for resizing quilt patterns
Figure 2