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Monday, 23 November 2015

Checkerboard scrap quilt pattern

This stash buster is well suited for beginners or anyone who might need a quick gift. You can use the combination of light and dark fabrics or mix it up with a variety of scraps as shown in the photo. Instructions are given for light/dark checkerboard. This pattern would be perfect for a young quilter's first project.

Checkerboard Scrappy Mini Quilt Pattern 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Precious Bundle Baby Quilt Pattern

I designed this sweet little quilt some time ago and finally finished it this week. I love shabby chic and used some beautiful retro style fabrics from Connecting Threads called Line Dried by Mama's Cottons. The fabric design was perfect for this quilt. It's going to be a gift for a very special someone.

Precious Bundle Baby Quilt Pattern
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precious bundle baby quilt monica curry

precious bundle baby quilt detail

precious bundle baby quilt illustration

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Free-form quilting art quilt

This quilt, Happy Hour, was created for the Manitoba Crafts Council 2013 annual members' For the Love of Craft art show.

free form art quilt black and white

I enjoyed making this art quilt. It was inspired by Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts. I named it Happy Hour because the polka-dots reminded me of Leonard Cohen's song Closing Time. There's a line in the song that goes "and the men they dance on the polka-dots." I was humming that tune much of the time I was finishing up the quilt, and I couldn't get that line out of my head.

free form art quilt detail

One of the most enjoyable things about free-form quilting is that it keeps you thinking outside the box. There's no real plan, which means all kinds of cool things can happen.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Free Wall Quilt Pattern: Many Moons

This modern drunkard's path pattern was made with my own ice dyed cotton. I titled it Many Moons because the colours and textures of the fabric reminded me of the moon's surface, and the pattern is laid out similar to a moon cycle chart. The moon is also considered to be the symbol for women.

Many Moons Mini Quilt Pattern
Get the Free PDF download HERE


This was my first try at the Drunkard's Path block. I avoided this block because of the curves, but once I did a few, I got the hang of it. Below are links to get this free pattern, instructions for ice dying and a video on a simple technique to sew accurate curves for this block. (I wish I'd seen this video before I made this quilt).


Glue basting?? Fons & Porter video demonstrating
glue basting technique for drunkard path blocks.


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favourite time of year. I did this floral arrangement for the season and made a Halloween table topper to go with it. I think the whole thing looks quite cheerful. Also, check out my Halloween door wreath.

halloween floral arrangement with table topper

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sewing machine cover from an old art quilt

I made a sewing machine cover with an old art quilt that hung in our office. I had been trying out free-form quilting for the first time and created this mini quilt Summer Aspen. I love the colours but grew tired of it on the wall.

summer aspen mini quilt free form

At first, I thought it might look nice as a bag, but I changed my mind about that and decided to turn it into a sewing machine cover. I love how it turned out.

sewing machine cover art quilt

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Crazy quilt pillows with video tutorial

I made these crazy quilt block pillows for our couch, and they really inject a bit of character into the room. I love crazy quilts but lack the patience and time for all that embroidery. So, now I use the fancy stitches on my sewing machine instead. My Pfaff is a great machine, but my little Singer has the best decorative stitches, so I use that machine for crazy quilt blocks.

crazy quilt pillows monica curry

Below is a great tutorial by Fons & Porter for creating crazy blocks. (FYI: The quilt in the left background inspired my denim scrap quilt beach blanket.)


Another good crazy block video for beginners. These sweet gals could be anyone's grandma.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

My new studio desk

I'm very proud of this little desk I created from a vintage sewing machine. I think the machine is circa 20s or 30s. I got it free from a friend of a friend, and it sat in my studio gathering dust for over a year until I finally had the time to make it useful. Some may think it's sacrilegious to hack a vintage machine like this, but it makes a great desk. I'm amazed at how much I could fit into those four little drawers.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

My new sewing studio pegboard

I love my new pegboard. While our kitchen is being done, I've been spending a lot of time in my basement, so I decided to organize my little basement studio. Now I have a place for everything and everything in its place.

sewing room pegboard.

Here is a very simple way to pack your bobbins for a sewing retreat. Seven bobbins fit exactly in a lipstick case.

Lipstick Case Bobbin Storage

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Denim quilt made with scrap fabric

This scrap quilt was made with denim and cotton upholstery fabric samples. It's a good strong beach blanket.



Spirit Dancers Art Quilt

This is my art quilt Spirit Dancers. I created this piece for a local art show called Stone Age. It was the first art show I'd been in, so I was pretty excited. I think my piece was the only fabric art in the show.


I sold the piece quickly and then received a call from the gallery curator. Someone from Australia also wanted one before they flew back home. I then had to rush around to make a duplicate. I was lucky to still have some of the hand-dyed fabric I used.

Monica at the Stone Age art show
with her fabric art Spirit Dancers 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Use fabric scraps for mixed media art

Are you looking for ways to use up small fabric scraps that are too small for anything? I discovered a fun way to do this by making what I call scrap sandwiches. It's not a new concept, but I couldn't find any good tutorials for it, so I decided to make my own instructions. I’ll sometimes spend an afternoon making these. It’s a fun and mindless project that produces interesting and beautiful textures and colour combinations that can be incorporated into your art quilts or mixed media projects. I’ve used them for quilt art postcards, makeup bags and book covers. Fabric sandwiches were incorporated into my art quilt Mother Ship that's on the Fall 2012 Quilting Arts Magazine cover in Fall 2012.


You Will Need

Small fabric scraps.
Light weight muslin or any light weight non-stretchy fabric cut to 9 x 12 inches.
One piece of tulle cut to 11 x 14 inches.
Thread
Pins
Sewing machine

While working on a project, I throw my fabric scraps in a box I have under my work table. After I have a big enough stash of scraps, I sort everything according to colour and store them in plastic bags.

fabric scraps for mixed media art

Friday, 13 March 2015

Kandinsky inspired art quilt

Kandinsky Quilt

I've always loved the art of Wassily Kandinsky. His paintings started out quite traditional but evolved into something completely new and fresh. It's his later works that inspire me the most. They were about line and shape, and they translate into art quilt design very well. I created this art quilt inspired by Kandinsky titled Mystic Bird.

To see more artwork by Wassily Kandinsky and perhaps get inspired to create your own Kandinsky quilt go to artsy.net

kandinsky art quilt mystic bird
Mystic Bird | 20" x 15" | 2011 | Monica Curry
Composition VIII Wassily Kandinsky
Composition VIII |1923 | Oil on canvas | Wassily Kandinsky

Monday, 9 March 2015

My Hat From a Life Lived

This is my art hat titled Empty Nest that was in the art show Hats From a Life Lived held in Fall 2014.

hat from a life lived

The show was organised by Manitoba fibre artist Colette Balcaen and the concept for the show was quite beautiful.
When [Anastazja Urbanik] passed on at the age of 94, I received many of her hats. Now my project, Hats From a Life Lived, gives the opportunity to many artists to express an aspect of their life. The participants adapt a hat from another life to give it a new life.”   - Colette Balcaen
Empty Nest was created to commemorate my journey that began 20+ years ago after losing a child to an ectopic pregnancy. Prior to my miscarriage, I experienced many years of infertility, so this loss was especially tragic.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

I WANT TO BELIEVE: Free UFO poster for your sewing studio

I've been a UFO buff for many years and couldn't resist creating this little scene with a vintage 1930s NEEDLECRAFT magazine cover. 

Get a FREE 8" x 10" print HERE