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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Red Cardinal Mug Rug

This gorgeous Cardinal bird rug mug is quick to make and would be a great Christmas gift for the bird lover in your life. I love birds and came up with this quick little project for the holiday season. Combine it with a cute holiday mug and a packet of hot cocoa mix.

Red Cardinal Mug Rug Pattern
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red cardinal quilted mug rug pattern


Monday, 5 December 2016

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Jar Quilt Pattern: Jams + Jellies Pantry Quilt

Get a taste of something sweet with this pretty jam jar wall quilt that would be perfect in a kitchen nook.

I've always loved the jar quilt block and finally finished my version of the classic pantry wall quilt. I wanted my pantry to have a real vintage feel to it, so I used a medium floral print in the background for "wallpaper." I think the wallpaper really adds interest to the design. I also took away a few jars to break up the rhythm. This pantry is stocked with my favourites: cherry jam, orange marmalade, and grape jelly, but there are so many cool foodie fabrics out there that would work great for this quilt.

Jams & Jellies Pantry Quilt Pattern
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Finished Block:  6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm)

Jar labels below included with Jam & Jellies Pantry quilt pattern
Get the free jam jar labels download HERE

Sunday, 25 September 2016

New Job: Time to brush up on my time management skills

I haven't been able to post very much these days because I have a great new part-time job. Besides loving to quilt, I'm also a floral arranger. I love my job, but I'm now juggling my time between job, blogging, sewing, and housework. It's totally doable (I have no kiddies running around), but I really have to plan my time better for my sewing. I have a Halloween table runner on the design wall and on deck is a beautiful Christmas table topper.

Here are some of my floral design creations. It's been a long time since I did any floral work, but I'm starting to get the hang of it again, and I'm learning from some very talented designers at work.

happy face floral arrangement monica curry

basket floral arrangement monica curry

floral arrangement gerbera daisy monica curry

Friday, 9 September 2016

I'm now a Connecting Threads Designer

I was so pleased to have my patterns accepted by Connecting Threads last week. I posted four of my best-selling patterns there and will be posting more very soon. Click the link below to check them out.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

10 Great Canadian Online Fabric Stores

If you think buying your fabric online south of the border is cheaper, think again. I found out early that shopping US online doesn't really save me much money.

10 best canadian online fabric stores

When I first started ordering fabric online, I initially went to the US stores because of the cheaper prices. I quickly learned, however, that I wasn't getting much of a bargain. 

Let's do the math . . . 

For one thing, shipping costs from the US can sometimes be outrageous. Also, you have to take into account the current Canadian/US dollar exchange rate, which is pretty high right now. As of this post, the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar is around 1.30. That's right, right now our dollar is only worth around 0.70 cents compared to the US $1.00. This means when you shop US stores online, you're paying 0.30 cents more on the dollar for your fabric. For example, a fabric at $10 US will cost you $13 CAD and $100 US can jump to $130 CAD! And that's before shipping costs.

It didn't take me long to realize I was better off shopping locally or at Canadian online fabric stores. In some cases, the fabric prices are higher, but I've found some great bargains with really good shipping rates. 

I still prefer to shop my local stores, but below are 10 of my favourite Canadian online fabric stores with their shipping rates. This is not an exhaustive list. These are just the main stores that I go to if I shop online. If you have any Canadian online shops you like that aren't listed here, let me know.


Canadian National Fabric
This is my favourite online fabric store. The selection of quality fabrics is excellent and prices are as low as $6/metre. You also collect points on your purchases.

Shipping:
$5 flat rate shipping anywhere within Canada.
Free shipping on orders over $75.

Dinkydoo Modern Fabrics
A very nice selection of modern fabrics.

Shipping:
$8.99 flat rate under $99
Free shipping for orders $99+

Friday, 19 August 2016

Two new paper piecing patterns you'll love . . .

Christmas Cactus Table Toppers

This pattern was inspired by the Christmas Cactus which got its name because it starts blooming during the early winter, just in time for Christmas.
The blocks are simple foundation piecing. The pattern includes yardage and assembly instructions for both Versions 1 and 2. Finished measurements: 26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm). See a new post for this pattern HERE

Christmas Cactus Table Toppers
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Christmas Cactus Table Runner Pattern by monica curry

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block

This pattern is a pretty quilt block with foundation pieced butterflies and traditional nine patch sashing. It's so sweet and versatile. You can make a lovely table runner or piece it together for a wall hanging or throw. Finished measurements: 12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm)

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block
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Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern by monica curry


Butterfly Garden Quilt Block table runner


Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern by monica curry

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Postage stamp doll quilt

I love postage stamp quilts; they're great stash busters. I made this doll quilt for my grand niece, Abby, who just had a new baby brother. I made her mom my Precious Bundle pinwheel quilt for the new arrival, and my sister and I thought it would be nice to make a quilt for Abby's baby doll as well.

To make this quilt, I used a great piecing technique I found at So Resourceful, a blog with some great sewing posts. This technique makes piecing all those little squares a breeze. See the tutorial HERE

postage stamp doll quilt - detail 1

postage stamp doll quilt

postage stamp doll quilt - detail 2

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

4 Summer Mug Rug Patterns

My new mug rug book has four great patterns inspired by lazy summer days. These cheerful mug rugs would be great by the pool, at the cottage or as hostess gifts at your next BBQ. The book includes complete patterns for every skill level.

Four Summer Fun Mug Rug Patterns
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four quilted summer mug rugs book

Precut fabric guide: Free poster download

When quilters talk about jelly rolls and layer cakes we're not always talking about the scrumptious desserts. We could also be talking about our fabrics.

The other day, I mentioned to my sister (who isn't a quilter) that I ordered some jelly roll fabrics. As soon as I said it, I got that deer-in-the-headlights gaze from my dear old sis that said, "What the heck are jelly roll fabrics"?  Quilting has its own jargon just like any other craft.

Precut fabrics are a quilter's dream. All the colours and patterns are perfectly coordinated, you get to try out beautiful samples of any designer you like, and the choices are endless. There are even quilt pattern books written specifically for precuts.

I created this pre-cut fabric reference tool that you can download for FREE. Put it up in your studio as a guide to what type of pre-cuts are out there.


Get your FREE PDF download HERE

Precut Quilting Fabric Guide Free Download

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Book Review: Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts by Ricky Tims

Have you drooled over those stunning Ricky Tims kaleidoscope quilts but felt too intimidated to make one? Don't be! When Tims says "simple strip-piecing technique for stunning results," he really means it. This technique is very simple. The book has very thorough instructions with lots of pictures. Tims also includes plenty of examples of quilts made by his students that will give you inspiration. Tims also has a very helpful video tutorial of the whole process for this techniqueI found this video very helpful. You can see it at the end of this post.

I bought Ricky Tims' book Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts a couple of years ago and this is my first attempt at his technique. It was a practise run, so I made no plan as far as fabrics go. I used scraps I had laying around that needed a place to land. In spite of an absence of planning, I think this kaleidoscope turned out quite pretty. This table topper measures 24" x 24."

kaleidoscope Quilt by Monica Curry

I'm now going to take the plunge and make a bigger kaleidoscope quilt. I recently ordered fabric to make a quilt for our living room wall. Our feature wall is a deep red/orange, so I picked out rich autumn colours (my favourite). I'm sure it will look gorgeous. As soon as the fabric arrives, I'll be posting my progress.


Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts by Ricky Tims


You can buy Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts for $19.99 US at Ricky Tims' website HERE. I checked Amazon [US and Canada], but it's quite expensive there. The book was published in 2010, so it's now only offered on Amazon by secondary sellers at ridiculously high prices. You can, however, get a Kindle edition for under $10.

Here is a helpful video by Ricky Tims on how to cut your strips and construct your very own Kool Kaleidoscope quilt.



Disclaimer: This is an honest, independent review of this book. I don't know Ricky Tims from Adam, and I'm not promoting his book for profit.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

O' Canada Flag Banner

You can hang this beautiful paper pieced Canadian flag banner with pride. I'm Canadian born and raised and I truly love this country. I also think we have a very cool modern flag design; a simple maple leaf.

Canadian Flag Banner Pattern
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canadian flag banner by Monica Curry


On July 1st, 2017, Canada turns 150 years young. I decided to make a Canadian flag banner to hang in the front window this year instead of using the one everyone gets in the morning paper :P

Free Canadian Maple Leaf Quilt Block
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Maple Leaf Block HERE

The maple leaf in the centre of the flag is a perfect design for foundation piecing. After some tweaking here and there, I finally got everything right. This block is 25 cm x 25 cm (10" x 10"). It can be reduced or enlarged to incorporate into pretty much anything: a throw pillow, a tote bag, or anything you want to cover with Canada's national symbol.

Another reason to love Canada . . . check out our Prime Minister.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

DIY doggy desk mat for my fluffy butt

My little dog Sophie is my shadow. She's with me everywhere I go around the house, but I've been spending a lot more time at my computer lately. Initially, she wanted to sit on my lap while I worked (she's a lap dog, after all), but I wouldn't get anything done that way. So, I plunked her on the desk. Now she sleeps there while I'm working.

doggy desk mat

Sophie on her new mat

Awhile back, I picked up some cute fabric from Connecting Threads with foxes on it. The fabric line is Good Natured by Riley Blake. My husband always says Sophie reminds him of a fox, so I made her this "desk mat" with it for her to lie on while I work.

Good Natured by Riley Blake


I think the little foxes in the birch trees are adorable.

Good Natured by Riley Blake - detail


Sophie fast asleep on her new blankie.

Sophie asleep on my desk

Monday, 6 June 2016

Wooden scissors intarsia project

My husband is an intarsia artist, and I asked him if he could make some wooden scissors for my studio wall. I made the design and he did all the hard work putting them together. This is what we made together. Aren't they cool? They're hanging over my sewing machine table and I love them.

The pattern is now available!
Wooden Scissors Wall Art
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wooden scissors woodworking pattern


Wooden Scissors Wall Art

I love the real looking screw in the middle.

Wooden Scissors Wall Art - detail

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Krazy Kites Block

This beautiful kites quilt block is a great stash buster for all those pretty scraps you've been hanging on to. For good contrast, I used multiple creams and beige scraps for the background, which makes the colours really pop. I like the block without embellishing, but if you like to embroider, you can add tails.

Krazy Kites Quilt Block Pattern
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kites quilt block pattern

 I think it would stunning as a baby blanket or wall quilt. I'm going to make a few of blocks now and then until I have enough for a wall quilt.

kites quilt block pattern quilt

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Pencil Me In Mini Quilt

This pencil quilt wall hanging would look great in an office or a student's dorm room. The script fabric in the background adds a touch of whimsy, and how cool are those sharp pencil tips? This is a great project for Jelly Roll scraps.

The lovely script fabric I used for the background is Laurel White Vintage from Bee Creative by Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics.

Pencil Me In Mini Quilt Pattern
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pencil me in mini quilt by monica curry

Pencil Me In Mini Quilt - detail 1

Pencil Me In Mini Quilt - detail 2

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Ice Cream Swirl Mug Rug Pattern

Who wants ice cream!? 

This ice cream swirl mug rug is a simple paper pieced pattern. You can create it any of your favourite ice cream flavours. The ice cream cone block is 7" x 7" (15cm x 15cm). You could make a cute mini quilt of ice cream cones like the one below.

Ice Cream Swirl Cone Mug Rug  Pattern
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ice cream swirl quilted mug rug pattern


ice cream swirl quilt block pattern sample

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Autumn Star Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern

Designed for the beautiful colours of autumn, the Autumn Star quilt block is stunning. I created my sample using batik and hand-dyed fabrics. This block would be nice in any fabric, but I really like it with batiks.

Autumn Star Quilt Block Pattern
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autumn star quilt block monica curry

Monday, 25 April 2016

A Little Crazy Mug Rug: FREE Pattern

This charming mug rug is a foundation pieced design inspired by the crazy quilt. It measures 10 x 7-1/2 inches. I love the oval shape and the fussy cut center adds an interesting focal point. The piece is quilted with decorative machine stitching to mimic crazy quilt embroidery. This would be a fun and fast project for anyone new to foundation paper piecing.

Pattern includes instructions for how to do a fussy cut (with template) and how to cut foundation fabric accurately.

The print fabrics I used are from the Garden Party collection by Tea & Sympathy. The yellow fabric is Henna Mustard Seed from the Eden collection by Tula Pink.
A Little Crazy Mug Rug Pattern

A Little Crazy Mug Rug Free Pattern by Monica Curry

A Little Crazy Mug Rug - detail

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Identify fabric fibre content in ONE EASY STEP

Have some mystery fabrics in your stash?
Find out their fibre content in a one easy step


How To Test Mystery Fabrics for fiber Content
 I occasionally pick up fabrics from thrift stores, and I can usually tell the difference between cotton and polyester, but there are times when I'm stumped by the blends. The ladies at So Sew Easy put together a good video on how to determine if your fabric is synthetic or the real deal. It's important to know what you're working with before it's too late. Case in point, I once made a whole wack of HSTs and when I went to press my first batch, one triangle on every HST shrunk because I didn't realize it was polyester/cotton. Why did the triangles shrink? The poly fibres in the fabric melted from the hot iron. Poly is short for polyethylene aka plastic.
See the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDXOl4UbSqU

Monday, 18 April 2016

FREE foundation piecing pattern

This arrowhead foundation pieced block is simple to make for a beginner and a quick project for the seasoned pro. See my Teepee Trails placemat pattern using a similar block HERE

FREE PDF Download HERE.

Free Arrowhead Foundation Piecing Template

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Tee pee Trails Quilted Placemat Pattern

For me, the teepee is a symbol of home and especially being at home with nature. I paid homage to the humble teepee with my new placemat pattern, Teepee Trails. The pattern comes with yardage for two and four placemats. This foundation pieced project is simple to make for a beginner and a quick project for the seasoned pro.
Teepee Trails Placemat Pattern
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teepee trails quilted placemats pattern

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Cut Your Fabric for Accurate Foundation Piecing

This tutorial is a cutting technique for foundation paper piecing that will give you accurately cut fabric pieces, saving you time and precious fabric. This method is especially great for when you have multiple blocks to make. With these simple steps, all your pieces will stitch and flip beautifully.

I love foundation paper piecing, but one of the most frustrating problems I had when I was a newbie was coming up short. I would be happily piecing my block, go to flip the next section to press it, and crap! It would be too short or too thin or both. Even worse, I'd be pressing a finished block and find a "hole" at a seam where a piece came up short...ugh! I eventually discovered a method that has worked great for me. I first saw this technique in Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts by RaNae Merrill and modified it slightly by using freezer paper. Get printer friendly option at the end of this post.

You Will Need

  • Foundation piecing template that has been mirrored.
  • 8½" x 11" sheet of freezer paper
  • Scissors 
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler
  • Fabrics for your block
  • Coloured pencils or markers to match your fabrics.

cut accurate fabric for foundation piecing


Monday, 14 March 2016

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern

The cold Canadian winters can be trying, but also beautiful. When conditions are right, ice crystals form on the tree branches (called hoar frost) and it's a sight to see; it's truly magical. And in the sunlight, the snow takes on a gorgeous blue cast. This block is my tribute to the beauty of winter.

Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern
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Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern

The sample block above is made with snow dyed cotton, which is ironic considering the name of this block. It's 12" x 12" and, no matter what colours you use, it would make a stunning blanket or wall hanging.


Blue Frost Quilt Block Pattern - variation

My favourite thing about this block is that it's Jelly Roll friendly. All the strips required are 2-1/2 inches wide. So, if you have any Jelly Rolls hanging around, this could be the block for you. It's quick to make up and a great project for quilters new to foundation paper piecing.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Easter Egg Table Runner Pattern

Get hopping and cheer up your table this Easter with this sweet Easter Egg table runner. My cheery table runner pattern is ready just in time for Easter. I love the Easter colours. They remind me that spring is finally around the corner. This table runner/topper measures 22" x 16" (55cm x 40cm) and could also be used as a placemat or a cute wall hanging. The kids are sure to love it.

Easter Egg Table Runner Pattern
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Finished Measurements: 22" x 16" (55cm x 40cm)