Author: Corinne Curtis

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This quilt pattern first attracted me because of the large areas of applique mixed in with some traditional piecing. I was very enthusiastic when I started, and found the instructions for the separate elements of the quilt (including the applique, and the Seminole pieced borders) really very useful. I even managed to make all the…

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This is the beginning of a story about how old quilts can inspire very contemporary interpretations. It is only the beginning, because the contemporary quilt is still a whole lot of ideas floating around in my head, just starting to form and take shape thanks to the inspiration from an unexpected source. I’ve wanted to…

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This is a fat quarter friendly way of quickly and easily making reusable gift bags, as an alternative to gift wrapping paper.  I made some of these at Christmas to try them out and have no hesitation in asking for the bag back if the recipient isn’t going to reuse it themselves.  I made three…

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Loving something with its “warts and all” is loving it in spite of any obvious blemishes or scars. Sometimes you make or receive a quilt that isn’t quite perfect, or even a long way off perfect, but it can still be loved, warts and all. I consider myself an average quilter – I can, if…

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If you practice enough, there really is a point where FMQ (free motion quilting) suddenly switches from Fear to Fun.   I didn’t really believe it would happen to me, but it has, and the possibilities that open up are quite exciting.  I’d like to share a little bit of my learning journey with you: What…

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– the making of a gift calendar for monster-loving kids or the Grinch of the family Kids love monsters, but we probably all know someone who acts like a Grinch, scorning everything about Christmas, but still wanting to eat the chocolates and get the presents.   As that could just about describe me, I decided to…

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I’ve just got my sewing room set up in my new house. I did have one in my old house (well, to be fair, the whole house was one big sewing room!), but I have downsized and it has taken a bit more planning to get everything I need, and a spare bed, into the…

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This year I entered a quilt in a show for the first time – and not just any show or any quilt – it was Festival of Quilts, and my entry was in the 1718 coverlet challenge. I’ve already blogged about the making of this quilt, so here is the rest of the story. I’d…

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– a Scottish Highlands and Islands themed row designed exclusively for UKQU by Corinne Curtis The inspiration for this row came from having recently returned to live in England, after living in first the Western and then the North Isles of Scotland for 17 years. I decided to create four separate blocks that could be…

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The Makower website describes these colourful prints as celebrating the good life … home grown vegetables, chickens, fruit trees and sunflowers … a perfect range for making garden or kitchen accessories, and bags for your market shopping. As they do with many of their fabric ranges, Makower have provided a free pattern download designed for…

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When you can’t get at your fabric stash properly because you are in between houses, but need a sewing fix, what do you do? I’m lucky enough to be staying with a quilter who has a dedicated sewing room, but it’s just not big enough for me to be able to find the fabrics I…

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There is something nice about making a reproduction quilt but putting your own stamp on it. I’m not sure what initially attracted me to the 1718 Coverlet, but having a facebook quilt-along as well as a published book available (The 1718 Coverlet, by Susan Briscoe) with pattern instructions for both the original and a more…