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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.


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  • 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 


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.


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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 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.

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

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

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Halloween Decor 2017: Beautiful Halloween wreath

A couple of years ago I posted a Halloween floral arrangement that I made for my home. This year, I made a Halloween wreath for my front door. I turn 60 this October and I love Halloween, so I'm having a birthday/Halloween party for my big day. I wanted a pretty wreath on the door to greet my guests. I saw some beautiful wreaths on Pinterest with skulls and ghoulish stuff, but I wanted a floral wreath. Everything I used to make this wreath is from the dollar store. It cost about $15 to make which proves you don't need a lot of money to pretty up your home for Halloween.  Happy Halloween one and all!

Floral Halloween wreath by Monica Curry

Friday, 29 September 2017

New Pattern for Halloween: Witchy Boots

Halloween is almost here again. This is my favourite time of year. Costume parties, treats, tricks, and spooky stuff of all kinds...I love it all. Today, I'm launching my new Halloween pattern Witchy Boots for 2017. This mini quilt is a simple applique pattern that's perfect for a confident beginner. The finished size is 13" x 15" (32.5cm x 37.5cm).

Witch Boots Mini Quilt Pattern

Witch Boots  and Black Crow Halloween Mini Quilt

Friday, 15 September 2017

September Studio Tour: Three DIY Pincushion Ideas with Tutorials

Welcome to my first monthly quilting studio tour. We spend a lot of time making our quilt projects, so I think it's important to have an inviting and functional space to work in. There are many different types of quilting studios. Some are cottages in the yard while others are in the corner of the dining room. But no matter what type or size of the space, we have to make our studios work for us. I started my studio tours to share items and ideas from my quilting studio that keep it comfortable, functional and inspiring. Whether it’s the latest ruler, furniture hack, storage idea, or décor item, posts will include things like tutorials, free printables, free patterns, etc. So, come on in! Welcome to my quilting studio!


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Pin cushions are an absolute necessity in any sewing studio. You usually don't realize this until you don't have one around when you need it. If you go online or on Pinterest, you'll see hundreds of different variations of a pin cushion. There was, however, one pin cushion I fell in love with. It's the vintage planter pin cushion.

How to Make a Vintage Planter Pin Cushion

I came across these little cuties at Lovely Little Handmaids and knew I had to make one. I picked up a vintage planter at the flower shop and, in no time, I made this adorable little pin cushion. See the instructions below to make your own. I think they would make great gifts for your sewist friends.

Vintage Planter Pin Cushion Tutorial


You can probably find one of these little planters at a thrift shop or rummage sale for a few cents. You may also want to check out your local florist shop to see if they have any kicking around from days gone by.

Step One
To give the pin cushion extra weight, glue pebbles to the bottom of the container with a glue gun.

Step Two
Measure the diameter of the opening of the container and cut a circular piece of fabric two inches larger than this measurement.

Step Three
With a strong thread, stitch around the edge of the fabric. Pull the thread to gather the fabric leaving an opening large enough to insert the filler.

Step Four
Stuff the fabric with lots of filler then tighten the thread and secure it with a knot.

Step Five
With a glue gun, apply hot glue around the inner edge of the container. Place the "fabric ball" into the container making sure it adheres to the glue.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Little Puppy Placemat Pattern

Last week I launched my cute Kitty Kat placemat pattern. This week I'm introducing its partner, my new Little Puppy placemat. Both placemats are great for kids or grand-kids, but could also be used as hot pads in the kitchen. They are simple to make with basic fusible appliquè. This pattern is perfect for the confident beginner who wants to learn bias binding and fusible appliquè.

Little Puppy Placemat Pattern

Little Puppy Quilted Placemat Pattern by Monica Curry

Little Puppy Quilted Placemat Pattern by Monica Curry

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Kitty Kat quilted placemat

My favourite cat is the orange tabby. I had an orange tabby when I was a young. Her name was Abby; Abby the tabby! I loved her, and it broke my heart when she didn't come home one day. Later in life, I developed an allergy to cats, but I still love them to pieces. I designed this cute Kitty Kat placemat pattern for a child, but a real cat lover could also use it in the kitchen as a hot pad.

Kitty Kat Placemat Pattern

Kitty Kat Quilted Placemat Pattern by Monica Curry

Kitty Kat Quilted Placemat Pattern by Monica Curry

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A Taste of Honey Placemat Pattern: honoring our precious pollinators

Who doesn't love the sweet taste of honey? These stylish and modern hexagon placemats showcase the Bee Creative and Bee Inspired fabric collections by Deb Strain. But no matter what colours you use, these placemats are sure to make a statement.

A Taste of Honey Quilted Placemats

A Taste of Honey Quilted Placemat Pattern

A Taste of Honey Placemat Pattern - detail

I love the quilting on the back. It reminds me of sacred geometry.

A Taste of Honey placemat back quilting


The honey bees are in danger. After being here for thousands of years, their population is declining and one species of bee is on the endangered list. It’s scary to imagine what would happen if all our honey bees were gone. Most of our non-grain foods are dependent on honey bee pollination. There are 90 different food plants that depend almost exclusively on the honey bee. When my husband and I heard several years ago that the bee population was declining, we planted more flowers and plants that would attract and feed them. Also, we use only non-toxic, natural pesticides.

honey bee on blanket flower
Photo by Monica Curry

Here are five things you can do in your garden to help the bees:

  • Plant bee-friendly flowers and flowering plants in your garden and yard.
  • Honey bees love weeds, i.e. clover, dandelions, so leave a few in your yard.
  • Don't use chemicals and pesticides to treat your lawn or garden.
  • Buy local, raw honey.
  • Bees are thirsty; leave a tray of stones and water to give them a place to drink.

Here are three good websites with information about honey bees and honey bee populations:

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Four summer mug rugs you'll love . . .

Summer is finally here! Now, check out these cute summer themed mug rugs. These would be great for drinks on the deck, around the pool, or hostess gifts for your next BBQ. The book includes instructions and templates for all four mug rugs shown below.

For a limited time, you can get the 4 Summer Fun Mug Rugs pattern book for 10% OFF. Use coupon code SUMMERFUN17 at the checkout.

Summer Fun Mug Rug Pattern Book

four summer mug rug patterns book

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wooden Scissors Pattern Now Available!

About a year ago I posted my wooden scissors project that my husband and I worked on (see post HERE). This was such a popular post, I decided to make the pattern available for sale in my quilt pattern store.

These would be a great gift for the sewist or quilter in your life. They would be a wonderful addition to any sewing studio. I think it would also be a great project for a woodworking student learning the basics of using a scroll saw.

Wooden Scissors Wall Art

wooden scissor pattern

wooden scissors pattern detail

wooden scissors pattern on the wall

Sunday, 4 June 2017


Who doesn't love a little bling? This cute blue diamond mini quilt designed in facet art style would brighten up any area of your home or office.

Blue Diamond Mini Quilt
blue diamond mini quilt pattern

 While designing my diamond I soon realised that the facet colours had to make sense. The biggest challenge in doing faceted art is positioning the colours so that they look just right.

blue diamond mini quilt pattern detail

Below is the inspiration for my little diamond quilt. This stunning quilt titled Bling was designed, pieced, and quilted by Katherine Jones. Bling won Best in Show at the 2017 QuiltCon Quilt Show, and you can sure see why. The details in this quilt are stunning! 

bling by katherine jones
Bling by Katherine Jones

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Hexagon Colour Wheel Mug Rugs Patterns

I'm introducing three new mug rug patterns to brighten your home for spring. The bright primary colours against white, black,  and grey is a crisp combination. You could use these as pot holders as well as mug rugs. They would look lovely in a modern kitchen. They would also be a great gift for an artist or art student. This is a good project for quilters just learning to foundation piece. Instructions assume basic knowledge in foundation piecing. The pattern includes instructions for all three mug rugs.

Hexagon Colour Wheel Mug Rugs

hexagon color wheel mug rug pattern

hexagon color wheel mug rug one

hexagon color wheel mug rug two

hexagon color wheel mug rug three