Hex N More Ruler & the Disco Quilt
3.27.2015

Ann-DiscoQuilt
I just love it when things fall into place and I have a reason to start a new quilt! Truthfully, this happens to me more often than I am inspired to finish an existing project – hence my reputation as a quilter with Quilt Project Attention Deficit Disorder (QPADD). Since this condition does not seem to cause me much distress, I will blithely tell you about my newest project. Here are …

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A Modern Yo-Yo Wall Hanging
3.25.2015

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I recently had the pleasure of reviewing Quilting the New Classics by Michelle Muska. The unique approach of the book was to ask twenty quilters to make quilts using ten of the most well-known and much loved quilt blocks:

Double Wedding Ring
Crazy Quilt
Dresden Plate
Bear Paw
Log Cabin
Nine-Patch
Hexagon
Yo-Yo
Flying Geese
Rail Fence

Ten quilters designed a quilt that reflected the traditional use of the block assigned to them. Another ten took the same block …

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Behind the Scenes: The April 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog
3.20.2015

Connecting Threads April Catalog
I wear a lot of hats here at CT. One of them is styling the finished versions of our kits we offer to help make the lovely photos you see in the Connecting Threads catalogs. Along with our photographer John and assistant Alexis, we shoot both in the studio and on location.
Every location we shoot at always has its own personality and distinct little facets to go along …

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Button Sampler Mini Quilt
3.19.2015

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I recently reviewed a wonderful book called 120 Original Embroidery Designs by Yoko Saito for the CT website.  I am an admirer of Yoko Saito’s prolific work, especially her skillful use of Japanese taupe fabrics, and own several of her books. I was especially drawn to this one because of the way she combines creative fabric selection, patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery. You can read my book …

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Hand Lettering Type and Embroidery Part 1
3.18.2015

Besides sewing and quilting, I have an extreme love for typography and design. I’ve been drawing my whole life, but hand-drawn lettering has become a new favorite hobby. It takes quite a bit of patience to refine and develop my hand to become a true hand lettering master, but I love practicing almost every day! A lot of times, I find inspiration on Pinterest.
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One day, Dawn asked me to …

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A Mini Twister Mini Quilt
3.17.2015

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If you are a regular follower here on Notions, CT‘s staff blog, you may remember that I have a history of starting more projects than I finish, love to try new tools, and tend to make scrappy quilts to help justify the size of my fabric stash (25+ years worth). Recently at least, I tend to embark upon smaller quilted projects with the hope I will complete …

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Pineapple Ruler – Pineapple Pillow
3.13.2015
EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler

I was recently asked to test EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler, a new product on the CT website. I wanted to finish the project and tell you about it because this specialty ruler is still on sale for a few more days!
The EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler instructions called for using an assortment of 1-1/2″ strips. I had lots of …

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