Monthly Archives: February 2012

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One of our most versatile collections yet, Sweetgrass Prairie!

If you haven’t seen the new Sweetgrass Prairie collection, I recommend browsing through it right away. There are so many different patterns and colors…talk about variety! If I had to describe this collection in one word, it would be versatile. Sweetgrass Prairie was designed to mimic the scrappy look of mid-19th century pioneer quilts, lending its appeal to even the most traditional of quilters, while the vintage flair is sure to please a more modern sewer as well. Some of my favorites from the collection are: This collection lends itself so well to many different projects and styles. It’s a great collection to mix and match with. I am generally more attracted to modern prints, but fell immediately in love with this collection as it has a beautiful timeless feel. It’s the rare type of style that would appeal to me, my mother and my grandmother all at the same time (and that’s hard to do!) -- even my husband likes it! 

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Ready for Perfect Points? Come join our quilt along!

Welcome! We are ready to get started with the Perfect Points Quilt Along! Click here to join and the Perfect Points Quilt Along group on and download the PDFs for the tutorial and pattern introduction. You can even look at the suggested fabric requirements here before you begin. 

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Want to perfect your points? Join my new Quilt-A-Long

  Join my Quilt-A-Long on our Quilt With Us community. We start tomorrow, Tuesday FEB. 28th! Each week for 6 weeks, I will walk you through my free block sampler pattern and help you master your points. This will all be guided on our Quilt With Us community. Every Tuesday I'll feature the lesson of the week right here on our NOTIONS blog.  

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We have our thread winners!

Good morning and happy Monday to everyone!  We had a record-breaking 1,444 comments on our thread giveaway — WOW!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  In honor of our new contest record, we decided that three winners just isn’t enough — we need five! We still only have one grand prize winner, but we now have four runner-ups. Hooray! Now on to the exciting part… Our grand prize winner is comment number 880 — Bonnie.  Bonnie selected the Garden ...

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Welcome Guest Blogger, Stephanie, from Loft Creations!

Hello...I'm Stephanie of Loft Creations.  I was tickled when Connecting Threads asked me to guest post.  This is my Modern Mary Jane pattern.  Retro fun! This is a great pattern for highlighting a large print fabric for the center panel.  When I design a new bag, I like to try out different fabrics in hopes that I can appeal to a wide audience, and to show the versatility of one single pattern.

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Thread Giveaway!

Yay! What better way to start the week than with a thread giveaway?!?  I’d love to be able to enter but since I work here, they say I’m not allowed. Thus, unable to enter, I console myself with the thought that I get to be a part of the excitement and make some other quilter’s day! One lucky grand prize winner will get a thread set of their choosing and two others will get 2 spools of thread in any color combination they want. I may be biased, but I personally love our thread and am so happy to have 33 new colors, giving us a new grand total of 90 colors in our cotton Essential Thread spools that we will have day in and day out.

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Welcome our Guest Blogger, Kiera, from It’s Sew Kiki!

Hi..I’m Kiera and I blog over at It’s Sew Kiki.  The Connecting Threads team was kind enough to ask me to write about my Follow the Leader quilt and their beautiful Tulane fabric.                 I’d had this quilt idea in my head and sketched out for a while.  I just didn’t have the right fabric ...

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Finished Swaddle blanket in Wild Ones flannel

In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to be making a swaddle blanket for a friend expecting her second baby this coming March. Well, over the weekend I attempted this project. I say attempted because it was much more of a challenge than I had anticipated. The pattern that I used was from the Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders book. After looking it over briefly, I decided that it seemed simple enough. Cut out the fabric, sew the swaddle ties together with a French seam, and sew the bias tape on. I knew the bias tape would be tricky, but was not expecting it to be this painful! The instructions called for ¼” bias tape. I have never used bias tape before, and since I am still perfecting the art of sewing in a straight line, I might have been better off with a thicker bias tape. I found it really tricky not only to sew it onto the fabric, but even pinning it on and trying to keep the fabric tucked within the tape was a challenge. Every time I came to a rounded corner the bias tape would sort of flip the fabric down. This made sewing difficult as it kept wanting to bunch as I tried to straighten it out. I was excited after I got around the first corner because it looked great! And then I realized the fabric wasn’t sewn in all the way.

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Take a stroll through the French Quarter with Tulane

Can you say Va Va Voom!?!  I absolutely love this Tulane collection with its bold greens and teals, mixed in with its darker, sophisticated blues and maroons. The prints in this collection remind us of taking an evening stroll down Bourbon Street -- they're just so elegant and romantic.  Not only does this collection look amazing in quilts, it's also a fantastic choice for curtains, throw pillows, kitchen accessories, and more.  The fabric works so beautifully with solids, adding just the right amount of flair to a pattern.  One of the kits that I love most in this collection is called Two Block Hop and it does an amazing job of blending the neutral fabrics with the bold and exciting prints in Tulane.

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