Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial from Loft Creations

Happy Friday! We wanted to let you know about a beautiful tutorial post that our friend Stephanie over at Loft Creations has up right now. Using our new Matsuri lawn fabric, Stephanie has created a gorgeous infinity scarf. Her tutorial provides easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by several gorgeous pictures. As you may already know, cotton lawn is something of a hybrid fabric. It works for both quilting and garments. And let me tell ...

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My “3 Little Birds” embroidery pattern by Sarah Jane

As soon as I saw Sarah Jane’s 3 Little Birds Embroidery Pattern I fell in love with it; I knew this would make the perfect tea towel to remind me to chase away the winter blues. Her pattern is inspired by Bob Marley’s song, “Three Little Birds.” I love Bob Marley. This is most likely because my mom used to play reggae music for me when I was a happy, bouncing baby in my Johnny Jump Up.

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Join Mari’s Barn Blog Quilt Along!

Here Ye!  Here Ye!  Announcing a bran spanking new quilt along!  We will construct a delightfully whimsical country scene of four barn blocks, four chicken blocks, four borders with a primitive tree, two sweet lambs and a simple fence and the final border made of triangles and stars.  It is presented as sew-along lessons with reference photos to guide you through each technique. The Barn Block patterns are perfect in our brand new Saltbox Village collection, ...

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Our top ten books are on sale!

One day I was sitting down for a meeting with our fearless leader, Matt, and we were talking about sales and what quilters would want. He asked me if quilters would ever just want a handful of really good books at 50% off. My answer of course was “heck yeah!” and from that, this sale was born. I started with a poll of the Connecting Threads department to see what books they would recommend for quilters. From there, Judy and I tried to “spread the wealth” and get books that would suit beginners to experts and that touched on a variety of topics. The following is a list of our 10 best picks for every quilter. The best part? Each of these books is 50% off until April 4th!

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Lesson Four: Ohio Stars and Pinwheels

Lesson 4: Moving right along! Here is Lesson 4 of the Perfect Points Sampler. Ohio Stars: This week's lesson focuses on maintaining straight diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines within and between the two Ohio Star blocks. Quarter-square triangles (QSTs) are made with the grid method.Check out our tutorial on QSTs called Stars - QSTs Variable Stars.

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Introducing Mastermind, one of our cutest collections yet!

Like most two year old boys my son loves cars, trains, and robots. Although, if Tyler were saying it, it would come out more like “CAWS, TWAINS, AND WOBOTS!!” (I assume he won’t always sound like Elmer Fudd at full volume so for the time being it is awfully cute). When the Mastermind Collection came along I knew he would love it, especially the robot print.  

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Guest Blogger Kiera has some fun project ideas with Urban Odyssey

Hi!  I’m Kiera from It’s Sew Kiki.  I’m part of Connecting Threads Independent Designer Program and I want to share with you all that you can do with one Fat Quarter Sampler of Urban Odyssey.  I love this fabric and had so much fun using it in these projects. First up is this Wall Hanging Quilt that I designed.  I’m calling it Banners and Blooms.  It just says “springtime” to me.

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Designer Interview: Stephanie from Loft Creations

One of the most delightful women we get to work with in our independent designer program is Stephanie.  Stephanie runs a site called Designs by Loft Creations and designs some of the most beautiful patterns we've seen. And her photography? Second to none! Because we adore her so much, we decided to conduct an interview so that all of you may see how wonderful she truly is. We've scattered images of some of Stephanie's designs throughout the interview so that you can see just how talented she is.  We hope you enjoy! Q: Tell us a little about you, your family and home life and how these are exhibited in your designs or process? A: Mom is a perfectionist crafter. She insisted I learn to sew from educated teachers. Big mistake. She was more talented than the teachers. After two less than stellar attempts at Home Economics she feared the creative gene skipped generations. I'm a late bloomer as I learned to sew in my 30s while living on a military base in Japan. I wanted to be able to sew simple Halloween Costumes, jammies, etc…for my very young children. My ultimate goal though was to learn to quilt. My husband, Dave, is super supportive and when we plan a vacation he asks if there are any quilt shops I'd like to visit. He's a keeper. My daughter, Allison, is my pattern formatter, pattern cover designer, patient computer teacher, and color go?to girl. Son James’ only request when I’m making him a quilt is that it's big enough to completely cover him, is warm enough (I use flannel for quilt backs) and he approves of the colors.

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Lesson Three: the Friendship and Bear’s Paw blocks

Here is Lesson 3 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern. Lesson 3 gets more challenging. The Bear's Paw and Friendship Star blocks are made with half-square triangles (HSTs). The one-inch finished size of the HSTs requires precise piecing and most likely a scant 1/4" seam allowance. The blocks are surrounded by frames to allow them to fit in the 8" finished framework of the sampler. This lets you practice maintaining sharp points set against another block or border.

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This Week’s March Madness Fabric Sale: Hope Chest

As you may have already seen, thanks to our March Madness sale, our beautiful Hope Chest collection is 50% off from now until Wednesday, March 28th. I absolutely love this bright and cheery collection. There are few better lines I can think of for a light and airy summer quilt. The colors are soft, not too overpowering, and are just the right thing to brighten up a room.  And if you live anywhere near the Pacific Northwest, you're probably craving anything that can help brighten up your home. Ha! While we ran out of kits for this collection pretty quickly, there are a few patterns that I know it would be amazing for. First and foremost, the On a Whim pattern by Thimble Blossoms would be amazing!

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