Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Alligator Boxer Shorts

When Jenni first designed the Alligator print in our Wild Ones flannel collection, I instantly loved it. I can't put my finger on it, but something about the print was begging to be made into boxer shorts. Then when I happened upon the boxer shorts pattern in the Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders book a couple months later, I knew I had to make them. Never mind that I don't know anyone who even wears boxer shorts! The fabric and pattern combination was just too perfect to resist. I decided to make them as cute pajama shorts for me.

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For the love of solids

Having just finished designing a pattern compiled of all solids except one, I must share with you the advantages solids provide in a quilt.  I had one print to work with and pulled a variety of colors in solids from that print to create the quilt design.  It was great not having to match linier prints, accommodate image sizes and deal with funky colors within a single fabric.  Solids add a texture that is unique and the only visual tension is in the color itself.  Solids provide a resting place for the eye and break up what would seem to be an endless source of busy prints.  Solids also support prints that need to make a statement.  I encourage you to experiment with them; they are a great addition to your stash! Did you know that Connecting Threads has recently started offering Quilter’s Candy solid prints in two different samplers?  Yep, we now have two beautiful color options...

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Lesson Two: Perfect Points Sampler

Here we go with Lesson 2 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern. This week's blocks are the Snowball and Sawtooth Star. The lesson focuses on maintaining straight diagonal lines within and between blocks. Yes, the positioning pin can help with that also! Click here to join and the Perfect Points Quilt Along group on and download the PDFs for the tutorial and pattern introduction. 

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Sweetgrass Prairie Puff Quilt

As I mentioned in my last post, I am working on a puff (or biscuit) quilt using our new Sweetgrass Prairie collection. So far I’ve been cutting and doing a lot of repetitive steps, but I’m having fun seeing the progress of the little puffs, and at the same time I’m getting a better grip on some of the basic techniques.

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Alice’s New Dress

My three-year-old has become quite the girly girl recently (at least where fashion is concerned) and absolutely loves dresses; the twirlier the better!  When I saw this Urban Prairie Dress pattern with its empire waist and big ruffles, I knew I had to make it for Alice.  And what better fabric to use than the delicate prairie-inspired prints of our Sweetgrass Prairie collection?

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Brighten up your home with Pearadise!

I’m not usually a bright fabric person, and I’m definitely not a pink person, so I was surprised at how much I ended up liking the Pearadise kits when I saw them! I saw the Pear Placemats first and they turned out just darling, so fun and summery.

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March Madness is back!

Ready for some great news?  March Madness sales are back!  That’s right, for the month of March, we will be featuring a new one-week sale in each of our weekly emails.  If you haven’t already signed up to get our emails, you can do so here: EMAIL SIGN UP.  In addition, for the entire month, select solids and mirage fabrics are 50% off… and select thread sets ...

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Hello from maternity leave!

Melissa here...I'm just popping in today from maternity leave to say hi to you all and to share the baby news and some photos. My little guy decided to join us a fashionable nine days late on February 1. He was 9 pounds 7 ounces and 22 inches long. No one predicted he was that huge! We've named him James Elliot.  And what better way to share some baby photos than with him snuggled up in a handmade swaddling blanket... Like Katrina, I also sewed up the Swaddle Blanket from Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders using Wild Ones. I chose the blue elephant print before I knew how huge James would be--now it seems fitting, don't you think? ;)

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