Monthly Archives: March 2012

Alligator Boxer Shorts

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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

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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

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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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Hello from maternity leave!

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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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