Monthly Archives: May 2012

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Book Review for Quilting Modern

My quilting style is traditional feathers and dense McTavishing.  I love to put as much quilting as I can in a pieced top.  The options in this book provide the same with geometric shapes, organic swirls, and stunning linear spacing.  The quilting is so conceptual it significantly altered my "preference" with regard to modern styling of traditional quilts.

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Modern Patchwork with Elizabeth Hartman

One of the first quilting blogs that I fell in love with was Elizabeth Hartman's Oh Fransson (www.OhFransson.com). I am intrigued by her variety of style and subject matter. She offers a lot of techniques and quilt-alongs for some really cute projects. When I heard we were getting her newest book, Modern Patchwork, I was really excited to get my hands on it.

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A Memorial Day Giveaway

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and to celebrate, we are having a giveaway for all things Americana. The first place winner will receive our new Americana thread set and a copy of Eleanor Burns’ book, Tales of First Ladies. Two runner up winners will also receive a copy of Tales of First Ladies. To enter, simply tell us what you worked on this weekend. We will pick our winners on Monday, June 4th.

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Guest Blogger, Kiera, and her fun Bookish projects!

Hi again!  It's Kiki from It's Sew Kiki.  I want to share with you just how wonderful I think Connecting Threads' new fabric line, Bookish is. One of my very favorite things to do, besides sew, is to read.  I usually read around 2 books a week!  There are books stashed everywhere in our house.  So when I saw this fabric, I had the perfect little design in mind.  I made this little Table Topper for my end table in my living room.  I called it Library Card and the pattern is available as a free download from Connecting Threads!        

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The Library Stacks Quilt

What could be more fun for a book-themed quilt than an actual library stack full of tossed, leaning books?  Library Stack is just that quilt made of many things library and characterized as an actual full book shelf.  How amusing is that??!!  A perfect gift for the bookworm or someone with their own personal library, Library Stack can put you in a reading frame of mind while keeping you toasty warm.

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The Tale of the Bookish Skirt

Meet Heidi. Heidi loves books. No, let me rephrase that...Heidi is obsessed with books. The girl read War and Peace (twice) when she was 16! Needless to say, when Heidi first saw the new Bookish fabrics, she was super excited. This is Heidi super excited. Note: the fabric bundle she is holding is blurred in the photo because she wouldn't stop shaking it excitedly.

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Fun project ideas for Bookish!

My concept for designing the Bookish collection, was to create a fun and whimsical group using a library as my source of inspiration.  I wanted to keep this collection fun, quirky and bright, not traditional and stuffy.  The focal itself gives you a view into a library, from book carts and catalog cards to an ever present librarian.  Also included are prints inspired by book spines, book return due dates an spiral staircases. When thinking of kit ideas for this group, the first one I chose was Tula Pink’s “Color Bars Body Pillowcase”, from her “Quilts From The House Of Tula Pink”.  To me the bars represented books on their ends, and I had fun with the color placement.   I can’t wait to actually make it up, how cute!

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Introducing Bookish!

Love to read? Love to quilt? As an avid reader and passionate quilter, I am crazy about the Bookish collection and its projects. As soon as I saw the Bookish fabrics with stacks and shelves of books, book return stamps and other book-related designs, I started thinking of snuggling up with a good book, exploring the library and going to book club. My favorite design, the Spiral Bookcase with concentric circles of books, is featured in four projects.

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I’m in love…

Working at Connecting Threads, you can imagine that I see a lot of quilt designs that are absolutely beautiful coming through the doors. Because there isn't enough time in the world (or money) to make them all, you are forced to pick a few styles that you identify most with. When it came to the kits in Riviera II, just about every project I saw generated a "Oh-my-gosh-I-need-that-quilt" response. That is, until I saw the Gaggle of Geese quilt come in. I am in love. 

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The Azure Coast Quilt

The sunshine and blue seas of the French Riviera were the inspriation for the Azure Coast quilt pattern. The spirals of the Snail’s Trail blocks mimic the waves of the ocean. Several blue and yellow fabrics from the lovely Riviera II collection and coordinating fabrics from Quilter’s Candy are used to reflect these elements of nature. Nestled between the spinning Snail’s Trail blocks are Friendship Stars; their Four-Patch centers add visual ...

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