Monthly Archives: July 2012

Sue Marsh, Designer Interview

Sue Marsh of Whistlepig Creek is one of our most popular download pattern designers.  I thought it was time for a designer spotlight all about Sue.  Here is what we found out about her.  I especially love her advice to new quilters.  Read more to see her advice…

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Sew Spooky ~ Pattern Block of the Month

Oh, my, gosh, do I love Halloween!  Connecting Threads carries the best quilt pattern I’ve seen in years for our zany Halloween season.  I absolutely love Sew Spooky from The Quilt Company!  Very cleverly designed, this block of the month pattern pack is hilariously whimsical.  Six patterns in all will make the comical 73" x 61" quilt.

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Santa Wall Hanging

The Santa Wall Hanging is an enchanting gallery of those little faces I fell in love with.  I just had to make a little quilt that highlighted the turned up noses and chubby cheeks.  Framed in with a checkerboard border, each grin holds its own allowing them center stage.  Construction is very simple with only squares and rectangles to assemble.  This kit will create a magical experience for children and evoke a bit of joy for all.

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My Sweet Saint Nick Collection!

Sweet Saint Nick is the third fabric line I’ve designed for Connecting Threads, and I must say it’s my favorite. In my world, Christmas is very traditional: very red and green, and filled with Santas!  I am a decorative artist, and Santas have always been a favorite of mine to paint, whether they’re my own designs or someone else’s. It’s not hard to figure out that the inspiration for this collection stems from my ...

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Winner of the Sipiweske Quilt patterns

You may have seen back on June 29th that the lovely Marlene over at Sipiwesk Quilt Designs offered to give one person who commented on her Guest Blogger post three of her amazing quilt pattern packets. Using a random number generator, Marlene selected comment #16, Sandie. Congratulations! If you missed the giveaway but would like to read the post, you can do so here: SIPIWESKE QUILTS

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Santa’s Cookie Basket

Christmas Basket? Birthday Bag? It’s Both! When it came time to select a Gifty Galore project to make, I was drawn to Santa’s Cookie Basket in Hugs & Holly because of its versatility. Instead of holding cookies, I envisioned it as a reusable gift bag. I chose Technicolor Tidings because of the fabric collection’s bright, fun colors. Within the collection I selected festive designs that were not specific to Christmas so the bag could also be used for birthdays.  

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Designer Downloads for Circle of Family

Circle of Family by Jody Houghton is one of those fabric lines that not only remind me of everything good about family, it also reminds me about everything good about summer time.  We have 5 great Designer Downloads that were designed specifically to go with this great fabric line.

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An Interview with Jody Houghton, designer of Circle of Family

Jody Houghton's illustrations and writings have warmed the hearts of dedicated gift buyers and quilters for 30 years. Her down-to-earth point of view and unique artistic style is attributed to the longevity of her successful home-based business. We talked to Jody about her art and her new fabric collection, Circle of Family. We hope that as you read along, you will begin to love Jody and her work as much as we do.

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Gifty Galore Project #1 – Pretty Teacups

Definition of TEACUP: "A small cup usually with a handle used with a saucer for hot beverages…" Or in this case, a pincushion. What a great idea to show off those heirloom teacups, antique finds or garage sale deals. Pretty Teacup, from the book Super-Cute Pincushions, is the first project for Gifty Galore 2012, and it is so easy!

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