Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Fan-Tastic Place Mats

Recently, I was intrigued by these unusual, quilt-as-you-go, fan-shaped place mats in Fast & Furious Family by Gudrun Erla. I used ten Connecting Threads batiks, including some from the limited edition Fall & Winter 2012 Batiks Collection, to complement my Thanksgiving holiday dishes.   

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Spooktacular Row Quilt

I LOVE Halloween ~ what a fun holiday with tricks and treats for all to enjoy. In fact, I collect Halloween fabrics and love taking them out periodically and am entertained by all the sweet, whimsical imagery. All Hallows Bash will be included in my growing stacks at home.

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Reversible Fresh Tote

The Hello Sunshine Collection is perfect for anything laundry with its focal motif of garments on a clothesline being tossed about in the fresh summer breeze. All around the clothesline are sweet, pot-bellied birds. It made me ponder the summer days when I hang my freshly cleaned laundry outside on the clothesline listening to the bird’s melodic music. I love the smell of the crisp air in my clothing!

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Omnigrip® 20½” Square Ruler on Sale!

Attention all quilters! Connecting Threads has an assortment of Omnigrip® rulers at 40% off through 9/17/12 (while supplies last). This is a great price for excellent rulers for use with a rotary cutter and self-healing mat. What prompted me to blog about this sale is the price reduction for the fabulous Omnigrip® 20½” Square Ruler. The regular price is $49.99 and is now $29.99 – a $20 reduction! If you have wanted this ruler but been deterred by the price, this is the time to buy it! Are you asking, “Why would I want a ruler that large?” Let me tell you several reasons why I love this ruler and use it with every quilt project.

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Flower Power Pincushion

When  I  was choosing projects for  my  Gifty Galore , I saw the Flower Power Pincushion pattern from Sew Simple Patterns.   Since I had already made several teacup pincushions, it was my time to branch out and make a daisy flower pot pincushion. 

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Meet Virginia Odien, winner of our design contest, and creator of our new Hello Sunshine collection!

Last August, Connecting Threads held its first-ever fabric design contest. In just a month’s time, we received over 1,000 design entries and more than 67,000 votes from customers. When the results were tallied, the prevailing winner was Virginia Odien.  Since August, we have had the privilege of working with Virginia to further develop her collection. We are so excited to finally introduce this wonderful line to the rest of the world. (Drumroll please) Meet Hello Sunshine!

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Matt’s First Sewing Project

Hi there, I'm Matt. For those of you who don't know me, I am the CEO of Crafts Americana Group which is the parent company of Connecting Threads. I have been meaning to try my hand at sewing for a long time. Really, I have. I am literally surrounded by quilters, crafters, fabric and thread all day at work. At night, I usually come home to a kitchen table held hostage by my wife's sewing projects. With 24-hour technical support and a warehouse full of amazing fabric, thread, tools and notions at my disposal, I have no excuses. Still, there was something intimidating about a craft that requires the precise use of machinery and sharp needles.This year, with a lot of hand-holding, Mari (one of Connecting Threads' wonderful quilt designers) finally convinced me to begin sewing by taking part in the Gifty Galore project. It was the perfect opportunity. Rather than biting off a big project with room for compound error, the goal was to find a project that I could complete in less than 20 minutes.

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New, Limited Edition Fall & Winter Batiks!

Calling all Batik Lovers! Our fall and winter batiks are here and they are lovely! We have combined new designs such as Snowflakes, Autumn Blossom, Falling Fronds and Packed Leaves with other Connecting Threads batiks to make a variety of creative projects.

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Quilted Gifts

I chose the Quilted Gifts project from the book Quilt Lover’s Gifts, because I love all kinds of purses and bags, and of course the Batiks attracted my attention!

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