Monthly Archives: September 2012

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eCozy Palooza

For my second Gifty Galore project, I wanted to make a gift for someone else (go figure!). Last year, my friend’s husband bought her an e-reader and Connecting Threads just so happens to have a bunch of e-reader cover patterns from Whistlepig Creek Productions. I’m much more traditional in the sense that I prefer my books to be actual books, but since my friend already crossed over into the other book world I figured I would give some life (and protection) to her digital monstrosity! I made up the eCozy Palooza Pattern using a combination of Technicolor Tidings prints and Bookish. The pattern calls for two coordinating fat quarters, but I used a few scraps I had and incorporated a few prints (rather than just the two).

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Holiday Rose Mini Quilt

Hi all! I wanted to share with you my most recent project from the book, No Sewing Until You Quilt It by Ann R. Holmes. This book is great for unleashing your inner creativity. I love this book because Ann has packed in a lot of great ideas for working and designing your own quilts using freezer-paper. 

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Wooden Spools

I absolutely LOVE bright colors on a black ground and Home Front has all that and more. OK, so what is your inspiration when you begin to create in your quilt room? Quilt magazines? Art? Fabrics? Well, I love color and the wider the range the better. Color is an interesting thing, not much more is needed when creating a work of art! Color also affects our moods, frame of mind, and even our general health! Yellow gives us energy, blue and green are restful and red gets us all fired up!

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Enter for your chance to win a Gidget 2 sewing station!

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! Connecting Threads and Arrow have teamed up to offer you a very exciting giveaway. From now through Sunday, you can enter to win an Arrow Gidget 2 Sewing Table with Wheels! When it comes to sewing stations, Arrow’s furniture is some of the best. This Gidget 2 station is no exception! This station is a ...

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Introducing my new collection – Home Front!

While I was designing Home Front, I was inspired by America in the 1940's. I pictured ladies with curls in their hair, donning floral printed dresses and cute aprons, bustling about in their quaint kitchens making homemade pies and home-cooked meals.  I was inspired by day-to-day items like rayon printed dresses which were especially popular at the time, feed sack prints, as well as everyday objects like apples and fluttering leaves. I wanted to bring in fun bright colors with touches of black, which was very common back then.

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We’ve got our winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Simply Triangles blog tour contest! Using a random number generator, we have selected our three winners. The grand prize winner will take home their very own copy of Barbara’s beautiful book, Simply Triangles, courtesy of C&T Publishing. The runner up winners will each receive a stack sampler of our beautiful fall/winter batiks. The grand prize ...

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Owl Pillow

WHO, WHO, WHO doesn’t just love a whimsical owl? I know I do, and from the moment I started making it, there was an argument about who was going to get it when I was finished-me, my sister, my daughter, Miss Sue, or as a gift. The Jury is still out on that one. I chose to make the owl pillow from Curiosities & Mischief ...

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Simply Triangles: A Blog Tour and Giveaway!

This contest is now closed. We will be announcing our winners shortly. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to take part in a blog tour that supports Barbara Cline and her fantastic new book, Simply Triangles. Barbara has really done it again! I enjoyed her first book, Star Struck Quilts, which focused on the eight-pointed Lone Star with numerous attractive variations. She continues her exploration of geometric designs using triangles in another well-written and well-illustrated book, Simply Triangles from C&T Publishing. As the subtitle suggests, the author provides projects using triangles to make stars, daisies (with some clever machine appliqué), and tessellating pinwheels.

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Reversible Sundress in Matsuri Lawn

Let me just state up front I don’t sew clothes; haven’t for a long time.  BUT I have a new granddaughter, our first, and that has changed my outlook on many things.  So when I saw SewBaby’s Reversible Sundress & Bloomer Pattern I just had to give it a shot.

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