Monthly Archives: October 2013

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My Spring Terrace collection.

As I started to design Spring Terrace I wanted to do something reminiscent to Whirlwind Romance, a collection I did a few years back.  But I wanted to make this group new and fresh and have a feel of its own.  I knew I wanted to incorporate scrolls, for two reasons.  One, Whirlwind Romance had a scroll print and it was very popular.  And two, because if there’s one thing I know about Connecting Threads customers by now is that they LOVE scroll designs.  Scroll designs are delightful because they naturally lend to a non-directional composition as well as having a sense of whimsy, so they are very useful as well as pleasing to the eye.  In Spring Terrace you get not only one, but two to play with…the focal “Flourish” and coordinates “Tendrils”.

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Oh Christmas Tree Gifty Project

When I first saw the Oh Christmas Tree pattern by Nancy Rink, it was love at first sight.  So I begged Nancy if we could use her pattern as a download pattern for Gifty this year.  Her directions were so easy to follow and the project went together so quickly, depending on what applique method you use.  It only took me a weekend (with lots of other engagements) to finish this project up.  I used fusible applique, but hand embroidered the button stitch around the tree.

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Meet Design Contest Finalist, Carbonated Creations

The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for judging, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designers. To read the previous three designer bios, click on the following designer names: Sherry Saunders, Virginia Odien, and Sandra Malone. Introducing Carbonated Creations, designer of Black and White Flower Fun. Carbonated Creations started ...

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Ho ho ho Christmas Banner

 Ho Ho Ho Christmas time is coming don't ya know! We've made it to week four of our 12 Weeks of Christmas countdown, and so far we've seen a beautiful embroidered pillow and two supper cute applique pillows. I thought I'd make something a little bit different.

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Indigo Patchwork Room Makeover: Part 1

My mother recently moved, which naturally was a perfect excuse to redo her home décor.  Always a fan of the bright, Dutch blue look, the new Indigo Patchwork collection was just the ticket to revitalize her living room. 

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Knotty Travel Tissue

This is always a great idea for stocking stuffers, guild gifts, quilt group gifts, or any occasion gift.. a travel tissue holder! This is a double treat because it's mega quick to make (it took me 15 minutes!), and this is an early reveal of our new collection, Spring Terrace!

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Meet Design Contest Finalist, Sherry Saunders

The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready to be judged, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designers. Meet Sherry Saunders, designer of “Tulip Twighlight”. I come from a long quilting tradition. Both of my grandmothers, my mother and my sister are avid quilters. My mother, Karen, taught me how to sew when I was just five years ...

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