Monthly Archives: November 2013

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Pillow Challenge: My Monster Pillow

Once Sue announced the Pillow Challenge, I instantly gravitated towards the idea of doing a Christmas pillow, but figured that was too easy and probably a little bit predictable. Since this was supposed to be a challenge, I wanted to do just that. I challenged myself to come up with my own pattern for a monster pillow. I played around with some ideas and started sketching a few of them out. Once I had some ideas together, I began thinking about how I would construct it. At this point I had to scratch some of my ideas as I couldn't wrap my head around how to get them beyond an idea on paper! Once I nailed down my idea, I started planning things out more carefully and chose my fabrics.

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12 Weeks of Christmas – Cup Cozy

Longtime Connecting Threads customers may remember our Cup Cozy pattern. Well, the pattern, with its instructions for two versions, is back just in time for Week 7 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas celebration! Just for fun, I made new samples with fabrics from the Spring Terrace and Indigo Patchwork collections.    

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How Nana’s Pantry collection came to be.

Nana's Pantry collection by Mama's Cottons is our nod to 1930's and 1940's feedsack prints. Our Mama's Cottons vintage reproduction collections have always been very popular and I feel are quite necessary to the world of quilting, so Nana's Pantry is the latest installment of vintage reproductions for you to enjoy!

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Meet Design Contest Finalist, Jeanne McGee

We’re down to our last finalist in the Fabric Design Contest! To read the bios we have posted for the other five finalists, please click their names: Sandra Malone, Virginia Odien, Sherry Saunders, Carbonated Creations, Ingrid Figueras. Carbonated Creations, Sherry Saunders, Virginia Odien, and Sandra Malone. – See more at: http://www.connectingthreads.com/cfBlog/post.cfm/meet-design-contest-finalist-ingrid-figueras#sthash.VnD0yhkI.dpuf Carbonated Creations, Sherry ...

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Gifty Galore – Fussy Cut Quilted Coasters

To start, I have a confession. I did a project without using Connecting Threads fabric. Eek! But it is our thread, so I hope you'll let it slide. This gifty galore project came about a bit backwards. It began when I fell in love with this fabric. I love Christmas as well as mid-century style illustration (e.g. Mary Blair). This fabric was the best of both worlds, so I bought it with no idea what to do with it. I did a google search with the name of the fabric to see if I could find anyone else's projects using it. Lo and behold, I found Gwenny Penny's Fussy-Cut Quilted Coasters. A nice and simple project that utilized the focal fabric perfectly. And as an added bonus, the pattern is free and she even walks you through step-by-step (always nice for a beginner!).

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Cascade Garden Quilt using Nana’s Pantry

Have you seen Shannon Mower of Modern Tradition's revamp of Cascading Garden Quilt using our Nana’s Pantry fabric.  We love it! It is so bright and fun.  I had a chance to interview Shannon.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.

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Hexagon Clock

Alisha, our Marketing whiz, sent the CT staff a link to a clever adaptation of the Ikea’s Smycke Clock using fabric to cover the hexagons. I offered to make a sample with our fabrics because it could be one more color coordinated project to go in my remodeled quilt studio.

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Week 6 of 12 Weeks of Christmas – Timeless Tote

It is time for Week 6 of our Connecting Threads 12 Weeks of Christmas celebration. That means we are halfway to the holidays, hopefully with some fun gifts already made! For my contribution this week, the Timeless Tote, I updated the appliqué on a tote bag from CT's past. I wanted a design, part traditional and part whimsical, to accompany our lovely Lasting Legacies collection.

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Timeless Tote

It is time for Week 6 of our Connecting Threads 12 Weeks of Christmas celebration. That means we are halfway to the holidays, hopefully with some fun gifts already made! For my contribution this week, the Timeless Tote, I updated the appliqué on a tote bag from CT's past. I wanted a design, part traditional and part whimsical, to accompany our lovely Lasting Legacies collection.

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