Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Ann’s Boutis Adventure – Part 1

I have long admired quilts from the Provence region of France called boutis. After reviewing The Art of Boutis by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts, I really want to learn this style of handwork!  The author makes this technique accessible with clear instructions and illustrations. Do I need to  learn a new skill when I have so many UFOs? No, but just look at that small ...

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Chalk it to Me!

What is the use of even the most fabulous sewing table if it’s not ready to actually be used? I had been looking for many long months to find just the right combination of vintage, good price, and specific design in my future sewing table. Finally, this past December, the PERFECT table for me manifested itself on the craigslist free section. It’s mid-century modern, solidly built, opens width-wise instead of length-wise, and it was FREE! The woman who was re-homing it ...

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Road Trip!

My friend Monica (roped into driving so I could sew down the binding on my table runner!), my son Tyler, and I headed north of Seattle to celebrate my godson’s birthday. Of course first I had to pack the essentials… Essential Thread (30% off right now!), Clover Wonder clips, needles (40% off right now!), and my favorite pair of little scissors! My son ...

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Three Generations of Quilters

In the spirit of May holidays – Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation – I was asked to write a blog on learning about quilting from my grandmother and mother. So, I will share a trip down memory lane and tell you about the two women who influenced my quilting and my life so much. Grandma Willie Ann, 1900 – 1994, lived in small towns ...

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Batik Paradise – Something Old and Something New

Here are three colorful patterns in CT‘s May 2014 catalog – something old and something new! As CT‘s archivist, I get to recolor popular patterns from the past into new collections. Simple & Sweet Simple & Sweet is a very easy baby quilt suitable for a beginning quilter or a busy experienced one. What makes this 40″ square baby quilt unusual is the use ...

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A Book Review: Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer

I wanted to share with you a gem of a book that we carry: Thomas Knauer’s Modern Quilt Perspectives. When I first saw this book, I thought it might be just another modern quilt pattern book. As the title accurately describes, this book is full of perspectives. It’s more of a quilting art appreciation book, with strong ties to social and political reflection; and Thomas’s quilt designs and ...

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Staff Picks: Seam Rippers

Today, we introduce a new series showcasing staff favorites, each post will focus on a different type of item.   Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. While many a quilting project can edge on perfection, there are often mistakes along the way. Seam rippers are definitely a treasured tool when these mishaps occur.   Our ...

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BOM ~ Sashing & Borders

The Lasting Legacies Block of the Month is in its final phase with the assembly of the blocks, borders and sashing.  The colorway of this portion is also from the Lasting Legacies civil war collection. If you are interested in constructing our Lasting Legacies Quilt, feel free to join the quilt along as the pictorial portion and QA will be left up for you to use.  Just click 

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Main Street Square

Main Street Square, made in CT’s patriotic Hometown Summer collection, is a versatile and easy-to-make quilt. It is constructed of two blocks suitable for beginning quilters or busy experienced ones! The striking graphic quality of the Main Street Square relies on ...

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Quick Patriotic Project

The Freedom Flag Mini Runner Pattern (55815) is a quick project that can easily be completed in a weekend, making it a great choice for even a beginning quilter. I chose several of our new Hometown Summer prints along with Quilter’s Candy Mirage-Cream to make this patriotic runner.  The stars are fusible appliqué and the embroidery is done with a simple back ...

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