Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cartouche pillow making another debut!

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With the return of Rhapsody of Reds and Symphony of Blues, so comes the return of my Cartouche embroidered pillow!  What’s great about this design, is it’s striking appearance as well as it’s versatility.  I took some of the main circular motifs from the Rhapsody & Cartouche prints and had fun with the placement of my design, by deliberately having the motifs cut off.

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Fabulous Customer Creations

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Connecting Threads customers are the best! We say it all the time and it’s true. They take our products and create the most amazing projects. It makes us feel so good to see the keepsakes that are created from our fabrics and threads. The creativity out there just blows us away! Our staff comes up with some pretty awesome ideas, there is a lot of talent around here. Then our customers take it to a whole new level.

On a weekly basis we receive emails and Facebook posts with pictures of the things you, our customers, have done. Here is just a sampling of what we have seen lately.

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A quilter’s poem

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Connecting Threads has the BEST customers! That’s a fact. Every week we receive wonderful emails and letters from our amazing customers. They share their love of quilting and the things they have made using our products. One of our favorite things is knowing that we are a part of your memories. We know that they items we produce are transformed in the hands of our customers. The possibilities are endless. We also know that many of our customers use quilting as a social outlet. They are part of groups and clubs that come together to quilt, building lasting friendships.

One of our customers, Toni Leiboff, sent us the following poem about her Quail Ridge Quilters group in Southeast Arizona.

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Sue’s going away pillow

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When I heard that Sue was leaving us to move to Australia, I wanted to make her something to remember us by. I decided that I would make a pillow using Sue’s pattern, Sunflower Pillows (coming out in the near future!), and have all of us in the department sign our names on the petals. I used the ¡Fiesta! fabric line which worked perfectly with the already pieced blocks. 

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They’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It is my great pleasure to present you with the re-print of Rhapsody of Reds AND Symphony of Blues!!!  These two collections have been extremely popular. They exceeded our expectations during their debut and sold out very quickly.  Due to the large number of requests to bring them back, we listened and did so!  In our latest catalog we decided to bring the two collections back together at the same time, and we think there is a beautiful marriage between the two.  As you can see from our “cover shot” Symphony & Rhapsody quilt by Bloom Creek, mixing of the two collections looks so beautiful!  But of course, they’re still very beautiful on their own!

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New Year, New Quilting Goals

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As a newer quilter, it’s easy to get really excited about projects and jump in head first. I’ve done this a few times and wound up discouraged because I was unable to finish all of them because of time restrictions, or I wasn’t really confident enough to continue on to the hardest steps to finish it off. This year, I want to not only be smarter with my time, but also more realistic about what I’m capable of accomplishing. This doesn’t mean I don’t want to try newer and harder things though! I’ve thought about what I really want to see this year bring as far as crafty aspirations and rather than make a checklist of all of the projects I want to complete, I’ve decided to try to accomplish a little bit in a few different areas.

Paper Piecing Monday Blocks from Wombat Quilts

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Happy New Year!

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It’s a new year and I love that! There is something about January 1st that fills me with optimism. I have my 2014 day planner and it is a blank slate. I look through it and I see possibility, I see options. On those empty pages I see days that are just waiting to be planned and lived.

I enjoy looking back at my day planner for last year and seeing all the things I had on the schedule. I remember sitting with my 2013 calendar when it was a blank slate and all the plans I was making. As I review my year, some of those plans came to fruition and some went out the window! What excites me the most are all the things that will happen this year that I don’t have on the schedule.

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