Dawn

If you look around the Connecting Threads site or in our catalog, you'll see my work smattered around. I'm our Project Coordinator and along with writing the copy for our kits, tools, and books; I am also the photo stylist for our catalog and samplers. So, even though it's hard work, I basically get to touch quilts, ogle our fabrics, and write about them all quite regularly! I love working here! :-) I also love embroidery, designing embroidery, mixing old with new, brights with greyscale, and just about anything involving black & white stripes.

Recent Posts by Dawn

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    Behind the Scenes: The July 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

    Another catalog, another round of fun and contrasting collections! With two brand new exclusive collections, new Quilter’s Candy novelties, AND new outside collections; we are SO excited for the July catalog to go live tomorrow! This time, just as the weather has been warming up here in the Pacific Northwest, we had to switch our gears to colder weather and certain festive holidays. We had the pleasure of shooting one of our ...

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    Quilt Block Coaster Tutorial Using Island Hopping

    While I was working through the Holiday Table Runner and our new Island Hopping fabrics, I quickly realized my mom was going to need accessories to go with her new table runner. Seeing as this is more of a summery fabric line and I had some random small pieces from the collection, it seemed reasonable to make ...

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    Summer Sewing: Island Hopping Table Runner

    I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated when deciding whether or not to sew this table runner in our new Island Hopping collection! Considering my sewing experience lies squarely within the realm of clothing and alterations, plus a simple one-patch flannel quilt top; I knew this would be a… learning experience for me. But, ...

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    Behind the Scenes: The May 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

    Sometimes, when you are working with such different fabric collections, separate locations are necessary to accommodate! After some careful considerations, we decided on two lovely locations– both on Portland’s east side. We arrived to our first location on an unusually foggy March morning in the Alberta district. Thankfully, the diffused daylight worked to our advantage inside this vibrant and playful ...

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    Behind the Scenes: The April 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

    I wear a lot of hats here at CT. One of them is styling the finished versions of our kits we offer to help make the lovely photos you see in the Connecting Threads catalogs. Along with our photographer John and assistant Alexis, we shoot both in the studio and on location. Every location we shoot at always has its own personality and distinct little facets to go along ...

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    Sewing for Keeps

    I don’t like resolutions. They feel like shouting into the wind because they often are, at least for me. I do love goals, however. I love lists and I definitely love plotting out future actions. I’m the type of person who actually likes filling out forms, I almost can’t resist them… much like a crossword puzzle! And what better time to set ...

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    How to Make a Toddler Dress in Just One Afternoon

    Isn’t Laraine’s granddaughter June the cutest model? When this pattern for the Playdate Top in our new Good Natured fabric collection  was floating around the office to sew up, I knew I had to take it. As someone who mostly sews clothing, how could I resist this tiny treasure in super cute prints?

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    Gifty Galore – Project 12: Fabric Snowflake

    Today’s Gifty Galore project is inspired by the above papercraft snowflake on this French blog. It seemed like a simple and fun conversion into fabric, so I was game to give it a whirl! These are the basic supplies you will need: Two complementary fabrics! (I chose Snowflake Checks in patriot blue from our new Snowed Inn collection and Musical Scroll in pale ...

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    Plethora of Pillows Kick-Off!

    Today we begin a really fun ongoing series in which CT staff members will share a pillow project they did. Some may be custom designs, while others are from favorite books or blog posts around the web. Since basic pillows are so quick and easy to sew up, the sky is the limit with how a more embellished pillow can turn out!   To start things out, I want to give ...

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    Vintage Quilt Mending, Part 1

    I swear I’m only 5’2″ The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me. This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s ...

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