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Jenna

I layout the Connecting Threads catalog, as well as do book design. I'm a quilter who loves coordinating fabric prints, and I tend to be drawn to 'open' or 'negative space' quilt designs with a variety of quilting. The Modern quilting world is appealing, but I'm just as passionate about the history of quilting, especially during the turn of the century.

Recent Posts by Jenna

    Quilting Tools for the Traveler

    Are you a traveling quilter? Do you often go to quilt shows, quilt groups, or just like to take your small projects with you to a friends house? Although I love doing crafting/quilting/sewing with a group of friends, if you’re anything like me, I carry way too many quilting tools–it looks like I’m almost moving in! The long rulers for cutting full-length fabrics and the cutting mat are of course necessary, but large to carry.

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    Spotlight on: Free-Motion Quilting

    When it comes to starting a free-motion quilting project, the beginning can be exciting! Some quilters take many classes before feeling comfortable free-motion quilting. Whether you are tackling free-motion quilting for the first time or the 100th time, here are some tools that I think are helpful in getting the job done. Have a plan: Planning out what design you will quilt is a great starting point. There are many books that will give you ...

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    Embroidery Fun With My Daughter

    Embroidery has reentered my life after a temporary hiatus. It started by my recent trip to Minneapolis to visit my new baby nephew. While I was packing for my trip, I knew I wanted to pick up some handwork to do on the plane, so I chose Jenni Calo’s Floral Fiesta Embroidered Pouch Pattern Download, packed some fabric, my Dritz Soft Comfort Thimble, needles, and embroidery floss. My creative 6 year-old Ella saw me embroidering and asked to try stitching ...

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    Book Review: Scrap-Basket Strips & Squares

    I love looking through Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares because the projects have a good balance between modern and vintage-esque fabrics–and the yardage requirements are listed for both precuts and stash options. Kim Brackett’s quilts have a fun optical illusion to them. The blocks seem to appear to overlap and give dimension to the patterns. This book has clear instructions and illustrations ...

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    Book Review: Modern Vintage Gifts

    Modern Vintage Books by Helen Philipps is filled with 27 projects exploring different techniques including patchwork, quilting, paper piecing, applique, color play, embroidery, and embellishment. Quilters will all agree that the amount of time and love that goes into handmade gifts can range greatly. Personally, I prefer smaller projects that can be done within 5-8 hours because of my busy schedule–and ...

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    Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 20

    It’s Gifty Galore Project 20! This Folded Star Ornament made with fabric can be a quick and easy stocking stuffer for anyone. No sewing needed! This is where I found the original pattern (you’ll have to translate the page to read it) To begin, start by gathering your materials: 4 strips of fabric measuring 3″ x 14″. Spray starch Binder clips or Wonder Clips Bodkin or tweezers Applique ...

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    Sew a Simple Skirt!

    I really love Tula Pink; and especially her fabric “Swarm” from the Moonshine fabric collection. I thought it would be the perfect fabric for a simple skirt. Having not much garment sewing experience, I really wanted to try my hand at something easy, just like I did when I starting quilting with simple nine-patches.

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    Magic Pillowcases in Blast Off! Flannel

    Magic Pillowcases I recently sewed up these Magic Pillowcases and let me tell you: they are so easy to sew, and so soft to the touch, especially when made in flannel. These prints are from our Blast Off! Flannel collection (but Blast Off! also comes in flat cotton as well). The blue accent combined with the orange rim and fun ...

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    The Jungle Things Fold & Go Art Kit

    I had the pleasure of sewing up the Fold & Go Art Kit, designed by Fishsticks Designs for photography for the Connecting Threads catalog. I know this art kit is the perfect accessory for my daughter, Ella, who is a creative five-year old and loves to draw all the time. Now ...

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