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

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    Behind the Scenes of a Catalog Photoshoot

    You might remember a previous post, “Behind the Scenes at Connecting Threads: meet Jenna, the Catalog Manager” where I talked about my job and what I do. Well, this blog post is kind of an extension to this. I’ve taken over doing the quilt photography from Jenni, our fabric designer. Styling and shooting quilts is definitely a team effort, and it takes quite a bit of planning, styling, and patience. We have a new team member, Dawn, who ...

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    Batting: The Basics, and How to Sandwich Your Quilt

      “What kind of batting do you want?” “Wait, there’s more than one kind?!” That’s what I first said when I was a beginner quilter attempting to finish my first quilt. If you’ve only used one type of batting for all your quilt projects maybe it’s time to try something new!

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    A Book Review: The Modern Applique Workbook

    According to Jenifer Dick, author of The Modern Applique Workbook, “Modern piecing focuses on a fresh and fun design aesthetic, so does modern machine applique. This can mean using a wide variety of stitches, threads, and unusual (fabrics) to create applique.”

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    A Book Review and a Giveaway: The Quilter’s Applique Workshop

    I used to be afraid of applique because the first time I tried it, I didn’t know the right tools to help me along the way; I was making a starfish pincushion with appliqued leaves on it; my poor little leaves were so frayed and my stitches were all over the place! If only I had The Quilter's Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab back then to ease my fears...lol.

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    Week 10 of 12 Weeks of Christmas: Hot Cocoa Mini Wall Hanging

    The idea to create this mini wall hanging actually stems from a childhood memory. Each year around Christmas time, my sister and I would go over to my Aunts' house where they would have us help decorate their tree, complete with a train and of course...a warm cup of hot cocoa! Click here to visit our 12 Weeks of Christmas page on our website and download this free pattern!  

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    Behind the Scenes at Connecting Threads: meet Jenna, the Catalog Manager

    Hi, I'm Jenna. I've been with Connecting Threads about 3-1/2 years now, and have the pleasure of designing and laying out the catalog. Some of my favorite things in the world are happy, bright and modern colors and designs. I was introduced to sewing when I was young, but I just started quilting when I got this job and have fallen in love with it.

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    New! Jumbo Wonder Clips

    I wanted to tell you all about one of my favorite new tools we have: Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips. These clips work really well for holding together many pieces of fabric, but especially if you are working with binding a flannel quilt or project. 

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    Behind the Scenes of our catalog printer

    As some of you might know, I am the catalog manager for Connecting Threads. I am responsible for laying out and designing the catalog from start to finish, but I couldn't do it without the wonderful team of people here at Connecting Threads. Take a look at this behind the scenes blog post to find out how the magic happens at the printer!

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    Gifty Galore 2012: Terrific Tri-Fold Wallet

    You guys are in for a small challenge, I mean a treat! I chose to sew up a this adorable tri-fold wallet from the book A Bag for all Reasons by Lisa Lam for our final Gifty Galore 2012 project. This wallet features a coin pouch, 8 card slots, and a separate small pocket space for recipts.  My current wallet is packed with recipts, so I know that this extra pocket will come in handy for me. During the long winter (rainy) months here in the Northwest, I tend to flock towards anything bright and festive; that's why I chose to sew this one up in our Riveria II fabric collection. 

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