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

    Sewing this pillow project was super fun
    Plethora of Pillows: Painter’s Palette Pillow

    For my Plethora of Pillows project, I chose to sew a pattern called Painter’s Palette Pillow by Laura Jane Taylor. It’s an easy, no-applique scrappy project sewists and quilters will love. You’ll find the pattern in this book. Pillows! I chose a 20″ x 20″ pillow form that we sell and they are the softest ...

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    Behind the scenes of a catalog photoshoot part 2

    Take a look! The kits sewn up in Friendship Patchwork by Jody Houghton were really fun to shoot. We found a location in Portland off of the popular site, airbnb. For this shoot, we wanted to have some nice options with lots of room to style a variety of projects from bags to a large Bordered Art Panel. We shot the Color Me Crayons quilt over the large craftsman porch, but we needed to fill in a little more light. Here you ...

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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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    My “20-minute” Quilt Made With Hampton Hues

    I’m making a quilt, and boy is it taking a long long time. I had originally planned on having this quilt top finished before this blog was scheduled to go up, but life gets in the way! I’m sewing up this lovely Double Crossed Quilt Pattern by Amy Smart with a mix of my stash and Hampton Hues fabric collection. Amy Smart’s Double Crossed Quilt Pattern

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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

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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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