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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

    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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    Tuffet-Inspired Ottoman

    I was really curious about the project, Tuffet-Inspired Ottoman from the book, Fabric by Fabric, One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, so I decided to give it a try.  I used fabrics 5377 and 5375 from the Home Front collection.

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