Mari

My main responsibility is designing new quilt patterns for the fabric collections Connecting Threads develops. How exciting this is, as I enjoy exercising my creative bent, which is almost exclusively devoted to quilting. I have been a quilter for thirty years, and during that time chose to frame my booming interest with a number of classes in design. Another creative outlet I find extremely relaxing during my private time is painting fine art in acrylics.

Recent Posts by Mari

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    Boo To You!

    55883 Boo To You Tis’ the season, don’t ya think? So it’s time to celebrate! I love this time of year when the great trifecta of holidays is upon us! Ideally, these seasonal projects should be ready when the time is near, but it’s my bent to make each special project during the appropriate ...

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    Country Elegance
    Country Elegance

    I am such a lover of appliqué, especially wool work (appliqué), and this book is chock full of it! There isn’t a project without this beautifully executed technique. A rare find these days are quilt books with a country theme using rich, dark, vibrant colors in projects that stretch from pillows to bed quilts. The templates for the appliqués are reasonable to make, however, geared more for ...

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    Double Wedding Ring Table Runner

    The Double Wedding Ring table runner was a perfect fit for the bride and groom table at my daughter’s wedding. She asked for a special quilted table runner for their table and this design was perfect! Several years ago I made a Double Wedding Ring king quilt for my bed. I’ve always loved this block but hesitated to make a full ...

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    Contemporary Curved Quilts

    There are eight beautiful, contemporary projects lined up in this delightful and highly visual book. The projects are built around the use of a specific ruler, Quick Curve Ruler, and are needed to complete all the projects. If you love gentle curved piecing you will love these easily executable

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    Metro Rings Quilt

    Connecting Threads received this delightful pattern, Metro Rings, and a clever ruler, Quick Curve Ruler from the company, Sew Kind of Wonderful. I was just dying to try it. Metro Rings is a modern take on the traditional Double Wedding Ring design which I also LOVE. I ...

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    Cosmetic Clutches
    Bridesmaid’s Bags

    Recently, my daughter was married to her sweetheart of eight years;  a glorious occasion to be sure! To honor and express my gratitude to the women in her bridal party, I made a beautiful bag for each and filled them with a few things they might need on the “big day”, then took them out for a delicious dinner.

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    Fab Boxes

    Oh, my, gosh! I had so much fun making these Fab Boxes from MaryJo’s Sewing Room collection! They were a cinch to make. From start to finish, they were done in an afternoon! Wahoo! What great gifts for Christmas! Follow along with me as I construct the larger of the two boxes.

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    Gifty Galore – Project 6

    Recently, I attended a quilt retreat where everyone took some time out and made these lovely potholders! This is an amazing project and SO doable in a few hours! That is from cutting to finished! All you need is two coordinating fat quarters and cotton batting. This project comes from the blog of Syzygy of Me and she has all the measurements and detailed instructions on how to ...

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    Gifty Galore Pinterest Page

    We have a very fun addition to our Gifty Galore seasonal projects this year! Just saying… A Connecting Threads Pinterest Board was created for all the quick and clever projects posted by the members on Gifty Galore who were so kind to share. Projects such as a Gift Card Holder,

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    Small Projects
    Welcome Gifty Galore 2014!

    Gifty Galore is back and better than ever! For those who aren’t familiar, Gifty Galore is a Quilt Along where we offer a new, fun, and clever gift idea each week through December 8th. This year’s Gifty Galore lineup features a mix of larger, weekend projects created EXCLUSIVELY for you by Independent Designers, and a variety of smaller projects originating from online blogs that you can complete in less ...

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