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Recent Posts by Melissa

    Nordic Holiday quilt

    There are many wonderful things about my job, and one thing that delights me is seeing photos of customer’s quilts using our fabrics or kits. In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about our Quilt With Us community. What really tickles me though is when a customer takes the time to mail a snapshot of a finished quilt with a letter in this age of email and social networking. Like most of us, most of the mail I ...

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    Modern Mix Blog Tour & Giveaway

    This contest is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  To find out if you won, click here: WINNERS Welcome to the Connecting Threads stop of the Modern Mix Blog Tour! I was very excited when this book came through our office because I have been admiring all the quilts I've been seeing lately that incorporate solids, but I was feeling a bit intimidated on how to go about doing that in my own projects. You can read the entirety of my review of Jessica's book here. Since then, I've had the opportunity to ask Jessica a few questions about the book--so cool! Read on for our mini interview to learn more, and then don't miss the giveaway directions at the bottom. We always like to throw in a little extra giveaway on these book tours, so don't miss that!

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    New Video Tutorials: Zipper Installation

    October would not be complete if we didn’t post a tutorial on a technique that is “scary” to many quilters. This time, we’ve got two videos for you on…zippers! (Insert terrified scream here.) Sue is our sewing pattern designer who can install zippers in her sleep–we jokingly call her the “bag lady” around the office because she’s designed so many bag patterns for us. Sue is a transplant from Down Under, via L.A., so in the videos you get to ...

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    Catching Z’s

    I’m due to have my second child this January, and these sleep sacks are the first thing I’ve sewn for the new baby. (What with chasing after a 2-year-old and all, they may be the only thing I sew for #2!)

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    Meet Fabric Design Finalist Jessica Majers

    The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready to be judged, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer… Meet Jessica Majers, designer of “Barnum & Johnny, the Jackalope Brothers.” I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a kid, I was always drawing or making something. My mom had a rule that I could watch as ...

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    Scrap Republic Blog Tour

    This contest is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  To find out who won, click here: WINNERS Today's post is to celebrate the color GREEN and to talk about Emily Cier's latest book, Scrap Republic. It's also about some pretty awesome prizes--we're going to have five lucky winners this time, so read on!

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    Meet Fabric Design Finalist Alexandra Coyle

    The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready to be judged, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer… Meet Alexandra Coyle, designer of “Wildblooms”   Alex Coyle lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art where she studied Fibers and Graphic Design. She enjoys black cherry ...

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    Meet Fabric Design Finalist Leslie Walton

    The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready to be judged, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer… Meet Leslie Walton, designer of “Happiness”   Leslie was born and raised in Peru where she met her husband of 27 years. There, she also studied Graphic Design at the School of Fine Arts of the Catholic University of Lima, Peru. ...

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    Meet Fabric Design Finalist Lee Heinrich

    The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready to be judged, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer… Meet Lee Heinrich, designer of “Kaleidoscope Lane” Lee Heinrich is a graphic designer. She lives in Mequon, Wisconsin, with her husband and two daughters, ages 5 and 2. She started sewing about 4 years ago, shortly after leaving her ...

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    Meet Fabric Design Finalist Virginia Odien

    The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready to be judged, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer… Meet Virginia Odien, designer of “Laundry Day” From the moment Virginia realized she could do something herself; she did it. She’s taught herself to draw, watercolor, crochet, knit, and even bead but credits her seamstress mom for sitting her ...

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