Category Archives: books

Staff Favorites – Books

There are a lot of exciting new books at Connecting Threads! It is hard to choose what to write about, so I chose a few stand-out favorites. If you click any of the book links below you can look at inside images of the books on our website. Our staff also writes reviews on books they love that you can see on the book page.

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Grab-And-Go Wallet

Today’s project is the Grab-&-Go Wallet, designed by Mari Martin. This project is featured on page 46 in the Fast, Fun, and More Gifty book. It’s a great quick project for the holidays that is easy to make. Perfect for beginners and ...

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O Christmas Tree

This mini Christmas tree, designed by Mari Martin, is from the Fast, Fun, and More Gifty book.   It looks like the bell is weighting down the top of the little tree. In the book it is shown made up in flannel and displayed on the darling little ...

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Two Hearts Pattern

Two Hearts is project number seven in the Fast, Fun, and More Gifty book.  There are 22 fun projects total, and all of them are quick and easy to make. This is such a cute pattern. In the book the project is made in flannel but it would also look great in regular cotton fabric or wool. The applique can be hand stitched ...

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Lovely Potholder

I have a love/hate relationship with scallops. I love how they make any project just that much more adorable, but I dread doing them. (OK so true confessions, this was only my second time doing a project with scallop edges!)

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Quilt-As-You-Go Table Topper – Blue Room Project #6

Blue Room Project #6 is a quilt-as-you-go table topper. We have almost finished the Blue Room – a remodeled addition to our home to be used as a bedroom for foreign exchange students or a quiet reading space. I wanted to make a table topper to cover a used night stand I  found. To read about the previous projects, please click on ...

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Book Review: Scrap-Basket Strips & Squares

I love looking through Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares because the projects have a good balance between modern and vintage-esque fabrics–and the yardage requirements are listed for both precuts and stash options. Kim Brackett’s quilts have a fun optical illusion to them. The blocks seem to appear to overlap and give dimension to the patterns. This book has clear instructions and illustrations ...

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Book Review: Modern Vintage Gifts

Modern Vintage Books by Helen Philipps is filled with 27 projects exploring different techniques including patchwork, quilting, paper piecing, applique, color play, embroidery, and embellishment. Quilters will all agree that the amount of time and love that goes into handmade gifts can range greatly. Personally, I prefer smaller projects that can be done within 5-8 hours because of my busy schedule–and ...

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Bag It! No-Sew Fabric Gift Bags

  The holiday gift-giving season is upon us. Last year, hoping to decrease the wasteful use of Christmas wrapping paper, I learned how to wrap presents with fabric using the Japanese-inspired furoshiki method. I wrote two blogs showing this technique: Furoshiki Fun and Furoshiki Follow-Up.

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An interview with Anna Graham + a giveaway of her new book!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this amazing giveaway! Using a random number generator, we have selected our winner. Congratulations to Lora M! ——————— It’s always a great day when you get to flip through a beautiful new sewing book. It’s especially great when that sewing book was written by ...

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