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bitsandpieces
Win a copy of our new quilt book, Bits & Pieces!

I am brimming with excitement over our latest quilt book, Bits and Pieces. As a huge fan of scrappy quilts, I loved the idea of compiling a group of patterns that use precuts to achieve a scrappy look. Precuts really do save so much time! Bits and Pieces book by Connecting Threads. When we sat down to brainstorm the theme for this book, there was certainly no shortage of ideas ...

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Basket Weave Table Topper

Recently, I was reading a new book about using 2-1/2″ strips called New Ways with Jelly Rolls by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The book has some fun ideas for precut strips! One pattern that really appealed to me was the Basket Weave quilt. It just so happened that I had a set of six neutral FQs from a recent ...

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Ampersand Quilt

  Modern Quilt Perspectives is a fascinating quilt book by Thomas Knauer. Each of the unique quilts in the book has an interesting story behind it. One quilt that caught my attention was his Ampersand Quilt, which features a huge ampersand sign made of novelty fabrics to inspire storytelling. The author says he and his daughter snuggle under ...

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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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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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Book Giveaway Winner – Sew a Modern Home

Wow, what a wonderful turnout we received from everyone last week! It was great getting to read through everyone’s favorite color combinations for a chance to win Melissa Lunden’s newest book, Sew a Modern Home!   And the giveaway winner of this custom signed copy is comment #58, Mary Ellen! We have already emailed her the good news and can’t wait to send this out!   Many thanks to everyone who commented last ...

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JOY Pillow

I was a late comer to the Plethora of Pillows extravaganza, but knew I had to make this pillow.  The pattern is from Sherri K. Falls book Holly Jolly.  I selected fabrics from my newest collection for Connecting Threads, Snowed Inn. This was a very quick and easy pillow to complete, it used the fusible applique technique, and some very basic piecing to complete the pillow ...

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Sew a Modern Home book by Melissa Lunden
Book Giveaway – Sew a Modern Home!

There aren’t many things about my job that I love more than meeting some of the amazingly talented authors and bloggers out there. Melissa Lunden is no exception! When her new book came across my desk, I knew that I needed to meet this incredibly talented person! Her design aesthetic is chic, classic, and, in my opinion, not so modern that it can’t work in most homes. I found her quilts to be stunning, and some of her smaller ...

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Chevron Technique Bonanza

Chevrons seem to be everywhere in quilting, home décor, and clothing. They have a modern, graphic appeal with a sense of movement and vibrancy. Since my work revolves around quilting patterns and designing, I have come across several ways to construct chevrons. While there is often more than one way to do a design or technique in quilting, it is a bit unusual to find so many methods to accomplish the same design element. Please keep in mind, I am ...

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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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