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Plethora of Pillows – Double-Z Block Pillow

A little something about me, though I am in love with quilts and fabric and anything related, I am not a quilter. I’m more of a huge fan. I have not worked on a sewing project in so long, my machine was dusty and my fabric scissors were squeeky. I was a bit nervous about taking on a quilted pillow, but I ...

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Plethora of Pillows – Dresden Fan Pillow

For the Plethora of Pillows I chose a pattern from a book I reviewed, The Quilt Block Book by Nancy Wick. I chose to combine the Tulip appliqué pattern and the Dresden Flower Fan pattern.  These two patterns were shown as a quilt layout in the book.  I used a corner section of nine blocks for my pillow.  Page 172 shows this layout.  For my fabric ...

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Scrappy Log Cabin Wall Hanging – Part 1

I spent part of the weekend cutting out hundreds of little pieces to make a wall hanging for an office we converted into a bedroom for a foreign exchange student. The pattern is Shoreline Log Cabin, designed by Judy Martin from her book Judy Martin’s Log Cabin Quilt Book. Before I discuss my wall hanging in progress, let me tell you ...

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A Book Review: Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer

I wanted to share with you a gem of a book that we carry: Thomas Knauer’s Modern Quilt Perspectives. When I first saw this book, I thought it might be just another modern quilt pattern book. As the title accurately describes, this book is full of perspectives. It’s more of a quilting art appreciation book, with strong ties to social ...

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Ann’s Giveaway Winners!

This past Friday, Ann talked about a great book and gave two lucky folks the opportunity to win New Classic Patchwork by Yoko Saito and a fat quarter sampler from our Lasting Legacies collection. We had a really great response and after running a random number generator, we are excited to announce the winners:   Letty of Happy Dance Quilting (Comment number 371) -And- Arlene Conklin (Comment number ...

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New Classic Patchwork and Lasting Legacies Fabric Give Away

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!    New Classic Patchwork is the third book by Yoko Saito we have carried on our Connecting Threads website. I reviewed the first one, Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece, and Laraine reviewed the second, House Warming Patchwork. The author has a distinctive style of making scrappy quilted projects with very small pieces of ...

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I finished a project!!!!

My finished projects are few and far between these days but I did finally finish a project that isn’t for work or a gift, it’s mine all mine and I’m done! Some of you might have seen my previous post about the pillow top I made adjusting a pattern from the book Vintage Quilt Revival using our Neutral Love II collection, if not and curiosity gets you here is a link. Anyway, I stopped ...

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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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Adventures in Hand Sewing

During my quest to find a non-sewing machine related project, I ventured into the world of hand piecing. I rifled through my stack of books for just the right project. I came across the Amuse-Bouche pillow in 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks by Katy Jones. While I love the bright and fun colors that she uses throughout her book (it's one of the things that sucked me in, in fact!), I decided to do a much more neutral palette. I used a combination of Neutral Love II and Golden Age. Golden Age has some of my absolute favorite prints! And Neutral Love II contains fabrics that coordinate really well with Golden Age (and many others as well).

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