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Royal Tea Fabric Project Ideas

Royal Tea is such a lovely, sophisticated fabric collection! I would like to tell you about the three quilted projects I worked on for this collection. Echoes Table Runner For Echoes Table Runner, 13″ x 40-1/2″, I chose the following Royal Tea and Quilter’s Candy Basics fabrics:  

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Behind the scenes of a catalog photoshoot part 2

Take a look! The kits sewn up in Friendship Patchwork by Jody Houghton were really fun to shoot. We found a location in Portland off of the popular site, airbnb. For this shoot, we wanted to have some nice options with lots of room to style a variety of projects from bags to a large Bordered Art Panel. We shot the Color Me Crayons quilt over the large craftsman porch, but we needed to fill in a little more light. Here you ...

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Hot Off The Press: July 2014 Catalog!

We have been pretty excited for the release of our July 2014 catalog, and not just because that means Summer is almost here! Three new fabric collections and a slew of new kits to go with each has kept all of us here at Connecting Threads quite busy! On the cover, the ever-popular Zip-Zip Bag is back and kitted in one of our new collections, Isle of ...

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Golden Age Pillow Pattern – Free Download

The focal print in Golden Age, “Old Hollywood” is such a striking print and an unusual one, compositionally speaking.  I love it!  I think it’s so pretty and so interesting!  Knowing that this print would be a bit more challenging to work with, I knew instantly I wanted to showcase it by creating a decorative accent pillow.  I also knew I wanted to incorporate embroidery to give it a more three dimensional effect.

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Introducing Neutral Love II

During my time here, I’ve learned many essential tips to what it means to be a quilter and what are major necessities when quilting.  A quilter’s stash is especially important!  After seeking advice from my coworkers who are avid quilters, it seemed like a great idea to create a collection that would be a stash building collection.  So I first created Neutral Love, with the intention of it being solely neutral colored prints; blacks, browns, greys, tans, creams, etc.  Neutral Love was a great hit by our customers, so it was a no brainer to bring it back.  Or at least bring the concept back...so Neutral Love II was created!

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They’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is my great pleasure to present you with the re-print of Rhapsody of Reds AND Symphony of Blues!!!  These two collections have been extremely popular. They exceeded our expectations during their debut and sold out very quickly.  Due to the large number of requests to bring them back, we listened and did so!  In our latest catalog we decided to bring the two collections back together at the same time, and we think there is a beautiful marriage between the two.  As you can see from our “cover shot” Symphony & Rhapsody quilt by Bloom Creek, mixing of the two collections looks so beautiful!  But of course, they’re still very beautiful on their own!

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How Primitive Pennies came to be

Designer Mari Martin came into the office one day and showed off some amazing pillows she was working on.  They were felted wool and Osnaburg, with amazing applique and embroidery detail.  I fell in love with them and was instantly inspired!  I really do love folk art, of many forms and thought it would be really great to create a collection based on primitive folk art, something we haven’t done yet and Primitive Pennies is the result.  I’m attracted to the simplicity and charm of primitive folk art;  I just love the quirky, unpolished and handmade feel that this art style embodies.  (The below images are Mari's personal projects, these patterns and designs are from Wooden Spool Designs, which we do not sell on our site)

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How Nana’s Pantry collection came to be.

Nana's Pantry collection by Mama's Cottons is our nod to 1930's and 1940's feedsack prints. Our Mama's Cottons vintage reproduction collections have always been very popular and I feel are quite necessary to the world of quilting, so Nana's Pantry is the latest installment of vintage reproductions for you to enjoy!

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My Spring Terrace collection.

As I started to design Spring Terrace I wanted to do something reminiscent to Whirlwind Romance, a collection I did a few years back.  But I wanted to make this group new and fresh and have a feel of its own.  I knew I wanted to incorporate scrolls, for two reasons.  One, Whirlwind Romance had a scroll print and it was very popular.  And two, because if there’s one thing I know about Connecting Threads customers by now is that they LOVE scroll designs.  Scroll designs are delightful because they naturally lend to a non-directional composition as well as having a sense of whimsy, so they are very useful as well as pleasing to the eye.  In Spring Terrace you get not only one, but two to play with…the focal “Flourish” and coordinates “Tendrils”.

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How Indigo Patchwork came to be.

Over a year and a half ago when Richard from The Design Library was in town to show us vintage artwork we leased a very special piece.  The focal in Indigo Patchwork looks very different than it did from its original form.  What we purchased was a painting of only two colors, it was a red ground with a white design.

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