Category Archives: catalog

Spooktacular Row Quilt

I LOVE Halloween ~ what a fun holiday with tricks and treats for all to enjoy. In fact, I collect Halloween fabrics and love taking them out periodically and am entertained by all the sweet, whimsical imagery. All Hallows Bash will be included in my growing stacks at home.

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New, Limited Edition Fall & Winter Batiks!

Calling all Batik Lovers! Our fall and winter batiks are here and they are lovely! We have combined new designs such as Snowflakes, Autumn Blossom, Falling Fronds and Packed Leaves with other Connecting Threads batiks to make a variety of creative projects.

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Santa Wall Hanging

The Santa Wall Hanging is an enchanting gallery of those little faces I fell in love with.  I just had to make a little quilt that highlighted the turned up noses and chubby cheeks.  Framed in with a checkerboard border, each grin holds its own allowing them center stage.  Construction is very simple with only squares and rectangles to assemble.  This kit will create a magical experience for children and evoke a bit of joy for all.

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My new Maple Skies collection

Maple Skies is one of my favorite collections that I've designed to-date! I just love the colors and the movement in this collection -- especially in the focal print. This group immediately makes me think of Fall, with the variety of colors reflective of the changing leaves in the season.

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Squash Blossom Table Runner

As I was pondering the design for the Squash Blossom Table Runner, I was relishing in the delight of completing the Bountiful Harvest Lap Quilt. How wonderful it was to move onto a lovely table runner. When creating multiple designs for the same collection, in this case, Maple Skies, it is always wonderful to make them complementary so if someone wanted two quilts for the same room they will be charming together, hence, the vegetable theme.

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Bountiful Harvest Lap Quilt

While designing Bountiful Harvest the Herringbone block seemed to mimic the whimsical border plaid.  It also gave opportunity to incorporate color elements from the whole quilt.  The Herringbone block has a little trick to building it.  One must use a partial seam to construct the block properly.  It’s a simple technique and is included in the pattern.  This project requires moderate piecing skills but the finished kit will produce such a beautiful quilt to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  

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Introducing the Technicolor Tidings Collection

I think the collection name Technicolor Tidings sums up the feeling I was trying to express about the collection quite nicely; transforming something classic and traditional into something current with a punch of color and whimsy. I wanted to design a Christmas group that wasn't traditional, but rather bright, bold, fun and retro inspired.

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Gifts Galore Table Runner

Technicolor Tidings brings us Christmas in full COLOR.  It reminds me of the first time I watched Disney on TV in color (yeah, I just dated myself!).  It was just breathtaking!  Technicolor Tidings is fun, bright and lively so when I saw it for the first time, I saw presents, presents and more presents all wrapped in these lovely hues of pink, green and teal.  Of course, being wrapped in fabric, one MUST have fluffy bows, hence, the bows on the packages.

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Fun project ideas for Bookish!

My concept for designing the Bookish collection, was to create a fun and whimsical group using a library as my source of inspiration.  I wanted to keep this collection fun, quirky and bright, not traditional and stuffy.  The focal itself gives you a view into a library, from book carts and catalog cards to an ever present librarian.  Also included are prints inspired by book spines, book return due dates an spiral staircases. When thinking of kit ideas for this group, the first one I chose was Tula Pink’s “Color Bars Body Pillowcase”, from her “Quilts From The House Of Tula Pink”.  To me the bars represented books on their ends, and I had fun with the color placement.   I can’t wait to actually make it up, how cute!

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Introducing Bookish!

Love to read? Love to quilt? As an avid reader and passionate quilter, I am crazy about the Bookish collection and its projects. As soon as I saw the Bookish fabrics with stacks and shelves of books, book return stamps and other book-related designs, I started thinking of snuggling up with a good book, exploring the library and going to book club. My favorite design, the Spiral Bookcase with concentric circles of books, is featured in four projects.

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