Category Archives: catalog

I’m in love…

Working at Connecting Threads, you can imagine that I see a lot of quilt designs that are absolutely beautiful coming through the doors. Because there isn't enough time in the world (or money) to make them all, you are forced to pick a few styles that you identify most with. When it came to the kits in Riviera II, just about every project I saw generated a "Oh-my-gosh-I-need-that-quilt" response. That is, until I saw the Gaggle of Geese quilt come in. I am in love. 

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The Azure Coast Quilt

The sunshine and blue seas of the French Riviera were the inspriation for the Azure Coast quilt pattern. The spirals of the Snail’s Trail blocks mimic the waves of the ocean. Several blue and yellow fabrics from the lovely Riviera II collection and coordinating fabrics from Quilter’s Candy are used to reflect these elements of nature. Nestled between the spinning Snail’s Trail blocks are Friendship Stars; their Four-Patch centers add visual ...

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My Island Holiday Quilt

I love Rivera II and had so much fun designing with it that I created six different color ways of my Island Holiday Quilt!  The combinations of beautiful were endless!  Rarely do I choose two focals for a quilt, however, the focal; Paradise is especially stunning, brimming with detail and color.  It was very difficult to make a final choice.

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Mum’s The Word Wall Hanging

What a joy this Mum's The Word wall hanging was to quilt.  I feel like picking that beautiful flower! I loaded this darling wall hanging onto my longarm and pondered what to do with it.  I asked myself, "How can I bring this flat garden scene to life?"  And then, I felt the warm breeze of summer and fans moving gently to cool.  A petal took shape and then two.

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Snips and Snails

I’ve become a big fan of Kristin’s patterns.  And I love our soft flannels.  So, when the opportunity came to sew up her Snips & Snails quilt in our new Wild Ones flannels I made sure I was first in line to volunteer! 

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The Briar Patch Quilt

The Briar Patch Quilt was so easy to build and Kristin's instructions are very cleverly written.  The bulk of cuttings are in FQs.  The same pieces are cut from all FQs which makes it easy and quick.  I absolutely love the picket fence border and it is so easily constructed. When I first saw the Spice Blossoms collection as paper images, I knew it would be fantastic in fabric.  The colors are so rich and full of color in warm, yummy shades of black, orange, green and gold.  The collection is so perfect for the Fall season, reminiscent of pumpkins, harvest, warmth and sleep.  These are words that come to mind and heart for the whole collection.  The topper to this is that it's flannel!  Yep, yummy, soft, cuddly flannel.  How can anyone ask for more!?!

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The Heartfelt Quilted Bag in Bits & Bobbins

I made the Heartfelt Quilted bag for the catalog - around here, I'm known as the "bag lady" because I do make a lot of sample bags.  This bag is nice and roomy, has pockets inside for all of your necessities, and the handles are long enough to put over your shoulder for easy carrying.  This tote has become my go-to bag because it has so much storage room but yet the pockets inside keep me organized. 

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Easy Curves Table Runner

I love blues, greens and browns, so I knew I just had to make the Easy Curves Table Runner for our April catalog.  Plus, I have never used the Batik Paradise fabric before, and I find the vivid colors and hand-stamped patterns to be irresistible.  With freeform cutting, no piecing, and fusible batting, it was a breeze!  The most time consuming part was making all the bias strips to go in between the ...

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The cutest playdate top ever!

I recently made the Playdate Top pattern that we have featured in our March catalog. This top is so cute!  I'm usually sewing quilt projects so I was excited to change gears and sew a piece of clothing.  The pattern directions are easy to follow and you can sew more than one in a single day.  I especially liked the gathering in the back and the bows at the sleeves, a special touch to an already adorable top.

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Bags, Bags, Bags!

In light of our March 2011 catalog, I sewed up some bags!  There were a couple of reasons I jumped at the opportunity to make the Market Bag in Homegrown - I love the fabric, I think it's really fun.  It's a really easy bag to make, and it has plenty of pockets all around the outside.  I showed my husband when I was done and even he likes it!  I cannot wait to get it home and use it.

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