Category Archives: Color Palette

Designing Pretty Roses Fabric Collection

Portland, Oregon – City of Roses. Roses grow phenomenally well here. We even have an International Rose Test Garden as part of our city parks, which is absolutely worth the trip in spring or even in parts of the summer if you are in town. Portland’s International Rose Test Garden Ladd’s Addition, a ...

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Mystery Quilt 2016 – Part 1

The first pattern installment of the Mystery Quilt 2016 Quilt Along is finally here! As you may already know, Connecting Threads is offering a mystery quilt along to celebrate National Quilt Month throughout March. You won’t know what the quilt looks like until Part 3! You can read more about the quilt along and fabric selection in the ...

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Mystery Quilt 2016: Fabric Selection

The Mystery Quilt 2016 is almost here! Connecting Threads is offering a Mystery Quilt Along to celebrate National Quilt Month in March. Mystery Quilt 2014 was a big success with 356 enthusiastic and supportive members. Mystery Quilt 2016, our third mystery quilt adventure, promises to be lots of fun for all as well. We ...

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Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt – Blue Room Project #1

Blue, in all its different hues, is a lovely color but not one I often use in my quilts and never for décor in my home. That changed recently when my husband and I decided to fill in an open space on the second floor above our kitchen table to make a new 8′ x 10′ room—to be used as a quiet place ...

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Designing Heirloom Manor

Heirloom Manor Fabric Collection This October, we debuted a new fabric collection in our catalog and online called Heirloom Manor.  I personally love this collection—to date it is my favorite fabric line that I have worked on since starting here as fabric designer a little over a year ago. The working title for this fabric collection was “Rich Country Floral”, ...

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Woven Place Mats

Here at CT, each catalog cycle, the lucky staff… get to preview the new books that will be available on the CT website. Recently, I perused Make It, Take It by Krista Hennebury… and found the perfect place mats for my kitchen table! I needed ...

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Ringlets Table Topper

  I recently came across a fun free pattern for a Ringlets Table Topper designed by Darci Schipnewski of Pastthyme Patterns. For a link to the pattern, click here. What appealed to me about this project was that it was an easy pattern with a result that appears difficult and it gave me a chance to practice machine ...

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Yo-Yo Pillow

Regular followers of our CT Notions blog will know that, recently, I have been decorating a guest bedroom for foreign exchange students with a series of projects in a neutral palette. I recently wrote about a modern Yo-Yo wall hanging I completed. To read about the construction and see the finished project, please click

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Ziggy Table Runner

I volunteered to make the Ziggy Table Runner, one of the versions in Mini Charmers 1 pattern by Heather Mulder Peterson.The three designs in the pattern are intended for use with mini charms samplers of 2-1/2″ squares but work well also with 2-1/2″ strips, yardage, and scraps. I wanted to ...

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A Goodbye Quilt

Since last summer, my husband and I have opened our home to students visiting from other countries who are here to improve their English and learn about life in the United States. As a home-stay family for Pacific International Academy, we have had one or two students at a time living with us for intervals of 3 weeks up to 4-1/2 months. ...

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