Category Archives: embroidery

Fall Pin Cushions for Gifty!!

Judy and I decided to collaborate on a Gifty Galore project, since I love to embroider and she loves to sew.  It was a win win situation!  For Gifty Galore, the staff here at CT typically just chooses a project out of one of the new books that we are going to showcase.  For this project though, we chose a project from a book and paired it with a pin cushion pattern we carry.  When we ...

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New Batiks! Midnight Snowflakes & Let it Snow

  Since I enjoy working with batiks, it was fun to look for archived Connecting Threads (CT) patterns to combine with our new Fall/Winter 2013 batiks. It always amazes me how different a quilt can look when made in a different color scheme or design theme. I hope you like these new renditions of two CT favorites as much as I do!

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Autumn Blanket

It was fascinating to watch Jenni’s watercolor of sunflowers, pumpkins, and fall foliage evolve into the stunning fabrics of the Sun Kissed Harvest collection. I love Autumn Blanket, an unusual geometric, strippy-quilt design made with the Sun Kissed Harvest fabrics.

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Quilt Market Recap

This past weekend was Quilt Market for Spring/Summer 2013 in Portland.  I’m so glad it was held in Portland this year because I live in Portland, and for as long as I’ve worked at Connecting Threads I’ve wanted to attend.  So this year was perfect!  And oh what a lot to see!!  Quilt Market is strictly for people in the industry, but for me personally it was a tool for inspiration. 

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Sneak peek at my latest embroidery design!

I am definitely in an embroidery mood. Sewing, not so much lately...but embroidering...Yes!  I was really excited and pleased that my Rhapsody of Reds embroidery pillow was liked by so many.  It inspired me to do another!!!  I designed a fall group that I am just in love with.  I can't quite tell you all about it yet, since it's not due out for a while, but I'm really really excited about it!  I'll give you a few clues.  It's fall inspired.  I painted all the designs.  Sunflowers are involved.  Ok..that's enough for now :)

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Thimble Survey

My grandma Willie Ann, born in 1900, was an avid quilter who taught me to sew with a thimble as a small child back in Oklahoma. I have used a thimble faithfully since then. After talking to other Connecting Threads staff members, I started to feel I was the only person who still uses a thimble. I decided to do a thimble survey...

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Kissing Ball Stamp Pillow

There is nothing better than stitching with wool when it’s a handwork project! I love the texture because it’s so soft, supple and cushy. When wool is felted, raw edges look lovely and seams aren’t needed. I also enjoy the rich, dark colors and my preference is hand-dyed wool if I can afford it.

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