Category Archives: fun

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Behind the Scenes: The May 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

Sometimes, when you are working with such different fabric collections, separate locations are necessary to accommodate! After some careful considerations, we decided on two lovely locations– both on Portland’s east side. We arrived to our first location on an unusually foggy March morning in the Alberta district. Thankfully, the diffused daylight worked to our advantage inside this vibrant and playful ...

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Zipper Day Project: Macaron Coin Purse

Happy Zipper Day, Everyone! In honor of Zipper Day, I wanted to find a project that would make use of some excess zippers I have collected over the years (they are a handy notion, but sometimes you can have far too many). Evidence of my zipper hoarding. When I came across the Macaron Coin Purse tutorial by Joanne L., I fell in love. ...

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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 here.

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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 make the Ziggy Table Runner in ...

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Madison’s Baby Quilt!

Beautiful little Madi needed a beautiful little baby quilt for her beautiful little bedroom… it is her second birthday by-the-way. Truly, a princess in the making and darling to the nines, she is quite fashion forward you know. Just look at that hairstyle! Madi is my Daughter-in-law’s niece and without a doubt gift to our families. It began with a ...

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The Jungle Things Fold & Go Art Kit

I had the pleasure of sewing up the Fold & Go Art Kit, designed by Fishsticks Designs for photography for the Connecting Threads catalog. I know this art kit is the perfect accessory for my daughter, Ella, who is a creative five-year old and loves to draw all the time. Now instead of bringing along a plastic bag with paper and crayons inside into the car, we ...

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Sewing the Long Shorts Pattern in our Liberty for All Fabric

Here at Connecting Threads, we get the pleasure of testing and sewing patterns for photography. I sewed these for my 2-year old daughter, Hannah, in the Liberty for All! fabrics. I’m not a garment sewer, but this pattern by Sewing Sue is a quick and easy project that even I could follow. The pockets on the sides are perfect for collecting little treasures, and the easy elastic band makes for a ...

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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. What started out as way to help pay ...

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April Little Quilt ~ Tutorial 2

Here we are with our second installment of the April Little Quilt tutorial. I had mentioned in the first half that the kit is made from the Primitive Pennies collection. My remake of the Little Quilt is pieced in the Settlement collection. Not quite as ...

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Hex N More Ruler & the Disco Quilt

I just love it when things fall into place and I have a reason to start a new quilt! Truthfully, this happens to me more often than I am inspired to finish an existing project – hence my reputation as a quilter with Quilt Project Attention Deficit Disorder (QPADD). Since this condition does not seem to cause me much distress, I will blithely tell you about my newest project. Here are ...

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