Category Archives: gifty

Cartouche pillow making another debut!

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With the return of Rhapsody of Reds and Symphony of Blues, so comes the return of my Cartouche embroidered pillow!  What’s great about this design, is it’s striking appearance as well as it’s versatility.  I took some of the main circular motifs from the Rhapsody & Cartouche prints and had fun with the placement of my design, by deliberately having the motifs cut off.

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They’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It is my great pleasure to present you with the re-print of Rhapsody of Reds AND Symphony of Blues!!!  These two collections have been extremely popular. They exceeded our expectations during their debut and sold out very quickly.  Due to the large number of requests to bring them back, we listened and did so!  In our latest catalog we decided to bring the two collections back together at the same time, and we think there is a beautiful marriage between the two.  As you can see from our “cover shot” Symphony & Rhapsody quilt by Bloom Creek, mixing of the two collections looks so beautiful!  But of course, they’re still very beautiful on their own!

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The newest member of the CT family is almost here!

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Hi everyone, Alisha here! If you haven’t heard the big news, I’m about to welcome my first little baby into the world. My due date is January 6th, but the way I’m waddling around, I’m not sure it’s going to take that long! As many of you know, it is hard work to prepare for a new child. Between decorating a nursery, picking a name, and the seemingly endless amount of time you spend at the doctor’s office, it’s amazing if you can find a few minutes to yourself! I suppose it’s good preparation for when the kiddo finally arrives. I think my favorite part of the whole process has been decorating the nursery. Though, I have to say, it is much harder than I expected.

Little known fact: I suffer from something called chromatophobia. Depending on who you ask, it’s really not as bad as it sounds, but it definitely adds a whole new layer of complication into the process of designing a room. Basically, what it breaks down to mean is that I get a lot of anxiety from bright colors and a lot of contrast. When you consider that babies love bright colors and lots of contrast, you can see how this task might have been fairly daunting to me. When I first started my planning, I thought I would go with a very neutral palette. In my mind, my dream nursery would look something like this…

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Block of the Month – Block 2

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This is the Lasting Legacies Block of the Month, Block #2 for December. We are making two colorways of this block from the Lasting Legacies civil war collection. If you are interested in participating in our Lasting Legacies Quilt Along, feel free to join us. Just click here! Download the pattern for $5.99 or pick up the kit (which includes a FREE pattern!) All are welcome and there is plenty of time to catch up as we are constructing only two blocks a month. You will have access to all the instruction located in the Discussion Forum to build the quilt along with step-by-step images. This is a perfect project for beginners too!

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How Primitive Pennies came to be

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Designer Mari Martin came into the office one day and showed off some amazing pillows she was working on.  They were felted wool and Osnaburg, with amazing applique and embroidery detail.  I fell in love with them and was instantly inspired!  I really do love folk art, of many forms and thought it would be really great to create a collection based on primitive folk art, something we haven’t done yet and Primitive Pennies is the result.  I’m attracted to the simplicity and charm of primitive folk art;  I just love the quirky, unpolished and handmade feel that this art style embodies.  (The below images are Mari’s personal projects, these patterns and designs are from Wooden Spool Designs, which we do not sell on our site)

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