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Meet Design Contest Finalist, Sandra Malone

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The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for our judging panel, we thought we would share the designs with the public and include a little information about the designers.
Meet Sandra Malone, designer of Cans and Buttons.

Sandra Malone grew up in a rural farming community in Texas.  Her creative interest at that time was learning to sew.  She could creatively combine several patterns together …

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Our First-Ever Calendar!

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If you don’t already know, next year will be Connecting Threads‘ 20th anniversary. We’re pretty excited about that! To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to do something a little special. We wanted to make sure that whatever we did, we could share it with all of you, too! We were looking for something that was both aesthetically pleasing while still remaining useful. With everyone’s lives getting busier and busier, we figured a calendar would be just the ticket.

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It’s a Treasure Hunt!

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It’s going to a fantastic year for a few lucky people! Quiltmaker Magazine is hosting their biggest Treasure Hunt contest ever, and we’re so proud to announce that we’re a sponsor this year. Connecting Threads will be giving away $15 gift cards to all 2nd place winners.
Four Grand Prizes include a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen sit-down longarm machine, a PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine, a …

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Design Contest Update!

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As many of you know, we announced our five finalists for the Fabric Design Contest a couple of weeks ago. Since the announcement, one of the designers has been disqualified from the competition as they failed to provide sufficent contact information. Given this, we made the decision to open the contest up to two additional participants. The first addition was the next runner up based on your votes. To mix things up and add an element of surprise, we decided to include a “Wild Card” finalist as well. We then needed to figure out how to decide on the Wild Card and we ultimately landed on the idea to draw the finalist’s design name from a hat.

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Winners of the Color Theory Giveaway!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the Color Theory Giveaway! Using a random number generator, we have selected our two winners!

Runner-up prize winner will receive their choice of a Quilter’s Candy Solid Fat Quarter Sampler (they may choose from: Berry Patch, Oceanfront, and Foliage).

Our runner-up prize winner is comment #122: Judy S.
Her comment: Decisions, decisions! I can’t decide between the green family or the yellows to oranges. Either one makes me happy.

The grand-prize winner will receive an Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool, a Fons & Porter Design Wall, and a Swatch Buddies 24 card swatch fan.

Our grand prize winner is comment #144: Evelyn F.
Her comment: WOW! Tough decision, but will have to go with the Foliage colors as I think about projects for Autumn.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and followed along each week. We have emailed our winners and as soon as we hear back, we will send out their prizes. Congratulations to our two winners!

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Sponsor Highlight: Quilters Newsletter Magazine

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It is my great pleasure to introduce our third and final sponsor for the Christmas in July contest. Meet Quilters Newsletter Magazine (QNM). We’ve known the wonderful editors and staff over at QNM for several years, and have always been so inspired by what we see in their magazine. No matter what quilting topics interest you, you will most certainly find something that will pique your excitement in every single issue.

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Sponsor Highlight: Sew Steady Tables

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It’s time for our next Sponsor Highlight and this week’s post features a really generous, really wonderful company: Dream World Northwest, the makers of the Sew Steady Table.  The Sew Steady Tables are portable acrylic sewing tables used by hundreds of thousands of quilters and sewers around the world.  Go ask people in your guild if they use one; you might be surprised at how many people do!
The history …

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Sponsor Highlight: Arrow Furniture

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We are so pleased to have Arrow & Kangaroo Cabinets as a sponsor of our Christmas In July contest! Arrow Cabinets has been building some of the cutest and nicest sewing furniture since 1943. That’s a long time! We think that the company has been around so long because of their top-notch products and, above all else, their amazing customer service. They’re so great!!
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Guest Blogger, Jody Houghton, talks about her new collection!

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Many of you may know my whimsical characters, FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY from my past fabric collections. My ladies have been my voice and image for creating uplifting messages for many years now. Whether it be content for my Country Register column, Girlfriend Wisdom, or gifts products for Sisters, Girlfriends, or Quilters, the message is always positive.  How could characters with names honored by these great virtues, be anything but for the greater good?  Partner that concept with my love …

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