Category Archives: patterns

New Kits in Outside Vendor Fabrics

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We are so excited to start offering fabrics from outside vendors in addition to our exclusive fabric collections.
Here are two popular patterns from the CT archives and two designs from independent designers in Pocketful of Daisies and Lion’s Share.
Market Bag
The Market Bag is shown here in the  lovely Pocketful of Daisies collection by Lynnette Anderson. This generous-sized tote with its outside pockets is …

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Plethora of Pillows – Bolster Pillow Cover and Insert

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Plethora of Pillows
During my son’s high school years, we had a ping pong table in our living/dining room. The room was admittedly used more often by my family for playing ping pong than it ever was for dining or entertaining company. Now that DS is off to college in the fall, I am slowly reclaiming the space on a very limited budget. The dining room is now furnished with a lovely …

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Mug Rugs Thru the Year – October Pattern

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2 comments » embroidery, holiday/seasonal, patterns, staff projects, stitchery

LarMugRugPattern
I seem to be on a theme of Halloween Cats! (see my post on the Scaredy Cat Wall Hanging here).
I really like the look of projects that combine piecing with stitchery, but put a cat on it and it’s almost irresistible. This Mug Rug Pattern was fun and relatively easy to complete.  I finished the stitchery in a couple of evenings while watching TV.  It is …

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Gifty Galore – Project 1

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Hello my quilty friends!! My name is Karrie (AKA KarrieLyne) from Freckled Whimsy and I am here today to bring you a pattern made exclusively for Connecting Threads Gifty Galore Projects and for you!
This pattern originally was going to be just a baby quilt pattern, but I loved it so much I expanded the pattern to include more sizes.  How many sizes, you ask? FIVE! Of course, you can reduce or expand from there as you like, but …

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Binding Completely by Machine – Part 1

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6 comments » Applique, embroidery, fabric, fun, gifty, holiday/seasonal, IDP, patterns, staff projects

Quilters seem to have mixed feelings about binding. For some, it is a relaxing, pleasurable last step in completing a quilt, perhaps providing time to reflect on the person to whom the quilt is being given or how it will be used in the home for years to come. Others may find it a bothersome, time-consuming task keeping them from the next exciting quilt project.
I tend to be somewhere in between. I enjoy hand-sewing and don’t mind adding binding. However, …

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Stars and Stripes Candle Mat

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5 comments » Applique, fabric, fun, gifty, holiday/seasonal, patterns, Personal Stories

JudyMugRug4
I love this cute little Stars & Stripes Candle Mat Pattern by Farmhouse Threads. I have eyed this pattern several times and couldn’t resist it any longer. It is such a quick and easy project a beginner could make. It would also make a wonderful gift if I could part with it.
I used scraps that were left over from projects sewn in the Hometown Summer collection. The …

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New! Free Pattern for Vintage Book Bag

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When I started here, almost three years ago, I recolored the Vintage Book Bag, an archived pattern, into our library-themed collection called Bookish. I was fortunate to obtain the catalog sample and have been carrying it around ever since! The reason I enjoy the bag so much is its 9″ x 12″ x 2″ size which is just right for bringing home books from the library or carrying a notebook or tablet.
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