Category Archives: patterns

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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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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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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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Designing the Liberty for All! fabric collection

For the collection, Liberty for All! I was really inspired by some distressed, wooden folk art that I had seen at a local farmers market. I wish I had taken a picture of it! The artist had used reclaimed painted floorboards to create an American flag. It was a little bit like this: I loved the ...

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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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Hand Lettering Type and Embroidery Part 1

Besides sewing and quilting, I have an extreme love for typography and design. I’ve been drawing my whole life, but hand-drawn lettering has become a new favorite hobby. It takes quite a bit of patience to refine and develop my hand to become a true hand lettering master, but I love practicing almost every day! A lot of times, I find inspiration on Pinterest. One day, Dawn asked me to ...

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A Mini Twister Mini Quilt

If you are a regular follower here on Notions, CT‘s staff blog, you may remember that I have a history of starting more projects than I finish, love to try new tools, and tend to make scrappy quilts to help justify the size of my fabric stash (25+ years worth). Recently at least, I tend to embark upon smaller quilted projects with the hope I will complete ...

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Fabrics inspired by my color palette search on Design Seeds.
Color Theory and Quilting Inspiration

In my opinion, one of the truest ways to explore color theory for quilts is within the surroundings of nature. When I look closely, I see all kinds of imaginative colors! Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have frequent beautiful rainbows after a rain shower. One of my other favorite places to explore color theory is with the website, Design Seeds. It’s such an amazing place to find color inspiration! You can explore and find photos starting with just one color that strikes your ...

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Tiny Bubbles Dress in Mammoth Flannels

Hi, I'm Holly! I work at Connecting Threads' sister company Knit Picks. Thought I mostly knit these days, I've been sewing since I was 6. My grandmother was a garment worker and there was nothing I loved more than to sit at the sewing machine with her and sew my own clothes. I now have two young daughters (ages 1 and 2-busy times!), and I love sewing clothing for them even more than for myself. So when Connecting Threads started carrying gorgeous Mammoth Flannels, I knew I wanted to make my older daughter, Penny, an Oliver & S Bubble Dress. I just got finished sewing it. What do you think? Made in Striped Tweed Flannel (color: Flame, item number: 7683), I think it turned out so soft and cozy.

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Miss Rose’s Garden Little Quilt

I love little quilts! Miss Rose’s Garden Pattern by Red Button Quilt Co. is just as cute as a button. It is only 13” x 15 ½” and speaking of buttons, it has 6 darling red leather buttons included in the pattern! I had been eying this pattern… 55832 Miss Rose’s Garden Pattern When Maison de ...

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