Category Archives: patterns

AP15-LibertyforAll_Sampler
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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Ann-D8
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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SewLittleTime_Conceptsketches
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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Ann-T13
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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monkey
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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55832 Miss Rose's Garden Pattern
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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February Little Quilt
February Little Quilt

  February Little Quilt The February Little Quilt is stunning! Made from the Nana’s Pantry Collection, it is a scrappy group of 108 half square triangles with a finished size of 1″! I know, you are probably thinking, YIKES, but it is so diminutive, being the smallest of the twelve little quilts, it ...

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Final LQ IMage
January Little Quilt ~ Stage 3

My January Little Quilt is finished, binding and all! I just wanted to say a couple of things about the process that might be helpful. First, for this particular design more contrast is better. It is very easy to turn a HST to the wrong position and it happened to me. I believe had I used a higher contrasting color in my HSTs ...

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JanLQ9
January Little Quilt ~ Stage 2

This weekend I worked on my January Little Quilt and finished it minus the binding. I decided to accentuate the diagonal feature of the design by quilting it diagonally. I sure was tempted to cross-hatch the whole thing, but really love just the diagonal quilting now. The 4-Patches and Half Square Triangles (HSTs) were a snap to complete.

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