Category Archives: Personal Stories

The Best is Yet to Come
Sewing for Keeps

I don’t like resolutions. They feel like shouting into the wind because they often are, at least for me. I do love goals, however. I love lists and I definitely love plotting out future actions. I’m the type of person who actually likes filling out forms, I almost can’t resist them… much like a crossword puzzle! And what better time to set ...

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Mini Spools Mini Quilt

I have been eyeing the latest trend of doing mini quilts. I love them, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to work with little pieces. Let’s be honest, I’m not that accurate of a piecer. But I like the idea of a small quilt that I can practice my quilting. Well, one my dear friends from my quilt group was moving and I thought a mini quilt was just the thing to send her off with all ...

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Double Wedding Ring Table Runner

The Double Wedding Ring table runner was a perfect fit for the bride and groom table at my daughter’s wedding. She asked for a special quilted table runner for their table and this design was perfect! Several years ago I made a Double Wedding Ring king quilt for my bed. I’ve always loved this block but hesitated to make a full ...

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Plethora of Pillows – Diamond Pillow

I love to make pillows because they can add a pop of color or change the feeling in a room with very little time and effort. That’s my kind of project. I chose the Diamond Pillow downloadable pattern by Crazy Mom Quilts for my Plethora of Pillows project. I decided to use the Isle of Enchantment fabric collection because I like ...

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Stars and Stripes Candle Mat

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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I swear I'm only 5'2"
Vintage Quilt Mending, Part 1

I swear I’m only 5’2″ The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me. This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s ...

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Rushin’ Tailor’s Quilt Alaska

Anita and her mom in front of the Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, AK My mom and I recently went on an Alaska Cruise. We both brought some hand-work to do on ship during down time.  Boy did we meet a lot of people that way and I even met some of our

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20 Years: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

In honor of our 20 year anniversary, we recently sat down with Matt Petkun, Connecting Threads’ president and CEO.   When you were watching your parents form Connecting Threads, did you expect you would be running it 20 years later? (If not, what were your plans back then and what convinced you to change them?) 20 years ago I was just beginning college, and I certainly had no intentions of working with my parents at ...

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20 years – REALLY?!

In some ways it’s hard to believe that Connecting Threads is already having its 20 year celebration and in others it seems like it’s been around much longer. If I think back oh-so many years ago when I first started in 1995, I remember that CT was still just in the infancy stage and I was learning about quilting products by answering the phones and taking orders for them. Shortly after, I started picking the products and seeing all the ...

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on the road
Road Trip!

My friend Monica (roped into driving so I could sew down the binding on my table runner!), my son Tyler, and I headed north of Seattle to celebrate my godson’s birthday. Of course first I had to pack the essentials… Essential Thread (30% off right now!), Clover Wonder clips, needles (40% off right now!), and my favorite pair of little scissors! My son ...

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