Category Archives: Sewing Workspace

Weekly Curated Sale: Everyday Quilter

The sewing center at Connecting Threads is constantly quilting, piecing, and sewing to make the beautiful projects you see in our website and catalog. With all that time spent quilting, we definitely have a list of go-to tools that we use on a very regular basis. Our go-to tools save us time and ensure a great end result. For this sale, we’ve selected some of the best items to share with you! QUILTING For quilters, good stencils can be a lifesaver. They ...

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iPad Sleeve

Hand sewing has never been so fun! I’ve done a few small projects recently that were made completely by hand, and the outcome was great! When trying to decide on which project I’d like to tackle next, I thought I would challenge myself a little more and go for something I wasn’t sure could even be executed properly without a machine. Since Mothers’ Day happened last month, I thought my mom would love to receive a gift from ...

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Raindrop Pillow in Birchtree Lane

I love this pillow! Not only is it a great way to showcase cute fabrics but it’s also a very appropriate subject for the Pacific Northwest which is where I call home. I was surfing the web looking for a pillow pattern and ran across this tutorial for the Raindrop Pillow. When I saw this pattern ...

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Happy Sewing Machine Day!

How delightful to have a whole day dedicated to sewing machines! Some of the CT crew got in on the fun, scroll on to see their machines “in the wild”. Judy’s Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, Lilo. She has a ...

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Chalk it to Me!

What is the use of even the most fabulous sewing table if it’s not ready to actually be used? I had been looking for many long months to find just the right combination of vintage, good price, and specific design in my future sewing table. Finally, this past December, the PERFECT table for me manifested itself on the craigslist free section. It’s mid-century modern, solidly built, opens width-wise instead of length-wise, and it was FREE! The woman who was re-homing it ...

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My Simple Sewing Space

Welcome to my work space! Not being a person who procures a great many things, I prefer a short-and-sweet way of living. My motto is: if I don’t use it regularly it gets thrown out. What you are about to see will not rival the polished and sophisticated work areas of quilting professionals. It does allow me to simply get the job done with efficiency, have some fun doing it and leave little to clean up when it all has ...

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Ann’s Quilt Studio Remodel – Part 4

Just a quick blog update on my quilt studio remodel. I meant to post this during January since it was National Organization Month… but I wasn’t, well, organized yet. Ever wonder what to do with those cute signs with quilt-related sayings...

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New Year, New Quilting Goals

As a newer quilter, it's easy to get really excited about projects and jump in head first. I've done this a few times and wound up discouraged because I was unable to finish all of them because of time restrictions, or I wasn't really confident enough to continue on to the hardest steps to finish it off. This year, I want to not only be smarter with my time, but also more realistic about what I'm capable of accomplishing. This doesn't mean I don't want to try newer and harder things though! I've thought about what I really want to see this year bring as far as crafty aspirations and rather than make a checklist of all of the projects I want to complete, I've decided to try to accomplish a little bit in a few different areas. Paper Piecing Monday Blocks from Wombat Quilts

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Hexagon Clock

Alisha, our Marketing whiz, sent the CT staff a link to a clever adaptation of the Ikea’s Smycke Clock using fabric to cover the hexagons. I offered to make a sample with our fabrics because it could be one more color coordinated project to go in my remodeled quilt studio.

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We’ve learned how to shirr!

Sue, our amazing sewist and quilter, has a lot of tricks and tips up her sleeve. Recently, I saw her with a cute little dress in her hands and I asked her, "how did you sew that to create that elastic-shrinking effect?" and she said, "Oh you mean shirring. It's easy!" So she set up a little class with some of us quilters here at work, and taught us how to shirr. This is how it went:

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