Category Archives: stitchery

Heart & Bloom Mini-Quilt

When I reviewed the book Cottage-Style Charm by Natalie Bird, I was immediately taken with the Heart and Bloom Mini-Quilt. I loved the colors, the simple embroidery, and even the way it was displayed on a wall inside an open frame! I promptly set out to gather the supplies and fabrics to start making it. The five pinks and reds ...

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Tool Review Tuesday: Embroidery Hoop

It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart. Featured Tool: Embroidery Hoop by Clover, Item #82034, 82035 Connecting Threads Reviewer: Winthur What is this tool typically ...

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Embroidery Fun With My Daughter

Embroidery has reentered my life after a temporary hiatus. It started by my recent trip to Minneapolis to visit my new baby nephew. While I was packing for my trip, I knew I wanted to pick up some handwork to do on the plane, so I chose Jenni Calo’s Floral Fiesta Embroidered Pouch Pattern Download, packed some fabric, my Dritz Soft Comfort Thimble, needles, and embroidery floss. My creative 6 year-old Ella saw me embroidering and asked to try stitching ...

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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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Rally Towel Quilt

My son Andrew is in his second year at Oregon State University studying engineering. In the fall of his freshman year, he attended a football game where they passed out orange and black rally towels. After the game, he saw lots of towels left behind and thought, “My mom could make me a quilt out of these!” He gathered up about 35 towels–mostly ...

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Redwork and Stitching: Kinderfolk

I’ll admit—I’ve been waiting for the Kinderfolk collection to come out as long as I’ve known about it. So, when it came time to volunteer to sew projects, I knew I had to take on at least one. It was definitely a no-brainer when Jenni’s amazing set of embroidery patterns she designed to go with Kinderfolk made ...

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English Paper Piecing: the Perfect Introduction to Quilting

If you have read some of my previous blog posts, you might know that I am quite new to the quilting community. Though I have known how to sew for a long time, I wasn’t exposed to things like English Paper Piecing (EPP) and applique until I started working for Connecting Threads. As I settled into the environment and began picking up on different things, my interest in quilts grew more and more.

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Sew a Simple Skirt!

I really love Tula Pink; and especially her fabric “Swarm” from the Moonshine fabric collection. I thought it would be the perfect fabric for a simple skirt. Having not much garment sewing experience, I really wanted to try my hand at something easy, just like I did when I starting quilting with simple nine-patches.

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Quilt Block Coaster Tutorial Using Island Hopping

While I was working through the Holiday Table Runner and our new Island Hopping fabrics, I quickly realized my mom was going to need accessories to go with her new table runner. Seeing as this is more of a summery fabric line and I had some random small pieces ...

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