Category Archives: stitchery

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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Summer Sewing: Island Hopping Table Runner

I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated when deciding whether or not to sew this table runner in our new Island Hopping collection! Considering my sewing experience lies squarely within the realm of clothing and alterations, plus a ...

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Wringer Washer Little Quilt

Stephanie Dunphy (Loft Creations) is one of my favorite people and designers. She is just a fabulous human being and I count her among the amazing women I know. Over the years she has become a part of our Connecting Threads family. I love her aesthetic and vintage vibe. My other passion lately has been 30’s reproduction fabric quilts. ...

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