Category Archives: Tools

Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along: Fabric Selection

The Mystery Quilt 2013 Quilt Along is almost here! It is time to select and order fabrics in time for Part 1 of the pattern to be posted on March 4th. Click here for the "Fabric Selection Suggestions" PDF to help get you started.  

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Thimble Survey

My grandma Willie Ann, born in 1900, was an avid quilter who taught me to sew with a thimble as a small child back in Oklahoma. I have used a thimble faithfully since then. After talking to other Connecting Threads staff members, I started to feel I was the only person who still uses a thimble. I decided to do a thimble survey...

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Our biggest giveaway of the year!

This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who participated! To find out who won, click here: WINNERS Here at Connecting Threads, we love the holiday season! Our offices are decorated with shiny ornmanents, garland, and twinkling lights, and everyone's faces are smiling because Christmas is right around the corner. One thing is certain, the Connecting Threads team is in the spirit of giving. We want to make someone's Christmas extra special this year, so we have partnered up with Arrow Cabinets and we're giving away a beautiful Sewnatra cabinet in your choice of White or Black!

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Black Gold Needles for Hand Sewing

Black Gold Appliqué/Sharps needles by Clover Mfg. Co. are my favorite new product carried by Connecting Threads! I am currently enjoying doing a lot of hand sewing for smaller quilted projects, so I decided to share why I like them so much...

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No more burnt fingers! Love these Dritz Thermal Thimbles!

I'll be honest, I'm not one for trying new tools out;  I just make do with what I have usually.  But I made a point to buy Dritz Thermal Thimbles because I often burn my fingers while ironing, and I thought I might as well  give these a shot.  This past weekend I was working on a little project and the piecing was very small, so I was so excited to try these thimbles out!  And oh my goodness, they are awesome!  My fingers were practically touching the iron and I didn't get burnt at all!

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Trim the Towel Embroidery Project

I just wanted to share one of my projects I'm making this year for the holidays for friends and family! If you are looking for quick patterns to make this year, then Simply Christmas by Sherri K. Falls is just for you because she combines piecing, applique, and embroidery to embellish cute, holiday-inspried gifts like a mini-quilt, embroidered tea towels, and a cute cup cozie. For this particular gift project, I chose Trim the Towel.

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Small Bag with English Paper Piecing

In Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts: 25 Charming Projects to Make Using Classic Quilt Motifs by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo, I was drawn to the Market Tote and coordinating Small Bag because I wanted to practice English Paper Piecing (EPP). I chose the Small Bag because its size was more suitable to a quick Gifty Galore project.

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Keep Wishing

Last year when we were asked what we would really like to get for Christmas for our Staff Wish List, I decided to shoot for the moon. I have always heard you should dream big. I really wanted one of the Easy Display Quilt Hangers. They are beautiful and made out of nice quality wood. Well, guess what? I didn’t get it! None of my coworkers bought it for me. Those jerks! Ha ha.

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Teddy & Frosty Gift Tags

I’m a sucker for tags…all sorts of tags.  So when I saw the Teddy and Frosty Gift Tags Pattern Download by Sipiweske Quilt Designs I fell in love.  They are incredibly adorable and several people in the office have been eyeing them, so I have to be on guard to make sure they don’t mysteriously disappear!

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It’s the last week to save on books and batting!

Hi there! I wanted to write a courtesy blog post to let you know that our book and batting sales end next Tuesday. We’ve had this great offer going for a while now, and if you’ve been waiting to buy that new book you’ve been eyeing, or if you’ve been thinking about stocking up on batting, now is the time! In case you missed the sale details, you can save ...

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