Category Archives: Tools

My First Quilt Retreat

I went on my very first quilt retreat last weekend and it was sooo much fun! There were seven of us girls, six of us travelled from around here and the seventh came from the Seattle area to meet us. We ate, we drank, we danced, we quilted, and we were most definitely merry!

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Getting Organized–Baby Steps

I’ve been working on getting my sewing area more organized and I just have to share how much I love my Double-sided Thread Organizer!  It’s clear enough to see through so you can tell which colors are in which side. 

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New! Jumbo Wonder Clips

I wanted to tell you all about one of my favorite new tools we have: Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips. These clips work really well for holding together many pieces of fabric, but especially if you are working with binding a flannel quilt or project. 

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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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