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Omnigrip® 20½” Square Ruler on Sale!

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Attention all quilters! Connecting Threads has an assortment of Omnigrip® rulers at 40% off through 9/17/12 (while supplies last). This is a great price for excellent rulers for use with a rotary cutter and self-healing mat.

What prompted me to blog about this sale is the price reduction for the fabulous Omnigrip® 20½” Square Ruler. The regular price is $49.99 and is now $29.99 – a $20 reduction! If you have wanted this ruler but been deterred by the price, this is the time to buy it! Are you asking, “Why would I want a ruler that large?” Let me tell you several reasons why I love this ruler and use it with every quilt project.

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Hello Yo-Yo

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Clover yo-yo makers are such a great tool! Because they are something our team has been playing with a lot lately, Jenna and I thought it would be fun to let you know just how expansive the world of yo-yos can be! For those who don’t know…this is a yo-yo. Isn’t it oh-so cute?! What sort of crazy yo-yo ideas do you have to share? If you’re new to the yo-yo world, click here to see our tutorial.

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Lesson Three: the Friendship and Bear’s Paw blocks

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Here is Lesson 3 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern. 
Lesson 3 gets more challenging. The Bear’s Paw and Friendship Star blocks are made with half-square triangles (HSTs). The one-inch finished size of the HSTs requires precise piecing and most likely a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. The blocks are surrounded by frames to allow them to fit in the 8″ finished framework of the sampler. This lets you practice maintaining sharp points set against another block or border.

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Lesson Two: Perfect Points Sampler

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Here we go with Lesson 2 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern. This week’s blocks are the Snowball and Sawtooth Star. The lesson focuses on maintaining straight diagonal lines within and between blocks. Yes, the positioning pin can help with that also! Click here to join and the Perfect Points Quilt Along group on and download the PDFs for the tutorial and pattern introduction. 


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New Video Tutorials: Zipper Installation

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October would not be complete if we didn’t post a tutorial on a technique that is “scary” to many quilters. This time, we’ve got two videos for you on…zippers! (Insert terrified scream here.)
Sue is our sewing pattern designer who can install zippers in her sleep–we jokingly call her the “bag lady” around the office because she’s designed so many bag patterns for us. Sue is a transplant from Down Under, via L.A., so in the videos you get to …

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