Behind the Scenes: The April 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog
3.20.2015

Connecting Threads April Catalog
I wear a lot of hats here at CT. One of them is styling the finished versions of our kits we offer to help make the lovely photos you see in the Connecting Threads catalogs. Along with our photographer John and assistant Alexis, we shoot both in the studio and on location.
Every location we shoot at always has its own personality and distinct little facets to go along …

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Button Sampler Mini Quilt
3.19.2015

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I recently reviewed a wonderful book called 120 Original Embroidery Designs by Yoko Saito for the CT website.  I am an admirer of Yoko Saito’s prolific work, especially her skillful use of Japanese taupe fabrics, and own several of her books. I was especially drawn to this one because of the way she combines creative fabric selection, patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery. You can read my book …

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Hand Lettering Type and Embroidery Part 1
3.18.2015

Besides sewing and quilting, I have an extreme love for typography and design. I’ve been drawing my whole life, but hand-drawn lettering has become a new favorite hobby. It takes quite a bit of patience to refine and develop my hand to become a true hand lettering master, but I love practicing almost every day! A lot of times, I find inspiration on Pinterest.
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One day, Dawn asked me to …

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A Mini Twister Mini Quilt
3.17.2015

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If you are a regular follower here on Notions, CT‘s staff blog, you may remember that I have a history of starting more projects than I finish, love to try new tools, and tend to make scrappy quilts to help justify the size of my fabric stash (25+ years worth). Recently at least, I tend to embark upon smaller quilted projects with the hope I will complete …

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Pineapple Ruler – Pineapple Pillow
3.13.2015
EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler

I was recently asked to test EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler, a new product on the CT website. I wanted to finish the project and tell you about it because this specialty ruler is still on sale for a few more days!
The EZ Quilting Pineapple Ruler instructions called for using an assortment of 1-1/2″ strips. I had lots of …

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Color Theory and Quilting Inspiration
3.5.2015

In my opinion, one of the truest ways to explore color theory for quilts is within the surroundings of nature. When I look closely, I see all kinds of imaginative colors!
Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have frequent beautiful rainbows after a rain shower.
One of my other favorite places to explore color theory is with the website, Design Seeds. It’s such an amazing place to find color inspiration!
You can explore and find photos starting with just one color that strikes your …

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