Stars and Stripes Candle Mat

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I love this cute little Stars & Stripes Candle Mat Pattern by Farmhouse Threads. I have eyed this pattern several times and couldn’t resist it any longer. It is such a quick and easy project a beginner could make. It would also make a wonderful gift if I could part with it.
I used scraps that were left over from projects sewn in the Hometown Summer collection. The …

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Welcome Gifty Galore 2014!

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Gifty Galore is back and better than ever! For those who aren’t familiar, Gifty Galore is a Quilt Along where we offer a new, fun, and clever gift idea each week through December 8th. This year’s Gifty Galore lineup features a mix of larger, weekend projects created EXCLUSIVELY for you by Independent Designers, and a variety of smaller projects originating from online blogs that you can complete in less …

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New! Free Pattern for Vintage Book Bag

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When I started here, almost three years ago, I recolored the Vintage Book Bag, an archived pattern, into our library-themed collection called Bookish. I was fortunate to obtain the catalog sample and have been carrying it around ever since! The reason I enjoy the bag so much is its 9″ x 12″ x 2″ size which is just right for bringing home books from the library or carrying a notebook or tablet.
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Vintage Quilt Repair, Part 1

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The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me.
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This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s actually unclear when exactly she …

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20 Years: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

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In honor of our 20 year anniversary, we recently sat down with Matt Petkun, Connecting Threads’ president and CEO.
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When you were watching your parents form Connecting Threads, did you expect you would be running it 20 years later? (If not, what were your plans back then and what convinced you to change them?)
20 years ago I was just beginning college, and I certainly had no intentions of working with my parents at …

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