I manage the Designer Downloads on the website. What a great thrill it was to get the Designer Download program up and running. It is great to work with so many talented designers. I love the continual inspiration I get from the creative people I work with, now if I could just find the time to get to that stack of quilting projects awaiting me…

Recent Posts by Anita

    IDP Patterns for Technicolor Tidings

    Technicolor Tidings is bright and modern.  There are lots of modern IDP (Independent Designer Program) patterns that would work perfectly with Technicolor Tidings.  In this blog I have only shown the patterns that are specifically Christmas or Holiday themed, otherwise I could go on forever about the endless patterns that Technicolor Tidings would be a fit for.

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    New Summer Batiks

    Some fabrics are designed to be showcased in a quilt, while other fabrics, like Batiks, are designed to showcase the quilt. With their intense color, shading, and variance, Batiks lend themselves to be blended and pieced into masterpiece quilts. We have several new kits to either start or feed your Batik addiction. Below are some of my favorite kits from our new summer Batiks! Storm at Sea Wall Hanging The Storm at Sea kit is a beautiful wall hanging that uses foundation piecing. The different shades of blue give the illusion that there is curved piecing, but not so. This little beauty has been one of our favorite projects here at Connecting Threads for years. Once you've put it all together, you will see why!

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    Connecting Threads’ Independent Designer Program

    It’s become somewhat of a joke around here at the office.  When we are talking about projects for upcoming fabric lines, inevitably I will pipe up with "I’ve got an IDP (Independent Designer Pattern) for that!"  But as with most jokes, there is always a thread of truth.  You can find an independent designer's pattern for just about everything, and there are more and more patterns being added all the time so I suggest you check back often if you don't see one you need.With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would show you some of the IDPs that you could get done in a weekend!  The nice thing about downloadable patterns is that the wait is minimal - only about an hour or less for most downloads to show up in your email - so make sure your email is correct.  Mom’s always appreciate a homemade gift made with love, so let me help get your wheels turning.  There are patterns for sewing moms, on-the-go moms, baking moms, techno moms and every other type of moms.  Here are just a few examples.For the moms who sew, you might want to make her an adorable Flower Pin Cushion by Sew Simple. 

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    Jenni’s Bolero top made out of Matsuri

    As I was searching through projects I wanted to do in Fabric by Fabric - One Yard Wonders, I stopped almost immediately on the Cap Sleeve Bolero— it's just too cute! The top was listed under the "Lightweight Cottons" chapter, and I knew instantly it would be a great project to do with our new line of cotton lawn in the Matsuri collection. 

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    A Delicious Giveaway!

    I had so much fun designing the Just Desserts collection.  I love to bake, and I love to eat sweets, so coming up with these images was easy as pie.  Ha!  The only downside was that drawing the yummy looking treats made me hungry!  One of my favorite Christmas traditions has always been to bake cookies to give as gifts for friends and loved ones.

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    An Easy Batik Giveaway!

    I love Batiks!  I especially love the one to two-tones with the delicate, nature-stamped designs.  The multi-colored, tie-dyed ones give you a variety of possibilities just by where you cut on the fabric.    The single colored Batiks with dye stripes, bubbles or swirls provide your quilts with light, shade and depth without having to create it with different pieces.  Because of the special dying and stamping process performed by skilled artisans in Java, Indonesia, each cut of fabric becomes its own piece of artwork. Batiks have been very popular for use in art and landscape quilts, but more and more people are using them in traditional pieced quilts.  I love this!  The vibrant and tonal quality of the fabrics, create something new and fresh with a very traditional feel.  Our Check Out the Stars Twin Quilt Kit is a perfect example of this.

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    Designer Downloads: Great Seasonal Download Patterns

    We have some great downloads that are just fabulous for this time of year. So Deck the Halls with Fabric! Some of my favorite seasonal projects that we have available for download are the Starlight Table Topper, Winter Through the Seasons Table Runner and the Poinsettia Table Runner and Placemats. These three projects would sew up relatively quickly and help bring in the cheer. There are many more patterns to choose from.  If you are looking for a bigger project this season, I would recommend the Christmas Goose Pattern.

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    Gifty Galore 2011: Let it Snow wall hanging

    I reviewed the book, Seasons and Reasons to Celebrate for the website.  Like Teri, I love snowmen and have a little collection I love to get out every year.  I fell in love with this snowmen wall hanging. Cute, sassy snowmen all stacked up to herald the coming snow. These snowmen had so much personality, I couldn’t resist.

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    Pot Holders by Anita.

    OK, here comes the confession first. This is my first applique project and first free motion quilted project, but I figured, hey these are small, this might be a good place to start.  I think I was right!

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