Laraine

I started tole painting after taking classes with a friend many, many years ago, and then started quilting after coming to work at Crafts Americana in 2001. I still enjoy doing both although finding the time to do either is a challenge right now. Here at Crafts Americana I work with our fabric and thread vendors handling orders, and our warehouse fabric team scheduling kits.

Recent Posts by Laraine

    Have You Tried Our Flannel?…Basics are on Sale!

    I’m a flannel addict, er, lover. When I’m near it I can’t seem to keep my hands off the stuff; I’m compelled to run my hand over it, driven by the need to feel its snuggly softness. It’s as if there is some sort of tactile craving that gets fulfilled.

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    Download Patterns for Fiesta’s Canvas!

    Have you noticed Jenni’s fun and vibrant Fiesta fabric designs?  And did you happen to notice the 3 fabulous prints that come in CANVAS?   I love canvas because of its durability and it will give extra stability to any project.  Remember you can still use quilting cotton for the details (lining, binding, decorative details, etc.) and the canvas for those things that need just a little more stability.

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    Gifty Galore – December Santa Project

    I had a lot of fun making the December Santa Pattern by The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs.  My granddaughter is at the ‘learning what things are called’ stage and has been pointing and saying “Santa” for a while now so I think this will be going up on her bedroom wall.

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    Oh Christmas Tree Gifty Project

    When I first saw the Oh Christmas Tree pattern by Nancy Rink, it was love at first sight.  So I begged Nancy if we could use her pattern as a download pattern for Gifty this year.  Her directions were so easy to follow and the project went together so quickly, depending on what applique method you use.  It only took me a weekend (with lots of other engagements) to finish this project up.  I used fusible applique, but hand embroidered the button stitch around the tree.

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    Sweet & Simple Sack

    The ‘sweet & simple’ part of the name is remarkably accurate.  Everyone who has seen it has remarked that it’s a great size and how nice the shape is!  The word ‘sack’, however, had to have been chosen simply for its alliteration appeal.  This is quite simply too adorable to be deemed a ‘sack’!  Of course, this is just my opinion.

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    Set of Nesting Baskets

    This project is from the book Fun Home Accessories and is perfect for using scraps! I loved the look of these baskets from the very first time I saw them.  They add a fun combination of texture and color.  The fact that they are useful is a nice bonus!

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    My Sewing Room Mini Make Over

    I spent the long Memorial Day weekend hard at work cleaning and rearranging my sewing room--trying to make some sense of the chaos.  I took down the table I had been using for my sewing machine, moved boxes around, and organized my patterns and projects.  For the first time in a long time I was able to get to my big window and give it a good cleaning! All this was done in preparation for…..

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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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    Meet Laraine, Inventory Manager for Connecting Threads

    Hello! I’m Laraine and I started working for Crafts Americana Group in 2001, back when there was a small retail store.  At the time, I was a tole and decorative painter who knew nothing about quilting. (I remember having to ask what a Fat Quarter was!)   That didn’t last long, however.  I don’t think you can work around fabric and creative people without catching the “quilting bug”.  Before the end of that year I had made my first quilt--a King size to fit my bed!

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    Follow Me Baby Quilt

    Have you seen our new line of scrumptious Quilter’s Candy Flannel Basics?  They have fun colors and patterns and are snuggly soft.  Do you think I could resist?  Nope!  I jumped right in and chose one of our Independent Designer Patterns:  Follow Me Baby Quilt Pattern by Robinson Pattern Company. 

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