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What Chamisa’s Been Working On

As a life-long crafter, I have a good bit of experience with sewing; but I hadn’t tried any quilting until recently. As usual, rather than dipping my toe in and working on one project from start to finish, I dove in head first and ended up with two small quilts and a pillow! I began last fall, working from the

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Jenn’s First Quilt

About a month ago, I finished my first quilt. I have sewn tons of small, quilted wall hangings over the years, but this was the first quilt I’ve ever made that would keep someone warm. I feel such a sense of accomplishment about it. It’s not particularly intricate or remarkable, but I marvel at it every time I sit watching a ...

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English Paper Piecing Mania!

If you were wondering if it’s hard to get work done here at Connecting Threads because we’re always talking about our own personal sewing projects, the answer is YES! And from time to time, a bunch of us catch the same bug – it’s the best kind of infectious. Right now, that bug is English paper piecing. Hannah, our Multimedia Director ...

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Kwik Klip

Featured Tool: Kwik Klip by Paula Jean Creations, Item #82219 What is this tool typically used for? This tool is for anyone about to use safety pins to baste their backing, batting, and quilt top together. Upon first glance, what were your initial thoughts? At first glance it looks like a giant seam ripper. How did you use it? I took my safety ...

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Black Gold Needles

Featured Tool: Black Gold Needles – Appliqué Sharps by Clover What is this tool typically used for? General hand sewing. How do you use them? I use the Black Gold Needles for binding and when I am doing hand sewing. They’re great! What do you like best about the Black Gold Needles? I really like these needles for hand sewing and especially for binding. They are thin and glide through the ...

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Chaco Liners

Featured Tool: Chaco Liners by Clover What is this tool typically used for? This tool helps trace lines perfectly to mark fabric prior to sewing or quilting. What were your initial thoughts? Well, I’ve known and used these for years now, but at first glance I thought they were just short and fat markers. How did you use it? First, I aligned my ruler onto my finished quilt top. I then ...

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Hang It Dang It

Featured Tool: Hang It Dang It by Innovative Solutions, Item #82328, 82131 Connecting Threads Reviewer: Ann What is this tool typically used for? Hanging quilts of various sizes on walls. The larger one can hang quilts between 35″ and 68″ and the smaller 21″ to 40″. How did you use it? I hung a 41″ square quilt in our bedroom with the larger Hang It Dang It. How did ...

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Embroidery Hoop

Featured Tool: Embroidery Hoop by Clover, Item #82034, 82035  What is this tool typically used for? Keeping your fabric taut while you embroider. There is both a small (4-3/4″) and large (7″) size. Upon first glance, what were your initial thoughts? It has a very sturdy appearance; it’s made of thick plastic with a bulky, metal screw. How did you use it? I loosened the metal screw to separate the ...

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Wonder Under

Featured Tool: Wonder Under by Pellon Consumer Products, Item #21206  What is this tool typically used for? Wonder Under is ideal for applique–it allows fabric to maintain its soft feel after fusing. It is also machine stitchable, fuses easily in seconds, and bonds to fabric or any porous surface. How did you use it? Since it is so light weight, it is really easy to trace your applique shapes. You need ...

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Hold It Precision Stiletto

Featured Tool: Hold It Precision Stiletto by Clover, Item #82173  What is this tool typically used for? No more hot fingers! This is the perfect tool for pressing and sewing! Use the curved end to hold fabrics while you sew, and the rubber grip end when you are pressing. It’s also a great tool to use with a hot glue gun. What ...

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