Category Archives: How-To

Connecting Threads Podcast Episode 16 – Batiks and Basics

On this episode of the Connecting Threads Podcast, we’re looking behind the scenes to see what’s new at Connecting Threads. First we hear from Kris who’s telling all about batik fabric production and what makes batik’s special. Next Marketing Director Jennifer Fish is going to help answer some common questions that people ask about us and our website, like “What’s the Design Table?” and “What ...

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Seasons BOM Month #3

It’s hard to believe that we are going to be half way done with this quilt after sewing this month! Didn’t we all just start this project? I hope you are all having fun so far, because quilting should be fun! I have enjoyed seeing what all of your are doing with your previous quilt blocks on Facebook. Some of you are changing things up, adding embroidery, and other embellishments and I love it!

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Annabelle BOM Month #2

Hi Everyone! I’ts been so fun to see everyone’s photos from month 1 on the Facebook Group. It always makes me happy to see people enjoying my designs! This month we will be adding a couple of borders to our center medallion. It’ll be a breeze compared to all the piecing we did last month! The first part of this month’s directions is easy-peasy! Just sew on the border strips as directed. And just so you know, it’s ...

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Welcome to the Annabelle Block of the Month!

Hello and welcome! My name is Kristin Gassaway, and I’m the designer of the Annabelle quilt sold here at Connecting Threads. I’ll be posting tips and updates as we make this quilt together over the next 9 months. For this first month we will start with a *bang* by making the center medallion portion of the quilt. This will probably be the most technically challenging part ...

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Welcome to the Seasons Block of the Month!

Hello and welcome to the Seasons Block of the Month! I’m so excited to have you with on this 6 month journey as we make this happy little quilt together. Before we get started I have some important information. I inadvertently left off a few of the pressing arrows in the instructions for this first month (YIKES!). Needless to say, I was mortified, and unfortunately those patterns ...

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DIY Fabric Wallpaper for Bookshelves

I recently decided to add color to the back of bookshelves with fabric … here is the story. The Project DH had just painted our dining/living room a light brown color and some old bookshelves for the living room a lovely ivory color. I wanted to add some color to the back of the bookshelves without using paint. Removable wallpaper in various designs and ...

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Embroidery Fun With My Daughter

Embroidery has reentered my life after a temporary hiatus. It started by my recent trip to Minneapolis to visit my new baby nephew. While I was packing for my trip, I knew I wanted to pick up some handwork to do on the plane, so I chose Jenni Calo’s Floral Fiesta Embroidered Pouch Pattern Download, packed some fabric, my Dritz Soft Comfort Thimble, needles, and embroidery floss. My creative 6 year-old Ella saw me embroidering and asked to try stitching ...

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Quilt-As-You-Go Table Topper – Blue Room Project #6

Blue Room Project #6 is a quilt-as-you-go table topper. We have almost finished the Blue Room – a remodeled addition to our home to be used as a bedroom for foreign exchange students or a quiet reading space. I wanted to make a table topper to cover a used night stand I  found. To read about the previous projects, please click on ...

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Moravian Star Ornament

Moravian Star Before Christmas, my friend Nancy found a free pattern online for an English Paper Pieced (EPP) Moravian Star by Jennifer Strauser. Click here for a link to the free PDF of the pattern on the AQS QuiltViews page. Although the last thing I needed was another project, I was intrigued!  I enjoy EPP and having a hand project to ...

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Bag It! No-Sew Fabric Gift Bags

  The holiday gift-giving season is upon us. Last year, hoping to decrease the wasteful use of Christmas wrapping paper, I learned how to wrap presents with fabric using the Japanese-inspired furoshiki method. I wrote two blogs showing this technique: Furoshiki Fun and Furoshiki Follow-Up.

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