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Contest Closed! Book Giveaway – Scrap Quilts Go Country

This contest is officially closed!  Thanks so much to everyone who participated.  To find out who won, click here: WINNERS If you’re a quilter, chances are you’ve got scraps.  If you’ve got scraps, you’re likely thinking about what you can do with them.   Lucky for you, we found dozens of options in a wonderful book by Deanne Eisenman called Scrap Quilts go Country. This book is jam-packed with great ideas for using scrap pieces in any size, and although all of the quilts are shown in country themed fabrics, why wouldn’t they be just as fun in something bright -- or even in batiks?   And, if you’re a new quilter and don’t have that stash of scraps yet, there are cutting instructions for using precuts as well.

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New Collections!

We are very excited to introduce five new mini-collections today; each designed to coordinate perfectly with our Quilter's Candy basics.  The five mini collections are: Zippee - a quirky and loveable fabric that is ideal for kid projects. Around Town - a vibrant collection full of fun city-inspired images and bright colors. Homegrown - a beautiful collection of bold garden images, dainty patterns and bright, rich colors. Abigail's Garden - a collection of traditional elegance that features an array of lush floral patterns, well-coordinated with neutral tone-on-tone basics. Sunday Afternoon - a feminine collection with the perfect balance fo whimsical and modern with floral mosaic patterns, intertwined with simplicistic designs and bright, fresh colors. All of our fabrics are designed in-house and these new mini collections will be the first collections to be introduced by our wonderful new fabric designer, Jenni Calo.  Prior to coming to Connecting Threads, Jenni's background was in apparel print design in New York City, and her experience and versatility are reflected in the quality of her designs.  We hope you enjoy these new collections, I know I will! 

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Winners of the book and thread giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their comments to our Essential PRO thread and Freemotion Quilting book giveaway! We have selected our winners using a random number generator.  As you may recall, two first-place winners will be receiving a copy of the book AND a spool of the Essential PRO thread.  Two second-place winners will each receive a spool of the thread.  The first place winners are: #68 - Linda G. #196 - Gen The second place winners are: #5 - Diane C #168 - Sue H. Each of the winners will be receiving an email shortly.  Once their mailing addresses are confirmed, we'll ship out their prizes.  Congratulations to Linda, Gen, Diane and Sue, we hope you enjoy your new thread and/or book!

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Contest Closed – Emily Cier Interview and a Giveaway!

This contest is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who participated!  To read about who won, click here. Every catalog cycle, we all gather around the new books and see if there are any that we want to review. Often times, since many people can love the same book, friendly fighting ensues. Once everyone has picked (or won the arm wrestling contest) we all settle down and write our reviews. I chose Quilt Remix by Emily Cier and C&T Publishing is sponsoring a blog tour for her new book. I absolutely love her twist on traditional quilt patterns. These are some of my favorite projects... Pinwheel

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Winner of the Friendship Strips & Scraps Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Friendship Strips & Scraps giveaway!  Using a random selection tool, we have chosen our three winners. #35 - Holli H. from Crown Point, IN #90 - Nancy N. from Haverhill, MA #228 - Sandy T. from Orange, CA We have emailed each of the winners and as soon as we hear back, we will ship their books out right away. Congratulations! We hope that each of you enjoy your new book.

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A new year, a new quilt along!

Now that the holidays are over and life is returning to normal, it's time to start planning our quilting projects for 2011. Some of us have resolved to try a new technique or perfect an old one. Many others of us are vowing to sew from our enormous fabric stashes! Well, we decided to combine all of those things into one fun year-long quilt along.

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Introducing Kit Builder!

Have you seen our new website feature, Kit Builder?  It is so awesome!  We just added the feature in an effort to make it easier for you all to visualize the projects you are making and to pick the best fabric for them.  I should warn you, it is highly addictive.  On my first pass with it, I customized the Baby Nine Patch Quilt.  I used fabrics from the Canning Day collection and I must say, it is utterly adorable! The page was designed to be...

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Fabric Pricing

In several weeks, your Winter Catalog should be arriving in the mail.  In it, you may notice slightly higher fabric prices. We work really hard to keep our prices consistently low, but over the last few months we've seen dramatic price increases from our suppliers due to high cotton prices. (You can read more about the surge in cotton prices here). Because we don't operate on big margins, we had no choice but to make the difficult decision to raise prices.

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Off to a good home

Today I was very happy to be able to donate these nearly 50 unfinished quilt tops to a local chapter of Daughter's of the Nile, a charitable organization that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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