Category Archives: Staff Picks

Essential Notions

What is a notion? Essentially, a sewing notion is any tool used when completing a project that would not otherwise be classified as a sewing machine, fabric, nor thread. The world of notions is vast and can quickly become overwhelming. I’ve narrowed this down and compiled a list of multi-use essentials that are key for any successful sewing or quilting venture. Regardless of the pattern ...

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Connecting Threads Podcast Episode 18 – Kate’s Quilt

Kate is a long time crafter, mom, and as of today, former Connecting Threads podcast host. Now that her first project is lovingly on display in her craft space,  she must bid you all adieu as she prepares to mosey on down the quilted road. But before she goes, she managed to sneak in one last chat with her good friends ...

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Connecting Threads Podcast Episode 15 – Quilting Questions Answered

On this episode of the Connecting Threads Podcast, Kate is asking some questions and getting some answers. There are some things that have come up for her that has prevented her from moving forward with her quilt and there are some questions from the Connecting Threads community that Elise and Patrice help answer. From basting and fibers, come learn with Kate. First up ...

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Podcast Episode 12: Tips for Beginners

The Connecting Threads Podcast is back! This season we follow Kate, a mom, serial organizer, and all-around podcast enthusiast, as she embarks on a quest to become a quilter. Kate comes from a long line of quilters whose roots originate in the midwest and predate the Depression era. She’s drawn to quilting because she’s drawn to things that bring comfort, and also ...

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Happy National Quilting Day!

Today happens to be our favorite holiday, National Quilting Day! Here at the Connecting Threads office, we’re known to celebrate this holiday all week long. Who knows, next year we might even celebrate for the entire month!  In honor of our National Quilting Day, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite quilts from our personal collections. ...

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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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Connecting Threads Eversewn Sparrow Sewing Machine
Podcast Episode 2: Eversewn Sewing Machines!

One of the core tools in a quilter’s craft room is the sewing machine. It takes center stage (as it should) and every new machine is the result of careful thought and much pondering before you replace or add one to your collection. After all, you’ll be spending hours sewing with it, creating everything from new napkin sets to elaborate heirloom gifts!

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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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