Welcome Guest Blogger, Stephanie, from Loft Creations!

Hello…I’m Stephanie of Loft Creations.  I was tickled when Connecting Threads asked me to guest post. 

This is my Modern Mary Jane pattern.  Retro fun! This is a great pattern for highlighting a large print fabric for the center panel.  When I design a new bag, I like to try out different fabrics in hopes that I can appeal to a wide audience, and to show the versatility of one single pattern.

Modern Mary Jane is cute and cozy dressed up using a linen calendar for the center panel.  This is my personal bag.  It’s a perfect size for holding files and date books.  I use this as my business bag.

Using a vintage doily for the center panel gives Modern Mary Jane a soft and frilly look.  She looks great dressed in whatever she’s wearing.

Modern Mary Jane in Tulane — bright and sophisticated.  I’m very excited that Connecting Threads now has Modern Mary Jane available as a kit with their gorgeous new fabrics. Kits are perfect — minimal cutting, then all you have to do is sew!  Modern Mary Jane sews up quickly and makes a great gift — birthday, teacher appreciation, caregiver, Mother’s Day, Christmas…the kits make great gifts, too!  And don’t forget to make a Modern Mary Jane for yourself. 

-Peacefully, Stephanie.



  1. Rosemary Kessinger - February 23, 2012

    Beach House colors are so refreshing. Cool colors to take the heat away from the hot summer sun.
    Can’t wait to try them.

  2. Theresa Keyes - February 23, 2012

    I am a new quilter and have been wanting to order some threads. Now with all of the new choices, it is going to be a hard decision. Thank you, they are all beautiful.

  3. Sue Hunt - February 23, 2012

    Hi, I just love this thread I have all the old sets and the new colors are so pretty I don’t know which one to start with it’s like being in a candy store. How do I enter to win a set that would be great. Love your projects here especially the aqua/brown with birds. Good job. Sue

  4. Elizabeth - February 23, 2012

    I absolutely LOVE this bag. Thanks Stephanie for talking about it. I can’t wait to sew it up.

  5. Alisha from Connecting Threads - February 23, 2012

    Hi Sue,
    You can enter to win a thread set by commenting on this post: http://www.connectingthreads.com/cfBlog/post.cfm/thread-giveaway
    Good luck!

  6. Peggy Rich - February 23, 2012

    I have really liked the products I have used. We live in a town of 500 and closest place to get fabric and sewing needs is 71 miles away. Hope this is the entry for threads.

  7. Pam - February 23, 2012

    Stephanie, what a great bag! lol, love the Retro, not sure what fabric that is, but I’d like to find some!

  8. Candace - February 23, 2012

    I love how Connecting Threads made such a sophisticated version of Modern Mary Jane, Stephanie! And having made it for myself I can vouch that it is a wonderful carry-all!

  9. Connie - February 23, 2012

    Love the new colors….needed to replace all my thread and have had a very hard time picking out what colors to begin with…now, more choices, YEAAAAA. Favorites are the Rainbow Collection and Sprout and Orange and…Thanks!

  10. kaholly - February 23, 2012

    They all look great! It’s just as versatile as Stephanie’s Oak Park Bag, another of my favorites.

  11. Char - February 23, 2012

    Hi Stephanie, great post. Good to see you here.

  12. Shirley - February 23, 2012

    What great thread colors…can’t wait to try them!

  13. Wendy Triplett - February 23, 2012

    I am new to your web site. Beach House thread set. (I am moving to the gulf coast.) Wisteria or Beach Glass.
    Your prices are great. I live where the only place to buy thread is Wall-Mart, which has a limited thread selection.
    Thak You!

  14. Gayle L. - February 24, 2012

    Stephanie it is good to have you drop in for a visit. I love your bags and the versatility of the pattern. As you said, can be dressed up for all occasions.

  15. Toni Anne - February 24, 2012

    Hi Stephanie, OMG your lunch bags are beautiful, thanks so much for sharing. Also thanks for the link to the tutorial. The Homestead is my favorite collection, I also like the new Goldenrod and French Blue are my favorite spools.

  16. Peggy Kight - February 25, 2012

    Hi Stephanie,I saw a lady doing applique and she had what I would call a swatch of threads that had many colors in it. They seemed to have been woven together. It was given to her so she didn’t know where to get it. Hope you can answer my question,as it would be alot easier to carry so many different colors of thread.

  17. Elizabeth Moore - February 25, 2012

    All the thread is beautiful but I’d like the Confections Thread Set or 1 Tomato and 1 Ivy if I won.

  18. Karen Elrod - February 25, 2012

    I really do like your thread and will not use any other.

  19. Judy - February 25, 2012

    My favorite thread! Of course I’m excited at the chance to win a spool or a set. Favorite set is Farmers Market; favorite colors would be Sprout and Tomato. Thanks for this opportunity. Happy Sewing!

  20. Gayla Kossow - February 26, 2012

    I have bought 3 sets of thread from connecting threads and I love working with it. More colors only add to the fun! Just finished a new bag and used some of the thread..easy to work with and matching colors….thanks Connecting threads..

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    All the new colors are so nice, and of course the old ones are, too. It would be hard to choose which new set to purchase.

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