Guest Blogger, Jody Houghton, talks about her new collection!

Many of you may know my whimsical characters, FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY from my past fabric collections. My ladies have been my voice and image for creating uplifting messages for many years now. Whether it be content for my Country Register column, Girlfriend Wisdom, or gifts products for Sisters, Girlfriends, or Quilters, the message is always positive.  How could characters with names honored by these great virtues, be anything but for the greater good?  Partner that concept with my love of color, and warm smiles usually appear!

Handmade from the Heart was inspired by YOU, all the quilters I have met at quilt guilds, at quilt shows, quilt shop owners, quilt retreats, quilt camp at sea, many quilting friends and family and my own childhood joy when my Mom let me make doll clothes on her treadle sewing machine.  I have loved making projects with my hands my whole life.  The quilting world has a great common passion; the love of making something, for someone, with their hands from the joy in their hearts.

I hope you enjoy the panel and all the pieces to take apart or keep together.  Connecting Threads has done the best job to match all the coordinates.  The palette is full and gives you lots of creative choices.  Have fun, let us know what you are making, I love Show & Tell.  The website has lots of kits and projects. 

Joy & Blessings ~ JODY


  1. kim hare - February 28, 2013

    My fabrics arrived this week from Handmade from the Heart and they are beautiful!

  2. Sunshine - February 28, 2013

    Absolutely love your work Jody. I love the dot prints and the blue is a fantastic shade

  3. Stitch124 - March 1, 2013

    Jody — Just purchased the Handmade from the Heart sampler quilt to make and hang in my new sewing room. Can’t wait to see it finished. Will you be at the Georgia Sewing Expo in March? I’d love for you to autograph my sampler when it’s finished. Thanks for your adorable designs.

  4. Jennifer Gray - March 6, 2013

    Oh I just love this idea, it is so fun and bright.

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  6. Arlene Dalton - May 19, 2013

    I bought a lot of the fabric from the Handmade from the Heart collection on Connecting Threads but forgot the panel. I can’t seem to find it anymore. Is it still available?

  7. Rene Mosiman - August 24, 2013

    Whoa plenty of useful info!.
    Good stuff, Regards.