My quilt library is stuffed after 30 years of collecting quilting
books, and quilt trends have changed a great deal by the looks of my
books but, there is one segment of quilt books that don’t change and
that is historical. I have remarked about this before in previous book
reviews and blogs; I LOVE quilt history and seek quilt books that
provide that kind of information.
Tales of First Ladies
is such a book and is told through the pen of the very amiable Eleanor Burns. Cleverly written, we are given historical information not
only about several first ladies but also about the White House and
significant events from colonial America. This is all told through
authentic quilt blocks and quilts from that era.
Over the past few months, the Connecting Threads
team has seen two new babies and we have one more coming any day now!
With all of these new bundles of joy entering into our lives, you can
imagine my excitement when I found out a couple weeks ago that my
sister-in-law is expecting twins! Yipee!! Although it's still very
early, the "twin history" in the family has been to have one girl and
In my family, it is a tradition to make all of the new
babies a crib quilt as our way of welcoming them into the world. Enter
my dilemma. Do I make one larger quilt that both babies can share, or
do each of them need their own? Eek! I'm just beginning to start
quilting again after accidentally slicing my machine's power cord in
half last year (long story), and I'm sad to say my skills are a little
rusty. After much flip-flopping on the decision, I made an agreement
with my mom (a much faster quilter than I) that I would make one quilt
and she can make a second one.
Now comes the fun part: picking a quilt to make!
you to everyone who participated in our backing
giveaway. Using a random
number generator, we have selected our winner.
The winner is comment #112 Ruth Spaniel.
Honestly, they are both very nice but I especially like the Cobalt
Scroll as blue is my all time favorite color. I really like the Quilt With us
emailed our lucky winner and as soon as we hear back about the mailing address,
we will send out 3 yards of Cobalt
again for participating!
This contest is now closed. Thank you so much for everyone who participated! To find out who won, click here: WINNER
Did you know that Connecting Threads now carries coordinating backing fabric? That's right, we recently added the option to two of our most popular collections: Symphony of Blues and Charlottesville.
We are really excited about this new offering and are hopeful
that it will make your life a little easier! The fabrics come in 104"
widths and are priced at just $11.96/yard.
When we made the photo samples of Sue's adorable Fox Hooded Robe and Alligator Hooded Robe kits in our Wild Ones flannel we all pictured cute photos of them on my 2-3/4-year-old daughter and Teri's 2-1/2-year-old son for the catalog.
kids are almost the exact same size and have had play-dates together in
the past. Cute idea, right? Ha! What a pipe dream that turned out to
be! We ended up with one photo we could use of Alice in the fox robe, no
usable shots of Tyler in the alligator robe, and lots and lots of
out-takes. Most of the funniest ones with parents half in the shot
trying to wrangle the tots were deleted, but I thought you'd enjoy
seeing some of the other out-takes of photography with toddlers.