The team here at CT have been making our Christmas wish lists for a
couple of months now. If you're anything like us, you've probably got
more than a few items on your list for Santa this year. As quilters, we
can always use more fabric, new thread colors, and handy books, but maybe this is the year we ask for some new and exciting tools, furniture and gadgets, too! The great thing about the Connecting Threads Wish List
is that you don't have to keep all of your most desired items a secret.
Our site's Wish List allows you to share those items with your friends
and loved ones so easily! Worried about being too abrupt? Don't! Sharing
your wish list with them will make Christmas shopping MUCH easier.
They'll appreciate it, really!
As a young girl I purchased pre-printed pillowcases from a local
five-n-dime store. The images were sweet, quaint, and creatively
stimulating. The colors were beautiful and the embroidery threads
luscious. I enjoyed creating such a project in this FREE Emboidered Pillowcase Pattern with a bit more of a modern flair, and designed it with a holiday theme. The design is so simple, it can be embroidered in a day! Try it, it's free!
The Lasting Legacies Quilt Along is beginning their first block for Connecting Threads first ever Block of the Month this week. It is being constructed from the brand new Lasting Legacies civil war collection. The quilt is made with twelve blocks; two colorways of six different blocks giving the overall look a very scrappy, yet cohesive feel. The project
will be made over a seven month period with the first six months
dedicated to making the blocks and the last month for constructing the
sashing and borders.
results are in and we are pleased to announce that Virginia Odien has
been selected as the winner in our 2013 Fabric Design Contest. Our
voting process followed the same format that we use for our in-house
focus groups. Each finalist's collection was presented on a design
board, and each panel member was given anonymous survey sheets to fill
out. Each person who participated in the voting process provided
feedback on each of the collections. Participants were asked to rate the
collections based on their overall appeal, salability, marketability,
and usability in quilting. Once they completed their survey sheets, they
were placed into an envelope for no one else to see until voting was
complete. Once the deadline for voting had been met, our Marketing
Director - Alisha - tallied all of the survey sheets and presented the
results to Connecting Threads Director, Teri Stillwell, and in-house
Fabric Designer, Jenni Calo.
The second I saw the pattern for this runner by Me and My Sister Designs, I knew it must come home to live at my home. I had been drooling (not literally--well, most of the time) over our Spring Terrace collection since Jenni first shared her artwork for it. (Disclaimer: I bleed green and yellow; I have been a huge Oregon Ducks fan since birth). I chose similar fabrics from our collection and used our Design Table feature to keep straight which fabric I was subbing for what.