12 Weeks of Christmas , fun , gifty , patterns , staff projects 6 Comments »
Longtime Connecting Threads customers may remember our Cup Cozy pattern. Well, the pattern, with its instructions for two versions, is back just in time for Week 7 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas celebration! Just for fun, I made new samples with fabrics from the Spring Terrace and Indigo Patchwork collections.
Behind the Scenes , catalog , fabric , fun , gifty , patterns 11 Comments »
Nana's Pantry collection by Mama's Cottons is our nod to 1930's and 1940's feedsack prints. Our Mama's Cottons vintage reproduction collections have always been very popular and I feel are quite necessary to the world of quilting, so Nana's Pantry is the latest installment of vintage reproductions for you to enjoy!
contests , Design Contest , fabric , news 13 Comments »
We're down to our last finalist in the Fabric Design Contest! To read the bios we have posted for the other five finalists, please click their names: Sandra Malone, Virginia Odien, Sherry Saunders, Carbonated Creations, Ingrid Figueras.
Introducing Jeanne McGee, designer of Embroidery.
Jeanne McGee is an artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She studied printmaking at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her artistic inspiration has always come from her love of the outdoors--the many camping trips she takes with her family and the intricate patterns she observes in nature. Together her background in printmaking and her fascination with patterns evolved into designing fabric. She also has been sewing since age 6, when she designed a collection of clothes for her dolls. Now she's making clothes for her teenage daughter. To view more of Jeanne's designs, visit her website here: www.jeannemcgee.com
fabric , fun , gifty , holiday/seasonal , patterns , staff projects 20 Comments »
This gifty galore project came about a bit backwards. It began when I fell in love with this fabric. I love Christmas as well as mid-century style illustration (e.g. Mary Blair). This fabric was the best of both worlds, so I bought it with no idea what to do with it. I did a google search with the name of the fabric to see if I could find anyone else's projects using it. Lo and behold, I found Gwenny Penny's Fussy-Cut Quilted Coasters. A nice and simple project that utilized the focal fabric perfectly. And as an added bonus, the pattern is free and she even walks you through step-by-step (always nice for a beginner!).