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Featured Blog Posts – July 2010 Archive (19)

The Birthday dilemma

This issue has been weighing on me for many weeks. Many of you know by now that we've discovered the network that hosts this site has some limitations. Specifically, on the home page, far right, down a little, there is a list of our members birthdays for the day. The limit to display has always been 20 per day, but in the past, our membership was not so large and most days everyone was displayed.

We've grown! And now that the list is alphabetically, it's very easy for us to see that… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on July 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — 14 Comments

Contratulations to lucky winner Cat Lady from Independence, MO. who won our Sip of Summer sampler!

We are happy to announce Cat Lady from Independence, MO as our SIp of Summer sampler winner!
Thank you to all who commented on my blog post. Be sure to watch for more sampler give-a-ways in the near future!


Added by Jenna on July 28, 2010 at 7:29am — 16 Comments

Bunting Pillow and Sampler Giveaway!!

I am not a very experienced sewist, but when I saw this… Continue

Added by Angela on July 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — 85 Comments

Applique month - last week

Sadly, Applique month is winding down. This has been, by far, my favorite month of techniques. I just posted the 15th and final segment. You can click here to get to the final segment, and from there, just look at the far left column to see all 15 topics. These will stay up indefinitely.

Some of the… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on July 27, 2010 at 1:31pm — 4 Comments

An interview with Karen Kay Buckley!

Karen and I met for the first time last summer at the Long Beach Quilt Festival. I took her appliqué

class and have to gush just a bit. I’ve taken…


Added by Connecting Threads on July 26, 2010 at 7:00am — 14 Comments

5 winners to the Anita Grossman Solomon drawing!

Here they are! Five lucky quilters win Anita's book, contributed by C&T Publishing, and a Fat 8th Pack from Connecting Threads. I have to say this was the most popular drawing in our history! For those of you inconvenienced by the deluge of email, I'm so sorry!

Kristine in GA

jean hamilton…


Added by Connecting Threads on July 20, 2010 at 12:44pm — 18 Comments

Win this sampler! Check out my camera strap made out of Sip of Summer

I made a very practical and cute camera strap for my DSLR made out of

our Sip of Summer sampler. My 6 month old daughter Ella wanted to sew

too! Even though I gave her something in her hand to play with, she kept

grabbing my charm squares! Sewing this project took under an hour and I

had most of my sampler left over. I first sewed the charm squares

together, then ironed on fusible fleece. After that I quilted swirly

lines though it, and before I knew it I was… Continue

Added by Jenna on July 19, 2010 at 4:53pm — 72 Comments

Applique month - 14 segments are now live!

If you've ever looked into applique at all, you'll know this is a huge topic. There are so many options, so many techniques within the topic. All year, I've been looking forward to this month because it's APPLIQUE month!

If you haven't been following along, but are even mildly interested in applique, click on over to my tutorials to take a look. Instead of one tutorial for each week, like I've… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on July 19, 2010 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Weekly Gifty Project

This week's Gifty Project is the Santa Thread Catcher & Pin Cushion from Nancy Halvorsen's book, Sew Necessary and I used fabrics from Wrap it Up I took a little artistic license by painting on the eyes instead of… Continue

Added by MaryJo on July 19, 2010 at 8:03am — 4 Comments

And the winner is......

And the winner according to the Random Number Generator is #49 so starting from comment #1 and counting forward (or is it backward?!) that is cellogirl!

Congrats! Hope you have as much fun using your charm squares as I did :)

Added by Teri on July 14, 2010 at 8:28am — 17 Comments

Applique week 2 is live!

This week I did things a bit different. Instead of just one tutorial for the whole week, I posted 4! Learn several different methods for prepping your fabric and templates before you stitch. And don't forget the FREE Pattern!

Added by Connecting Threads on July 12, 2010 at 5:07pm — 8 Comments

My First Free Pattern & A Giveaway!

We just happen to have the perfect tree outside our building for hanging quilts from for photography. It was the same sunny day that we took the picture for the Quick 'n Easy Color Block Quilt which also happens to be out of the…


Added by Teri on July 6, 2010 at 1:00pm — 113 Comments

Applique month has begun!

Join me for week one - here's a free pattern to get you started! I'll be using this design to demonstrate all the various applique techniques.

This week, I give an overview of some of the methods out there. If you've never… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on July 6, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Gifty Galore - New Project, week 2

Consider a gift that requires no sewing! Hand dyed fabrics that you dyed yourself are great for gifts!…


Added by kathy on July 5, 2010 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Happy 4th of July!

Like many of you, I'm ready to enjoy a three day weekend. Yes, quilting will surely be a part of it! This is a great time to take a moment to appreciate the freedoms we have in this fine country, despite its flaws, and to continue to thank the men and women in our armed forces that protect that freedom still.

May the fireworks begin!

p.s. Applique month will begin on Tuesday when I'm… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on July 2, 2010 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

A busy day at CT!

Wow, so much is going on today! First and foremost - we're celebrating Laraine's 50th birthday! Her actual day is over the holiday weekend, so we picked today for potluck and general mayhem.

Here's Laraine with her mourning veil :)

Then it was the re-launch of… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on July 1, 2010 at 9:09am — 19 Comments

Peppermint Pincushion Paradise!

I test sewed the green alternate version of the free pattern Peppermint Pincushion, I guess that would make it Spearmint flavor. I made it out of Wrap It Up! It was actually pretty fun and I got to try out my zig zag stitch on my new…


Added by Teri on July 1, 2010 at 9:09am — 8 Comments

We have a winner

Congratulations BJ - you're the winner of the Ecosystem Sampler I used for the beach placemats and tablerunner!

Congratulations - it'll be almost like being at the beach!!!

Added by MaryJo on July 1, 2010 at 8:43am — 14 Comments

Gifty Galore Grand Opening!

Here is the first of our FREE patterns to start the new Gifty season off with!!! It's our Peppermint Candy Pincushion! And, the beautiful fabric you see it here made out of is from our newest collection,…


Added by Mari/WA on July 1, 2010 at 6:00am — 13 Comments

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