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July 8, 2020
Ava's Garden Twin Size Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

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Ava's Garden has been kitted by Connecting Threads in Wild Crimson in the Twin size!  This is a twist on a classic design and is oh so sparkly!

The Wild Crimson fabric collection is a great mix of shades of blue, deep red, tan, and cream with a lot of blenders that are so easy to work with.

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The large blocks in Ava's Garden go together quickly, and would you believe this is a layer cake friendly quilt pattern?  Yep!  Toss in a few other fabrics and go!
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July 2, 2020
Oh My Darling Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

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Oh My Darling has been kitted by Connecting Thread in the beautiful Wild Crimson fabric collection!  This is the Throw size.

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I see cowboy boots and blue jeans when I look at this quilt with the denim-look blue background fabric.  More and more I'm using darker tone-on-tone fabrics as the background fabric and loving it!  ♥  I'm all for usable quilts, and it just seems like it's easier to use, love, and handle a quilt with a darker background.
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June 24, 2020
Sweet Caroline II Quilt Kit in Hometown Americana II! from Busy Hands Quilts

Counting down!  This is quilt 2 of 10 designs of mine found in the current Connecting Threads catalog.

I haven't even shown you Sweet Caroline, and now there is a Sweet Caroline II!

Sweet Caroline II in Hometown Americana II

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Meet Sweet Caroline II in Wild Crimson at Connecting Threads.  Don'tcha love that blue background?  It makes my heart sing!

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Sweet Caroline II is a strip pieced quilt pattern (of course!) that includes Lap, Throw, Queen, and King sizes.  I couldn't get an appropriate sized Twin, so that's ...

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June 23, 2020
Hometown Quilt Kit at Connecting Threads from Busy Hands Quilts

I have had the pleasure of designing quilt kits for Connecting Threads for almost two years and love how great they are to work with.

Imagine my delight when I find that 10 ... yes TEN ... of my patterns are in latest Connecting Threads catalog and on their website!  TEN!  I'll be featuring them here on the blog so stay tuned.  If you can't wait and want to see all of my patterns that have been kitted at Connecting Threads, pop on over right here.

So, first up I'll show the patriotic quilt kits in case you want ...

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June 12, 2020
Rockets Red Glare from Nestlings By Robin

LOOK what hit mailboxes
last week!!
The July issue is now out
and yours truly
has a new quilt within
titled, 'Rockets Red Glare'.
THANK YOU Connecting Threads for 
the perfect fabric line,
Hometown Americana II.
It saddens me that so many quilters
feel overwhelmed by applique' 
because, to me, it is such a 
creative and relaxing form of quilting.
Yes, there are sometimes
many pieces to handle but
no more than some of 
the pieced quilts I have seen.
There are times that even I look
at one of my designs and ask,
"who designed all this work?".
Then ...

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April 27, 2020
Honeysuckle Rose from Nestlings By Robin

Meet the Botanical Blue collection 
from Connecting Threads.

I am excited to announce 
I have a new kit with them...
The sweet little flowers in that strip 
are fusible applique' done with 
my method of cutting multiples
included in the pattern.

You can find additional visuals on
my blog within post tutorials.
This is also a full pattern 
available HERE on my website now.

"Honeysuckle Rose" is available 
through Connecting Threads 
Product Image
I LOVE to see pics of 
finished designs!

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March 19, 2020
Teal, Aqua & Turquoise from Sew Preeti Quilts

Honestly, I find these Teal, Aqua and Turquoise names confusing.  Different websites will label fabrics differently. Kona and Bella have additional names like Lake, Bermuda, Lagoon, Pool and Seafoam etc.

For simplicity and clarity I have divided my stash into Greenish Blue and Bluish Green.

Greenish Blue

Bluish Greens

Picture this - Leaving the Blue station, the train will stop first at Greenish-Blue and then at Bluish-Green before coming to a halt at Green station. For all the colors that lie between Blue and Green (but are neither Blue nor Green), March is the month in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 ...

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March 11, 2020
Mandalynn Queen Quilt in Celeste! from Busy Hands Quilts

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Meet Mandalynn, a bold star pattern that pairs perfectly with Celeste, a bold fabric collection from Connecting Threads!  This pattern requires three hues of four different colorways along with a print to tie them all together, and Celeste meets those requirements perfectly.  Of course, it would be fantastic to make this from the stash because finding three hues of four colors won't be a problem there.

This is on my to-do list with a rainbow of batiks in the twin size.  Just yesterday I purchased the floral print that will tie them all together, so ...

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February 28, 2020
Meet Annabelle - a New Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Annabelle couldn't be sweeter than with the beautiful blues from Botanical Blue, a new fabric collection by  Connecting Threads.  This quilt pattern includes four sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is yardage friendly.  This quilt is made from varying shades of blues, but it could also be made with two hues of two different colors along with a background and accent color.  

To celebrate Annabelle, she is on sale in my pattern shop this weekend!  Click here to get her!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Annabelle, available right here.
Size:  54" x 72", Throw
Fabric:  Botanical Blue from Connecting Threads ...

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February 24, 2020
Need Backings? from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I am just popping in this afternoon to let you know that Connecting Threads currently has a bonus event going on through the end of the week.  You can take an additional 20% off any Clearance item using the code EXTRA20 at checkout.  That means additional savings on fabric, precuts, kits notion or books.  This is usually the time I pick up large cuts of fabric for backings and backgrounds.

I just might be putting a few items in my shopping cart right after I finish this post....

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February 17, 2020
Beach Glass from Nestlings By Robin

Available now....
This is Beach Glass, a fun easy quilt
that will look fantastic in any color way
and has many design options!
It came about through a call for 
submissions from Annie's.
They were looking for quilts
that had one block versatile enough
to create multiple quilts just
by "twisting and turning" the blocks.

Once a color way was chosen,
I made a test block to verify
there would be enough value 
I found my perfect fabric with 
Connecting Threads in their
Sea From Space collection
which is All Batiks!
Easy way to verify you are ...

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January 24, 2020
Calliope Throw Quilt in Annie's Farm Stand! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm finally getting around to showing you the rest of the quilts I made last year that I didn't blog about.  

I've introduced you to the pattern which Connecting Threads kitted in Maison Rouge fabric, but I haven't shown you the quilt I made to test the pattern.  This is Calliope!  

When I first sewed this quilt top, those bold polka dots said HELLO a bit too loudly to me, but now I think their boldness is lovely.

I went out on a limb in choosing the red thread for quilting (I usually choose a blender ...

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December 31, 2019
A quick look back before forward to 2020 from Nestlings By Robin

Hard to believe 20 years have 
passed since this crew was 
together for a new year, decade,
century, millennium!!
We were stationed in Puerto Rico
for 2000 and what a party!
January in Florida is prime
'drink and a nosh on the water' time:)
March was more hockey watching 
the Bolts kick some ass 
(before imploding later in the season). 
Wearing my new awesome fingerless 
gloves my mom made for me:)
I find them so comfortable for 
handwork too.
April brought a new adventure working
the Connecting Threads booth in Paducah
with this crazy ...

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December 26, 2019
Building Relationships from Nestlings By Robin

In 2017 I was very excited to have a design chosen
by Connecting Threads for their catalog.
I had no idea at the time that it 
would be the beginning of 
something wonderful.
Meet Autumums...
Pattern still available 
for download HERE

This sweet little design opened
the door for my continued design 
work with a great team.
It has also allowed me to work 
the Connecting Threads booth
at AQS shows and I will be
at the Spring show in Paducah
so come by and say HI:)

I am a bit more choosy with my 
time and ...

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November 11, 2019
Graduation and Elementals from Nestlings By Robin

 for great write ups!
Meet Graduation...

We love how the graduating tones of this quilt provide the perfect backdrop for these gorgeous quilt blocks. This modern, stylish design is sure to brighten up any room!

Finished size: 60-1/2" x 72-1/2". $57

I had an idea of doing a series of blocks that used the same 
components and graduate them in difficulty.
It turned out so well that we decided to do it in 2 fabric lines
in 2 different layouts.

Meet Elementals, named for the fun nature ...

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October 21, 2019
Design Wall Monday from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

I seem to have finally gotten over my impulsive quilt starting phase and am now feeling motivated to finish up some projects.  So that means a lot of my design walls are empty right now.  So I spent a bit of time moving around some blocks on my design walls.  
I thought I would share some photos.

In my sewing room, I have all of the blocks completed for this Kaffe quilt finished.  I just need to work on the final layout and sew it up.

On the other wall, is the RSC color block quilt.  I was hoping to ...

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October 20, 2019
Kinda Brave from Sew Preeti Quilts

What is an appropriate gift for a young woman who is celebrating her high school graduation, her 18th birthday and is on her way to a prestigious college?

Kinda Brave

A quilt, of course.

Pieced Backing

Did I mention that she did all this while she was fighting a debilitating disease with multiple doctor visits and hospital stays? And she also wrote a book about her experiences and published it too.

Kinda Chronic by Ashni Sethi

Meet Ashni. Better still read about her book here.

Ashni's Mom is my friend, Manveen.
I conspired with Ashni's parents in making ...

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June 17, 2015
COUNTRY VILLAGE QAL, PART 4: Adding sashings and sewing it all together! from Quilt, sew Happy!

Hi peeps!

Did ya miss me??? 
We have been having some really up and down weather from about mid-May to last week and that factor does some real damage to me in the form of multi-day migraines…I had several...NOT FUN…

The good news is that it looks like the good weather is now here to stay! YAY!!!

Welcome to Part 4(finally!!!) of the Country Village QAL, featuring Maison De Provence by Connecting Threads. Today we will be adding the sashings and sewing the quilt top together. 

In case you've missed them, you can find Parts 1 ...

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