In some ways it’s hard to believe that Connecting Threads is already having its 20 year celebration and in others it seems like it’s been around much longer. If I think back oh-so many years ago when I first started in 1995, I remember that CT was still just in the infancy stage and I was learning about quilting products by answering the phones and taking orders for them.
Shortly after, I started picking the products and seeing all the amazing books and patterns available, this was when the quilting bug really started getting a hold of me. Then and there I decided I needed to be a part of the Connecting Threads team, so I applied for a job in the Purchasing Department and the bug got stronger.
The Connecting Threads team is made up of an amazing group of quilters who are always willing to share their wealth of knowledge and so started the trials and tribulations of learning to quilt. Judy will attest to the fact that I was not always the easiest person to teach but she persevered and sought help from the group and through it all they ended up making me a quilter.
It still amazes me that I now have the privilege of running this department. I can’t describe the feeling of joy and pride I still get each day I come into work. I work for a company which makes it their mission to strive to make quilting easily accessible to all quilters through customer service, picking and shipping orders quickly, making as much stock as possible available at all times, choosing products that have been tested and quilter approved, writing easy to read and follow patterns, etc. I work with a dedicated group of people who at the end of the day do whatever they can to make sure everything goes smoothly for customers even if it’s not in their job description, but they do it because they care. These are the things that make me get up each and every morning and leave my family for a large part of the day and do it with a smile (okay the smile doesn’t come until after the first cup of coffee). I can’t imagine being anywhere else or with any other group of people even when deadlines are looming and everything is going wrong all at the same time. I end up belly laughing at minimum once a day and some times so much I go home with a sore stomach (counts as exercise right?) but a large smile on my face.
So I say the first 20 were amazing – here’s to the next 20 being even better!