Monthly Archives: June 2014

New! Free Pattern for Vintage Book Bag

11 comments » fabric, fun, gifty, patterns

When I started here, almost three years ago, I recolored the Vintage Book Bag, an archived pattern, into our library-themed collection called Bookish. I was fortunate to obtain the catalog sample and have been carrying it around ever since! The reason I enjoy the bag so much is its 9″ x 12″ x 2″ size which is just right for bringing home books from the library or carrying a notebook or tablet.

Vintage Quilt Repair, Part 1

10 comments » Behind the Scenes, embroidery, Personal Stories

The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me.
I swear I'm only 5'2"I swear I’m only 5’2″
This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s actually unclear when exactly she …


20 Years: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

5 comments » Behind the Scenes, Personal Stories

In honor of our 20 year anniversary, we recently sat down with Matt Petkun, Connecting Threads’ president and CEO.
When you were watching your parents form Connecting Threads, did you expect you would be running it 20 years later? (If not, what were your plans back then and what convinced you to change them?)
20 years ago I was just beginning college, and I certainly had no intentions of working with my parents at …


Staff Picks: Marking Tools

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We continue our new series showcasing staff favorites, today we focus on marking tools.

Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. As much as we would love to completely eyeball and freehand our stitching, most of us need the assistance of a good marking tool to ensure we produce the design we want.
Some …


20 years – REALLY?!

16 comments » Behind the Scenes, Personal Stories

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 …