Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ann-Bookish
New! Free Pattern for Vintage Book Bag

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.

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DuvetPattern
Something Old and Something New – July 2014

Since the July 2014 catalog just launched, I finally get to tell you about some exciting patterns. I am back with more favorites from the CT archives and a couple of  new designs in two of our newest collections: Isle of Enchantment and Prim Hollow.   Isle of Enchantment Isle of Enchantment has a gorgeous floral in three colorways: blue, orange, and ...

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jl14
Hot Off The Press: July 2014 Catalog!

We have been pretty excited for the release of our July 2014 catalog, and not just because that means Summer is almost here! Three new fabric collections and a slew of new kits to go with each has kept all of us here at Connecting Threads quite busy! On the cover, the ever-popular Zip-Zip Bag is back and kitted in one of our new collections, Isle of ...

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I swear I'm only 5'2"
Vintage Quilt Mending, Part 1

I swear I’m only 5’2″ 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. This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s ...

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Judy's Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, Lilo. She has a Juki too, but she was too busy working while Lilo had a cocktail!
Happy Sewing Machine Day!

How delightful to have a whole day dedicated to sewing machines! Some of the CT crew got in on the fun, scroll on to see their machines “in the wild”. Judy’s Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, Lilo. She has a Juki too, but she was too busy working ...

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Skaggway QA04
Rushin’ Tailor’s Quilt Alaska

Anita and her mom in front of the Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, AK My mom and I recently went on an Alaska Cruise. We both brought some hand-work to do on ship during down time.  Boy did we meet a lot of people that way and I even met some of our

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MattXmasParty2010
20 Years: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

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 ...

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ChacoLiner
Staff Picks: Marking Tools

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 ...

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2012 Tyler & I sewing on CT Project
20 years – REALLY?!

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 ...

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