Big Changes Are Coming to Connecting Threads!

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It has always been on the forefront of our priorities to provide quilters with a great selection of quality quilting fabrics at affordable prices. In 2007, we began designing and selling our own fabric collections. The biggest difference between Connecting Threads and other manufacturers is that we sell our quilting fabrics directly to the consumer, thereby eliminating the need for middleman markups and allowing us to offer our fabrics at prices that are accessible for most budgets. As a small company, this business model has worked well for us, and we will continue to design and manufacture just as many of our own collections as we have for the last several years.

We have long considered the option of bringing in fabrics from other manufacturers but have battled with the cost difference between our exclusive fabrics and those sold from other companies because affordability is one of the core values at Connecting Threads. As our business continues to grow however, we have received an increase in the demand for additional designs and patterns from our customers. Because our in-house design team can only produce so many fabric collections per year, we’ve called upon some of our favorite designers and manufacturers in the industry. Beginning in early August, we will be selling a variety of prints manufactured by RJR Fabrics. We will continue to roll out more collections from other popular manufacturers and designers in an effort to offer our customers a great selection of fabrics for all tastes and style preferences. We want to underscore that our exclusive collection prints will continue to be produced and released without change, and will still be priced at $5.96/yard for flat cotton.

Some of the collections we are most excited to be introducing to our line up are Cotton + Steel and Pocketful of Daisies from designers like Kim Kight, Sarah Watts, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Lynette Anderson.

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Pocketful of Daisies

Cotton + Steel fabrics were a phenomenal hit at Quilt Market this spring, and rightfully so. The fabrics housed under the Cotton + Steel name were designed by five reputable, well renowned designers in the industry, each with their own unique background and inspiring story. We encourage you to learn more about the designers behind these amazing fabrics below.

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Designer profiles…

Melody Miller

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Creative Director, Founding Designer

Melody grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, quite possibly the prettiest place on earth. Later, she felt just as much at home in New York City, where she studied industrial design at Pratt Instute, and her love for vintage objects began. She is the designer behind the Ruby Star fabric lines for Kokka, as well as co-author of the book, Ruby Star Wrapping.

In early 2013, Melody had an epic idea, and from that, Cotton+Steel was born. She lives in Atlanta, in picturesque and historic Grant Park with her amazing photographer hubby, two charmingly quirky children, and a very silly Bichon Frise. She loves vintage design, flea markets, her converse sneaks and margaritas. Most times, in moderation.

Alexia Macelle Abegg

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Founding Designer

Alexia Marcelle Abegg was born in Folsom, California, on the day Mount St. Helens erupted. She has been inspired by her mother’s and father’s creativity and dedication to art throughout her life. An award-winning designer, artist, and writer, Alexia has always been fascinated with the art of sewing. She studied fashion and fine arts in college.

After trying her hand at photography, production, acting, costuming, hair and makeup for film and television, fashion design, and custom sewing, she found her home in creating fine art quilts and sewing patterns while living in Brooklyn, New York. Alexia and her husband, artist and fabric designer, Rob Bancroft, live in Nashville with their two dogs. She currently divides her time among creating patterns for their company, Green Bee Design and Patterns; teaching; making art; and writing.

Kimberly Kight

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Founding Designer

Kimberly Kight spent a lot of time as a child at the heels of her mom and grandma, shopping for fabric in the aisles of JC Penny and the like. Though she doesn’t remember sewing on her own as a child, when she received a sewing machine as a gift in 2001, she was able to thread it without thinking about it. A layoff led to a sewing hobby that led to an interest in fabric. She started the blog True Up in 2008, right as a new era of fabric design was beginning to emerge. In 2011, her first book, A Field Guide to Fabric Design, was published. An avid collector of vintage fabric, she wants to bring her very favorite prints from the past back for a new generation of sewers to enjoy. Kim lives in the Hill Country just outside of Austin, TX with her husband and two sons.

Rashida Coleman-Hale

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Founding Designer

Rashida Coleman-Hale has been making things ever since she can remember. She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Not sure if fashion was her calling, she traded her sewing machine for a computer and worked as a freelance graphic designer. Her passion for sewing was rekindled in 2006 after the arrival of her first child, and she began the blog I Heart Linen to document her re-born creative life and her life as a stay-at-home mommy.
A fabric designer as well as an author, Rashida has designed fabric for Timeless Treasures and Cloud 9 Fabrics. Her first book, I Love Patchwork, was published by Interweave press in Fall 2009 and was awarded the 2010 PubWest Book Design Bronze Medal in the How-To/Crafts category. Her second book, Zakka Style,was published by C&T Publishing in Fall 2011.

Rashida lives in Atlanta with her husband and their three children. Read more about her crafty life at http://www.iheartlinen.typepad.com.

Sarah Watts

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Founding Designer

Sarah Watts is a fabric designer, book illustrator, and licensing artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. After a nomadic childhood filled with characters and interesting narratives, she studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, and put her imagination to great use as an illustrator. Sarah has previously designed for Blend Fabrics; Timber and Leaf was her most notable collection. In addition to designing fabric, Sarah has a full line of aprons and kitchen towels, and licenses her art to other products as well. She has also illustrated several YA and children’s books.

Sarah’s most recent adventures include skydiving, tattoos, and eloping in Vegas. Sewing has always been her favorite peaceful activity away from her sketch pad and computer. When she is not drawing or sewing she likes going thrifting and adventuring in nature with her awesome husband. Sarah finds bliss the smell of campfire and a good cup of black coffee.

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As a team of quilters, we love fabric and know how important it is to have a great variety to choose from. We hope that you’re as excited about these changes as we are! Keep your eyes open for more manufacturers and designers coming to Connecting Threads in the coming months.


120 responses to “Big Changes Are Coming to Connecting Threads!”

  1. Stephanie Dunphy Says:
    07/30/2014 8:34 am

    Oh this is so exciting and very forward thinking of CT. I love how you as a company evolve and change with the demands of the quilting public and the needs and wants of your customers. Congratulations. Now I’m getting my tea and having a nice read about these awesome ladies!!!

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! We’re really excited about these changes and are so happy to see that our customers are happy, too!

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  2. Diana Says:
    07/30/2014 9:44 am

    This is all very exciting and wonderful, but where or where are the Christmas kits/fabric? :):) – just can’ wait!…love, hugs and kind regards to your great company….Diana

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:26 pm

      Hi Diana,

      They’re coming soon! I promise. :) Thanks for your kind comment, we really appreciate it. xoxo

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  3. Kathleen Says:
    07/30/2014 9:52 am

    Great news here. But I’m so very glad you will still be offering your own collections at your own awesome prices. Please don’t ever stop with that :)

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 2:44 pm

      We won’t! Producing our own fabrics is something we really love to do, and we don’t have any plans of stopping. Thanks for your sweet comment, Kathleen!

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      • Carol Says:
        08/11/2014 8:56 am

        Thank you for continuing to be aware of those of us on limited budgets. It is wonderful to know there is a place that we can purchase good fabrics at a reasonable price.

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        • Alisha Says:
          08/11/2014 11:21 am

          Hi Carol!

          Thank you for your feedback! We are extremely mindful about this because as quilters, we know how expensive quilting can be. I’m so happy that you enjoy our products, and I really appreciate your comment. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Ande Odegaard Says:
    07/30/2014 11:18 am

    As I saw “Changes are Coming” in the email, I held my breath… no problem! I’ve enjoyed seeing the many seasonal collections at a reasonable price-per-yard. Thank you for continuing to have those fabrics available for we grandmas on a fixed income. I also look forward to seeing the RJR Fabrics that I’ve used in the past. Thank you for a quality website, expedient service and great prices!

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:28 pm

      And THANK YOU, Ande, for your continued support of Connecting Threads. We love our customers, and your comment is exactly the reason. Thank you for your kind feedback!

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  5. Renee Byrd Says:
    07/30/2014 11:18 am

    I love your fabrics…but, agree that it must be quite daunting to come up with new lines, and the patterns, kits etc to go along with them. This will marry the two worlds and I am excited to see them coming out!

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:28 pm

      Exactly! We couldn’t be more excited. Thanks for your comment, Renee!

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  6. Maybelline Romero Says:
    07/30/2014 11:25 am

    This is exciting news. Congratulations on your business move. I love your fabric and appreciate your affordability. Best of luck and thanks for always treating my orders with such care.

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:30 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Maybelline! It’s so nice to hear that you love our fabrics, and that your orders have been so satisfactory. I will make sure that our whole team sees your comment. Thank you again! xoxo

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  7. Debbie Rines Says:
    07/30/2014 11:34 am

    This is great! Can’t wait to see all the new fabrics coming our way.
    Debbie

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:30 pm

      Thanks Debbie! It’s so exciting!

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  8. Pam Walton Says:
    07/30/2014 11:48 am

    What?!? This is a dream come true. I just love CT.
    Pam from Canada

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:31 pm

      Ha ha ha, I’m so glad that we’re making your dreams come true, Pam! Thanks for your comment; we’re pretty excited about these fun fabrics, and all of the other ones still to come. :)

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  9. Regina Says:
    07/30/2014 11:56 am

    This is a win all the way around! I love CT’s exclusive fabrics already – but even more I love your amazing CUSTOMER SERVICE! You’ve just coupled that with lots more options of things for me to buy and made me a very happy quilter!!!

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 12:24 pm

      Regina, you just made our day! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. We so appreciate it!! XOXO

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  10. Phyllis in Minnesota Says:
    07/30/2014 12:47 pm

    Outstanding – your great fabric plus others to choose from. The best of both worlds!! Thanks much

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 2:44 pm

      Yippee! We’re pretty excited. :) Thanks for your comment, Phyllis!

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  11. Barb Says:
    07/30/2014 12:49 pm

    This is exciting! Congratulations and keep up the great offerings. I enjoy the CT exclusive fabrics as they are one of a kind! It will be great to see the new options in the future. Thank you for the great forward thinking and customer service! I am a customer for life!!

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 2:46 pm

      Barb, thank you so much for your incredibly sweet comment! I will pass it along to the rest of our team. We so appreciate your support and are grateful to have you as a customer!! xoxo

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  12. Jacqueline Gagnon Says:
    07/30/2014 12:50 pm

    This is exciting news, As a Canadian paying in Cdn dollars, your efforts are appreciated at keeping costs down and your great customer service is also greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 2:55 pm

      Thank you, Jacqueline!

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  13. Carol Donnelly Says:
    07/30/2014 12:52 pm

    I am so happy to hear CT’s fabric prices will remain the same. I can’t tell you how many friends and relatives have gifts from me made with CT fabrics!
    I am also very excited to see new designs and fabrics coming to CT. It will be like shopping in a “candy store”.

    Carol

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  14. Andrea Says:
    07/30/2014 12:55 pm

    This is very exciting news. Just wanted to thank you so much for your wonderful products and the pricing. I’ve never had a bad experience for CT and the material and thread are awesome. Thanx again and God’s blessings

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/11/2014 11:22 am

      Hi Andrea,

      So sorry for the late reply to your comment. I just want you to know how much we appreciate this feedback, and how grateful we are to have you as a customer! Your input is so treasured!

      Alisha

      Reply
  15. Susan Says:
    07/30/2014 12:56 pm

    This is a marriage I think we all applaud and can hardly wait to see the offspring of the union.

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/11/2014 11:23 am

      Teeheehee, thanks Susan! We think it’s a pretty great union as well. :)

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  16. Lynda Pickel Says:
    07/30/2014 12:59 pm

    OH NO! I am in SOOO much trouble. Not only do you provide the best fabrics and threads, plus the sweetest-voiced customer care rep, you’re going to wear out my son’s credit card! I can’t wait to get into some trouble!!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/11/2014 11:24 am

      Lynda,

      Your comment made me laugh out loud. When I saw “OH NO!”, I got worried. I’m so happy you’re excited about the changes, and I so appreciate your wonderful feedback. Have a fantastic week!

      -Alisha

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  17. Carol Kamaile Says:
    07/30/2014 1:02 pm

    Wow I’m excited. I have purchased fabric, kits, and thread from you and have never been disappointed. Your pattern instructions are the easiest to follow for cutting and sewing, I love all I have received. Will you be offering kits with these new fabrics? Thanks from Hawaii.

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 2:58 pm

      Hi Carol, thanks for your comment! We will be offering some kits with the new fabrics, yes. Because we are only carrying select fabrics from these new groups, the kits will use a combination of the collection prints and our everyday basic fabrics.

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  18. Victoria Webster Says:
    07/30/2014 1:26 pm

    I love your company and look forward to doing business. I am retired and on a fixed income so I appreciate your prices. I wonder if any of your fabrics are Made in America? I am trying to pay more attention and I want to support the companies that are from the US.
    I also love your kits as they are a good value and very nice.

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  19. Terrie Flandermeyer Says:
    07/30/2014 1:31 pm

    This is great ! I have bought many of your kits ( haven’t made all of them up yet) . This will add extra wonderful fabric to your already extraordinary designs. Thank you

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 3:05 pm

      Terrie, thank you so much for your kind feedback. I am so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed our fabrics thus far and that you’re excited for the new selection! Have a great day!!

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  20. Charmaine Says:
    07/30/2014 1:32 pm

    This wonderful news! I’ve been following Cotton + Steel since their first announcement. I love your fabric and it’s great to know I’ll be able to shop here for others as well.

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 3:04 pm

      Woohoo! Thanks for your comment, Charmaine!

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  21. Barb Ostermeier Says:
    07/30/2014 1:54 pm

    So excited. I can’t wait to see all the choices that are coming.

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  22. PT in SC Says:
    07/30/2014 2:03 pm

    Wow, this is exciting!

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  23. ivy gabbard Says:
    07/30/2014 2:09 pm

    I love all of ct,s products, doing another order

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  24. Sandra Says:
    07/30/2014 2:42 pm

    What a refreshing article I just read on your new additions in the fabric line. Shopping at CT is just like we we did when I was a child and loved getting a package in the mail. I’m waiting on a pkg. now from CT and can’t wait. And, being out in the prairie with no quilt shop to go to, this gives me fabric shopping, thread, etc. right in my own sewing room. Bring it on girls!
    Sandra

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 3:03 pm

      Sandra, thank you so much for your comment! There really isn’t anything like anticipating a package in the mail, is there? We really appreciate your ongoing support and kind feedback! Have a great day! xoxo

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  25. Pam Salt Lake City Says:
    07/30/2014 2:45 pm

    So glad you will continue with your in house collections! Love, love these beautiful fabrics at such wonderful prices! This is more important to me than outside designers!

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 3:01 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Pam! Rest assured, we will continue our in-house collections indefinitely. We’re so glad you love our fabrics!

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  26. Mary Says:
    07/30/2014 2:52 pm

    What can I say after all these comments, except “ditto! ditto! ditto!” I don’t remember how I got lucky enough to come across your business, but I have been so pleased with the fabric quality and pricing, and with the top-notch, personalized customer service. Congratulations on your business move, and best of luck.

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/30/2014 3:00 pm

      Wow Mary, this is such nice feedback! Thank you so much for your support of Connecting Threads. We are more than grateful! xoxo

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  27. Agnes Says:
    07/30/2014 3:01 pm

    I shop with CT almost exclusively because of the great prices and wonderful service. I find ways to make the fabric lines that you carry work for me. Rarely do I look elsewhere and then it is generally for a specific focus fabric, eg wolves, and then I make CT fabrics work for the rest. So glad to hear you plan to keep the budget constrained quilters happy with quality goods.

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  28. Robin from Ohio Says:
    07/30/2014 3:02 pm

    I hope we all benefit from this and keep CT moving forward. We will all be happy campers! Keep it up.

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    • Bev Aldred Says:
      07/30/2014 3:22 pm

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE CT fabric I am a beginner quilter and the materials I have ordered have been amazing. I sit and think of all the lovely things I want to make. My BF from Victoria is coming here for 10 days to sew (A
      Birthday Present from my Hubby ) My beautiful fabric came last week and I can’t wait to show her. I can’t wait to see CHRISTMAS…….YIPPY :)

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  29. Sharon Says:
    07/30/2014 3:40 pm

    I have been buying fabric from Connecting Threads since they branched out from painting books to quilting books and fabrics. I loved that you sold fabrics from other fabric manufacturers, and was very disappointed when you stopped doing that. I’m not thrilled with the designs and fabric quality that you sell now, except for your batiks, which are great. I am so glad that you are going back to selling others’ fabrics again!

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    • Alisha Says:
      07/31/2014 8:40 am

      Hi Sharon,

      I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been dissatisfied with our fabrics as of late. We are always eager to hear feedback – good and bad – and would love to hear specific information as to how our fabrics aren’t meeting your standards! Any additional information that you would be willing to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your feedback!

      -Alisha

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  30. Sandy from Calif Says:
    07/30/2014 3:43 pm

    Love what I just read about Changes are Coming, sometimes we just need to stir things up a little.

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  31. Lynn Ens Says:
    07/30/2014 4:24 pm

    I simply love your fabrics and your prices, even though I live in Canada and have to pay exchange, it’s the best I have found yet. I belong to a fabric store club and have a hard time sometimes matching colors and prints for my quilts, but with your selection of yard and fat quarters it is so easy now. Thank you very much, Lynn Ens

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  32. Kathy Says:
    07/30/2014 5:32 pm

    What a big change! I am looking forward to it but will always look to your own line too! Would you ever consider printing personalized fabric if someone wanted their own design? How fun that could be too!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:32 am

      Hi Kathy,

      Great question! Unfortunately, with our manufacturing processes, personalized fabrics wouldn’t be possible because our order minimums are so high. One option if you’re considering making your own fabrics would be spoonflower! If you haven’t checked them out, you should!

      Thanks!

      Alisha

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  33. Brenda Ramey Says:
    07/30/2014 5:41 pm

    I certainly don’t mind you branching out–BUT I must take exception to an earlier comment. Not all fabrics are created equal and I have found that price is NOT the best indicator of that!! A good friend and I have done comparisons between your fabric and several others. We have never been shorted on fabric width with CT fabrics. It doesn’t fray when attempting to cut it. No problems with printing being so off grain it is unusable on some patterns. No bleeding. It’s not “see-through”. In other words, you produce a high quality fabric that I am proud to use in quilts of my own, for gifts, and for special gifts to Quilts of Valor. Never mind the excellent service!! Keep up the good work!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/11/2014 11:26 am

      Brenda,

      I am so grateful to you and I really appreciate this feedback. Thank you for such nice comments, and for the work you do with Quilts of Valor. That is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts! Thanks so much.

      -Alisha

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  34. Chris Says:
    07/30/2014 6:45 pm

    This is wonderful news for CT. Progression is absolutely necessary in this market. Never have been disappointed in any of your fabrics. They are beautiful and great to work with. Can’t wait to see what’s ahead for all of us CT lovers.

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/11/2014 11:26 am

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Chris! We’re really excited about the changes we’re making, and hope you love the new collections as we add them. <3

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  35. JoAnne Craig Says:
    07/30/2014 7:05 pm

    Your fabrics are super and the fact that they are USA made is great.I use your thread every day on my projects .Keep up the good work ,you are a fantastic company.

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  36. rachelle pare Says:
    07/30/2014 7:25 pm

    i am thrilled for your company that it has progressed to this growth. i love shopping through the new designs as you develope. i hope that growth does not change your wonderful quality,products,and customer service.
    i love the names of the companies and designers you are bringing on board and have used their product in the past. how will their products be integrated with your company policy and pricing. good luck with everything

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:31 am

      Hi Rachelle,

      Thanks for your comment! I can assure you that the addition of these outside fabrics will not change anything about our internal practices and fabric production. Our fabrics will remain the same high quality fabrics that you have come to expect from us, we will continue to produce kits in our exclusive fabrics, and our pricing is not set to change for the foreseeable future. You asked how we are going to integrate the new products with our company policies and pricing. Great question! We will treat these new collections as they are our own. We have created a couple of kits for the new fabrics, and we will offer plenty of pattern inspiration as well. Because affordability is so important, we will be pricing the new fabrics as low as we can. They will not be $5.96/yard, but they also won’t be as high as you may see elsewhere. I hope that helps! Please don’t hesitate to comment again if you have further questions. :)

      -Alisha

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  37. Amy Carmona Says:
    07/30/2014 7:25 pm

    Well, I have purchased several hundred dollars on CT fabrics, not even counting books, notions, etc and while I have been satisfied with most, I had one very bad experience with a kit I planned to use for a QOV. The main focus print was grossly off grain, and when I prewashed the fabrics, the reddish ones bled onto the cream color solids and the light colored prints. I wanted to return the kit and the seven extra yards of that line I had purchased for the back, but let myself be persuaded to just replace the print, and the replacement was just as bad. Did not get a response to my follow up email. But have kept buying and just LOVED the Fiesta line-bought lots and also lots of hometown Summer. Have also purchased quite a bit of the batiks, which have been great. VERY excited about the new plan to add some other brands to your lineup!!

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  38. Donna Cruz Says:
    07/30/2014 7:39 pm

    Don’t stop producing your own fabric or thread. I know I’m new to this hobby, but I have loved everything I’ve ever ordered from you. I love the fact that your fabrics are not everywhere, so the things I create are unique!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:34 am

      Hi Donna,

      Not to worry; we have no plans to stop producing our exclusive fabrics! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed your orders thus far. Thank you so much for your feedback!

      -Alisha

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  39. Linda Says:
    07/30/2014 8:16 pm

    I have been a CT devotee for a number of years now and purchase almost exclusively from your online store. As a Canadian consumer, your product prices and reasonable international shipping have made quilting affordable. Please continue with your own fabric lines as I would hate to see these diminished by the introduction of outside companies. I guess what I am asking is that you don’t stray too far from your original concept as that is what initally attracted and retained your customers. There are many online fabric outlets, but yours was unique, so please keep it that way.

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:37 am

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I can assure you that, internally, our company will continue to operate as we have for the last several years. We have absolutely no plans to stop or slow production of our own collections. Our customers’ needs have always taken priority in our business decisions, and the addition of outside fabrics is simply to fulfill customer requests for more selection and variety. We really appreciate your support and feedback, and if you should have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to comment again.

      -Alisha

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  40. Jennifer Moore Says:
    07/31/2014 1:00 am

    How exciting, Oh how I wish you shipped to Australia. I love your website. I have downloaded patterns, but I just love your fabrics and kits. Although I am a granny I like the Cotton & Steel and my teen and tween granddaughters love it. Good wishes with this new adventure I am sure it will succeed, regards Jennifer

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  41. Sarah B Says:
    07/31/2014 4:28 am

    You provide great service, good fabric, etc. It is exciting that you are including more fabric choices. Wishing you great success.

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  42. Debbie Says:
    07/31/2014 4:57 am

    I am not really a quilter but do sew a great deal. I love all your fabric. I have so much fun choosing which fabrics will match the outfits I want to create for the little ones I love. Keep up the great work and wonderful service. I am looking forward to all the new designers offerings!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:26 am

      Thanks for your feedback, Debbie! Much appreciated. :)

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  43. Barbara Says:
    07/31/2014 6:57 am

    I, too, hope you don’t stop producing your own ranges at is great to find something different with you. However, I am still so frustrated that you will not ship internationally to Europe or Australia – I just cannot figure out why not and feel you must be losing out on a large market.

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:25 am

      Hi Barbara,

      I can assure you that we will not be stopping the production of our own exclusive collections; don’t worry! With regard to the international shipping, this is a project that we are working very hard on. I don’t have an estimate as to how long it will take until we can, but it is something we plan to do in the future.

      Thanks for your feedback!

      Alisha

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  44. Phyllis Says:
    07/31/2014 9:24 am

    How exciting! Thank you for sharing this with your customers. I love your fabric,kits,and thread. I most of all love how you have kept consideration for your customers first. Thank you so much!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:23 am

      Phyllis, your comment is so appreciated. Thank you so much!!

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  45. Linda P. Says:
    07/31/2014 4:39 pm

    I have shopped for my fabric/threads with you for many years and your fabric/thread prices enable me to sell what I make…..I have appreciated the way your company works and would hate to see you diminish your own fabrics by bringing others in or raising prices as this is what brought so many of us to your site…….I have gone to many other sites but always come back to this one……so please keep your shop the unique place it has been.

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:19 am

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I can assure you that we will continue to produce our own collections in the same fashion we have for the past several years. The addition of outside fabrics is only an attempt at adding more variety and selection for our customers. The prices for our exclusive collections will not be changing. Thank you again for your input, we are so grateful!

      -Alisha

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  46. Judith Dembowski Says:
    08/01/2014 1:37 am

    I am new to your company but you are recommended by two people I trust, my dear friend and my sweet cousin. I can’t wait to become a customer! I look forward to exploring your fabric as well as your new offerings. I think I am finding y’all at a very good time. I love cotton fabric almost as much as I love finishing a quilt!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:20 am

      Judith,

      Thank you so much for your comment! We hope that you love your experience with us. Welcome to the Connecting Threads family!

      Reply
  47. Cindy Says:
    08/01/2014 1:55 am

    Wow, what super news! You’re already the best place to shop there is. How exciting to add these new fabrics. Can’t wait to see what is coming. You just keep getting better and better. Now if I just had enough time to make everything I want to.

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:22 am

      Cindy,

      Thank you so much! Your feedback is so appreciated. xoxo

      -Alisha

      Reply
  48. vicki bagley Says:
    08/01/2014 3:45 am

    you are a great company. customer service is fantastic.wish I could buy more of your kits.They are very affordable.Great news about carrying other designers.looking forward to seeing the new fabrics.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/01/2014 7:23 am

      Thanks, Vicki! We’re really excited about the new outside collections, not to mention some of our exclusive collections coming up. We hope you like our new offerings as much as we do!

      Reply
  49. Karen Bartsch Says:
    08/03/2014 7:10 am

    I live in Canada and have been shopping with you for over 3 years. Where I work was going out of fabric and a customer told me about your web site.
    I have to be honest and say your pricing and shipping helped me to decide to try your fabrics. I can honestly say I love your fabrics,
    threads and batting. I have since told many customers and friends about your website and am happy to say that I’m not the only one
    with this wonderful addiction to your products. I’m looking forward to seeing the new fabric you are going to be carrying and am glad
    you plan on keeping your own line and prices. Also, your customer service has been excellent. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/04/2014 9:35 pm

      Karen, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I will pass it along to the rest of the team. Have a wonderful day!

      Reply
  50. Pam Cottle Says:
    08/06/2014 11:08 am

    I love your fabric. I have passed along your catalogs to many friends. My daughter has a online quilt shop and uses your fabric for many of her orders. The quality of your fabric and customer service is superior and keeps us all coming back. Love the CT design lines and will continue to order from you. Best of luck in this new direction, but keep your own lines coming.

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  51. Jeanie Says:
    08/06/2014 11:36 am

    I know this decision took a lot of planning and strategy. I’m so excited for y’all! This is bold step that I think will serve you well. Congrats!

    P.S. and you chose the perfect “Kick off” line!!!!!!

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  52. Pam Says:
    08/06/2014 11:45 am

    This is exciting but please don’t ever stop selling your own line of fabrics. This has made it possible for me to be creative!!!

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  53. Lindsey Says:
    08/06/2014 12:22 pm

    I love your fabric and have made purchases from dozens of your fabric lines, and I’m excited that you are bringing in other fabric lines to Connecting Threads!

    I have also been spoiled by your fantastic website. I love the way you display all of the fabrics in the header of each collection, and to make it easy to navigate to see the individual fabrics, view example quilts, and purchase matching thread, kits, and samplers. Shopping at Connecting Threads is so enjoyable. You have the best online fabric store on the Web. Some websites actually expect you to buy a charm pack or fat quarter set by just displaying the top charm/fabric in the pack. You really have to work to see what the other fabrics are. Now, I’ll have a one-stop shop to find a variety of fabrics. Exciting!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:57 pm

      Lindsey – I can’t even begin to tell you how much your feedback means to me! As the marketing director, it is so important to me that our site and service is fulfilling the needs of our customers, so reading through your comment made my heart bounce with joy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
      -Alisha

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  54. Beverly Jane Says:
    08/06/2014 12:29 pm

    Great and happy news is always welcome here in our home. These are such stressful times for many of us that your help in keeping us supplied with fun and creative things to make is super. I am sending off a package today to my best friend in Australia for her to make a lap blanket. I am sure she will love it as I loved it too. Thanks for keeping all of us in your world of creativity. Bev

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:58 pm

      Bev,
      Thank you so much for your comment and for the warm welcoming of our news! Also thanks for spreading the Connecting Threads love to your friends worldwide. What a cool gesture! We are so appreciative of our customers, and quilters in general, and I really do appreciate the lovely feedback that you gave us. Have a wonderful day!

      -Alisha

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  55. Sue Halter Says:
    08/06/2014 12:38 pm

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw those $10+ a yard fabrics on the Connecting Threads flyer in my email! Nooooooo!!!! I am so relieved to read that you will continue your fabric lines with great prices. Altho I don’t order frequently, I know where I can go for quality fabric at prices I can feel comfortable paying. I’m currently working with your black/gray line of fabrics, Neutral Love II. And I love your threads! Thank you for ‘taking care of us’!!!

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:56 pm

      Hi Sue,
      Thank you for your comment! We are so glad that you’ve been pleased with your purchases from us thus far, and we will continue to produce fun and exciting collections down the road. I totally understand the sticker shock from the price of Lion’s Share, and I really appreciate you coming here to get more information! We are grateful for your support and feedback and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
      -Alisha

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  56. Ginger Says:
    08/06/2014 12:47 pm

    I’m so glad you will still produce in-house fabrics. While I applaud CT for doing what they need to do to progress in today’s times, I also have a local quilt shop I like to support. So I’ll save the national brands for the local guys and buy your awesome in-house fabrics. Keep up the great work. Love the new Mary Jo’s sewing room.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:53 pm

      Hi Ginger, thanks for your feedback and support! We appreciate it. :)

      Reply
  57. Charmaine Nofield Says:
    08/06/2014 1:41 pm

    I am excited about the new changes, as long as Connecting Threads stays true to themselves as well, it is the best place to shop from. Thanks.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:52 pm

      Charmaine, thank you so much for writing! We promise not to change our ways of manufacturing, and we are committed to the continued production of our exclusive collections. We so appreciate your support and feedback. Have a great day!

      Reply
  58. Lynda Truhn Says:
    08/06/2014 2:07 pm

    From Canada! Love your material, your threads, your website and the new things you got coming to us! Keep up the good work! Lynda

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:51 pm

      Lynda, you are so sweet! Thank you so much for your comment!!

      Reply
  59. Lola Says:
    08/06/2014 4:37 pm

    I have to say I was surprised at the prices of the new line. I enjoy shopping CT for your wonderful fabrics offered at reasonable prices. Will wait for a sale to try the Cotton+Steel line.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:51 pm

      Hi Lola,

      Thank you for your comment! Thank you for your comment. Connecting Threads is still manufacturing our own, exclusive collections and selling them for $5.96/yard. These fabrics are manufactured by a subsidiary of RJR Fabrics called Cotton + Steel, and because they aren’t manufactured by us, we don’t have much control over pricing. We have done our best to be the lowest among our competitors, however, we do understand that the cost is quite a bit higher than what our customers are accustomed to. Our carrying these fabrics was an attempt at offering new variety to our product lines, but rest assured that we will continue to produce our exclusive collections for $5.96/yard. Thanks again!

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  60. cindy mckee Says:
    08/06/2014 6:31 pm

    CT is the best. I have ALWAYS have been satisfied with all my purchases. Customer service is awesome.
    Can’t wait to see the new fabric lines.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:49 pm

      Thank you, Cindy!!

      Reply
  61. Jenna Says:
    08/06/2014 11:24 pm

    that’s super awesome! Cotton and steel is gorgeous and I can;t wait to see the full line (123?) prints! I’ve loved your solids forever and am thrilled about the partnership with RJR. Would you considering listing the corresponding solids that go with the cotton and steel prints?

    thanks

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  62. joan george Says:
    08/07/2014 2:59 am

    i have been using your fabrics for a few years and love everything about your company. the fabric is of the highest quality as is your friendly service. i can’t beat your prices anywhere . i have told several of my quilting friends about your site and they also bought and love yours fabrics. we all wish you all the best and are looking forward to for your next cataloge.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/07/2014 3:49 pm

      Joan, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! We are so appreciative of your support and so grateful to have customers like you. Have a wonderful day!!

      Reply
  63. Evelyn Holbrook Says:
    08/07/2014 5:16 pm

    I love your company just the way it is! I have an order that I received yesterday, and am still in the midst of touching, feeling and putting it all away. Your service and your quality are outstanding; you didn’t need to do anything (in my estimation) to improve it, so guess I’m in a ‘wait and see’ mode. I will continue to be a loyal customer, and wish you the very best in your new venture.

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  64. Patty Moffitt Says:
    08/07/2014 11:43 pm

    Love your products. Hate your shipping costs to Alaska.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/11/2014 10:47 am

      Hi Patty,

      Thank you for your feedback. I am so sorry that you’re displeased with our shipping charges to Alaska. Because our cost is so much higher to ship there, and because our margins on our products are already so low, this is a cost that we simply can’t absorb without raising the price on our products. I wish there was more that we could do, and I do sincerely appreciate your feedback. We are grateful to you as a customer, and we most definitely try to be as mindful about our shipping costs as possible. I assure you that we are always on the lookout for more affordable options, and if we are able to find one, we will most certainly pass those savings onto you as a customer.

      Thank you again for writing!

      Alisha

      Reply
  65. Deb Enders Says:
    08/10/2014 5:40 pm

    Another reason why I love, and will continue to buy from Connecting Threads. I don’t know of any other company that puts their customers first in every way — the way you handle your business, your products, and customer service continue to say that WE the public actually mean something to you. Can’t wait to see the ‘new additions’ and look forward to my next order with my favorite company! Congratulations!!

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    • Alisha Says:
      08/11/2014 10:48 am

      Wow, Deb, your comment just made our day! I can’t tell you how much this type of feedback helps us here at CT; it’s just such a morale boost! We truly do love our customers, and take all of the feedback we receive into account. You are so appreciated!

      -Alisha

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  66. Catherine Says:
    08/20/2014 11:00 pm

    Sorry guys but I am not thrilled. Not impressed at all with these lines. Yours are way better. Can’t you just hire more of your own designers?

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/28/2014 4:29 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Catherine! Unfortunately, at this time, we can’t hire more designers. I do appreciate that you think our fabrics are way better, and we will continue to produce as many as we can internally for the foreseeable future.

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  67. Gail Says:
    08/21/2014 4:37 pm

    The new fabrics are nice, but the higher prices are just like all the other websites and stores.
    What I love so much about Connecting Threads is the fabulous collections at great prices and I’m concerned that if you add a lot of other more expensive collections, your overall costs will go up and ruin what makes Connecting Threads so special – great fabrics at the best prices. Please don’t lose your focus on what you do so well.

    Reply
    • Alisha Says:
      08/28/2014 4:25 pm

      Hi Gail,

      Not to worry, the new fabrics will not have any impact on our pricing for exclusive collections. We are adding these fabrics in as a way to offer our customers more variety. Having these new fabrics also allows us more flexibility to offer more seasonal fabrics and on trend collections because the turnaround time is so much less than our fabrics. That all being said, we are not changing the way we operate internally with our fabrics, so you will continue to get great collections at the same price points as they are now. I hope that helps!

      Alisha, Marketing Director for Connecting Threads

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