Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

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Behind the Scenes: The July 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

Another catalog, another round of fun and contrasting collections! With two brand new exclusive collections, new Quilter’s Candy novelties, AND new outside collections; we are SO excited for the July catalog to go live tomorrow! This time, just as the weather has been warming up here in the Pacific Northwest, we had to switch our gears to colder weather and certain festive holidays. We had the pleasure of shooting one of our ...

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Introducing Kindal!

My name is Kindal Dolph and for the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate enough to hold a Public Relations internship here at Connecting Threads. At a time when most seventeen year olds begin to feel a bit of pressure on them to start making life-altering decisions and mold into the person they are suppose to become, I always stood out. I knew for a long time what I wanted to be and was ...

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Behind the Scenes: The May 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

Sometimes, when you are working with such different fabric collections, separate locations are necessary to accommodate! After some careful considerations, we decided on two lovely locations– both on Portland’s east side. We arrived to our first location on an unusually foggy March morning in the Alberta district. Thankfully, the diffused daylight worked to our advantage inside this vibrant and playful ...

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Behind the Scenes: The April 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

I wear a lot of hats here at CT. One of them is styling the finished versions of our kits we offer to help make the lovely photos you see in the Connecting Threads catalogs. Along with our photographer John and assistant Alexis, we shoot both in the studio and on location. Every location we shoot at always has its own personality and distinct little facets to go along ...

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Behind the Scenes: Bits & Pieces book

Hi I’m Jenna and I’m the Catalog Manager for Connecting Threads, which means I get to put all the text and photos together like a big puzzle. Over the years I’ve gotten pretty proficient with a program called Adobe InDesign and laying out the catalog–and I enjoy what I do quite a bit! Nonetheless, I was super excited when I was asked to layout our first book of our exclusive quilt patterns titled Bits and Pieces.  Inside you’ll find patterns that ...

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How to Make a Toddler Dress in Just One Afternoon

Isn’t Laraine’s granddaughter June the cutest model? When this pattern for the Playdate Top in our new Good Natured fabric collection  was floating around the office to sew up, I knew I had to take it. As someone who mostly sews clothing, how could I resist this tiny treasure in super cute prints?

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Around the Block Quilt in Yosemite Flannel

When we receive our sewing sample fabric for every fabric collection we carry, our project manager, Judy, brings a sheet around to each of the quilters here at CT that shows pictures of all the projects that need to be made out of that collection. If we sew the sample and pay for the quilting (or do it ourselves), we get to keep the quilt once is has been photographed for the catalog. I knew even before Judy came around that I ...

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Big Changes Are Coming to Connecting Threads!

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 ...

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Behind the scenes of a catalog photoshoot part 2

Take a look! The kits sewn up in Friendship Patchwork by Jody Houghton were really fun to shoot. We found a location in Portland off of the popular site, airbnb. For this shoot, we wanted to have some nice options with lots of room to style a variety of projects from bags to a large Bordered Art Panel. We shot the Color Me Crayons quilt over the large craftsman porch, but we needed to fill in a little more light. Here you ...

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