Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

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Designing Folk Blossoms Fabric Collection

Folk Blossoms Fabric Collection by Connecting Threads. Inspired by traditional Russian folk art. Kachka Restaurant in Portland, Oregon My inspiration for designing the Folk Blossoms fabric collection for Connecting Threads began with ...

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Designing Heirloom Manor

Heirloom Manor Fabric Collection This October, we debuted a new fabric collection in our catalog and online called Heirloom Manor.  I personally love this collection—to date it is my favorite fabric line that I have worked on since starting here as fabric designer a little over a year ago. The working title for this fabric collection was “Rich Country Floral”, ...

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Behind The Scenes: November 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

It’s always a little odd shooting for a colder season when we are still enjoying the throes of a long summer. Shooting for our November catalog was no exception! More often than not, the Portland area stays summery and warm all through September and even now in October. With a perfectly sunny day in the mid-80s going, we cracked our knuckles and ...

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Piccadilly Sundress in Cottage Chic fabric

Marian wearing the Picadilly Dress sewn from Cottage Chic Collection I sewed this adorable little sundress for my daughter Marian from our exclusive Cottage Chic fabric collection using the Piccadilly Sundress Pattern by Sewing Sue.  I loved sewing this pattern.  It was easy to follow and has a very ...

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Connecting Threads September 2015 Catalog
Behind The Scenes: September 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

The wide variety of fabric collections definitely continues with the spread we have in store for everyone in the September catalog. I feel like we got pretty lucky with our locations for this catalog—they are both so tastefully decorated, complete with beautiful natural lighting, and paired SO well with the different styles of the projects. The first ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Connecting Threads April Catalog
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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