Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Stains and Spiders: A Product Review

Judy is our resident merchandising manager and storyteller, two roles she frequently combines with great effect. At our last meeting, she shared a story that was both a product review and a hilarious personal anecdote that left us rolling. This is her story. The Set-Up:  My husband was in the bathroom putting some greasy ointment on our dog’s ear. I was going to bed. As I pulled back the covers before climbing in, a BIG, black, thick-legged, sturdy-looking spider took off running ...

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Designing Patriotic Minis

The Patriotic Mini’s Fabric Collection for Connecting Threads all started with a sketch.  I always carry a sketchbook and a bag of pens with me wherever I go.  It’s a habit that I started as a ...

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Designing Pretty Roses Fabric Collection

Portland, Oregon – City of Roses. Roses grow phenomenally well here. We even have an International Rose Test Garden as part of our city parks, which is absolutely worth the trip in spring or even in parts of the summer if you are in town. Portland’s International Rose Test Garden Ladd’s Addition, a ...

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Designing Sedona Sunrise

Sedona Sunrise Fabric Collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads While working as a blanket designer for Pendleton, I had the privilege of traveling to Santa Fe New Mexico for the first time with the design team. As anyone who has visited the region themselves ...

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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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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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