Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

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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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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WIP Wednesday – Let Freedom Ring

So I just realized that next weekend is the Fourth of July weekend, it’s possible I’m running a little behind on decorating… On the other hand I could just be really early for next year! I’m sadly lacking in Independence Day Decor and have been shuffling the Let Freedom Ring Pattern around in my to-do pile for ever.   When I saw the

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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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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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