Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Judy's Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, Lilo. She has a Juki too, but she was too busy working while Lilo had a cocktail!
Happy Sewing Machine Day!

How delightful to have a whole day dedicated to sewing machines! Some of the CT crew got in on the fun, scroll on to see their machines “in the wild”. Judy’s Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, Lilo. She has a Juki too, but she was too busy working ...

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20 Years: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

In honor of our 20 year anniversary, we recently sat down with Matt Petkun, Connecting Threads’ president and CEO.   When you were watching your parents form Connecting Threads, did you expect you would be running it 20 years later? (If not, what were your plans back then and what convinced you to change them?) 20 years ago I was just beginning college, and I certainly had no intentions of working with my parents at ...

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2012 Tyler & I sewing on CT Project
20 years – REALLY?!

In some ways it’s hard to believe that Connecting Threads is already having its 20 year celebration and in others it seems like it’s been around much longer. If I think back oh-so many years ago when I first started in 1995, I remember that CT was still just in the infancy stage and I was learning about quilting products by answering the phones and taking orders for them. Shortly after, I started picking the products and seeing all the ...

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Chalk it to Me!

What is the use of even the most fabulous sewing table if it’s not ready to actually be used? I had been looking for many long months to find just the right combination of vintage, good price, and specific design in my future sewing table. Finally, this past December, the PERFECT table for me manifested itself on the craigslist free section. It’s mid-century modern, solidly built, opens width-wise instead of length-wise, and it was FREE! The woman who was re-homing it ...

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Road Trip!

My friend Monica (roped into driving so I could sew down the binding on my table runner!), my son Tyler, and I headed north of Seattle to celebrate my godson’s birthday. Of course first I had to pack the essentials… Essential Thread (30% off right now!), Clover Wonder clips, needles (40% off right now!), and my favorite pair of little scissors! My son ...

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Staff Picks: Seam Rippers

Today, we introduce a new series showcasing staff favorites, each post will focus on a different type of item.   Tools are of course useful, but not just any doodad will do the job. In the world of quilting and sewing, we are blessed with so much more variety than our foremothers had access to. While many a quilting project can edge on perfection, there are often mistakes along the way. Seam rippers are definitely a treasured tool when these mishaps occur.   Our ...

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Learning to Quilt in Prison

In the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to honor Colleen “Koko”  Sutton, who was a petite powerhouse of optimism, energy, and inspiration. Koko founded the Coffee Creek Quilters (CCQ), a group of volunteers who teach quilting to the female inmates of the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, a women’s prison in Wilsonville, Oregon.        Colleen “Koko” Sutton Founder of Coffee Creek Quilters                  1932 -2009 Koko’s Vision Koko’s vision ...

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Spring Cleaning!

With Spring upon us we here at Connecting Threads thought it was a good time to start freshening things up a bit. You might have noticed the start of Spring cleaning around here with a bit of a new look to the Quilt with Us background and fonts. This will be an ongoing theme throughout the year so watch for updates and improvements!

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Leaving Connecting Threads…moving back to New York!

It is with a heavy heart and bittersweet sentiment that I say goodbye.  Goodbye to Connecting Threads, my coworkers turned family, and to all of you!  I have made the decision to move back to New York.  My time at CT has been amazing and the most invaluable experience of my career.  CT and all of you have helped put my face and name to all the art I create and helped in making me feel honored to have all ...

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Behind the Scenes of a Catalog Photoshoot

You might remember a previous post, “Behind the Scenes at Connecting Threads: meet Jenna, the Catalog Manager” where I talked about my job and what I do. Well, this blog post is kind of an extension to this. I’ve taken over doing the quilt photography from Jenni, our fabric designer. Styling and shooting quilts is definitely a team effort, and it takes quite a bit of planning, styling, and patience. We have a new team member, Dawn, who ...

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