Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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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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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