Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

A tour of The Design Library print studio

A month ago I went to New York for vacation and just prior to me leaving I got a "touch base" email from a print studio we work with there. I let them know I would be in New York that following week and was encouraged to come see their offices. They're based out of upstate New York and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to fit it into my schedule. It took a little planning, but I got a few friends together and was able to make a road trip out of it.

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It’s Christmas in July?

We quilters know it takes time to get ready for any holiday, especially Christmas, so in order to give you lots of time to get your projects done, the majority of our Christmas prints come out in June/July. (Yes we know you still wait until November to actually sew the stuff, but let’s all just continue to pretend this will be the year we get it together and start early.)

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My Annual Quilt Retreat

Oh, my, gosh!!! What fun, I love it, I love it, I love it!!! The most awesome part is… I know you know what I’m talking about… Here is our place of extraordinary fun. Quilt retreat on the second floor and quilt shop on the first floor. A design made in heaven to be sure!

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Quilt Market Recap

This past weekend was Quilt Market for Spring/Summer 2013 in Portland.  I’m so glad it was held in Portland this year because I live in Portland, and for as long as I’ve worked at Connecting Threads I’ve wanted to attend.  So this year was perfect!  And oh what a lot to see!!  Quilt Market is strictly for people in the industry, but for me personally it was a tool for inspiration. 

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My Job! Mari, Pattern Designer

Quilt designing and writing are a fundamental part of my responsibilities at Connecting Threads. It is without a doubt, the most delightful job. One can only wish to have a job like this! Interestingly enough, it’s a challenge to write this because it’s like telling someone how to play! You just do it! Right?

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