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Connecting Threads September 2015 Catalog
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 house is tucked away in the Ladd’s Addition ...

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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 holidays. We had the pleasure of shooting one of our ...

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Behind the Scenes: The May 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

Sometimes, when you are working with such different fabric collections, separate locations are necessary to accommodate! After some careful considerations, we decided on two lovely locations– both on Portland’s east side. We arrived to our first location on an unusually foggy March morning in the Alberta district. Thankfully, the diffused daylight worked to our advantage inside this vibrant and playful ...

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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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Royal Tea Fabric Project Ideas

Royal Tea is such a lovely, sophisticated fabric collection! I would like to tell you about the three quilted projects I worked on for this collection. Echoes Table Runner For Echoes Table Runner, 13″ x 40-1/2″, I chose the following Royal Tea and Quilter’s Candy Basics fabrics:  

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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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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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Golden Age Pillow Pattern – Free Download

The focal print in Golden Age, “Old Hollywood” is such a striking print and an unusual one, compositionally speaking.  I love it!  I think it’s so pretty and so interesting!  Knowing that this print would be a bit more challenging to work with, I knew instantly I wanted to showcase it by creating a decorative accent pillow.  I also knew I wanted to incorporate embroidery to give it a more three dimensional effect.

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Introducing Neutral Love II

During my time here, I’ve learned many essential tips to what it means to be a quilter and what are major necessities when quilting.  A quilter’s stash is especially important!  After seeking advice from my coworkers who are avid quilters, it seemed like a great idea to create a collection that would be a stash building collection.  So I first created Neutral Love, with the intention of it being solely neutral colored prints; blacks, browns, greys, tans, creams, etc.  Neutral Love was a great hit by our customers, so it was a no brainer to bring it back.  Or at least bring the concept back...so Neutral Love II was created!

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