Category Archives: catalog

Behind the Scenes of our catalog printer

As some of you might know, I am the catalog manager for Connecting Threads. I am responsible for laying out and designing the catalog from start to finish, but I couldn't do it without the wonderful team of people here at Connecting Threads. Take a look at this behind the scenes blog post to find out how the magic happens at the printer!

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Snapshots Quilt

Shhh!  Don’t tell anyone, but I have a bit of a problem-- I can’t go anywhere near flannel without reaching out and stroking it.  And our flannel is especially nice to touch!  So when Big Sky Lodge arrived I started thinking about which quilt I wanted to make.   Snapshots was an easy choice: it uses plaid in the borders, and is blue (two more things I’m partial to).  I also loved that it showcases the animal print just beautifully.

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My Big Sky Lodge Collection

When it came time to design Big Sky Lodge, I knew immediately I wanted to design a flannel group that was more masculine in nature, yet still gender neutral.  We get lots of comments and requests and believe me, we do hear you and we do listen.  In my time here, the few flannel groups we’ve had have been feminine and or baby themed, so it was definitely time for a more masculine group.

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Florabunda

I love the rich, deep colors found in the Rose Manor Collection.  Reds in shades of wine, with greens of olive and evergreen, complemented by soft cream, antique, mustard and taupe, bring Rose Manor to life!

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Another new collection to share….Shimmering Frost!

  I was asked to create a collection using a very popular past collection as inspiration, known as "Twilight Frost".  So I gladly took on the task of creatingShimmering Frost to have a similar feel and yet a touch of me included.  We wanted to keep with similar colors of blues and greens, but I also wanted to add black and grays since they are very popular these days.  I envisioned dark wintery nights, snowflakes falling, icicles forming, and stars gleaming.  The motifs are simple and airy, graphic and whimsical.  

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Crystalline

The Shimmering Frost collection typifies those structures in nature that are orderly, repeating and three-dimensional.  Of course, my mind’s eye saw ice crystals and when that happens, hold on!  The image was burned in my head and I was unable to deviate from it so, you get Crystalline!  It is one block repeating itself twenty-five times.  The wonderful thing about the block is that it creates a secondary repeating block.  This new block makes the finished quilt look very orderly and predictable and draws the eye.  The Shimmering Frost fabrics provide the differing hues which create the three-dimensional visual you see in a crystal.  I love the gradation of color in this collection.  It’s a designer’s dream!

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Introducing my new collection – Soaked!

I really enjoyed designing the Soaked collection, I think it's super cute!  I suppose psychologically I was inspired just by living in the Northwest and by the abundance of gray skies and rain we endure.  This collection is a fun way to appreciate a rainy day, wherever you may live.  I love the colors and  how the theme lends for some really cute images.  I don't think this group is strictly for kids either, I think people of all age can find fun uses for this group.

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Rain Chain

The idea of the Rain Chain quilt came from those beautifully artistic, functional contraptions that are used as downspouts instead of closed gutters. I love those things! Well, I have to tell you, this subject matter made me chuckle living in the Pacific Northwest where rain is a steady flow most of the year, but the individual fabrics in Soaked are so cute and unusual and I love the color scheme.

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Wooden Spools

I absolutely LOVE bright colors on a black ground and Home Front has all that and more. OK, so what is your inspiration when you begin to create in your quilt room? Quilt magazines? Art? Fabrics? Well, I love color and the wider the range the better. Color is an interesting thing, not much more is needed when creating a work of art! Color also affects our moods, frame of mind, and even our general health! Yellow gives us energy, blue and green are restful and red gets us all fired up!

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Introducing my new collection – Home Front!

While I was designing Home Front, I was inspired by America in the 1940's. I pictured ladies with curls in their hair, donning floral printed dresses and cute aprons, bustling about in their quaint kitchens making homemade pies and home-cooked meals.  I was inspired by day-to-day items like rayon printed dresses which were especially popular at the time, feed sack prints, as well as everyday objects like apples and fluttering leaves. I wanted to bring in fun bright colors with touches of black, which was very common back then.

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