Category Archives: Collection Design

Introducing: Cottage Grove

The lovely Cottage Grove collection by Connecting Threads is here! The CT staff have been busy designing, selecting, and sewing projects to highlight this whimsical garden collection – and now we get to share them with you. We are so excited! The color palette is luscious and includes shades of lavender, violet, green, periwinkle, and cream. The focal is a stylized, packed floral with cottages nestled among the botanical abundance. Our fabric ...

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Whales, Waves, and Whimsy – Meet Kujira & Star

The Kujira & Star fabric collection, designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel, is now available at Connecting Threads! As a fabric designer, I enjoy seeing new collections that include imaginative ideas and fresh color stories.  Simple shapes and hand-drawn elements of whales, waves, and the playful imagery of life under the sea makes this collection fun and whimsical. The dancing whales and ...

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Introducing: Oh My Darling

Meet Oh My Darling, our new and exclusive sweetheart country collection! It was designed to have a traditional country feel with a style and color palette reminiscent of the Civil War era. The prints and the kits made from the collection offer a diverse selection and are ideal for scrappy quilting. Oh My Darling offers a wide variety of prints and textures. Here are three of my personal favorites from ...

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Meet the Designer! Q+A with Cheryl Arkison

Quilt blogger Cheryl Arkison is known for her fun projects and passion for crafting. She has written numerous books on the art of quilting and continues to create wonderful pieces all while raising her three young kids. Cheryl’s career has now been taken to new heights by collaborating with us to design her first fabric line. Featuring 20 black, white, and grey prints inspired by the marks we make in life, Tag is one of the newest collections ...

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Designing Patriotic Minis

The Patriotic Mini’s Fabric Collection for Connecting Threads all started with a sketch.  I always carry a sketchbook and a bag of pens with me wherever I go.  It’s a habit that I started as a ...

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Designer Interview: Jody Houghton

For Jody Houghton, the intention behind design is always the same: to bring joy and possibly even a little giggle to the quilters supporting her work.  Her motto has always been “Creating a Life, while Creating a Living”, and, after being in the gift business for 25 years, she expanded her interest in crafts to include quilting. Even after designing for 34 years, she is still creating whimsical and heartfelt patterns, labels, and greeting cards that her followers can gift ...

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Designing Sedona Sunrise

Sedona Sunrise Fabric Collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads While working as a blanket designer for Pendleton, I had the privilege of traveling to Santa Fe New Mexico for the first time with the design team. As anyone who has visited the region themselves ...

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Designing Folk Blossoms Fabric Collection

Folk Blossoms Fabric Collection by Connecting Threads. Inspired by traditional Russian folk art. Kachka Restaurant in Portland, Oregon My inspiration for designing the Folk Blossoms fabric collection for Connecting Threads began with ...

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