Category Archives: Personal Stories

Introducing: Hayley!

As the newest addition to the Connecting Threads team, I am tasked with introducing myself to you. So, first things first: Hello! I’m Hayley, the new marketing coordinator for Connecting Threads. My role is a mix of traffic control and helping us communicate with you. I’ll be the one ensuring our plans get set into motion and go smoothly. You can also ...

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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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Children’s Flannel Bathrobes

Children’s reversible bathrobes sewn from Connecting Threads flannel plaid and dot fabric, Sizes 4, 6 & 8 This winter for Christmas I really wanted to make presents for my family, especially my daughters.  I usually leave the toys and games ...

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Rally Towel Quilt

My son Andrew is in his second year at Oregon State University studying engineering. In the fall of his freshman year, he attended a football game where they passed out orange and black rally towels. After the game, he saw lots of towels left behind and thought, “My mom could make me a quilt out of these!” He gathered up about 35 towels–mostly ...

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Designing Heirloom Manor

Heirloom Manor Fabric Collection This October, we debuted a new fabric collection in our catalog and online called Heirloom Manor.  I personally love this collection—to date it is my favorite fabric line that I have worked on since starting here as fabric designer a little over a year ago. The working title for this fabric collection was “Rich Country Floral”, ...

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Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 10

One day my Sis and I were talking about her kindergarten class wondering about all the different ways she could present their coloring projects to them. Barb described how the children used color crayons and how they were stored. Having the majority of the color crayons donated, she put all of them in a very large bin throwing away all the individual boxes to save space. She thought if she had a little ...

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Summer Sewing: Island Hopping Table Runner

I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated when deciding whether or not to sew this table runner in our new Island Hopping collection! Considering my sewing experience lies squarely within the realm of clothing and alterations, plus a ...

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Madison’s Baby Quilt!

Beautiful little Madi needed a beautiful little baby quilt for her beautiful little bedroom… it is her second birthday by-the-way. Truly, a princess in the making and darling to the nines, she is quite fashion forward you know. Just look at that hairstyle! Madi is my Daughter-in-law’s niece and without a doubt gift to our families.

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A Goodbye Quilt

Since last summer, my husband and I have opened our home to students visiting from other countries who are here to improve their English and learn about life in the United States. As a home-stay family for Pacific International Academy, we have had one or two students at a time living with us for intervals of 3 weeks up to 4-1/2 months. What started out as way to help pay ...

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Orca Wall Hanging

  This was the table runner in the quilt shop. If you remember, back in June I talked about a quilt shop I visited when I was on a trip to Alaska. I found a great tribal Orca wall hanging/table runner pattern while at the Rushin’ Tailor Quilt Shop. I just knew my boy Austin would love it. He was planning on getting ...

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