Category Archives: Personal Stories

iPad Sleeve

Hand sewing has never been so fun! I’ve done a few small projects recently that were made completely by hand, and the outcome was great! When trying to decide on which project I’d like to tackle next, I thought I would challenge myself a little more and go for something I wasn’t sure could even be executed properly without a machine. Since Mothers’ Day happened last month, I thought my mom would love to receive a gift from ...

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A Memorial Weekend Project

This last week I purged my whole stash and donated most of it to the Linus Project. While purging I found this project. It was put together to make a scrappy bow tie quilt for a twin bed. The bow tie blocks finish at 2-1/2″ and I need 420 blocks. I know, crazy, huh? Well, I love little piecing and have wanted this ...

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Sewing for ME and A Giveaway

Thank you so much to everyone who commented on our Sewing for ME and A Giveaway post! Congratulations to Nancy N., our randomly selected winner.  She will receive the Mini Quilts Booklet and a Cotton + Steel Fat Quarter Sampler as a prize!

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Stains and Spiders: A Product Review

Judy is our resident merchandising manager and storyteller, two roles she frequently combines with great effect. At our last meeting, she shared a story that was both a product review and a hilarious personal anecdote that left us rolling. This is her story. The Set-Up:  My husband was in the bathroom putting some greasy ointment on our dog’s ear. I was going to bed. As I pulled back the covers before climbing in, a BIG, black, thick-legged, sturdy-looking spider took off running ...

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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 ...

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