Category Archives: Personal Stories

Stars and Stripes Candle Mat

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I love this cute little Stars & Stripes Candle Mat Pattern by Farmhouse Threads. I have eyed this pattern several times and couldn’t resist it any longer. It is such a quick and easy project a beginner could make. It would also make a wonderful gift if I could part with it.
I used scraps that were left over from projects sewn in the Hometown Summer collection. The …

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Vintage Quilt Repair, Part 1

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The sewists and quilters in my family have always been practical women: The mentality of “Make things you can use or wear, or don’t make them at all!” is pretty close to the mantra they all held and hold…one I also carry with me.
I swear I'm only 5'2"I swear I’m only 5’2″
This quilt my great grandma made was and still is no exception to that mentality! It’s actually unclear when exactly she …

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20 Years: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

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In honor of our 20 year anniversary, we recently sat down with Matt Petkun, Connecting Threads’ president and CEO.
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When you were watching your parents form Connecting Threads, did you expect you would be running it 20 years later? (If not, what were your plans back then and what convinced you to change them?)
20 years ago I was just beginning college, and I certainly had no intentions of working with my parents at …

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20 years – REALLY?!

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In some ways it’s hard to believe that Connecting Threads is already having its 20 year celebration and in others it seems like it’s been around much longer. If I think back oh-so many years ago when I first started in 1995, I remember that CT was still just in the infancy stage and I was learning about quilting products by answering the phones and taking orders for them.
Shortly after, I started picking the products and seeing all the …

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Three Generations of Quilters

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Ann-3Generations
In the spirit of May holidays – Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation – I was asked to write a blog on learning about quilting from my grandmother and mother. So, I will share a trip down memory lane and tell you about the two women who influenced my quilting and my life so much.
Ann-WillieAnn
Grandma Willie Ann, 1900 – 1994, lived in small towns …

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Learning to Quilt in Prison

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In the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to honor Colleen “Koko”  Sutton, who was a petite powerhouse of optimism, energy, and inspiration. Koko founded the Coffee Creek Quilters (CCQ), a group of volunteers who teach quilting to the female inmates of the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, a women’s prison in Wilsonville, Oregon.
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       Colleen “Koko” Sutton
Founder of Coffee Creek Quilters
                 1932 -2009
Koko’s Vision
Koko’s vision was to utilize …

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