Category Archives: Personal Stories

Rushin’ Tailor’s Quilt Alaska

Anita and her mom in front of the Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, AK My mom and I recently went on an Alaska Cruise. We both brought some hand-work to do on ship during down time.  Boy did ...

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20 Years: Looking Back and Thinking Forward

In honor of our 20 year anniversary, we recently sat down with Matt Petkun, Connecting Threads’ president and CEO.   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 ...

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20 years – REALLY?!

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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Road Trip!

My friend Monica (roped into driving so I could sew down the binding on my table runner!), my son Tyler, and I headed north of Seattle to celebrate my godson’s birthday. Of course first I had to pack the essentials… Essential Thread (30% off right now!), Clover Wonder clips, needles (40% off right now!), and my favorite pair of little scissors!

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Three Generations of Quilters

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. Grandma Willie Ann, 1900 – 1994, lived in small towns ...

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Learning to Quilt in Prison

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.        Colleen “Koko” Sutton Founder of Coffee Creek Quilters                  1932 -2009 Koko’s Vision Koko’s vision ...

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Dawn of a New Era

Well, I'm Dawn and it’s my first official day here at Connecting Threads! It appears one of my initiations into the team is to introduce myself as the new Project Coordinator.

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