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 amazing books and patterns available, this was when the quilting bug really started getting a hold of me. Then and there I decided I needed to be a part of the Connecting Threads team, so I applied for a job in the Purchasing Department and the bug got stronger.

2006 Design Library

The Connecting Threads team is made up of an amazing group of quilters who are always willing to share their wealth of knowledge and so started the trials and tribulations of learning to quilt. Judy will attest to the fact that I was not always the easiest person to teach but she persevered and sought help from the group and through it all they ended up making me a quilter.

2008 Quilt Market

It still amazes me that I now have the privilege of running this department. I can’t describe the feeling of joy and pride I still get each day I come into work. I work for a company which makes it their mission to strive to make quilting easily accessible to all quilters through customer service, picking and shipping orders quickly, making as much stock as possible available at all times, choosing products that have been tested and quilter approved, writing easy to read and follow patterns, etc. I work with a dedicated group of people who at the end of the day do whatever they can to make sure everything goes smoothly for customers even if it’s not in their job description, but they do it because they care.  These are the things that make me get up each and every morning and leave my family for a large part of the day and do it with a smile (okay the smile doesn’t come until after the first cup of coffee). I can’t imagine being anywhere else or with any other group of people even when deadlines are looming and everything is going wrong all at the same time. I end up belly laughing at minimum once a day and some times so much I go home with a sore stomach (counts as exercise right?) but a large smile on my face.

2012 Tyler & I sewing on CT Project

So I say the first 20 were amazing – here’s to the next 20 being even better!


  1. Stephanie Dunphy - June 3, 2014

    Wow! That’s quite a milestone for you and the company. Congratulations to everyone. I love CT. Happy 20 and many more!

    • admin - June 3, 2014

      We love you too, Stephanie! Thanks for all of your support. <3

  2. Gail - June 3, 2014

    Always good value in fabric & excellent delivery to Saskatchewan Canada

  3. shannon - June 3, 2014

    as a relative newbie (5 years in) i too love ct. most of my stash is from there. i would love to see some photos of earlier lines ct produced. i managed to see hearth and home and think that was the first one to make me drool!! (tho much of it was gone by then). would love to see photos of fabrics or quilts made prior to that. just for fun!! i am a big fan of the kitbuilder and qwu as well and have met many lifelong “friends” there. ct is a big part of my life.

    • Dawn - June 3, 2014

      Thanks for so many sweet words, Shannon! I love the idea of showcasing our “vintage” fabric lines, I’ll see what we can pull together in the near future. 🙂

  4. Karen Morrell Johnson - June 3, 2014

    Congrats CT!!!!

  5. Vicki H - June 3, 2014

    Congrats! I love when my CT box arrives at my door. I am expecting a box later in the week.

  6. Joan Vestby - June 3, 2014

    I too am relatively new to quilting but it is becoming an addiction,CT has contributed with beautiful fabric,great service and patterns that keep us interested . Thanks for your catalogue of supplies.jv

  7. Joy - June 4, 2014

    Congratulations .. Wow 20 years. I love the photos.

  8. Jenni - June 4, 2014

    Teri, CT is so incredibly lucky and I know glad to have you! You’re such a great being to run that department and I miss it and you every single day!!! Congratulations to all of CT’s growth and success! *There may or may not be tears in my eyes…ahem…i’m just saying:) XOXO

  9. jeannette - June 4, 2014

    Happy the day I found your on line store, my first go to site when I need something. Thank you for your wonderful service and many more years..Cheers J.

  10. Irene S - June 4, 2014

    Congratulations I enjoy making you kits.

  11. Linda Christianson - June 5, 2014

    A big Happy Birthday CT. I am happy I found my fabric for my sewing room from you in 1998. It’s still the curtains in my old sewing room in the basement I now have even a bigger room in the attic or bonus room full of fabric from CT. It often hard to tell my self no more fabric. CT you just replaced a book that the cover was ripped; I really would not have cared but I was buying it for the High School library. You told me to give them both. Good idea we hope to start a history quilting club in the Fall.

  12. Linda Froggie - June 11, 2014

    You’ve come a long way, baby! I love CT and the whole staff. And Tyler sewing is just precious.
    ~Hopppy quilting~

    • Teri - June 17, 2014

      Thanks! Tyler just loves to press the petal on the sewing machine. Only problem is he just likes to go FAST! Guess he got it from his Fast & Furious Momma 🙂

  13. claudia - June 17, 2014

    I just realized its your 20th anniversary, congratulations. Love your fabric and other quilting supplies. Congratulations!