Behind the Scenes: The April 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

Connecting Threads April Catalog

I wear a lot of hats here at CT. One of them is styling the finished versions of our kits we offer to help make the lovely photos you see in the Connecting Threads catalogs. Along with our photographer John and assistant Alexis, we shoot both in the studio and on location.

Every location we shoot at always has its own personality and distinct little facets to go along with it. Not all of these can make it into the catalogs, but I hope to give you a taste of the beauty we see every time we go shoot for a catalog!

It’s a funny thing to work for a catalog or magazine, everyone is inherently thinking months ahead– some of us all the way to September projects when it’s just barely become January.

Evergreen foliage

It was early February here and we had our minds set on spring, on April’s livelihood. Even though the sun is a lot more hidden here in the Pacific Northwest during that time, we are still blessed with green foliage and local blooms grown in greenhouses on farms nearby.


Our days start early and we’re on our feet all day, but none of us ever seem to mind. Our little team seems to really thrive on the work’s pace. So much so, we sometimes forget to eat lunch until well after noon.

Fresh popcorn, anyone?

The house we chose for April’s catalog is in the charming Richmond neighborhood in Southeast Portland. So much to walk to and so many paths to parks and pretty neighborhoods with pretty gardens.


Pretty tray

Built in the 1940s and mostly Cape Cod style, it provided a versatile look with just stunning natural light.


Vignette Shower Curtain

Photo by John Cranford for Connecting Threads


Statue gets his spotlight

This guy above didn’t make the cut into the catalog, but he seemed to appreciate the flowers as big as his head. 🙂

Vignette Wall Hanging


All photography by Alexis Wilson unless otherwise specified.

All in all, we are super happy with how the shots for this catalog turned out and hope you enjoy them too, whether you get our catalog in the mail or browse it online. Be on the lookout for new upcoming April collections and delicious exclusive Connecting Threads fabrics that debut this coming Tuesday, March 24th, 2015.



  1. Laurie - March 20, 2015

    Nice job . . .

  2. Ann - March 20, 2015

    Lovely photography and a glimpse behind the scenes!

  3. Dorie - March 20, 2015

    The photos are lovely and I will look forward to April!

    • Dawn - March 24, 2015

      Thank you Dorie!

  4. Sheila - March 20, 2015

    Beautiful pictures! I look forward to receiving the catalog

  5. Shelley @ Cora's Quilts - March 20, 2015

    Gorgeous! Can’t wait to get the new catalog!

  6. Stephanie Dunphy - March 20, 2015

    Can’t wait to get it in the mail. I love props and fabulous photos!

  7. Amanda Best - March 20, 2015

    Beautiful photos. I am always so excited to receive my CT catalog!

  8. Eugenia R - March 21, 2015

    Wonderful photos – spring is in the air. I saw some crocuses in a garden bed today which made my day so much nicer. Always enjoy receiving my CT catalog.

    • Dawn - March 24, 2015

      Thank you Eugenia! We have crocuses in our yard at home too and the tulips are starting to peek out. Spring is my favorite season!

  9. Judith Green - March 21, 2015

    Now I can see why I look forward to your wonderful catalogs. CT staff really knows how to amp up the ambience! Kudos!!!

  10. Kathie L - March 23, 2015

    That cover quilt will be on my to-do list.

  11. Jenna - March 30, 2015

    I love these shots Dawn and Alexis!