Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Connecting Threads Podcast Episode 16 – Batiks and Basics

On this episode of the Connecting Threads Podcast, we’re looking behind the scenes to see what’s new at Connecting Threads. First we hear from Kris who’s telling all about batik fabric production and what makes batik’s special. Next Marketing Director Jennifer Fish is going to help answer some common questions that people ask about us and our website, like “What’s the Design ...

Read more »

Connecting Threads Eversewn Sparrow Sewing Machine
Podcast Episode 2: Eversewn Sewing Machines!

One of the core tools in a quilter’s craft room is the sewing machine. It takes center stage (as it should) and every new machine is the result of careful thought and much pondering before you replace or add one to your collection. After all, you’ll be spending hours sewing with it, creating everything from new napkin sets to elaborate heirloom gifts!

Read more »

Podcast Episode 1: Behind the Scenes, Fabric Edition

Welcome to the very first episode of the new Connecting Threads podcast! Join us every two weeks for new episodes where we explore all things quilting. We’ll share our favorite quilting techniques, review our go-to tools, and share behind the scenes stories about what goes into making Connecting Threads the company you know and love. In ...

Read more »

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 ...

Read more »

Designing Patriotic Minis

The Patriotic Mini’s Fabric Collection for Connecting Threads all started with a sketch.  I always carry a sketchbook and a bag of pens with me wherever I go.  It’s a habit that I started ...

Read more »

Designing Pretty Roses Fabric Collection

Portland, Oregon – City of Roses. Roses grow phenomenally well here. We even have an International Rose Test Garden as part of our city parks, which is absolutely worth the trip in spring or even in parts of the summer if you are in town. Portland’s International Rose Test Garden Ladd’s ...

Read more »

Designing Sedona Sunrise

Sedona Sunrise Fabric Collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads While working as a blanket designer for Pendleton, I had the privilege of traveling to Santa Fe New Mexico for the first time with the design team. As anyone who has visited the ...

Read more »

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 ...

Read more »

Behind The Scenes: November 2015 Connecting Threads Catalog

It’s always a little odd shooting for a colder season when we are still enjoying the throes of a long summer. Shooting for our November catalog was no exception! More often than not, the Portland area stays summery and warm all through September and even now in October. With a perfectly sunny day in the mid-80s going, we cracked our knuckles ...

Read more »