Meet Judy, Project Manager for Connecting Threads

I have worked for Connecting Threads for over 15 years.  Like everyone else here, I have a variety of hats I wear in my role. I make sure we are following all of our procedures.  People think of me as the Procedure Police (AKA office nag) because so much of my job revolves around deadlines being met, and projects being done according to plan.  I really do enjoy working here and the best part is all of the great people I get to see every day.  It is always busy and I love it. The time flies when you are having fun!

I have the pleasure of working with our contract sewists (we have 18 right now) and Long Arm Quilters. They test our in-house patterns and make our beautiful samples for the catalog. I work closely with Mari, Sue, and Ann – our talented pattern designers – and Deb, who runs our sewing center. We print nine catalogs a year. This means that we are always busy testing and sewing to meet our catalog deadlines so they can be photographed with plenty of time to spare. We are usually working a couple of catalogs ahead of what is currently in your homes.  We always test our own patterns twice and do our best to make them error free and easy to follow. Our employees sew samples too if it is something that they love. I make sure all of the edits are made and put the patterns in place so they can be printed by our warehouse for our kits.

Another fun part of my job is that I get to see the upcoming tools, books and patterns. I love to go to Quilt Market to see the new things that vendors are offering. We get samples and then I start the ball rolling. We test all of the new products that we offer to our customers, and discuss them as a group to decide whether they would be good to carry. We try to carry things that we would want to buy ourselves.  After the books and tools have been entered in our system, written about, ordered, photographed and scanned, I put them in their categories so they will show in the right places on the website. THEN when the stock is in the warehouse and everything is finished I turn them on so they will show on the website. That is when we can start to buy them!  That is what I like to do best!


  1. BJ Elder - March 27, 2013

    Hi Judy
    It is so great you are able to use your great talents in such a fun job and work environment. I love that you all try out the products and determine how useful you feel they are and if you would buy them before offering them for sale.
    It was such great fun getting to meet you last Fall. You are a terrific person!

  2. Barbara Rouse - March 27, 2013

    Hello Judy it is good to put a face to the name, I enjoy the emails alerting us quilters/sewers on the newest products and especially the sale items

  3. Marybeth Adams - March 27, 2013

    Your job is what all “quilters” love to have. Your work in the catalog show, for they are done so well. I enjoy looking at them when they come to my house. Keep up the good work Judy!
    Marybeth Adams

  4. karenthequilter - March 27, 2013

    Sounds like a great gig!

  5. Margaret Lewis - March 27, 2013

    I am really interested in getting started as I am a bebinner quilter!

  6. Margaret Lewis - March 27, 2013

    I am really interested in getting started as I am a beginner quilter!

  7. Clairellen McLaughlin - March 27, 2013

    Hi Judy, Yours is the only catalog that I read like a quilting magazine… many great ideas and things to dream about. It shows all the work that goes into it.

  8. Carol Ann Hinton - March 27, 2013

    Nice to meet you, Judy! I think you have a fascinating job. Until I retired, I was a Office Manager for a large law firm, and I enjoyed every minute. I hope you do too.

  9. Becky Weimer - March 28, 2013

    If you like tools, check out Karen Montgomery’s new set of cutting tools called Scrap Crazy from Creative Grids. She showed a busload of us quilters how to use them when we stopped at her shop in Pittsburgh last week. I can’t wait to try them on my next project. 🙂

  10. Shirley Scott - March 28, 2013

    I love your Catalog. Best prices I’ve been able to locate.

  11. Linda Froggie Quilter - March 28, 2013

    Hi Judy!
    I just love CT, the Quilt With Us groups are sew much fun. My favorite is Gifty Galore with Mari, she is hilarious! And she designs some great projects. Oh and the fabric is the best, too! Keep doing what you are doing.
    ~Hopppy quilting~

  12. Csthy Isdale - March 29, 2013

    Hi Judy,
    I really enjoy your catalogues but I find the website to be a problem for me. I have really wanted to order a charm pack from each collection. This is easy from the catalogue but on the website I could not find all of the charm packs listed. So I have not been able to take advantage of the free shipping by ordering from the website. So I have to order from the catalogue which does not give me free shipping. Also we have been wondering why the batiks are down to so few? I really liked being able to order them. I do appreciate the solids that coordinate with many of my projects. Thanks for the great prices.

  13. Carylanne - March 29, 2013

    Hi Judy and all that put CT at the top of my list, first I go there and find what I want, no need to shop around, prices are the BEST, and the fabric collections are super. What a dream job.

  14. Alisha - April 1, 2013

    Csthy Isdale –
    Sorry you’re having trouble finding the charm packs on our website. Here’s a link to the page that every charm pack we carry can be found: