Meet Laraine, Inventory Manager for Connecting Threads

Hello! I’m Laraine and I started working for Crafts Americana Group in 2001, back when there was a small retail store.

At the time, I was a tole and decorative painter who knew nothing about quilting. (I remember having to ask what a Fat Quarter was!) That didn’t last long, however.  I don’t think you can work around fabric and creative people without catching the “quilting bug”.  Before the end of that year I had made my first quilt–King size to fit my bed!

Since that time, I’ve worked with all three of our divisions in the purchasing field and now am quite happy in my role working with our fabric and thread vendors.  I spend much of my day surrounded by paperwork (both electronic and real) as well as doing data entry.  This might not sound all that exciting to you, but, being a detail person by nature, I can truly say I love my job!

I enter the information needed about our fabric and thread and upload it to our system.  Once the details and amounts have been decided on, I send the actual purchase orders to our vendors making sure all the little details are attended to:  Will it fit in a container/truck?  Is all the paperwork filled out correctly? And most importantly, WILL IT ARRIVE ON TIME?!  Occasionally something does happen that causes a shipment to be delayed.  That’s when you’ll find me in the background biting my nails and sprouting grey hair!  Someone joked that part of my title should be “Professional Worrier”.

As we get closer to our catalog launch date, I look over each new collection and make sure the images and details are ready to go. Finally, when launch day arrives, I get to turn on all the fabrics and kits so they show on our website.

Other parts of my job include entering all the components for each of our kits, working on a cutting schedule with our fabric team in Ohio, pricing clearance items, coordinating special sales, helping proof catalogs and book reviews, and a myriad of small things that pop up during the day.  We work in a very collaborative environment since many aspects of our job flow into each other.  Working around so much creativity everyday helps keep me inspired.  I consider my co-workers friends; we have a great team which makes coming to work everyday something I look forward to.


  1. Stephanie - April 17, 2013

    This is fun reading about the “behind the scenes” people and everyday happenings at the happiest place on earth!

  2. charlie - April 17, 2013

    Hello Laraine good seeing you.

  3. Donna Sperling - April 17, 2013

    You did a wonderful job with Mary Jo’s Americana. I bought it all. Working on the flag right now and it is hard. But I watched the video and. With practice I will be ok. Like you I’m a decorative painter. Before Christmas I painted 50 ornaments (artist club) and another 25 after the Holiday.
    It’s always a great day when a new catalog arrives

  4. Laraine - April 17, 2013

    Laraine, nice to meet another Laraine! I don’t think there are too many of us with the same spelling! Your job sounds very interesting! Keep up the good work!
    Best wishes
    Laraine Borysewicz

  5. Mari - April 17, 2013

    Good job Laraine! I enjoyed reading about you busy lady! Its a good write-up!

  6. Debbie - April 17, 2013

    YAY!! Happy to see “Last Chance” come off of the Essential Pro thread!!! I love that stuff – it’s the only thing I use! Please don’t stop carrying it!!

  7. Rosalee - April 17, 2013

    Hi Laraine! Good to see you and learn what all you do! I love CT! Keep up the great work and keep creating!

  8. Cindy Wagner - April 17, 2013

    Nice to meet you Laraine. I am also an inventory manager with an Arts and Crafts based e-commerce company. It is fun isn’t it! Of course, I come here because I quilt.

  9. Linda - April 17, 2013

    Hi Laraine: Nice to meet you! I wish I had a job like yours surrounded by creative people with quilting being the main focus!! Thanks for sharing information about your job!!

  10. Amanda Best - April 17, 2013

    You do great work Laraine. I am terrible at paperwork and am always so amazed at people who can figure it all out! Thanks for sharing and keeping everything working at one of the best companies, ever!

  11. Diana - April 17, 2013

    Thanks for all you do! I absolutely love the boxes of Quilters Candy fat quarters and coordinating thread you offered last fall. My husband and sons each gave me a box for Christmas, and they were my favorite Christmas presents. They looked so tempting in the catalog, and even better in “person”. I’ve been enjoying using them ever so much.

  12. Laraine - April 18, 2013

    Thank you for all the kind comments! And very nice to meet another Laraine. Our spelling is definitely not the norm. My mom said she got it from the actress Laraine Day.

  13. Cindy - April 18, 2013

    Laraine-I worked inventory control for a State agency for 25+ years and never had the joy of such wonderful inventory to deal with. I really did enjoy my work tho. You having the beautiful fabric and threads must be an absolute blessing to brighten your work day. Keep up the wonderful work.

  14. Bernadett - April 18, 2013

    Hi Laraine, good to put a face to a person and how I envy you your job.

  15. Liliane - April 19, 2013

    Hello Laraine,
    Sorry to bother you.
    Question, do you know if any of your thread is suitable for beading? I use a lot of #11 seed beads and at times smaller and larger beads. I need something that is stronger.
    Thank you.

  16. Cheryl Larraine Matthews - April 19, 2013

    Hi Laraine, Oh my Goodness, how often do see 3 Laraine’s. So nice to meet you. When you said “your mother” I knew what you was going to say. My mother too named me after Laraine Day (actor). How crazy is that. But mom put 2 r’s in my name spelling it Larraine why, I’m not sure. Ok we’ll I do have a question. I have bought a lot of thread from Connecting Threads and I have a Husksvarna Viking and it doesn’t seem to like the thread from here. The spool seems to heavy to pull the thread though the machine. Any ideas?? It likes Metizler Thread the best. I never thought I’d be talking about a machine as if it was a child.

  17. Alisha - April 22, 2013

    @Cheryl Larraine Matthews – Sorry you’re having problems with our thread! Typically, when people say that they’re having difficulties, it usually pertains to a tension issue. I would try adjusting that first and if it doesn’t help, please contact our customer service so that we can help troubleshoot. Thanks for letting us know! Customer service can be reached at 800-574-6454.

  18. Laraine - April 22, 2013

    @Liliane – I think you would want to pick a thicker thread to use for beading so you get the extra strength you want.

  19. kathy - April 26, 2013

    I would like to enter the Sew Steady table giveaway. I would love to have a sew steady table. They look amazing, love the storage drawer. It would be a nice addition to my sewing machine and would make quilting much easier.