Follow along with our team of quilters as we show off our new projects, discuss new and exciting techniques, talk about new fabric collections, and share news about the latest and greatest happenings here at Connecting Threads.
Kate is a long time crafter, mom, and as of today, former Connecting Threads podcast host. Now that her first project is lovingly on display in her craft space, she must bid you all adieu as she prepares to mosey on down the quilted road. But before she goes, she managed to sneak in one last chat with her good friends over at Connecting Threads.
On this episode of the Connecting Threads Podcast, we discuss the next step for Kate in her quilting journey as well a little holiday gift talk. First up, Kris and Kate catch up on making each other laugh while chatting about what comes next for a new quilter.
Next Judy and Kris chat about gifts to make this holiday season and also answer the age-old question, “What kind of gifts DO you give other quilters in your life?”
Treat yourself to a nice big mug of hot cocoa, grab your needle and thread, and listen in as we delve deep into all things quilting. Enjoy!
On this episode of the Connecting Threads Podcast, Kate is asking some questions and getting some answers. There are some things that have come up for her that has prevented her from moving forward with her quilt and there are some questions from the Connecting Threads community that Elise and Patrice help answer. From basting and fibers, come learn with Kate.
First up Kate and Elise check in about what they’ve been working on. Both of them have been working on sewing masks and they are also both working on quilts. Kate asks Elise her big question, “I have the top of my quilt, what do I do next?”. Elise gives her personal advice about batting, binding and quilting to walking foots, different types of basting to needles to batting, and more. Elise tells it all.
Next we meet Chamisa a Textile Designer at Connecting Threads.
Then Patrice answers some questions that are commonly asked the Connecting Threads Customer Service team, like “What thread count is your fabric”; “Where is your fabric made”; “How do I calculate how much standard width fabric I need to back a quilt?” and more. Patrice also offers up a sneak peek or “spoiler alert” for something coming up for our Connecting Threads Customers.
We would love to hear from you! Do you have a question? Do you have favorite tools or advice that could help other quilters? Are you wanting some input on your quilt? Give us a call and leave us a voicemail. Call 360-334-4847. We’ll be answering your quilting questions on a later podcast episode.
Timestamps: 0:00 Kate’s introduction 0:37 Kate and Elise chat about what are the next steps in Kate’s quilt 19:12 Meeting Chamisa 20:56 Patrice and Kate check in and answer some questions about fabric 35:12 credits
On this second episode of this season of the Connecting Threads Podcast, Kate’s quilting journey takes her into the world of fabric. She chats with two of her favorite fabric experts about the right side and wrong side of the fabric design & production process. Listen in as both Kris and Patrice share a little insight into the thought and care that goes into making all of those beautiful cotton fabrics you know and love. This is the ultimate peek behind the scenes of the fabric happenings at Connecting Threads.
First after a quick update on Kate’s quilt, Kate and Kris do a deep dive into fabric production. Why don’t two cotton quilting fabrics feel the same? Quilting cottons are the sum of several components and the quality of the individual components is what makes the end product special, Kris explains. To really understand, you have to start back with the cotton plant. For example the longer the staple, or the fiber, of cotton, the softer and smoother that fabric will be. We take the cotton and then we make a base cloth, or grey goods, and then print the design. Kris demystifies the reactive process and pigment process of printing
We meet Judy Reed, the Connecting Threads Outreach Director.
Next Kate talks to Patrice about fabric design and gets her advice about how to pair fabrics together. Patrice guides Kate through some of the fabric-specific terms that have come up like” ditsy”, “focal fabric” and “tonal”. Pairing fabrics is personal but Patrice does offer some direction to help Kate’s “part time Type A” brain. Similar to parents not having a favorite child, Patrice doesn’t have a favorite fabric collection but does share one that is fresh in her mind. Listen to find out more.
Timestamps: 0:00 The introduction with Kate 0:45 Kris and Kate check in (small talk) 1:58 Kate’s quilt status update 5:30 Introduction to segment 1 main topic – Fabric Production 8:26 Basics of Textile Production 24:20 Meet the Connecting Threads Team – Meet Judy, the Connecting Threads Outreach Director 26:43 Kate and Patrice check in (small talk) 27:32 Kate asks “how do you pair fabrics together?” 29:07 Patrice backs up and starts with some terminology 29:44 “What is a ditsy print?” Patrice defines ditsy print 31:07 Focal fabric defined 31:54 Pairing fabrics together discussion 38:55 Definitions of other fabric types 45:45 Patrice’s pick of fabric collection 52:00 Credits