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Join us as the Connecting Threads team explores all things quilting. Each season the Connecting Threads host will embark on an adventure of fabrics, threads, and everything quilting. From behind the scenes stories to our favorite tips and tricks, listen in as we chat about our passion for sewing. More information available at our website: ConnectingThreads.com.

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Join us as the Connecting Threads team explores all things quilting. Each season the Connecting Threads host will embark on an adventure of fabrics, threads, and everything quilting. From behind the scenes stories to our favorite tips and tricks, listen in as we chat about our passion for sewing. More information available at our website: ConnectingThreads.com.

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Connecting Threads Quilting Podcast

Latest release on Jul 10, 2020

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Join us as the Connecting Threads team explores all things quilting. Each season the Connecting Threads host will embark on an adventure of fabrics, threads, and everything quilting. From behind the scenes stories to our favorite tips and tricks, listen in as we chat about our passion for sewing. More information available at our website: ConnectingThreads.com.

Rank #1: A Passion for Quilting

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Welcome to episode 6 here on the Connecting Threads podcast!

First up, Kris and our fantastic educator, Barb Tatera discuss the ins-and-outs of thread selection. Our quilts are only as good as the materials we use, and choosing the right thread for both piecing and quilting is step one to a project that will last for years to come. Learn about thread choice, color selection and everything in between as these quilting pros put their heads together. (Starts at :46)

Next, Kris and Patrice talk about the upcoming Quilt Festival in Houston. Last year was our first year attending with a booth and, since then, we've been counting the days until we're back. Look out Houston, here we come! (Starts at 16:31)

Happy quilting!

Oct 25 2018

31mins

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Rank #2: Quilts As Gifts

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Welcome to episode 7 here on the Connecting Threads podcast! Join us as we wrestle with the all-important topic of gift sewing. Not only is it a timely topic (hello NOVEMBER!), it's also at the heart of our beloved craft.

Quilts, since time immemorial, have been made with love to be gifted to those closes to us. Every stitch represents thought, care and well wishes to the recipient and forms a physical representation of all the love in our hearts.

Karen, our catalog director, joins Hannah in the studio to talk about her favorite tips and tricks for gifting quilts. From fabric selection to pattern choice, every step adds up to the perfect present for everyone on your list.

Next, Judy shares her favorite projects for quick gifts, just in time for the 2018 holiday season!

Nov 08 2018

23mins

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Rank #3: October 2018 New Kits and Collections!

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Join us for our latest podcast episode as we chat our way through the new fabric collections and quilt kits for October 2018! First up, Kris and Judy give us a little "behind the scenes" look at the selection process for new patterns. Next, they dive in to our newest project kit offerings and describe their very favorite projects.

In the second part of our episode, our resident fabric designer Patrice sits down with me to walk through our new fabric collections! Discover the bright blooms of Mum's Garden, velvety autumnals of Fleur Dorees or the cool, contemporary Winter Flurries prints.

Find show notes and shop our episode on our website: ConnectingThreads.com

Sep 13 2018

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Rank #4: All About Applique

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Welcome to Applique week here on the podcast! First up, Kris joins me to talk about precut pre-fused applique kits. (:34) Perfect for both beginners and seasoned applique enthusiasts, these kits offer a fun (and fast) way to sew up your next applique project. Next, Judy shares her favorite tools for applique quilting. (15:02) As always, choosing the right tool for the right technique makes all the difference.

Happy quilting!

www.ConnectingThreads.com

Sep 27 2018

20mins

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Rank #5: Inside November 2018

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The 2018 holiday gift-giving season is upon us! Before you know it, cold weather with all of its hot beverages, cozy slippers and, of course, even cozier quilts will see us all settling into our craftrooms to finish up all those last minute gifts.

But wait! We're not quite there yet, and there's still time to enjoy the calm before the sewing storm.

This week, our November 2018 catalog full of new fabric and kits is making it's way to your mailbox. Join Kris and Patrice as they chat about their favorite new kits and our fabulous, fancy new tools. Patrice also shares her insights about designing both of our new fabric collections, Arcadian Dusk, and Jardin de Nicolette. 

Oct 11 2018

24mins

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Block of the Month

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On this episode of the Connecting Threads Podcast, Kate is taking a break from talking about her quilt to learn more about Block of the Month. Kate checks in with Kris and learns more about what even is a "Block of the Month" and learns more about quilting subscriptions. Later we hear from the designer of the Connecting Threads July Block of the Month, Kristin Gassaway, interviewed by Judy Reed.  

Annabelle is a 9-month Block of the Month that begins shipping in August 2020. Each month Connecting Threads will ship you everything you need to make a portion of the quilt. Subscribers will have access to a special Facebook Group where they can connect with other Block of the Month Quilters and share their progress along the way. Block of the Month is not only a subscription service but it is a club and it's a community. There are many benefits of doing a Block of the Month and Kris and Kate discuss some of them.  

Judy and Kristin Gassaway are old friends who connect to talk about Kristin's work. She has been designing quilt patterns for 13 years and she now has over 200 patterns under her belt and hers are some of the most popular Connecting Threads have carried. Kristin discusses her somewhat reluctant journey into sewing and quilting as well as how she became a designer. Kristin wanted this quilt, the Annabelle quilt, to have a cheerful, vintage farmhouse vibe. It has all of the things she loves: star blocks, floral, and gingham prints, and checked border. 

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. 

Mentioned in this episode:  Annabelle Block of the Month Annie's Apron Fabric Collection Kristin Gassaway's Connecting Threads designs Other Quilting Kits

Timestamps:  0:00 The introduction with Kate 0:49 Kate and Kris check in about what they're up to this summer 1:39 Kate asks "What even is a Block of the Month?" 4:59 Kris talks about what's fun about a Block of the Month 10:00 Meet the Connecting Threads Team! Meet Elise, Connecting Threads Buyer 12:08 Kate's call - we'd love to hear from you! Send us your quilting questions 12:37 Judy interviews Kristin Gassaway about how she started sewing and quilting 19:10 Kristin talks about Annabelle Block of the Month 23:15 The credits

Jul 10 2020

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Unraveling the Mystery of Fabric Production

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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. 

Mentioned in this episode:  About out Fabric Jelly Roll Joyride Ditsy Quilting Kits Fabric Collections

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 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

Jun 12 2020

53mins

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Tips for Beginners

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The Connecting Threads Podcast is back! This season we follow Kate, a mom, serial organizer, and all-around podcast enthusiast, as she embarks on a quest to become a quilter.  Kate comes from a long line of quilters whose roots originate in the midwest and predate the Depression era. She's drawn to quilting because she's drawn to things that bring comfort, and also has a desire to connect with her family's past traditions and craftsmanship.  

First Kate sits down with Kris, Brand Director of Connecting Threads, quilter and everyone's friend in crafting. Learning to quilt in the digital age where there is an abundance of information available just a click away can be somewhat overwhelming. Kris offers up some tips from what kind of project to start with to what kind of tools will help make things easier. Her big piece of advice - Relax and have fun making a quilt. 

Kris's tips: 

  • Find a simple beginner pattern
  • Pick fabric that you love
  • Make sure your tools work and are in a good enough shape to do what they are intended to do
  • Seam rippers exist for a reason, feel free to use them
  • Use Elizabeth Zimmerman's Galloping Horse test - imagine you're riding on a galloping horse looking at your quilt - if you can't see a mistake upon a galloping horse, then don't worry about it. 

This season on the CTP we will be hearing from different members of the Connecting Threads team. On this episode we hear from Patrice our Senior Textile Designer.

Next Kate and Elise talk about the feelings that come up when starting a new craft like quilting. Learning a new skill isn't easy. Elise has been sewing since she was 5 years old and she tells Kate the secrets to helping ease into it. "You need to start off with the mindset of quilting as an art and you are an artist. No artist starts off making masterpieces. You need to accept that the first few things you make aren't going to be as pretty as you want them to be, but you can never get better without trying."  Elise recommends that new quilters join a guild and find community. 

Products Mentioned in this Episode: Jelly Roll pre-cuts Half Square Triangles Connecting Threads Beginner and Easy quilt kits Jelly Roll Joyride Rotary cutter Self Healing mat

Timestamps0:00 Introduction with Kate 1:11 Kris give Kate tips for starting her first quilt 24:38 Meet Patrice, Senior Textile Designer 25:34 - Kate and Elise talk feelings about being a new quilter 35:35 - Credits

May 01 2020

36mins

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Inside Winter 2019

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Welcome to episode 11, here on the Connecting Threads Podcast.  There's nothing better than getting a crisp, new Connecting Threads catalog (or should I say magazine?) in the mail. New fabrics, fun kits, and fabulous accessories await in every issue.

Today, Kris and Patrice wax poetic about their favorite kits and take us behind the scenes as we hear the ins and outs of the design process for the new fabric collections. Patrice has worked long and hard to bring these prints to fruition and can't wait to share them with you. Follow along as we turn our catalog pages or if you don't already subscribe to our mailing list, hop on over here in time for the next mailing.

Jan 03 2019

21mins

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Crafting for the New Year

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At least once a year, typically towards the end or, rather the beginning, it's a great idea to come together to take stock, celebrate achievements, and refocus on what's really important.

Today, Kris and Alison sit down to talk about Connecting Threads, the company, and brand you've known and loved for so many years. We hear about our humble beginnings and get a sneak peek into what we're most excited about in the coming year. (starts at: 54)

Next, we take a moment to think about and share our New Years crafting resolutions. No surprises, a common theme is destashing, taking more time to quilt along with some fun surprises and lofty goals. (starts at 7:15)

Dec 20 2018

14mins

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Demystifying Batting

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Once you've chosen your fabric, found your favorite brand of thread and pieced your top, batting is the next great frontier. There are so many choices to make, from color to material, we know it can be an overwhelming process. But! We've got just the answer to all your questions. Join Kris as she walks me through all the variables for batting. She's got some strong opinions and plenty of experience to get you started!

Whether you're a new quilter or an old hand, I'm betting you'll discover a new tip, trick or bit of information that will change how you think about this essential material.

Happy sewing!

Dec 06 2018

30mins

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Quiltsgiving!

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Welcome to episode 8 on the Connecting Threads Podcast.

First up, Jenn and Chamisa describe their adventures at Quilt Festival in Houston! This was their first time at a major quilting event and it did not disappoint. Listen in as they share the challenges of having a booth in the marketplace as well as the tremendous inspiration they found in the exhibition of quilts.

Next, we share what we're most grateful for this season. Thanksgiving has arrived and it's the perfect time of year to reflect on what we appreciate in each other and the joys we find every day.

Nov 22 2018

14mins

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Quilts As Gifts

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Welcome to episode 7 here on the Connecting Threads podcast! Join us as we wrestle with the all-important topic of gift sewing. Not only is it a timely topic (hello NOVEMBER!), it's also at the heart of our beloved craft.

Quilts, since time immemorial, have been made with love to be gifted to those closes to us. Every stitch represents thought, care and well wishes to the recipient and forms a physical representation of all the love in our hearts.

Karen, our catalog director, joins Hannah in the studio to talk about her favorite tips and tricks for gifting quilts. From fabric selection to pattern choice, every step adds up to the perfect present for everyone on your list.

Next, Judy shares her favorite projects for quick gifts, just in time for the 2018 holiday season!

Nov 08 2018

23mins

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A Passion for Quilting

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Welcome to episode 6 here on the Connecting Threads podcast!

First up, Kris and our fantastic educator, Barb Tatera discuss the ins-and-outs of thread selection. Our quilts are only as good as the materials we use, and choosing the right thread for both piecing and quilting is step one to a project that will last for years to come. Learn about thread choice, color selection and everything in between as these quilting pros put their heads together. (Starts at :46)

Next, Kris and Patrice talk about the upcoming Quilt Festival in Houston. Last year was our first year attending with a booth and, since then, we've been counting the days until we're back. Look out Houston, here we come! (Starts at 16:31)

Happy quilting!

Oct 25 2018

31mins

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Inside November 2018

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The 2018 holiday gift-giving season is upon us! Before you know it, cold weather with all of its hot beverages, cozy slippers and, of course, even cozier quilts will see us all settling into our craftrooms to finish up all those last minute gifts.

But wait! We're not quite there yet, and there's still time to enjoy the calm before the sewing storm.

This week, our November 2018 catalog full of new fabric and kits is making it's way to your mailbox. Join Kris and Patrice as they chat about their favorite new kits and our fabulous, fancy new tools. Patrice also shares her insights about designing both of our new fabric collections, Arcadian Dusk, and Jardin de Nicolette. 

Oct 11 2018

24mins

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All About Applique

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Welcome to Applique week here on the podcast! First up, Kris joins me to talk about precut pre-fused applique kits. (:34) Perfect for both beginners and seasoned applique enthusiasts, these kits offer a fun (and fast) way to sew up your next applique project. Next, Judy shares her favorite tools for applique quilting. (15:02) As always, choosing the right tool for the right technique makes all the difference.

Happy quilting!

www.ConnectingThreads.com

Sep 27 2018

20mins

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October 2018 New Kits and Collections!

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Join us for our latest podcast episode as we chat our way through the new fabric collections and quilt kits for October 2018! First up, Kris and Judy give us a little "behind the scenes" look at the selection process for new patterns. Next, they dive in to our newest project kit offerings and describe their very favorite projects.

In the second part of our episode, our resident fabric designer Patrice sits down with me to walk through our new fabric collections! Discover the bright blooms of Mum's Garden, velvety autumnals of Fleur Dorees or the cool, contemporary Winter Flurries prints.

Find show notes and shop our episode on our website: ConnectingThreads.com

Sep 13 2018

14mins

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New Favorites - Eversewn Sewing Machines!

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In our second podcast episode, Daniel and Kamber weight the merits of our new Eversewn machines. You’ll hear from an adventurous beginner as well as a seasoned sewist as they talk features.

In our second segment, Hannah sits down with our photography studio manager, Amy to talk about how Connecting Thread's lovely photography is made. Every catalog is a new challenge and adventure!

For important links and show notes, visit our website www.ConnectingThreads.com

Segment One starts at :54

Segment Two starts at 18:17

Aug 30 2018

31mins

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Behind the Scenes - Fabric Edition

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In Episode One - Behind the Scenes, Fabric Edition you'll get to know our director Kris as she describes working for Connecting Threads and her passion for quilting. From quilt mentors to our fabric development process, Kris shares her enthusiasm for all things quilting.

In Episode One - Behind the Scenes, Fabric Edition you'll get to know our director Kris as she describes her role in our company and her passion for quilting. From quilt mentors to our fabric development process, Kris shares her enthusiasm and deep knowledge for the quilting industry.

In our second segment, Chamisa and Patrice describe the design process behind our exclusive fabric collections! With new fabric collections launching every six weeks, our in-house designers have fine-tuned their processes. If you've ever wondered about how a fabric collection is made, listen in!

Find helpful images and links to everything mentioned in this episode at Notions: The Connecting Threads Blog.

Aug 16 2018

18mins

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