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Winthur Sempliner

Surrounded by artistic influences, Winthur's childhood was spent drawing, painting, and sewing clothes for her dolls from her mother's fabric scraps. When it came time for college, she attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in textile design. After graduating, Winthur was hired by a major home products manufacturer in NYC and several of her quilt designs were sold in large retailers like JC Penney's, Sears, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. In 2006, she moved to Oregon and started work with Pendleton Woolen Mills. Winthur joined Connecting Threads in 2014 and now lives in Portland with her husband and three daughters.



Country Essentials

When Connecting Threads first began designing, manufacturing, and selling our own exclusive fabrics online in 2007, Country Essentials was one of our original signature lines. It quickly became a favorite of traditional quilters with its country feel and colors and has since expanded to become its own brand.



Mamas Cottons

Mama’s Cottons was one of the first fabric collections that Connecting Threads designed back in the summer of 2007. Since then, Mama's Cottons had blossomed into a brand inspired by patterns from feed sacks and color palettes from the 1930s.



Jenni Calo

Jenni Calo is an accomplished artist who got her start in fabric design while working in New York City as an apparel designer. After almost 10 years of designing sleepwear and other clothing items, Jenni moved to Portland, Oregon where she landed as the in-house designer for Connecting Threads. Jenni worked as the sole designer for Connecting Threads for just over four years before moving back to New York in 2014. Jenni still collaborates with Connecting Threads on some of our exclusive collections and brings a unique flair to every fabric she works on. Jenni's designing ability is incredibly versatile; she has created collections that are loved by quilters from all backgrounds.



Darlene Jewell-Walhood

Designing and creating have always been a huge part of Darlene's life - from sewing clothes as a 6 year old child to illustrating books and designing patterns and fabric for Connecting Threads. Now that she has"retired", she finds that she can't stop! Darlene created her own company, Cranberry Corner, several years ago as a design and long-arm quilting business.



Cindy Vitale

Cindy was born and raised in Germantown, Ohio and credits much of her success to her faith in God.



MaryJo Tuttle

As a Decorative Artist, MaryJo Tuttle of Tuttle's Touches usually paints on wood or other hard surfaces; she's thrilled to see her painted designs come to life in the form a fabric lines.



Lynette Anderson

Lynette Anderson has cultivated a worldwide following unparalleled by any other designer in the quilting industry. Whether you are a lover of embellishing, stitchery, patchwork design, quilting fabric, or a bit of everything rolled into one, Lynette offers a complete package. From her rural upbringing in rural Dorset, England, Lynette has always loved the country life. She learned sewing, knitting, embroidery and painting at a very early age under the instruction of her mother, Ruth, and both her grandmothers. She stumbled into the craft of quilt making while searching for a creative outlet when her three boys were small. Her interest soon grew into a thriving career in teaching and pattern designing, and eventually to the launch of her own business, Lynette Anderson Designs, which she continued to grow after migrating with her family to Australia in 1990.



Kimberly Kight

Kimberly Kight spent a lot of time as a child at the heels of her mom and grandma, shopping for fabric in the aisles of JC Penny and the like. Though she doesn't remember sewing on her own as a child, when she received a sewing machine as a gift in 2001, she was able to thread it without thinking about it. A layoff led to a sewing hobby that led to an interest in fabric. She started the blog True Up in 2008, right as a new era of fabric design was beginning to emerge. An avid collector of vintage fabric, she wants to bring her very favorite prints from the past back for a new generation of sewers to enjoy. Kim lives in the Hill Country just outside of Austin, TX with her husband and two sons.



Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts is a fabric designer, book illustrator, and licensing artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. After a nomadic childhood filled with characters and interesting narratives, she studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, and put her imagination to great use as an illustrator. Sarah's most recent adventures include skydiving, tattoos, and eloping in Vegas. Sewing has always been her favorite peaceful activity away from her sketch pad and computer. When she is not drawing or sewing she likes going thrifting and adventuring in nature with her awesome husband. Sarah finds bliss the smell of campfire and a good cup of black coffee.



Melody Miller

Melody grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, quite possibly the prettiest place on earth. Later, she felt just as much at home in New York City, where she studied industrial design at Pratt Institute, and her love for vintage objects began. In early 2013, Melody had an epic idea, and from that, Cotton+Steel was born. She lives in Atlanta, in picturesque and historic Grant Park with her amazing photographer hubby, two charmingly quirky children, and a very silly Bichon Frise. She loves vintage design, flea markets, her converse sneaks and margaritas. Most times, in moderation.



Alexia Marcelle Abegg

Alexia Marcelle Abegg was born in Folsom, California. She has been inspired by her mother's and father's creativity and dedication to art throughout her life. An award-winning designer, artist, and writer, Alexia has always been fascinated with the art of sewing. She currently divides her time among creating patterns for their company, Green Bee Design and Patterns; teaching; making art; and writing.



Cotton + Steel

The fabrics housed under the Cotton + Steel name were designed by five reputable, well renowned designers in the industry: Alexia Marchelle Abegg, Kimberly Kight, Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, and Sarah Watts. Each of these designers bring their own unique background and inspiring story and together they created Cotton + Steel.



Virginia Odien

Virginia Odien is a two-time design contest winner with Connecting Threads. Virginia is addicted to creating surface design. She daydreams about quilters and how they might use design and color to achieve the perfect project for a loved one. She finds most of her inspiration in nature with lots of pops of color.



Connecting Threads

Connecting Threads has built a reputation for producing gorgeous, high quality fabrics at unbeatable prices. Each of our exclusive fabrics are created according to our exacting standards and finished with out top-secret formula to create a flawless and amazingly soft finish. These fabrics are only available at Connecting Threads, and collection prints are only offered for a limited time.



Jody Houghton

Jody's artistic application is a life-long combination of skills, exhibiting her love for color, and arts and crafts. A detailed blending of watercolor paper, acrylic paint, stencil cutting, pen and ink detailing, and sewing and quilt design skills are revealed in her creations. Her work is truly an original technique of mixed media.



Batik Paradise

These vibrant batik fabrics are printed and hand-dyed on 100% cotton by skilled artisans in Java, Indonesia, a country that has been producing stunning Batik prints for thousands of years. Each design chosen for the Batik Paradise collection is meant to coordinate between our basic and limited edition lines and ultimately with the batiks in your stash.



Quilter's Candy

Quilter's Candy is a versatile group of basic flat cotton and flannel cotton fabrics designed to coordinate perfectly with Connecting Threads' limited-edition collections. Connecting Threads offers Quilter's Candy in Solids, Mottled Mirage, Basic Prints in flat cotton as well as Mottled Mirage and Basic Prints in flannel cotton. These designs are available year-round and are ideal for building your stash.



Penguin & Fish

Alyssa Thomas, of Penguin & Fish, is an accomplished illustrator, designer and life-long artist. As a child, Alyssa would make everything from beaded bracelets to large paper mache masks…all to be bartered for at her “trading post”. Now Alyssa offers a line of lovely and quirky hand embroidery patterns, embroidery kits and one-of-a-kind plush animals.



Tula Pink

I graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. It was fun but I was tired of being broke so I decided to get a job. I worked briefly as an Exhibit designer for Museums in L.A. and when that became too quiet I relocated to the music industry. After about 6 years of that my ears began to bleed so I left California and went in search of a new home. The plan was to move as far east as I could get without renting a boat and work my way back west until I found a place I liked. I now live in a small mid-western town where my closest neighbor is roughly four miles away. My main function in life is fabric design. I live for it. Through all of the moving and mind changing one thing was constant; fabric and sewing.



Teri Degenkolb

Teri Degenkolb of Whimsicals never considered herself an artist. She has been quoted as saying, "I somehow have been blessed to find that 'creating' is my passion and gift. Whether it be with fabric as a new quilt design unfolds, with paints on a canvas, or a mouse and a computer as I design a new fabric line, or with words on a screen as I lay out and write a new book, it’s the process of bringing something to life that brings me joy. In reality, I am a mom, I am a wife, I am a business owner, I am a graphic designer, I am a writer, and I am a quilter. Some may even say I am an artist. And all of these things woven together is what makes me who I am today.... a very blessed person."



Gudrun Erla

Gudrun, quilt designer and owner of GE Designs, was born and raised in Iceland. In 2000, she opened the first online quilt shop in Iceland. A year later, she moved her successful venture to a storefront location. Her primary passion was designing patterns, which were all written in Icelandic at that time. She began translating her patterns into English and created a US based publishing company in early 2003. Later that year, her husband’s career change brought them to Minnesota with their three children. Today, Gudrun is multi-faceted; designing collections for Red Rooster Fabrics, as well as writing books and quilt patterns.



Allison Harris

Allison Harris is a Mom to 3 small children and the writer of the popular quilting blog Cluck Cluck Sew. She has a fresh take on quilting, with simple designs, saturated colors and modern color combinations. Allison has designed over 40 original quilt patterns, as well as written and contributed to books.



Marin Sutton

Marin Sutton has always loved to create and do anything artistic for as long as she can remember. She enjoys painting, drawing, wheel throwing and photography. Her interest in fabric design was sparked by her mother, Nancy Halvorsen, who also designs fabric and owns a successful pattern business.



Scott Jarrard Illustrations

After 10 years of experience working for many of the largest electronic gaming corporations, Scott Jarrard set out on his own to create kid-friendly art. Since then, he has designed characters and created fun illustrations that have appeared in books, magazines, toy packaging, posters, and quilting fabric. Added to his resume are trademarked characters for television and movie style guides. Scott loves to draw and hopes that his art will make people smile.



Lila Tueller

Lila Tueller has been sewing, drawing, painting, or creating in some form or another for most of her life. She began sewing at the age of 12 when her mother bought her her first sewing machine. After years of creating, Lila signed on to be a fabric designer with Riley Blake Designs, and the rest is history!



Dan Dipaolo

Most of Dan's days are spent on his farm in Burlington, Wisconsin. From his studio window, he can watch the corn grow, leaves fall, snowflakes flurry, and all of the critters that find their home on the farm. Dan is inspired by his farm and his friends. Dan's artwork often begins as a doodle; an activity he engages in regularly. He believes laughter conquers all fears and brings people together. Dan hopes that his art makes you giggle just a little!



Rashida Coleman-Hale

Rashida Coleman-Hale has been making things ever since she can remember. She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Not sure if fashion was her calling, she traded her sewing machine for a computer and worked as a freelance graphic designer. Her passion for sewing was rekindled in 2006 after the arrival of her first child, and she began the blog I Heart Linen to document her re-born creative life and her life as a stay-at-home mommy.



Meg Hawkey

Meg Hawkey is an embroidery and quilt designer who makes her home in rural southeastern Washington State. She has spent her entire life creating...sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, gardening, cake decorating, jewelry making, cooking, painting, and pretty much anything else that doesn't require power tools! As a born and raised "country" girl, flowers and the beauty of nature have always been favorite subjects for her artwork and embroidery. In 2002, Meg started her pattern design business, Crabapple Hill Studio. Meg's design principle is "Whatever strikes my fancy". This is reflected in her patterns, which run the gamut from vintage style floral, to whimsical, to more modern blackwork or subdued designs. Meg's patterns are carried in shops worldwide and in 2010 she began hosting seasonal Stitching Sojourn Retreats in her studio.



Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Robert Kaufman Fabrics in-house quilting design studio is run by Evie Ashworth.



Valori Wells

Valori Wells and her mother Jean Wells are a well-known duo involved in quiltmaking, fabric design, and operating The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon. When Valori was in college, she and Jean began collaborating on quilting books with a garden flair. Valori's talents as a photographer captured nature at its best, and her inspirational images soon became the focus of her own distinctive quilting style. Her career came into full blossom when she began designing fabrics for the quilting industry. Valori returned to sisters to join her mother in managing the store.



Sue Marsh

Though you wouldn't expect it from the fun, quirky illustrations she is known for, Sue Marsh possesses a background in software engineering. This highly technical background provided her with the ideal skill-set for quilt and pattern design. After 15 years working in the petroleum industry as a software engineer, she decided to make her passionate hobby a fulltime venture and launched Whistlepig Creek Productions, her pattern design company. Whistlepig Creek has found great success in its 10 year history, with an extensive website and mail-order business thriving. "I use math-especially trigonometry and geometry-more in quilting than in engineering!" Since she was a child, Sue Marsh has always been drawing characters. Her hand-drawn illustrations reflect a sense of youthfulness, whimsy and fun. Sue's fun, lighthearted collections of novelty prints appeal to both kids and the young-at-heart!



Alex Anderson

One of the most beloved and influential faces in quilting today, Alex Anderson made her debut on the international quilting scene as the host of HGTV's long running series, Simply Quilts. With more than 30 top selling quilting titles under her belt, and the ongoing success of her online web TV program, The Quilt Show, Alex's personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in the craft, so quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation. Alex shares, "It has been a very serendipitous journey. I feel so grateful and thankful to be working in an industry and with a craft that I love and enjoy as so many of you do." Alex resides in Northern California with her husband, John.



Alex Anderson

One of the most beloved and influential faces in quilting today, Alex Anderson made her debut on the international quilting scene as the host of HGTV's long running series, Simply Quilts. With more than 30 top selling quilting titles under her belt, and the ongoing success of her online web TV program, The Quilt Show, Alex's personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in the craft, so quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation. Alex shares, "It has been a very serendipitous journey. I feel so grateful and thankful to be working in an industry and with a craft that I love and enjoy as so many of you do." Alex resides in Northern California with her husband, John.



Deborah Edwards

Having parents involved in fashion design, Deborah was surrounded by textiles from a very young age. As a teen, she rummaged through flea markets and thrift stores looking for vintage textiles and lace, not realizing her passion for textiles would evolve into a life-long career starting with a degree in textile design from the Ontario College of Art and Design. For more than two decades she worked as VP of Design for an international company designing fabric, bedding, wall coverings and area rugs. Looking for a new challenge, she welcomed the opportunity to join Northcott as Design Director.



Jane Spolar

Jane Spolar of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, has been publishing Quilt Poetry patterns since the autumn of 2004. Her work has been featured in numerous quilting magazines. She has also designed quilts which were featured in Janome's national advertising campaigns. Jane believes that quilts are poetry in fabric. A self-taught artist, Jane was thrilled at the prospect of designing fabric for Northcott. Jane has always been interested in the dynamics of the traditional folk arts of many cultures. They have influenced her love for color, curving, swirling shapes and the joyful feelings they invoke. This influence is evident in her first collection, “Bliss”, but she has translated them with her own distinctive flavor and style. Jane has a family -- husband Bill and son Joe. Her family is her biggest support team and her greatest fans. She's also a confirmed cat lover and has plenty of kitty help when she designs.



Kim Schaefer

Kim Schaefer's fabric collections feature her whimsical contemporary folk art designs. She began sewing at an early age and was quilting seriously by the late 1980’s. In 1986 Kim founded Little Quilt Company, a pattern company focused on designing a variety of small fun to make projects. In addition to designing quilt patterns, Kim is a bestselling author. She lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband Gary and their dog Boone.



Michael Miller

Michael Miller Fabrics was created in the spring of 1999 after its founders - Michael Steiner and Kathy Miller - had leveraged their lives to obtain a loan, borrowed money from family, and had lived for months on credit cards. As time went on, the company grew to a team of around 20 people, and finally moved to a "home" of its own in New York City.



Laura Gunn

Laura Gunn is a mother, artist, and compulsive crafter. She loves to paint flowers because she can move them around to get the composition she desires. She can change their color or shape - they don't have to be completely realistic. Laura's paintings are really about color and texture; seeing the designs on fabric has been just plain fun and so satisfying to her.



Jeanne Horton

Jeanne has been creative from a young age. She's always been drawn to vintage quilts and antiques. She opened her quilt shop, Country Sampler, in the city of Spring Green in 1987. Twenty-eight years later, she's still as excited as the first day. Jeanne hopes her collection brings you joy and inspiration.



Natalie Lymer

Natalie Lymer lives in Geelong, Australia with her partner and two children. While growing up, she was often found capturing and drawing ideas that filled her mind in little sketchbooks, loose paper and note books. She began combining her unique drawings with embroidery stitches back in 2004 and from that point on, her days have been full of sketching, designing & creating unique patterns, lovable textile designs, and illustrations that inspire. You can find Natalie writing about her latest creation or just regular life in the Cinderberry home studio at www.cinderberrystitches.typepad.com.




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