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.
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 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.
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 was born and raised in Germantown, Ohio and credits much of her success to her faith in God.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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 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 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.
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 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 in-house quilting design studio is run by Evie Ashworth.
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!