For Immediate Release:
7/7/2008
Contact:
Angela Modzelewski
360-260-8900, ext 145, press@ConnectingThreads.com

Vancouver, WA. After years of buying fabric and threads from distributors, Connecting Threads’ President Bob Petkun and Vice President Karen Johnson made the decision to start building our own fabric and lines in 2005. We start with super-combed cotton that’s spun and woven according to our exacting standards and finished with our own top secret formula to create a flawless, smooth, silken surface. Our Fabric Manager and stylist, Teri works with our in house fabric and quilt designers to create fabric collections that are usable by quilters and inspired by everything from vintage wall paper to high end fashion, all with an eye for making sure the designs and colors balance and complement each other. All of our fabrics are available in kits, a variety of samplers including charm packs and 2 ½” strips, or as open stock for those who like to mix and match. Each of our fabric collections is printed as a limited edition with an expected run of approximately six-eight months.

Country Essentials is one of our original signature lines, and it’s quickly become a favorite of traditional quilters with an eye for value. With a country feel and a range of soft, muted tones, it is an excellent choice for scrappy quilts. In its latest incarnation, Country Essentials Summer, we’ve updated the palette with cooler blues and purples for a fresh take on a classic look. Connecting Threads’ Fabric Manager, Teri Stillwell, explains her process, “Because this group is part of the Country Essentials line it needed to have a lot of colors and different textures - this group above all others is the line made for quilters giving them lots of different options in order to allow them to be as creative as they want to be.” The focal for this group actually came from an old feedsack!
100% super combed cotton- 45” wide. $5.96/yard. Available online now.

For our Jacobean Garden collection we’ve taken a historic style and updated it with a distinctly contemporary palette and playful touches like polka dots and dancing butterflies. Teri says, “The focal began as just a pen sketch but even in black and white it had motion and beautiful detail.” This collection contains 20 fabrics, 3 samplers, 7 quilt kits, and charm and strip samplers appropriate for a wide range of projects.
100% super combed cotton- 45” wide. $5.96/yard. Available online now.

 We’ve also ventured into the world of flannel with our cute new Hey Diddle Diddle line. This collection includes 10 different fabrics featuring the cat & the fiddle and all his friends in an array of pinks, blues, and yellows. According to Teri, “This came from an adorable color pencil sketch. The sketch had great character and immediately got all of us talking and ideas flowing.” Whimsical, soft, and snuggly, Hey Diddle Diddle is the perfect choice for baby quilts and accessories.
100% cotton flannel- 45” wide, $5.96/yard. Available online now.

To request more fabric to feature in a pattern or review, or set up an interview with Karen, Teri, or our designers, please contact Angela Modzelewski at press@ConnectingThreads.com.