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|You voted us the best online quilt shop for 2013. Learn about what makes our fabrics so great below.|
Connecting Threads offers our own exclusive fabrics, with limited-edition designs that you won’t see anywhere else. Our fabrics range from quilting cottons, to batiks, to flannel, to lawn to laminates. Each fabric type is created according to our exacting standards and finished with our own top-secret formula to create a flawless and amazingly soft finish.
We are proud to offer low prices on our fabric without sacrificing quality one iota. How do we manage this? We go directly to the mill, taking the middleman out of the equation. By sourcing and selling our fabrics directly, we are able to offer our customers wholesale prices for the same quality product they would buy for up to four times the price elsewhere. We believe that convenience shouldn’t cost extra, so we never charge for cutting. This means that our charms, strips and other pre-cut samplers have the same per-yard cost as our normal yardage cuts.
Quilting CottonWe pride ourselves on the quality and affordability of our smooth and lustrous 100% quilting cottons. Our quilting cotton fabrics will shrink 3-5% with machine washing and drying, and the colors have remained fast in our wash-tests (we do recommend doing your own wash-test with dark, intense red and blue colors however). Our quilting cottons are sold in two ways. Quilter’s Candy fabrics (Solids, Mirage Mottled, and Basic Prints) are available year-round and are priced between $4.96 and $5.96 per yard. In contrast, we also offer exclusive limited-edition collection prints that are only available for a limited time. Our collection prints are designed in-house and only available at Connecting Threads. Because these fabrics are purchased in small quantities, availability is limited to stock on hand. Collection prints are priced at just $5.96 per yard.
Cotton BatikOur 100% quilting cotton batik fabrics are hand-dyed by skilled artisans in Java, Indonesia, a country that has been producing stunning batiks for thousands of years. Each yard of this fabric is gorgeous and unique, and the colors vary slightly. The hand feel is very soft, though can be slightly less silky than our regular cottons, due to the wax printing process for some of the designs. We sell our batik fabrics in two ways. Our Batik Paradise Basics are similar to our Quilter’s Candy Basics in that we carry the prints year-round. Over the years, we started noticing which designs had the most demand, and as a courtesy to our customers, we decided to make those prints available at all times. Our Batik Paradise Limited-Edition fabrics are just that, limited edition. Each season, we hand-select batik prints that are seasonally inspired, and use them to create stunning seasonal kits. We purchase limited quantities of these fabrics, and they always sell fast. Our Batik Basic and Limited Edition fabrics are all made by the same skilled artisans, and are all priced at $7.96 per yard.
Cotton FlannelWe love our flannel – it is the softest we’ve ever felt! Our 100% cotton flannel is cozy, plush and luxurious. The flannel is produced by taking a thick canvas-like cotton fabric and brushing or “peaching” the surface to make it nice and fuzzy. Our flannel shrinks 1-3% with machine washing and drying, and did not pill at all in our wash tests (using warm water and a delicate cycle).
Our flannels are amazing for any type of project – whether you want to make a soft and cuddly quilt, or just some comfy pajamas. As with our Batik fabrics, we sell our cotton flannel in two ways. Our Quilter’s Candy Flannel Basics are simple prints and mottled flannel fabrics that we carry year-round. We also offer our flannels in limited-edition collections. Each of our limited-edition flannels are designed to coordinate perfectly with our Quilter’s Candy Flannel Basics so that you don’t ever have to struggle to find matching fabrics. Our Flannel Basics and Flannel Collections are both made using the same materials and high-quality manufacturing processes, and are both available for $7.96 per yard.
Cotton LawnOur 100% cotton lawn is a lightweight, semi-sheer fabric that is similar to voile, but slightly crisper and less transparent. It uses fine threads in a tighter weave than quilting cotton, which results in a very smooth, buttery soft fabric with a slight sheen and beautiful drape. Quilts made from lawn are very lightweight, delicate, and soft, which is wonderful for summertime or baby quilts. Lawn is also perfect for blouses, skirts, curtains, pillowcases and sleepwear. Our cotton lawn fabric is available for $6.96 per yard and measures 52” wide.
Please note – your computer monitor may display colors differently than they actually are. In an effort to help you coordinate your selections, all fabrics with the same color name (i.e. Aqua) will match each other, regardless of screen color display.