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Connecting Threads offers quality cotton fabric, designed specifically for quilters. Connecting Threads is an online and catalog retailer selling quilting fabrics from some of the industry’s most popular manufacturers like RJR Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, and more. Connecting Threads also sells our own exclusive fabrics, with limited-edition designs that you won’t see anywhere else. Each of our exclusive fabrics are created according to our exacting standards and finished with our top-secret formula to create a flawless and amazingly soft finish.
We are proud to offer our exclusive fabrics at a price that fits within most budgets 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 on fabrics that won’t be found anywhere else. We believe that convenience shouldn’t cost extra, so we never charge for cutting. This means that our charms, strips and other precut fabric bundles have the same per-yard cost as our normal yardage cuts. Because affordability is one of the core values at Connecting Threads, we also do our best to offer fabrics from outside manufacturers at the lowest prices possible.
Quilting Cottons We pride ourselves on the quality of all of the fabrics we carry. When washed and dried, you can expect quilting cottons to shrink 3-5%. In wash tests, we found our fabrics to be color fast, however, we do recommend doing your own wash-test with dark, intense red and blue colors. We sell quilting cottons in three ways: exclusive collection prints, collection prints from outside manufacturers, and exclusive everyday basic fabrics. Collection prints from Connecting Threads or outside manufacturers are purchased in small quantities and are only available for a limited time. Everyday Quilter’s Candy Basic Fabrics include solids, mottled mirage, and basic prints, and are available year-round.
Batik Fabrics Our 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 quilting cottons due to the wax printing process for some of the designs. Our Batik Paradise fabrics are available in three ways: seasonal novelties, limited-edition prints, and batik basics that are available year-round. Seasonal novelties and limited-edition prints are purchased in small quantities and their availability is limited to stock on hand.
Cotton Flannel We 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 fluffy. 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). As with our batiks and collection prints, we sell our cotton flannel in two ways. Our Everyday Quilter’s Candy Flannel Basics are simple prints and mottled 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 Everyday Quilter’s Candy Basic Flannels 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/yard.
A note about computers: 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.