Who We Are
Connecting Threads is a family-owned and operated company that exists to inspire, support and supply quilters with everything they need for this wonderful craft. We are passionate about affordable quilting. From our in-house stylist, to our designers, to our quilters, to our buyers, everyone is working with one goal in mind - to provide you with the soft, quality fabrics you expect, at a price that you won’t believe.
While price and quality are always important, we are also committed to providing the highest class of service in the industry. Our customer service representatives are knowledgeable about our product and craft and will give you the same positive experience that you would receive in your local quilt shop.
Connecting Threads offers our own exclusive fabrics, with limited edition designs that you won’t see anywhere else. Our fabrics range from quilting cotton, to batiks, to flannel to lawn. 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.
Connecting Threads also offers our very own Essential Thread in both cotton and polyester. Our Essential Cotton Thread comes in 92 colors and is designed to coordinate perfectly with not only our Quilter’s Candy basic cottons, but also our exclusive collection prints. Our Essential PRO Polyester thread is ideal for long arm quilting, has a wonderful matte finish, and amazing stitch definition.
Every collection we offer comes in a variety of kits and samplers, or the fabric can be purchased in custom cuts at no additional charge. Our exclusive kits are offered in a wide array of projects, from table toppers to wall hangings, to placemats to queen size quilts. Our kits are intended to provide customers with a beautifully designed project without the hassle of choosing fabrics and measuring yardages. The custom cuts provide just the right amount of fabric for the pattern (maybe even a little more), offering you a great value while saving you time.
In addition to our fabric and thread, we are constantly working with fabulous outside vendors to offer our customers all of the supplies they need to complete their projects. Whether you need fabric snips, batting, a book for inspiration, or even a sewing desk, you can find it right here on ConnectingThreads.com
How can we offer such affordable prices?
We are proud to offer low prices on our fabric and thread 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. How good are our prices? Our quilting cottons range from $4.96 to $6.96 per yard. Our flannel, batik, and lawn fabrics are priced between $6.96 and $7.96 per yard. We also have laminated fabrics and 104" wide backing for just $11.96/yard.
Our Commitment to You
We not only have high standards for our products, we have rigorous standards for the manufacturers we choose to work with. Our management team have visited each of our manufacturers’ factories personally to ensure that their facilities and labor practices are in line with Connecting Threads’ and our customers’ expectations.
Specifically, Connecting Threads works only with manufacturers who:
- Institute management practices that respect the rights of all employees
- Provide a safe and healthy work place
- Promote the health and well-being of employees
- Oppose the use of child labor
- Have an active role in the positive development of their local community
We are so confident in these excellent conditions that we welcome any of our customers to visit these sites personally if ever in the area. Please contact Customer Service to obtain more information.
Connecting Threads and ConnectingThreads.com are a division of Crafts Americana Group, a privately owned business. Crafts Americana Groups’ three divisions (Connecting Threads, Knit Picks and Artists Club) employ approximately 100 people in two locations across the US.
Our management team consists of the following:
Matt Petkun, President and CEO
Bob Petkun, Chairman
Kelley Petkun, Vice President and Creative Director
Carla Salazar, Vice President – Finance and Administration
Brent Matson, Director of Information Systems
Mike Wakeland, Director of Software Development
Alison Backus, Director of Knit Picks
Teri Stillwell, Director of Connecting Threads and The Artist's Club
Alisha Runckel, Marketing Manager
Kara Tripp, Director of Operations
Brenda Ericson, Manager of Customer Service
Connecting Threads is headquartered at 13118 NE 4th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98684. Corporate offices can be reached at 360-260-8900 or faxed at 360-260-8877. Please note, we do not have any products for sale at our corporate office, but we do offer free shipping on all web orders of $50 or more. To speak with customer service, please call 800-574-6454 anytime between 5am and 6pm PST Monday through Friday.
Our distribution center is located at 1250 Boltenfield Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228. We chose this location because it helps us to keep shipping costs low by shipping from the center of the country.