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Downsizing at Connecting Threads

Hi Everyone,



This is a hard thing to announce, but Karen and I thought it was best that you all know what's going on. Yesterday Karen Johnson, the Connecting Threads VP, and several other staff members from other divisions of our parent company were laid off. Until now Connecting Threads has been able to resist cutbacks, but the economy finally caught up with us. I'm sure you or someone you know has been affected by this, so you know how hard it can be.



Karen will still be an… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on October 15, 2010 at 9:00am — 71 Comments

A note about Spam

Many of you have noticed the increase of spam in the past week, and some particularly unsavory stuff this weekend. I'm so sorry! I've increased the new member security level yet again, but unfortunately that means brand new people have to jump through even more security hoops to join. I've found this past week's spammers were particularly aggressive and not computer generated (or they wouldn't be able to get past our security points).



Some of you actually received an email from…

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Added by Connecting Threads on October 4, 2010 at 12:30pm — 18 Comments

Ready, set, sew!

We're at the motel, have room 1 set up for cutting and pressing. Here's a shot of room 2, before set up:



And after:…

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Added by Connecting Threads on October 1, 2010 at 8:47am — 16 Comments

Mini Quilt Retreat

What do Roseburg, Oregon, Vicki Bellino, Rice Hill, adjoining rooms and 2 cars packed full of quilting supplies have in common?



They are all the components of a mini quilt retreat! Judy, Laraine and I live in Vancouver, WA. Our friend… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 30, 2010 at 9:32am — 20 Comments

Our pretty new staff blog, Notions

You probably noticed our little facelift - new staff photos, new header and logo, etc. But have you noticed our new Connecting Threads Staff blog, Notions? Our QWU community serves our members well, but it's sometimes difficult to see what's going on with Connecting Threads because this is such an active community. Nothing will change with QWU - all the same features. But beginning today, all CT staff… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 29, 2010 at 12:10pm — 6 Comments

Victoria, last day :(

The gardens were incredible, as expected. The weather was fabulous - 66 and sunny - couldn't have asked for a better day. We took it slowly, rested a lot and saw every square inch of the place. I had been a little concerned about going so late in the season, but there was plenty to see. The only area that was skimpy was the Rose Garden, but whatareyagonnado?



We had a lovely Afternoon Tea for lunch - they said it was nice for a "light lunch" - well the stuff was light, but when you add… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 26, 2010 at 7:50am — 10 Comments

Victoria, cont'd

Here we are in lovely downtown Victoria! Our hotel was a wonderful surprise, you never know until you get there. I booked a killer deal from Expedia in a boutique hotel and it's a fabulous room with a huge patio deck on the 10th floor. We can see the Empress, the Parliment Bldg, the harbor and the sound - and there is SUN!!!!! I almost forgot what it looked like! I took pictures for you, but forgot my camera cord - they'll have to wait.



So yesterday was the 4 1/2 drive from Portland to… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 25, 2010 at 8:28am — 5 Comments

Heading north

I'm signing off for a couple of days - I'm playing tour guide for my mom and our friend Carol. Both have been wanting to see the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC for many years and I'm playing fair godmother and granting their wish! I've been many times and love the trip....4 hrs drive to a ferry, then a pretty ferry ride right into the Harbor of downtown Victoria. And there is supposed to be a break in the rain too!



I'll take lots of pics and share them next week.



Went to… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 23, 2010 at 8:27pm — 8 Comments

A little face lift

Those of you that stay logged on the site might notice some tweaks and changes. We're giving ourselves a little face lift, so please bear with us until all the dust is settled.

Added by Connecting Threads on September 22, 2010 at 3:14pm — 12 Comments

Brand new thread - Introducing EssentialPro!

I'm so excited to tell you about our newest product, Essential Pro! We interviewed long arm quilters about their favorite threads and used their feedback to develop our own. As usual, the price is unbelievable, as is the quality!…



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Added by Connecting Threads on September 22, 2010 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Birthdays today

There must be a ton of birthdays today - the site is only displaying up to the E's! We usually get at least halfway through the alphabet.

So Happy Birthday to all of you celebrating today! Give us a holler so we know who you are!

Added by Connecting Threads on September 22, 2010 at 7:26am — 3 Comments

Techniques 2010 - September is Log Cabin month! Final week is live!

The last segment for Log Cabin month is now live.

It's all about inspiration and free EQ blocks and layouts are included! Even if you don't have EQ6 or 7, you can

still use… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 20, 2010 at 8:11am — 8 Comments

Another tutorial and some kitty outtakes

I've just posted two tutorials for Log Cabin month. One is for beginners on how to assemble your quilt top. The other is Log Cabin blocks with a twist and includes a tutorial from a guest blogger, QuiltDad.



Since I didn't have any photos to share with you, and this post looked a little bland, I thought… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 14, 2010 at 4:12pm — 18 Comments

A special birthday

20 years ago today, my life was changed forever. My beautiful daughter was born. Happy Birthday Cari!

Added by Connecting Threads on September 11, 2010 at 7:02am — 15 Comments

Techniques 2010 - September is Log Cabin month! Week 2 is live!

Learn how to chain piece a Log Cabin block! I'll use our Free Pattern to demonstrate this quick and efficient method for assembling a block that has many

Added by Connecting Threads on September 7, 2010 at 10:56am — 3 Comments

It's not always about quilting

What can I say? I've created a monstah (that's monster to those of you that don't live in the NE). My dad loved my blog post so much, he thought you'd all enjoy pictures of his birthday present that arrived today. My brother and I had a coupla live lobstah's and some clams shipped to him from Maine - guess they aren't live any more! Note the butter dripping spots on his tshirt - hahaha





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Added by Connecting Threads on September 3, 2010 at 2:03pm — 21 Comments

Solid and Mirage Samplers are finally available!

Our fabric team is a fabulous group! They've been cutting and packaging their hearts out and we finally have stock of every Solid and Mirage sampler. Thanks for your patience!


Added by Connecting Threads on September 3, 2010 at 11:59am — 7 Comments

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is my dad's 77th birthday! He and my mom are driving to Portland/Vancouver today so I can take him to one of his favorite restaurants - Todai. It's a Japanese, all you can eat buffet. The first time I took him there, several years ago, they had added a new… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on September 1, 2010 at 7:23am — 24 Comments

Techniques 2010 - September is Log Cabin month! Week 1 is live!

Welcome to Log Cabin month! Join my FREE group if you'd like to Quilt Along with other Log Cabin fans.



Week one includes this free Log Cabin Lap Quilt Pattern, and a mini history and overview of this beloved block. Then next week, I'll provide a complete lesson on how to make this quilt - perfect for beginners! A new Log Cabin topic for 4… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on August 30, 2010 at 2:27pm — 2 Comments

Techniques 2010 - August is Foundation Paper Piecing month! - Week 4 is live!





This week I demonstrate using muslin as your base for foundation piecing. My personal favorite, Crazy Quilt blocks, work really well with the extra layer of fabric so it can hold all those heavy embellishments later. You can also use this method for strippy style quilt blocks. Both are excellent ways to use up… Continue

Added by Connecting Threads on August 23, 2010 at 12:29pm — 5 Comments

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