Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Welcome, Connnecting Threads!

The first time I heard of Connecting Threads someone was touting their uber-affordable threads.  I did some looking, and yep, you can buy 1200 yard spools of cotton thread for just $2.49.  It's pretty crazy. 

But Connecting Threads is not just about thread.  Turns out they stock their own exclusive fabric collections, affordable Quilter's Candy basics, batting (Hobbs Heirloom is 35% off!) and a whole passel of great quilting tools, all with free shipping for orders of $50 or more.


Their website is clean and professional, with lots of extras and pretty pictures.  Can't help it, I like pretty pictures.  And that's why I'm quite happy to welcome Connecting Threads as my newest sponsor!



Take this new collection, Soaked by Jenni Calo, for example.  At Connecting Threads they present each collection along with coordinating basics like dots and solids.  This particular collection also comes in laminate so you can make that adorable raincoat (which is totally on my someday "do" list).  They even link you to coordinating threads in case you'll be doing some to top-stitching.  I'm impressed!



Connecting Threads also offers precuts or "sampler" packs. I'm digging this Classic Dot sampler that you can buy as fat quarters, 2 1/2" strips, 10" squares or 5" charms.  Checkout all the colors included.  Yum!


But, honestly, it's the tools that get me.  Now that I've been sewing and quilting for a respectable amount of time, I'm starting to allow myself to buy gadgets that make life easier.  My goal is to weed out the really useful tools from the "ho hum".  Talking to friends and experimenting goes a long way!  So, here's my dream cart...

Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips 24 in a pack <br>(each clip is approx. 2-1/4in x 3/8in)
$19.96
Clover Mini Iron
$25.56
Dritz Grip Discs<br>(15, 3/4in discs, 28, 1/2in discs)
$5.59
Fons & Porter Half & Quarter Ruler
$10.39




Olfa Square Rotating Mat<br>(17in)
$88.99
Quilter's Freezer Paper Sheets<br>(30 Sheets, 8 1/2in x 11in - Letter)
$7.16
Roxanne Glue-Baste-It EZ-Squeezie Bottle<br>(1 fl oz)


$6.56 / ea

The Clover Mini Iron and Roxanne's glue would come in handy with all the applique I've been doing lately.  Flat freezer paper sheets that you can use in the printer - nice!  When I make half square triangles, I like to make them over-sized and trim down, so a ruler would be handy.  The Fons & Porter tool would also be good for working with scraps!  At QuiltCon I heard people recommending the Dritz Grip Disks and the Olfa Rotating Mat.  The mat would definitely be a treat... but, hey, I can totally see how it would save time and increase accuracy!  Maybe for Mother's Day?  Plus those Clover Wonder clips, which are apparently the best thing since sliced bread. 

In reality I tend to buy tools in bits and pieces, since it's hard to plunk down a lot of cash on anything besides.... fabric.  But, it's nice to find a store that stocks a great selection of tools. My local shops certainly don't and the last thing I want to do is pay extra shipping to try those famous clips!

Thanks, Connecting Threads, for joining Stitched in Color!  Now I know where to start my next wish list.  It's a pleasure!

22 comments:

  1. I have actually never purchased from Connecting Threads--but I am a HUGE fan of their sister company Knit Picks. Ansd Knit Picks has incredible products at fair prices, great shipping, and great customer service.

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    1. Thanks, Dree. I too am familiar with Knit Picks. Seems like a very well-organized company!

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  2. Love Connecting Threads!!! I have been happy with every purchase. And you can't beat the prices!!!

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  3. I really like connecting threads! I made a baby quilt out of the Soaked line and it turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself :)

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  4. Connecting threads... Next best thing to sliced bread!! :) Love everything that I have gotten from them.

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  5. I have been buying *stuff* from Connecting Threads for years!
    last I heard MOST of their fabrics and thread are made in the USA! makes me feel so much better all the way around--service is up at the top @ at least a ten but I would give them a 12 :-).. I used to order from Knit Picks a lot but I sew more than crochet these days :-) there is another company that shares shipping and stuff with these two :-) THE SERVICE is great and the staff have always addressed my concerns right away, too! you just cant go wrong with them!! *~*CAROLE*~*

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  6. I discovered Connecting Threads years ago. Quality is always the best and I have never been disappointed in the variety of collections that are available at any one time. You do have to pounce on them as soon as they come out because they sure do sell out fast. And the kits. Always enough fabric to make them and a little left over just in case you make a mistake. The thread is priced oh-so-affordable and the kits are amazing. Love, love, love Connecting Threads!

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  7. I purchased a fat eighth batik variety pack, from Connecting Threads, for a tropical-themed wall quilt. [This was several years ago, but I am still very pleased with the fabric.] Since the whole project was hand applique, I needed something I could actually stitch through!

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  8. I'm glad to see Connecting Threads reaching out to the blogger community! I've been generally impressed with their prints, and I sew with their cotton threads and have been really happy with the threads. The solids... not so much ;) But overall, a great company to buy from!

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  9. I so wish they'd ship internationally, I look at their sales with awe

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  10. Love Connecting Threads. I have ordered from them and never disappointed. I live near a distribution center and they support charity quilting via wonderful scrap donations

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  11. I have bought from Connecting Threads on many occasions and I have never been disappointed. I only buy their thread (I'm slowly weeding out my "Coats & Clark" spools) and the quality of all of their fabric is very good. I'm glad to see them added to your sponsor list!

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  12. I lOVE connecting threads, they really make quilting affordable. Sometimes I really like a line from Moda so I will mix and match to make it possible to do both! I am really glad you picked them up!

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  13. I can guarantee that if you try the small Clover Wonder Clips you will wonder how you could possibly have lived without them for so long!!! I haven't tried the large ones yet but hear they are handy as well.
    Okay off to check out the Connecting Threads website!

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  14. What a shame they don't ship internationally. They have some great fabrics and prices.

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  15. I find they have very good prices on books, and then I usually fill up my box with fabric...tee hee. I've never tried the thread. They do ship to Canada.

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  16. One of my favorite shops - they have great prices on fabric and fabulous sales - we buy lots of fabric for the quilt ministry there!

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  17. I love their book section, better prices than amazon. And I just got a bunch of strip samplers to do an Oodalolly quilt of my own.

    Congrats!

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    1. Wow, better prices than Amazon? I better look into that!

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  18. Oh, how I love Connecting Threads! Their thread is the only thread I use anymore....and so many great colors {at such a great price}. Love them!

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  19. They look awesome but sadly don't ship to the UK :(

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