meanderingthread

Quilts and Things by The Meandering Thread

Des Moines, Iowa · 17344 Sales

meanderingthread

Quilts and Things by The Meandering Thread

Des Moines, Iowa 17344 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to The Meandering Thread - Settle in, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy looking around:) If you have questions feel free to send me a convo.

New lines have been added to the sale category: inspiration, modern mixers, wisdom of the plains, story, zombie love, wild pheasants, discovery tree. I think a few more but I wasn't keeping track of them all:)

New quilt kits recently added - to view choose the Quilt Kits category:)

Coming Soon: Teas' Me and City Ballet from Benartex, Dreamer from Carrie Bloomston, Urban Artifacts from RJR, a new baseball line from Quilting Treasures, and more Iowa and Iowa State fabric. Everything due in January was late so February will bring a lot of new things.

Most recent additions:
Camelot 101 Dalmatians
Salisbury Spring - Lewis and Irene
Flo's Flowers Precuts - Lewis and Irene
Flower Fairies - Masha D'yans
Fab Friend'zy - Henry Glass
Oh My Stars - Benartex
Hen Pals - Benartex
Barber Shop - Benartex
Tres Chic - Quilting Treasures
Aubade precuts - Moda
Bambi - Camelot
Coffee Break - Riley Blake
Panda-Rama - Blend
Galileo - Windham
Valor - Fabri-Quilt
Atlas - Windham
Smarty Cats - Windham
Bigfoot fabric!! from Andover
Promise of Spring from Blend
Una's Garden from Frond
Handmaker - Windham
Iowa and Iowa State fabrics
Studio Alphabet - Marcia Derse for Windham
Shibori - Moda
Railway - Benartex
Carmen - Windham


***Navigating the site...you can use the search window to find fabrics from a specific line or manufacturer. For example, if you want to see all I have from Bookends, just type in "bookends" and all that will come up without having to search every page:)

Shipping Note: I will always combine shipping for your orders:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 15, 2017

Welcome to The Meandering Thread - Settle in, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy looking around:) If you have questions feel free to send me a convo.

New lines have been added to the sale category: inspiration, modern mixers, wisdom of the plains, story, zombie love, wild pheasants, discovery tree. I think a few more but I wasn't keeping track of them all:)

New quilt kits recently added - to view choose the Quilt Kits category:)

Coming Soon: Teas' Me and City Ballet from Benartex, Dreamer from Carrie Bloomston, Urban Artifacts from RJR, a new baseball line from Quilting Treasures, and more Iowa and Iowa State fabric. Everything due in January was late so February will bring a lot of new things.

Most recent additions:
Camelot 101 Dalmatians
Salisbury Spring - Lewis and Irene
Flo's Flowers Precuts - Lewis and Irene
Flower Fairies - Masha D'yans
Fab Friend'zy - Henry Glass
Oh My Stars - Benartex
Hen Pals - Benartex
Barber Shop - Benartex
Tres Chic - Quilting Treasures
Aubade precuts - Moda
Bambi - Camelot
Coffee Break - Riley Blake
Panda-Rama - Blend
Galileo - Windham
Valor - Fabri-Quilt
Atlas - Windham
Smarty Cats - Windham
Bigfoot fabric!! from Andover
Promise of Spring from Blend
Una's Garden from Frond
Handmaker - Windham
Iowa and Iowa State fabrics
Studio Alphabet - Marcia Derse for Windham
Shibori - Moda
Railway - Benartex
Carmen - Windham


***Navigating the site...you can use the search window to find fabrics from a specific line or manufacturer. For example, if you want to see all I have from Bookends, just type in "bookends" and all that will come up without having to search every page:)

Shipping Note: I will always combine shipping for your orders:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa Porter

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Theresa Porter

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About

Feeding my fabric and quilting obsessions by feeding yours:)

Welcome to The Meandering Thread. I am Theresa and I live in Des Moines where I have a 1000 square foot studio about 10 minutes from home. I started out in my home but quickly outgrew that. I have been quilting since about 1997 when a friend and I took a beginners class in Oklahoma City where I lived and worked as a Physical Therapist.

I had a daughter in 1999 and she changed all my plans for life! I never dreamed I'd love being a mother so much. When she was 9 months I stopped working full time and job shared. In 2002 I bought a Gammill Quilt machine so I could transition to being home even more. In Oct 2003 we moved back home to Iowa, I quit Physical Therapy for good and stayed home to raise and homeschool my baby. We were broke but my husband has always been supportive of me as a mother as well as anything to do with my business.

Fast forward to 2010 - I opened my Etsy shop selling quilts. A couple years later I bought my first fabric line - a grafitti line by Stephanie Brandenburg. Never dreamed it would take me to here! My custom T-shirt quilt work grew quickly as well. AND...I was asked to design for several magazines over the past few years. All fun stuff that pretty well fell into my lap as I was having fun sewing.

I've never actively marketed myself because I have been more than busy enough. My daughter is now 17, taking community college classes, working, and has a boyfriend so I am freer most of the time and have plans to change the face of The Meandering Thread a bit over the next year. A little less fabric (2000+ bolts is more work that you'd think to manage), many more kits and original designs (by me!), a website to get back to selling finished quilts and such for those who do not sew, and I'll be vending at a show or 2 around the country. The first show is in Wichita in June so if you live around there pop in and say hi!

Well, I think that is enough rambling about me - should give you a general overview:) I love to see your finished projects so send me photos when you think of it. Let me know if I can post them to my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/TheMeanderingThread/ - others also love to see your creations.

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Shop members

  • Theresa Porter

    Owner, Designer

  • Abi Bisenius

    Assistant

    Abi has just joined me to help with listings and shipping. I'm grateful to have her as she loves fabric and has caught on to the process very quickly.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 4, 2016
Hello from me to you! Thanks so much for stopping to look. Quilts add so much comfort and color to your life and home. My purpose is to feed your addiction for our wonderfully satisfying hobby:) I carry a variety of fabric with a bend toward modern and an obsession with Halloween. The current plan is to add more kits so you can pick up projects without having to think too much now and again. Let me know if I can help you in any way.

I'm happy to set up custom listings.

I will always refund shipping that exceeds my shipping/handling fees.

I can often special order fabric with prepayment for at least 5 yards - so it never hurts to ask.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I accept personal checks, cashier's checks, paypal, and now credit cards through Etsy. Purchases will be shipped as soon as checks have cleared.
Shipping
I use USPS for most fabric shipping. Quilts may be sent via Fed Ex also. I will insure packages and request a signature if you desire. Fed Ex assures delivery 2 days from shipping date excluding weekends.

I will refund any shipping charges that exceed my costs when items are combined.

International customers: Be aware of your customs charges/requirements. I know it can be costly even after you have paid for shipping on my end.

If you do need something sent quickly please make a note or convo me upon purchase. I ship within 1-3 business days normally. I will expedite if possible:)
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not pleased with your purchase I will accept returns within 30 days - I will refund the cost of the fabric only. Custom cuts of fat quarters are NOT refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will consider custom work.