And the grand prize fabric design winner is…

Our panel of 15 judges comprised of quilt designers, quilters, merchandising and marketing folks voted for each collection using a closed-ballot system based on four categories: Personal Taste (how much the judge liked it/whether they would buy it); Marketability (how easy marketing efforts would be/whether the designer had a following); Salability (how well they thought the group would sell to our customers, based on our sales data of past collections); and Usability (how useable the designs would be for quilting).

It was a very close vote, making me glad that we used a numerical voting system. Please help me congratulate our winner, Virginia, and all of the wonderful finalists.

Laundry Day will be available as a Connecting Threads collection next fall.

*If I hear that any of the other finalists’ collections are available anywhere else, I will post it here to let you know.


  1. Katie Wiseman - October 12, 2011

    OMG. . . TOO CUTE!!!!

  2. Cat Lady - October 12, 2011

    Congratulations Virginia! With blues and yellows you cannot go too wrong.

  3. Susan Daughtrey - October 12, 2011

    YAY!~This fabric design is adorable. Congratulations, Vivi!

  4. Jenni - October 12, 2011

    Great job Virginia!!!

  5. Sharon - October 12, 2011

    Wow ~ I’m so glad this collection won ~ I love it to bits! Just so beautiful and usable for all sorts of great projects!

  6. B J Elder - October 12, 2011

    Congratulations! All of the designs were wonderful. I hope the others get picked up from someone as they are all winners.

  7. Rosanna - October 12, 2011

    Virginia, I am super proud of you!!!! This is an amazingly adorable quilting collection with so many applications! I cannot wait to see it in print!!! YEAH I am so excited for you!

  8. Stephanie - October 12, 2011

    Congratulations to Virginia. This is such a sweet collection. I can’t wait for it to be available.

  9. virginia o - October 12, 2011

    Thank you all! I am just tickled to no end. The competition was fierce (gulp), and all the designs in the Top 5 collections were fabulous. There were many designs in the collections I’d buy which so yes, I think all of us are winners in that respect.
    I want to thank everyone who voted, especially those that gave my collection some big love in comments. I dreamed of getting my designs out there in the world and I’m so happy my dream is coming true. I’m just over the moon over all of it. Putting yourself out there is scary and I’m glad I did. I can’t thank the judges at CT enough either.
    I also have to give a shout out to Spoonflower for letting me cut my teeth on offering up my designs. My following over there; my customers have helped me a lot over the past 3 years.
    Whew! It’s been quite a morning and thanks to all of you for sharing it with me. 🙂

  10. Carol Creech - October 12, 2011

    Woo hoo!!! Congratulations, Virginia!! I am so excited to see that you have won. Yeah!

  11. shin - October 12, 2011

    I’m so glad this set of designs won. It’s my favorite!

  12. Patty - October 12, 2011

    Oh that’s so terrific, congratulations Virginia! I’m so looking forward to getting my hands on these fab fabrics! 🙂

  13. joybucket - October 12, 2011

    WOW! Congratulations! It’s like a member of the family just won! I am so happy for you. Most excellent. I can’t wait to see the finished collection all printed up proper.

  14. Mona - October 12, 2011

    Hooray!!! Absolutely love this entire collection! SO happy for you, Virginia!

  15. Evelyn - October 12, 2011

    Bravo!!! Fun designs with subtle colors. I’m already planning several large totes for my college nieces and nephews as this collection is unisex.

  16. Nancy - October 12, 2011

    Yes, Love the blue and yellow. Will be on my shopping list.

  17. dottie - October 12, 2011

    I like the whole collection including the colors. Congrats.

  18. Patrice - October 12, 2011

    Whoo-hooo.How wonderful for you, Virginia! I can’t wait for it to become available.

  19. Doreen Auger - October 12, 2011

    Love it and would definitely purchase when available.

  20. Kathleenmp - October 12, 2011

    Proud of you, old friend!

  21. Anne - October 12, 2011

    Love it! Love the whimsy!

  22. Leslie Ide - October 12, 2011

    Congratulations to Virginia and to CT for hosting the contest. From the little twist on the bird’s stance to the tree limb clothes line, this collection is fresh and fun.

  23. Brenda Sanders - October 12, 2011

    Very pretty! Two of my favorite colors. And many thank to Connecting Threads for producing their beautiful fabrics here in the USA! That is a big plus in my eyes.

  24. Mac - October 12, 2011

    Great looking combination of colors and design.
    Look forward to collection being available.

  25. Linda C - October 12, 2011

    Congratulation! I love it all and am ready to add it to my collection of fabric.

  26. Nancy Mead - October 12, 2011

    Congrats on your design Virginia, I love Blue and Yellow
    I have just completed a quilt in Blue and Yellow for my Grand daughter

  27. Tamara - October 12, 2011

    Congrats Vo!!!!! Fantastic designs. So well deserved! So happy for you.

  28. LynneC - October 12, 2011

    Virginia, you did a great job! Can’t wait till next fall when I can get some of the fabric for myself.

  29. Marlette Louisin - October 12, 2011

    Wonderful designs, Virginia. COngratulations!! I look forward to seeing it in 2012..I love this colorway. Hope it’s offered in another as well.

  30. Marilyn S - October 12, 2011

    Congratulations, but not something I would ever buy.

  31. Leslie - October 12, 2011

    Those falling leaves are beautiful – I can see dozens of uses for them! and that gold pattern in the upper left corner is a fabulous blender that would go great in anyone’s stash. My mother would love the bird fabric. Virginia, you’ve done a great job!

  32. Deborah Calyo - October 12, 2011

    Wow! I love the line. I can’t wait until it is available. Now, to find an appropriate pattern. Perhaps, a bag.

  33. Carol Gregg - October 12, 2011

    Oh no, I wish we didn’t have to wait until next fall – I REALLY love this fabric!

  34. Cean - October 12, 2011

    Bravo, Bravo!! Congrats on the win and creating such a marvelous collection!

  35. Nancy Tanguay - October 12, 2011

    Congrats on your win. Very cute!

  36. Sheri - October 12, 2011

    Absolutely wonderful. When will it be for sale?

  37. phillip bourgeois - October 12, 2011

    Very nice, congrats. Would love to see some designers do something little more manly forus guy quilters. Still love the designs. Great job, done well.

  38. Glenda - October 13, 2011

    Love the colors. Can’t wait to see evrything.
    Thanks for the peek.

  39. Donna Sykes - October 13, 2011

    Congratulations Virginia! A job well done. I always love Blue and yellow together and love your fabric line. Doesn’t that sound great – YOUR fabric line!!!!
    All the other designer contestants did well also. I hope they continue to pursue their designs.

  40. Pat Bennett - October 13, 2011

    Great colors and new design ideas. Almost makes you like doing laundry (NOT):-) Congratulations!!!

  41. virginia o - October 13, 2011

    bwhahaha, I am giddy and absolutely, my fabric line sounds great. I’m literally still pinching myself because it’s such a dream come true.
    For those of you who are wondering, yes, I believe there will be other colorways offered up when this line comes out next Aug. Hooray! While I know my designs don’t fit every single persons idea of what they’d buy, I hope to change your minds by maybe having different colorways and maybe some of the blenders will fit just right into a quilt you’re making. 🙂
    A special note to Phillip and all guy quilters (because I know you’re out there!). I’d be interested in knowing exactly what kinds of designs you’re missing for a more manly look. And what kind of age range is missing from masculine designs. For example, I can find toddler boy stuff fairly easily but adult men may not want toy trucks and baseball mitts.
    Thanks everyone, I’m loving all the comments and reading every single one of them.

  42. Jakki G. - October 14, 2011

    Love the fabric design and colors are great. Congrats!

  43. connie calhoun - October 14, 2011

    ican not wait to buy you beautiful fabric designes and make a yoyo quilt for my collection way to go girl keep it comming.

  44. Barb B. - October 14, 2011

    I think its great – love it.

  45. Judy C - October 14, 2011

    Really like your designs and the color combinations. Great work and looking forward to it coming out later next year. Keep up the wonderful work in designing your line of fabrics.

  46. Michelle SJ - October 14, 2011

    Love the Colors & the Designs!! Great Job, Virginia!!

  47. Fredricka Brown - October 17, 2011

    Congratulations! Look forward to seeing them.

  48. Crissy - October 17, 2011

    This was one of my favorites from the very beginning. Great job and congratulations!!

  49. Danielle La Paglia - October 17, 2011

    Congratulations, Virginia! They’re beautiful designs.

  50. Kristine Wolfe - October 20, 2011

    Great design! Love the colors & variations in pattern size!

  51. Victoria - October 20, 2011

    This was my favorite, I just love all the designs in the collection. I’m so excited for you.