Ann

Quilting is my passion! I have been a quilter for over 20 years and a quilt instructor, quilt designer and pattern writer for over 7 years. At Connecting Threads, my job includes designing and writing new patterns as well as recoloring and updating older patterns for upcoming fabric collections. As a quilter who loves many styles of fabric and techniques, I am always on the lookout for new toys...Oops! I mean tools. It is fun to discover a clever new notion or quilt book to expand one's creativity.

Recent Posts by Ann

    Gift Card Sleeves

    Fast, Fun, and More Gifty by Mari Martin is loaded with quick gift ideas! I chose to make the Gift Card Sleeves featured in the book because they were easy to make and useful for giving gift cards for the holidays. How easy were they? I got on a roll and made twenty in one afternoon! Plus, this is a great ...

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    Weekly Curated Sale: Quilt and Tool Display

    Once a quilted project is finished, I first do my happy dance because I actually finished something! Then the question of how best to display it arises. I will share with you some of my favorites ways – all of which are on sale this week because I picked them just for you! Mini Quilt Hangers Let’s start with mini quilt hangers. My current favorite – because I am enjoying making mini quilts – is the Wire Table Stand ...

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    Spooks and Spells Inspiration

    Along with the other designers for Connecting Threads, I submit ideas for quilts or quilted projects for each new fabric collection we release. I had so much fun designing for Spooks and Spells by MaryJo Tuttle – the ideas just flowed! I was drawn to the color palette as seen in the sampler below… and the individual designs – especially the witch’s hats, ...

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    DIY Fabric Wallpaper for Bookshelves

    I recently decided to add color to the back of bookshelves with fabric … here is the story. The Project DH had just painted our dining/living room a light brown color and some old bookshelves for the living room a lovely ivory color. I wanted to add some color to the back of the bookshelves without using paint. Removable wallpaper in various designs and ...

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    Blooming Tissue Box Covers – Blue Room Project #7

    Project #7 for the Blue Room – an extra bedroom we recently remodeled and decorated in a blue palette – is a tissue box cover. To read about the previous Blue Room projects, please click on the links below: Project #1 Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt Project #2 Rise and Shine Mini Quilt Project #3 Graceful Stars Mini ...

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    Arbor Window Quilt and Pillow Shams

    In 2012, Connecting Threads had a wonderful neutral collection called Neutral Love. As it was a large collection, I was able to design a very big, very scrappy quilt I called Arbor Window using 27 fabrics! The block is called Grandmother’s Pride, but I named it after a variation called Arbor Window. I am drawn to scrappy quilts ...

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    Quilt-As-You-Go Table Topper – Blue Room Project #6

    Blue Room Project #6 is a quilt-as-you-go table topper. We have almost finished the Blue Room – a remodeled addition to our home to be used as a bedroom for foreign exchange students or a quiet reading space. I wanted to make a table topper to cover a used night stand I  found. To read about the previous projects, please click on ...

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    Building Houses from Scraps – Blue Room Project #5

    Project #5 for the Blue Room is the last (maybe?) mini quilt for the walls of our newly remodeled bedroom for foreign exchange students/quiet place to read. To check out the previous projects – all done in a blue palette – please click on the links below. Project #1 Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt Project #2 Rise and Shine ...

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    Spools Mini Quilt

    A couple of years ago, when I started redoing my quilting space, I was drawn to the Spools Mini Quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms. I had lots of colorful scraps in my stash – so many that I decided to make four rows in each spool. I wanted each spool ...

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    Pinwheel Mini Quilt – Blue Room Project #4

    Blue Room Project #4 is a pinwheel mini quilt I made to use up LOTS of HSTs (half-square triangles) from Project #3 – the Graceful Stars mini quilt. The Blue Room is a small bedroom we added to our house by remodeling an open space over our kitchen table. It will be used for foreign exchange ...

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