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

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    Pin Cushion in a Cup

    Okay – so making a pin cushion out of a cup is not a new idea. The reason for this one is, well – I found a cute (and free!) grey cup and saucer in the photo department’s prop give-away. Since my quilt studio is done in yellow and grey, it was logical that, all of a sudden, I needed a new pin cushion! I did an internet search for tutorials on making pin ...

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    Yo-Yo Ornaments

    I enjoy making Yo-Yos, so I thought I would “whip up” some Yo-Yo ornaments I saw in a recent issue of Quilter’s World called Quilting for the Holidays. I decided to make two of each while I was at it so I could share some as gifts. Being an avid home cook as well as quilter, I spend a lot of time visiting recipe websites and cooking blogs. The reader’s comments consistently ...

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    Furoshiki Fun

    As Christmas approaches, I have started thinking about wrapping presents with fabric. Each year we throw away so much wrapping paper – what a waste! Please join me as I learn about traditional Japanese wrapping cloths called furoshiki. Japanese Furoshiki For centuries, the Japanese used large squares of fabric called furoshiki (foo-roe-shkee) to bundle up their clothes at public baths or make bags for carrying things. The beautiful square cloths were ...

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    My Favorite 0.4 mm Patchwork Pins are Here!

     Clover Patchwork Pins 0.4 mm CT recently started carrying the 0.4 mm version of Clover Patchwork Pins. I kept asking for them and now we have them! At .4mm x 36 mm, these are my absolute favorite straight pins for piecing quilts. Why do I LOVE these 0.4 mm pins? Let me count the ways… They are very sharp and fine! They glide easily through quilting ...

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    Royal Tea Fabric Project Ideas

    Royal Tea is such a lovely, sophisticated fabric collection! I would like to tell you about the three quilted projects I worked on for this collection. Echoes Table Runner For Echoes Table Runner, 13″ x 40-1/2″, I chose the following Royal Tea and Quilter’s Candy Basics fabrics:  

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    Christmas Candy Ornaments

      I know, I know… it is not even Halloween yet – but it is not too early to start making Christmas decorations! I decided to get an early start with the cute Christmas Candy Ornaments pattern by Cotton Way. The instructions say to layer the top fabric RS up, then batting and a layer of muslin on the bottom. I substituted Solid White for the muslin with ...

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    Basket Weave Table Topper

    Recently, I was reading a new book about using 2-1/2″ strips called New Ways with Jelly Rolls by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The book has some fun ideas for precut strips! One pattern that really appealed to me was the Basket Weave quilt. It just so happened that I had a set of six neutral FQs from a recent ...

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    Ampersand Quilt

      Modern Quilt Perspectives is a fascinating quilt book by Thomas Knauer. Each of the unique quilts in the book has an interesting story behind it. One quilt that caught my attention was his Ampersand Quilt, which features a huge ampersand sign made of novelty fabrics to inspire storytelling. The author says he and his daughter snuggle under ...

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    Plethora of Pillows – Joy’s Pillow

      Today’s Plethora of Pillows project is a quick, simple, and lovely pillow made by Joy Gross. She made the pillow at my request because we needed an image to accompany a revision of Sue Terpin’s Quilted Pillow Cover handout into a free downloadable pattern. 991560 Quilted Pillow Cover pattern provides instructions for making a quilted pillow cover with ...

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    Chevron Technique Bonanza

    Chevrons seem to be everywhere in quilting, home décor, and clothing. They have a modern, graphic appeal with a sense of movement and vibrancy. Since my work revolves around quilting patterns and designing, I have come across several ways to construct chevrons. While there is often more than one way to do a design or technique in quilting, it is a bit unusual to find so many methods to accomplish the same design element. Please keep in mind, I am ...

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