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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    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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    Patterns Revisited – Batik Paradise Novelties

    Since we are highlighting the Batik Paradise Novelties collection this week, I wanted to tell you about two popular patterns from the CT archives recolored in these great fabrics. Autumn Leaves This lovely 15-1/2″ x 39-1/2″ table runner, with its fall colors, is perfect for ushering in autumn. Although those may look like ordinary Bear Paw blocks, they are not! Autumn Leaves has a clever and unusual method of construction for ...

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    New Kits in Outside Vendor Fabrics

    We are so excited to start offering fabrics from outside vendors in addition to our exclusive fabric collections. Here are two popular patterns from the CT archives and two designs from independent designers in Pocketful of Daisies and Lion’s Share. Market Bag The Market Bag is shown here in the  lovely Pocketful of Daisies collection by Lynnette Anderson. This generous-sized tote with its outside pockets ...

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    Scrappy Log Cabin Wall Hanging – Part 1

    I spent part of the weekend cutting out hundreds of little pieces to make a wall hanging for an office we converted into a bedroom for a foreign exchange student. The pattern is Shoreline Log Cabin, designed by Judy Martin from her book Judy Martin’s Log Cabin Quilt Book. Before I discuss my wall hanging in progress, let me tell you about the book. This classic book from ...

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    Plethora of Pillows – Chevron Pillow

    Last week I wrote a blog about a bolster pillow cover and pillow insert in the Golden Age collection and promised a coordinating round pillow today for my second Plethora of Pillows contribution. SURPRISE! I changed my mind –  due to extenuating circumstances. Today you are going see my 12″ x 16″ Chevron pillow being constructed. ...

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    Plethora of Pillows – Bolster Pillow Cover and Insert

    During my son’s high school years, we had a ping pong table in our living/dining room. The room was admittedly used more often by my family for playing ping pong than it ever was for dining or entertaining company. Now that DS is off to college in the fall, I am slowly reclaiming the space on a very limited budget. The dining room is now furnished with a lovely ...

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    Gifty Galore – Project 4

    This week’s Gifty Galore project, a handy Car Trash Bag, comes from Stephanie Hughes at a A Ditchin’ Time Quilts. Our family enjoys long car trips to visit family or go camping. I have found if the road is straight, I can do handwork in the car. The problem is that I tend to leave threads all over when I sew. I thought this trash bag would ...

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    Binding Completely by Machine – Part 2

    On July 4th, I posted a blog about a new binding technique accomplished completely by machine. To see that posting and read more about the  Freedom Flag Mini Runner project itself, click here. The idea for the binding method came from an excellent tutorial on Aunt Marti’s website – I recommend you read that one as well. By the way, for general instructions about adding binding to quilts, there is a detailed  Binding ...

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    Binding Completely by Machine – Part 1

    Quilters seem to have mixed feelings about binding. For some, it is a relaxing, pleasurable last step in completing a quilt, perhaps providing time to reflect on the person to whom the quilt is being given or how it will be used in the home for years to come. Others may find it a bothersome, time-consuming task keeping them from the next exciting quilt project. I tend to be somewhere in between. I enjoy hand-sewing and don’t mind adding binding. However, ...

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    New! Free Pattern for Vintage Book Bag

    When I started here, almost three years ago, I recolored the Vintage Book Bag, an archived pattern, into our library-themed collection called Bookish. I was fortunate to obtain the catalog sample and have been carrying it around ever since! The reason I enjoy the bag so much is its 9″ x 12″ x 2″ size which is just right for bringing home books from the library or carrying a notebook or tablet.

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