And the Design Contest winner is…

The results are in and we are pleased to announce that Virginia Odien has been selected as the winner in our 2013 Fabric Design Contest. Our voting process followed the same format that we use for our in-house focus groups. Each finalist’s collection was presented on a design board, and each panel member was given anonymous survey sheets to fill out. Each person who participated in the voting process provided feedback on each of the collections. Participants were asked to rate the collections based on their overall appeal, salability, marketability, and usability in quilting. Once they completed their survey sheets, they were placed into an envelope for no one else to see until the voting period was over. Once the deadline for voting had been met, our Marketing Director – Alisha – tallied all of the survey sheets and presented the results to Connecting Threads Director, Teri Stillwell, and in-house Fabric Designer, Jenni Calo.

As we expected, the results were very close. Please help us to congratulate our winner, Virginia, and all of the wonderful finalists. From here, we will work with Virginia to further develop her collection, and you can expect to see it come out sometime in 2015.

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

*Update: Carbonated Creations will be selling her collection at Spoonflower. Here is a link to her store:




  1. Stephanie Dunphy - November 18, 2013

    Congratulations to Virginia. I’m looking forward to seeing the yummy collection in print and all of the wonderful projects made with it.

  2. Kathleen - November 18, 2013

    Congratulations Virginia! And CT, I’m so happy you are also sharing where we might find the other finalists’ collections too. To me, they are all winners and it’s nice to know we can obtain them as well!

  3. Lynette R - November 18, 2013

    Congrats, Virginia! This must be so exciting for you! Have fun with it!

  4. Cecilia Desilets - November 18, 2013

    Congratulation Virginia. I love the designs; hope it will contain another colorway also.

  5. Christine Sherman - November 18, 2013

    This fabric looks great!

  6. Barb - November 18, 2013

    This was my favorite! Love the colours and the patterns, beautiful! Congrats!

  7. Kelly H - November 18, 2013

    congrats, Virginia! It’s a beautiful collection and I’m glad it will have a place in the shop and in the stashes and quilts etc of many many people!

  8. Kathy Howard - November 18, 2013

    Congratulations, Virginia.

  9. Patty - November 18, 2013

    Love, love, love this collection! Congratulations Virginia!!

  10. Susan Hannibal - November 18, 2013

    I love the way the fireflies are glowing alive and how the collection reflects that light. Once again, you rock, VO!

  11. Samarra - November 18, 2013

    I just LOVE this collection! Huge congrats, Virginia! The beautiful results of your hard work are clear and it’s superb CT has rewarded you for such a job well done! Can’t wait to see these in print!

  12. Mari - November 18, 2013

    Congrats Virginia! I can’t wait to work with your collection! The best to you!

  13. Cindy - November 19, 2013

    Congrats Virginia!

  14. Barb Colvin - November 19, 2013

    Great job, Virginia!! Looking forward to seeing more of your designs.

  15. Virginia Odien - November 19, 2013

    Thank you so much everyone! I’m still reeling with the news and yep, my feet are still dancing! I have to thank all of the voters, all of you who comment, the other finalists, my friends who encourage me, my family Bill, Liam and Zoë and of course Connecting Threads! Oh, to answer the question about other colorways: Yes, there will be other colorways. Hooray!

  16. Cindy - November 23, 2013

    Can’t wait to use some of this fabric in my fairy themed postcards!! It will be perfect! Already have ideas floating around. Am excited to see the other colorways being developed.