Ann’s Button Jars Visit Connecting Threads!

Recently I learned to make Kanzashi flowers two ways. I first read about the Japanese art of folded fabric flowers in a book called Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland. I practiced the origami-like method of shaping flower petals and combining them into a flower. Then, I made several flowers using the Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers. To read my recent blog about the Sampler Wall Hanging I made with both methods, click here.

While my father was in the hospital for a few days, I also made a variety of Kanzashi flowers with batiks. The only exception is the white flower made with silk and satin. I had a collection of button jars with lids just calling out to be adorned with a matching flower! When all the button jars were decorated, I gathered them in my quilt studio and told them they would get to visit Connecting Threads and see where I work. They were so excited!

So, one day recently, all my button jars accompanied me to work. After riding up on the elevator (their first elevator ride!) they proceeded into the Connecting Threads part of the CraftsAmericana building.

Katrina, Mari, and Laraine poked their heads out of their cubicles to welcome them!

The group had fun perusing the fabric wall where we keep fabric from past collections. The neutral button jars were so happy to find Neutral Love II – a large collection of neutrals just like them. They are a little sensitive about being colors not found on the color wheel, so this made their day!

The button jars enjoyed meeting more of the CT staff. They chatted with Karen while she sewed binding on a project. They got to meet Jenni, our wonderful fabric designer.


Judy took time to smell one of the flowers. Then they met Bobbi Blackbird and Candy Cardinal perched on Judy’s cubicle wall.


The group even got to meet our reclusive Dust Bunny.

The last (but not least!) person they met was our amazing CT Director, Teri… who just happens to love rainbows. The first thing she did was arrange them in R-O-Y-G-B-I-V order.

They spent the rest of the day hanging out in my cubicle watching me work. So many people stopped to say hello…it was really fun for them.

Ann’s Button Jars want to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Connecting Threads for a totally awesome adventure. They also want to says thanks to the CT intern, CJ, who took most of these great photos!

After making so many Kanzashi flowers, I will probably take a break from them for awhile! However, someday I think it would be fun to make a bouquet for a bride in the family, using white and/or cream silks and satins with a vintage rhinestone button/jewelry in the center. What a great way to incorporate family jewelry, buttons, and fabric from old wedding gowns into a keepsake treasure to pass on through the generations!





  1. Jenni - April 4, 2014

    This is really cute Ann! 🙂

  2. Joleen - April 4, 2014

    How cute! Looks like they had quite the day. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kathleen - April 4, 2014

    This was a fun post! Great job on the flowers too.

  4. Molly Skeen - April 5, 2014

    Very fun! And interesting to get a peak inside Connecting Threads.

  5. Shar F - April 6, 2014

    I love these flowers also. I have made a few of them. My daughter makes flowers for hair, and several things. She does it while watching tv. I think they are great. I love your colors!

  6. Jenna - April 7, 2014

    what an adorable post! Love these, great idea.

  7. Karen Morrell Johnson - April 10, 2014

    Can Ann’s button jars come visit my office? Fun!

  8. Diane Gilleland - April 14, 2014

    This is the best post ever! Your button jars are most welcome to visit my house anytime. I’ll make them tea and cookies. 🙂

    • Ann - April 14, 2014

      Thanks Diane! I was going to email you to tell you about this post and another one on my pincushion/needle holder this Thursday 4/17. Thanks for all you inspiration!

  9. Asewcate - April 18, 2014

    How nice to get a peek inside Connecting Threads. Now I know there are real people there!
    Great post.