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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

    Introducing: Country Inn

    We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our latest fabric collection! Meet Country Inn, a gorgeous array of of Traditional French Country designs inspired by a love of French country life. Its palette of creams, taupes, brick reds, and denim blues make it the perfect collection for quilters looking to create  projects with a warm and inviting quality. At the heart of the collection is the Country Life ...

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    Introducing – Sundown

    It is my pleasure to introduce our newest fabric collection, Sundown. It is amazing how a collection of colors not found on a color wheel can still be so pleasing to the eye. The Sundown collection features a neutral palette full of earth tones – the colors of wood, stone, and soil. The colors in this collection ...

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    Introducing: Cottage Grove

    The lovely Cottage Grove collection by Connecting Threads is here! The CT staff have been busy designing, selecting, and sewing projects to highlight this whimsical garden collection – and now we get to share them with you. We are so excited! The color palette is luscious and includes shades of lavender, violet, green, periwinkle, and cream. The focal is a stylized, packed floral with cottages nestled among the botanical abundance. Our ...

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    Introducing: Oh My Darling

    Meet Oh My Darling, our new and exclusive sweetheart country collection! It was designed to have a traditional country feel with a style and color palette reminiscent of the Civil War era. The prints and the kits made from the collection offer a diverse selection and are ideal for scrappy quilting. Oh My Darling offers a wide variety of prints and textures. Here are three of my personal favorites ...

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    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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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