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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

    Iron Cleaners Review

        My iron has never been so dirty! I am not sure what I did to cause such a brown build-up on the surface and in the grooves of my iron. I think it may be that I recently ...

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    Rise and Shine Mini Quilt – Blue Room Project #2

    Recently, I started a series of small projects done in a monochromatic blue palette for a new room being remodeled in our home. The first project was a Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt by Thimble Blossoms. To read about this project, please click here.

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    Mystery Quilt 2016: Fabric Selection

    The Mystery Quilt 2016 is almost here! Connecting Threads is offering a Mystery Quilt Along to celebrate National Quilt Month in March. Mystery Quilt 2014 was a big success with 356 enthusiastic and supportive members. Mystery Quilt 2016, our third mystery quilt adventure, promises to be lots of fun for all as well. ...

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    Mystery Quilt Along 2016 is Coming Soon!

    To celebrate National Quilt Month in March, Connecting Threads will offer a Quilt with Us (QWU). This is our third Mystery Quilt – yes we skipped 2015. I’m sorry – we did something else last year to celebrate. The response to the past two Mystery Quilt Alongs was quite positive with big groups following ...

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    Moravian Star Ornament

    Moravian Star Before Christmas, my friend Nancy found a free pattern online for an English Paper Pieced (EPP) Moravian Star by Jennifer Strauser. Click here for a link to the free PDF of the pattern on the AQS QuiltViews page. Although the last thing I needed was another project, I was intrigued!  I enjoy EPP and having a hand project ...

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    Piccadilly Circus Mini Quilt – Blue Room Project #1

    Blue, in all its different hues, is a lovely color but not one I often use in my quilts and never for décor in my home. That changed recently when my husband and I decided to fill in an open space on the second floor above our kitchen table to make a new 8′ x 10′ room—to be used as a quiet ...

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    Hand Stitched Bamboo Scissor Fob Set

    I was asked to make a sample of the Hand Stitched Bamboo Scissor Fob Set by Red Gate Stitchery. I did, but I lost it… for quite a while. Now they are in clearance. My bad! The good news is that they are still available and at 50% off! The lightweight bamboo flower has precise holes for counted cross-stitch.

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    Bag It! No-Sew Fabric Gift Bags

      The holiday gift-giving season is upon us. Last year, hoping to decrease the wasteful use of Christmas wrapping paper, I learned how to wrap presents with fabric using the Japanese-inspired furoshiki method. I wrote two blogs showing this technique: Furoshiki Fun and Furoshiki Follow-Up.

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    Rally Towel Quilt

    My son Andrew is in his second year at Oregon State University studying engineering. In the fall of his freshman year, he attended a football game where they passed out orange and black rally towels. After the game, he saw lots of towels left behind and thought, “My mom could make me a quilt out of these!” He gathered up about 35 ...

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    Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 17

    Welcome to Week 17 of Gifty Galore! My Crosswise Table Runner can be found in Fast, Fun, and Gifty . The version shown in the book is autumn colors from the Quilter’s Candy Basics collection.

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