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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

    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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    Something Old and Something New – July 2014

    Since the July 2014 catalog just launched, I finally get to tell you about some exciting patterns. I am back with more favorites from the CT archives and a couple of  new designs in two of our newest collections: Isle of Enchantment and Prim Hollow.   Isle of Enchantment Isle of Enchantment has a gorgeous floral in three colorways: blue, orange, and ...

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    Ann’s Boutis Adventure – Part 1

    I have long admired quilts from the Provence region of France called boutis. After reviewing The Art of Boutis by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts, I really want to learn this style of handwork!  The author makes this technique accessible with clear instructions and illustrations. Do I need to  learn a new skill when I have so many UFOs? No, but just look at that small ...

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    Three Generations of Quilters

    In the spirit of May holidays – Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation – I was asked to write a blog on learning about quilting from my grandmother and mother. So, I will share a trip down memory lane and tell you about the two women who influenced my quilting and my life so much. Grandma Willie Ann, 1900 – 1994, lived in small towns ...

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    Batik Paradise – Something Old and Something New

    Here are three colorful patterns in CT‘s May 2014 catalog – something old and something new! As CT‘s archivist, I get to recolor popular patterns from the past into new collections. Simple & Sweet Simple & Sweet is a very easy baby quilt suitable for a beginning quilter or a busy experienced one. What makes this 40″ square baby quilt unusual is the use ...

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    Main Street Square

    Main Street Square, made in CT’s patriotic Hometown Summer collection, is a versatile and easy-to-make quilt. It is constructed of two blocks suitable for beginning quilters or busy experienced ones! The striking graphic quality of the Main Street Square relies on ...

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    Learning to Quilt in Prison

    In the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to honor Colleen “Koko”  Sutton, who was a petite powerhouse of optimism, energy, and inspiration. Koko founded the Coffee Creek Quilters (CCQ), a group of volunteers who teach quilting to the female inmates of the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, a women’s prison in Wilsonville, Oregon.        Colleen “Koko” Sutton Founder of Coffee Creek Quilters                  1932 -2009 Koko’s Vision Koko’s vision ...

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    New Classic Patchwork and Lasting Legacies Fabric Give Away

    This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!    New Classic Patchwork is the third book by Yoko Saito we have carried on our Connecting Threads website. I reviewed the first one, Japanese Quilting Piece by Piece, and Laraine reviewed the second, House Warming Patchwork. The author has a distinctive style of making scrappy quilted projects with very small pieces of ...

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