Ann Holmes Studios 


Ann Holmes

     Artist, author of  “No Sewing Until You Quilt It”, and inventor of Ann’s Magic Buttons.  

Ann has worked in stained glass since 1976. When she moved to Asheville, NC  in 1998 and became

involved with the local quilt guild. Ann had a desire to recreate some of her original glass designs

into fabric, without the lead line look of stained glass quilts. As a stained glass artist she would 

build a window on top of a drawing. Ann experimented with building her quilts on a see-thru

“French Fuse” foundation, and turning the edges with glue stick. Then in 2005, foot surgery

forced her to think of a quicker way to finish her project for the Asheville Quilt Show. 

She asked herself, “Why am I sewing this twice?” first for stitching the top and then second

for quilting.   “No Sewing Until You Quilt It – French Fuse Appliqué” is the result. 

This is a turned edge technique, it is easy and fun to do, it saves time, and you can edit your work

without ripping out seams.  See Rainbow Falls below in stained glass and the quilt it inspired. 

It was the first quilt she made with her “NO Sewing Until You Quilt It” technique.


Ann was invited to give her 1st quilting demo in Feb 2006 and has been teaching her method 

since then. She produced her  DVD ©2007 

The American Quilter’s Society published her Daylily pattern in the November 2008 issue 

of American Quilter magazine.  AQS published her “No Sewing Until You Quilt It” book 

in June 2012. In 2014, Ann wrote a chapter in the AQS Book  New Quilts from Old Favorites

“Carolina Lily”

Ann’s article: “Making Big Quilts in Manageable Units” is on the AQS web site

at - January 2015

Watch Ann's Own YouTube Channel: No Sewing Until You Quilt It

  Ann’s book “No Sewing Until You Quilt It”, by AQS,  her Magic Button 
and the other supplies used in her technique are available in Ann’s Online Store

Click on the link at the top of this page. 

Visit my blog: where I keep you posted on my current projects. 

Click at the top of this  page: Ann’s Blog

                     For more history on Ann visit her Quilt Alliance, Save Our Stories interview at: 

~ Rainbow Falls in Glass ~                   ~ Rainbow Falls in Fabric ~ 

Ann's Original Video on AQS's YouTube Channel: Quilt TV in 2012

Watch this for an overview of her technique.

37th Annual Asheville Quilt Show

Friday, September 27th -  Sunday,  Sept. 29th 2019

at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC

Ann will be demonstrating her quilting technique on Friday at 2PM.