What’s Cookin’ At The Works? Summer Salads!

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A Summer is just not a Summer without the fresh & tangy goodness of a Pasta Salad!!  Toni, our Sample Room Queen here at Clothworks, brought in this scrumptious seasonal staple to tempt our taste buds today!  Her Pasta Salad was exploding with mega-flavor, as well as fresh veggies and salami….yum!!  Topped off with some fresh heirloom tomatoes (thank you Costco) and fresh home-grown basil from Debbie, our resident Shipper and green thumb, eating this Pasta Salad was so pleasing on a warm & sunny day here in Seattle!

Sink your teeth into another close-up of this pasta yumminess…complete with garden accoutrements.    Recipe follows…. buon appetito!

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Pasta Salad (for a crowd)

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes of Barilla brand pasta: mini penne  (penne, rotini, or shells pasta will also work for this recipe)
  • 4 cloves of garlic- minced
  • ½ of the following bell peppers: red, green, yellow, and orange- chopped into chunks
  • 1 bunch of green onions- chopped
  • 1 cucumber: skin-peeled, seeded, and cut in small chunks
  • 1 can of black olives- sliced
  • quarter pound mushrooms- sliced
  • quarter pound of thinly sliced wine salami (Toni prefers the Costco brand)
  • ¼-1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup of olive oil. Reserve some for the cooked pasta to keep from sticking.
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1-2 tsps of sea salt
  • 2 tbs of Italian seasoning
  • ½ lb shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Cook pasta according to instructions on the box
  • After pasta is cooked, drained, rinsed with cold water, and drained again- fill a large bowl with it.
  • Throw in all the ingredients- garlic, peppers, green onions, cucumber, olives, mushrooms, and salami. Mix well.
  • Add olive oil, red wine vinegar, pepper, salt and Italian seasoning.  Coat  and mix well with all the other ingredients.
  • Add shredded parmesan cheese.  Toss & mix well.
  • Garnish with fresh basil & heirloom tomatoes.

Fun Friday: You’re in For a Treat!

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Kind of scary when you look at the calendar and see that Halloween is right around the corner with only 3 months to go!!  It’s not the zombies or monsters that creep me out, though.  For an infamous craft procrastinator like me, it’s the missing time that freaks me out the most!  Where has the year gone!!!?  Lucky for me and all of the other folks who wait until the last minute to work on their craft projects we have talented pattern designers such as Rochelle Martin of Cottage Quilt Designs!  Boy are you in for a treat when you see her latest and greatest quilt design, entitled ‘Candy Hunt‘, pictured above!!  Talk about a slam dunk in my Halloween pumpkin candy basket, Rochelle really nailed it with this super adorable quilt–  so creatively festive for the bewitching holiday season, as well as functional, (we’ll get to that in a moment).

The ‘Candy Hunt’ quilt pattern is now up for sale on Rochelle’s pattern site, Cottage Quilt Designs.  And it couldn’t be more perfect timing since she used Clothworks newest release, Witchful Thinking by Dan DiPaolo, now delivering to your favorite quilt shop!!  Sized at 48″ x 60″, this is definitely an easy weekend project to tackle for the experienced quilter!!

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I really love the way Rochelle made such good use of the fun prints in the Witchful Thinking collection– from the brightly colored candy corn, to the graphic pumpkins and bi-colored stripes mixed with black, to the whimsically terrifying spiders (and yes, I suffer from a mild case of arachnophobia)– the print designs each stand on their own without overpowering each other in the Candy Hunt quilt!close up- treat bag

As you might have gathered, Rochelle has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to quilt pattern designing!  Or maybe ‘treats in the bag’ is a better way to put it.  My favorite part about Rochelle’s Candy Hunt quilt design is the functioning ‘treat bag appliques’ that double as pockets where you can stuff a few yummy  candy bars or bags of bite-sized candies.  Why shiver in the brisk October air, when you can be wrapped up & cozy in this cute quilt & ready for the trick-or-treating ghosts, goblins, and ghoulies to arrive with treats in your quilt pockets!

Clothworks new release, Witchful Thinking by Dan DiPaolo, is out now in shops!  Click this link to view the full collection and find a shop!

Candy Hunt is available now on Rochelle’s website Cottage Quilt Designs.  Click this link to view it and purchase the pattern.  Be sure to follow Rochelle’s prolific crafty creations on her blog Cottage Quilt Designs, too!

 

 

AMB Fat Quarter Bundles: Winners Announced!

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Time’s up!  The AMB Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway has ended, and although it was short &  sweet, I’ve got a whopping 4 lucky winners to announce who will be receiving one fat quarter bundle each of these scrumptious AMB fabrics as pictured above!!  Thanks to all who left comments on the post.  We hope you spent a little time reading about the Farm to Fabric Challenge that we’re currently running.  There is still time to enter (submissions are due Friday August 15!!).

And now for the winners…..

Selected by random number generator, the following 4 have been chosen as winners to receive one fat quarter bundle each of AMB solids:

1)  Denise/ Folsom, Calif.

2)  Quilter in Motion

3)  Kathi Butler

4)  Maxine

Congratulations to all!!  Thank you for entering into our mini-giveaway.  I will be contacting you by email to get your shipping addy’s (Please check your junk email box, just in case).

Thank you all for your comments– we greatly appreciate your participation and your loyal following!!  Stay posted for more giveaway fun in the future here on the Works!

 

Quilts in the Queue Quilt Along with AMB Solids

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Our friend Heather of the blog Quilts in the Queue is hosting a Quilt Along for a good cause.  This year, Heather is heading up the quilt drive, 100 Quilts for Kids 2014, a quilt drive with a simple mission- make a child’s quilt and donate it to a charity that serves children’s needs.  Before giving your quilt away, snap a photo to share with others and a chance to win a prize.

In conjunction with this year’s 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive, Heather has designed a really nifty quilt in which she will feature in a Quilt Along on her blog.  With her modern aesthetic, as well as keeping in mind the target audience for the quilt design, Heather designed a pieced quilt with a simple chevron motif, using none other than…. American Made Brand solids!

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In Heather’s quilt design, entitled the Waves Quilt Along (check out that nifty button she made pictured above), she incorporates vivid blue shades found in the vast selection of AMB solids into each chevron row, giving the quilt a bold & graphic look that’s equally pleasing to the eyes.  Not only do the American Made Brand solids function well in Heather’s quilt design,  but with what seems like the ever-increasing amount of production & manufacturing going offshore these days, Heather was very adamant about using a fabric that’s grown & produced right here in the U.S.of A!  And Clothworks couldn’t be more pleased to support her cause by donating some American Made Brand solids, produced exclusively here in the USA, from ‘Farm to Fabric’.  Sounds like a great match, right?!

Today marks the first day of Heather’s Quilt Along, so please do head over to her blog, Quilts in the Queue, if you’d like to follow along.   Also check out her blog to find out more information about participating in the 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive.

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Heather’s so crafty, she’s even made a handy-dandy button (see above) to post on your site in support of 100 Quilts for Kids, as well!

And speaking of AMB….be sure to check out our post on the Farm to Fabric Challenge and giveaway- here at this link!  You still have time to enter both!!

 

Farm to Fabric Challenge: Call for Entries + Giveaway!!

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If you’ve been following us here at the Works lately, I’m sure you’ve seen all of the talk about our newest solid fabric release, American Made Brand Solids!!  The tagline couldn’t say it any better:  ‘From Farm to Fabric’, we’re thrilled to be offering a fabric that is grown, processed, woven, dyed, and manufactured all here in the United States of America!  In honor of the release of the AMB solids, Clothworks is hosting the Farm to Fabric Challenge, a juried quilt exhibition set to premier at this year’s International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas on October 25th through November 2nd, 2014.

Good news for all you procrastinators, it’s not too late to enter into the Farm to Fabric Challenge .  We are taking submissions now through Friday, August 15th.  We’re calling on all of you creative folks to wow us with some amazing quilt and textile masterpieces using American Made Brand solids!!  When designing your entry for the Farm to Fabric Challenge, think of the theme:  “Celebrating Farm to Fabric”.  Consider what it means to you, your family, or your community to bring fabric production back to the USA!  Are you up for the challenge?

Click on this link to read more about the details for registration into the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  And be sure to read the 4-1-1 on how to photograph your quilt submissions at this link.  There are some great resources here.

A stellar jury comprised of 3 incredible women who all reign in the quilting & sewing communities, including Pokey Bolton, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Jones, will judge the entries submitted to the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  Should your entry be selected into the exhibit, you will be notified no later than Friday September 5, 2014.  Selected quilts must arrive in Houston, TX no later than Wednesday October 1, 2014 to be displayed in the International Quilt Market and Festival.

Good luck and Happy Creating!!!  We can’t wait to see what you create with American Made Brand fabrics!

And since the August 15th deadline for entry submissions is steadily approaching, we thought we’d host a quick giveaway to get you in the mood for designing for the  Farm to Fabric Challenge!

Up for grabs are 4 fat quarter bundles of American Made Brand Solids.

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To enter into the giveaway, please abide by the following rules:

1)  One comment per person to be left on this blog post.

2)  Please leave a comment by 11:59 pm Tuesday July 23rd, 2014.

3)  Only comment if you have a USA shipping address, please.

Four winners will be announced here at The Works on Wednesday July 23rd, 2014- each winner receiving 1 fat quarter bundle.  Winners will be immediately contacted by email to get their shipping address, so be sure to check your junk email box.

Good luck and tell us what you’d make using these gorgeous fabrics!

 

Christmas in July: Winner Announced!

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A BIG THANKS to all who left comments on the Christmas in July post here on the Works which aired Monday 7/14.  It sounds like most of you are way ahead of the game when it comes to completing your Christmas projects in advance of the frantic holiday season!!  Kudos to you! All who commented were entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a copy of the new Christmas project book just released by Martingale, Celebrate Christmas With That Patchwork Place.  We also hope you were able to stop by Martingale’s blog Stitch This! over the past week to join in on the holiday fun for their ‘Christmas in July‘ blog hop of crafting inspiration.

And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for….the announcement of the winner!  Selected at random, the winner is….

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Congratulations, Mary!  Merry (early) Christmas!!  We will be contacting you by email for your shipping information (make sure to check your junk email box, just in case).  Martingale will be sending you a copy of your prize,  the book Celebrate Christmas With That Patchwork Place, very soon!

Thanks again everyone and here’s wishing you a super inspirational crafty weekend!

 

 

Christmas in July- Head on over to Stitch This!

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Are you baking from the summer sun and need something to take your mind off the heat?  Maybe the thought of a ‘White Christmas’ is just what you need for some relief!  Have no worries, you can head on over to Stitch This!, the blog run by our friends at Martingale, where they are celebrating Christmas in July all week long!!!  Starting this past Monday July14th, through the end of this week, opening up the web page of Stitch This! will almost be like opening up a package from under the tree on Christmas Day!  Giveaways galore, new project ideas and plenty of inspirational pictures will grace their blog in honor of their new book release, Celebrate Christmas With That Patchwork Place.

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Not only is this book bursting with lots of fa-la-la’s and holiday cheer, but oodles of projects, ideas, and tutorials to aid in the making of all those holiday decorations to festoon your holiday abode!  You can even enter into the giveaway that Clothworks is hosting in conjunction with Martingale, to win a copy of the book, Celebrate Christmas With That Patchwork Place, if you leave a comment on our blog post dated Monday July 14th.  Follow this link to post your comment.

And follow this link to Stitch This! to enter into the fabric giveaway today for a chance to win a fun fat quarter bundle!  A little birdie told me it’s some special Clothworks fabric…..

Good luck!!

What’s Cookin’ At the Works? Summer Salads!

Emerald City Salad

You might remember our weekly series from several months back called “What’s Cookin’ At the Works?  Soup’s On!”  As the seasons have changed and the temperatures have crept up, with the nearly triple digits we’re currently experiencing here in Seattle, it’s making it a bit too hot to eat a steaming bowl of soup straight from the crock pot.  Instead of crock pot creations, we’ve switched to lighter, fresher fare for our weekly lunch club.  And this week’s recipe appears to be straight out of the garden or produce section.

Lisa in Design brought in the Emerald City Salad–appropriately named for packing a high proportion of healthy green stuff, as well as the nickname-sake of  our city, Seattle, H.Q. of Clothworks.  Make a batch of this yummy salad to fuel you while you beat the heat working on your craft projects, (hopefully)  in the confines of an air-conditioned room, and you’ll be set!

The Emerald City Salad recipe, a perennial favorite of the deli, is taken from our local food co-op,   PCC Natural Market:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked organic wild rice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 bunch organic kale
  • 1/2 bunch organic chard
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
Preparation

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Salt the water, if desired, and add rice. Bring back to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 60 to 65 minutes. When the water is absorbed, remove from heat and let cool.

Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. When the rice is cool, toss with dressing.

Remove tough stems and ribs from greens and chiffonade (cut into ribbons). Combine with peppers, fennel, green onions and parsley. Just before serving, toss veggies with dressed rice.

Recipe by PCC Deli

Oh,  and the spread Lisa brought in was just as tasty, too!  Hummus, carrots, cheese & crackers, and salami…oh yum!

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It’s that time of year….Christmas in July! + Giveaway!!!

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Our friends over at Martingale are in the spirit!  The thermometer may say 96 degrees in the shade right now, but it feels more like Christmas over at their blog, Stitch This!  In fact, they just released a holiday-themed book chock-full of Christmas and holiday projects to help spruce up your home, called Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place.

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In honor of the new book release, starting today July 14th, Martingale will be hosting a ‘Christmas in July’ week on their blog.  Do head over to Stitch This!, as every day, they’ll be hosting a fabric giveaway…and who knows, maybe you’ll have a chance at winning an early ‘prezzie’!!  Word has it that the Clothworks elves have even contributed some fabric for the giveaway, too!!

Besides the fabric giveaways, there will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around on Stitch This!  At a glance, it looks like Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place is welling with inspiration and ideas to spur your creative binges before the mad rush of the holiday season hits!

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In conjunction with Martingale, Clothworks is also hosting a giveaway for a chance to win one copy of Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place.

Today through Thursday July 17th at 11:59 pm PDT, to enter into this giveaway– please leave a comment on this blog post.  Only one comment per person is permitted; open to folks who have a USA shipping address.  We will pick at random one name and post the announcement this Friday July 18th on our blog.  Martingale will send you a copy of your book once we’ve received your contact info.  Let the comments begin, everyone.  How’s this for a comment topic– share with us your holiday crafting/sewing/quilting projects that you have in mind to make for this season.

Good luck!

 

Sneak Peek: Homestead by Nicky Ovitt

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Lately here at The Works, we’ve been talking a lot about our solids!  There’s no denying- we’re thrilled to offer an all-American grown and made cotton solid fabric on the market with the American Made Brand Fabrics!!  Aside from our American Made Solid fabrics, Clothworks has been known for carrying a diverse range of printed fabrics that appeal to all types of quilters, sewists, and crafters under the sun.   We’re extremely excited to be working with a new print designer, Nicky Ovitt, who will be releasing her first collection with Clothworks called Homestead, due out in late autumn.

In anticipation of the release of Homestead, we thought we’d treat you to a little sneak peek as a way to introduce you to Nicky, our newest addition to the Clothworks roster of design talent.  Be sure to check out Nicky’s blog post here about her inspiration and design process for the Homestead fabric collection.  Make sure you browse around there a bit as you’ll be amazed to see all the wonderful work she produces!

And now on to some fun eye candy…

Below are the actual illustrations of the prints in Homestead.  Nicky really has quite an eye for color, as well as a wonderful sense of mixing & matching unique prints that stand on their own as well as they mingle together.

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Nicky and Clothworks couldn’t be more pleased to see Nicky’s color scheme for Homestead translate well into fabric strike-offs.  For those of you who don’t know what a strike-off is, this is when the mill executes a ‘test print’ of the fabric design on to actual cotton fabric.  Sometimes it can take several tries for the mill to execute the print as close to the designer’s original artwork.  As you can see below,  the mill definitely nailed it with these strike-offs of the focus prints in Homestead!  Hooray!!

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I’m really loving Nicky’s sense of color- the neutral grey, black, and off white punctuated by pops of bright aquas, greens, corals, and yellowy oranges.  Can’t wait to get my paws on some Homestead fabric when it delivers to the shops!!

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Do check out Nicky Ovitt’s blog and website to see more of her dazzling artwork.  And here’s hoping you can be patient for a few more months until Homestead hits one of your local hometown fabric shops, too!