Winner Announced: Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!!

Aubrey Fat Quarter giveaway

Many thanks to all who participated in the Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!  From reading all of the wonderful comments, it sounds like there’s quite a mix of tastes among the followers of The Works.  I wish I had enough of Aubrey & Paisley to go around to everyone who commented during the contest as it sounds like there’s many Shabby Chic romantics out there, but alas I have one lovely fat quarter bundle to spare for one lucky winner!

Selected at random, the winner is……

Nancy Eriksen

Congratulations, Nancy!!  I will be contacting you by email to get your shipping address to send you your prize!!  (Please check your junk/ spam folder just in case)

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway and stay posted for more in the future!  Enjoy your weekend and here’s to a productive time in the sewing room in this weekend!


More Houston Quilt Market Sneak Peek!

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As you’ve noticed around here at the Works, we’ve been hyping one of our most recent fabric collection releases from this past year, American Made Brand solids!!  Clothworks is excited to offer consumers a fabric that is literally rooted and anchored here in the USA!  At no point in the process,  from cotton fields to finished fabric on bolts ready to ship to your local quilt shop, does the production go off-shore!  Clothworks will be highlighting the American Made Brand solid fabrics at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX set to take place this weekend, October 25th- 27th, 2014.  For those of you who won’t be able to make it to Market, here’s another sneak peek of what will be shown in the Clothworks booth.   Pictured here, made in some gorgeous AMB solids, is a quilt entitled ‘Pinwheel Jam’ designed by Emily Breclaw of The Caffeinated Quilted.

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You might remember Emily from this summer’s American Made Brand Blog Tour/ Roadtrip.  She represented her state Texas and is quite a talented and prolific quilter!  I’m loving the optical illusions that Emily has created in this quilt design by playing with the various hues and shades offered in the American Made Brand solid collection.  Check out what Emily has to say about her inspiration and process in her blog post about Pinwheel Jam and head over to her site on Craftsy to purchase the pattern for download, too!

Pinwheel Jam Quilting Close Up

Before this quilt was packed away to be taken to display in Houston, I snapped one more pic–up close of the quilting- as it adds another layer of complexity to this vibrant quilt design.  Emily’s beautiful quilt Pinwheel Jam was brought to life by the exquisite quilting of her long-arm quilter, Amy Jameson!

If you’re lucky to attend the International Quilt Festival this weekend in Houston, please stop by the Clothworks booth #244 to admire this lovely quilt and say hi! And while you’re at Quilt Market, be sure to view the juried exhibition of quilts on display in the Farm to Fabric Challenge using American Made Brand solid fabrics!




Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt 2014 Contest: Loads of Prizes!!


Just a reminder, there’s still a bit more time to enter the Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt 2014 Contest!!!  Clothworks is excited to team up with Quiltmaker’s Magazine as a sponsor during the contest.  Click this link to see what kind of loot could be won if you participate.


Both the digital and print issues of the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Quiltmaker’s Magazine will show the Treasure Hunt icons on the ads.  Go to each sponsor’s website, including Clothworks, listed in the ad and search for the Treasure Hunt icon to follow the link to the contest entry page, hosted by Quiltmaker’s.  Participants in the contest may enter multiple times by visiting multiple sponsors, but only one entry is allowed for each person from each sponsor’s contest page.  Even if you’re not a Quiltmaker’s subscriber, you can still participate in the hunt!


Can you find this button on our website? Hint: It’s made somewhere local.

For a full list of rules, head on over to the Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt 2014 Contest FAQ to read more details.

Best of luck in your hunt for the treasure!






Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!!

Aubrey Fat Quarter giveaway


Clothworks new release, Aubrey by Skipping Stones Studio, has been shipping to a local quilt shop near you!  Maybe it’s the gorgeous feminine floral bloom prints, the charming polka dots, or the old-fashioned tonal Paisley prints (from the coordinating collection called Paisley, also released by Skipping Stones Studio) that give this line a ‘Shabby Chic’ look! As this fabric flies off the shelf and some of the prints begin to sell out, I was lucky enough to snag some fabric to make a beautiful little bundle for a little giveaway.  Maybe my luck will carry over to one special winner of this contest!

To enter the contest, please abide by the following:

1)  Leave one comment only on this post.  Please tell me your favorite style(s) of fabric print design — are you a Shabby Chic Romantic?  A Modern Girl?  A Retro Lover?  Batik Enthusiast?  Or maybe I left off a category.  I’m dying to know!!

2)  Please only comment if you have a USA shipping address.

3)  Comment by Thursday October 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM, PDT

4)  One fat quarter bundle of Aubrey and Paisley fabrics (as shown above) will be awarded to one contestant chosen at random from the comments.  The lucky winner will be announced here on the Works this Friday October 24, 2014!

Best of Luck to all who participate!

Quilting for a Good Cause- Fun Friday Show & Tell

Seattle Moder Quilt Guild 1

Here’s some Fun Friday Show & Tell for you!  One of the local quilt guilds in our area, The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild (also known as SMQG), a rapidly growing group of young, passionate, energetic folks who boast a membership of 100+ quilters, sent in these pictures the other day showing off these 2 quilts made from Clothworks Everyday Organic Cotton solids.  As you can tell from these gorgeous pictures, their vibrant spirit and fresh energy definitely carry over into their quilting style!  Along with the bright colors of the Everyday Organic Cotton Solids, these quilts exude a whimsical, modern art-inspired attitude full of lots of movement and joy!

Seattle Moder Quilt Guild 2

The guild members of SMQG not only use their industrious creativity to make these one-of-a-kind quilt masterpieces, but they also give back to their community.  In fact, the quilts pictured here are headed to a local charity called Plymouth Housing Group, an organization that helps eliminate homelessness and promote stable living for the less fortunate.  Plymouth Housing Group owns 20 apartment buildings in the area and the quilts will be given to residents to acknowledge the good they are promoting in their own communities.  We’re happy to hear that these quilts will continue to radiate warmth and touch the hearts of those in need in our city!


Fall Quilt Market Sneak Peek!

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The weeks before Quilt Market in Houston are always a bit of a blur around here at the Works.  It’s a mad dash to pack up the crate full of all the beautiful samples showing off the latest and greatest collections that Clothworks has to offer.  I managed to snap a few pics of one of our display samples; a truly captivating quilt made from our most recent fabric release, American Made Brand Solids.  Just an aside, this quilt sample induced our entire office staff in a simultaneous chorus of “ooh’s and ah’s” upon making its arrival here in the office.

Our friends at Sassafras Lane, quilt pattern mom & daughter design team Shayla & Kristy, have really upped the ante with this spectacular quilt pattern.  Entitled ‘Arcadia Avenue’, this quilt pattern will be debuting for them at Quilt Market in Houston, TX in a few weeks, too!

part of arcadia street 1

We were too lucky to have them make it in our American Made Brand Solids, as it really shows off the vibrancy of our color range.  I’m loving the two-tone pieced background using the blue and purple!  And don’t you think the changing autumn leaves make it pop, too?!!

back of arcadia ave

The ladies at Sassafras Lane have quite a talented quilter working with them, too.  Juli K not only pieced this beauty; she quilted it, too!!  The back of the quilt could stand on its own, don’tcha think?!!

If you’re headed to Houston, TX for the International Quilt Market October 25- 27, 2014, then you’ll be lucky enough to admire this gorgeous quilt in all of its American Made Brand Solid beauty!  Stop by the Clothworks booth #244, and also say hi to quilt designers, Shayla & Kristy of Sassafras Lane, in their booth, too!

arcadia street quilt 2

Winner Announced: Christmas in Bloom FQ Bundle Giveaway!

Christmas in Bloom Giveaway FQ bundle

Greetings & Happy Friday, fellow followers of The Works!  First of all, thank you all for your participation during this fat quarter bundle giveaway!!  Judging from your comments about your favorite patterns and pattern design companies- it sounds like all of you are seasoned pros in the sewing department!  Kudos to you all!!  Speaking of seasoned…’tis the season to get a head start on those Christmas projects, and lucky for this contest’s winner, they will be receiving this gorgeous fat quarter bundle of designer Cedar West’s Christmas in Bloom, one of the newest holiday-themed collections released by Clothworks!

And now for the announcement!  Chosen at random, the lucky winner of this fat quarter bundle is……

Debbie Rogowski

Congratulations!  I will be contacting you via email for your shipping address, so please check your spam and junk mail folders just in case!  Hooray!

Thank you all and Happy Sewing this weekend!

Christmas in Bloom Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!

Christmas in Bloom Giveaway FQ bundle

The weather outside may not be frightful yet, but this Christmas in Bloom Fat Quarter Bundle is sew delightful!  Even though Halloween is only 3 weeks away, it’s time to get a head start on Christmas.  Time for a fat quarter bundle giveaway here on The Works!!

Up for grabs is one fat quarter bundle of some luscious fabrics from the popular Clothworks fabric collection, Christmas in Bloom by super talented artist, Cedar West.

Here’s how to enter into the Christmas in Bloom Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway:

1)  Post a comment on this blog post.  Please limit one comment per person.

2)  In your comment, please list 3 of your favorite quilt/ craft/ clothing/ sewing patterns or pattern companies.

3)  Post your comment anytime from now until Thursday October 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time.

4)  This giveaway is only open to residents who have a USA shipping address.

On Friday October 10, we will select at random and announce the winner of the Christmas in Bloom Fat Quarter Bundle here on the Works.

Good luck!


Friday Fun! Show & Tell Quilts

Close Up Capsule AMB quilt

A closeup view of the ‘Capsule Quilt’ made from AMB solids by our friend and sample-maker, Jean.

Some of our more prolific quilter friends here at the Works have been busy making some nifty projects, lately.  With the weather turning to cooler temps and daylight hours becoming shorter, perhaps a few glimpses of their recent quilty pursuits will help inspire you to get cozy indoors and go to town with your sewing machine!

Every time Jean, one of our Sample Maker Extraordinaires, visits us at the Works, she always brings fun Show & Tell.  Today was no different.  Here’s her version of the ‘Capsule Quilt’ pattern by Jen Carlton-Bailly using the gorgeous American Made Brand solids.  Can you say ‘winning combo’?!!!

Capsule Quilt AMB 2

With the combination of vibrant colors grounded by dark grey which play up the simplistic modern design inspired by a pill capsule, this quilt will surely help shake off those ‘Winter Blues’.  The pattern originally was published in Modern Patchwork Spring 2014, but you can also find the pattern download at this link for a nominal fee.  A long-arm quilter at one of our local Seattle quilt shops, The Quilting Loft, quilted this using the fun ‘bubble’ pantograph motif.

Our next fun Show & Tell is brought in by Gabe, one of our sample room extraordinaires!  Gabe is always working on a new project every time I see her.  Here’s yet another very simplistic, modern design that works very well with a mix of solids and prints.  Gabe used the recent Clothworks release, Poppy Passion by Karen Roti and grounded the prints with solid black.  This is one of the most stunning Black/Red/White quilts I have seen!!  I love how Gabe created an ‘ombre’ effect using the most white-dominant prints at the top and placing the more black/red-dominant prints towards the bottom.

Gabe Poppies Quilt

Gabe is proudly posing with her work of art here.  Kudos to her–She plans to give this away to a friend that took great care of her son while he endured a recent hospital visit.  Lucky for you, if you want to create this beauty of a quilt pattern, called ‘Crazy for Daisies’ which originally appeared in McCall’s Quick Quilts October/ November 2013 issue, you can go to this link to find more info on how to purchase the digital issue of the pattern.  Oh, and did I mention there’s a matching pillow case pattern that has a free pattern download, too?

Time to get your stitch on!!  Happy Sewing and enjoy your weekend!

10/6/14 UPDATE:  Please note, I mistakenly wrote in my post on Friday that you could down the ‘Crazy for Daisies’ quilt pattern for free.  That is incorrect; the quilt can be digitally downloaded for nominal fee at this link.  You can download the matching pillow case pattern for free here at this link.  I apologize for the confusion in communication.

AMB License Plate Quilt…..Home at Last!



The American Made Brand License Plate Quilt has finally made it home…all in one piece!  Kudos to the prompt turn-around and lovely quilting job by longarm quilter, Loretta Orsborn, of Orsborn Specialty Quilting.  Loretta really had her hands full when it came to quilting this quilt!!  With 50 blocks that are sized as an actual license plate, plus sashing and borders– it all amounted to one seriously large quilt!!  Maybe almost as big as Texas :)

Here are my pictorial attempts in trying to capture this American Beauty, all made using American Made Brand solid fabrics.


Let’s give a round of applause to all who lent a hand in making this quilt happen!  Thanks to Candice, our Creative Director and Marketing Whiz, who organized the AMB blog tour.  A Standing ‘O’ goes out to all 50 of our Blogger friends, or as I like to call them, our State Ambassadors, who provided their talent and sewing ingenuity to create these distinctive state license plate blocks.  Hats off to Toni B, our Sample Room Extraordinaire and Quilting Queen who designed the layout and pieced the quilt top, and kudos to Loretta Orsborn, the quilter, who completed this quilt!!!  Bravo!!!

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