Clothworks Featured in ’12 Days of Christmas Giveaway’!

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Do you need a little Christmas?  Our friends over at All Free Sewing and Fave Quilts, as well as their sewing-centric blog, Seams and Scissors, are throwing a festive giveaway in honor of the holiday season.  Clothworks is excited to partner with these crafty folks and today, Friday December 19th, is the day that Clothworks will be featured during the ‘12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Series’.  Follow along to learn how to make the Thicketty Mountain Quilt (using American Made Brand Solid fabric) featured at the All Free Sewing link, Fave Quilts link, and Seams and Scissors blog.

Act quickly!  Today also happens to be the last day, Day 12, of the ‘12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Series’ and in conjunction, a special giveaway will be in effect until 11:59 pm EST time TONIGHT.  Enter the giveaway now at this link and you could win a scrumptious fat quarter bundle of 18 fq’s of the Organic printed line, Here Kitty Kitty by Clothworks!!  Now doesn’t that sound better than a partridge in a pear tree?!

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Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

Farm to Fabric Challenge: Quilt Exhibition Online!

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In case you may have missed this exhibition at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX this past autumn, you can view the juried exhibition of quilts from the comfy confines of your couch while cruising the internet with your laptop or tablet!  We’ve posted these stunning quilt masterpieces in an online gallery on the American Made Brand website where you can click on this link  to view it!

To back up a bit, this past year, we held a Farm to Fabric Challenge in honor of the launch of the newest Clothworks division, American Made Brand.  American Made Brand began releasing an assortment of 50 solid colors made from 100% cotton fabric that was grown here in the USA and processed into a dyed woven fabric, never leaving the shores of the Continental USA– or quite literally, from ‘Farm to Fabric’!  We put out a call for entries, challenging the most talented and artistic quilters out there to create a quilt using American Made Brand solid fabric.  These quilt entries needed to speak to this theme:  What does it mean to you, your family or your community to bring fabric production back to America to use in your American made quilts?

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, judged the entries submitted to the Farm to Fabric Challenge, and chose many gorgeous and inspiring quilts that were shown in an exhibition at the International Quilt Market and Festival this past autumn.

Head to this link  to view our ‘virtual exhibition’ online.  Here, you can click on each of the quilt thumbnails to see who made it and what the source of their inspiration was in creating it.

I don’t want to give them all away, but here’s a sneak peek of one of the entries:

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Grab a cuppa joe or tea, curl up on the sofa, and take in all of these beautiful creations- head to this link!  They are simply stunning works of art that celebrate the Farm to Fabric movement and what it means to be American Made!

 

Save the Date- Local Quilt Shop Day is 1-24-15!

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Mark this date on your new 2015 calendar, and don’t miss this….Saturday, January 24, 2015 is Local Quilt Shop Day!   Here at Clothworks, our newest division, American Made Brand, is excited to partner up with the Fabric Shop Network, Inc. as a GOLD SPONSOR of Local Quilt Shop Day.  Being a proud supporter of this event, American Made Brand has designed an exclusive table runner pattern in which participating shops will give away in-store on January 24th.  Make sure you visit your Local Quilt Shop early on Saturday, January 24th, as there will be a limited quantity of this pattern to giveaway.  Besides free exclusive pattern giveaways, your Local Quilt Shop will also be hosting special events, demonstrations, discounts, and much more!

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Local Quilt Shop Day is a global event held to recognize the importance of types of independent businesses.  Not only are Local Quilt Shops beneficial for the local economies, but they cultivate a creative community of quilters, sewists, crafters, and fabric enthusiasts.  Fabric Lovers Unite on Saturday, January 24, 2015, and celebrate at your Local Quilt Shop!

Here’s one more date to circle on your calendars….

Local Quilt Shop Day will kick off with the FAN PHOTO CONTEST that runs from December 26th, 2014 and concludes on Local Quilt Shop Day, January, 24th, 2015.
During this time:
1)  Head over to your favorite participating shop

2)  Take a ‘selfie’ inside the shop,

3)  Upload that photo with a caption saying why you love this local quilt shop

4)  Post it to www.quiltshopday.com

You never know, you might be chosen as the LUCKY GRAND PRIZE WINNER from the contest.  If so, you’ll win a SEWING MACHINE & $500 SHOPPING SPREE at your favorite participating quilt shop and the local quilt shop mentioned in the winning photo will win big with a $500 credit memo to their favorite supplier!!

Don’t miss this special event!  Support your Local Quilt Shop on Local Quilt Shop Day January, 24, 2015!

For more info & a list of participating shops visit; www.quiltshopday.com.

The Season of Giving: Clothworks Fabrics Made into Charity Quilts!

Frog & Toad Charity QuiltOne of the local quilt guilds near us in the greater Seattle, WA- area, had some fun show & tell that they sent in today.  Since we’re in the midst of the season of giving, perhaps this might inspire ya’ll to be as charitable as these kindhearted quilters are!

Shown in the pic above is Cindy, a member of Busy Bee Quilter’s Guild.  She’s proudly showing off one of her charity quilts made from the Clothworks collection, Frog & Toad Together.  This quilt will be donated to a homeless shelter in Everett, WA to comfort & warm a less-fortunate child.

This darling quilt pictured below using another Clothworks collection you might remember, called Hullabaloo by Iron Orchid Designs, was also made by Cindy.  It, too, will be donated to the homeless shelter in Everett.

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The Busy Bee Quilter’s Guild surely lives up to its name!  As part of the guild’s mission, they routinely collaborate on making quilts to donate to charities all throughout the year.  Just take a look at them below in action in what they affectionately call ‘the sweatshop’!

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In this hive of industry with creativity buzzing about, even husband Gary (pictured above in the middle) wants to be a part of the action and is working on a quilt, too.

Pictured below are a few more members of Busy Bee Quilters Guild.  That’s Jean at the left, and Cathy at the right.

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For more info on the Busy Bee Quilter’s Guild, head to this link.

What about you?  Do you or your quilt guild contribute quilts to charities?  Which charities?

 

 

Reminder! First Annual ‘Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop’

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Just another reminder, for those of you who live in or will be visiting Washington State around the Lake Washington area, support your Local Quilt Shops this weekend and participate in the  First Annual Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop- today, Friday December 5th & tomorrow, Saturday December 6th!

A free pattern, the ‘Merry & Bright Star’ block, using a red-cream-white color scheme of American Made Brand solids by Clothworks will be featured in this first ever mini Holiday-themed Shop Hop.  Below is a pic of the pattern, a much simplified version of the Feathered Star quilt pattern inspired by Clothworks fabric designer and Quilt designer Marsha McCloskey.

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As you can see in the picture all the way at the top of this post, Susan from Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop, has turned her completed ‘Merry & Bright Star’ block into a wall-hanging that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional (loving the dual use as a candy cane holder!!!).  Be sure to make a stop at her shop, Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop, to be inspired by many more holiday and gift-giving ideas!  And just to entice you a bit more to make the loop around the lake to her shop, Susan is offering a grand prize giveaway of 20 Half Yard Cuts in assorted colors of American Made Brand Fabrics ( see below)!!

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Don’t miss this event!!  It’s sure to get you in the spirit of the season!!  For more info on the Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop, head to this link.  And Don’t forget to make a stop at the other four local shops participating in the Holiday Hop, too Gossypium, Keepsake Cottage Fabrics, Quiltworks Northwest, and The Quilting Loft!

Have a Splendid Weekend!

AMB Solids are the ‘Merry & Bright Star’ of LQS Holiday Hop!

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For those of you lucky enough to live in Washington State near Lake Washington, it’s time to get your shop-on and support a few of the Local Quilt Shops this weekend.  Five featured Local Quilt Shops around the Greater Seattle area will be hosting the First Annual Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop this coming Friday December 5th & Saturday December 6th!

During this first ever mini Holiday-themed Shop Hop, a free pattern will be featured highlighting Clothworks fabric, American Made Brand solids– in a festive and cheery block aptly titled the ‘Merry & Bright Star’ block.

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This free pattern block’s inspiration comes from a quilt made by talented local quilter/pattern designer, Anita Peluso of Bloomin’ Workshop (also known as Ms. Washington State during the AMB Blog Tour Road Trip this past summer).  Anita made this gorgeous quilt shown in the pics below from AMB solids in the red-cream-white color way.  The Feathered Star quilt pattern she used is from none other than one of Clothworks’ talented fabric designers, Marsha McCloskey, renowned for her pattern drafting ingenuity in the complex Feathered Star quilt block designs.  As you can tell from comparing it to the inspiration, the free pattern block for the Shop Hop is a simplified version which still maintains the bold, holiday-inspired color combo of red & white!

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To view this stunning quilt in person, head over to Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop, just one of five Local Quilt Shops participating in the Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop!  The four other shops participating are:  Gossypium, Keepsake Cottage Fabrics, Quiltworks Northwest, and The Quilting Loft!

For more info on the Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop, head to this link.  Sounds like lots of fun, holiday cheer, and maybe even some surprises await!

Clothworks is Moving (& having a GINORMOUS Sale)!!

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Yep, you read that right!  Clothworks Headquarters will be moving at the end of 2014!  We’ve enjoyed several wonderful years at our warehouse in the beautiful Georgetown district of Seattle, WA.  Our current location was a prime spot for witnessing some historical events- the maiden voyage of Boeing’s Dreamliner, the Blue Angels magnificent take-off & landing flights, and every now & then catching a glimpse of someone famous (did FLOTUS just wave at us?).  Besides experiencing all of those memorable events here, one recent event in the history of Clothworks made its mark in this warehouse, and that would be the launch of American Made Brands!  With the release of American Made Brand solid fabrics, we have been excited to offer a quilting cotton that is strictly made here in the USA:  never leaving our shores, from farm to fabric in an array of vibrant colors!

Since the release of American Made Brand solid fabrics, our warehouse has gotten just a bit too cozy for our liking, and now it’s time we move on!  Don’t worry, we aren’t going too far– just across town. At the end of December we’ll head WEST to our new home, a warehouse that will accommodate our growing needs, and kick off the new year in our new digs!

But until then….

We are in preparation mode for the BIG MOVE!  As much as we love our fabric, we just can’t take it all to our new warehouse.  So I guess that means we need to throw a SALE for our wholesale customers!!

In honor of our BIG MOVE, The Holidays, and Year- End, we’re offering a promotion to our wholesale accounts.  Some of you might have seen the email that went out–  Place your orders now through Friday, December 19th to have them shipped now through December 19th and you may be lucky enough to enjoy some screaming deals on fabric (how does an additional 50 cents off promo pricing sound to you?!!)  Act Fast!!  Make your MOVE quickly before this special promo ends after December 19th when sale prices no longer receive the additional discount!

Inspiring Gift Idea: The New Peg Conley Book!

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Just last week at Clothworks we had the pleasure of hosting a luncheon in honor of watercolorist & fabric designer Peg Conley’s visit to our office.  If you’re not familiar with Peg, just one look at her gorgeous watercolor floral fabric designs in delightfully bright & vivid colors will paint an equally descriptive portrait of her radiant personality!  Her love of nature translates into abstract designs on fabric, bursting in cheery colors, and can be found in past Clothworks collections such as Nature’s Glory, Cultivate Your Joy, and the soon-to-be-released Berries & Blossom.   Behind the joyful artwork of Peg Conley is an equally confident and positive personality.  In fact, Peg has taken all of her wisdom & inspiration & written a book– to help everyone imagine and realize their dreams!

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Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live, Then Live It! by Peg Conley has even been picked up by Checker Distributor!!  The holidays are here and wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for someone dear to you?

And in case you missed the Black Friday frenzy, support your local small businesses, such as your LQS (Local Quilt Shop), tomorrow Saturday November 29th for Small Business Saturday!

Critter Patch decks out the Thanksgiving Table!

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Critter Patch Holiday Place Holders picture taken from the website of Penguin & Fish by designer Alyssa Thomas.

Turkey in oven…..check ✔

Potatoes mashed and chilling in the fridge…..check ✔

Pies are baked and resting on the buffet…..check ✔

Silverware polished…..check ✔

Tablecloth washed, pressed, and on the table…..check ✔

Extra chairs set around the table…..check ✔

Just when you think you’re fully prepared for Thanksgiving Dinner, something seems to be amiss.  Did you forget the placeholders?!!  Heaven forbid you sit Aunt Ethel next to daughter Judy’s new boyfriend from university without a proper introduction!!  Have no worries!  Thanks to talented designer, Alyssa Thomas, we’ve got you covered for that!  Head to Alyssa’s website, Penguin & Fish, where you’ll find some adorably-illustrated placeholders (at this link) to festoon your Thanksgiving table!  Not only are these whimsical creatures the same sweet ones found in the Critter Patch fabric collection that Alyssa also designed for Clothworks, but they are seasonally-appropriate (squirrels, acorns, and autumn leaves in hip harvest hues!).  But did I mention they’re FREE??!!!  Head to this link and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dog Park Fabric Giveaway: Winner Announced!

 

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Thanks to all who participated in this short mini-giveaway!  After reading all of the comments, you all sound like a very charitable, giving group!!  Kudos to you for your warm hearts and kindness!

Now on to the winner announcement!

Selected at random from all the comments is…..

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Congratulations, Veronika!  I’ll be contacting you in a separate email for your shipping information so I can mail your fabric to you as soon as possible! (Check your spam mail just in case)

Thanks to all who left comments and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!