Clothworks Sponsors Award-winning Quilt at Shipshewana Quilt Fest!

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Clothworks made an appearance at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival this past week, as well as sponsored an award in the quilt show.  Shown above is a photo taken during the Awards Ceremony with 1st Place Winner in the category Pieced, Large Quilt— winner Barbara Perrin.  She’s standing in front of her stunning quilt entitled, ” My Mrs. Billings Quilt”, along with Clothworks President, Ted Hoffman.  Although the visit to Shipshewana, Indiana to connect with the quilting community was a brief one for Ted, it was nice to meet some quilting folks and talk to them about Clothworks and our brands.  Shipshewana was a lovely place to visit, set in beautiful Amish country with horse drawn buggies and iconic red barns dotting the bucolic landscape!  Thanks to all who came out to the festival- Clothworks appreciates your interest in our company and was pleased to meet you all!

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Dazzling Wall-hanging Captures Seattle ‘Sea’-nic in Shop Hop Fabric!

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Our friend Barbara of Enchanted Valley Arts has done it again!  Each year when the new Western Washington Shop Hop fabrics are designed exclusively by Clothworks and fellow Seattle fabric wholesale company, In The Beginning, Barbara designs an entirely unique scenic-inspired appliqued wall-hanging incorporating the Shop Hop fabrics.  This year’s wall-hanging is called ‘Another Point of View’ and is no exception to showcasing her creative and artistic way of interpreting the landscapes of Western Washington state, be it on land…or under the sea!  I’m absolutely adoring her ode to the sea creatures found in the waters around the Washington State coastal areas– the jellyfish, crab, and tentacle of an octopus!  But what I really love is how Barbara had the ingenuity to fussy-cut the chrysanthemum flowers found in the fabric released by Clothworks for Shop Hop and use those as sea anemones in her piece!!

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But wait….Barbara takes this wall-hanging piece a step further and has further enhanced the appliques of the sea creatures, such as Mr. Crab, and has developed some shading techniques to add shadow and texture for a more realistic, three dimensional look!  In fact, she’s even filmed 2 video tutorials on YouTube illustrating these techniques using the 2 different forms of media:  Tsukineko Inks and Crayola Crayons.  Click on each graphic below to view her YouTube video tutorials— her work is amazing and she is a fabulous art instructor!

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Head to Barbara’s website for Enchanted Valley Arts to order a pattern to make your very own ‘Another Point of View’ wall-hanging.  Stick around to admire the other beautiful patterns and artwork, as well!

And enjoy the rest of the Western Washington Shop Hop— which runs through this Sunday June 27th, 2015!  Keep cool and safe travels!

Western Washington Shop Hop: Project Preview

3ba3623cb7fe0668dbf360f306c5813a_kz53Not only does end of June signal the official start of Summer, but it’s also the time when a frenzy of quilters and fabric lovers travel up & down the I-5 Corridor here in western Washington state to visit all of the LQS’s (local quilt shops) participating in the Western Washington Shop Hop.  Clothworks, as well as another wholesale fabric company based in Seattle, In The Beginning Fabrics, team up to design and produce the official fabrics used in the Western Washington Shop Hop each year.  Each of the participating LQS’s contribute a quilt block featuring their own design using these official Shop Hop fabrics.  As you can see in the picture above- all of the quilt blocks from each shop piece together to create a beautiful quilt!  Shop Hop attendees carry their ‘passports’ to each shop they want to visit, have them stamped, and pick up a quilt block kit as their ‘souvenir’.  Kicking off tomorrow– Wednesday, June 24th through Sunday June, 28th, the Western Washington Shop Hop is a fantastic way for the local quilt shops to promote themselves, build a sense of community, and have lots of fun!  It might be a mad dash to visit all the shops- but each store runs a different special to entice Shop Hop attendees to visit them.

One such local shop, Quiltworks Northwest, based in Bellevue, WA, will be featuring the designs of talented local Seattle designer, Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs.  Cheryl is the queen of making beautiful bags, purses, clutches, as well as gorgeous clothing patterns!  You’ll often find her around town at the local quilt shops or in her studio in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, teaching her sewing classes to adults and children alike.  With her spunky attitude and inventive sewing techniques, she has won herself a following of devoted sewists.  Quiltworks Northwest is proud to showcase 3 bag designs by Paradiso Designs– exclusive to 2015 Western Washington Shop Hop.

3 Bags picIntroducing the Paradiso Pouch Trio!

A collaboration of Paradiso Designs with Quiltworks Northwest

Paradiso Pouch Trio True Facts:

-This Paradiso Pattern will be available exclusively through Quiltworks Northwest for Shop Hop 2015.

The Pouch Trio comes in three sizes Bigen, Midlen, & Little.

Bigen is convertible as a cross-body handbag, wristlet clutch,  or a belt pouch.

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The Bigen Bag

Midlen & Little can be wristlets on their own or attached together on the cross-body or wristlet strap.

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The Midlen Bag- notice the pleather strap and hardware!

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The Little Bag

-By the way…….the Trio looks dandy in the Western Washington Shop Hop Fabric for 2015.  The fabric will be available starting tomorrow- Wednesday June 24th at Quiltworks Northwest!

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Western Washington Shop Hop Fabrics with coordinating zippers for the bags!

-The Paradiso Pouch Trio looks great as pictured or use scraps to create your very own unique fabric for our very own Paradiso Pouch!!

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The Bigen Bag shown here in scrappy patchwork fabrics gives it an eclectic look!

For more information about Western Washington Shop Hop- visit this link!

To keep current with and see other beautiful patterns and designs by Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs- visit this link!

For more info on Quiltworks Northwest- visit this link!

Have a safe and fun Western Washington Shop Hop to all!

‘Sewing’ the Seeds: Vintage Seedpackets Creations to Inspire!

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Let the seeds of creativity grow into boundless creations!  Vintage Seedpackets, the most recent Clothworks fabric collection by sister design duo Iron Orchid Designs, has delivered to a LQS (local quilt shop) near you.  Characteristic of the vintage influence found in their previous fabric collections released by Clothworks,  Iron Orchid Designs draw inspiration from old-time seed packet graphics and vintage newsprints about garden vegetables in their newest fabric release, Vintage Seedpackets.  It’s garden season and Vintage Seedpackets fabric is blooming with color & beauty!

Our multi-talented friends Mdm Samm of the blog Sew we Stitch, as well as her cohort, Cori of the blog Creativity Amongst Chaos, have made some stunning creations using Vintage Seedpackets— I just had to share!

If you remember, Mdm Samm was the lovely lady who organized the Have a Latte Blog Hop a few months ago.  Judging from her highly skilled and creative crafting/sewing/quilting friends, we knew Mdm Samm would not disappoint with showcasing Vintage Seedpackets in one of her nifty designs.

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If the needlepoint rose design she stitched to use in her blog logo is any indicator that Mdm Samm loves working in her garden just as much as her craft room, then we knew she’d create something marvelous to showcase Vintage Seedpackets!

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And would you take a look at these beauties!!!  A Tammy Bag (original pattern design by Mdm Samm) and ruffled slip cover for the pillow!  Head on over to Mdm Samm’s blog, Sew We Stitch, to see more pictures of her Vintage Seedpackets creations!

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Mdm Samm’s talented friend, Cori of the blog Creativity Amongst Chaos, even contributed to the ‘garden bounty’ of creations made using Vintage SeedPackets!

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The newsprint-inspired design in Vintage Seedpackets served as a lovely backdrop to frame her adorable garden-themed applique and embroidery motifs on these sweet pillows made by Cori.  Check out the rest of her blog post for more pictures….and check back over the weekend to see even more creations she plans to make with Vintage Seedpackets!

 

 

 

‘Paisley Stars’ Quilt Shines Brightly in Summer edition of Easy Quilts

Paisley Stars magazine spreadSpotted in the Summer 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts magazine is the lovely ‘Paisley Stars’ quilt using Clothworks fabrics from the Paisley collection and Aubrey collection!  Although this quilt looks like a challenge to construct, with its star designs using the gorgeous tonal Paisley fabrics set against a back drop of Aubrey patchwork florals, its looks are deceiving!  Clothworks friend and talented quilt designer, Gayle Noyes, designed this seemingly challenging quilt to be a ‘piece of cake’ to put together!

easy quilts summer magLooking for some fun projects to make for the summer?!  Head to your local quilt shop to grab a copy of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Summer 2015 edition.  With easy to follow step-by-step instructions and illustrations, you’ll have it ‘made in the shade’ as you accomplish the stunning quilt projects, such as ‘Paisley Stars’!

Clothworks has recently made Paisley into a basic, which means we will continue to keep in stock these gorgeous muted tonal fabrics.  So, look for these beautiful basics at your favorite local quilt shop or make sure to request them from your fabric stockist.

paisley swatchesAnd better yet, Clothworks is running a summer sale with Aubrey on promo!  It couldn’t be more perfect timing to take advantage to stock up on these gorgeous florals.  Don’t wait until they’re all sold out!

Head here to find more info on the ‘Paisley Stars’ quilt in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Summer 2015 edition.

Happy Sewing!

Santa’s On His Way Fabric Giveaway- Winner Announced!

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Happy Friday!  A Big THANKS to all who participated in the Santa’s on His Way Fabric Giveaway here on the Works!  As I read through the comments, it sounds like all of you are quite an industrious and generous group of crafters and quilters!!  Kudos to you and keep up the wonderful work that you do!!

Drawn at random from the pool of comments is one winner for this giveaway.  They will win the selection of coordinate fabrics from the Santa’s on His Way fabric collection designed by artist Dan DiPaolo as shown below.

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And the lucky winner is…..

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Congratulations!  I will be contacting you by email to claim your fabric prize!

Thanks again to everyone for all of your lovely comments and stay posted for more fun fabric giveaways in the future!  Happy Sewing!

Santa’s On His Way- Fabric Giveaway!

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It’s not even July yet and Christmas has arrived!  Clothworks has released a few Christmas-themed collections recently- Home for the Holidays by designer Sue Zipkin and Santa’s on His Way by designer Dan DiPaolo- headed to a Local Quilt Shop near you.  In honor of the ‘Season to be Giving’, we thought it would be perfect to host a Fabric Giveaway for some of the Santa’s on His Way coordinate fabrics as pictured.

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The Santa’s on His Way fabric collection does not skimp on the adorably quirky style characteristic of designer Dan DiPaolo.  Ornaments & candy canes, distressed tonal plaid checks, tonal snowflakes, and tossed Christmas trees are the accent prints to the 2 main block print fabrics featuring jolly Santa Clauses and cute snowmen.  You’ll go from ‘Ho-ho-ho’ to ‘Ha-ha-ha’ after laying eyes on these hilariously sweet fabric prints!

To enter the Santa’s on His Way Fabric Giveaway, please abide by the following:

1)  Giveaway is open to folks with a USA shipping address.

2)  Post no more than one comment with answers to the following:

a)  What kinds of crafts do you make using Christmas fabric?

b)  Who is your favorite Local Quilt Shop to purchase all of your holiday fabric needs?

3)  Post your comment by Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm PDT.

One comment will be drawn at random and the winner will be announced next Friday, June 12, 2015 here on the Works.  Please remember to check your email spam folder that day in case you’ve been notified as the winner as I will also send a personal email notification to the winner.

The winner will be rewarded with the pack of 7 fabrics from Santa’s on His Way as shown above.

Thanks for your participation and good luck!

 

Progress Made in the Backyard: Goat Update!

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Our goat friends from Amazin’ Grazers, the urban goat renewal service we are using to clean up the backyard of the Clothworks warehouse, have been working steadily ever since Thursday.  I’m just amazed at how quickly these animals have cleared away the brambles and overgrowth!!!  Here are a few in-progress pictures to show off the amazing workmanship (and appetite) of our goat friends!

But here’s a reminder of what the backyard looked like before the goats—

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The very next morning, on Friday, when I arrived at work, I found the goats had made some serious progress!

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What?!  Who knew there was a shed back there!!????

Below is a pic I took on Monday morning, after a full weekend of goats eating away the brush—

Monday morning- clear!!

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So where else are they to go?

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Up the hill, of course!  They don’t call them ‘mountain’ goats for nothing!

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Check back soon for more goat updates and backyard improvement progress!

This Sounds Like a Job for the…..

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GOATS!!!!!

Meet the newest members of the Clothworks ‘herd’, the hardworking goats of Amazin’ Grazers, a local affiliate of Rent-a-Ruminant, contracted to help us take care of a heavy duty job.  As most of you might know, Clothworks just moved into a new facility at the beginning of the year and now that summer is almost here, we’ve left one of the most challenging jobs for the professionals to tackle– clean up the backyard!!

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It’s a Jungle out there! (and somebody’s breakfast-lunch-dinner, too)

With summer on the way, that means warmer temps and days full of sunshine (it’s not always rainy here in Seattle);  the Clothworks team would like to enjoy the season by setting up a picnic area in our backyard.  With all of those rainy days, as you can see, our backyard is definitely overgrown and in need of some serious work!

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AMAZIN’ GRAZERS to the rescue!

Time to call in the goats!!

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And they’re off!

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Adrienne, owner of Amazin’ Grazers is a pro when it comes to herding the goats!

She brought 13 goats with her for this job!

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Not everyone was willing to get to work right away, but Candice and Debbie of the Clothworks Crew were able to coax this little one back to the herd.  It’s not everyday you can add ‘goat-wrangler‘ to your job description!

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It didn’t take long- these goats immediately went to work, chomping away at the overgrown brush in our backyard.

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Check back with us later to see the progress made in our backyard clean-up from our goat friends!

Clothworks Show & Tell Projects

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Welcome back from an extended holiday weekend!  Whatever you occupied yourself with- be it spending time with friends & family, cook-outs, ‘chillaxing’ at the beach, a road trip, a home repair/remodeling project, or just catching up on some well-deserved rest– I hope you enjoyed yourself!  Toni B.- one of the resident ‘Quilting Queens’ here at The Works– treated herself to a few days at a quilting retreat this past weekend.  It was the perfect chance for her to finally have some time to focus on some sewing projects.  Toni B. was a busy bee this past weekend during her quilting getaway- accomplishing 2 large quilt tops and a tote bag.  Since a couple of her (mostly) completed projects were made with some of the more recent collections released by Clothworks, I wanted to share the ‘show & tell’ with you!

This adorable totebag was made with 2 contrasting prints from the Vintage Seedpackets collection by Iron Orchids Designs with a solid red cotton from American Made Brand for the straps.  Isn’t this just the perfect tote to carry to the local farmer’s market or to use when grocery shopping?

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Sandwiched in between the exterior and interior fabrics is a stiff interfacing to make the bag sturdy for wear and give it some body.  Check out the contrasting lining fabric for the bag in the pic below.  Vintage Seedpackets is the perfect line of fabric to make a large bag to tote around your market wares.

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Besides making this adorable totebag at her recent quilting retreat, Toni B. was able to complete 2 quilt tops.  One of the quilt tops is this full sized quilt featuring fabric from the Mojito collection! Toni did a wonderful job in balancing the lights and darks and colors in the block piecings.  There’s movement here, but it’s also very pleasing to the eye.

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I would never have thought to use the bright yellow AMB solid cotton to frame the pieced blocks in the predominantly black/white/grey/lime green Mojito color scheme, but it really works well for this quilt.  Not only does it divide the busy print used in the border from the patchwork piecing in the quilt, but it adds an unexpected flair to this quilt.  Brava, Toni B.!!!

How about you?  Were you able to tackle any sewing projects this past weekend?