AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Applique Division


We’ve made it to Day 4, the final day of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  We hope you’ve enjoyed viewing the winning quilts and talented creators who impressed us with their amazing breadth of talent and skills!!  For today’s post, we’re going to honor the winners of the Applique Division.

3rd Place Winner:  Cotton Crop Circles by Linda Hungerford

Inspired by other-worldly visitors? An improvisation-pieced background in various neutral tones presents itself as the perfect backdrop to colorful hand-appliqued circles in various sizes.  Hand-quilting completes this out of this world design!

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2nd Place Winner:  Quilting in the Country by Naida Koraly

Inspired by a favorite quilt shop in Montana, Naida challenged herself to scale down her typical oversized quilting works of art to tiny size.  Here’s her interpretation of the quilt shop hosting a quilt show, displaying quilts on the exterior of the building, set in the idyllic mountain countryside!  Raw-edge applique and free-motion quilting turn this masterpiece into a tiny quilt work of art!

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1st Place Winner:  Heaven’s Kiss by Judy Faulkner

Looks are deceiving in the case of this tiny quilt design.  What appears to be a simple, graphic interpretation of a snowflake is sew much more when peering further into this piece of art.  Inspired by the beauty of nature, Judy took to folded paper and scissors to create her very own Snowflake design.  Embellished with curlicues, this gorgeous design is hand-appliqued and complimented by some very detailed, intricate quilting using rayon embroidery thread.

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 Bravo! Bravo! This concludes the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge!  Congratulations on your fabulous design work and quilting skills!!  See you at the Road to California show in January!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Quilting Division-CORRECTION


***Please note, there is a correction for the name of the 2nd Place Winning Quilt for the Quilting Division.  It was incorrectly posted in a previous post with the title ‘American Made’.  The correct title of 2nd Place Quilting Winner Marla Varner’s beautiful quilt is called Calder Inspired.  Scroll down to see the correct title and description!

It’s Day 3 of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  Today we’ll be honoring the winners of the Quilting Division.  Not only do these tiny quilt pieces exhibit superb quilting design, the pieced designs are equally exquisite!

3rd Place Winner:  Float by Allison Dutton

Modern and graphic, paper-pieced striped feathers float through a breezy background texture created by stunning machine quilting design!

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2nd Place Winner:  Calder Inspired by Marla Varner

Inspiration taken from the paintings and sculptures of modern artist Alexander Calder led to this experimental design. Improvisational piecing, free hand cutting techniques, hand applique, and playing with primary colors create a work of art in tiny quilt form.  Impressive hand quilting completes this unique design!

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1st Place Winner & GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  Arrow Star by Marla Whalen

A tiny-sized adaptation on a Feathered Star block.  Drafted in Electric Quilt, this Feathered Star block is further complimented by a striking color combination and loads of immaculate machine quilting design.  Well worth the challenge, Marla’s tiny quilt design convinced us to award her the Grand Prize for the Tiny Quilt Challenge! Bravo! We look forward to sending her to see her beautiful piece at the exhibit debut at the Road to California Show in January 2016!

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 Well done and beautiful work, ladies!!  Tomorrow will be the final day that we highlight the winners of the 4th category of The Tiny Quilt Challenge.  See you here, back at the Works, as we honor the Applique Division winners!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Junior Quilter Division


Day 2 of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  Yesterday we announced the 3 winners in the Pieced Division, and today we will honor the 3 winners in the Junior Quilter Division.  For this special category, we were thrilled to open up the challenge to ages 18 and below, as to encourage the next generation of quilters and sewists to show off their amazing talents and skills.  Judging from the following winning entries, I’d say we have a fresh crop of rising stars ready to shine in the quilting world!

3rd Place Winner:  Wacky Spool by Autumn

Crazy piecing forms the design of these ‘thread spool’ blocks, with savvy inspiration taken from an quilt image found on Pinterest.  Framed in light blue to compliment the vibrant color-blocked piecing on the ‘thread spools’,  this lovely design highlights the rich colors found in the AMB cotton solid fabric  palette!

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2nd Place Winner:  Beach by Eve

The quilter’s own interpretation of her love for the ocean!  A border made from crazy piecing in shades of watery blues frames a strip-pieced heart applique.  Crazy quilting adds texture to the heart of this quilt.

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1st Place Winner:  Morning Sunlight by Willow

A patchwork background in greens, blues, and grays serves as a starting point to highlight the clever clothesline design at the forefront.  An appliqued sun shines down on various articles of rainbow-hued clothing hung out to dry.  Yarn and decorative embroidery stitching in the ditch add yet another layer of interest.

1st place junior quilter division

 Stellar job, ladies and Major Congratulations!!!  Check back tomorrow here on the Works as we show off another round of winners from the Tiny Quilt Challenge!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Pieced Division


We are pleased to announce the winners of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  A BIG THANKS to all the talented quilters that entered this contest!!  There were a total of 228 quilts registered by 158 quilters competing in the following categories:

Pieced Division

Junior Quilter Division

Quilting Division

Applique Division

Three winners were selected for each category and one winner was selected out of all these winners to be awarded the Grand Prize, making the total number of 13 prizes awarded during the Tiny Quilt Challenge.

Participants registered quilts that were no larger than 15″ x 15″ using the beautiful fabrics from the American Made Brand solids fabric collection by Clothworks.  Entrants who submitted quilts in the challenge originated from 31 states in the USA, as well as 2 Canadian Provinces!  For the next few days, we’re going to honor the winners in each of the 4 categories by highlighting the winning quilts in a blog post for each division.  All winning quilt submissions from the Tiny Quilt Challenge will be part of the 40 total quilts shown at the Tiny Quilt Exhibition debuting in January 2016 at the Road to California Quilt Show.  We’re excited to send the Grand Prize winner of the Tiny Quilt Challenge to sunny, warm California to see their winning quilt exhibited in this quilt show!!

Without further ado, let’s honor our Pieced Division Winners in the Tiny Quilt Challenge.  Pieced to perfection, it’s mind-boggling to see the amount of work and technique that was involved in creating quilts in such a small format!

3rd Place Winner:  Check Mark by Beth Shutty

A graphic mini-Bargello style quilt, designed and drafted by Beth to mimic a check mark.  Quilting highlights the movement of this intriguing design!

3rd Place Pieced Division

2nd Place Winner:  Blue Balance by Jenny Wagner

Tiny log cabin blocks inspired by the balance of color found in nature.  Foundation piecing, pieced  by machine, complimented by hand quilting create an exquisite down-to-earth design!

2nd Place Pieced Division

1st Place Winner:  Star of Bethlehem by Julie LaDuke

Miniature-scale replica, masterminded by Julie, inspired by the color and design of a lone star quilt found in a Better Homes & Gardens Patchwork Quilting book from 1977.  Breath-taking design complete with 32 paper-pieced star wedges and Y-seams!

1st Place Pieced Division

Brilliant job & Congratulations, ladies!  Stay posted for another round of Tiny Quilt Challenge winners in the next post here on the Works!

Inspiring Laurel Burch Dogs and Doggies!


Here’s some inspiration to brighten your day!  One of our talented customers sent in these pictures the other day showing off the fruits of her labor after receiving the new Laurel Burch release by Clothworks called Dogs and Doggies!  Kris Daly, owner, talented quilter, and artist of Kris Quilts and Crafts in Oregon, was so overjoyed after receiving her shipment, she proceeded to spend the next 12 hours working nonstop to produce these beautiful pillows!!

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With so many beautiful coordinating prints in the new Laurel Burch release Dogs and Doggies, as well as a plethora of vibrant Laurel Burch basics offered year-round by Clothworks, the possibilities of fabric combinations in these pillows is endless!

Kris has a fantastic way of organizing her fabrics to prepare herself to make her pillows.  See how she’s pre-cut the block print and fabric into strips for sashing and borders in the pic below– all within easy reach to play with and create!

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Make an ‘Elegant’ Runner in About an Hour!

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Our shipper extraordinaire, Debbie, brought in this fun show & tell project made from the newly released Clothworks collection, Elegant Roosters by Dan DiPaolo.  Though not yet completed, Debbie was pleased with how quickly she could construct this pieced runner top……in just about an hour!

Elegant Roosters wallhanging

Clothworks is cross-promoting this runner pattern called Around the Block using the Elegant Roosters block print and coordinating fabrics. Head to this link to view the pattern mock-up kit matrix in these fabrics, and head to Pieced Tree Patterns for info on ordering the pattern.

Happy Sewing!

Winner of the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway!

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Thanks to  all who participated in the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway here on the Works this week.  From reading the comments, it sounds like most of you have some wonderful local quilt shops from where you draw inspiration and shop for fabric!

I wish I could choose more winners in this giveaway, but I can only choose one lucky winner.  Chosen at random from the comments, the lucky winner is…….


Congratulations, Amy!  You’ll be contacted through email for your mailing address so we can ship your prize shown below–  4 ample-sized fabric pieces from Nautical Treasure!

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Craft Project Organization Tips from Penguin & Fish

Alyssa Thomas, designer & owner of Penguin & Fish, shows off her valuable organization tips!

Alyssa Thomas, designer & owner of Penguin & Fish, shows off her valuable organization tips!

Happy First Day of Autumn to you!  With the cooler weather on the way, the seasonal transition signals a time to come back inside from fun-in-the-sun Summer and spend more time indoors working on craft projects.  For most of you, those projects may have been sitting in a messy pile, collecting dust for the past few months while you’ve enjoyed the warm weather & sunshine.  Clothworks fabric designer, Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish, offers up some amazing organizational tips that will help motivate you to get back into your creative zone.  Head over to her blog to read the post here!


Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway!

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Ships Ahoy!  Nautical Treasure, newest Clothworks fabric collection by designer Ellen Crimi-Trent, has set sail for a local quilt shop near you.  It’s about time for another FABRIC GIVEAWAY here on the Works!

Up for grabs are 4 ample-sized fabric pieces shown here from this sweet collection!

nautical treasure swatches

Here’s how to participate in the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway Contest here on the Works:

  1. Leave a comment after this post using the ‘where-to-buy‘ feature on the Clothworks website- list your favorite quilt shop/ fabric stockist and tell us why they win your vote!
  2. Please limit your comment to one per contestant.
  3. This Contest is open to contestants with a mailing address within the 50 states of the USA.
  4. Please comment no later than Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 11:59pm PDT.

One contestant’s comment will be drawn at random as the winner of the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway.  The winner will be announced here on the Works on Friday, September 25th, 2015.  We’ll contact the lucky winner by email for their mailing address, so be sure to submit a valid email address when entering your comment.

Good Luck to all landlubbers, seafarers, and fabric lovers!




Lavender & Gray Set the Tone for a Stunning Quilt!

Lavender & Gray magazine

Clothworks fabric collection Lavender Gray, released this past spring, is featured in this quilt designed by our quilter friend & local WA state girl, Anita Peluso, entitled Lavender & Gray.  Trendy neutral color Gray softens when paired with feminine colors Lavender, Fuchsia, and Pink in the gorgeous Lavender Gray fabric collection.
Lavender & Gray Quilt

Hourglass blocks and diamond patchwork featuring the focus prints in the Lavender Gray fabric collection create an elegant, pleasing-to-the-eye design in Anita’s Lavender & Gray quilt.  Look for the Lavender & Gray quilt in the September 2015 edition of American Quilter Magazine.

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