Winner Announced– CRUSH Fat Qtr Bundle Giveaway!

Crush Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway

Happy Friday to all!!  A big-big-big THANK YOU to all who commented during this giveaway contest!!  I really appreciate you taking the time to let us know what your favorite crafty-quilty magazines are!  We received so many comments during this contest, dare I say you ‘CRUSHED’ us with your comments?!!  :)   Ok, puns aside, I wish I had more fabric from designer Sue Zipkin’s recent Clothworks collection, Crush, to give away, but I only had one fat qtr bundle.

And the lucky winner is….

Tricia M.

Congratulations, Tricia!  I’ll be contacting you via email today for your shipping address to send your prize to you.  Check your junk email box, just in case!!

Thanks again everyone and have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

Time for a Giveaway…..and Your Feedback, Too!

Crush Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but up here in the Pacific Northwest, it still feels like the end of July with record-setting heat and plenty of sunshine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m soaking up every minute of it before the sun hides behind those gloomy rain clouds for the next 9 months, but my internal clock is quietly asking ‘Where’s autumn?’

When I look at designer Sue Zipkin’s recent Clothworks collection, Crush, I immediately think of Autumn!  Those rich, jewel tone shades get me in the mood for cooler weather.  The leafy prints in harvest hues make me yearn for the beautiful fall foliage that awaits!  And the grapes that dazzle in the main focal print of the Crush fabric collection remind me of chilly fall nights spent with friends conversing around a bonfire sipping mulled wine!  No wonder Crush was such a popular collection for us….I bet it conjures up so many warm & fuzzy memories of autumn for many!!  Thank goodness we kept a little bit to make a fat quarter bundle!

That’s right, it’s time for a giveaway, and up for grabs is one fat quarter bundle of a couple fabrics from Sue Zipkin’s Crush collection + 2 complimentary solids from the new American Made Brand solids collection!!

To enter into this giveaway, please read the following:

1)  Leave One Comment per Participant

2)  In your comment, please list your 3 Favorite Quilting/ Sewing/ Craft Magazines

3)  Participants with US Shipping Addresses are permitted to enter the giveaway

4)  Please leave your comment no later than Thursday September 18, 2014 11:59 PM PDT

At random, I will select one winner to win this gorgeous fat quarter bundle and will announce the winner here on the Works on Friday September 19, 2014.

Thank you all for your comments…I can’t wait to read them and BEST OF LUCK! :)

Pat Sloan to Interview New Clothworks Designer!

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Set your clocks and dial in…. Pat Sloan, also known as ‘The Voice of Quilting’, is scheduled to host a Q&A on her weekly podcast with one of the newest additions to the roster of Clothworks fabric designers!!  Surface designer Nicky Ovitt, one of Clothworks’ newest print designers, will be interviewed on Monday September 15, 2014.  Head on over to this link to tune into the Pat’s podcast which airs at 4:00 pm EDT!

Pat Sloan Creative Talk Network

Perfect timing for Pat Sloan’s podcast interview with Nicky!!  This interview precedes the release of Nicky Ovitt’s new Clothworks fabric collection, Homestead, due to deliver to a local shop near you sometime around November 2014.  I’m intrigued by Nicky’s design process, inspiration, and her vivid use of color!  I’m hoping she’ll touch on those topics during Pat’s podcast interview.  Just look at these brilliant designs featured in the Homestead collection below!!

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Tune in on Monday September 15th, 2014 at 4:00 pm EDT at Pat Sloan’s Creative Talk Network to hear her interview with new Clothworks fabric designer, Nicky Ovitt!

 

Quiltmaker’s Back to School Party + Winners of Giveaway Announced!

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The Hip-Hopscotch Quilt Pattern, made using Clothworks fabric. Do you recognize the fabric line?

What were once easygoing mornings during the laid back summer time, have now turned into mad dashes to prepare school lunches, gather backpacks with last night’s homework, and send your sweeties off to catch the bus to school!  This new frenzied schedule can only signal one thing….it’s Back to School time!!  And in honor of the occasion, our friends at Quiltmaker Magazine are hosting a fun event on their Quilty Pleasures blog called, Quiltmakers Back to School Party.  All throughout the week, they will be showing you how to construct this eye-catching quilt pattern shown above called the Hip-Hopscotch Pattern.  They’ve assembled a team of 8 QM readers who will serve on the Back to School Party team.  Each of the readers was given fabric from a different manufacturer with the instructions on making the Hip-Hopscotch quilt using that fabric.  Yesterday, they featured the quilt pictured above using Clothworks fabric, ‘Home is in the Kitchen’ by Dan DiPaolo.  Follow this link to read about quilter, Nann Blaine Hilyard, one of the QM Back to School Party team, who made this quilt.  And stick around on their blog learn how to make this nifty quilt!


 

Ok, now on to the winners of our Super Quick Mini-Bag Giveaway!!

First off, a BIG THANKS to all who left comments!  It’s really great to hear your feedback about your favorite Clothworks  fabric lines and designers!!

Secondly, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial- Deb really did an outstanding job in creating those step-by-step instructions with visuals!!  Give her some applause!

Thirdly…the lucky winners are:

1)  Elaine C.

2)  Mary

3)  Denise Toomey

Congratulations, ladies!!!  You were selected at random to win ONE out of the 3 mini-bags as shown in the picture below.  I will be emailing you for your shipping address, so please check your junk email box just in case!

Thank you again for your participation and enjoy your prize!!

Deb Stanley Bag Collage

Pouch Collage

 

 

UPDATE–Mini Bag Giveaway

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Super Quick Mini Bag by Deborah Stanley: Versatile and the perfect pouch for toting personal items!

Last Friday on the Works, we posted a fun tutorial for the Super Quick Mini Bag from our talented friend Deborah Stanley of Deb Stanley Studio.  In honor of the tutorial, we are running a giveaway for the bag shown above made up in Clothworks fabric from the collection Poppy Passion by Karen Roti.  What I failed to mention in the post last Friday, is that 2 more Super Quick Mini Bags (shown in the picture below) that Deborah has created, are also up for grabs in the giveaway.

Deb Stanley Bag Collage

More Super Quick Mini Bag creations by Deborah Stanley! On the left, using fabric from Clothworks collections Dog Park by studio k & on the right, Sew Fun! by Beach Garden Quilts & Studio

It’s not too late to participate in the giveaway– you have until 11:59 pm PDT tonight, to leave a comment!  Instead of one winner selected at random from the comments left on the post, we will select 3 winners at random- awarding one each of the Super Quick Mini Bags as shown in these pictures.

To enter into the contest head on over to the blog post from Friday at this link to leave your comment and follow the rules below:

1)  Limit one comment per contestant.

2)  In your comment, please name your 3 favorite Clothworks fabric designers (bonus points if you can also name the collections)!

3)  Contestants must have a shipping address in the U.S.A!

4)  Leave a comment by Monday, September 8th 2014 at 11:59 PM, PDT.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced here at The Works, tomorrow Tuesday September 9th, 2014.

Good luck!

 

Fun Friday: Mini Bag Tutorial + Giveaway!!!

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Super Quick Mini Bag by Deborah Stanley: Versatile and the perfect pouch for toting personal items!

Our friend Deborah Stanley of Deb Stanley Studio has come up with the perfect solution for using up small pieces of fabric– a Super Quick Mini Bag!  The possibilities are endless as to what fabric combinations you can use to create this super easy-to-construct bag.  As you can see in the picture above, Deb had fun in mixing coordinating fabrics on each side of the bag, using prints from the recently delivered Clothworks collection, Poppy Passion by Karen Roti.  But it’s the little details I love about this super cute bag– the velcro closure, the lining & quilting, and the dotted ribbon trim that ties it all together!  Just see for yourself in the pics below- adding different trims and notions, such as buttons, can create a distinctive looking bag with every time you sit down at the sewing machine!

Deb Stanley Bag Collage

More Super Quick Mini Bag creations by Deborah Stanley! On the left, using fabric from Clothworks collections Dog Park by studio k & on the right, Sew Fun! by Beach Garden Quilts & Studio

Check out her Tutorial below to create this sweet bag!  Perfect for your little ones as you send them back-to-school, or keep it for yourself to hold all your necessities!  Scroll down after the tutorial to find 2 different options in downloading a PDF file of this tutorial- one with drawn diagrams and one with photos.  Take your pick!

SUPER QUICK MINI BAG

This bag is so quick and easy to make! Great to hold coupons, cosmetics, small gifts or a gift card. Match the fabric theme to the recipient’s interests and embellish as much as you like!

CUTTING:

Bag front: Fabric A: (one) 2-1/2”x9” strip and Fabric B: (one) 5”x9” strip

Bag back: Fabric C: (one) 7”x9” piece

Lining: Fabric D: (two) 7”x9” pieces

Batting: (two) 7×9” pieces cotton batting

7” strip of 3/4” hook/loop tape

BAG FRONT:

Sew together 2-1/2” strip and 5” strip together with 1/4” seam allowance to form 7”x9” bag front.

Layer: bag front (right side up), batting, lining (right side down).

Quilt as desired. The fastest design is a loose grid of curved lines, but this is a great project to practice free motion quilt designs.

TRIM to 6” x 8-1/2”. Zig-zag stitch around all four edges.

BAG BACK:

Layer bag back (right side up), batting, and lining (right side down).

Quilt as desired. TRIM to 6”x 8-1/2”. Zig-zag stitch around all four edges.

CLOSURE:

Center hook/loop tape (either hook or loop half), right side up, overlapping the top edge of bag front by a scant 1/4”.

Zig-zag or straight stitch in place.

Turn to lining side and straight stitch in place at top and bottom of hook/loop tape.

Repeat for bag back, using remaining half of hook/loop tape.

COMPLETING BAG:

Place bag front and bag back right sides together.

Using a short stitch length, sew down one side, across bottom and up opposite side.

Zig-zag stitch down sides and bottom to finish edges.

OPTIONS:

Use one fabric, an orphan block, or piece scrap strips for the bag front and/or back.

Change the size of the bag to fit your tablet, notebook, or files. Add 1/4” seam allowance to both sides and bottom and 1” to the top for the hook/loop closure. Cut the hook/loop tape 1-1/2” smaller than the top measurement.

Embellish with ribbon, buttons, beads, or embroidery.

Add a ribbon wrist strap before sewing front and back together.

Download the PDF of the bag tutorial below.  Click on either link:

Super Quick Mini Bag w diagrams

Super Quick Mini Bag with photos


And now for the Giveaway!  Up for grabs is the cute little mini-bag made by Deb using the Poppy Passion Fabrics as shown in the first picture of this post!  We’ll select one winner at random to send them this bag!

To enter into the contest:

1)  Limit one comment per contestant.

2)  In your comment, please name your 3 favorite Clothworks fabric designers (bonus points if you can also name the collections)!

3)  Contestants must have a shipping address in the U.S.A!

4)  Leave a comment by Monday, September 8th 2014 at 11:59 PM, PDT.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced here at The Works on Tuesday September 9th, 2014.

Good luck and Happy Sewing! :)

 

Winners Announced: Vintage Sunshine FQ Bundle Giveaway!

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Greetings and Happy Tuesday!  Here’s hoping you enjoyed a splendid long weekend.  Whether it was out & about celebrating summer’s end or hunkering down in the sewing room churning out some projects, I’m betting you had lots of fun!  Thank you all for participating in the Vintage Sunshine Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway.  It was great to read your feedback about using the Where to Buy feature on the Clothworks website while searching for shops that stock this fabric collection.  Perhaps you discovered a new shop during this exercise, or maybe you were connected to your tried & true local shop.

And now let’s announce the winners of the giveaway.  Selected at random are 2 winners that will receive one fat quarter bundle each of fabrics from the Vintage Sunshine collection (as shown in the picture above).

Congratulations to:

Jen Beatty

and

KML7559

I will be contacting you both by email today to get your shipping addresses, so please check your junk email folders just in case.

Still need a little more inspiration on what to make with Vintage Sunshine?  Check out this Show & Tell that Shirl in Accounting brought in today.  Our Shirl whipped up this ‘shabby chic’-inspired pieced creation over the long weekend. Drawn to the soft colors in this fabric collection, Shirl plans to turn this pieced top into a quilt with matching pillow shams to compliment a gorgeous antique dresser in her bedroom.

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Vintage Sunshine FQ Giveaway + Friday Fun!

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Greetings and Happy Friday!!  If you’ve been following us here at The Works lately, maybe you’ve read about our Where To Buy Tutorial post , featuring this new detail found on the new re-vamped Clothworks website.  Kudos to you if you’ve even had a chance to test out this nifty feature!  As we’re in the midst of shipping one of our newest releases, Vintage Sunshine by designer Ellen Crimi-Trent, I thought it would be fun to host a fat quarter bundle giveaway and have our participants try out the Where to Buy feature to find a local shop in their area that carries Vintage Sunshine.  The deadline to enter the Vintage Sunshine Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway was expected to end last night, but since Vintage Sunshine is just now hitting shops, and we are approaching a long weekend, let’s extend the deadline to enter into the giveaway!  All the more reason to continue to play around with the Where to Buy feature.

The Vintage Sunshine Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway deadline has been extended!  The deadline to enter your comments will be Monday September 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.   Two Winners selected at random will be announced on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  Each winner will receive one fat quarter bundle of fabrics from Vintage Sunshine.

Please go leave a comment over at the original post for the Vintage Sunshine Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway.  When leaving a comment, please test out the Where to Buy feature on our website to find a shop that carries Vintage Sunshine.  List the name of the shop in your comment and what kind of project you envision making with these fat quarters should you be the lucky winner!!  Good luck!!


And now switching gears to talk about the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  Have you all been sewing your hearts out, conjuring up some beautiful pieces of textile art using American Made Brand fabrics??!!  You have 2 more days left of designing, creating, stitching, quilting, and taking pictures of your works of art to enter into this contest!!  The deadline to enter submissions is Sunday August 31, 2014.  Read more about the Farm to Fabric Challenge here.  Good luck to all,  especially you procrastinators!  Nothing like working under a little pressure, eh?

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And finally, some FRIDAY FUN!

Check out this adorable little fashion-plate decked out in creations made from the Unity fabric collection by Leslie Mark!!

Ava in Unity photo

This pic was sent in by the talented Mara, who works in fulfillment and helps out in the sample room here at Clothworks.  Over the summer, Mara taught a kid’s sewing class with the help of her crafty daughter who’s modeling her projects in the pic above.   Would you believe this talented young lady sewed all of this all by herself?!!!  A totebag, skirt, infinity scarf, and headband– that’s more than I can say I’ve made in the past few months!! Looks like Mara’s daughter will be headed back to school in Clothworks style!

What about you?  We’d love to hear your comments about any fun projects you’ve completed over the summer, or perhaps you took a fun class at one of your local shops?  Please do tell….

Have a happy & safe weekend! :)

 

Shipping NOW: Vintage Sunshine + Giveaway!!

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Summer’s coming to an end quickly with Labor Day right around the corner and school starting up again!  But don’t let that get you down!!  Looking for something sweet & cheerful to chase away those summer blues?  Well, look no further!  The newest delivery from Clothworks is sure to bring a smile to your face and a new project to grab your attention.  Shipping now to a store near you is Vintage Sunshine by designer Ellen Crimi-Trent.  In honor of the release, we thought we’d host another giveaway of 2 fat quarter bundles- yippee!

GOOD PICTURE-Vintage Sunshine Fat Quarter Coord.

Just look at these gorgeous prints in the Vintage Sunshine collection!!  The Yellow & Grey color combo really make a splash, transcending these sweet & feminine paisleys, florals, and scrolls into something fresh & modern!

Up for grabs in the Giveaway this week are 2 fat quarter bundles comprised of 7 coordinate fabrics in the Vintage Sunshine collection (as shown in the pictures above).  That’s nearly 2 yards of fabric!!!  Can you imagine the possibilities of what you’d make if you won almost 2 yards of fabric?!!  My brain is going bonkers over what I’d make…hmmm…a table runner would really cheer up my coffee table for Autumn….or maybe a sweet apron and oven mitt set…..or how about this fantastic quilt below?

Time after Time Vintage Sunshine

The Time After Time quilt pattern by A Quilter’s Dream is one of many projects cross-promoted with the Vintage Sunshine collection.  If you are the lucky winner of one of the fat quarter bundles in this week’s giveaway, you would be off to a great start in making this quilt as it calls for one fat quarter each of several different prints in Vintage Sunshine and even some American Made Brand solids thrown in.  I suppose that means you could head down to your local quilt shop to purchase the rest of the fabric needed to complete this quilt, eh?

That’s where the Where-to-Buy feature on our website will come in very handy for your search.  Remember that tutorial post from last Friday here on The Works?  Let’s see if you’ve been paying attention because class is in session….put the books away….Pop Quiz! ;)

Now follow my instructions carefully please, as in order to be considered a valid entry in this week’s Giveaway for the Vintage Sunshine Fat Quarter Bundle, you will need to:

1)  Leave a comment consisting of the following:

a)  What project would you make using these fat quarters?

b)  Using the Where to Buy function on the Clothworks website, please list at least 2 or 3 shops located near you that carry Vintage Sunshine.

2)  This Giveaway is open to all contestants who have a shipping address in the USA.

3)  Limit one comment per contestant.

4)  Contest ends on Thursday August, 28th 2014 at 11:59 PM PDT.

Two winners, winning one Vintage Sunshine Fat Quarter Bundle each, will be announced on Friday August 29, 2014 here on The Works.

Good luck!

 

***** 8/26/14:  AN UPDATE!  After reading the comments so far from some of the participants, it sounds like you are having some challenges in finding a shop near you.  Since Vintage Sunshine has just started to ship and the ‘Where to Buy’ feature on our website tracks a collection when it begins to ship, give it a few days & check the ‘Where to Buy’ again.  Thank you for your patience, we are shipping as quickly as we can :)

 

 

 

 

Where-To-Buy Feature + Winners Announced!

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Before we announce the 3 winners of the Witchful Thinking fat quarter bundles Giveaway, we’ve got a fun tutorial that we’d like to highlight about a nifty feature on our website!  If you’re a faithful follower of Clothworks on the web, you may have noticed a change in our website format a few months ago.  It was definitely time to revamp the website and make it more of a user-friendly experience for both types of our customers:  our loyal wholesale accounts and our devoted fans, also known in business lingo as the ‘end consumers’.  One of the features that we’re really proud to offer on the new sleekly designed Clothworks website is the WHERE TO BUY feature, as shown above.  By adding this feature to our website, we believe it will help connect the Clothworks fabric devotees (end consumers) to their local Clothworks fabric mecca (local quilt/ fabric shop).  By making it easier for the end consumer to connect with their local fabric shop to purchase the latest and greatest from Clothworks, we’re hoping this helps stir up some business in the local shops.  So let me show you a quick tutorial of how to use the WHERE TO BUY feature on the Clothworks website.

Let’s start at the Clothworks landing page, shown below.

Where to Buy- page 1

You can access the WHERE TO BUY feature from the Clothworks landing page, as shown above with the red arrow.

But wait!  There’s also another way to search for a local fabric shop that carries your favorite Clothworks fabric.  If you know the Clothworks fabric collection that you want to search for where to buy, you can navigate to the specific fabric collection’s page to FIND A SHOP.  For our tutorial, we’ll use the Witchful Thinking collection by Dan DiPaolo, since we are announcing the winners of the fat quarter bundles at the very end of this post!

Where to Buy Via Collection Page

As you can see where the red arrow is pointing in the example above, you can click on the FIND A SHOP button with your mouse to access the WHERE TO BUY page.

After clicking on the FIND A SHOP button, you’ll be directed to the WHERE TO BUY page, with Witchful Thinking already populated in the fabric collection field as indicated by the red arrow.  If you would like to include online shops in your search, click the box to the right of that where the red arrow is pointing, and a checkmark will appear.  Then click the ‘SUBMIT’ button with your mouse.

Where to Buy- Witchful Thinking

To the right of the screen, you’ll see all of the shops that purchased and have had Witchful Thinking fabric shipped to their shop- whether it was a full collection or just a few bolts from the collection.  There are 189 fabric retailers listed (as shown by the red arrow), including local brick & mortar shops, as well as online shops.  Notice that the shop names that are underlined and highlighted in light blue have links back to their store websites.  You can hover your mouse over those shop names and then click on them to take you to that shop’s website.  Which is all the more reason for the shop to advertise the Clothworks fabric on their website.

Perhaps you’d rather support a local brick & mortar shop by purchasing Clothworks fabric from them.  Maybe you reside in California and want to see which shops stock Witchful Thinking.  You can select CALIFORNIA in the State field on the Where to Buy page, as shown by the red arrow in the picture below, then click the SUBMIT button with your mouse to see the ‘matches’.

Where to Buy California Stores

As you can tell above where the red arrow is pointing, there are 29 stores that match your search for shops (including online shops) located in California.

Say you would like to narrow this search a bit more– by city.  Let’s use Los Angeles as an example.  In the City Field, located above the State Field, you can type in Los Angeles.  Then click the SUBMIT button with your mouse to find the results.

Where to Buy- LA- 50 miles

Note, it will automatically start your search for shops within 50 miles (see red arrow above) of Los Angeles.  In this example, we see 5 shops that match this search.

You can continue to play with distance of your search by typing in the amount in the Miles Field and then clicking the SUBMIT button to find matches specific to your search.

Now what do you think of that!?  We hope you’ve been paying attention to the WHERE TO BUY tutorial as there will be a pop quiz coming up shortly in a future blog post!! ;)  You might want to practice a little bit over the weekend, hint-hint!!

 

And now for the announcement of our 3 Winners for the Witchful Thinking Fat Quarter Bundle contest!!

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All winners were drawn at random from the comments left on the Giveaway blog post, and will each be receiving one fat quarter bundle of Witchful Thinking!  And now that I’ve shown you where to FIND A SHOP, perhaps when you’re done making your fun projects using these fat quarters-  a table runner, a treat bag, a wall hanging, a quilt, a costume…or whatever you conjure up……you know how to find a local shop to purchase more fabric from the Witchful Thinking collection to complete your project!  <<hee-hee-hee, my pretties!>>

Congratulations to:

1) Pat Bush

2) Cowtown Quilts

3) Terry Brady

I will be contacting each of you by email shortly for your shipping address, so please check your junk mail folders, just in case.  And a big thanks to all who commented.  It sounds like everyone has some fun things lined up for one of my favorite holidays, too!!

Happy Sewing!!