AMB at QuiltCon Recap

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American Made Brand, the newest division of Clothworks, featuring cotton solids made in the USA, was a big hit at last week’s QuiltCon in Austin, TX!  Our team enjoyed meeting all of the lovely folks interested in the AMB solids during the show that caters to the modern quilting crowd.  Maybe it was the striking modern quilts made up in AMB solids displayed in our booth, or the assortment of 62 solid colors in bright, vibrant hues that caught the eyes of the show attendees. Once they examined the quality of the AMB cotton solids- fabric with a firm, yet soft hand– this most certainly got them hooked!   And as they soon discovered that this fantastic product is grown & made right here in the United States, we quickly gained an enthusiastic & dedicated following!!  By the end of QuiltCon, we were running out of our goodie samples!!!

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 American Made Brand was also excited to participate in the QuiltCon Quilt Show as a proud sponsor of one of the show categories.  We sponsored the Minimalist Design Category, one of seven categories featured in the juried quilt show at QuiltCon.  Two winners were chosen in this category as their quilts exemplified simple design with stunning visual impact.  Congratulations to the winners, just look at their beautiful work below!!

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1st Place Winner:  “Breathe” by Leanne Chahley of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and member of the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild

Ascend -2nd Place with frame

2nd Place Winner:  “Ascend” by Nicole Neblett of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and member of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild.

Cuddle Up in ‘Cuddle Me Lux’ Quilt

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Cuddle Me Lux quilt from Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 edition

Brrrrrrr!!!! If you’re shivering away in your neck of the woods right now, here’s a super warm & fuzzy quilt to cuddle up in!  The simple block design of the Cuddle Me Lux quilt, by Lorrie Franz, uses fabric from the first Clothworks release of Guess How Much I Love You with the addition of the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric, also released by Clothworks. What’s unique about this quilt design is the use of the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric.  With its luxurious pile in the allover print of the adorable bunnies from the Guess How Much I Love You book illustrated by Anita Jeram, this fabric adds some serious soft-to-the-touch texture to this cute quilt!

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The Cuddle Me Lux quilt featured on page 86 of Fon’s & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 is just one of the many simple quilt projects featured in this magazine, out now on news stands.  Cuddle Me Lux  is a fairly easy pattern that showcases the bunny rabbits in the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric using some strategic fussy-cutting to make panel blocks.  If you’re snowed in and can’t get to your favorite local quilt shop, you can purchase the digital download of the pattern here at this link, from the comfort of your home.

Be sure to check your local quilt shop for the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle, that is, after the thaw.  And if you’re lucky, you might still be able to find some of the first release of Guess How Much I Love You by Clothworks.  If you weren’t as quick as the hare to snag it, have no fear–  Clothworks is releasing an updated version due out at your local quilt shop sometime this summer (well after the winter thaw) called Guess How Much I Love You II .

Now hop to it!

Cuddle me Lux Quilt

 

Happening Now: AMB Booth at QuiltCon!

Quiltcon Booth picQuiltCon in Austin, TX is in full gear as we speak!  Here’s a peek of the American Made Brand booth representing our most recent assortment of basic fabrics called American Made Brand solids.  With the current assortment at 62 gorgeous colors of AMB solids, there’s certainly a color or 2 (or 3 or 4 or…oh, heck, all 62!!) that is sure to satisfy your needs for solid fabric, especially for the Modern Quilter.  Just look at those breathtaking quilts in the booth- the neutrals and brights in the American Made Brand solid palette play very well together in these modern designs.  And what’s even better to know is that American Made Brand solid fabric is strictly grown and produced here in the United States of America.  From ‘farm to fabric’, Clothworks has been excited to deliver a fabric that’s made right here in the USA.  And that’s creating quite a buzz in the fabric world!

QuiltCon runs through Sunday, February 22, 2015 if you happen to be in Austin, Texas or nearby.  Stop by our booth at American Made Brand to meet our friendly staff and learn more about this exciting fabric!

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On the Road Again- with Detour Ahead (& AMB)!

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Do you recognize the fabric in these charming zip pouch bags?  If you’ve hit a mental roadblock, it could be that there’s a Detour Ahead….or wait a minute– that would be the name of this fabric collection released by Clothworks, and the second collection for designer Eugene Smith.  Spotted at a quilt retreat last weekend from our friends at the Busy Bee Quilters Guild, a local quilt guild based north of Seattle in Snohomish,WA, these bags were part of a raffle.  Lucky for the person who won these- as they’d make the perfect pouches to carry sundries, or anything you need for your on-the-go lifestyle!

Speaking of on-the-go….we’re all packed up and ready to head down to QuiltCon in Austin, TX! Just look at how much American Made Brand solids can fill a compact car.

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I’m betting there’s a joke here– How much fabric can the quilter fit in her car?!?  (Try 118 bolts.)

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Joking aside, it’s time to head out on the highway with AMB solids (detour ahead or not) and see you at QuiltCon!

 

Hey Cupcake Takes the Cake at LQS Shop Hop

The calendar may say Friday the 13th today, but tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and boy, what a treat do I have for you!  Spotted on the Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe blog, ‘Boughs of Holly’, are these scrumptious cupcakes……and not just the ones made of sugary sweet cake batter and icing!  Check out the ridiculously ‘adorbs’ table runner and quilted square featuring the Clothworks fabric Hey Cupcake by designer Dan DiPaolo.

Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe, a LQS near Portland, OR, has been a longtime Clothworks customer and is prominently featuring the Hey Cupcake collection for their Snowflakes & Stitches Shop Hop.  Although the Shop Hop started February 7th, there’s still time left to enjoy it as it runs through February 21st.  If you live near the area, or this happens to be your LQS, do stop by!  Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe definitely took the cupcake theme and ran with it as you can see in these beautiful pics!!

And do you recognize these fabrics below in the Shop Hop Block by Hollyhill QS??!!  How genius to use Clothworks Laurel Burch Basic glitter for the frosty icing on the cupcake?!!!!  (Complete with sprinkled seed beads too!!!)  So sweet……I think I can almost taste it!

For more details, head over to Boughs of Holly to read the enthusiastically-written blog and see more fabric yumminess!

 

 

 

 

AMB Headed to QuiltCon in Austin

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If you’re lucky enough to be attending QuiltCon in Austin, TX next week, make sure you visit the Clothworks booth.  QuiltCon, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, is a ‘newish’ retail trade show aimed at the modern quilter.  Read the low-down about it here.  As an exhibitor at QuiltCon this year, Clothworks will only be presenting their newest division, American Made Brands, in the booth.  Last year, Clothworks debuted their new line of solids, American Made Brand fabrics, in 50 gorgeous colors.  From farm to fabric, American Made Brand solids is strictly made right here in the USA– from the cotton grown in the fields to the fabric manufactured in the mill!  Last month in January 2015, an additional 12 colors in beautiful bright hues were added to the assortment, now making it a total of 62 colors in AMB solids!!  While you’re at QuiltCon this year, stop by the booth to meet part of our team, receive some fun American Made Brand goodies, and admire this marvelous fabric up close and personal!!

AMB Solids Look AMAZING in Abstract Floral Applique!

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Oooo!  I just had to post this *AMAZING* Show & Tell that our talented quilter friend, Patty, brought into the office the other day.  This stunning flower is all applique using American Made Brand solids by Clothworks!  Patty had just returned from the ‘Quilting in the Desert’ retreat in Arizona, and came back with this dazzling beginning of a beautiful applique quilt!  Lucky Patty scored a spot in the 5 day retreat/workshop taught by the brilliant quilt & fabric artist, Jane Sassaman.

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In her workshop, Jane Sassaman instructed the students on how to create an ‘abstract floral’ applique design using inspiration from nature.  See the resemblance to the chrysanthemum pictured above?

I’d say Patty is off to a fab start with this project!  She really enjoyed working with AMB solids in this applique project and commented on how the fabric had a wonderful hand.  I couldn’t agree more with her, but as I admire this gorgeous design, I’m amazed by how vibrant the colors of American Made Brand solids are, too!  With clear, bright colors like these found in the AMB assortment, they really serve this graphic floral motif very well and make it pop!  Don’t you just love the fiery oranges, yellows, and reds in this?

full applique 2Way to go, Patty!  I love where this project is going and can’t wait to see the final result!

 

Block-a-Day Project Turns into Quilt of Valor with AMB fabric!

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American Made Brand solids shine in this Maverick Star quilt made by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts!  In what began as a challenge for Amanda Jean to make one quilt block per day in the month of January, the end result is this visually-stunning, patriotic-inspired quilt.  Head over to Amanda Jean’s fantastic blog, Crazy Mom Quilts, to learn more about her process & see more pics of her making this quilt.  As she writes in her post, she enjoyed working with the American Made Brand solid fabrics by Clothworks, as they provided just the right hand in making this quilt come alive!  What’s even better is that she plans to donate this beauty to the organization, Quilts of Valor, a charity that honors our veterans with heartwarming and handmade quilts!  Right on!!

Creativity Brewing: Have A Latte Blog Hop at Sew We Quilt

Have a Latte Collage

Clothworks is buzzing with excitement to be (finally) shipping the new collection Have a Latte by Dan DiPaolo! Delivering to a LQS (local quilt shop) near you, this collection is filled to the brim with cuteness!  Coffee-holic or not, there’s something for everyone in this sophisticated-but-sweet collection celebrating the beloved cuppa joe!  From coffee beans, wafting swirl prints, urbane stripes, darling polka-dots, adorable tossed coffee & latte mugs, and a themed border print– Have a Latte by Dan DiPaolo is chock full of fun, inspiring fabrics to give your creative bug a jolt!

Speaking of creative bugs….our friend Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt is hosting a Blog Hop spotlighting this new collection, Have a Latte!  If you’re so smitten with the Have A Latte collection and bitten by the creative bug- head over to this link at Sew We Quilt to learn more about participating in the Have a Latte Blog Hop over at Sew We Quilt.  The Have a Latte Blog Hop begins April 13 – 23rd, and with the fabric delivering to stores recently, it should be ample time to fuel that creative binge you need to enter your masterpiece in the blog hop!

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Turn on the percolator, let the creativity brew…..and Have a Latte!

Local Quilt Shop Day is Saturday 1-24-15

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Just a reminder, tomorrow, 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 tomorrow- 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….

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to participate in this:

Local Quilt Shop Day has been running the FAN PHOTO CONTEST from December 26th, 2014, concluding on Local Quilt Shop Day, January, 24th, 2015.

There’s still some time to:
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 Tomorrow- Saturday, January, 24, 2015!

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