‘Best Friends’ is worth Giving Thanks! (with a Giveaway, too)

easy quilts cover winter 2014

Featured now in the Winter 2014 edition of Easy Quilts magazine by Fons & Porter is a quilt that will really appeal to the animal lover in you!  Made using fabrics from one of Clothworks’ most recent releases, Dog Park by studio.k, is the ‘Best Friends’ quilt by Nancy Lacey.

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With a finished size of 46 1/4″ x 59″, the ‘Best Friends’ quilt will make the perfect quilt for curling up on the couch with your favorite lap dog friend!  Head to Fons & Porter’s link to purchase this issue of Easy Quilts magazine (available also in digital download for purchase), and let the step-by-step instructions with illustrations guide you to construct this adorable quilt.

Best Friends quilt

Comprised of a center star surrounded by 8 Friendship Star blocks, it’s no wonder this quilt has earned its name as ‘Best Friends’.  Designer Nancy Lacey highlights the tossed canine prints from the Dog Park collection by Clothworks with her use of fussy-cutting in the pieced blocks.  Not only does Nancy Lacey contribute quilts for magazines like this one, but she also works for Quilts for Kids Inc., a charitable organization that helps connect quilts for kids in need.  Check out the link to the Quilts for Kids organization to find out more information on how to volunteer and help out in this wonderful charity.  Or, better yet….you could make this quilt here to donate to Quilts for Kids, since the ‘Best Friends’ quilt pattern meets the requirements for donations and QFK approved!

So, now, about that giveaway, eh?

Since we’re approaching the season of giving, I’ve got a few substantially-sized pieces of fabrics from the Dog Park collection (as pictured below) I’d like to giveaway to one lucky blog post reader as a big THANKS for following us here at the Works!!  Perhaps the lucky winner will be inspired to use this fabric to make a quilt for a charity or a gift for your favorite furry friend.  The Gift of Giving keeps on giving, right?!!

Dog park fabric

To enter  the Dog Park Fabric giveaway:

1)  Leave only one comment on this blog post.  Please tell me what types of charities you support, and if so, do you make quilts or other donations to those charities.

2)  This giveaway is open to folks who have a USA shipping address only.

3)  Please leave your comment by Monday November 24th, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

I will draw one comment at random to select the lucky winner and will contact them by email for their shipping address.  The winner will be announced here on the Works on Tuesday November 25th, 2014.  I’d love to ship your prize out before the holiday!

Best of luck to all who participate! :)

 

Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Michael!

Michael

It might be a week after Veteran’s Day, but it’s never too late to salute and honor the veterans in our lives.  You may remember from last year, the crew here at Clothworks working on a few quilt projects constructed from Marsha McCloskey’s Everything Blue collection.  Most of us in the office and a few talented bloggers we know, contributed enough quilt blocks during the Everything Blue Block Hop that were transformed into 2 large quilts.  The Red, White, & Blue color scheme of these quilts took on a patriotic mood, and it was only appropriate to donate them to a veteran.  Since there are a few members of the Clothworks team that have a special veteran in their lives, we couldn’t look any further from them.

Pictured above from left to right is our lovely Susan (who works in Customer Service/ Order Entry at Clothworks), her husband Michael (Vietnam Veteran), and Ted (CEO of Clothworks).  We presented 1 of the 2 Quilts of Valor we made to Michael.  Michael served as a Medical/Dental Specialist at Camp Kue Army Hospital in Okinawa from 1970-1973.  We salute Michael and hope this quilt will serve as a reminder of our appreciation for his service!

Stay tuned soon in a separate post as we salute another special veteran with the other Quilts of Valor Quilt we completed.

Hummingbird Garden Revels in Last Dance Quilt

The Last Dance Quilt- Full picLast Dance’, a new quilt pattern by the talented design team, Joined at the Hip, has been hanging in our foyer and I can’t seem to take my eyes off it!  Spotlighting the future Clothworks fabric release called Hummingbird Garden, designed by Avis of Joined at the Hip under her design house, Sadie, the gorgeous colors are reminiscent of the fall foliage and crisp blue skies currently decking out the fall season here in Seattle.

The Last Dance- Block Close-Up

In fact, the fan blocks (made from curved piecing templates) pieced with the muted colors of Hummingbird Garden mixed with bright solids, may even suggest another type of bird.  Perhaps my stomach is overpowering my brain and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I see turkey!!

The Last Dance- Close up of Quilting

Not only is the piecing precise, the colors & patterns are nice, but the detailed quilting highlighting the fan design is spectacular!

Head to this link on Joined at the Hip’s site to purchase the Last Dance quilt pattern.  And stay posted for a quilt shop near you to carry Hummingbird Garden due out in early 2015.

 

 

Colorful ‘Carnival Quilt’ in AMB solids

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Our friend, Melissa of Lilac Lane Patterns, sent me this dazzling pic of a quilt she made using American Made Brand solid fabrics by Clothworks!  You may remember Melissa from our AMB Blog Tour this past summer when we stopped in her beautiful state of Kansas.  Not only is she extremely talented & artistically gifted, but she shares her passion for sewing & creating with her daughters who are budding sewing-enthusiasts-in-the-making!  In fact, those girls already have a quilt or two and a few clothing projects under their belts!

Originally intended as a quilt to enter into the Farm to Fabric Challenge, this stunning quilt was just a bit too small in size.  That’s ok though.  Knowing Melissa, she plans to write it up as a pattern/ download & post it on her blog at Lilac Lane.  Melissa calls this quilted masterpiece, ‘Carnival Quilt‘, and I can see why!  The mix of punchy colors & soft pastel hues recall the jazzy neon lights on the carnival rides and the yummy cotton candy & ice cream sweets found at the fair.  But it’s the piecing that creates movement as the colors collide and send my eyes jumping all over the quilt like a highly energetic child on a sugar rush in a bounce house!  Can you smell the funnel cakes, yet?  Head on over to Melissa’s site, Lilac Lane and keep your eyes peeled for this festive quilt!

And speaking of American Made Brand Solids… we are excited to announce that 12 additional colors will be added to the assortment for January 2015 delivery!

Light Olive, Coral, Light Eggplant, Dark Brick, Light Gold, Red, Blue, Light Royal Blue, Dark Sky, Light Emerald, Emerald, and Mint!

 

AMB Solids found in the Newest 100 Blocks by Quiltmaker’s

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Volume 10 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is hitting the news stands now.  Not only is American Made Brand solids featured in one of the blocks, but Clothworks’ very own Bonnie designed this stunning geometric-inspired block!  And it made the front cover!!

If you’ve been following us here on The Works, you may remember the talented & methodical, Bonnie, resident Clothworks ‘Pattern Queen’ and recently retired Clothworks employee.  Retirement is treating Bonnie well, and besides designing challenging quilt blocks, she’s been busy tending to her ‘jungle’ as she affectionately calls her garden and working on a quilt from The Row by Row Experience.

A trip to the local library to check out the ‘bible’ of quilt block patterns, ‘The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns’ by Jinny Beyer, inspired Bonnie to create her block design, ‘Four O’Clock Blossom’.  Jinny Beyer’s newest book has 4,050 block patterns in it (did we mention it weighs nearly 5 lbs??).  Bonnie knew it would be a challenge to ‘reinvent the wheel’ when it comes to coming up with an original quilt block, but I think her contribution to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is a slam dunk!  Bonnie was inspired by the 3D effects of many of the quilt block patterns in this book and wanted to create a unique block pattern that would be fairly simple for the experienced quilter to piece.  The American Made Brand Solids by Clothworks read well in this pattern and highlight the 3D effect of the design.

Bonnie's Block

Head on over to Quiltmaker’s site to find out where to purchase Volume 10 or past editions of 100 Blocks, too!

And Happy Sewing!! :)

 

Embracing Inspiration: It’s found in the Bag!

Bag Collage

I wish I could take credit for putting together this adorable bag sample as pictured here!  Cindy from Kingston Quilt Shop, a local quilt shop in the area, put her ‘sewing goddess’ skills to good use and created this gorgeous sample made from the newest Laurel Burch release, Embracing Horses by Clothworks.  Her thoughtful pairing of fabrics- the teal batik from Clothworks Fresh Batik Minerals collection combined with the prints from Embracing Horses, really are quite stunning!  The horses almost take on a ‘camouflage’ look if you blur your eyes a little.

Cindy used the Sweet Pea Everday Totebag pattern by Kati Cupcake Patterns to create her sample version.

sweet pea everyday bag

This sweet little pattern transcends into something chic when it’s made up in a sophisticated fabric such as the jewel-toned teal colorway of Laurel Burch’s Embracing Horses!  And the details really make it!!  Just take a look at the close-up pic below.  Cindy is quite proud of the fabric covered button so cleverly fussy-cut to show the horse’s cute face:

embracing horses- detail pic

Well done, Cindy!!  Every bit of this bag sample is beautiful, right down to the stitching!  After admiring your gorgeous work, I’m inspired to create!

What about you?  Have you seen any samples lately in your LQS (local quilt shop) that have moved you to create?  We’d love to know!

Or maybe you’re a local quilt shop that has some fun show and tell to share with us!  Send your pics to stephanie at clothworks dot com!

 

Winner Announced: All My Heart FQB giveaway!

All my heart fat quarter bundle giveaway

Greetings to all who participated and left comments during the ALL MY HEART FQ Bundle Giveaway here on the Clothworks blog!  We received many wonderful comments- it sounds like everyone keeps themselves quite busy sewing up fun projects throughout the year during the holidays!

I wish I could send this gorgeous fat quarter bundle to all of you, but alas, we have drawn one comment at random and have selected the lucky winner!

And the winner is……

Joanna

Congratulations, Joanna!  Thank you for your comment– we are thrilled to send this lovely bundle your way!  I will be contacting you by email for your shipping address, so check your spam/junk folder just in case.

Thanks to all who left comments on the Works.  Stay posted for more giveaways in the future. :)

In the Press: Delightfully-Designed Quilts by Anita Peluso

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A page from the new edition of Generation Q magazine highlighting quilt design ‘Modern Chain’ by Anita Peluso

Here are a couple of fun quilts featured in some recent editions of quilt magazines by Anita Peluso.  You may remember Anita from the AMB Blog Tour– this talented local quilt designer represented the state of Washington!  If you’re not familiar with Anita’s marvelous work, do check out her blog Bloomin’ Workshop, where she frequently posts about new projects and her inspiration.  Her clean aesthetic combined with her eye for detail really shine through in her work!  Featured in the November/ December 2014 edition of Generation Q Magazine is a modernly pleasing take on a chain quilt, aptly named ‘Modern Chain’.

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Ask for the November/December 2014 edition of Generation Q Magazine at your local quilt shop!

‘Modern Chain’ by Anita Peluso has pieces together elements of minimalism and distinctively graphic design.  The use of neutral shades and pops of bright color found in the color pallet of American Made Brand solids by Clothworks work very well together in this gorgeous design!

Modern Chain Gen Q

Look for American Made Brand solid fabrics at your local quilt shop, or purchase the quilt kit from Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop in Woodinville, Washington!


 

Spotted in the Fall 2014 edition of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly is another stunning Anita Peluso design called Crossed Paths’.  Another chain-pieced quilt pattern, this traditional-meets-modern quilt uses prints from the Vienna Garden collection by Skipping Stones Studio, released by Clothworks.

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Picture from ‘Fons & Porters Love of Quilting‘ showing the Crossed Paths quilt by Anita Peluso using Vienna Garden fabrics by Clothworks.

Head over to Fons & Porters Love of Quilting to find out more info on Crossed Paths.  Follow this link to purchase the digital pattern of Crossed Paths, too!

 

Happy stitching……and a Happy Halloween, too!  Enjoy the weekend and be safe!

 

Shipping to a ‘LQS’ near you: All My Heart (GIVEAWAY)!

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(Keep reading the full post for the GIVEAWAY below!!)

Halloween might be just 2 days away, but here at Clothworks, we’ve been shipping the Valentines-inspired fabric collection, All My Heart by Iron Orchid Designs.  With a stunning color combo of pink, red, baby blue, cream, and black coloring a lovely print selection of adorable dots, sketched hearts, and typewriters writing sweet love letters, the new release from the dynamic design duo of Iron Orchid Designs is sure to steal your heart!!  Although October’s not quite over yet, and with Christmas on the way, we’re hoping by sending out All My Heart to your favorite LQS (Local Quilt Shop), this will nudge the procrastinators or inspire the early-bird crafty types to make something cute just in time for Valentines Day!  Make sure you click on the ‘Find a Shop’ button as circled in red in the picture above to find a list of shops that are selling these adorable fabrics.

Already feeling drained from a marathon Halloween costume-making session?  Leave it to Clothworks to help inspire you with some fun projects using All My Heart fabrics.  Just check out the selection of independent patterns we’ve chosen that fair well with the prints in this collection.  If you’re interested, be sure to click on each project to find information on where to buy the pattern and how much fabric yardage of All My Heart is required to make it.

Projects featuring Independent Pattern Designs. Scroll to the bottom of the All My Heart fabric collection page on the Clothworks website.

 

Perhaps the Happy Holidays Table Topper and Natalie’s Napkins by Atkinson Designs would make for a simple project to whip up just in time for Valentines Day using All My Hearts fabric?  These patterns use some fat quarters, so shouldn’t be too hard to make, right?

Did someone say Fat Quarters?!!  Well, you’re in luck, because Clothworks is hosing a giveaway with a sweet prize for one lucky winner!

All my heart fat quarter bundle giveaway

Let’s get the Valentine’s Party started with a chance for one lucky winner to receive this gorgeous fat quarter bundle bursting with All My Heart loveliness!!!

To enter the All My Heart Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway, please abide by the following:

1)  Leave one comment only after this post.  Tell me what your favorite holiday is and what type of sewing projects/ patterns you enjoy making to celebrate!  You can be specific, too!

2)  Post your comment by Monday November 3, 2014  at 11:59PM PST.

3)  This contest is open to folks who have a shipping address in the USA only.

The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted and will be announced here on the Works on Tuesday November 4, 2014.

Best of luck to all!!

Quilt Market: Clothworks Booth bursting with Color!

Clothworks Booth fall market

In case you didn’t have a chance to make it down to Houston, TX this past weekend for the International Quilt Market, here are some pics of the Clothworks Booth.  Our booth was packed with a dazzling array of quilt samples highlighting new and upcoming fabric collection releases!  Seen above are quilts showing the following future releases (from left to right):  Mojito by Skipping Stone Studios, Hummingbird Garden by Sadie, Everything Blue II by Marsha McCloskey, In Your Neighborhood by Jamie Wood , Have a Latte by Dan Dipaolo, Friends in Wild Places by Masha D’yans.

Below is a closer pic showing the last 3 quilt samples:

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And of course American Made Brand Solid fabrics made an appearance in this cozy, vintage-inspired home display.

AMB booth fall market

Did you know we’ll be introducing 12 additional colors of American Made Brand Solids, available January 2015?  That’s right–Light Olive, Coral, Light Eggplant, Dark Brick, Light Gold, Red, Blue, Light Royal Blue, Dark Sky, Light Emerald, Emerald, Mint will be added to the roster of 50 existing colors in the palette!