Here Kitty Kitty featured in Easy Quilts Spring 2015 Edition

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The Crafty Kitty quilt featured in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 .

Fancy that!  Another adorable quilt found in the Spring 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts showcasing a Clothworks fabric collection.  The Crafty Kitty quilt designed by textile artist, Alyssa Thomas, uses fabric from Alyssa’s fabric collection, Here Kitty Kitty for her company, Penguin & Fish released by Clothworks.  With whimsical prints of kitties chasing balls of yarn, modern geometrics, polka dots, and stripes reminiscent of a tabby cat’s markings, the Here Kitty Kitty collection in its soft pastels is perfectly highlighted in this simple patchwork quilt!

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Here Kitty Kitty by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish for Clothworks

 

But this is not your ordinary patchwork quilt.  Designer Alyssa Thomas has added another layer of whimsy to this quilt!  Here Kitty Kitty is brought to life with an adorable cat applique caught pawing a ball of yarn applied atop the patchwork squares in The Crafty Kitty quilt.  Follow the instructions which can be downloaded for purchase here, and you’ll learn the stitch techniques to make this quilt the cat’s meow!

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The Crafty Kitty Quilt from Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 edition.

In the soft blues, pinks, greys, and yellows- this quilt would make an excellent baby quilt!  And better yet, Here Kitty Kitty is made of 100% Organic Cotton, to please both the eco-friendly and the cat lovers of the world.  Did I mention that Clothworks is running a promo on Here Kitty Kitty, too?  Stock up before it’s too late!

 

 

Celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day March 21st!

WWQD2015_public_200Today marks the First Day of Spring with a solar eclipse and a super moon, to boot!  With stars & planets aligned, it’s no wonder tomorrow, Saturday March 21st, 2015 is Worldwide Quilting Day!

Head down to a LQS (local quilt shop) near you to celebrate your love of quilting, hobnob with quilting friends, and check out the fresh crop of fabrics your favorite shop has to offer.  Follow this link to see which shops are participating in the official Worldwide Quilting Day festivities.

Tomorrow’s Worldwide Quilting Day festivities will include a giveaway and contest.  Clothworks’ fellow Seattle-based fabric manufacture, In The Beginning, will be sponsoring a wall hanging pattern giveaway.  And for those up for a block challenge, the Star Block Challenge which begins in conjunction with Worldwide Quilting Day on March 21, will extend through April 21, 2015.  Head to this link to read the details on contest entry, as well as the chance to win a Sewing Machine and $500 Shopping Spree at the participating shop in the contest.

To keep posted with the latest & greatest on Worldwide Quilting Day, you can follow the event on facebook.

Happy Spring & Happy Quilting!

 

Spring it On: Stonewall Bloom in Shops Now!

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Headed to a LQS (local quilt shop) near you is Stonewall Bloom, the newest Clothworks collection by talented fabric designer Leslie Mark.  Bursting in bright, cheerful colors, this fabric collection is sure to chase your cabin fever blues away!

Stonewall Blooms CollageStonewall Bloom by Clothworks comes in a ‘garden’ variety of prints- beautiful blooming floral focal prints, graphic damasks, modern geometrics, and delicate vines– are just to name a few.  The color pallet ranges from yummy corals & cotton candy pinks to deep navy blues, lilacs, and lavenders, with pops of chartreuse and aqua.  This fabric is certain to satisfy the quilter, garment maker, or sewist who loves fresh, modern florals.

Stonewall Bloom is so inspiring that it was featured in the January/February 2015 edition of Generation Q magazine!

Stonewall Bloom Gen Q MagDig yourself out of Winter and head down to your local quilt shop to add some Stonewall Bloom to your garden patch–ahem, fabric stash……and let the inspiration bloom!

Emergency! Clothworks to the Rescue with new Fabric Collection

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Due out this Summer 2015 in a local quilt shop near you is Emergency!, the newest fabric collection by talented artist, Eugene Smith.  Eugene is known for his realistic style of artwork, as illustrated in these detailed drawings of emergency vehicles.  From police squad cars and ambulances to fire rescue boats and medic copters, these illustrations are tossed and repeated on running yardage of Clothworks’ premium quality quilting cottons. Surely this fabric will come to the rescue for anyone looking to make a project for a little one who’s obsessed with these vehicles!

Need some help in the project department, too?  Ah, ah, ah, don’t touch that dial!  No need to call Fabric 9-1-1!  Just scroll down to the bottom of the webpage on the Clothworks site showcasing the Emergency! fabric collection and you’ll find several fun and easy project ideas for inspiration.  Be sure to click on the projects that appeal to you to find out how to order the patterns.  Here are just a few project ideas using Emergency!:

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Prolific quilter, Cindy Carter, also has a nifty quilt pattern using Emergency! in her 2015 Spring Mystery Quilt.  Using solids to offset the patterns, I’m loving how Cindy framed her blocks using white.  It almost adds a ‘mosaic-inspired’ effect to the quilt design!

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2015 Spring Mystery Quilt by Cindy Carter posted with permission from Cindy.

Follow this link to download the clues to help construct your very own version of Cindy’s 2015 Spring Mystery Quilt.  Stay a little longer on her blog and you’ll notice she has drafted and compiled an amazing encyclopedia of quilting patterns which can be downloaded.  You might spend the entire day clicking away on her site!

And be sure to follow Clothworks fabric designer, Eugene Smith on facebook, to receive the latest updates on his new fabric collection releases.

 

Clothworks Open House: A Success!

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If you’ve been following us here at the Works, you may have seen that we made a big move recently.  After months of planning, preparation, and clean-up, we moved into our new location just across town at the beginning of the new year.  Having had a few months to settle into our new digs, it was about time that we host an official Open House, welcoming our beloved customers to our new location in Seattle.  If you made it out to see us at the Clothworks Open House last Thursday and Friday, we greatly appreciate having you come out to see the new warehouse set-up!

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Not only did we entice our customers to attend the Open House with food (did I mention the pork & chicken sliders and chocolate brownies??), but we provided each of our customers with complimentary sample squares of our new cotton solid collection, the American Made Brand fabrics, pictured in the basket above, and also ran a ‘Winter’s End Sale’ with some screamin’ deals!!  No wonder we had some out-of-state folks make the trek up to Seattle to take advantage of the promos!

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Aurifil thread, Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric, American Made Brand Cotton solids, as well as AMB color cards & totebags, and Cut Goods were just a few of the featured items on promo during our Open House, besides the other stock listed in our sale catalog.

In case you missed the Open House, here are a few pics of our new warehouse below:

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The vaulted ceilings in our new warehouse provice ample space to display the beautiful quilts made from our fabrics, constructed by our talented team of sample-makers!

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Our new warehouse accommodates the expanding fabric collections we offer, as well as providing our wholesale customers with a user-friendly shopping experience.  With neatly marked shelves, wider aisles, and lots of light, it’s no wonder our wholesale customers lingered a bit longer to stock up on tons of fabric!

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The Clothworks crew had a lot of fun hosting the Open House last week! As we mingled with our customers, it was fun to meet some new folks and re-connect with our long-time, dedicated ones.  It appeared that our customers enjoyed the Open House, too!  So much so, that they wanted to climb in the trunk of their car to be with their fabric! :)

Clothworks Basics Shine in ‘Boxed Jewels’ Quilt

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Boxed Jewels quilt from Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 edition.

Besides carrying a range of eclectic printed fabric collections and the new line of made in the USA solid cottons called American Made Brand solids, Clothworks stocks a plethora of basic fabrics year-long.  From jazzy Laurel Burch basics in brights & metallics to watercolor-like batik tonals called Minerals, there’s definitely something to cater to everyone’s taste.  Just browse through our basics selection on the Clothworks website by clicking the pic below to see for yourself!

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Yet another visually-stunning, but simple block quilt, ‘Boxed Jewels’ shown at the top of the post is found in the spring 2015 issue of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts.  Designed by our talented quilting friend, Rochelle Martin, she makes wonderful use in her easy block design of those rich, jewel-toned Laurel Burch basics and lush Mineral Batiks that Clothworks offers in the Basics category.  Head to this link to purchase the digital download of this pattern or purchase the quilt kit!

 

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!!

Breath - 1st Place with frame

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)!

Detour Ahead

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!