All That Shines: New Frou-Frou collection & Instagram Giveaway!

Add a little sparkle to your life! Our new collection featuring metallic fabrics and trims from Frou-Frou will be shipping in September 2017. Just in time to create something perfect for the holiday season.

Check out some behind the scenes action at our office in Seattle!

Don’t forget to check out our Frou-Frou Giveaway on Instagram.

Details below:

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The Hexi Quilt

The Hexi Quilt

Lights, Cameras and Action are on the stunning hexie quilt “Parisian Posies” created by Felicia’s World Quilting (on Instagram @feliciasworldquilting) that features Clothworks’ beautiful Frou-Frou Paris fabrics. Above is a sneak peek into the filming of the Fons & Porter’s … Continue reading

Winners Announced: Natalie Bird Fabric & Book Giveaway with Martingale!

Thanks to all who left comments in yesterday’s Book and Fabric Giveaway here on The Works for Designer Natalie Bird.  Clothworks has partnered with publisher Martingale to promote the new releases of Natalie Bird’s new book, Cottage-Style Charm, and her new fabric collection, All Afloat.

Everyone left some wonderful comments with fabulous project ideas.  It makes me want to start working on a new sewing project right now!

The following 3 lucky winners have been selected from the comments at random:

Delores Angus (will receive a copy of Cottage-Style Charm)

Kathy Luehrs (will receive a copy of Cottage-Style Charm)

Susan N. (will receive 1 Fat Quarter Pack of All Afloat )

Congratulations, Ladies!  I will be contacting you by email for your shipping addresses.

Thanks again to all who participated in the giveaway.

 

Designer Natalie Bird: Fabric & Book Giveaway with Martingale!

Clothworks is excited to team up with publisher Martingale, for a Book and Fabric Giveaway featuring designer Natalie Bird!  Martingale has just released Natalie Bird’s new book, Cottage-Style Charm, and Clothworks has recently released All Afloat, her newest fabric collection.

Cottage-Style Charm by Natalie Bird, features whimsical embroidery and quilt projects to add some sweetness to your sewing repertoire.  Head to the Martingale blog here to check out additional embroidery tips and to participate in their giveaway of one fat quarter pack of All Float.

All Afloat, the latest Clothworks fabric release by Natalie Bird is inspired by…all things that float!  Think feathers, clouds, balloons, birds, just to name a few of the whimsical motifs that float about in this charming collection.  And check out those darling samples shown above, that Natalie has created with All Afloat.  I’m in love with that wristlet with embroidery patch!

And now that we’ve tempted you….let’s talk about the Giveaway!

3 Prizes will be awarded to 3 lucky winners:

2 copies (1 per winner) of Natalie’s new book: Cottage-Style Charm, published by Martingale

1 Fat Quarter Pack of All Afloat fabric by Clothworks

To enter into the Giveaway:

  1.  Please leave only one comment after this blog post.  What would you make using the All Afloat Fat Quarter Bundle?  Tell us about your most favorite quilt and/or embroidery project that you’ve worked on.
  2. Leave only one comment no later than 11:59 pm PDT today, Wednesday April 12th, 2017.
  3. This contest is open to those with a USA mailing address only.

On Thursday April 13th, we will select 3 comments at random for the winners and will email the winners for their shipping addresses.  Please be sure to check your spam/junk email boxes just in case.  Winners will be announced here on the blog, too.

Make sure you head over to Martingale’s blog here, to participate in their giveaway today.

Good Luck!

Fresh Batiks Botanica Make Front Cover of Love Of Quilting!

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine May/June 2017 edition is out now and Clothworks is thrilled to make the front cover featuring the dazzling, bright Fresh Batiks Botanica III collection in this quilt called Hibiscus.

Hibiscus quilt featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine May/June 2017 edition.

Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner, and what an amazing quilt to compliment the colorful vibes of the seasons!  Hibiscus, designed by Krisanne Watkins, plays up the vibrant batiks with soft hand feel in the Fresh Batiks Botanica III collection by Clothworks.

Clothworks Fresh Batiks Botanica III collection is absolutely stunning in the Hibiscus quilt featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine May/June 2017 edition.

Star blocks set on diagonals with diagonal patch units combined with the bold Fresh Batiks Botanica III colors create a striking quilt design sure to turn heads!  Head to your local quilt shop to scoop up these Fresh Batiks Botanica III fabrics before they go!  And head to the Love of Quilting magazine website to find the May/June 2017 edition, as well as more resources (including video tutorials) to help construct this gorgeous quilt!

 

 

Frou-Frou Quilt: Monday’s Washday in Quiltmaker Magazine

Monday’s Washday quilt by Heidi Pridemore featured in Fons & Porter’s Quiltmaker May/June 2017 issue,

Spotted in the May/June 2017 issue of Quiltmaker magazine is this charming quilt featuring Frou-Frou fabrics and trims, Monday’s Washday, by Heidi Pridemore.  Clothworks has been exclusively distributing fabrics and trims from the French fabric company, Frou-Frou Fabrics, for nearly a year now.  Monday’s Washday, with its mix of playful applique and pinwheel block piecing, is the perfect quilt to showcase the star, dot, gingham, and floral prints that Frou-Frou is known for!  On a closer look, the button embellishment used for the flower designs even matches the fabrics, too!

Head to Clothworks to look for a local quilt shop that carries Frou-Frou fabrics & trims.  Find the latest issue of Quiltmaker May/June 2017 issue at your favorite newsstand or head to this link to find the quilt pattern for Monday’s Washday.

Happy Sewing!

Fabric Inspiration: Wildflowers by Teresa Ascone

Shipping soon to a local quilt shop near you is the newest Clothworks release, Wildflowers, by designer Teresa Ascone.  Inspired by the natural beauty of Alaska, Wildflowers comes alive with prints ranging from swirling auroras, dazzling florals, and vivid nature motifs.  Who knew Alaska could offer so much color inspiration!!?

Teresa’s talented friend, Chris Francis, has been just as inspired by transforming the brilliant fabric designs of Wildflowers by Teresa Ascone, into all kinds of beautifully constructed projects, such as the wristlet wallets pictured above.  Chris and Teresa are excited to share these beautiful works of art.  Take a look below….

Wildflowers will surely add some pizzazz to your wardrobe with these accessory and garment project ideas!

How about sprucing up your home with some colorful Wildflowers creations too?

A quilt made of Wildflowers is a no-brainer, but how about an elegant chair and ottoman re-upholstered in it, too?!

Thank you Teresa and Chris for sharing pictures of these gorgeous creations in Wildflowers.  It’s one thing to admire the gorgeous fabric designs of Wildflowers by Teresa, but seeing it crafted into functional, stunning works of art by Chris takes it to a whole new level!

And before we leave you today, all of these brilliant crafty projects by Chris could not have sprung to life without her trusty sewing machine (almost 60 years old and a gift from her husband during their first Christmas together), a Singer 401a Slant needle pictured here:

Chris comes from a long line of sewists and quilters, with her grandmother recycling worn-out clothing into handmade quilts to keep the family warm during long, cold winters.  Born into a family that created things out of necessity taught Chris the fundamentals of sewing.  As Chris continued to pursue her craft, she learned to manipulate patterns and replicate sewing techniques to create professional-looking creations.  Throughout her sewing career- she has tackled upholstery projects and bridal- developing a knack to take a bride’s vision of her wedding gown and transform it into a work of art.  As she put it herself, “An artist may call it a craft, but I believe it to be art.  My palette is fabric and I love to put together the most unlikely.”

AMB Mystery BOM Quilt: Correction to QOV Finishing Instructions

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Thank you to all the quilters out there who have been quilting along and sharing images of your finished blocks for the AMB Mystery Block of the Month Quilt called ‘Our Land’.  Now that the BOM series has completed, we’ve received some feedback on the quilt finishing portion.

For the Quilts of Valor version, a cutting error was found on the first page of the finishing instructions under QOV Border Stars. In the cutting instructions for the colors marked as ‘C’, please cut 2″ squares, not 2 ½” squares as previously listed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration that this may have caused.

Follow this link for the updated Quilts of Valor finishing instructions.

The QOV finishing instructions have also been updated in the previous blog post here.

We’d love to see how you finish your AMB Mystery Quilt!  Please share pics of your finished quilts on Instagram with the tag #AMBMystery or email info at Clothworks dot com.

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‘Our Land’- Quilts of Valor version pieced by Gayle Noyes & quilted by Loretta Orsborne

 

Blue Porcelain by Ellen Crimi-Trent in APQ

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Based on a design by AGF Studio. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Spotted in the April 2017 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting is a nifty office organizer project using the Clothworks fabric collection, Blue Porcelain, by designer Ellen Crimi-Trent.   Quilt tester, Laura Boehnke, made a color version using  Blue Porcelain for the project called Office Space, designed by AGF Studio. The original version is shown in the photo below.

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Based on a design by AGF Studio. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

American Patchwork & Quilting April 2017 is available now.  Head to this link to purchase before April 3rd, 2017.

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And head to the Clothworks online store directory to find a local quilt shop to pick up some Blue Porcelain before it’s gone!

Fun Friday Show & Tell: Guess How Much I Love You III Quilt

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Guess How Much I Love You III, the latest Clothworks release featuring the whimsical rabbits by children’s book illustrator Anita Jeram, has just delivered to our quilt shops.  Our multi-talented Clothworks employee & Shipper Extraordinaire, Debbie, had a project in mind when she spotted the new fabric in our warehouse and immediately got to work.  In just a few days, Debbie whipped up this sweet baby quilt!

ghmily3-debbie-quiltSix fat quarters from the GHMILY3 line were used to make the half square triangles, with additional border fabric and a soft flannel print for backing & binding.  Debbie followed this quick & easy beginner level quilt tutorial, and away she went– piecing and quilting her project on her home sewing machine!  A family member due with her first child will be the lucky recipient of this quilt.  Nice work and thanks for sharing, Debbie!

Be sure to stock up on the new Guess How Much I Love You III collection before it sells out.  Find a local quilt shop by visiting our online store directory.

Happy Sewing!