Georgie Giraffe: Quilting Inspiration with Designer Deb Grogan

Georgie Giraffe QuiltA few weeks ago we blogged about designer Deb Grogan’s adorable quilt, “Georgie Giraffe”, published in Quiltmaker Magazine September/October 2016 edition.  This fun crib-sized quilt features a sweet giraffe applique peeking out from a patchwork lattice design, pieced with splashy, bright Clothworks basics from the Impression Moire line and American Made Brand solid cottons palette.  Quiltmaker featured Deb Grogan on their blog recently, and we thought it was a wonderful post to share with our readers, too.

Follow this link to the Quiltmaker blog post, “Georgie Giraffe: A Visit with Deb Grogan,” which offers a glimpse into the life of an artist, inspired by the intricacies of her surrounding world, and her process in designing quilts.

 

Jeepers Creepers- Halloween Fun with Panels!

Jeepers Creepers- Frames Quilt PatternOur quilter friend Debbie of Maple Island Quilts is having a wicked good time with the newest Clothworks Halloween-inspired fabric release, Jeepers Creepers by Dan DiPaolo.  She’s just completed this festive wall-hanging (shown above) using her Frames quilt pattern with the panel print & the textured barn siding prints in cream and black from the Jeepers Creepers collection.  At just 30″ x 36″, the Frames quilt pattern makes a suitable wall-hanging to showcase a spooky panel print to decorate your house just in time for Halloween.

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The trick or treat panel with grinning jack-o-lantern face from Jeepers Creepers  works brilliantly in another Maple Island Quilts pattern called Eating In.  Debbie modified the mat pattern from Eating In to work with the dimensions of this panel print from Jeepers Creepers.  Another fun decoration as a table centerpiece to help get your house in the spirit (if ya know what I mean) of the season!

Head to your LQS to stock up on Jeepers Creepers by Clothworks before the bogeyman gets it and follow this link to Maple Island Quilts to find these creative quilt patterns.  Happy Sewing!

 

American Made Mystery BOM Quilt: Block 4 The Mountains Are Calling: The Wilderness Awaits

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CC Image “The Perfect Picnic” courtesy of Personal Creations on Flickr

Whether mountain, seaside or desert, late August is the perfect time for a hike! Lay aside needle and thread for a bit, and head into the kitchen to create delicious snacks and picnic meals that will keep you and your family energized and positive for a full day of nature exploration. Want to get going without all the prep? PB&J, ready-made tuna salad pouches, or a sandwich picked up from your favorite local deli work just as well. Don’t forget to include some treats – dark chocolate is a hiking classic – and plenty of water. Tip: get tired kids to hustle on that last bit of trail back to the parking lot with the promise of cold root beer. Stash a cooler of sodas in the trunk for a little after-hiking – you’ll enjoy it, too!

 If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find all 4 current blocks in the links below:

Find Block 4 “The Mountains Are Calling” here.

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished Block 4 on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com

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Fun Friday: A Very Gifted Block (Pre-Cut Friendly, too)!

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One of our talented quilting friends, Tina, stopped by the other day to share her current project with us, made with Clothworks fabric, of course!  Check out this darling ‘Pretty Package’ Block she pieced together using the sweet snowman collection released last year by Clothworks called Creature Comforts by designer Barb Tourtillotte.  This is Tina’s contribution to a block exchange. Pretty nifty, eh?!  I also love how she set off her block using the white tonal Impressions Sprig fabric by Clothworks, too!!

package block quilt ufo TinaLooks like Tina has been quilting up a storm, this summer.  She also shared this image of a quilt top pieced with modified ‘Pretty Package’ Blocks.  This was an old UFO that has resurfaced for Tina.  She added some borders and hopes to complete it soon.  Recognize that fabric?  The multicolor Christmas tree print used in the outer border is from the new holiday-inspired Laurel Burch collection called Enchantment, recently released by Clothworks.  It surprisingly works very well in tying together this eclectic mix of holiday prints.  Nice work, Tina!

For those interested in making their own ‘Pretty Package’ Block, there’s a wonderful video tutorial found here on youtube.  Not only is this block super cute, but it’s pre-cut friendly, too (perfect for 5″ and 10″ squares)!

And be sure to head to your LQS to stock up on Clothworks holiday fabrics (Frosty Fun, 25 Days of Christmas, Christmas Wishes, and Enchantment to name a few), because pretty soon they will be here before you know it!

Happy Sewing!

American Made Mystery BOM Quilt: Block 4 The Mountains Are Calling- Triangles, Triangles, Triangles!

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Thicketty Mountain pattern designed by Susan Mayer for Clothworks as a Free Pattern download featured on the American Made Brand website.

The Mountains Are Calling block really tests our facility with piecing triangles! Even the most triangle-savvy quilter sometimes has a point that lines up only reluctantly. Still, as a basic shape there is perhaps nothing more versatile than this three-sided wonder. Triangles give quilts a spark, a wink, a little something special. Are you hooked? Check out this amazing Pinterest board of triangle quilt tutorials!

If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find all 4 current blocks in the links below:

Find Block 4 “The Mountains Are Calling” here.

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished Block 4 on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com

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Winners Announced: Clothworks Fabric Giveaway for Frosty Fun

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Many thanks to all who participated in the Clothworks Fabric Giveaway for Frosty Fun!  We received a fair amount of comments here on the The Works and it sounds like everyone is anxious for cooler weather.

Out of all the comments, 2 were selected at random to win one panel each from the Frosty Fun collection by designer Sue Zipkin.  Below is a picture of the panels folded to show just one of the adorable snowmen motifs.

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We’d like to congratulate the following lucky winners selected randomly from our comments:

Susan N.

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Darrell

Congratulations!  I will be contacting you two through email to get your shipping addresses to send your Frosty Fun fabric panels!

Thanks again for those who participated and stay posted for more Clothworks fabric giveaway opportunities here on The Works.

American Made Mystery BOM Quilt: Block 4 The Mountains Are Calling- DIY Inspiration

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Mountain Pillow, Image by Havalah on her blog Sisters,What!

It’s summer and The Mountains Are Calling….you to the sewing room to complete Block 4 of the AMB Mystery quilt!  But maybe you have some little folks who want to get in on the crafting… or maybe the block has put YOU in the mood to whip up some additional mountain-themed projections.  Here’s a super roundup of 25 DIYs found on the blog Saved By Love Creations to keep the mountain madness going at your house!

If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find all 4 current blocks in the links below:

Find Block 4 “The Mountains Are Calling” here.

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished Block 4 on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com

 

 

Fun Friday: Clothworks Fabric Giveaway- Frosty Fun!

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Frosty Fun, the newest Clothworks collection by designer Sue Zipkin, has been shipping to a LQS near you.  Though snowmen and frolicking winter fun seem like a distant memory as most of us are enduring record-setting heat this summer, hopefully a Clothworks Fabric Giveaway will help beat the heat!

Up for grabs in this Clothworks Fabric Giveaway are 2 Fabric Panels from the Frosty Fun fabric collection.  Shown below are the panels folded to show one of the playful illustrations of the cute snowmen, chickadee resting on his carrot nose.

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Here’s what the full Frosty Fun Panel looks like, unfolded:

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Here’s how to enter the Frosty Fun Fabric Giveaway by Clothworks:

  1.  Leave ONE COMMENT only on this post.  Please post the name of a fabric shop that is carrying Frosty Fun.  Use the Find-a-Shop store feature on the Clothworks website to look up a shop. UPDATE August 5, 2016 9:00 a.m. PDT:  It seems that we are having some technical difficulties with the Store Locator for Frosty Fun. We have alerted the computer wizards!  My apologies to all of you who discovered this.  Your comment will still be valid & we thank you for bringing this to our attention.  In the meantime, new commenters:  please post ONE COMMENT about what you would create with this Frosty Fun panel.
  2. Post your comment no later than Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:59 p.m. PDT.
  3. This contest is only open to contestants with a USA shipping address.
  4. 2 winners will be selected at random drawing from the comments.  The winners will be announced here on the blog next Friday, August 12, 2016.  We’ll contact the winners for their shipping address.

Good Luck!

 

Frou-Frou to Premiere at LQS this Weekend!

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The newest addition to the Clothworks product line, Frou-Frou, will be debuting at a LQS (local quilt shop) this Saturday, August 6th.  If you’re lucky to be near Chelan, WA, head over to Woven Threads Quilt Store for an ‘evening in Paris’ as our Clothworks representative, Angela, will debut the fabrics, trims, and notions from this exclusive French brand!

Clothworks was thrilled to introduce Frou-Frou at their booth during Spring Quilt Market this past year.  So far, we’ve received a lot of interest in Frou-Frou and have started shipping this exquisite line of color-coordinating fabrics & trims from France to our customers scattered across the USA.  Besides the matching fabrics, trims, and notions, Frou-Frou also offers easy-to-make clothing and accessory patterns–making it a no-brainer for the modern sewist who is pressed for time, but passionate about creating something cute and DIY.

Head to your LQS to inquire about Frou-Frou.  And mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at 6-8pm (PDT) to attend the Frou-Frou event hosted by Angela from Clothworks at Woven Threads Quilt Store in Chelan, WA.  Oh-la-la!

American Made Mystery BOM Quilt: Block 4 The Mountains Are Calling + Winners of Block 3

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The Mountains Are Calling….and we must answer!  Mystery Block 4 takes us to the high country — hiking boots optional for this foray into glacial terrain.  Our sample colors radiate cool:  a snow-topped peak reflected in the icy waters of a mountain lake.  Maybe yours will be the rosy pink mountains at dawn, as see over a cup of campfire coffee.  Or reflect the golden sunset.  Remember, we are starting at high altitude and the sky is the limit.  We can’t wait to see your ideas come to life in this block!

Download the PDF pattern here.  For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished block on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com.

If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find all 3 current blocks in the links below:

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

Clothworks is proud to support Quilts For Kids, the Quilts of Valor Foundation, and our country’s economy.  American Made Brand cotton solids are not just made here; they’re grown right here in the USA.

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