Happy Thanksgiving!!

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for many things, but one thing we can’t live without is our coffee…and chocolate!spillthebeans_potholders

This cute potholder project was made by Joyce (yes, Joyce the Bag Lady) in tribute to our beloved coffee.  Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Quilting!

Easy Holiday Gift #1–The Embellished Towel

towelsAre you looking for quick and easy projects that you can make for holiday gifts?  Well look no further!  Kathleen, our lovely coworker in Customer Services makes these towels by cutting strips of our pretty fabrics and using a decorative stitch to fasten them to towels.  You can do this with any size of towel for the bath or kitchen.

So get working on those holiday gifts–and we’ll be showing you some more quick, creative ideas in the weeks to come!  Happy Quilting!

Creative use of European Taupe I & II: Blue Underground Pattern!

It’s always fun to see how different people use our fabrics.  Check out Bear Patch Quilting Co. using European Taupe I and II in this clever, modern pattern by Blue Underground.  To see this great pattern in European Taupe, check out Bear Patch Quilting’s blog here.

BlueUndergroundWhat a fun pattern!  Simple, sleek, and clean.  Stay tuned–we’ll be posting photos of the finished quilt using European Taupe soon!  Happy Quilting!

Sweet Rose Block in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Check out the beautiful block that our lovely Pattern Tester, Bonnie, designed for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue!  Not only did she make it into the magazine, but her block is on the cover too–check it out!!  If you like this block, and want a copy of the magazine to learn how to make it, comment on this post.   The first three people to comment will get a free copy!

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Bonnie is always coming up with the most gorgeous free patterns for us, so I thought I’d ask her what inspires her to create and here is what she had to say: “It’s the fabric!  When I see a wonderful fabric or group of fabrics, I enjoy playing with the possibilities.”

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I also asked Bonnie what her inspiration was for this quilt block, and she said, “I love the old traditional star blocks. So I modified one and came up with this variation to show off the pretty floral print with narrow framing strips highlighting the center.”

Well, keep it up Bonnie–we all love your patterns and look forward to seeing more of them!!  Download some of Bonnie’s most recent designs on our website.  Available in shops now are European Taupe II, Matsuda-wa, Cherie, and Caffeine Cafe.

Happy Quilting!

Two Adorable Cherie Patterns!

Everyone’s loving Masha D’yan’s Cherie collection and we have two great patterns to share with you!  Here is a sweet pattern designed by The Quilted Kitty.  Click here to order the pattern and kit (for wholesale inquiries call 1-866-422-9292).

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…and here is our free pattern designed by Bonnie Mitchell.  Click here to download the free pattern.

cheriequilt-1Look for Cherie at your local quilt shop, or if you are a quilt shop, contact us with your order.  Happy Quilting!!

Joyce the Bag Lady!

Many of us at Clothworks are sewers, creative-types, and yes–quilters!!  Here is a fun Q & A I did with my friend and coworker, Joyce.  She is our Design Coordinator at Clothworks and is quite the sewer!!  She’s always coming up with all kinds of adorable bags and purses, so she has earned the name “Joyce the Bag Lady”.

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Brandi: How did you get started out in sewing?

Joyce: Started when I was 11.  Growing up, I mostly had hand-me-downs from my sister.  So when the elementary school I attended had a sort of elective class offering, I signed up for the sewing class.  They taught us basics, and we created a very simple project…I think it was a skirt.  My mom taught me a few more basics and helped me get through several projects.  And I did a lot of experimental sewing.

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Brandi: What inspires you to create?

Joyce: Fabric inspires me, patterns inspire me, talking to people and their ideas inspires me, walking through boutique stores inspires me.  There are so many things that inspire me.  If I love it, ideas start to pop into my head.

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Brandi: Are bags your favorite thing to sew, and why?

Joyce: Right now bags are my favorite things to sew.  With quilting there is a lot of time spent finding all the right fabrics for the project, cutting and piecing together and then finally quilting.  With clothing there is a lot of preparation in fitting the muslin, adjusting the pattern, etc.    That all takes time.  Lots of time.  Bags are quick, mostly easy and they make great gifts.  And a girl can never have too many!

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Brandi: Tell us a little bit about your career path with Clothworks.

Joyce: Clothworks used to be Fabric Sales Co. and that is where I started, in the office.  I was there 9 years and then left to work for another company but came back to Fabric Sales a year later as a sales rep.  That was a challenge!  Trying to stay awake while driving long distances.  And then getting to my destination and having to lug huge bags (this was before suitcases w/wheels that actually worked) of fabrics and notions into the stores.  That lasted less than a year.  I took another hiatus from the company to do my own thing (open a fabric store and have children) but came back to help out at Quilt Market, or to help at the local fabric shows when needed.  Once again, in 2004, I returned to Clothworks.  I have been working on the design team and I love it!

joyce_6Are you passionate about bags, quilts, or some other type of textile fun?  Tell us about it!!  Comment on this post and tell us about your passion, and get entered to win your choice of any of the bags photographed in this post!  Winner will be announced November 11th.

Clothworks Project of the Month: October Winner!

It was very difficult to choose the best project submittal for October, but we all ooh’ed and ahh’ed and finally voted on these ADORABLE children’s overalls using Woodland Friends fabrics by Ellen Crimi-Trent.  They were made by Linda of Nana’s Creations from Portland, OR.  Congratulations Linda–we’ll be sending your prize of the full line of Cherie fat quarters!!

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Be the next winner of the Clothworks Project of the Month by sending your project photo to blog@clothworkstextiles.com.  The next winner will be announced on December 1st, and the prize will be the Woodland Friends free pattern kit!