We want YOU…for our Woodland Friends II Contest!

Here’s a little delicious morsel of inspiration for all of you creative sewers out there thinking about entering our Woodland Friends II contest


Isn’t this dress to-die-for cute? It is from the Gracie pattern from Portabellopixie. Joyce made this cute little dress up for Quilt Market, and everyone’s just been going ga-ga over it!

Anyhow, for the contest you need to come up with your own original design, but who says you can’t be inspired? Sometimes seeing other lovely things gives you just the creative nudge you need!

And remember–there are some great prizes waiting for that Grand Prize Winner…like having your project photographed and featured in our ad in American Patchwork & Quilting…a phenomenal magazine…

…and did I mention the $200 gift certificate to your quilt shop of choice…or fabric shop if you aren’t a quilter. Now that would be one nice shopping spree! AND, all 5 finalists get to keep their project and any leftover fabrics, and have their projects photographed and posted on our awesome blog!

Ok, I hope to hear from more of you soon…have fun creating, and send me your sketches to blog@clothworkstextiles.com.

Woodland Friends II Contest–You could be famous!

How would you like to have your sewing project featured in our full page advertisement in the December 2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting AND win a $200 gift certificate to your quilt shop of choice?!  All you need to do is come up with an original sewing project for the Woodland Friends II collection and send us a sketch of your idea.  Projects can be anything you can imagine…from apparel, to home dec, to quilting, to baby, and beyond!


Sketches must be sent to blog@clothworkstextiles.com by May 10th.   You must use fabric from the Woodland Friends II collection by Ellen Crimi-Trent and yardage must not exceed 3 yards total (this includes backing and binding if your project is a quilt).  Please include notes in your sketch indicating which fabrics go where using the numbers listed under each fabric on our website here.  Sketches also need to include approximate dimensions (see example).  Please also include your yardage requirements for each fabric.  Project ideas must be your own–not from a pattern.  It is fine to take technical guidance and inspiration from patterns, but you must recreate your own pattern and make it your own.  That’s part of the fun anyways–this is all about creating here!


5 finalists will be selected to receive fabric from the Woodland Friends II collection and will be asked to complete their projects using the fabric provided.  Finalists will be announced on May 12th.  Project yardage will be sent out to the finalists the last week in June and final projects will be due on July 22nd.  All 5 projects will be photographed and featured on our blog on July 29th.  The winner will also be announced on July 29th.  All projects will be returned to finalists to keep.

The Grand Prize Winner will have their project featured in our ad in the December 2010 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and will also win a $200 gift certificate to their quilt shop of choice!

So get creative, and let’s see what you can dream up!  Email us at blog@clothworkstextiles.com with your sketches and/or questions.  We look forward to hearing from you!

A Stylish Hospital Gown?

When I first saw this photo I didn’t know what it was for and I thought–ooh what a pretty dress–wouldn’t that look cute with some boots and a little scarf?  Then I saw it was a hospital gown–ha!  I love it!  The gown is from Annie & Isabel.

This gown is made in Pamela Mostek’s zebra print from the Poppies line.


Who knew that you can go in style in the hospital?!  Isn’t this a fabulous idea?  You can visit Annie & Isabel’s website and read their story here and check out their blog here.

Happy Friday and Happy Quilting!

Toy Poodle swatch creations!

A couple weeks back I blogged about some Toy Poodle swatches, and we had a little giveaway.  I was hoping that the winners would make some nifty things out of the little swatches, and boy did they!  Check out these projects…sooo cute!

These super cute bibs are from Shelley, and she used Butterick pattern 4533 as a guide.

Toy-Poodle-bib-twoSooooooooo cute!

Toy-Poodle-bib-oneNow that’s one lucky baby!

Here’s another project from Kathleen; adorable little placemats!

Toy-Poodle-placematsThere are a couple other fabrics in there not fromToy Poodle, but they are cute too!

Thank you, ladies, for sending in your project photos!  These lucky gals will receive Toy Poodle fat quarters as a prize for sending me their project photos.  I hope to see more from the other 7 winners….fingers crossed….Happy Quilting!

Delphi, the Clothworks office dog!

It’s about time that all of you got the pleasure of meeting our furriest and cutest employee.  If you ever come by the office you may get to meet him.  Just be careful if you come around lunch time…you may encounter a white flash running down the hall with such force it blows your hair back!  The white flash is Delphi, our office dog, racing down the hallway to have his lunch time apple!

Delphi3Delphi and I had a chat awhile back, and this is what he had to tell me about his life as Clothworks office dog:

I was born in San Rafael CA at the Guidedogs for the Blind campus.  I came to Seattle when I was 8 weeks old.

My mom, Angela was raising me to see if I could become a guidedog for a blind person.  I was pretty good at most of the tasks, but as the months went by, I got more distracted and stressed by all of the sights, smells and sounds around me.  On my first birthday it was decided that I wasn’t cut out to be a guide dog so my mom officially adopted me.  Hooray!  My life got much easier!  Although if you ask me, my mom is still pretty strict…..(only 50% of the dogs being raised to be a guide actually graduate and work.  Just like we all aren’t cut out to be doctors or lawyers, not all dogs can handle the stress of being a guide dog.)

Delphi2My mom and I have gone to lots of obedience classes since then so that I could learn many commands and “work” my brain.  I get to go to work with my mom every day and it is my second home.  I am definitely a “people dog” and am very lonely when I am by myself.  My friends at the office are very nice, and throw my toys for me sometimes too.  I like to run up and down the hall first thing in the morning when there aren’t many people there.  I mostly stay on my bed next to my mom’s desk, but even when I lay in the walkway, everyone just steps over me!


A highlight of my day is when mom and I go outside for a short break.  I like to grab my leash and play tug with her.

I also LOVE lunchtime!  ( I am a lab after all!)  Even though I don’t get everything that I want, I get a couple of treats while everyone else is eating.  Sometimes they even drop bites for me!

Delphi1Here’s a picture of me and my mom.

Delphi4Thanks for the chat, Delphi!  I’ve got to say, nothing brightens the day more than a nice petting session with Mr. Delphi…

Have a great weekend, and Happy Quilting!

3 Winners!

Congrats to Connie, Paula, and Kathy for winning free fat quarters from our New Collections blog post!  Now the hard part is waiting for your favorite collections to come out :(.  Let’s review!

Connie’s favorite collection was Vintage Sonnet.

Vintage-Sonnet_blog7Paula’s favorite was Savannah.

Savannah_blog5…and Kathy’s favorite was Shades!

Shades3Stay tuned for our next batch of new collections in May!  Have a great weekend, and Happy Quilting!

New collections…oh my!

We have a BUNCH of new collections this month.  The collections I am going to show you are currently preselling to our customers, so if you like what you see, make sure you let your local quilt shop know!  These are collections delivering to quilts shops from July to September 2010.  Check it out…

Shades by Kinkame.  Simply gorgeous!  They come in 17 yummy colors…I have endless ideas for this one!

Shades4Each Shade has color gradating from selvage to selvage…

Shades_blog1So so pretty…

Shades3And a super cute free pattern to go with!

Shades_blog_patternShades delivers to shops in July 2010.

Another lovely collection from Kinkame…European Taupe IV!

European-Taupe-IV_blog1Soft, subtle, beautiful.

European-Taupe-IV_blog2I love the vintage look and the calm colors…and a really cute free pattern!

European-Taupe-IV_blog_pattEuropean Taupe IV delivers to shops in July 2010 as well.

And MORE from Kinkame…the next batch of Toy Poodle!!

Toy-Poodle_blog1Too cute for words…can’t speak…

Toy-Poodle_blog2…and a ridiculously cute new pattern to go with the new fun prints!

Toy-Poodle_blog_patternThis second batch of Toy Poodle delivers to shops July 2010 with the rest of the other yummy Kinkame collections listed above.

Now for the lovely fine art of Cedar West with Vintage Sonnet!


Cedar is an oil painter; look at her gorgeous details and color…

Vintage-Sonnet_blog7Simply GORGEOUS!  And a cool free pattern…of course!

Vintage-Sonnet_blog_patternVintage Sonnet is out in stores August 2010.

The latest from Christine Graf is Savannah


In two lovely colorways…warm and cool!


Don’t you love the two colorways?!

…and of course an awesome free pattern!

Savannah_blog_patternSavannah comes out in shops September 2010.

Now for another floral beauty…Josephine by Skipping Stones Studio.

Josephine_blog1Sweet vintage yumminess…

Josephine_blog3I love the mum prints…

Josephine_blog_2…and a great free pattern!

Josephine_blog_patternJosephine delivers to shops September 2010.

And last, but certainly not least–Companions by Marsha McCloskey!


A truly classic collection…

Companions_blog_2The Staples in this collection are a 2 in 1!  Each Staple has two patterns, each 22″ wide!

Companions_blog_1And finally, another SUPER CUTE free pattern!

Companions_blog_patternCompanions delivers to shop September 2010.

Keep in mind that all of these collections are in shops July through September, and the free patterns are just previews now.  We put the instructions on our site once the fabric is in shops, so be sure to check back to our free pattern area of our website often!

So now for a fat quarter giveaway!  Comment and tell us which collection is your favorite, and you will be entered to win fat quarters from your favorite collection from this blog post!  We will randomly select 3 winners and announce them on Friday, April 9th.  Please only leave one comment to be eligible for the drawing.

Thanks for looking, and Happy Quilting!!