Urban Landscapes Memory Quilts!

UPDATE! I just got an email from Dee with a photo of her quilt hanging in an Austin Area Quilt Guild exhibit! This memory quilt is of her younger son, Sam. Adorable! I love how the quilting turned out! Thanks so much for the photo and congrats on having your work on display!
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Oh how I love it when we get photos of Clothworks creations made by fans…so it made my day yesterday when Dee, the winner from the Urban Landscapes giveaway sent me these pictures:
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Check out Dee’s blog post about her cool projects and adorable kiddos here.
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In reading Dee’s blog, I discovered that she’s a talented art quilter! So I look forward to seeing what she does to embellish and finish these sweet little works of art.

Thanks for sharing, Dee, and Happy Quilting!

Clothworks in the magazines…

Wanna see the latest batch of goodies being featured in the best quilting magazines around?

The first feature is June’s Backyard by Skipping Stones Studio in the September/October 2010 issue of McCall’s Quilting. I am in love with this quilt. Simply gorgeous, isn’t it? The design is by Anita Peluso and it was machine quilted by Laurie Gustafson. You can purchase a kit for this quilt from Gathering Fabric.
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The Beachchomber collection by Barb Tourtillotte is featured in the September 2010 issue of The Quilter Magazine. The quilt designer is Helen Weinman and the machine quilter is Cathy Franks. Kit is available from Heartbeat Quilts.

Beachcomber_TheQuilterThe Toy Poodle collection by Kinkame for Clothworks is featured in the October/November 2010 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Pat Proctor designed and made the quilt and I machine quilted it! The kit is available through Fat Quarter Shop by clicking here.
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The Moon Dancers collection by Diane Knott is featured in the October/November 2011 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts as well. Quilt design is by Jean Ann Wright, and I made and quilted it!
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The America by Leere’ Aldrich is featured in the Summer 2010 Easy Quilts. Quilt design is by September Olson and piecing/quilting is by me…okay, so I’ve been busy lately :). Kit is available at Fons and Porter by clicking here.
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The Bird Talk collection by Ellen Crimi-Trent is featured in Fons and Porter’s Baby Quilts 2010. The quilt design is by Jean Ann Wright and the kit is available through Fons and Porter by clicking here.
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The Tis the Season collection by Johnny K Studio will be featured in the Winter 2010 Easy Quilts. The quilt design is by Bev Getschel, and kits will be available through http://www.ShopFonsAndPorter.com.
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The Ruby’s collection by Skipping Stones Studio will also be featured in the Winter 2010 Easy Quilts. Quilt design is by Susan Mayer. Kits will be available through www.ShopFonsAndPorter.com
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Happy Quilting!

Fun Urban Landscapes Bag!

You may recognize this messenger-style bag from one of our recent free patterns for the Grease fabric collection, and that’s because it is just a square version of that pattern. Cute, huh? Joyce made it up in the Urban Landscapes fabric and the circles were inspired by Kathy York’s quilt featuring satin-stitched circles in an upcoming issue of International Quilt Fest: Quilt Scene by Quilting Arts.
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You can see Kathy’s tutorial of her satin stitch tehcnique on Quilting Arts In Stitches eMagazine.
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Isn’t it fun? And you can pair it with the coin purses from my “Zippers Are No Big Deal” blog post last week!
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Well that’s it for this week. What are you making this weekend? Catching up on any UFO’s, or starting new projects? I’ll be working on some more cloth diapers for the baby (see blog post on The Nappies). Happy Sewing!

Urban Landscapes Winner!

Congrats to the winner from my “Zippers Are No Big Deal!” blog post: Dee. I asked everyone what projects they were working on and it was so interesting reading all of the answers! Dee said, “I’m finishing up embellishing a couple of quilts for the Austin Area Quilt Guild’s 2010 Show, Changing Gears. The show’s September 17-19 at Palmer Events Center. Should be a blast.” Sounds fun Dee! Hopefully you’ll find time to make something really cool out of your Urban Landscapes fabric winnings!

Thanks to everyone who participated…let’s have one last look at my cool coin purses!! I am so excited about my newly acquired zipper skills!
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Zippers Are No Big Deal!

I have always been one of those quilters that sticks strictly to quilting…I am totally afraid to make my own clothes or step outside the bounds of quilting. I have always wanted to, though, so recently I’ve been stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying some new things! I saw this pattern for a cute little zippered pouch at Quilt Market by Atkinson Designs. The pattern is called “Cash and Carry”. They had a little slogan, “Zippers Are No Big Deal”. Well of course I had to try it out and see. The pattern sat on my sewing table for the last couple months and last night I finally got the courage to try it out!
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The first one went together in a snap…it WAS easy! I used this awesome fabric from Kathy York’s collection Urban Landscapes.
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With the second one I got over confident. Hehehe, yeah–you gotta make sure the zipper pull is in the middle when you sew on your zipper stops :).
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But it’s a learning process! I now feel confident on how to use zippers and I think this is a MUST HAVE pattern! What a great little accessory. I could make dozens of these. What a perfect gift too! Thanks to the gals at Atkinson Designs for an excellent pattern with an excellent lesson built in! You can check out the pattern and other excellent goodies here. They only sell wholesale, so if you are a shop, you can visit their website for ordering info. If you are not a business, you can use their retail directory to find a shop near you who carries their patterns here.

So what are you sewing this weekend? I’d love to hear from you. I have some leftover pieces of Urban Landscapes I’d love to send to one random lucky winner…just leave a comment telling me what projects you’re working on these days! One comment per person, please. I’ll announce the winner on Monday afternoon!
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How to Sew Corners on Binding!

Do you dread putting the finishing touches on your quilt because of those tricky mitered corners on the binding? Well fear it no more! I made this quick little video to show you how to do the corners so you’ll never forget again! Put it on your favorites and review before each quilt. In no time you’ll become a pro!

Now get to finishing those quilts, and Happy Quilting!

Congrats January New Collections Winner!

Congrats to Carolyn from The Village Quilt Shoppe for winning free fat quarters for our January New Collections blog post! Carolyn’s favorite new collection was Nature Rhythms, and here’s what she had to say about it: “Nature Rhythms–Awesome!!!! Now that is a collections I can work with simple, but elegant. That truly inspires me. Beautiful. (not my usual choice, but I love it)”.
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Have a great weekend my sewing friends!!

Extra Free Patterns for Urban Landscapes!

We are so lucky to have the incredibly talented art quilter Kathy York as a fabric designer, and I am so excited about her first collection with us, Urban Landscapes! It is now out in a quilt shop near you, so be sure to go and check it out. While you’re there, ask for these extra free patterns that Kathy designed special just for you!

An adorable pillow…ULPillowBlue-Front
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…and a charming little bag…
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…and this little skirt and top combo that is too cute for words…
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….and by the way, did you know that Kathy is frequently featured in Quilting Arts Magazine? Check out the new eMagazine featuring Kathy’s very cool satin stitching technique used on an upcoming project feature in Quilting Arts Magazine. Here is a preview of what’s in the eMagazine…

That Kathy blows me away! Not only is she a talented art quilter but she also comes up with these fabulous little projects that are practical yet simply gorgeous. I just love the colors and modern look of Urban Landscapes and think it is so fresh and new. So check it out! It’s in shops now, so ask at your local quilt shop or shop online!

Have fun, and happy sewing!

January 2011 New Collection Preview!

Check out the latest batch of goodies headed your way for 2011!

Beetle Boy from Ellen Crimi-Trent….CUUUUUTE!
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Nature Rhythms by Johnny K Studio….so sweet, stylish, and prrrrrrrretty!
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Tulips by Barb Tourtillotte….luscious petals of joy!
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What’s your favorite? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us what your favorite collection is and you’ll have a chance to win free fat quarters from your favorite collection! Only one comment per person, please. Winner will be drawn this Friday, August 13th!