UPDATE: Thanks to all of you who commented! The winner of the American Valor Fabrics giveaway is Robin who said, “Great fabrics – I love them. I’ve not heard of Quilts of Valor before. Looks like a great program.” Yes indeed…maybe the fabric you have won will inspire you to make a Quilt of Valor. Thanks again to all!
It’s time to visit your local quilt shop and check out Diane Knott’s latest collection now in stores, American Valor Fabrics. We are one of nine fabric companies participating in the Under Our Wings program in support of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. We are very excited about this fabulous organization which helps bring comfort to veterans. Read more about it and see how you can get involved here. In the mean time, let’s hear from Diane about her inspirations!
Brandi: How did your idea/inspiration for the American Valor Fabrics collection evolve?
Diane: I always have difficulty answering questions about inspiration because it’s something that “happens” as I go along with my plotting. One thing leads to another and before you know it, a design concept has evolved. It’s really a thinking process. It’s very mental, as well as visual, because I generally look at reference materials of all types. Sometimes the most unlikely source will spark an idea. Then all of the elements combine to, hopefully, make it all cohesive. Sometimes it’s a lot of back and forth with input from the art directors as well.
Brandi: Do you have family members who are veterans?
Diane: My husband is a Navy veteran, as was his father who served in the Pacific in WWII. My father was a lieutenant in the Army Air Force in WWII and lost his life in a plane crash in Kiowa, CO on a training mission from where he was slated to be shipped to help the Allies in England.
Brandi: How do you feel about being involved in the designing of a fabric collection that will go to help celebrate and comfort so many who have served?
Diane: You can’t imagine how this touches my heart and how honored I feel to be able to do something to celebrate all of our American heroes. And they ARE all heroes – every single person who gives up years of his or her life to serve our country is to be respected and thanked.
Brandi: Do you have any stories to share about a veteran loved one or friend?
Diane: Not about someone I know….but my husband and I were at a living history museum and met a wonderful gentleman working on the grounds who told us his story about serving as a pilot in WWII based in England and having flown 16 mission – quite an accomplishment, as this was one of the most dangerous places to be – in an airplane over enemy territory, and not many who flew those missions made it to that number….After talking with him, I shook his hand and thanked him and it brought tears to his eyes and mine. If I could say anything to you about veterans or those currently in the service, my message would be to say thank you to them. Shake their hands and say thank you!
Thank you, Diane, for sharing with us! Click here to learn all about how you can get involved in the Under Our Wings program and click here to see if your local quilt shop is participating. Are you already participating? Do you have any stories to share? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below and we’ll draw one lucky winner at random to receive a nice big stack of American Valor Fabrics this coming Tuesday at 4pm PST!
We are so excited to be sponsoring the coolest new quilting show around…Quilty! The show caters to the brand new generation of quilters that are craving the easy-to-understand and must-know information essential to getting started. What we love even more is that the show is hosted by Mary Fons, daughter of quilting superstar Marianne Fons…isn’t that cool! There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the quilting tradition shared and passed down from mother to daughter.
So do you know any aspiring quilters…or beginning sewers or knitters that are itching to dip their toe into quilting? Just nudge them on over to the Quilty show and they can watch all of the free videos already posted and tune in weekly to see the latest shows. The videos are packed with great knowledge for the beginning quilter and are a blast to watch…seriously, Mary is full of animation and she always says something to make me laugh in each episode I watch. Best of all the shows are truly geared towards the basics, like Machine Basics, What is a Quilt, and my favorite so far (because I cracked up when she refers to the flying geese units as “G-Units…hehehehe) Blocks A Go-Go: Simple Sawtooth Star.
So let’s help usher in this new generation of quilting…tell a young person you know about this show! Until then, Happy Quilting!
UPDATE: Congrats to Michele Conn for being our randomly selected winner of the Muffintops shower curtain and towel set! Michele said, “I love this fabric, it makes me smile even after a bad day. Looking in the local shops for it. I’m thinking it would be great for a tote.” Thank you all for your wonderful comments–they have been the source of many giggles and fun for all of us at Clothworks. Seriously, browse the comments below for a good laugh! Thanks to all and Happy Quilting!
If you’ve happened across a copy of the latest May/June 2011 issue of Quiltmaker and opened to the first page, you might have noticed our ad featuring the hilarious new Muffintops collection by Barb Tourtillotte. Muffintops is in stores now and we are excited to be giving away a lovely shower curtain and towel set…check it out!
Just comment below to let us know what you think about this collection…can you relate? Does it make you giggle? Do you have any muffintop stories to share? Hehehe…let’s keep ’em PG-13 ladies :).
We will draw our winner of the shower curtain and towel set on June 1st, so stay tuned! Until then, check out our free shower curtain pattern here and be sure to see how to attach those cool grommets on our most recent video below.
You can also learn how to make beautiful fabric embellished towels like the ones we are giving away on this video…
A special thanks goes out to our Clothworks sewing goddesses Jean Seamster and Customer Service Queen Kathleen Malarky for demonstrating these techniques for the videos. Thanks gals!!
Thanks for looking and Happy Quilting!
The wonderful thing about being a quilter is that we can make art out of fabric that is not only beautiful, but also useful and provides warmth and comfort. At Clothworks we make a ton of quilts (as you might imagine) and we are happy to announce that they will soon be providing comfort to the children at the Bikou-en orphanage in Japan. As you likely know, there are thousands of people displaced in Japan after the Tsunami and 9.0 earthquake over there and we wanted to help….and so can you!
The Ron and Don Show started “Operation Airlift Japan” where you can donate much needed food, clothing, and supplies and they will be airlifted to the Naval Air Facility Misawa where they will be taken to the orphanage. You can read all about it here as well as a list of supplies that are needed.
If you are in the Seattle area, considered looking through your stash of quilts and donating some or any of the supplies on the list. The deadline to drop off is today, so click here to find a location to drop off at. Here’s a photos of us with our quilts:
If you are not in the Seattle area, we would love for you to leave a comment if people are organizing similar efforts where you live. Thanks for looking, thanks for sharing, and as always Happy Quilting!