In the Press: Delightfully-Designed Quilts by Anita Peluso

modern chain magazine- gen Q

A page from the new edition of Generation Q magazine highlighting quilt design ‘Modern Chain’ by Anita Peluso

Here are a couple of fun quilts featured in some recent editions of quilt magazines by Anita Peluso.  You may remember Anita from the AMB Blog Tour— this talented local quilt designer represented the state of Washington!  If you’re not familiar with Anita’s marvelous work, do check out her blog Bloomin’ Workshop, where she frequently posts about new projects and her inspiration.  Her clean aesthetic combined with her eye for detail really shine through in her work!  Featured in the November/ December 2014 edition of Generation Q Magazine is a modernly pleasing take on a chain quilt, aptly named ‘Modern Chain’.

Gen Q magazine

Ask for the November/December 2014 edition of Generation Q Magazine at your local quilt shop!

‘Modern Chain’ by Anita Peluso has pieces together elements of minimalism and distinctively graphic design.  The use of neutral shades and pops of bright color found in the color pallet of American Made Brand solids by Clothworks work very well together in this gorgeous design!

Modern Chain Gen Q

Look for American Made Brand solid fabrics at your local quilt shop, or purchase the quilt kit from Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop in Woodinville, Washington!


Spotted in the Fall 2014 edition of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly is another stunning Anita Peluso design called Crossed Paths’.  Another chain-pieced quilt pattern, this traditional-meets-modern quilt uses prints from the Vienna Garden collection by Skipping Stones Studio, released by Clothworks.


Picture from ‘Fons & Porters Love of Quilting‘ showing the Crossed Paths quilt by Anita Peluso using Vienna Garden fabrics by Clothworks.

Head over to Fons & Porters Love of Quilting to find out more info on Crossed Paths.  Follow this link to purchase the digital pattern of Crossed Paths, too!


Happy stitching……and a Happy Halloween, too!  Enjoy the weekend and be safe!


Shipping to a ‘LQS’ near you: All My Heart (GIVEAWAY)!

all my heart web screen shot

(Keep reading the full post for the GIVEAWAY below!!)

Halloween might be just 2 days away, but here at Clothworks, we’ve been shipping the Valentines-inspired fabric collection, All My Heart by Iron Orchid Designs.  With a stunning color combo of pink, red, baby blue, cream, and black coloring a lovely print selection of adorable dots, sketched hearts, and typewriters writing sweet love letters, the new release from the dynamic design duo of Iron Orchid Designs is sure to steal your heart!!  Although October’s not quite over yet, and with Christmas on the way, we’re hoping by sending out All My Heart to your favorite LQS (Local Quilt Shop), this will nudge the procrastinators or inspire the early-bird crafty types to make something cute just in time for Valentines Day!  Make sure you click on the ‘Find a Shop’ button as circled in red in the picture above to find a list of shops that are selling these adorable fabrics.

Already feeling drained from a marathon Halloween costume-making session?  Leave it to Clothworks to help inspire you with some fun projects using All My Heart fabrics.  Just check out the selection of independent patterns we’ve chosen that fair well with the prints in this collection.  If you’re interested, be sure to click on each project to find information on where to buy the pattern and how much fabric yardage of All My Heart is required to make it.

Projects featuring Independent Pattern Designs. Scroll to the bottom of the All My Heart fabric collection page on the Clothworks website.


Perhaps the Happy Holidays Table Topper and Natalie’s Napkins by Atkinson Designs would make for a simple project to whip up just in time for Valentines Day using All My Hearts fabric?  These patterns use some fat quarters, so shouldn’t be too hard to make, right?

Did someone say Fat Quarters?!!  Well, you’re in luck, because Clothworks is hosing a giveaway with a sweet prize for one lucky winner!

All my heart fat quarter bundle giveaway

Let’s get the Valentine’s Party started with a chance for one lucky winner to receive this gorgeous fat quarter bundle bursting with All My Heart loveliness!!!

To enter the All My Heart Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway, please abide by the following:

1)  Leave one comment only after this post.  Tell me what your favorite holiday is and what type of sewing projects/ patterns you enjoy making to celebrate!  You can be specific, too!

2)  Post your comment by Monday November 3, 2014  at 11:59PM PST.

3)  This contest is open to folks who have a shipping address in the USA only.

The winner will be selected at random from the comments posted and will be announced here on the Works on Tuesday November 4, 2014.

Best of luck to all!!

Quilt Market: Clothworks Booth bursting with Color!

Clothworks Booth fall market

In case you didn’t have a chance to make it down to Houston, TX this past weekend for the International Quilt Market, here are some pics of the Clothworks Booth.  Our booth was packed with a dazzling array of quilt samples highlighting new and upcoming fabric collection releases!  Seen above are quilts showing the following future releases (from left to right):  Mojito by Skipping Stone Studios, Hummingbird Garden by Sadie, Everything Blue II by Marsha McCloskey, In Your Neighborhood by Jamie Wood , Have a Latte by Dan Dipaolo, Friends in Wild Places by Masha D’yans.

Below is a closer pic showing the last 3 quilt samples:

Clothworks booth 2 fall market

And of course American Made Brand Solid fabrics made an appearance in this cozy, vintage-inspired home display.

AMB booth fall market

Did you know we’ll be introducing 12 additional colors of American Made Brand Solids, available January 2015?  That’s right–Light Olive, Coral, Light Eggplant, Dark Brick, Light Gold, Red, Blue, Light Royal Blue, Dark Sky, Light Emerald, Emerald, Mint will be added to the roster of 50 existing colors in the palette!




Winner Announced: Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!!

Aubrey Fat Quarter giveaway

Many thanks to all who participated in the Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!  From reading all of the wonderful comments, it sounds like there’s quite a mix of tastes among the followers of The Works.  I wish I had enough of Aubrey & Paisley to go around to everyone who commented during the contest as it sounds like there’s many Shabby Chic romantics out there, but alas I have one lovely fat quarter bundle to spare for one lucky winner!

Selected at random, the winner is……

Nancy Eriksen

Congratulations, Nancy!!  I will be contacting you by email to get your shipping address to send you your prize!!  (Please check your junk/ spam folder just in case)

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway and stay posted for more in the future!  Enjoy your weekend and here’s to a productive time in the sewing room in this weekend!


More Houston Quilt Market Sneak Peek!

Pinwheel Jam 1

As you’ve noticed around here at the Works, we’ve been hyping one of our most recent fabric collection releases from this past year, American Made Brand solids!!  Clothworks is excited to offer consumers a fabric that is literally rooted and anchored here in the USA!  At no point in the process,  from cotton fields to finished fabric on bolts ready to ship to your local quilt shop, does the production go off-shore!  Clothworks will be highlighting the American Made Brand solid fabrics at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX set to take place this weekend, October 25th- 27th, 2014.  For those of you who won’t be able to make it to Market, here’s another sneak peek of what will be shown in the Clothworks booth.   Pictured here, made in some gorgeous AMB solids, is a quilt entitled ‘Pinwheel Jam’ designed by Emily Breclaw of The Caffeinated Quilted.

Pinwheel Jam close up 1

You might remember Emily from this summer’s American Made Brand Blog Tour/ Roadtrip.  She represented her state Texas and is quite a talented and prolific quilter!  I’m loving the optical illusions that Emily has created in this quilt design by playing with the various hues and shades offered in the American Made Brand solid collection.  Check out what Emily has to say about her inspiration and process in her blog post about Pinwheel Jam and head over to her site on Craftsy to purchase the pattern for download, too!

Pinwheel Jam Quilting Close Up

Before this quilt was packed away to be taken to display in Houston, I snapped one more pic–up close of the quilting- as it adds another layer of complexity to this vibrant quilt design.  Emily’s beautiful quilt Pinwheel Jam was brought to life by the exquisite quilting of her long-arm quilter, Amy Jameson!

If you’re lucky to attend the International Quilt Festival this weekend in Houston, please stop by the Clothworks booth #244 to admire this lovely quilt and say hi! And while you’re at Quilt Market, be sure to view the juried exhibition of quilts on display in the Farm to Fabric Challenge using American Made Brand solid fabrics!




Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt 2014 Contest: Loads of Prizes!!


Just a reminder, there’s still a bit more time to enter the Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt 2014 Contest!!!  Clothworks is excited to team up with Quiltmaker’s Magazine as a sponsor during the contest.  Click this link to see what kind of loot could be won if you participate.


Both the digital and print issues of the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Quiltmaker’s Magazine will show the Treasure Hunt icons on the ads.  Go to each sponsor’s website, including Clothworks, listed in the ad and search for the Treasure Hunt icon to follow the link to the contest entry page, hosted by Quiltmaker’s.  Participants in the contest may enter multiple times by visiting multiple sponsors, but only one entry is allowed for each person from each sponsor’s contest page.  Even if you’re not a Quiltmaker’s subscriber, you can still participate in the hunt!


Can you find this button on our website? Hint: It’s made somewhere local.

For a full list of rules, head on over to the Quiltmaker’s Treasure Hunt 2014 Contest FAQ to read more details.

Best of luck in your hunt for the treasure!






Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!!

Aubrey Fat Quarter giveaway


Clothworks new release, Aubrey by Skipping Stones Studio, has been shipping to a local quilt shop near you!  Maybe it’s the gorgeous feminine floral bloom prints, the charming polka dots, or the old-fashioned tonal Paisley prints (from the coordinating collection called Paisley, also released by Skipping Stones Studio) that give this line a ‘Shabby Chic’ look! As this fabric flies off the shelf and some of the prints begin to sell out, I was lucky enough to snag some fabric to make a beautiful little bundle for a little giveaway.  Maybe my luck will carry over to one special winner of this contest!

To enter the contest, please abide by the following:

1)  Leave one comment only on this post.  Please tell me your favorite style(s) of fabric print design — are you a Shabby Chic Romantic?  A Modern Girl?  A Retro Lover?  Batik Enthusiast?  Or maybe I left off a category.  I’m dying to know!!

2)  Please only comment if you have a USA shipping address.

3)  Comment by Thursday October 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM, PDT

4)  One fat quarter bundle of Aubrey and Paisley fabrics (as shown above) will be awarded to one contestant chosen at random from the comments.  The lucky winner will be announced here on the Works this Friday October 24, 2014!

Best of Luck to all who participate!

Quilting for a Good Cause- Fun Friday Show & Tell

Seattle Moder Quilt Guild 1

Here’s some Fun Friday Show & Tell for you!  One of the local quilt guilds in our area, The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild (also known as SMQG), a rapidly growing group of young, passionate, energetic folks who boast a membership of 100+ quilters, sent in these pictures the other day showing off these 2 quilts made from Clothworks Everyday Organic Cotton solids.  As you can tell from these gorgeous pictures, their vibrant spirit and fresh energy definitely carry over into their quilting style!  Along with the bright colors of the Everyday Organic Cotton Solids, these quilts exude a whimsical, modern art-inspired attitude full of lots of movement and joy!

Seattle Moder Quilt Guild 2

The guild members of SMQG not only use their industrious creativity to make these one-of-a-kind quilt masterpieces, but they also give back to their community.  In fact, the quilts pictured here are headed to a local charity called Plymouth Housing Group, an organization that helps eliminate homelessness and promote stable living for the less fortunate.  Plymouth Housing Group owns 20 apartment buildings in the area and the quilts will be given to residents to acknowledge the good they are promoting in their own communities.  We’re happy to hear that these quilts will continue to radiate warmth and touch the hearts of those in need in our city!


Fall Quilt Market Sneak Peek!

arcadia street close-up

The weeks before Quilt Market in Houston are always a bit of a blur around here at the Works.  It’s a mad dash to pack up the crate full of all the beautiful samples showing off the latest and greatest collections that Clothworks has to offer.  I managed to snap a few pics of one of our display samples; a truly captivating quilt made from our most recent fabric release, American Made Brand Solids.  Just an aside, this quilt sample induced our entire office staff in a simultaneous chorus of “ooh’s and ah’s” upon making its arrival here in the office.

Our friends at Sassafras Lane, quilt pattern mom & daughter design team Shayla & Kristy, have really upped the ante with this spectacular quilt pattern.  Entitled ‘Arcadia Avenue’, this quilt pattern will be debuting for them at Quilt Market in Houston, TX in a few weeks, too!

part of arcadia street 1

We were too lucky to have them make it in our American Made Brand Solids, as it really shows off the vibrancy of our color range.  I’m loving the two-tone pieced background using the blue and purple!  And don’t you think the changing autumn leaves make it pop, too?!!

back of arcadia ave

The ladies at Sassafras Lane have quite a talented quilter working with them, too.  Juli K not only pieced this beauty; she quilted it, too!!  The back of the quilt could stand on its own, don’tcha think?!!

If you’re headed to Houston, TX for the International Quilt Market October 25- 27, 2014, then you’ll be lucky enough to admire this gorgeous quilt in all of its American Made Brand Solid beauty!  Stop by the Clothworks booth #244, and also say hi to quilt designers, Shayla & Kristy of Sassafras Lane, in their booth, too!

arcadia street quilt 2

Winner Announced: Christmas in Bloom FQ Bundle Giveaway!

Christmas in Bloom Giveaway FQ bundle

Greetings & Happy Friday, fellow followers of The Works!  First of all, thank you all for your participation during this fat quarter bundle giveaway!!  Judging from your comments about your favorite patterns and pattern design companies- it sounds like all of you are seasoned pros in the sewing department!  Kudos to you all!!  Speaking of seasoned…’tis the season to get a head start on those Christmas projects, and lucky for this contest’s winner, they will be receiving this gorgeous fat quarter bundle of designer Cedar West’s Christmas in Bloom, one of the newest holiday-themed collections released by Clothworks!

And now for the announcement!  Chosen at random, the lucky winner of this fat quarter bundle is……

Debbie Rogowski

Congratulations!  I will be contacting you via email for your shipping address, so please check your spam and junk mail folders just in case!  Hooray!

Thank you all and Happy Sewing this weekend!