Inspiring Gift Idea: The New Peg Conley Book!


Just last week at Clothworks we had the pleasure of hosting a luncheon in honor of watercolorist & fabric designer Peg Conley’s visit to our office.  If you’re not familiar with Peg, just one look at her gorgeous watercolor floral fabric designs in delightfully bright & vivid colors will paint an equally descriptive portrait of her radiant personality!  Her love of nature translates into abstract designs on fabric, bursting in cheery colors, and can be found in past Clothworks collections such as Nature’s Glory, Cultivate Your Joy, and the soon-to-be-released Berries & Blossom.   Behind the joyful artwork of Peg Conley is an equally confident and positive personality.  In fact, Peg has taken all of her wisdom & inspiration & written a book– to help everyone imagine and realize their dreams!

Peg Conley Book

Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live, Then Live It! by Peg Conley has even been picked up by Checker Distributor!!  The holidays are here and wouldn’t this make a perfect gift for someone dear to you?

And in case you missed the Black Friday frenzy, support your local small businesses, such as your LQS (Local Quilt Shop), tomorrow Saturday November 29th for Small Business Saturday!

Critter Patch decks out the Thanksgiving Table!


Critter Patch Holiday Place Holders picture taken from the website of Penguin & Fish by designer Alyssa Thomas.

Turkey in oven…..check ✔

Potatoes mashed and chilling in the fridge…..check ✔

Pies are baked and resting on the buffet…..check ✔

Silverware polished…..check ✔

Tablecloth washed, pressed, and on the table…..check ✔

Extra chairs set around the table…..check ✔

Just when you think you’re fully prepared for Thanksgiving Dinner, something seems to be amiss.  Did you forget the placeholders?!!  Heaven forbid you sit Aunt Ethel next to daughter Judy’s new boyfriend from university without a proper introduction!!  Have no worries!  Thanks to talented designer, Alyssa Thomas, we’ve got you covered for that!  Head to Alyssa’s website, Penguin & Fish, where you’ll find some adorably-illustrated placeholders (at this link) to festoon your Thanksgiving table!  Not only are these whimsical creatures the same sweet ones found in the Critter Patch fabric collection that Alyssa also designed for Clothworks, but they are seasonally-appropriate (squirrels, acorns, and autumn leaves in hip harvest hues!).  But did I mention they’re FREE??!!!  Head to this link and Happy Thanksgiving!

Dog Park Fabric Giveaway: Winner Announced!


Dog park fabric

Thanks to all who participated in this short mini-giveaway!  After reading all of the comments, you all sound like a very charitable, giving group!!  Kudos to you for your warm hearts and kindness!

Now on to the winner announcement!

Selected at random from all the comments is…..


Congratulations, Veronika!  I’ll be contacting you in a separate email for your shipping information so I can mail your fabric to you as soon as possible! (Check your spam mail just in case)

Thanks to all who left comments and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Jason!

Toni and her sonHere’s to another very special veteran, as we honor them for their service with a Quilt of Valor made from love by Clothworks and friends!  Pictured above, at left, is the magnificent Toni B., Quilting Queen and Sample Room Extraordinaire here at the Works.  She is presenting the 2nd and final quilt made from blocks constructed during the Everything Blue Block Hop to her son, Jason, pictured at the right.  Jason most recently completed 12 years with the military, serving in the following countries:  Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  We’re not permitted to disclose Jason’s job description as it is labeled classified, but his mother speaks highly of his brilliant mind!  From Toni’s description, it’s quite natural for Jason to carry on a heavy conversation about chemistry, physics, and all sorts of science-related stuff!  I don’t know about you, but most of those subjects are way over my head– so I’m in total awe!!  Jason, we salute you for your all of your hard work and commitment to serving the USA!!  Thank you and we hope you enjoy the quilt!!

And…. a big thanks to all the folks who had a hand in making these quilts made from designer Marsha McCloskey’s gorgeous line, Everything Blue!  Everything Blue was such a popular line of fabric, Marsha has designed a follow-up collection called Everything Blue II.   Keep your eyes peeled for this fabric collection to pop up at a local quilt shop.  Many, many thanks to Toni B., along with retired Clothworks employee Bonnie, for all of their countless hours and hard work in designing the layout and piecing all of the block hop blocks together- with sashing, cornerstones, and borders- for both quilts! Also–much thanks to Loretta Orsborn for her fabulous quilting!

With all that being said….Happy Thanksgiving to all of our fabulous followers of The Works!  We wish you safe travels and a wonderful time with family & friends!

‘Best Friends’ is worth Giving Thanks! (with a Giveaway, too)

easy quilts cover winter 2014

Featured now in the Winter 2014 edition of Easy Quilts magazine by Fons & Porter is a quilt that will really appeal to the animal lover in you!  Made using fabrics from one of Clothworks’ most recent releases, Dog Park by studio.k, is the ‘Best Friends’ quilt by Nancy Lacey.

best friends pg 16

With a finished size of 46 1/4″ x 59″, the ‘Best Friends’ quilt will make the perfect quilt for curling up on the couch with your favorite lap dog friend!  Head to Fons & Porter’s link to purchase this issue of Easy Quilts magazine (available also in digital download for purchase), and let the step-by-step instructions with illustrations guide you to construct this adorable quilt.

Best Friends quilt

Comprised of a center star surrounded by 8 Friendship Star blocks, it’s no wonder this quilt has earned its name as ‘Best Friends’.  Designer Nancy Lacey highlights the tossed canine prints from the Dog Park collection by Clothworks with her use of fussy-cutting in the pieced blocks.  Not only does Nancy Lacey contribute quilts for magazines like this one, but she also works for Quilts for Kids Inc., a charitable organization that helps connect quilts for kids in need.  Check out the link to the Quilts for Kids organization to find out more information on how to volunteer and help out in this wonderful charity.  Or, better yet….you could make this quilt here to donate to Quilts for Kids, since the ‘Best Friends’ quilt pattern meets the requirements for donations and QFK approved!

So, now, about that giveaway, eh?

Since we’re approaching the season of giving, I’ve got a few substantially-sized pieces of fabrics from the Dog Park collection (as pictured below) I’d like to giveaway to one lucky blog post reader as a big THANKS for following us here at the Works!!  Perhaps the lucky winner will be inspired to use this fabric to make a quilt for a charity or a gift for your favorite furry friend.  The Gift of Giving keeps on giving, right?!!

Dog park fabric

To enter  the Dog Park Fabric giveaway:

1)  Leave only one comment on this blog post.  Please tell me what types of charities you support, and if so, do you make quilts or other donations to those charities.

2)  This giveaway is open to folks who have a USA shipping address only.

3)  Please leave your comment by Monday November 24th, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

I will draw one comment at random to select the lucky winner and will contact them by email for their shipping address.  The winner will be announced here on the Works on Tuesday November 25th, 2014.  I’d love to ship your prize out before the holiday!

Best of luck to all who participate! 🙂


Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Michael!


It might be a week after Veteran’s Day, but it’s never too late to salute and honor the veterans in our lives.  You may remember from last year, the crew here at Clothworks working on a few quilt projects constructed from Marsha McCloskey’s Everything Blue collection.  Most of us in the office and a few talented bloggers we know, contributed enough quilt blocks during the Everything Blue Block Hop that were transformed into 2 large quilts.  The Red, White, & Blue color scheme of these quilts took on a patriotic mood, and it was only appropriate to donate them to a veteran.  Since there are a few members of the Clothworks team that have a special veteran in their lives, we couldn’t look any further from them.

Pictured above from left to right is our lovely Susan (who works in Customer Service/ Order Entry at Clothworks), her husband Michael (Vietnam Veteran), and Ted (CEO of Clothworks).  We presented 1 of the 2 Quilts of Valor we made to Michael.  Michael served as a Medical/Dental Specialist at Camp Kue Army Hospital in Okinawa from 1970-1973.  We salute Michael and hope this quilt will serve as a reminder of our appreciation for his service!

Stay tuned soon in a separate post as we salute another special veteran with the other Quilts of Valor Quilt we completed.

Hummingbird Garden Revels in Last Dance Quilt

The Last Dance Quilt- Full picLast Dance’, a new quilt pattern by the talented design team, Joined at the Hip, has been hanging in our foyer and I can’t seem to take my eyes off it!  Spotlighting the future Clothworks fabric release called Hummingbird Garden, designed by Avis of Joined at the Hip under her design house, Sadie, the gorgeous colors are reminiscent of the fall foliage and crisp blue skies currently decking out the fall season here in Seattle.

The Last Dance- Block Close-Up

In fact, the fan blocks (made from curved piecing templates) pieced with the muted colors of Hummingbird Garden mixed with bright solids, may even suggest another type of bird.  Perhaps my stomach is overpowering my brain and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I see turkey!!

The Last Dance- Close up of Quilting

Not only is the piecing precise, the colors & patterns are nice, but the detailed quilting highlighting the fan design is spectacular!

Head to this link on Joined at the Hip’s site to purchase the Last Dance quilt pattern.  And stay posted for a quilt shop near you to carry Hummingbird Garden due out in early 2015.



Colorful ‘Carnival Quilt’ in AMB solids


Our friend, Melissa of Lilac Lane Patterns, sent me this dazzling pic of a quilt she made using American Made Brand solid fabrics by Clothworks!  You may remember Melissa from our AMB Blog Tour this past summer when we stopped in her beautiful state of Kansas.  Not only is she extremely talented & artistically gifted, but she shares her passion for sewing & creating with her daughters who are budding sewing-enthusiasts-in-the-making!  In fact, those girls already have a quilt or two and a few clothing projects under their belts!

Originally intended as a quilt to enter into the Farm to Fabric Challenge, this stunning quilt was just a bit too small in size.  That’s ok though.  Knowing Melissa, she plans to write it up as a pattern/ download & post it on her blog at Lilac Lane.  Melissa calls this quilted masterpiece, ‘Carnival Quilt‘, and I can see why!  The mix of punchy colors & soft pastel hues recall the jazzy neon lights on the carnival rides and the yummy cotton candy & ice cream sweets found at the fair.  But it’s the piecing that creates movement as the colors collide and send my eyes jumping all over the quilt like a highly energetic child on a sugar rush in a bounce house!  Can you smell the funnel cakes, yet?  Head on over to Melissa’s site, Lilac Lane and keep your eyes peeled for this festive quilt!

And speaking of American Made Brand Solids… we are excited to announce that 12 additional colors will be added to the assortment for January 2015 delivery!

Light Olive, Coral, Light Eggplant, Dark Brick, Light Gold, Red, Blue, Light Royal Blue, Dark Sky, Light Emerald, Emerald, and Mint!


AMB Solids found in the Newest 100 Blocks by Quiltmaker’s

Quilt Maker's

Volume 10 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is hitting the news stands now.  Not only is American Made Brand solids featured in one of the blocks, but Clothworks’ very own Bonnie designed this stunning geometric-inspired block!  And it made the front cover!!

If you’ve been following us here on The Works, you may remember the talented & methodical, Bonnie, resident Clothworks ‘Pattern Queen’ and recently retired Clothworks employee.  Retirement is treating Bonnie well, and besides designing challenging quilt blocks, she’s been busy tending to her ‘jungle’ as she affectionately calls her garden and working on a quilt from The Row by Row Experience.

A trip to the local library to check out the ‘bible’ of quilt block patterns, ‘The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns’ by Jinny Beyer, inspired Bonnie to create her block design, ‘Four O’Clock Blossom’.  Jinny Beyer’s newest book has 4,050 block patterns in it (did we mention it weighs nearly 5 lbs??).  Bonnie knew it would be a challenge to ‘reinvent the wheel’ when it comes to coming up with an original quilt block, but I think her contribution to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks is a slam dunk!  Bonnie was inspired by the 3D effects of many of the quilt block patterns in this book and wanted to create a unique block pattern that would be fairly simple for the experienced quilter to piece.  The American Made Brand Solids by Clothworks read well in this pattern and highlight the 3D effect of the design.

Bonnie's Block

Head on over to Quiltmaker’s site to find out where to purchase Volume 10 or past editions of 100 Blocks, too!

And Happy Sewing!! 🙂


Embracing Inspiration: It’s found in the Bag!

Bag Collage

I wish I could take credit for putting together this adorable bag sample as pictured here!  Cindy from Kingston Quilt Shop, a local quilt shop in the area, put her ‘sewing goddess’ skills to good use and created this gorgeous sample made from the newest Laurel Burch release, Embracing Horses by Clothworks.  Her thoughtful pairing of fabrics- the teal batik from Clothworks Fresh Batik Minerals collection combined with the prints from Embracing Horses, really are quite stunning!  The horses almost take on a ‘camouflage’ look if you blur your eyes a little.

Cindy used the Sweet Pea Everday Totebag pattern by Kati Cupcake Patterns to create her sample version.

sweet pea everyday bag

This sweet little pattern transcends into something chic when it’s made up in a sophisticated fabric such as the jewel-toned teal colorway of Laurel Burch’s Embracing Horses!  And the details really make it!!  Just take a look at the close-up pic below.  Cindy is quite proud of the fabric covered button so cleverly fussy-cut to show the horse’s cute face:

embracing horses- detail pic

Well done, Cindy!!  Every bit of this bag sample is beautiful, right down to the stitching!  After admiring your gorgeous work, I’m inspired to create!

What about you?  Have you seen any samples lately in your LQS (local quilt shop) that have moved you to create?  We’d love to know!

Or maybe you’re a local quilt shop that has some fun show and tell to share with us!  Send your pics to stephanie at clothworks dot com!