Learn to Sew with Designer Leslie Mark

Leslie mark Sewing Collage

Learn to Sew with Leslie Mark: follow a simple pattern using fabrics that make your heart sing to create something beautiful!

“I’m afraid I’ll sew my fingers together”…..”I don’t have the space”…..”I don’t have the time”…..”I don’t even know how to put thread in it”…..”I don’t even know where to start.”  Do these excuses sound familiar to some of you?  Do you have a sewing machine packed away in its box, accumulating dust…or better yet, serving as a side table?  If you need a little nudge to get you started on a sewing project, Clothworks designer Leslie Mark, has come up with a wonderful post on her blog to help steer you in the right direction to let the stitching begin!  Follow the link here and read how Leslie disproves all of those excuses that keep holding you back from beginning your very first sewing project!

Leslie, a talented surface designer, tells her own story of how she had gone through a creative rut and needed a little inspiration to get her back in the groove.  Having learned how to sew when she was younger, she decided to work on a simple project as a creative outlet.  She visited some of her local quilt shops for fabric and in turn fell in love with the beautiful prints designed by some of the modern textile artists.  Seeing how the gorgeous fabric designs ‘spoke’ to Leslie inspired her to go on to design her own lines of fabric!  Clothworks couldn’t be more thrilled to have Leslie’s vibrant and beautiful prints gracing our fabric!!

In fact, check out the lovely dress that Leslie made for her niece, using fabrics from two of her Clothwork’s releases:  Unity and Stonewall Bloom.  (I think I need to wipe the drool off my face, this is soooooooooooo adorable!!!!!)

Stonewall Bloom & Unity fabrics work very well together in this simple pattern by Butterick.

Stonewall Bloom & Unity fabrics work very well together with this lace trim in this simple pattern by Butterick.

Head over to Leslie’s ‘Learn to Sew’ blog post for some gentle encouragement to help you start sewing again!  She’s even created a pinterest board full of simple, ez-sew, adorable project ideas for inspiration.  And there’s a youtube video on how to thread your sewing machine on Leslie’s blog, too!  Happy Sewing! 🙂

Up for a Challenge? Try the Feathered Star Medallion

Picture from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Mar/April 2015 edition.

Picture from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Mar/April 2015 edition.

Calling all advanced quilters!  Are you looking for a new project to try your hand at that will produce a stunning quilt?  Look no further, we’ve found an exquisite quilt called the Feathered Star Medallion’ by designer Marsha McCloskey.  Spotted in the March/April 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, is this quilt with intricate piecing made from Marsha’s very own collection of Clothworks fabric- Everything Blue!  Although we’ve sold out of Everything Blue, due to the popularity of the line, Clothworks released Everything Blue II, which can easily be mixed and interchanged with Everything Blue.  Marsha is known for her gorgeous traditional floral prints, as well as her complex feathered star quilt pattern designs.  Follow the tips & instructions in Love of Quilting to create this amazing quilt!  Head to your favorite retailer that carries Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting or follow this link to their website for more details.  Use the store locator on the Clothworks website to find a LQS that carries Everything Blue II!  Happy Stitching! 🙂

Last Day of Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt- Day 9


We’ve made it through the Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt!   Hope you’ve enjoyed every last drop of the blog hop!! It has been a real joy visiting all of the talented bloggers on the hop and seeing what they brewed up using Have a Latte fabric by Clothworks.  I hope you’ve gathered as much inspiration as I have.  A big thanks to Mdm Samm from Sew We Quilt for coordinating this wonderful hop with Have a Latte fabric!  Another big thanks to Joan at Moosestash Quilting for being the cheerleader!  You’ve all been brimming with brilliance!

And now for the last installment of the Have a Latte Blog Hop:

 LAST DAY– DAY 9 – April 23, 2015

In case you missed the hop, or would like to see a list of who participated each day- head over to the Have a Latte Blog Hop schedule.

Winners Announced-Tree of Life Giveaway+Have a Latte Blog Hop Day 8

Tree of Life Fabric Giveaway

Thanks to all who participated in the Tree of Life Fabric Giveaway! Kudos to you for using the shop finder feature on the Clothworks website to find a LQS (local quilt shop) near you that carries the gorgeous fabric collection- Tree of Life by Sue Zipkin.

And without further ado, let me announce the 2 winners of the Tree of Life Giveaway!  Each winner will receive one of the following fabric packs shown in the pic below– either the ‘Warm Color Combo of Tree of Life fabric coordinates‘ or the ‘Cool Color Combo of Tree of Life fabric coordinates.’

giveaway fabrics

***Please note, all fabric remnants are sized differently**

And the winners are:

1) Carol Stansberry Margerum

2) Dee

I’ll be sending an email to each of the winners asking for their ship-to address- so be on the lookout in case it ends up in your spam folder.

Have a Latte Block Hop by Sew We Quilt

 Just a few more days to go until the end of the Have a Latte Block Hop.  Hopefully all of this coffee-inflected creativity from these talented bloggers will perhaps fuel you in your sewing pursuits.  Here’s to another round of Have a Latte  fun!

Day 8- April 22th, 2015:


AMB Quilt-Along & Have a Latte Blog Hop Day 7

hillside houses

‘Hillside Houses’ quilt pattern designed by Cristina Tepsick of Pretty Little Quilts


Save the date– May 1, 2015– to follow the Hillside Houses Quilt-Along by Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts.  Cristina will be hosting a Quilt-Along for this new pattern she designed, called Hillside Houses, on her Instagram page.  She has divided the quilt into 12 blocks and will be posting free instructions for 2 blocks per week.  Finished quilt size is a 60″ x 75″, and as you can tell by her design above, Cristina has favored using American Made Brand solids in her design.

AMB Booth 1

Inspired by this pic of the AMB booth taken during last spring’s quilt market, Cristina was ecstatic to use homegrown cottons in her newest quilt pattern.  Head over to her blog, Pretty Little Quilts, to read about fabric requirements needed for the Hillside Houses quilt pattern.  You can participate and follow the Hillside Houses Quilt-Along on Instagram using this hashtag #HillsideHousesQAL.  If you’re not IG-savvy, don’t worry, Cristina will also be posting pdf instructions for download of the Quilt-Along on her blog, too.  But maybe Cristina’s lure of an AMB bundle giveaway on April 25th @prettylittlequilts on Instagram will be enough for you to become a follower!


Now on to DAY 7 of the Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt!   Check out another fab day of crafty coffee fun using Have a Latte fabric.  Can’t wait to see what today’s bloggers have created.

 Have a Latte Blog Hop schedule

DAY 7 – April 21, 2015

Sweet Tweets Quilt & Have a Latte Blog Hop Day 6

Spotted in the most recent magazine release of Quiltmaker May/June 2015 Edition, is this darling baby-sized quilt made from Clothworks fabric- Sweet Tweets organic cotton by Penguin & Fish and solid American Made Brand quilting cotton.  Kites in Flight designed by Belinda Karls-Nace of Blue Ribbon Designs plays with movement and color in this gender-neutral crib-sized quilt.  And with plenty of Sweet Tweets fabric still left in stock, there’s nothing holding you back from making this quilt!!



Welcome back to one more week of the Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt!   Hope you’ve enjoyed visiting each blog and taking in a freshly brewed cup of  Have a Latte craftiness!

Happy Monday!  Check out today’s talented bloggers!

 Have a Latte Blog Hop schedule

DAY 6 – April 20, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt- Day 5


We’ve made it through the first week of the Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt!   As I’ve followed along, hopping from blog to blog, the craftiness of each quilter & sewist has amazed me!  It’s been so inspiring to see what each blogger has made using Have a Latte fabric by Clothworks– all creations running the gamut from lovely to clever to functional!  Im*press*ive!! (d’ya like my coffee reference to French Press?)

Have a Happy Friday and …Have a Latte (you’ve earned it!)

 Have a Latte Blog Hop schedule

DAY 5 – April 17, 2015

Please note–the Have a Latte Blog Hop will be taking a (coffee)break this weekend.  Check back on Monday April 20th to see what the next round of blog hoppers have cooked up!

And don’t forget….there’s still time to participate in the Tree Of Life Fabric Giveaway right here on the Works.  Read the rules for the giveaway and leave your comments over at this blog post.  Good luck!

Tree of Life Fabric Giveaway

Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt- Day 4


Moving right along in the Have a Latte Blog Hop by Sew We Quilt to Day 4.  Below is today’s list of bloggers showing off their ‘caffeine-inspired’ creations using fabric from the recent Clothworks fabric release, Have a Latte by Dan DiPaolo.  I don’t know about you, but it’s really been fun following all of these crafty folks!!

 Have a Latte Blog Hop schedule

DAY 4 – April 16, 2015

Fabric Giveaway-Tree of Life + Day 3 Have a Latte Blog Hop

Tree of Life Fabric GiveawayOne of the newest Clothworks collections shipping to a LQS (local quilt shop) near you is the brilliant and beautiful- Tree of Life by Sue Zipkin.  Anyone who is a fan of Sue’s gorgeous artwork, loves vibrant color, and also loves peacocks, is sure to fall head over heels for this fabric collection.  It’s really stunning in person, and I’m afraid my picture above does not do it any justice.  Below is a collage featuring the focus prints and the main block print in this collection.  Sue’s whimsical illustrations of flowers, peacocks, owls, birdies, and butterflies paired with precious ethnic-tinged coordinates are executed so beautifully in this fabric. It’s no wonder this is a best seller for us!

Tree of Life CollageAs the saying goes, ‘Enjoy the Little Things,’ on the Tree of Life block print– it’s high time we host a Fabric Giveaway on the Works– with fabric prizes to enjoy!

Here’s how to enter the TREE OF LIFE FABRIC GIVEAWAY

1)  Using the Find A Shop store look-up feature on the Clothworks website, in the comment space after this post, please list 3 shops that you found which carry the Tree Of Life Fabric line.

2)  Limit one comment per contestant, please.

3)  Post your comment no later than Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time.

I will draw at random 2 lucky winners from the comments on this post.  Each winner will win either Tree of Life Coordinate fabric remnants in the Warm color combo, or the Tree of Life Coordinate fabric remnants in the Cool color combo (as shown in the pic below).

giveaway fabrics**Please note, fabric remnants are at various sizes.

Winners will be announced here on the Works on Thursday, April 23, 2015– please make sure to fill out your email when you submit your comment after this post so I can contact you.

Best of Luck!  And remember, ‘enjoy the little things’ !

Have a Latte Block Hop by Sew We Quilt

View the creations that continue to percolate with talent & ingenuity using Have a Latte fabric by Dan DiPaolo on today’s blogs.

Day 3- April 15th, 2015:

Just Let Me Quilt

Life in the Scrapatch

Grandmama’s Stories

Wow I Like That


Tiny Quilt Challenge & Have a Latte Blog Hop- Day 2


Time to get the creative juices flowing!  Clothworks, and its division American Made Brand, are excited to announce a new contest.  We are seeking entries into the Tiny Quilt Challenge, a juried quilt challenge using American Made Brand solids– the collection of 100% made in the USA woven quilting cottons.  Last year we presented the Farm to Fabric Challenge– with the winning quilts of this juried contest exhibited at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX this past autumn.  To view the winners of last year’s challenge, follow this link.

For this year’s quilt challenge using AMB solid fabrics, it’s time to scale down and think small– hence the Tiny Quilt Challenge!  Here are some of the criteria for contest entry:

  • Quilts must be no larger than 15″ x 15″ and have a 4″ hanging sleeve attached
  • Quilts must use American Made Brand solid fabric–  choose from 62 colors in the assortment
  • Quilts may use any technique-  piecing, applique, embroidery, photo transfer, manipulated fabric, etc.
  • Open to residents of the USA and Canada
  • You may enter multiple quilt designs.
  • Registration for Quilt submissions starts May 15th, 2015 and goes through September 15th, 2015.  Click here for the registration form.

For more details on the Tiny Quilt Challenge, head to this link.

Winners to be notified October 1, 2015.  Quilts to be presented at the Road to California 2016.  Many fantastic prizes will be awarded to top entries in a few different categories of the Tiny Quilt Challenge, but the Grand Prize is a trip to warm & sunny California in January 2016 to see the Road to California Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibition!  Best wishes to all of you creative folks out there!  This is surely an exciting challenge to show off your quilting talents….in ‘fun-size’!


And now for Day 2 of the the Have a Latte Blog Tour by Sew We Quilt

Click on the blog links below to see what lovely concoctions have been crafted using Have A Latte fabric by Clothworks:

April 14, 2015- Day 2 of Have a Latte Blog Hop:

How Art You?

Stitchin By The Lake

Selina Quilts

Beads and Birds