Inspiring Laurel Burch Dogs and Doggies!


Here’s some inspiration to brighten your day!  One of our talented customers sent in these pictures the other day showing off the fruits of her labor after receiving the new Laurel Burch release by Clothworks called Dogs and Doggies!  Kris Daly, owner, talented quilter, and artist of Kris Quilts and Crafts in Oregon, was so overjoyed after receiving her shipment, she proceeded to spend the next 12 hours working nonstop to produce these beautiful pillows!!

pillow 2


With so many beautiful coordinating prints in the new Laurel Burch release Dogs and Doggies, as well as a plethora of vibrant Laurel Burch basics offered year-round by Clothworks, the possibilities of fabric combinations in these pillows is endless!

Kris has a fantastic way of organizing her fabrics to prepare herself to make her pillows.  See how she’s pre-cut the block print and fabric into strips for sashing and borders in the pic below– all within easy reach to play with and create!

pillow parts

Make an ‘Elegant’ Runner in About an Hour!

wall hanging up close

Our shipper extraordinaire, Debbie, brought in this fun show & tell project made from the newly released Clothworks collection, Elegant Roosters by Dan DiPaolo.  Though not yet completed, Debbie was pleased with how quickly she could construct this pieced runner top……in just about an hour!

Elegant Roosters wallhanging

Clothworks is cross-promoting this runner pattern called Around the Block using the Elegant Roosters block print and coordinating fabrics. Head to this link to view the pattern mock-up kit matrix in these fabrics, and head to Pieced Tree Patterns for info on ordering the pattern.

Happy Sewing!

Winner of the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway!

nautical treasure giveaway

Thanks to  all who participated in the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway here on the Works this week.  From reading the comments, it sounds like most of you have some wonderful local quilt shops from where you draw inspiration and shop for fabric!

I wish I could choose more winners in this giveaway, but I can only choose one lucky winner.  Chosen at random from the comments, the lucky winner is…….


Congratulations, Amy!  You’ll be contacted through email for your mailing address so we can ship your prize shown below–  4 ample-sized fabric pieces from Nautical Treasure!

nautical treasure swatches





Craft Project Organization Tips from Penguin & Fish

Alyssa Thomas, designer & owner of Penguin & Fish, shows off her valuable organization tips!

Alyssa Thomas, designer & owner of Penguin & Fish, shows off her valuable organization tips!

Happy First Day of Autumn to you!  With the cooler weather on the way, the seasonal transition signals a time to come back inside from fun-in-the-sun Summer and spend more time indoors working on craft projects.  For most of you, those projects may have been sitting in a messy pile, collecting dust for the past few months while you’ve enjoyed the warm weather & sunshine.  Clothworks fabric designer, Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish, offers up some amazing organizational tips that will help motivate you to get back into your creative zone.  Head over to her blog to read the post here!


Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway!

nautical treasure giveaway

Ships Ahoy!  Nautical Treasure, newest Clothworks fabric collection by designer Ellen Crimi-Trent, has set sail for a local quilt shop near you.  It’s about time for another FABRIC GIVEAWAY here on the Works!

Up for grabs are 4 ample-sized fabric pieces shown here from this sweet collection!

nautical treasure swatches

Here’s how to participate in the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway Contest here on the Works:

  1. Leave a comment after this post using the ‘where-to-buy‘ feature on the Clothworks website- list your favorite quilt shop/ fabric stockist and tell us why they win your vote!
  2. Please limit your comment to one per contestant.
  3. This Contest is open to contestants with a mailing address within the 50 states of the USA.
  4. Please comment no later than Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 11:59pm PDT.

One contestant’s comment will be drawn at random as the winner of the Nautical Treasure Fabric Giveaway.  The winner will be announced here on the Works on Friday, September 25th, 2015.  We’ll contact the lucky winner by email for their mailing address, so be sure to submit a valid email address when entering your comment.

Good Luck to all landlubbers, seafarers, and fabric lovers!




Lavender & Gray Set the Tone for a Stunning Quilt!

Lavender & Gray magazine

Clothworks fabric collection Lavender Gray, released this past spring, is featured in this quilt designed by our quilter friend & local WA state girl, Anita Peluso, entitled Lavender & Gray.  Trendy neutral color Gray softens when paired with feminine colors Lavender, Fuchsia, and Pink in the gorgeous Lavender Gray fabric collection.
Lavender & Gray Quilt

Hourglass blocks and diamond patchwork featuring the focus prints in the Lavender Gray fabric collection create an elegant, pleasing-to-the-eye design in Anita’s Lavender & Gray quilt.  Look for the Lavender & Gray quilt in the September 2015 edition of American Quilter Magazine.

AQ magazine




Patriotic Inspiration with Clothworks Basics Lines!

Wind Chimes Quilt

Seen in the Summer 2015 edition of Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine is this Red-White-and-Blue beauty of a quilt called Wind Chimes!  Designed by Bev Getschel, this patriotic-looking quilt combines Clothworks basics such as the solids from American Made Brands and the tonals from the Impressions Moire line.  Designer Marsha McCloskey‘s Everything Blue II fabric is highlighted in the large blue crosses in this quilt design, too!

Wind Chimes in mag

Head to this link to subscribe to Modern Quilts Unlimited and be sure to check out all of the various basics that Clothworks carries.  There are a plethora of basic fabrics to set the tone for your next quilting project and to fulfill all of your creative pursuits:  from batiks to American Made Brand solids to tonal Impressions blenders to Laurel Burch basics!


Lady Bug Blooms featured in American Patchwork & Quilting

Sunset Strip color patch

Spotted in the October 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is this quilt shown here featuring the adorable Clothworks collection, Lady Bug Blooms.  For more info on this quilt pattern, called Poppy Path, head to this link.  Lady Bug Blooms is the successful debut fabric collection by designer Anne Bollman.  Be sure to stock up on this fabric at your local quilt shop before it flies away! 🙂


Show & Tell: Craft Day Fun with Clothworks fabrics!

Camper Applique

I just had to share this fun show & tell piece with you today.  Debbie, Shipper Extraordinaire here at Clothworks, had some fun putting together this applique piece during a recent crafternoon session.  The name of the pink daisy dot fabric escapes me, but I do recall that being an older Clothworks release that Debbie dug out of her stash.  I adore how she used this print in her camper applique, as well as the other shades of pink fabrics.  They lend a ‘girly’ look to this scene.  The batiks from Clothworks Mineral Batiks line work perfectly as background prints for the sky and grassy ground- giving a textured feeling.

The Fresh Batik Mineral Batik fabrics are one of the many collections that Clothworks carries in their Basic range of fabrics.  Below are just a few colors showing off the assortment of rich colors and lovely watercolor textures in these soft-handed batik tonals!  Be sure to visit your local quilt shop to check them out!

FB Minerals

And if you’re curious about that cute Camper applique design, Debbie followed a block from Amy Bradley DesignsCampers Quilt Pattern‘.


I’m anxious to see what she continues to make in this selection of camper applique designs.  After seeing how her first block turned out, it sounds as if Debbie has inspired her daughter to create her own version, too!  Hope we’ve lent some inspiration to your day, too!

Happy Sewing!


Feathered Star Quilting Techniques by Marsha McCloskey


Looking to challenge yourself with a new quilting technique this autumn?  Ever wanted to learn how to piece a Feathered Star block, but might have been too intimidated to attempt it?  Look no further, as Marsha McCloskey, ‘Feathered Star Aficionado’ and Clothworks designer, has teamed up with the online learning site, Craft U, to teach a class on her expert techniques in piecing the gorgeously complex Feathered Star block.

If you’re not familiar with the Craft U website, it’s a site where you can sign up and attend online courses and web seminars taught by expert instructors in various craft fields:  quilting, sewing, needlework, and knitting, are just some to name a few.  Craft U fits in perfectly for folks with hectic schedules, as upon sign-up & payment of your course, you can have access to your class at anytime via computer, tablet, or smartphone, and learn at your own pace!

In Marsha’s Feathered Star Quilting Techniques on Craft U, she’ll share her valuable quilting knowledge, as well as the following:

  • Learn how to accomplish the intricate piecing of the Feathered Star quilt block
  • Learn how to draft your own patterns, and how to make size & design adjustments to them
  • Learn precision and accuracy with your piecing and cutting
  • Learn how to perfect your machine piecing

Head to this link for more details about the Feathered Star Quilting Techniques class by Marsha McCloskey.

And if you’re looking for Marsha’s fabric, head to Clothworks to stock up on current and future releases by her.  Marsha’s fabric designs offer a traditional approach well suited for her ornate Feathered Star block designs.  Be sure to stock up on her Everything Blue II, the encore collection to the extremely popular & out-of-print Everything Blue, before it disappears!

Keep update on all of the Feathered Star news at Marsha’s website , too!

Happy Sewing!