See you at the AMB Booth #237 At Quilt Festival!

AMB Festival

The International Quilt Market for Fall 2015 has come and gone over the weekend… it’s time to let the fun begin– at Quilt Festival!  This year, I’ll be headed down to Houston, TX to spend nearly 5 days representing our beautiful American Made Brand Fabric, a division of Clothworks.  Stop by the AMB Solid Booth #237 to say hi and see what kind of fun treasures we’ve got to show off in AMB Solids….including this lovely quilt here:

Empire Place upclose Quilt

Shown here is just a portion of the Empire Place Quilt, a new block of the month quilt which made its debut at International Quilt Market this year.  Designed by the extremely talented quilt geniuses of Sassafras Lane Designs , this stunning jewel of a quilt SHINES in American Made Brand solid fabric!  We are so lucky to have this quilt hanging in the booth this year.  So be sure to stop by Booth #237 at Quilt Festival to see it up close, along with all of the other lovely AMB samples!

Visit Clothworks at Houston Quilt Market!


International Quilt Market in Houston, TX kicks off tomorrow- Saturday, October 24th, 2015 through Monday, October 26th, 2015.  The Clothworks team has landed and prepared this gorgeous booth (#237) showcasing the brilliant American Made Brand solid fabrics in all of their colorful glory!

For those who have special access to Quilt Market this weekend, stop by booths #234 & #237 to say hi to the Clothworks team!  We’ll also be debuting new collections from new designers and much, much more!


The fabric fun does not end!  After Quilt Market, Clothworks will continue to showcase the beautiful American Made Brand fabrics in booth #237 at International Quilt Festival in Houston from Wednesday October 28th, 2015- through Sunday November 1st, 2015.  Stop by and say hi, as I’ll be one of the lucky Clothworks team members working the booth at Festival!

In The Press: EZ Holiday Craft Idea featuring Clothworks!

towel snippet overlay

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, but I had to post about this Holiday craft feature spotted in the December 2015 American Patchwork Magazine edition.  Once you’ve taken care of putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume, you can keep the sewing machine charged and ready to stitch away to create some FESTIVE HOLIDAY TOWELS! Clothworks very own Kathleen, retired Customer Service extraordinaire, designed these versatile bath towels with fabric banding.  Read more about the clever techniques she uses to apply the fabric bands on to colorful terrycloth towels to personalize them for the holiday season!

American Patchwork Quilting

The December 2015 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting is on news stands now!  So head to your local quilt shop or favorite fabric & sewing store to pick up a copy to fuel your sewing inspiration into the holiday season!

Bath towel and wash cloth 1

These personalized towels and tea cloths with their festive novelty fabrics are a signature gift item that Kathleen always includes in her beautifully curated gift bags.  I am lucky to own several that I use around the house which always remind me of her lovely handmade attention to detail. Her pairing of fabric by Clothworks designer Dan DiPaolo from the Santa’s on His Way collection with the plush terrycloth in festive Christmas colors shown in these pictures here is definitely helping me embrace the holiday spirit!

hand towels 2

‘Slice’ Quilt, Served up in AMB Solids!

Toni's Slice with AMB

Crisp, clean, and bright are words that come to mind when I lay eyes on the newest quilt project that our talented Toni B., sample room & quilter extraordinaire here at Clothworks, is currently piecing.  The clear colors found in the American Made Brand solid color palette give this quilt a fresh, summery feel– a warm reminder as we descend into chilly Autumn!

AQ quilter Cover

Perhaps the cover quilt found on the September 2015 edition of American Quilter influenced Toni B.’s decision to pursue this project.

Slice pattern

The version of ‘Slice’ by Marjorie Rhine found in American Quilter was sampled using a different line of solids, but I’m partial to Toni B.’s usage of the warm and bright colors she picked from the AMB solid palette for her version.

Toni's color code system

And I’m just loving Toni B.’s clever tip for translating & organizing her color layout- An AMB Solid Color Key!

Toni's slice close-up

Well done, Toni B.!  Thank you for sharing, yet again, another gorgeous project with us!


AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Applique Division


We’ve made it to Day 4, the final day of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  We hope you’ve enjoyed viewing the winning quilts and talented creators who impressed us with their amazing breadth of talent and skills!!  For today’s post, we’re going to honor the winners of the Applique Division.

3rd Place Winner:  Cotton Crop Circles by Linda Hungerford

Inspired by other-worldly visitors? An improvisation-pieced background in various neutral tones presents itself as the perfect backdrop to colorful hand-appliqued circles in various sizes.  Hand-quilting completes this out of this world design!

3rd place applique tiny

2nd Place Winner:  Quilting in the Country by Naida Koraly

Inspired by a favorite quilt shop in Montana, Naida challenged herself to scale down her typical oversized quilting works of art to tiny size.  Here’s her interpretation of the quilt shop hosting a quilt show, displaying quilts on the exterior of the building, set in the idyllic mountain countryside!  Raw-edge applique and free-motion quilting turn this masterpiece into a tiny quilt work of art!

2nd place applique tiny

1st Place Winner:  Heaven’s Kiss by Judy Faulkner

Looks are deceiving in the case of this tiny quilt design.  What appears to be a simple, graphic interpretation of a snowflake is sew much more when peering further into this piece of art.  Inspired by the beauty of nature, Judy took to folded paper and scissors to create her very own Snowflake design.  Embellished with curlicues, this gorgeous design is hand-appliqued and complimented by some very detailed, intricate quilting using rayon embroidery thread.

1st place applique tiny

 Bravo! Bravo! This concludes the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge!  Congratulations on your fabulous design work and quilting skills!!  See you at the Road to California show in January!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Quilting Division-CORRECTION


***Please note, there is a correction for the name of the 2nd Place Winning Quilt for the Quilting Division.  It was incorrectly posted in a previous post with the title ‘American Made’.  The correct title of 2nd Place Quilting Winner Marla Varner’s beautiful quilt is called Calder Inspired.  Scroll down to see the correct title and description!

It’s Day 3 of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  Today we’ll be honoring the winners of the Quilting Division.  Not only do these tiny quilt pieces exhibit superb quilting design, the pieced designs are equally exquisite!

3rd Place Winner:  Float by Allison Dutton

Modern and graphic, paper-pieced striped feathers float through a breezy background texture created by stunning machine quilting design!

3rd place quilting division

2nd Place Winner:  Calder Inspired by Marla Varner

Inspiration taken from the paintings and sculptures of modern artist Alexander Calder led to this experimental design. Improvisational piecing, free hand cutting techniques, hand applique, and playing with primary colors create a work of art in tiny quilt form.  Impressive hand quilting completes this unique design!

2nd place quilting division

1st Place Winner & GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  Arrow Star by Marla Whalen

A tiny-sized adaptation on a Feathered Star block.  Drafted in Electric Quilt, this Feathered Star block is further complimented by a striking color combination and loads of immaculate machine quilting design.  Well worth the challenge, Marla’s tiny quilt design convinced us to award her the Grand Prize for the Tiny Quilt Challenge! Bravo! We look forward to sending her to see her beautiful piece at the exhibit debut at the Road to California Show in January 2016!

winner 1 with ribbon

 Well done and beautiful work, ladies!!  Tomorrow will be the final day that we highlight the winners of the 4th category of The Tiny Quilt Challenge.  See you here, back at the Works, as we honor the Applique Division winners!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Junior Quilter Division


Day 2 of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  Yesterday we announced the 3 winners in the Pieced Division, and today we will honor the 3 winners in the Junior Quilter Division.  For this special category, we were thrilled to open up the challenge to ages 18 and below, as to encourage the next generation of quilters and sewists to show off their amazing talents and skills.  Judging from the following winning entries, I’d say we have a fresh crop of rising stars ready to shine in the quilting world!

3rd Place Winner:  Wacky Spool by Autumn

Crazy piecing forms the design of these ‘thread spool’ blocks, with savvy inspiration taken from an quilt image found on Pinterest.  Framed in light blue to compliment the vibrant color-blocked piecing on the ‘thread spools’,  this lovely design highlights the rich colors found in the AMB cotton solid fabric  palette!

3rd place junior quilter

2nd Place Winner:  Beach by Eve

The quilter’s own interpretation of her love for the ocean!  A border made from crazy piecing in shades of watery blues frames a strip-pieced heart applique.  Crazy quilting adds texture to the heart of this quilt.

2nd place junior quilter division

1st Place Winner:  Morning Sunlight by Willow

A patchwork background in greens, blues, and grays serves as a starting point to highlight the clever clothesline design at the forefront.  An appliqued sun shines down on various articles of rainbow-hued clothing hung out to dry.  Yarn and decorative embroidery stitching in the ditch add yet another layer of interest.

1st place junior quilter division

 Stellar job, ladies and Major Congratulations!!!  Check back tomorrow here on the Works as we show off another round of winners from the Tiny Quilt Challenge!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Pieced Division


We are pleased to announce the winners of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  A BIG THANKS to all the talented quilters that entered this contest!!  There were a total of 228 quilts registered by 158 quilters competing in the following categories:

Pieced Division

Junior Quilter Division

Quilting Division

Applique Division

Three winners were selected for each category and one winner was selected out of all these winners to be awarded the Grand Prize, making the total number of 13 prizes awarded during the Tiny Quilt Challenge.

Participants registered quilts that were no larger than 15″ x 15″ using the beautiful fabrics from the American Made Brand solids fabric collection by Clothworks.  Entrants who submitted quilts in the challenge originated from 31 states in the USA, as well as 2 Canadian Provinces!  For the next few days, we’re going to honor the winners in each of the 4 categories by highlighting the winning quilts in a blog post for each division.  All winning quilt submissions from the Tiny Quilt Challenge will be part of the 40 total quilts shown at the Tiny Quilt Exhibition debuting in January 2016 at the Road to California Quilt Show.  We’re excited to send the Grand Prize winner of the Tiny Quilt Challenge to sunny, warm California to see their winning quilt exhibited in this quilt show!!

Without further ado, let’s honor our Pieced Division Winners in the Tiny Quilt Challenge.  Pieced to perfection, it’s mind-boggling to see the amount of work and technique that was involved in creating quilts in such a small format!

3rd Place Winner:  Check Mark by Beth Shutty

A graphic mini-Bargello style quilt, designed and drafted by Beth to mimic a check mark.  Quilting highlights the movement of this intriguing design!

3rd Place Pieced Division

2nd Place Winner:  Blue Balance by Jenny Wagner

Tiny log cabin blocks inspired by the balance of color found in nature.  Foundation piecing, pieced  by machine, complimented by hand quilting create an exquisite down-to-earth design!

2nd Place Pieced Division

1st Place Winner:  Star of Bethlehem by Julie LaDuke

Miniature-scale replica, masterminded by Julie, inspired by the color and design of a lone star quilt found in a Better Homes & Gardens Patchwork Quilting book from 1977.  Breath-taking design complete with 32 paper-pieced star wedges and Y-seams!

1st Place Pieced Division

Brilliant job & Congratulations, ladies!  Stay posted for another round of Tiny Quilt Challenge winners in the next post here on the Works!