Fun Friday Show & Tell: Compost Tote

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Just in time, for the ‘day after’ Thanksgiving dinner, some Show & Tell from the creative staff here at the Clothworks home office!  Shown here is something of a clever contraption, which I’m going to call the Compost Hamper.  Instead of having an unsightly plastic compost bucket lying around your kitchen counter collecting your food scraps to be composted, Pat in Accounting & Susan in Order Entry & Customer Service, devised and created this nifty invention to add a little pizzazz to your home decor.

compost bin 2Pat went to Home Depot to gather up all of the PVC piping and joints to create the frame for the ‘hamper’.  Once the frame was constructed, she gave Susan the measurements to draft and sew a fabric bag.  Do you recognize that fabric?  The modern floral from the Lady Bug Blooms collection designed by Anne Bollman, released earlier this year by Clothworks, adds a fun splash of color to Pat’s neutral kitchen decor.

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Susan’s genius idea of constructing the fabric bag with loops that have snaps, allows for 2 purposes.  The first purpose, although not pictured here, is to line the fabric bag with a bio-compost bag to be secured by the snaps when closing the tabs.  That way you can throw in your food scraps without soiling the fabric bag too much.  The second purpose for the tabs makes for easy removal of the fabric bag for laundering.

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And voila!  Hope this nifty idea inspires you in your sewing!  Besides being used to disguise your compost, I could also see this invention used as a bin for fabric scraps in your sewing room.  Hmmm….sounds like the perfect gift idea for a few crafty folks on my Christmas list 🙂

AMB Solids used in Elm Street Quilts ‘Bag It’ Series


Spotted on the Elm Street Quilts blog are some lovely little bags (pictured above) made with American Made Brand cotton solids.  Blogger Patty D, who is also a pattern designer on Craftsy and an enthusiastic bag-maker, is currently posting several wonderful tutorials on her blog on how to make many different types of bags.  In fact, she’s devoted the entire month of November on her blog in an event she has titled, ‘Bag It’.  Head here to read more about the event- it even looks like there are some fun giveaway opportunities currently running in during the event.

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Head to this link to see how Patty D makes clever use of her AMB solid fabric scraps as she creates fun, stripey fabric pieces using the bold, vibrant colors found in the American Made Brand solid cotton palette.  I’m loving her concept of ‘making your own fabric’ from AMB scraps to be used to make these adorable zip pouches. Genius!


With the long Thanksgiving weekend ahead of us, here’s hoping Patty D’s bag tutorial inspires you to get in the mood to make DIY holiday gifts for friends & family!  No need to get caught up in the shopping frenzy on Black Friday.  Support your local quilt shop instead, buy some American Made Brand solids, then run home & sew up a storm!

Quilt Festival Exhibit: ‘What’s For Dinner?’- Part 3

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Cheers!  You’ve made it back for a third serving of ‘What’s For Dinner?’  There’s still more food-inspired fiber art for you to stomach.  Enjoy the final course of pics showing off the entries from the ‘What’s for Dinner?’ textile art exhibit, sponsored by Clothworks  shown at the 2015 International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.

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Bon Appetit!

Quilt Festival Exhibit: ‘What’s For Dinner?’- Part 2

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Following up from the previous post, here are more pics of the entries from the ‘What’s for Dinner?’ textile art exhibit, sponsored by Clothworks  shown at the 2015 International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.

Sink your teeth into the following :)…..

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Still feeling hungry? Come back tomorrow for another helping of food-inspired fabric art!

Quilt Festival Exhibit: ‘What’s For Dinner?’- Part 1

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As we venture into the holiday season, it’s a time of year for celebrating and feasting! Need a little inspiration to help you get your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list in order?  Look no further!

At the 2015 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Clothworks sponsored a hilarious textile art exhibit combining two of my loves- food & fabric- appropriately entitled, ‘What’s for Dinner?’.

Whats for Dinner Sign

Did you catch the fine print at the bottom of the exhibit description?  Oh how I love the irony here!

Since there were several entries in the ‘What’s For Dinner?’ exhibit, I’m splitting my photos into a few separate posts.

For now, feast your eyes on the following….

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Stay tuned for more foodie fabric fun to follow in the next post!

Houston Quilt Festival Recap: American Made Brand

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American Made Brand fabric, a division of Clothworks, may have launched about 2 years ago, but it made its first appearance at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX this past October- November.  Although AMB has created a following of dedicated shops & customers, we knew we’d continue to reach a wider audience with a booth at Quilt Festival.  Enjoy the following highlights from this past Festival!

New AMB Colors

American Made Brand is excited to add 13 New Colors to the palette for January 2016 Delivery, making a total of 75 colors!  One of the often-heard comments at Quilt Festival about the American Made Brand solid fabric was the COLOR!  So many folks remarked about the beautifully saturated colors in the AMB palette– a plentiful range of vibrant, clear tones.  The newly added 13 colors fill in the gaps with soft pastel and muted tones to add more depth to the existing palette!

AMB Festival Booth

That’s me, manning the American Made Brand booth at Quilt Festival.  As you can see, the quilts and crochet rug sampled in the AMB fabrics were so eye-catching & bursting with color, it’s no wonder we had a lot of visitors ogling the booth!

AMB swatch handouts

Our American Made Brand booth visitors did not leave empty-handed! We gave away several 2.5″ square ‘teaser’ packs of AMB, making new friends and followers along the way!  Not a bad souvenir to take home to show your local quilt shop, eh?

AMB Festival

It was loads of fun meeting & chatting with so many fabric enthusiasts at Quilt Festival.  We had several American Made Brand devotees stop by the booth to gush about their love of our fabric, but just as well, there were many AMB ‘newbies’ who had not yet heard of us!  Perhaps it was our gorgeous booth display with the bold interpretive American Flag quilt that drew many to our booth.  Or maybe we impressed them with the soft, scrumptious, drapey hand feel of American Made Brand fabric.  If anything, I noticed many a jaw drop as they discovered that American Made Brand fabric is Not Just Made Here, (but) Grown Here in the United States of America.  With Quilt Festival being in Houston, TX, we most certainly connected to the firm roots of the local cotton community!

After ‘wow-ing’ our newly-converted American Made Brand followers at the AMB Booth, it was time to point them in the direction of some of the local quilt shops that had booths set up at Quilt Festival.  If you thought our booth was colorful, check out some of these gorgeous displays!

AMB Fat Qtr Display Front Porch

Quilted Forest Collage

Yoders Full AMB display

Yoders Display Collage

Thanks to Front Porch Quilts, The Quilted Forest, Yoder’s and Rochelle’s Fine Fabrics for featuring and selling American Made Brand Fabric in their booths at Quilt Festival!

You could say American Made Brand solid fabric definitely made a ‘splash’ at Quilt Festival in Houston this year!  But it appears we were in good company and fit right in with the locals!

Frida Kahlo in AMB Booth

Quilt Festival in Houston happened to fall during Halloween this year, and a Frida Kahlo look-a-like graced us with her artistic presence in the American Made Brand booth.  I think she fits in quite perfectly with the gorgeous Empire Place Quilt as a back drop, don’t you?!

Besides Halloween, Houston was a colorful city, full of artsy inspiration and down-home style in the Land of the Free!  Could not have been a better place to showcase the vibrant home-grown cotton solid fabric of American Made Brand!

Houston Style Collage



‘Quartet’ Quilt in Tree of Life fabric: EZ Weekend Quilt

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Still playing a little catch up from visiting Quilt Festival in Houston, TX last weekend.  Took loads of pictures and plan to recap in some posts on the Works next week.  In the meantime, before breaking for the weekend, here’s a lovely quilt spotted in the Fall 2015 edition of Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts called ‘Quartet, designed by local quilter and our friend from the AMB Road Trip Blog Hop, Anita Peluso (aka Ms. Washington).  If you look a little closer, the prints used in this eye-catching quilt design are from the Tree of Life fabric collection, designed by Sue Zipkin and released by Clothworks this past spring.

Easy Quilt Fall 2015 edition

Head to your local quilt shop or favorite news stand to pick up a copy of the Fall 2015 edition of Easy Quilts.   Filled with lots of inspiration and striking quilt projects appealing to all levels of quilters, what I love about this magazine are the easy step-by-step instructions and color-coded diagrams that help the visual learner in me complete challenging quilt projects.


For what might seem to appear as busy fabric prints used for these log cabin and half-triangle square blocks in ‘Quartet‘, quilt designer & inspirational blogger Anita Peluso makes wonderful use of the fabrics found in the Clothworks collection Tree of Life.  Anita’s eye for color, placement, and design is well-executed to pull all of these colorful florals and tiny paisleys together to create a distinctly fresh & dazzling design in ‘Quartet’.

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May your weekend be full of inspiration, and possibly a creative endeavor such as the ‘Quartet’ quilt.  Stay tuned for a Quilt Festival recap next week on The Works!


Clothworks @ The Sourcing District in Nashville

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After a successful showing of the American Made Brand fabric line at Quilt Festival in Houston this past weekend, Clothworks is pleased to take part in The Sourcing District in Nashville, TN on Friday November 13 – Saturday November 14, 2015.  Nashville Fashion Alliance member Jay Arbetman will be showing various Clothworks fabric lines (some shown above) at this fashion & garment-centric show.  Soft, drapey cottons in vibrant & muted solids & tonals alike, are just some of the offerings that Clothworks hopes to appeal to this wider fabric audience.



Clothworks is especially pleased to offer American Made Brand solid fabric.  This 100% cotton woven is both grown and made, right here in the United States of America!  Not only will the vivid, saturated solid colors of this line visually entice you, but the tight weave, thread count, and soft hand feel will certainly lure you, too!


The best part is that American Made Brand fabric supports the U.S. cotton farmers and mills, restoring jobs back to a thriving local economy!

Head to this link for further details on The Sourcing District in Nashville, TN on 11/13/15- 11/14/15.