Road to California Quilt Show Highlights

R2C AMB Booth

Last week, American Made Brand made its first showing at the Road to California Quilt Show at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.  The experience was a positive one–connecting with quilters, quilt shop owners, long arm folks, and other crafty people, to continue promoting American Made Brand fabric– a 100% cotton that’s not just made here, but grown here in the USA, too!

Swatches and postcard R2C

Most of the folks who visited our booth left with some American Made Brand teaser packs (shown above) in array of solid colors.  But it wasn’t just the goodies that drew people to our booth.  Our display of quilt samples made up in the vibrant, saturated colors of American Made Brand fabric enticed many onlookers into the booth to get an up close view.

AMB Flag Selfie

The artistic interpretation of this American Flag quilt, ‘Flying High’ by Joined at the Hip, brought many people to our booth, either to take pictures of the quilt itself, or to take a selfie with it, such as this lovely lady decked out in matching patriotic fare.

Robin Ruth

Even quilt designer Robin Ruth and her mother made a visit to the AMB booth to pose with Robin’s spectacular Mariner’s Compass quilt in American Made Brand fabrics!

Tiny Quilt= Full Exhibit

Besides our booth display, American Made Brand was thrilled to also debut the Tiny Quilt Challenge exhibit at Road to California, as well!  See prior post for more pictures, including the Grand Prize Winner of the challenge.

R2C Shop Display Collage

Road to California was a busy show for us, but I managed to spot American Made Brand in these displays at The Sew N Sew and Carriage Country Quilts!

Being in Southern California in January was not so bad.  Especially with a pretty view like this.

Convention Center

It was paradise on the outside……and on the inside!

Hanging Quilt Collage

And now for some pictures of quilts…

Award Winning Quilts Collage

Award winners!

Colorful quilts Collage

Lots of color!

Graffiti Collage

Graffiti Quilts!

Modern Quilt Collage

Artistic Modern Quilts!

Thanks to the staff at Road to California for allowing American Made Brand to display at this show.  It was a pleasure connecting with all of the quilting folks to spread the word about American Made Brand.


American Made Brand: Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibit Debut

Tiny Quilt Exhibition

American Made Brand is pleased to present the results of the Tiny Quilt Challenge in a special exhibit that debuted last week at the Road to California Quilt Show!  Thirty-nine quilts made exclusively with American Made Brand solid fabric were shown at this exhibit, including the 12 prize winners of the 4 categories:  Pieced, Quilting, Applique, and Junior Division.  Below are some pictures of the exhibit.

Tiny Quilt 1

Tiny Quilt 2

The amount of detail, artistry, and precision put into these tiny crafted quilts is quite amazing!  Keep in mind, these pieces could not exceed 15″ square.

Tiny Quilt 4

It was a pleasure viewing these quilts up close, and even better, meeting some of the quilters who had their work on display!  The Grand Prize winner of the Tiny Quilt Challenge won a trip to attend the Road to California show !

tiny quilt challenge winner

Marla Whalen, pictured here with her Grand Prize winning quilt, Arrow Star, also won 1st place in the Pieced Division.  Marla flew all the way from her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to enjoy her trip to the Road to California quilt show.  We treated Marla to dinner at the Sycamore Inn on the famed Route 66, and what a hoot it was getting to know her! Like many quilters, she comes from an eclectic background.  A mother to 2 spoiled rescue dogs, a pharmacist by trade; when she’s not working or quilting, she enjoys reading detective novels and spotting local celebrity rock stars at the town pharmacy.

Head to the Tiny Quilt Challenge page on the American Made Brand website to view more detailed pictures of all of the quilts shown in the exhibit.

And stay posted for further information on the next American Made Brand quilt challenge by following us here on the blog or on the AMB website!


Fancy That! Designer Cat Beds featuring Clothworks fabric


Designer Pet Bed manufacturer, the Cat Ball, is special in a few ways.  Not only are they a locally-based business residing here in the Pacific Northwest, just like Clothworks, but they offer their uniquely designed product made from Clothworks fabric, too!  Jennifer Schmidt, designer & brains behind her company, the Cat Ball, was once hired as a costumer designer to make a life-size soccer ball costume for a mascot of the Seattle Sounders professional soccer team.  Taking a technical approach to the project, she developed a scaled-down model of the soccer ball costume to ensure her design would function.  Her ‘A-ha!’ moment occurred one day, about a year or two after completion of the mascot costume job, when she envisioned another purpose for the small soccer ball prototype.  After letting her kittens play around with it, she knew she was on to something big.  Her kittens loved it and the Cat Ball® cat bed was born!


Jennifer was kind enough to send me a few pictures of her nifty cat beds, which are produced in 2 different shapes-   the Cat Canoe® cat bed  (shown above in the pink fabric) and the Cat Ball® cat bed shown in the pics with the blue fabric.  Her product has been featured in countless magazines, on T.V., and ships across the country and around the world.  We’re tickled to see Clothworks fabrics used in such an un-cat-ventional, ermm, unconventional way.  Recognize the pink and blue fabrics in the pictures here?   From the Here Kitty Kitty organic cotton collection, a past release by designer, Penguin & Fish.


To see more Cat-tastic Cuteness, visit the Cat Ball on the web or follow them on the Cat Ball facebook page.


On the Road with AMB: Road to California Quilt Show This Week!

Road to CA AMB Ad

This week, Clothworks is headed to beautiful Southern California, to showcase our American Made Brand cotton solid fabric booth at the Road to California Quilt Show!  The Road to California Quilt Show is held in Ontario, CA at the Ontario Convention Center from Thursday January 21st, 2016 through Sunday January 24th, 2016.  American Made Brand is thrilled to be a part of this quilt convention, touted as the ‘Best in the West’, drawing over 39,000 attendees from all corners of the world, and featuring over 500 vendor booths, as well as over 900 quilts exhibited!  If you’re lucky to attend this premier quilt show, please stop by the American Made Brand booth #408-410.  We’d love to meet you!

AMB quilt Collage

American Made Brand will have even more of a presence at the Road to California show with a booth and a quilt exhibition!  Our booth will have inspirational quilts made from AMB solid cottons on display (seen above) and fun goodies will be passed out to our visitors at the American Made Brand booth #408-410.


American Made Brand is super excited to debut The Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibit in booth #706-710 at Road to California this year!  This exhibit, will feature winning quilts in 4 divisions- Pieced, Applique, Quilting, and Junior categories.  In fact, we’re thrilled to have awarded the Grand Prize Winner of the Tiny Quilt Challenge, Marla Whalen with her winning quilt Arrow Stara trip to attend the Road to California quilt show!

So, if you’re in you find yourself in or near the vicinity of Southern California this weekend, stop by the Road to California show and look for the American Made Brand booth to find out more about us (including upcoming quilt challenges), and see the new colors added to our palette this year (shipping now to local quilt shops)!



Local Quilt Shop Spotlight: Threads of Time Shop Event

choc & cherry display

Chocolate and Cherries, the most recent Clothworks fabric line by celebrated designer Marsha McCloskey, was destined to tantalize the senses.  With its romantic vintage floral & paisley prints in equally delectable colors– cherry red, icing pink, chocolate brown, and caramel beige- this fabric collection was meant to inspire creativity and perhaps whet the palate.

Owner Missi Gouty, of local quilt shop Threads of Time in Danville, IL, most certainly let her creativity unfurl as soon as she received her shipment of Chocolate and Cherries fabric.  With a yummy collection name (that’s making my stomach growl as I write this post), Missi’s marketing genius turned the unveiling of this Clothworks collection into a shop event entitled Chocolate & Cherries Day.  And from the sounds of it, her fabric shop was turned into a sweets shop, too (winning combo)!  Hot Chocolate was served with chocolates, brownie bits, and cherry toppings.  A complimentary box of chocolate-covered cherries was presented to customers who purchased 3 yard cuts of the full fabric collection, a kit, or a jelly roll (hand cut by the shop staff, too).

Shown here are pics of the shop displays celebrating Chocolate & Cherries Day at Threads of Time.

Here’s a stunning pic of Chocolate & Cherries sampled in the Electric Fans quilt by Aardvark Quilts.  That monkey table is too cute!!

Let Sleeping Cats Lie Choc & Cherry

The on-point version of Let Sleep Cats Lie quilt pattern by is impressive to see made up in this sample!

hexi table runner

Hexie Daisies and Red Robin Appliques are adorable in this table runner sample!

threads of time staff

Looks like Chocolate and Cherries Day at Threads of Time was a success!  Thank you Missi, and your beautiful staff (decked out in Chocolate & Cherries colors) for sharing your story and pictures of the event!

Fresh Batiks® Minerals featured in Quilters World Magazine

Quilter World Collage

Winter may have you in its grips, but Spring is just a few months away.  With a few flips of the page in the current issue of Quilter’s World magazine, you’ll find the ‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ quilt, featuring the vibrant colors of Clothworks Fresh Batiks® Minerals.  With a skill level targeted for the confident beginner, ‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ designed by Nancy Scott, appears to be a fun weekend quilt project to help cope with that cabin fever.

mineral batiks

These cheerful Clothworks Fresh Batiks® Minerals featured in the ‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ quilt warm me with delight!  If this color scheme doesn’t float your boat, there’s a plethora of other choices in the Fresh Batiks® Minerals color palette– from cool blues & teals to earthy browns & forest greens, and deep lush pinks, violets, and neutrals galore!

'Sunny Spring Sunrise' quilt picture from Quilter's World magazine Spring 2016 edition.

‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ quilt by Nancy Scott.  Quilted by Masterpiece Quilting. Picture from Quilter’s World magazine Spring 2016 edition.

I don’t know about you, but just staring at this quilt is enough therapy for me to shake those winter blues!  Purchase a copy of Quilter’s World magazine Spring 2016 at your favorite local quilt shop or newsstand, or head to the Quilter’s World website to purchase it for download.  To find a shop that stocks Fresh Batiks® Minerals by Clothworks, head to this link.

Happy Sewing!

American Made Brand en route to Road to California!

AMB Festival

Happy New Year!  We’re off and running, eagerly anticipating what lies ahead in 2016.  As we make our first few strides in the new year, we’re excited to head down to Road to California in just a little over 3 weeks from now!  It’s not just the hope of sun & warm temps that are having us ‘California Dreaming’ in January.  American Made Brand is thrilled to be 1 of 6 exclusive companies, spotlighted at the Road to California Quilt Show’s Marketplace, highlighting the most innovative & inspirational brands in the quilting industry!  Read more about it on The Road to California Blog here.

banner 2016

If you’re making Road to California as part of your quilt show agenda this year, we’d love for you to stop by the American Made Brand booth.  Come admire our gorgeous display of quilts made of AMB solid cottons, sign up for our mailing list, and even pick up a goody. 🙂

AMB swatch handouts

But wait!  There’s more!  Don’t leave without seeing the American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge exhibit, making its debut at Road to California, this year.  You may remember us featuring the winning quilts here on the Works in the 4 separate divisions- Junior, Applique, Pieced, and Quilting.   Head to Road to California and see this treasure trove of tiny talent up close & personal!


Mark your calendars for Road to California, one of the largest quilt show attractions west of the Rocky Mountains.

Road to California at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, CA, USA 

Thursday January 21, 2016 through Sunday January 24th, 2016.