American Made Brand: Mystery Block of the Month Quilt

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Happy Mondays ahead! We are excited to introduce our first Mystery block of the month: Our Land, featuring our American Made Brand solids.

Starting in May, we’ll post a new America-inspired block design the first Monday of each month. Use our suggested AMB colors or strike out on your own with an AMB palette you devise.

You’ll stay in the groove with a little inspiration every week. Every Monday, look for our blog post related to the month’s block. Tutorials, related projects, color variations, fun links, etc.

If you are thinking right now “I’m not a very advanced quilter.” “I don’t have time for this.” Or even, “I don’t like surprises!” … well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve had three expert-level quilters and a couple of regular Janes busy designing instructions and a program that is easy to follow. The quilt blocks employ different techniques so sometimes you’ll stretch your skills and others revisit your old standby methods. You have a whole month for each block, too! Plenty of time to use our tutorials and post your queries on our Instagram, blog or Facebook page.

We’ve tested the actual quilt, and it came out dandy. So quilt along with us!

Each month, submit photos of your block to #AMBmystery on Instagram for a chance to win fabulous fabric prizes. The prizes will change from month to month, and we’ll select winners randomly from all the submissions.

Journey’s end, and an opportunity to give back. With the last block design, we’ll send you finishing instructions to meet the specific guidelines of both Quilts for Kids and Quilts of Valor.  Will you choose one of these groups to share your love of our land? Or does another cause tug at your heartstrings?

Stay tuned for next Monday May 2nd, as we launch the first post about this here on the Works!

Almost Famous: Spotlight on Fresh Batiks by Clothworks

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We have an emerging celebrity working amongst us here at the Works!

She makes her debut in the latest edition of Quilter’s World magazine, Summer 2016.

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In an ad spotlighting the gorgeous Fresh Batiks fabrics by Clothworks, we introduce you to the superb modeling talents of Ms. Calliope!

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Ms. Calliope is sitting atop the adorable quilt called Splash by The Quilt Factory made up in Clothworks Fresh Batiks .  The colorful vibrant tones of the Fresh Batiks fabrics add some zip to a typical overcast day on the Puget Sound here in Seattle, WA.  Ms. Calliope adds her mega-watt charm to elevate Fresh Batiks to star status!  We feel so honored to be represented by this special celeb and thank her mama, September- Graphic Designer Extraordinaire, for snapping this fabulous pic & creating this ad!  Well done, ladies!

Amazing Clothworks Show & Tell with Daisy Dance!

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Introducing the latest show & tell creation by one of the many talented Clothworks employees!  Debbie, our shipper extraordinaire here at the office, wanted to surprise her daughter who is about to set off on her first school camping trip.  Rather than going to the store and buying a sleeping bag, Debbie thought it would be extra special to make a sleeping bag for her daughter to take on her trip.  When surrounded by beautiful Clothworks fabrics, day in & day out, the most daunting part of the process was selecting the fabric to use.  Not to worry, fabric designer Sue Zipkin’s most recent release, the gorgeous Daisy Dance collection, caught Debbie’s eye.  The pretty daisy focal print, in purples and dark blues was very nicely accented by the light blue Impressions Moire basic.

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Making a sleeping bag for the first time was a little bit of a challenge for Debbie, but luckily she had a great pattern to follow called Little Sleepers by Whistlepig Creek Productions.  Besides selecting the fabric for her creation, inserting a sleeping bag zipper was probably the second trickiest task during the process.

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And with a few stitches of the machine and some extra special hand-made love, Debbie was quite successful in completing her first ever sleeping bag and pillow sham (with French seams, too) for her daughter’s camping trip!  Lucky girl!

Well done, Debbie!  Thank you for sharing your fantastic work!

Announcing- Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour begins May 2-6!

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This just in….the folks at Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine are organizing a Blog Tour in honor of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 edition, due out on news stands May 3rd, 2016.  From Monday May 2nd through Friday May 6th, 2016, The Quiltmaker’s blog will feature 8 designers each day for you to visit their blogs. During the blog tour, there will be chances to win prizes on the Quiltmaker’s blog, as well as each of the designers’ blogs (a total of 40 designers listed throughout the week).   But the fun doesn’t stop there!  In conjunction with the blog tour, several sponsors have donated fun prizes to be won.  Clothworks and American Made Brand are proud to be participating sponsors in the blog tour!  Make sure you check back with us here on The Works during the first week of May as we’ll post about the tour with a chance to win a fun prize!!  Mark your calendars…..

 

Fresh Batiks® Botanica Featured in June 2016 American Patchwork & Quilting

Based on a design by Marcia Harmening. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. 2016 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

“Sea Stars” quilt in Fresh Batiks® Botanica III. Based on a design by Marcia Harmening. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Summer’s on the horizon and what better way to celebrate the tropical vibe of the season, but with this gorgeous quilt using Clothworks Fresh Batiks® Botanica III fabrics.  Quilt tester Laura Boehnke was inspired by the summery bright colors and lush batik designs in the Fresh Batiks® Botanica III line to make her version of Marcia Harmening’s “Sea Stars” quilt.  Starfish appliques dance across a pieced background, framed by a striking zig-zag-design border.  Find out how to make this unique quilt design in the June 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.

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Head to your local quilt shop now or your favorite news stand to pick up a copy of American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine June 2016 edition, sold at retailers through the beginning of June.  Head to All People Quilt and watch a fun video previewing the projects featured in this magazine edition, too!  And be sure to head to your local quilt shop to stock up on Fresh Batiks® Botanica fabrics by Clothworks before they run out.

 

 

 

Winners Announced! Clothworks Fabric Giveaway: Andalusia

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A BIG THANKS to all who participated in the fabric giveaway here on the Works in honor of the recent Clothworks release, Andalusia by Skipping Stones Studio!

From reading your comments, it sounds as if most of you discovered some new quilt shops to visit.  Good for you!

And now, the moment we’ve been waiting for……the 2 winners of the Andulusia Fabric Giveaway are:

JMC

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Debby

Congratulations!!  I will be contacting you by email to get your shipping addresses to send your fabric prizes, a pack of Andalusia fabrics in various sizes, as shown in the picture below.

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Happy Sewing!!!

 

Amazing Show & Tell: Fresh Batiks® by Clothworks!

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Our resident quilting queen and sample room extraordinaire, the talented Toni B., recently went on a quilting retreat and came back with some beautiful batik goodies to share.  Working in the Clothworks sample room and warehouse is kind of like being a kid in a candy store for a quilter and fabric lover. So many temptations every where you turn.  Especially those beautiful Fresh Batiks® Minerals and Botanica prints, offered in bold, bright colors with a soft hand, to boot!  Toni B. had taken a class from a local quilter, Eda Lee Haas, and created the wall-hanging (perfectly square matched to the grid) shown above in the pic.  The technique was a quilt-as-you-go, called the Whirlpool.  What a wonderful  use of Fresh Batiks®Minerals, with a few print designs thrown in for interest.  This design reminds me of a color wheel- so bright and cheery- with lots of movement for the eyes.

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The second fun show & tell project is from a pattern called The Mondo Bag by Quiltsmart.  Toni B. created this fun, multi-color harlequin patchwork using various patterns and colors in the Fresh Batiks® Botanica line.  Find out more info about the Quiltsmart Mondo Bag here.

Thank you Toni B for sharing these lovely, inspiring projects with us.

To find a local quilt shop that stocks Fresh Batiks® visit this link and Happy Sewing!

 

Clothworks Fabric Giveaway: Andalusia

Andalusia Fabric Giveaway

This just in….the Works is running a fabric giveaway to spotlight one of the newest Clothworks releases, Andalusia by Skipping Stones Studio!  Andalusia has shipped from our warehouse and is now delivering to local quilt shops, hopefully one near you.  With its fresh color scheme in turquoise, navy, and sky blue in classic paisley & blooming floral prints, Andalusia is sure to be a popular fabric pick of the spring season!

Up for grabs in this fabric giveaway are TWO fabric packs of various prints in various sizes from the Andalusia collection.  The pic below shows one of the packs.

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Here’s how to enter the Andalusia Fabric Giveaway:

This contest is open to residents who have a ship-to address within the USA.

Using our find a shop feature for Andalusia on the Clothworks website, please locate a local quilt shop near you- be it neighborhood, city, or state.  Leave a comment after this post with the name of that fabric shop.  If one does not exist in your area, find another shop on the list that sounds interesting.   Please, only one comment per person permitted.

Leave your comment from now through Thursday April 7th, 2016 11:59 PM PDT.

Two winners will be randomly selected from the comments.  Be sure to follow the Works on Friday April 8th, 2016 as we’ll post the two winners’ names on the blog.

The two winners will be contacted by email for their shipping address, so be sure to check your spam/junk folders just in case.

Best of luck to all that participate!