Happy Memorial Day – Celebrate with the first “Our Land” Quilt Blocks

Block 1 CollageIt’s almost the end of Month 1 … just two days remaining this month to upload a picture of your View from the Shore block for a chance to win a fun prize! We’re keeping the prize details under our hat for now, but sources in the know assure me that precuts are involved! Here are a few blocks we have received so far.  As you can see, we already have a variety of pattern interpretations – love it!  So don’t forget to post your completed bock on Instagram (#AMBMystery) or here on our blog.  Prizes will be selected randomly from all received!

Download instructions for Block 1 of the AMB Mystery Quilt here

Download the kit guides for the entire AMB Mystery Quilt here

Stay tuned next week for another fun post about “Our Land”, the American Made Brand Mystery Quilt and share your blocks with the hashtag #AMBmystery on Instagram or post them in the comments section here on the blog.

 

 

Very Special Show & Tell: Quilts of Valor Block

QOV Candice BlocksGreetings!  Friday is here and a 3 day weekend is ahead of us- in honor of Memorial Day this Monday.  This Show & Tell could not be more appropriate to share with you.  Candice, Creative Director here at the ‘Works, has been busy making blocks for Quilts of Valor.  Shown here are 4 blocks she pieced using some beautiful Clothworks fabrics (recognize the marbled blenders from the Tranquility collection?).  Candice used the free pattern from the Quilts of Valor website, the Valor Square, which happens to be the 2016 National Block for QOV.  The Valor Square block is a fairly simple block that even a confident beginner can piece together with ease.  Find the free pattern download here.

QOV signed blockThese beautiful blocks will be forwarded to a LQS who are collecting more finished blocks which will be pieced together to make quilts to donate to Quilts of Valor, a charity that honors the men and women who have served our country, with quilts.  As instructed on the QOV website, Candice even signed her block.

Find out more about the Quilts of Valor charity here.  Download the free pattern of the Valor Square Block here Visit a LQS to stock up on Clothworks basics and printed fabrics, too!

Have a super Memorial Day weekend and Happy Sewing!

Frou-Frou Makes US debut with Clothworks at Quilt Market

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Last weekend at the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT, Clothworks was pleased to present the US debut of French sewing brand, Frou-FrouClothworks is thrilled to partner with Frou-Frou, a highly revered sewing brand from Paris, which blends the generations passed-down tradition of sewing with a modern, artful elegance.  A portion of the Clothworks booth at Quilt Market was set up to mimic a typical Frou-Frou display found in the shops throughout France.  Amidst the buzz generated during the US debut of Frou-Frou, we managed to snap a few pics of the booth to show those who weren’t able to attend Spring Quilt Market.

FrouFrou - 1-2-3 VoilaMix and Match and Easy Sewing are two of the key elements of the Frou-Frou brand displayed here in our booth.  Frou-Frou effortlessly mixes and matches prints released in their range of fabrics with their trims such as ribbons, bias tape, elastic, and spaghetti to buttons, as well as dyed-to-match thread, and applique patches.  Even notions, such as sewing boxes and scissors, coordinate with Frou-Frou’s playful prints and classic color palette!  The Frou-Frou brand’s approach to marketing its sewing products is similar to the approach in preparing & making a recipe in the kitchen.  Starting with a simple sewing pattern, much like a meal recipe, Frou-Frou aims to deliver all of the necessary ingredients including the sewing pattern, fabrics, trims, and notions used to create an elegant creation in perhaps just an hour or in less than a day!

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This image above illustrates the ease of mixing and matching the fabrics and trims to produce all kinds of beautiful creations- pouches, bags, and garments, to name a few.  In fact, some of the trims offered in the Frou-Frou brand, like the iron-on bias tape, allow one to create a no-sew tote bag in just minutes!  Oh-la-la!

If you missed the Frou-Frou booth and Clothworks at Quilt Market this past weekend, you can visit our Frou-Frou website to learn more and sign up to become or retailer.

American Made Mystery Quilt- Week 4- Let’s talk about Color Theory

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Venturing out on your own, wanting to personalize or just make your AMB Mystery quilt unique?  With 75 beautiful, made-in-the-USA colors to choose from, it can be a challenge deciding what palette to go with. This could be a great time for a short refresher lesson in color theory from AllPeopleQuilt.com. This slideshow will guide you through various types of color schemes so you can set up some parameters for your project and choose with confidence!

Download instructions for Block 1 of the AMB Mystery Quilt here

Download the kit guides for the entire AMB Mystery Quilt here

Stay tuned next week for another fun post about “Our Land”, the American Made Brand Mystery Quilt and share your blocks with the hashtag #AMBmystery on Instagram or post them in the comments section of Block 1 here.

 

 

Sensational Quilt Market Preview with AMB Precuts!

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Here at the Works we’ve been furiously preparing for the Spring Quilt Market held in Salt Lake City, Utah this year from May 20th- May 22nd.  American Made Brand solid cottons will be featured at Market as we continue to attract more quilters & crafters interested in cotton fabric from the USA that’s not just made here, but grown here!  As our color palette increases each year since launching American Made Brand a few years ago, we are pleased to finally offer AMB solid cottons in Precut GoodsAmerican Made Brand solid Precuts are sold in Strip rolls, 5″s squares, and 10″ squares in some beautiful color themes from Pastels, Brights, and Neutrals to Autumn, Blues, and of course, Patriotic!  Do stop by your LQS to pick up some American Made Brand precuts and make that gorgeous quilt project that’s been on your mind.

Speaking of quilt projects and precut goods, this is a wonderful segue to feature our quilter friend, Robin Long, of Robin Ruth Design!!  Robin specializes in the Mariner’s Compass block piecing and has developed some super cool tools that make it easy (and approachable) to take a stab at constructing the complex Mariners Compass quilt block.  Sheer Genius!!

Nifty rulers and books by Robin Long of Robin Ruth Design, spotted in the April/ May 2016 issue of Quilter's Newsletter magazine.

Nifty rulers and books by Robin Long of Robin Ruth Design, spotted in the April/ May 2016 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine.

Robin uses strip piecing along with her special rulers to construct gorgeous Mariner’s Compass block quilts.  Her intricate blocks translate well using the radiant solid cottons from American Made Brand.  We’re so lucky to have such unique collaboration with her and since Spring Quilt Market is just around the corner, Robin was anxious for us to show you a sneak peak of some the quilts that she will be showing.   In fact, she used some of the new American Made Brand precuts to create these beauties below……

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Notice those gorgeous color schemes?  From top to bottom- Neutrals, Patriotic, and Brights– all from the American Made Brand Precuts!!  Well done, Robin!!!!  Our amazing long-arm quilting friend Loretta Orsborn, will lend her magic to finish these quilts to be displayed at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City in just a few days!

If you can’t make it Quilt Market to see these stunning quilts in person, do check out Robin’s website!  She offers a wealth of information on how to make Mariner’s Compass quilt blocks with video tutorials to coax even the most hesitant quilter.  And in this technological era, did you know there’s also an app for that? 🙂

Joking aside, Robin has a free app for designing her Mariner’s Compass blocks using the colors from the American Made Brand palette.

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You can design and preview color combinations and take your shopping list to your LQS to purchase some American Made Brand solid cottons to make your splendid version of a Mariner’s Compass quilt!  How cool is that?!!

 

 

American Made Mystery Quilt- Week 3- ‘Our Land’ Theme

Photo illustration courtesy of Flickr user Anupam_ts

Photo illustration courtesy of Flickr user Anupam_ts

Have you guessed where the theme “Our Land” is taking us over the course of nine quilt blocks and nine months? Here’s a hint in the form of some amazing photos. Are any of these right in your own back yard?  

Download instructions for Block 1 of the AMB Mystery Quilt here

Download the kit guides for the entire AMB Mystery Quilt here

Stay tuned next week for another fun post about “Our Land”, the American Made Brand Mystery Quilt and share your blocks with the hashtag #AMBmystery on Instagram or post them in the comments section of Block 1 here.

 

 

Extra Quilting Fun from Quilter’s Newsletter with American Made Brand!

Quilters Newsletter AMBAmerican Made Brand solid cottons are spotted here in the April/May 2016 Issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine.  If you’ve already finished constructing the first block of the AMB Mystery Quilt, Our Land, a round of applause to you!  Want to get into some more quilting fun?  Head to the  Quilter’s Newsletter website for a nifty freebie.

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Featured as a website extra in this recent issue of Quilter’s Newsletter , is a complimentary PDF pattern of the Devil’s Claw block.  Download it here.  This traditional, prairie-inspired block first emerged in a publication dating back to the late 1800’s.  The quilting geniuses at Quilter’s Newsletter put a fresh and modern spin on this block, while still keeping with its homespun roots, using the vibrant, homegrown American Made Brand solid cottons shown below.

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Devil’s Claw Block in American Made Brand solid cottons. Download the pattern here.

Contrary to its name, don’t you think this version of the Devil’s Claw block is brilliant!!?  And with the small pieces used to construct the block, what better opportunity to use the American Made Brand Solid Precuts, newly released and headed to a LQS near you.

stacked_precutsAmerican Made Brand cotton solid Precut goods are offered in a plethora of color options, in your choice of 5″ squares, 10″ squares, and 2.5″ strip rolls.

Happy Sewing and Stay tuned to the Works next week for more AMB Mystery Quilt posts and a Quilt Market Designer Sneak Preview.

 

American Made Mystery Quilt- Week 2- Charities

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Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day whatever you did and welcome back to our AMB Mystery BOM!  Unfamiliar with the Quilts For Kids or Quilts of Valor organizations?  Well these are a couple of our very favorite charities for quilters.  They do such wonderful work connecting avid quilters and sewists with children and veterans in need of a little extra love.  

Quilts for Kids provides patchwork quilts to comfort kids of all ages, including teens in need. Whether the need stems from serious illness, poverty or abuse, these quilts offer comfort to kids who need it the most. Founder Linda Arye says that as she got the organization started, friends told her “no one would make quilts for some stranger’s child,” but Linda put her belief in the compassion and generosity of quilters. Today, Quilts for Kids wraps the warmth of a new, handmade quilt around 30,000 children each year. Find out more here.

Quilts of Valor Foundation aims not to just comfort veterans with a quilt, but honor them. A Quilt of Valor says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor” in serving our nation in the armed forces, usually in combat or other extraordinary circumstances. Most quilts are accompanied by a note explaining the quilter’s journey in creating it, and all are labeled as QOV quilts. The foundation records each quilt presented for a total of 136,638 (and counting!) Find out more here.

Whatever you decide to do with your American Made Brand Mystery quilt – gift it, donate it, or even keep it to admire yourself – we would love to know!  Of course, you have lots of time to decide what to do with your quilt as you come along on this mysterious adventure across Our Land. 

American Made Mystery BOM Quilt- Kit Guides

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We’ve set off on the first week of our journey to discover ‘Our Land’– the American Made Brand Mystery Block of the Month Quilt.  So far, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback and some questions.  Several shops have expressed an interest in promoting the American Made Brand Mystery BOM in their stores as a quilt-a-long.  To aid you in planning out what AMB solid cottons are needed for each of the charity quilt versions of the AMB Mystery Quilt, we’ve created some handy-dandy kit guides.

Download the kit matrix for the Quilts for Kids version here.

Download the kit matric for the Quilts of Valor version here.

Also, for those of you who do not use Instagram, but would like to participate in the quilt-a-long for the AMB Mystery Quilt, please post your images in the comments section of the blog post for that Block of the Month.

Thank you for your interest, support, and wonderful feedback!  We look forward to seeing your beautiful blocks!

 

Winner Announced: Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol.13 Giveaway

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A BIG THANKS to all who participated in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13 Giveaway here on the Works yesterday!  Reading the comments, it appears that most of you have favorite LQS where you purchase your quilting magazines, including Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.

Hope you are enjoying the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour this week.  It runs through Friday, May 6, 2016.  Visit the Quiltmaker’s blog daily to view new designers and more chances to win fun prizes!!  Clothworks and American Made Brand are excited to be a participating sponsor in this event and excited to host the giveaway of one free issue of the new edition of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol. 13.

And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for….the winner announcement!  Selected at random from all of the participating comments, the winner is….

 

Jan

with her comment:

‘I would purchase quilt magazines at Suzzie’s Quilt Shop in Manassas, VA. If she doesn’t have them, I’d go to a general fabric store or bookstore, or shop online.  Thanks for the chance to win a copy!’

Congratulations, Jan! Look for my email to get your shipping address so we can ship your prize, a copy of the new collector’s edition of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 13.

 

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