It’s ‘A Formal Affair’ with elegant Elcott Park by Clothworks!

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‘A Formal Affair’ quilt by Toby Lischko. Photo from the magazine Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Jan/ Feb 2017 edition.

The Elcott Park fabric collection by Skipping Stones Studio, released by Clothworks a few months ago, adds a sophisticated flair to this traditional log cabin block design by Toby Lischko, aptly titled, ‘A Formal Affair’Elcott Park, with its neutral-inspired color scheme of black and white and beige, will surely find a niche in anyone’s home with this cozy bed sized quilt!

‘A Formal Affair’ is featured in the newest edition of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Jan/Feb 2017, currently out on newsstands.   Head to your LQS to purchase a copy, or follow this link to purchase by download.

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Visit the Clothworks Store Directory to find a shop that stocks Elcott Park to purchase the fabric to make this beauty of a quilt!

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‘A Formal Affair’ quilt by Toby Lischko. Photo from the magazine Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Jan/ Feb 2017 edition.

Happy Sewing!

Frou-Frou to Premiere at LQS this Weekend!

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The newest addition to the Clothworks product line, Frou-Frou, will be debuting at a LQS (local quilt shop) this Saturday, August 6th.  If you’re lucky to be near Chelan, WA, head over to Woven Threads Quilt Store for an ‘evening in Paris’ as our Clothworks representative, Angela, will debut the fabrics, trims, and notions from this exclusive French brand!

Clothworks was thrilled to introduce Frou-Frou at their booth during Spring Quilt Market this past year.  So far, we’ve received a lot of interest in Frou-Frou and have started shipping this exquisite line of color-coordinating fabrics & trims from France to our customers scattered across the USA.  Besides the matching fabrics, trims, and notions, Frou-Frou also offers easy-to-make clothing and accessory patterns–making it a no-brainer for the modern sewist who is pressed for time, but passionate about creating something cute and DIY.

Head to your LQS to inquire about Frou-Frou.  And mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at 6-8pm (PDT) to attend the Frou-Frou event hosted by Angela from Clothworks at Woven Threads Quilt Store in Chelan, WA.  Oh-la-la!

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!

 

Reminder- Worldwide Quilting Day is March 19th!

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Just a reminder that tomorrow is Worldwide Quilting Day!

Support your local quilt shop and celebrate your love of quilting on Saturday, March 19th during Worldwide Quilting Day!  Although there’s an official list of participating quilt shops  involved in this year’s festivities, you can follow the Worldwide Quilting Day facebook page to see what other shops are posting about their store events for Saturday.  Don’t forget to share your photos and fun on social media using the hashtag #WWQuiltingDay.  Besides celebrating one of the best past times ever, as well as covorting with other kindred quilters, who knows, you might even have a chance to take part in a giveaway!

Follow @americanmadebrand on Instagram!

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Check out this beautiful pic of the American Made Brand booth taken at this past weekend’s Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA!  It was wonderful meeting all of the lovely folks who stopped by our booth to get acquainted with American Made Brand!  Instagram could not be a better platform to capture the vibrance of these fabrics and showcase the fabulous projects made from these glorious solid cottons.  You might have noticed that The Works has recently added an Instagram feed in the sidebar of our blog.  With every visit to The Works, you can also catch a glimpse into the creative & inspirational world of American Made Brand!

Be sure to follow us @americanmadebrand on Instagram and tag your brilliant American Made Brand creations with @americanmadebrand or #proudlyamericanmade.

American Made Brand, not just made here, but grown here!

 

 

 

Save the Date- Worldwide Quilting Day is March 19th!

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The year is moving fast!  February is already here and according to the Groundhog, Spring is just around the corner.  Don’t forget to pencil in Worldwide Quilting Day on your calendars- on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

Worldwide Quilting Day is a day set aside for quilters to connect with their favorite local quilt shops and celebrate all things quilting!  Find out which participating quilt shops are involved in this year’s festivities.  If you don’t see your favorite LQS listed, contact them and ask them to join in the festivities.  Keep posted for more info, sign up for the mailing list, and find out about giveaways by visiting the Worldwide Quilting Day site.

Road to California Quilt Show Highlights

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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And now for some pictures of quilts…

Award Winning Quilts Collage

Award winners!

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Lots of color!

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Graffiti Quilts!

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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.

 

Fancy That! Designer Cat Beds featuring Clothworks fabric

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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!

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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.

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

 

Local Quilt Shop Spotlight: Threads of Time Shop Event

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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!!

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

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

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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!