Fun Friday Show & Tell: Guess How Much I Love You III Quilt

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Guess How Much I Love You III, the latest Clothworks release featuring the whimsical rabbits by children’s book illustrator Anita Jeram, has just delivered to our quilt shops.  Our multi-talented Clothworks employee & Shipper Extraordinaire, Debbie, had a project in mind when she spotted the new fabric in our warehouse and immediately got to work.  In just a few days, Debbie whipped up this sweet baby quilt!

ghmily3-debbie-quiltSix fat quarters from the GHMILY3 line were used to make the half square triangles, with additional border fabric and a soft flannel print for backing & binding.  Debbie followed this quick & easy beginner level quilt tutorial, and away she went– piecing and quilting her project on her home sewing machine!  A family member due with her first child will be the lucky recipient of this quilt.  Nice work and thanks for sharing, Debbie!

Be sure to stock up on the new Guess How Much I Love You III collection before it sells out.  Find a local quilt shop by visiting our online store directory.

Happy Sewing!

 

Fun Friday Show & Tell: Wild Figs Patchwork Tote

wild-figs-toteHalloween has come and gone, the election is over, and now we can look forward to the holidays.  The trees have lost their leaves and the ground is scattered with mounds of burnt oranges, rusty reds, and yellow ochres.  This must mean one thing….Autumn has arrived!

One of our multi-talented employees here at the Works, Debbie from Shipping., brought in this gorgeous patchwork totebag and I just had to share it with you.   Using fabrics from an older Clothworks release, the autumn-inspired Wild Figs by Karen Roti, Debbie churned out this beautiful bag in just one weekend!go-everywhere-bag-collageFlipping through an old edition of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly from spring 2015, Debbie spotted the Go Everywhere Bag project and was inspired to create.  The magazine may be a back issue, but thank Fons & Porter for archiving it on their website here.  Follow this link for to download the pattern, and better yet, watch the free video tutorial for helpful construction tips!

Nice Work, Debbie!  Thank you for sharing.

Here’s to an inspirational autumn weekend ~~~ Happy Sewing!

 

Fun Friday: A Very Gifted Block (Pre-Cut Friendly, too)!

Tina's Gift Box Block

One of our talented quilting friends, Tina, stopped by the other day to share her current project with us, made with Clothworks fabric, of course!  Check out this darling ‘Pretty Package’ Block she pieced together using the sweet snowman collection released last year by Clothworks called Creature Comforts by designer Barb Tourtillotte.  This is Tina’s contribution to a block exchange. Pretty nifty, eh?!  I also love how she set off her block using the white tonal Impressions Sprig fabric by Clothworks, too!!

package block quilt ufo TinaLooks like Tina has been quilting up a storm, this summer.  She also shared this image of a quilt top pieced with modified ‘Pretty Package’ Blocks.  This was an old UFO that has resurfaced for Tina.  She added some borders and hopes to complete it soon.  Recognize that fabric?  The multicolor Christmas tree print used in the outer border is from the new holiday-inspired Laurel Burch collection called Enchantment, recently released by Clothworks.  It surprisingly works very well in tying together this eclectic mix of holiday prints.  Nice work, Tina!

For those interested in making their own ‘Pretty Package’ Block, there’s a wonderful video tutorial found here on youtube.  Not only is this block super cute, but it’s pre-cut friendly, too (perfect for 5″ and 10″ squares)!

And be sure to head to your LQS to stock up on Clothworks holiday fabrics (Frosty Fun, 25 Days of Christmas, Christmas Wishes, and Enchantment to name a few), because pretty soon they will be here before you know it!

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!

Mariners Madness with American Made Brand and Robin Ruth Designs

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Mariners Compass Baseball Hassock by Robin Ruth Designs using American Made Brand solid cottons. Free Pattern Download here.

If there’s one thing I look forward to every summer here in Seattle, it’s catching a Mariner’s baseball game at Safeco Field.   There’s nothing like enjoying time with friends, scarfing down a hot dog, and rooting for the M’s!  This past Tuesday, it was ‘Stitch ‘N Pitch Night’ at Safeco field, dedicated to the fiber arts community here in Seattle.  The Clothworks crew even made it a fun company outing to celebrate the event.  Along with watching the game– knitting, stitching, and all kinds of crafty handwork was encouraged!  Several local Fiber Arts vendors set up booths in the stadium selling various tools, kits, patterns, and all sorts of projects that you could work on during the game or take home with you for some rainy day.  And speaking of weather, we could not have asked for a more perfect evening– sunglasses and a light jacket was all that was required.

Speaking of the Mariners and fiber arts booths…we bumped into one of our lovely, talented quilter friends, Robin Ruth of Robin Ruth Design.  Robin is well-known in the quilting world for creating a nifty ruler tool that makes it a cinch to create those complex Mariner’s Compass quilt blocks.  Here she is below sporting one of her Mariner’s Compass pieced designs (in Seattle Mariner colors, of course!)Robin Long CollageRobin Ruth Design could not be located in a better place!  Her Mariner’s Compass quilt block designs are near-replicas of the Seattle Mariner’s logo!!  Just look at this nifty duffel bag she made using American Made Brand solid cottons combined with licensed Seattle Mariner’s fabric.

Mariners Compass bag

The Robin Ruth Design booth was decked out in Seattle Mariners team colors, as well as Mariner’s Compass tools and patterns!

Robin Long Booth Mariners Compass patterns

In fact, Robin was offering a free downloadable pattern of this super cool Mariners Compass Baseball Hassock.  Find it here!

Hassock Collage

Robin’s beautiful Mariners Compass designs really lend themselves to the vibrant solid cottons found in the American Made Brand color palette.  Just look at the way she’s color-coded her quilt pattern below using American Made Brand solids.

Sunflower Mariner Quilt Collage

Want to see something else that is American Made…….

Ted & AuronMeet baby Auron, newest addition to the American Made Brand family with grandpa Ted, president!  Now that’s the team spirit!

Fun Friday Show & Tell: These Pincushions are the Bee’s Knees!

Bee Pin Cushions

Had to share these adorable pincushion creations made by our quilting friend and helper, Lorri.  Lorri belongs to a local quilt guild called the Busy Bee Quilters, and recently the guild held a pincushion challenge.  Taking inspiration from their name, Lorri created these busy bee pincushions, using the classic chicken pincushion pattern as a base.  You might not be able to tell in the pic, but the black and white stripe fabric used was from an older Clothworks release by designer Masha D’yans.  Don’t you just love all those details that Lorri added to her bees?  From the daisies to the daisy-shaped button applied to the polka-dot ribbon wings!  The seed bead eyes and thread antennae give personality to these little buggers, too!

Bees and ladybugs pincushions

The bees turned out so cute, Lorri made some ladybug friends!  The solid black fabric used for the ladybugs is American Made Brand cotton, too!  Lorri was so pleased with how her pincushions turned out, she’s been making more to gift them to lucky recipients.  And speaking of luck– according to superstition, it’s good luck to give away a pincushion with a pin stuck in it!

Bee and Pincushion Family

Talk about a Busy Bee! Here’s the whole family!  Well done, Lorri!  Thanks for sharing your adorable pincushions!

Happy Sewing!

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!

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!

 

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.

Quilter's World Cover

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

Fresh Batik Ad

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!

sleeping bag - matching pillow

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.

Sleeping Bag pattern cover

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.

Sleeping bag- full pic

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!