AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibit: Upcoming Shows Announced!

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American Made Brand is thrilled to announce some great news about the Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibit.  After making its debut at the Road to California Quilt Show in Ontario, CA in January, we’ve received a few inquiries on the where-about’s and what-next’s of this exhibit.  We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that the Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibit will be crisscrossing the country from coast to coast and back again, exhibiting at 5 upcoming shows from August 2016 through June 2017!!

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The Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand— was fun and tiny (and easy to pack up and take on the road, too)!  Mark your calendars and start planning your trips as this exhibit is scheduled to travel to the following quilt shows below:

In 2016–

In 2017–

As much as we’d love to, the American Made Brand team have no plans to attend these shows (they are busy dreaming up the next cool AMB awesomeness).  Instead, we’d love to see your pictures of the Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibit at these upcoming shows.  This is a great opportunity for you instagram folks to share your pictures with the tags-  @americanmadebrand and #proudlyamericanmade.

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Winning Colors: Tiny Quilt Challenge Junior Keeps on Winning!

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Had to share this wonderful American Made Brand show and tell with everyone!  Autumn, one of our Junior Division winners in last year’s Tiny Quilt Challenge, has just placed 2nd at a show at Quiltcon with this gorgeous quilt here!  Autumn was the 3rd place winner in the Junior Division of the Tiny Quilt Challenge with her Wacky Spool quilt made from American Made Brand. We rewarded her with fat quarters of American Made Brand in 31 gorgeous colors.  From there, Autumn made this stunning quilt pictured here, mixing in some other printed fabrics with her AMB winnings.  Some might call it luck, but I’d say this young quilter is off to a strong start with her quilting talents!  A big round of applause to Autumn for winning 2nd place with this fantastic quilt!!!  Congratulations and keep up the wonderful work!

 

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!

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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!

 

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

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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!

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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.

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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)!

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American Made Brand en route to Road to California!

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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!

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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.

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Applique Division

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We’ve made it to Day 4, the final day of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  We hope you’ve enjoyed viewing the winning quilts and talented creators who impressed us with their amazing breadth of talent and skills!!  For today’s post, we’re going to honor the winners of the Applique Division.


3rd Place Winner:  Cotton Crop Circles by Linda Hungerford

Inspired by other-worldly visitors? An improvisation-pieced background in various neutral tones presents itself as the perfect backdrop to colorful hand-appliqued circles in various sizes.  Hand-quilting completes this out of this world design!

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2nd Place Winner:  Quilting in the Country by Naida Koraly

Inspired by a favorite quilt shop in Montana, Naida challenged herself to scale down her typical oversized quilting works of art to tiny size.  Here’s her interpretation of the quilt shop hosting a quilt show, displaying quilts on the exterior of the building, set in the idyllic mountain countryside!  Raw-edge applique and free-motion quilting turn this masterpiece into a tiny quilt work of art!

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1st Place Winner:  Heaven’s Kiss by Judy Faulkner

Looks are deceiving in the case of this tiny quilt design.  What appears to be a simple, graphic interpretation of a snowflake is sew much more when peering further into this piece of art.  Inspired by the beauty of nature, Judy took to folded paper and scissors to create her very own Snowflake design.  Embellished with curlicues, this gorgeous design is hand-appliqued and complimented by some very detailed, intricate quilting using rayon embroidery thread.

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 Bravo! Bravo! This concludes the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge!  Congratulations on your fabulous design work and quilting skills!!  See you at the Road to California show in January!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Quilting Division-CORRECTION

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***Please note, there is a correction for the name of the 2nd Place Winning Quilt for the Quilting Division.  It was incorrectly posted in a previous post with the title ‘American Made’.  The correct title of 2nd Place Quilting Winner Marla Varner’s beautiful quilt is called Calder Inspired.  Scroll down to see the correct title and description!

It’s Day 3 of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  Today we’ll be honoring the winners of the Quilting Division.  Not only do these tiny quilt pieces exhibit superb quilting design, the pieced designs are equally exquisite!


3rd Place Winner:  Float by Allison Dutton

Modern and graphic, paper-pieced striped feathers float through a breezy background texture created by stunning machine quilting design!

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2nd Place Winner:  Calder Inspired by Marla Varner

Inspiration taken from the paintings and sculptures of modern artist Alexander Calder led to this experimental design. Improvisational piecing, free hand cutting techniques, hand applique, and playing with primary colors create a work of art in tiny quilt form.  Impressive hand quilting completes this unique design!

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1st Place Winner & GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  Arrow Star by Marla Whalen

A tiny-sized adaptation on a Feathered Star block.  Drafted in Electric Quilt, this Feathered Star block is further complimented by a striking color combination and loads of immaculate machine quilting design.  Well worth the challenge, Marla’s tiny quilt design convinced us to award her the Grand Prize for the Tiny Quilt Challenge! Bravo! We look forward to sending her to see her beautiful piece at the exhibit debut at the Road to California Show in January 2016!

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 Well done and beautiful work, ladies!!  Tomorrow will be the final day that we highlight the winners of the 4th category of The Tiny Quilt Challenge.  See you here, back at the Works, as we honor the Applique Division winners!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Junior Quilter Division

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Day 2 of the winner announcements of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  Yesterday we announced the 3 winners in the Pieced Division, and today we will honor the 3 winners in the Junior Quilter Division.  For this special category, we were thrilled to open up the challenge to ages 18 and below, as to encourage the next generation of quilters and sewists to show off their amazing talents and skills.  Judging from the following winning entries, I’d say we have a fresh crop of rising stars ready to shine in the quilting world!


3rd Place Winner:  Wacky Spool by Autumn

Crazy piecing forms the design of these ‘thread spool’ blocks, with savvy inspiration taken from an quilt image found on Pinterest.  Framed in light blue to compliment the vibrant color-blocked piecing on the ‘thread spools’,  this lovely design highlights the rich colors found in the AMB cotton solid fabric  palette!

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2nd Place Winner:  Beach by Eve

The quilter’s own interpretation of her love for the ocean!  A border made from crazy piecing in shades of watery blues frames a strip-pieced heart applique.  Crazy quilting adds texture to the heart of this quilt.

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1st Place Winner:  Morning Sunlight by Willow

A patchwork background in greens, blues, and grays serves as a starting point to highlight the clever clothesline design at the forefront.  An appliqued sun shines down on various articles of rainbow-hued clothing hung out to dry.  Yarn and decorative embroidery stitching in the ditch add yet another layer of interest.

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 Stellar job, ladies and Major Congratulations!!!  Check back tomorrow here on the Works as we show off another round of winners from the Tiny Quilt Challenge!

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Pieced Division

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the Tiny Quilt Challenge sponsored by American Made Brand.  A BIG THANKS to all the talented quilters that entered this contest!!  There were a total of 228 quilts registered by 158 quilters competing in the following categories:

Pieced Division

Junior Quilter Division

Quilting Division

Applique Division

Three winners were selected for each category and one winner was selected out of all these winners to be awarded the Grand Prize, making the total number of 13 prizes awarded during the Tiny Quilt Challenge.

Participants registered quilts that were no larger than 15″ x 15″ using the beautiful fabrics from the American Made Brand solids fabric collection by Clothworks.  Entrants who submitted quilts in the challenge originated from 31 states in the USA, as well as 2 Canadian Provinces!  For the next few days, we’re going to honor the winners in each of the 4 categories by highlighting the winning quilts in a blog post for each division.  All winning quilt submissions from the Tiny Quilt Challenge will be part of the 40 total quilts shown at the Tiny Quilt Exhibition debuting in January 2016 at the Road to California Quilt Show.  We’re excited to send the Grand Prize winner of the Tiny Quilt Challenge to sunny, warm California to see their winning quilt exhibited in this quilt show!!

Without further ado, let’s honor our Pieced Division Winners in the Tiny Quilt Challenge.  Pieced to perfection, it’s mind-boggling to see the amount of work and technique that was involved in creating quilts in such a small format!


3rd Place Winner:  Check Mark by Beth Shutty

A graphic mini-Bargello style quilt, designed and drafted by Beth to mimic a check mark.  Quilting highlights the movement of this intriguing design!

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2nd Place Winner:  Blue Balance by Jenny Wagner

Tiny log cabin blocks inspired by the balance of color found in nature.  Foundation piecing, pieced  by machine, complimented by hand quilting create an exquisite down-to-earth design!

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1st Place Winner:  Star of Bethlehem by Julie LaDuke

Miniature-scale replica, masterminded by Julie, inspired by the color and design of a lone star quilt found in a Better Homes & Gardens Patchwork Quilting book from 1977.  Breath-taking design complete with 32 paper-pieced star wedges and Y-seams!

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Brilliant job & Congratulations, ladies!  Stay posted for another round of Tiny Quilt Challenge winners in the next post here on the Works!