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!

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!

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!

Fun Friday Show & Tell: Compost Tote

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Just in time, for the ‘day after’ Thanksgiving dinner, some Show & Tell from the creative staff here at the Clothworks home office!  Shown here is something of a clever contraption, which I’m going to call the Compost Hamper.  Instead of having an unsightly plastic compost bucket lying around your kitchen counter collecting your food scraps to be composted, Pat in Accounting & Susan in Order Entry & Customer Service, devised and created this nifty invention to add a little pizzazz to your home decor.

compost bin 2Pat went to Home Depot to gather up all of the PVC piping and joints to create the frame for the ‘hamper’.  Once the frame was constructed, she gave Susan the measurements to draft and sew a fabric bag.  Do you recognize that fabric?  The modern floral from the Lady Bug Blooms collection designed by Anne Bollman, released earlier this year by Clothworks, adds a fun splash of color to Pat’s neutral kitchen decor.

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Susan’s genius idea of constructing the fabric bag with loops that have snaps, allows for 2 purposes.  The first purpose, although not pictured here, is to line the fabric bag with a bio-compost bag to be secured by the snaps when closing the tabs.  That way you can throw in your food scraps without soiling the fabric bag too much.  The second purpose for the tabs makes for easy removal of the fabric bag for laundering.

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And voila!  Hope this nifty idea inspires you in your sewing!  Besides being used to disguise your compost, I could also see this invention used as a bin for fabric scraps in your sewing room.  Hmmm….sounds like the perfect gift idea for a few crafty folks on my Christmas list 🙂

Make an ‘Elegant’ Runner in About an Hour!

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Our shipper extraordinaire, Debbie, brought in this fun show & tell project made from the newly released Clothworks collection, Elegant Roosters by Dan DiPaolo.  Though not yet completed, Debbie was pleased with how quickly she could construct this pieced runner top……in just about an hour!

Elegant Roosters wallhanging

Clothworks is cross-promoting this runner pattern called Around the Block using the Elegant Roosters block print and coordinating fabrics. Head to this link to view the pattern mock-up kit matrix in these fabrics, and head to Pieced Tree Patterns for info on ordering the pattern.

Happy Sewing!

Show & Tell: Craft Day Fun with Clothworks fabrics!

Camper Applique

I just had to share this fun show & tell piece with you today.  Debbie, Shipper Extraordinaire here at Clothworks, had some fun putting together this applique piece during a recent crafternoon session.  The name of the pink daisy dot fabric escapes me, but I do recall that being an older Clothworks release that Debbie dug out of her stash.  I adore how she used this print in her camper applique, as well as the other shades of pink fabrics.  They lend a ‘girly’ look to this scene.  The batiks from Clothworks Mineral Batiks line work perfectly as background prints for the sky and grassy ground- giving a textured feeling.

The Fresh Batik Mineral Batik fabrics are one of the many collections that Clothworks carries in their Basic range of fabrics.  Below are just a few colors showing off the assortment of rich colors and lovely watercolor textures in these soft-handed batik tonals!  Be sure to visit your local quilt shop to check them out!

FB Minerals

And if you’re curious about that cute Camper applique design, Debbie followed a block from Amy Bradley DesignsCampers Quilt Pattern‘.

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I’m anxious to see what she continues to make in this selection of camper applique designs.  After seeing how her first block turned out, it sounds as if Debbie has inspired her daughter to create her own version, too!  Hope we’ve lent some inspiration to your day, too!

Happy Sewing!

 

Clothworks Welcomes New Backyard with German Potluck!

Before & After Backyard Collage

Although the Summer season may feel like it’s coming to an end with kids going off to school, the weather is a different story.  Especially here in the Pacific Northwest where the Clothworks HQ is based.  With the El Nino weather pattern in full gear for this year, the meteorologists are forecasting a mild & dry Autumn season through Winter season.  Good thing we finally cleaned up our backyard just in time to enjoy the warm summer weather, and with any luck, some mild days throughout the rest of the year!  Above you can see a before & after picture.

If you’ve been following us here on the Works, we had a little help from some friends…..the goats of Amazin’ Grazers, an urban goat rental, who chewed away at all of the overgrowth in our backyard.

Before & After Bkyd Collage

It most certainly was a jungle back there.  We had no idea there was a storage shed in the back until the goats ate away at all of the bushes and brambles!  So with the backyard cleaned up, it was time to christen it, and in true Clothworks fashion, we celebrated with a POTLUCK!  Hey, the family that eats together, stays together, right?

German Potluck Collage

One of our esteemed warehouse crew members, Chef Steve (pictured above manning the grill), was excited to share a popular delicacy from his home state of Wisconsin, Usinger’s Famous Sausage.  The tag line for Usinger’s Sausage is ‘America’s Finest Sausage’….quite fitting for the folks that bring you American Made Brand Fabrics!  This set the tone for our potluck theme– a German-style Potluck with all of the essentials:  grandma’s homemade potato salad, sauerkraut, pickles, mustard and tons of fantastic side salads, as well as rich desserts including homemade kuchen made with fresh blackberries and apple strudel.  It was fun to celebrate in our new backyard patio……even if we ate like goats! 🙂

Brat lunch

Goat Update: Job Well Done!

goat and water bucket

Our goat friends from Amazin’ Grazers Urban Goat Rental have completed their work last week!  Nearly all of the overgrowth in the backyard at the Clothworks Headquarters has been cleared away by these amazing creatures who had quite an appetite!!  It seemed like our goat friends did not want to stop eating.  Now came the most challenging task– herding the goats back into their truck!

Adrienne and Goat

With treats to coax the goats , Adrienne of Amazin’ Grazers devised a genius plan with the assistance of some of the Clothworks staff to help lure the goats one by one back to their truck.  A holding pen helped keep the goats from running up the new found rocky ridge in our backyard.

Goat Wranglin'

Marvin, a member of the esteemed Clothworks warehouse crew, became the ‘Goat Doorman’, while Debbie, Clothworks shipper extraordinaire, donned her new title, ‘Goat Wrangler’.

Goat with carrot

Debbie attempts to use a carrot to wrangle this little fellow, but I think he must have eaten too many plants in the backyard as he appears to react with indifference.  Adrienne attempts to wrangle the other little fellow playing a game of hide-n-seek in our new found shed.

Debbie and 2 goats

That Debbie has quite the goat wrangling skills!!  Look at her lead two of them at once!  She must be a ‘Goat Whisperer’!

dragging goat

Adrienne did not have as much luck as Debbie.  I think this fellow had so much fun feasting on the brambles in the backyard, he did not want to leave!

Goats getting on the truck

Eventually, all goats were led back to the truck!

Time to ‘goat’ bye-bye!

We at Clothworks thoroughly enjoyed having Adrienne and the goats from Amazin’ Grazers take care of business in our backyard!!

Here are some pictures of the yard taken at different stages to show you the progress of the goats:

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It started out like this…..

Goats go up the hill

Friday Morning

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And….voila!

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Now we look forward to enjoying our new backyard during the summer!