Craft Project Organization Tips from Penguin & Fish

Alyssa Thomas, designer & owner of Penguin & Fish, shows off her valuable organization tips!

Alyssa Thomas, designer & owner of Penguin & Fish, shows off her valuable organization tips!

Happy First Day of Autumn to you!  With the cooler weather on the way, the seasonal transition signals a time to come back inside from fun-in-the-sun Summer and spend more time indoors working on craft projects.  For most of you, those projects may have been sitting in a messy pile, collecting dust for the past few months while you’ve enjoyed the warm weather & sunshine.  Clothworks fabric designer, Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish, offers up some amazing organizational tips that will help motivate you to get back into your creative zone.  Head over to her blog to read the post here!


Here Kitty Kitty featured in Easy Quilts Spring 2015 Edition


The Crafty Kitty quilt featured in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 .

Fancy that!  Another adorable quilt found in the Spring 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts showcasing a Clothworks fabric collection.  The Crafty Kitty quilt designed by textile artist, Alyssa Thomas, uses fabric from Alyssa’s fabric collection, Here Kitty Kitty for her company, Penguin & Fish released by Clothworks.  With whimsical prints of kitties chasing balls of yarn, modern geometrics, polka dots, and stripes reminiscent of a tabby cat’s markings, the Here Kitty Kitty collection in its soft pastels is perfectly highlighted in this simple patchwork quilt!

Here Kitty Kitty Collage

Here Kitty Kitty by Alyssa Thomas of Penguin & Fish for Clothworks


But this is not your ordinary patchwork quilt.  Designer Alyssa Thomas has added another layer of whimsy to this quilt!  Here Kitty Kitty is brought to life with an adorable cat applique caught pawing a ball of yarn applied atop the patchwork squares in The Crafty Kitty quilt.  Follow the instructions which can be downloaded for purchase here, and you’ll learn the stitch techniques to make this quilt the cat’s meow!

The Crafty Kitty

The Crafty Kitty Quilt from Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 edition.

In the soft blues, pinks, greys, and yellows- this quilt would make an excellent baby quilt!  And better yet, Here Kitty Kitty is made of 100% Organic Cotton, to please both the eco-friendly and the cat lovers of the world.  Did I mention that Clothworks is running a promo on Here Kitty Kitty, too?  Stock up before it’s too late!



Critter Patch decks out the Thanksgiving Table!


Critter Patch Holiday Place Holders picture taken from the website of Penguin & Fish by designer Alyssa Thomas.

Turkey in oven…..check ✔

Potatoes mashed and chilling in the fridge…..check ✔

Pies are baked and resting on the buffet…..check ✔

Silverware polished…..check ✔

Tablecloth washed, pressed, and on the table…..check ✔

Extra chairs set around the table…..check ✔

Just when you think you’re fully prepared for Thanksgiving Dinner, something seems to be amiss.  Did you forget the placeholders?!!  Heaven forbid you sit Aunt Ethel next to daughter Judy’s new boyfriend from university without a proper introduction!!  Have no worries!  Thanks to talented designer, Alyssa Thomas, we’ve got you covered for that!  Head to Alyssa’s website, Penguin & Fish, where you’ll find some adorably-illustrated placeholders (at this link) to festoon your Thanksgiving table!  Not only are these whimsical creatures the same sweet ones found in the Critter Patch fabric collection that Alyssa also designed for Clothworks, but they are seasonally-appropriate (squirrels, acorns, and autumn leaves in hip harvest hues!).  But did I mention they’re FREE??!!!  Head to this link and Happy Thanksgiving!

Clothworks Makes a Splash at Quilt Market!

AMB Booth 1

It’s Quilt Market time and the location this year is in Pittsburgh, PA!  The Clothworks team has worked very hard to beautify our booth at Market with some tantalizing displays of new fabric collections.  If you need a dose of cheeriness, get a load of these pics snapped at market!  The bright color selection of our debut basic line, American Made Brand solids, is sure to turn that frown upside down!!

AMB dazzling display

We’re pleased to introduce our new line of solids, American Made Brand fabric, All-American made solid fabric at Quilt Market this year.  From farm to fabric, the cotton was grown right here in the USA and processed, dyed, and cut onto bolts here, too!!  So c’mon, get happy and feast your eyes on the Clothworks Booth at Quilt Market- Booth # 1944 and 1945.

AMB booth 2

Loving these candy-colored tuffets below made up in AMB solids!

AMB Booth Tuffets

Modern quilt designer and AMB collaborator Heather Jones of olive and ollie is glowing against a backdrop of AMB solids!

AMB Booth Heather

Besides these cheerfully bright pictures of American Made Brand solids, here are a few pics of Clothworks fabric shown in the booth, made up into beautiful quilts:

Clothworks Booth 1

Clothworks Booth 3

Peg Conley looks right at home in her booth displaying her vibrant and watercolor-like interpretations of floral and garden-inspired designs.  The quilt and fabric shown in her booth pictured below is from the Clothworks line, Cultivate Your Joy.

Peg Conley booth 2

Also spotted at this year’s Spring Market is the Penguin & Fish booth.  Designer Alyssa Thomas has been collaborating with Clothworks under the Penguin & Fish name, lending her sweetly whimsical designs to our organic fabric.

Penguin & Fish booth

If you can’t make it to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh this year, we sure hope that these pictures put a smile on your face!  Enjoy!!

If you’re lucky enough to make it to Quilt Market this year, look for Clothworks in Booth #’s 1944 and 1945!  Or look for the Clothworks quilted logo shown here:

Clothworks quilt

And a reminder…starting Monday, May 19th, the AMB Blog Tour launches a 50 state tour through June 20th.  Check back here at The Works as we travel coast to coast across the USA on this virtual roadtrip highlighting some of the country’s most talented bloggers!