AMB Solids in Spiked Pinwheels quilt: A Modern Approach to a Classic!

The vibrant colors of American Made Brand cotton solids are featured in another quilt in Issue #21 of Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine. Spiked Pinwheels, by designer Melissa Dunworth, simply uses 2 contrasting solids from the AMB color palette to create this new take on a classic block design.  With 75 colors in the American Made Brand solids palette, you’re sure to find a color combination that speaks to you!

Find a local quilt shop here that stocks American Made Brand solid cottons and let the fun begin in choosing your colors!  Head to your preferred newsstand to pick up Issue #21 of Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine which is packed with colorful diagram instructions and helpful tips.  Soon, you’ll be making your own version of Spiked Pinwheels in no time!

Georgie Giraffe: Quilting Inspiration with Designer Deb Grogan

Georgie Giraffe QuiltA few weeks ago we blogged about designer Deb Grogan’s adorable quilt, “Georgie Giraffe”, published in Quiltmaker Magazine September/October 2016 edition.  This fun crib-sized quilt features a sweet giraffe applique peeking out from a patchwork lattice design, pieced with splashy, bright Clothworks basics from the Impression Moire line and American Made Brand solid cottons palette.  Quiltmaker featured Deb Grogan on their blog recently, and we thought it was a wonderful post to share with our readers, too.

Follow this link to the Quiltmaker blog post, “Georgie Giraffe: A Visit with Deb Grogan,” which offers a glimpse into the life of an artist, inspired by the intricacies of her surrounding world, and her process in designing quilts.


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!

AMB Mystery Quilt: Block 2 Entries & More!

Block 2 CollageWe’ve made it through another month!  June is just about to wrap up, and so is Block 2, The Most Perfect Hill, from our AMB Mystery Quilt Challenge- ‘Our Land‘!  Thanks to all who shared their beautiful block creations with us through Instagram and email this past month.  The Most Perfect Hill block may have been an uphill battle in terms of piecing, but judging from all of the entries we received, it appears you kicked it into gear and met the challenge!

As we approach the July 4th holiday weekend, we plan to continue our scheduled Monday posts for the AMB Mystery Quilt .  Be sure to check back here on the Works this Monday, July 4th to see the unveiling of Block 3 and winner announcement of the Block 2 entries, too.

So let’s give credit to all of those who shared their Block 2 versions with us!

Block 2 Collage

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

Row 1: Béatrice Marotte, Donette Backlund, Carolyn Walsh,  Sharon Decker

Row 2: Betty Cruikshank, Jennifer Barnes, Lori Ferrari-McCoy, Barbara Roberts

Row 3: Eileen Ryan-QOV block, Eileen Ryan- QFK block, Cynthia Pugh- quilted block, Patty Dudek

Row 4: Laura Johnson, Anne Miro

Fantastic work, ladies!!  Thanks again for sharing your lovely block creations and showing us your quilting skills!  We’ll make the winner announcement in our next AMB Mystery Quilt post this Monday July 4th.  Here’s another peek at the prizes for this round of the challenge.

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Although the call for entries of Block 1-View from the Shore ended last month in May, we received a few blocks during the month of June.  Let’s show off these lovely Block 1 creations!

Block 1 Late Entries Collage

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

Row 1:  Laura Johnson, Cynthia Pugh- quilted

Row 2:  neelie13 from Instagram, Donette Backlund

Fab work, everyone, keep it up!!   Have a happy, fun, and safe Fourth of July.  See you back here on Monday, July 4th with a new AMB Mystery Quilt post, presenting Block 3!!

Pretty Sweet: AMB Solids featured in ‘Candy Gumdrops’ Quilt

Candy GumdropsHave a sweet-tooth for quilting?  Fancy using the delicious American Made Brand cotton solids in your projects?  Then ‘Candy Gumdrops’ is the quilt for you!  Spotted in the American Quilter Magazine May 2016 edition is this yummy quilt designed, made, and quilted by our friends, Anita Peluso of Bloomin’ Workshop, Rochelle Martin of Cottage Quilts Designs, and Loretta Orsborn of Orsborn Specialty Quilting.

If you’ve been following us on our Instagram page @americanmadebrand , then perhaps you noticed our pic of it, too.

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This delightful quilt is sure to please anyone- even the ‘biggest’ kid in your life.  The block design is simple, geometric, and easy to piece for new quilters, too. The versatile, graphic design of this quilt can be made in many different color palette options to suit your taste.

Head to your LQS to stock up on American Made Brand solid cottons and pick up a copy of the most recent edition of American Quilter Magazine.  Or become a member at American Quilter to log-in and take advantage of all the subscription perks!

AQ May 2016 Cover

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!


Show & Tell: American Made Brand Pieced Triangle Quilt

Patty's triangle quilt

Another fun ‘show & tell’ from our friend, Patty, who has been quite prolific with her sewing projects lately!  Although it’s still a work in progress, this quilt top with the equilateral triangle piecing already has uttered a few ‘oohs & ahhs’ around the office, here.  Patty’s smart use of brights, pastels, and jewel tones from the American Made Brand solid fabric palette really make this quilt a stand out!  With the dark grey sashing, the multi-color triangle piecing really pops and almost takes on the look of a stained glass window.  I can’t wait to see the finished project!

And speaking of American Made Brand….

As we wrap up 2015, we look ahead to 2016, with the introduction of 13 new colors into the American Made Brand fabric palette.  That means there will be 75 colors total to choose from-  brights, neutrals, pastels, dark tones, and some muted tones added into the mix!

Stay posted in the New Year for more American Made Brand Solid updates and Here’s to a Happy 2016!


AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Winners: Applique Division


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


***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


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!

3rd place junior quilter

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.

2nd place junior quilter division

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.

1st place junior quilter division

 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!