Show & Tell: AMB Solids in ‘Referenced Materials’ Quilt

img_5786Jill & Marny, designers for Modern Quilt Relish, an independent quilt pattern design company, recently shared these pics of their newest creation made from American Made Brand solid cottons.  Their exquisite quilt, entitled ‘Referenced Materials’, was just installed at the Ames Public Library in Ames, Iowa in honor of a new renovation.  This quilt was specifically designed for the new space.

img_5787 What a truly stunning piece of artwork, and an honor to see the gorgeous solid cottons from the American Made Brand palette used in this creation!  In keeping with their modern aesthetic, Jill & Marny’s quilt, ‘Referenced Materials’ , is an exercise in minimalism with a mix of the unexpected!  Read more about the quilt installation process, as well as view more breathtaking photos of this beautiful work of art on the Modern Quilt Relish blog.  And be sure to poke around a bit on their blog to see their nifty quilt patterns, too!


Road to California Quilt Show Highlights

R2C AMB Booth

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.

Robin Ruth

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.

Convention Center

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.


Fun Friday Show & Tell

kathleen quilt 3

Although it’s a work in progress, I had to share this fun Show & Tell that our dear friend Kathleen, former Clothworks employee & talented quilter extraordinaire, is creating!  Earlier this year, Kathleen was lucky to have taken a class from the fabulous art quilter, Freddy Moran.  If you’re not familiar with Freddy Moran’s work, judging by the pictures of Kathleen’s project, you can see that her style of quilting is eclectic and does not seem to follow any ‘rules’. No regard for straight seams, raw edges on appliques, and wild color combinations are just a few of the criteria that make up Freddy Moran’s rebellious approach to creating art quilts.

Kathleen quilt 1As demonstrated in Kathleen’s project, the backgrounds in Freddy Moran’s art quilts are typically comprised of a patchwork of different monochromatic black & white printed fabrics.  I spy some black & white Clothworks fabrics from the Mojito by Skipping Stones Studio & the organic Sweet Tweets by Penguin & Fish collections.  In typical Freddy Moran style, a collage of fussy cut images clipped from various fabrics, here being a sea creature theme, are appliqued on top of the black & white pieced background.  Do you recognize the seaweed, fish, and mermaid cut from Laurel Burch fabrics in Kathleen’s project?  kathleen quilt 4

Kathleen Quilt 5

The result….a ‘psychedelic ocean scene’ art quilt!

I couldn’t find a website for Freddy Moran, but doing a search on the internet led me to a few quilting books penned by her, offered for sale on Amazon , perfect to put on your holiday wishlist ;).

And for more inspiration, just google ‘Freddy Moran’ and view the image results, and you’ll be blown away by the artistic intensity of her work!