American Made Mystery BOM Quilt: Block 6 Canyonlands: Quilts For Kids


Have you wondered about the “Quilts for Kids” connection to the AMB Mystery Quilt? Quilts for Kids is a wonderful organization founded specifically to wrap kids in need in the love of a special quilt. Kids who receive quilts are hospitalized and facing life-changing illnesses, or have suffered from abuse. QFK founder Linda Arye knew she wanted to use her quiltmaking talent to help kids – even total strangers – and knew she could find other quilters who felt the same way. 16 years later, over 200,000 children have received quilts worldwide! To support this wonderful cause, we designed a version of the Mystery Quilt that will meet QFK size guidelines. We will post the finishing instructions for this version, which you can make in any colors you choose, at the end of the challenge next February. We hope some of our quilters will choose to donate their quilts! Even if you’d like to hold onto your Mystery Block quilt or donate it to another cause, please consider the Quilts for Kids mission for your next charitable quilting project!

Clothworks, parent company of American Made Brand, was just recently featured in the Quilts for Kids Fall Newsletter, as we just shipped a truckload of fabric donations!  Check out this nice feature post below:



Find  Block 6 “Canyonlands” here.  For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished Block 6 on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com

 If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find the previous blocks in the links below:

Find Block 5 “Amongst The Trees” here.

Find Block 4 “The Mountains Are Calling” here.

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

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Very Special Show & Tell: Quilts of Valor Block

QOV Candice BlocksGreetings!  Friday is here and a 3 day weekend is ahead of us- in honor of Memorial Day this Monday.  This Show & Tell could not be more appropriate to share with you.  Candice, Creative Director here at the ‘Works, has been busy making blocks for Quilts of Valor.  Shown here are 4 blocks she pieced using some beautiful Clothworks fabrics (recognize the marbled blenders from the Tranquility collection?).  Candice used the free pattern from the Quilts of Valor website, the Valor Square, which happens to be the 2016 National Block for QOV.  The Valor Square block is a fairly simple block that even a confident beginner can piece together with ease.  Find the free pattern download here.

QOV signed blockThese beautiful blocks will be forwarded to a LQS who are collecting more finished blocks which will be pieced together to make quilts to donate to Quilts of Valor, a charity that honors the men and women who have served our country, with quilts.  As instructed on the QOV website, Candice even signed her block.

Find out more about the Quilts of Valor charity here.  Download the free pattern of the Valor Square Block here Visit a LQS to stock up on Clothworks basics and printed fabrics, too!

Have a super Memorial Day weekend and Happy Sewing!

American Made Mystery Quilt- Week 2- Charities



Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day whatever you did and welcome back to our AMB Mystery BOM!  Unfamiliar with the Quilts For Kids or Quilts of Valor organizations?  Well these are a couple of our very favorite charities for quilters.  They do such wonderful work connecting avid quilters and sewists with children and veterans in need of a little extra love.  

Quilts for Kids provides patchwork quilts to comfort kids of all ages, including teens in need. Whether the need stems from serious illness, poverty or abuse, these quilts offer comfort to kids who need it the most. Founder Linda Arye says that as she got the organization started, friends told her “no one would make quilts for some stranger’s child,” but Linda put her belief in the compassion and generosity of quilters. Today, Quilts for Kids wraps the warmth of a new, handmade quilt around 30,000 children each year. Find out more here.

Quilts of Valor Foundation aims not to just comfort veterans with a quilt, but honor them. A Quilt of Valor says unequivocally, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor” in serving our nation in the armed forces, usually in combat or other extraordinary circumstances. Most quilts are accompanied by a note explaining the quilter’s journey in creating it, and all are labeled as QOV quilts. The foundation records each quilt presented for a total of 136,638 (and counting!) Find out more here.

Whatever you decide to do with your American Made Brand Mystery quilt – gift it, donate it, or even keep it to admire yourself – we would love to know!  Of course, you have lots of time to decide what to do with your quilt as you come along on this mysterious adventure across Our Land. 

American Made Brand used in Quilts to honor Firefighters


Our local news affiliate here in Seattle, WA shared this wonderful story about a lovely group of quilters donating their time & talent on a special charity quilt project.  The Friday Friends Quilters group (part of the local Tri-City Quilters’ Guild) are making charity quilts for an injured firefighter and families of the fallen firefighters who bravely battled the forest fires last summer in Twisp, WA.  Great to see American Made Brand used in these very special quilts.  Read more about this heart-warming story and view pictures here at the KOMO news website.


The Season of Giving: Clothworks Fabrics Made into Charity Quilts!

Frog & Toad Charity QuiltOne of the local quilt guilds near us in the greater Seattle, WA- area, had some fun show & tell that they sent in today.  Since we’re in the midst of the season of giving, perhaps this might inspire ya’ll to be as charitable as these kindhearted quilters are!

Shown in the pic above is Cindy, a member of Busy Bee Quilter’s Guild.  She’s proudly showing off one of her charity quilts made from the Clothworks collection, Frog & Toad Together.  This quilt will be donated to a homeless shelter in Everett, WA to comfort & warm a less-fortunate child.

This darling quilt pictured below using another Clothworks collection you might remember, called Hullabaloo by Iron Orchid Designs, was also made by Cindy.  It, too, will be donated to the homeless shelter in Everett.

hullabaloo charity quilt

The Busy Bee Quilter’s Guild surely lives up to its name!  As part of the guild’s mission, they routinely collaborate on making quilts to donate to charities all throughout the year.  Just take a look at them below in action in what they affectionately call ‘the sweatshop’!

Sewing Bee pic

In this hive of industry with creativity buzzing about, even husband Gary (pictured above in the middle) wants to be a part of the action and is working on a quilt, too.

Pictured below are a few more members of Busy Bee Quilters Guild.  That’s Jean at the left, and Cathy at the right.

Quilting Bee pic 2

For more info on the Busy Bee Quilter’s Guild, head to this link.

What about you?  Do you or your quilt guild contribute quilts to charities?  Which charities?



Dog Park Fabric Giveaway: Winner Announced!


Dog park fabric

Thanks to all who participated in this short mini-giveaway!  After reading all of the comments, you all sound like a very charitable, giving group!!  Kudos to you for your warm hearts and kindness!

Now on to the winner announcement!

Selected at random from all the comments is…..


Congratulations, Veronika!  I’ll be contacting you in a separate email for your shipping information so I can mail your fabric to you as soon as possible! (Check your spam mail just in case)

Thanks to all who left comments and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Jason!

Toni and her sonHere’s to another very special veteran, as we honor them for their service with a Quilt of Valor made from love by Clothworks and friends!  Pictured above, at left, is the magnificent Toni B., Quilting Queen and Sample Room Extraordinaire here at the Works.  She is presenting the 2nd and final quilt made from blocks constructed during the Everything Blue Block Hop to her son, Jason, pictured at the right.  Jason most recently completed 12 years with the military, serving in the following countries:  Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  We’re not permitted to disclose Jason’s job description as it is labeled classified, but his mother speaks highly of his brilliant mind!  From Toni’s description, it’s quite natural for Jason to carry on a heavy conversation about chemistry, physics, and all sorts of science-related stuff!  I don’t know about you, but most of those subjects are way over my head– so I’m in total awe!!  Jason, we salute you for your all of your hard work and commitment to serving the USA!!  Thank you and we hope you enjoy the quilt!!

And…. a big thanks to all the folks who had a hand in making these quilts made from designer Marsha McCloskey’s gorgeous line, Everything Blue!  Everything Blue was such a popular line of fabric, Marsha has designed a follow-up collection called Everything Blue II.   Keep your eyes peeled for this fabric collection to pop up at a local quilt shop.  Many, many thanks to Toni B., along with retired Clothworks employee Bonnie, for all of their countless hours and hard work in designing the layout and piecing all of the block hop blocks together- with sashing, cornerstones, and borders- for both quilts! Also–much thanks to Loretta Orsborn for her fabulous quilting!

With all that being said….Happy Thanksgiving to all of our fabulous followers of The Works!  We wish you safe travels and a wonderful time with family & friends!

‘Best Friends’ is worth Giving Thanks! (with a Giveaway, too)

easy quilts cover winter 2014

Featured now in the Winter 2014 edition of Easy Quilts magazine by Fons & Porter is a quilt that will really appeal to the animal lover in you!  Made using fabrics from one of Clothworks’ most recent releases, Dog Park by studio.k, is the ‘Best Friends’ quilt by Nancy Lacey.

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With a finished size of 46 1/4″ x 59″, the ‘Best Friends’ quilt will make the perfect quilt for curling up on the couch with your favorite lap dog friend!  Head to Fons & Porter’s link to purchase this issue of Easy Quilts magazine (available also in digital download for purchase), and let the step-by-step instructions with illustrations guide you to construct this adorable quilt.

Best Friends quilt

Comprised of a center star surrounded by 8 Friendship Star blocks, it’s no wonder this quilt has earned its name as ‘Best Friends’.  Designer Nancy Lacey highlights the tossed canine prints from the Dog Park collection by Clothworks with her use of fussy-cutting in the pieced blocks.  Not only does Nancy Lacey contribute quilts for magazines like this one, but she also works for Quilts for Kids Inc., a charitable organization that helps connect quilts for kids in need.  Check out the link to the Quilts for Kids organization to find out more information on how to volunteer and help out in this wonderful charity.  Or, better yet….you could make this quilt here to donate to Quilts for Kids, since the ‘Best Friends’ quilt pattern meets the requirements for donations and QFK approved!

So, now, about that giveaway, eh?

Since we’re approaching the season of giving, I’ve got a few substantially-sized pieces of fabrics from the Dog Park collection (as pictured below) I’d like to giveaway to one lucky blog post reader as a big THANKS for following us here at the Works!!  Perhaps the lucky winner will be inspired to use this fabric to make a quilt for a charity or a gift for your favorite furry friend.  The Gift of Giving keeps on giving, right?!!

Dog park fabric

To enter  the Dog Park Fabric giveaway:

1)  Leave only one comment on this blog post.  Please tell me what types of charities you support, and if so, do you make quilts or other donations to those charities.

2)  This giveaway is open to folks who have a USA shipping address only.

3)  Please leave your comment by Monday November 24th, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

I will draw one comment at random to select the lucky winner and will contact them by email for their shipping address.  The winner will be announced here on the Works on Tuesday November 25th, 2014.  I’d love to ship your prize out before the holiday!

Best of luck to all who participate! 🙂


Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Michael!


It might be a week after Veteran’s Day, but it’s never too late to salute and honor the veterans in our lives.  You may remember from last year, the crew here at Clothworks working on a few quilt projects constructed from Marsha McCloskey’s Everything Blue collection.  Most of us in the office and a few talented bloggers we know, contributed enough quilt blocks during the Everything Blue Block Hop that were transformed into 2 large quilts.  The Red, White, & Blue color scheme of these quilts took on a patriotic mood, and it was only appropriate to donate them to a veteran.  Since there are a few members of the Clothworks team that have a special veteran in their lives, we couldn’t look any further from them.

Pictured above from left to right is our lovely Susan (who works in Customer Service/ Order Entry at Clothworks), her husband Michael (Vietnam Veteran), and Ted (CEO of Clothworks).  We presented 1 of the 2 Quilts of Valor we made to Michael.  Michael served as a Medical/Dental Specialist at Camp Kue Army Hospital in Okinawa from 1970-1973.  We salute Michael and hope this quilt will serve as a reminder of our appreciation for his service!

Stay tuned soon in a separate post as we salute another special veteran with the other Quilts of Valor Quilt we completed.