Fabric Inspiration: Wildflowers by Teresa Ascone

Shipping soon to a local quilt shop near you is the newest Clothworks release, Wildflowers, by designer Teresa Ascone.  Inspired by the natural beauty of Alaska, Wildflowers comes alive with prints ranging from swirling auroras, dazzling florals, and vivid nature motifs.  Who knew Alaska could offer so much color inspiration!!?

Teresa’s talented friend, Chris Francis, has been just as inspired by transforming the brilliant fabric designs of Wildflowers by Teresa Ascone, into all kinds of beautifully constructed projects, such as the wristlet wallets pictured above.  Chris and Teresa are excited to share these beautiful works of art.  Take a look below….

Wildflowers will surely add some pizzazz to your wardrobe with these accessory and garment project ideas!

How about sprucing up your home with some colorful Wildflowers creations too?

A quilt made of Wildflowers is a no-brainer, but how about an elegant chair and ottoman re-upholstered in it, too?!

Thank you Teresa and Chris for sharing pictures of these gorgeous creations in Wildflowers.  It’s one thing to admire the gorgeous fabric designs of Wildflowers by Teresa, but seeing it crafted into functional, stunning works of art by Chris takes it to a whole new level!

And before we leave you today, all of these brilliant crafty projects by Chris could not have sprung to life without her trusty sewing machine (almost 60 years old and a gift from her husband during their first Christmas together), a Singer 401a Slant needle pictured here:

Chris comes from a long line of sewists and quilters, with her grandmother recycling worn-out clothing into handmade quilts to keep the family warm during long, cold winters.  Born into a family that created things out of necessity taught Chris the fundamentals of sewing.  As Chris continued to pursue her craft, she learned to manipulate patterns and replicate sewing techniques to create professional-looking creations.  Throughout her sewing career- she has tackled upholstery projects and bridal- developing a knack to take a bride’s vision of her wedding gown and transform it into a work of art.  As she put it herself, “An artist may call it a craft, but I believe it to be art.  My palette is fabric and I love to put together the most unlikely.”

Blue Porcelain by Ellen Crimi-Trent in APQ

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Based on a design by AGF Studio. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Spotted in the April 2017 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting is a nifty office organizer project using the Clothworks fabric collection, Blue Porcelain, by designer Ellen Crimi-Trent.   Quilt tester, Laura Boehnke, made a color version using  Blue Porcelain for the project called Office Space, designed by AGF Studio. The original version is shown in the photo below.

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Based on a design by AGF Studio. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

American Patchwork & Quilting April 2017 is available now.  Head to this link to purchase before April 3rd, 2017.

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And head to the Clothworks online store directory to find a local quilt shop to pick up some Blue Porcelain before it’s gone!

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!

 

Buckle Up Quilt with the Raspberry and Cream Collection

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Buckle Up, designed and made by Bev Getschel.  Picture from McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017

The vintage florals in Raspberry & Cream, the newest Clothworks release by Marsha McCloskey, receive a modern take in this bold, graphic quilt called Buckle Up, designed & made by Bev Getschel.

Spotted in McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017 edition, Buckle Up showcases a big block with a large floral print from the Raspberry & Cream collection.  Red and Cream American Made Brand cotton solids tie together the multicolor floral prints, while forming the graphic ‘belt & buckle’ design.

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Buckle Up, designed and made by Bev Getschel.  Picture from McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2017

Head here to pick up a copy of McCall’s Quick Quilts April/ May 2017 edition, or look for it at your favorite quilting magazine retailer.

Find a local quilt shop on the Clothworks website to pick up some Raspberry and Cream before it sells out!

Introducing Frou-Frou Fabrics in Daisy Trellis Quilt

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Daisy Trellis, a stunning quilt combining trellis patchwork design, daisy applique, and Frou-Frou fabrics & trims, is featured in the new McCall’s Quilting March/ April 2017 edition!

Clothworks is the exclusive American distributor of Frou-Frou fabrics & trims, a company based in Paris, France known for their fine sewing products & masterful way of color-coordinating fabrics, trims, and notions!

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With 6 more weeks of Winter, Daisy Trellis, designed by Heidi Pridemore of TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com, is sure to bring on the Spring! Applique daisies pieced with trellis patchwork come to life in Frou-Frou’s ditsy, dot, and gingham fabrics with spaghetti trims and buttons for added flair.

cover-500Pick up a copy of McCall’s Quilting March/April 2017 edition at your local quilt shop or favorite seller of quilting & sewing media!  Or head to this link to purchase the digital version.

Visit the Clothworks online store directory here to find a local quilt shop to purchase some delicious Frou-Frou fabric, too!

Happy Sewing!

Cherry Mint Giveaway over at Suzy Quilts!

Cherry Mint Fat Quarters- just one of the prizes in the Suzy Quilts Giveaway!

Cherry Mint Fat Quarters- just one of the prizes in the Suzy Quilts Giveaway!

Cherry Mint, the first Clothworks release from multi-talented artist, Reika Hunt, is featured in a giveaway happening now over at Suzy Quilts.

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Suzy’s traditional-meets-minimal quilt pattern, Stars Hollow, could not be more perfect in capturing the loveliness of  Cherry Mint !

Head over to Suzy Quilts to participate in the Stars Hollow + Cherry Mint Giveaway for a chance to win one of the following:

Cherry Mint Fat Quarter Bundle

Stars Hollow Quilt Bundle

A $50 Credit on Longarm Quilting from Sew Shabby Quilting 

 

And by the way….Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting is the maker of that gorgeous Stars Hollow quilt in Cherry Mint seen above.

Good luck!

 

 

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!

 

AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibit: 2017 Dates Announced!

tiny-quilt-challenge_webWe may currently be in the thick of this year’s AMB Mystery Block of the Month challenge, but last year in 2015, we hosted the AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge.  The winners of the AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge debuted in an exhibition shown at this past year’s Road to California Quilt Show in Ontario, CA in January 2016.  From there, the exhibition made a stop at the World Quilt New England Show in Manchester, NH in August of 2016.  Then in September 2016, it headed to Oaks, PA to be featured at the Pennsylvania Nation Quilt Extravaganza.  American Made Brand is excited to announce that the AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge exhibition will continue to travel to more shows in 2017!

Mark your calendars and start planning your trips!  The AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge exhibit will be featured at the following 3 shows:

Although representatives of American Made Brand can not make it to these shows, we’d love to hear from you if you attend them.  Feel free to contact us and send us some pictures of your experience seeing the AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge Exhibition at these shows.

 

Clothworks New Collection: All Afloat by Natalie Bird

The beginnings of something new with my latest fabric, All Afloat… #allafloat #clothworks #thebirdhouse

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One of Clothworks‘ newest designers, Natalie Bird, has been super busy lately!  We spotted on Natalie’s Instagram these adorable patchwork and applique quilts she’s been making from her newest Clothworks collection, All AfloatAll Afloat is due to deliver this Winter 2017, and as the collection name suggests, the theme is all things that float- clouds, hot air balloons, feathers, even flying fish, are just some of the sweet motifs that will ‘float your boat’ in this whimsical collection!

 

Plan to order soon, before All Afloat goes up, up, and away……..!

Pretty little tents… #thebirdhouse #allafloat #clothworks

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Fall Feast Quilt Dazzles in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

Based on a design by Kate Colleran. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. 2016 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Fall’s Falling Leaves quilt – Based on a design by Kate Colleran. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.  ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Autumn is a upon us and my, what a quilt to feast your eyes on!  Clothworks fabric collection Fall Feast by designer Barb Tourtillotte is featured in the new edition of American Patchwork & Quilting, December 2016!  Quilt tester Laura Boehnke used the Fall Feast collection to make her version of Kate Colleran’s Paved in Color quilt.  The original version in solids is shown below.

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Paved in Color by Kate Colleran, the original quilt inspiration for Fall’s Falling Leaves quilt. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.  ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Head to your LQS or favorite retailer to pick up a copy of the December issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, out now on news stands.  Head to the All People Quilt website to see the Fall’s Falling Leaves quilt project and much more from the December 2016 issue.

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Happy Sewing!