Quilt Mkt Recap: New AMB Cotton Solids + Quilt Inspiration!

American Made Brand solid cottons continue to fuel the creativity of many a quilter, sewist, and maker!  Clothworks debuted 12 new colors in a Bright & Fresh palette at Quilt Market 2018 in Portland.  These new colors certainly live up to their name and are guaranteed to energize your latest sewing project!  Look for them to deliver this July in your favorite local quilt shop.

Clothworks was also pleased to feature the gorgeous quilts by Maria Shell, on display in our booth at Quilt Market.  Bear Fence (shown in the middle of the pic below) and Hot Seat (on the right in the pic below) captivated the crowds at Quilt Market with their vibrant colors and dynamic piecing.

In case you missed Market, head to Maria’s blog, Tales of a Stitcher, to read about her creative process in making Bear Fence.  For more inspiration, follow this link to her book, Improv Patchwork- Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram, too!

And follow American Made Brand on Instagram & find a shop here to stock up on AMB solid cottons!

AMB Fabric featured in Summer 2018 Quilts and More magazine!

Quilts and More™ magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved

American Made Brand cotton solids are featured in a pieced pillow project in the Summer 2018 edition of Quilts and More™ magazine.

The Stitch & Switch Pillow designed by Corey Yoder is inspired by traditional barn quilts, adapted to fit pillow size.  The perfect project for a quilter who needs something quick and easy to satisfy their quilting fix! Shown below is a version of the pillow in a traditional color scheme.

Based on a design by Corey Yoder. Used with permission from Quilts and More™ magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

The Stitch & Switch Pillow design is so versatile, quilt tester Martha Gamm gave it a completely different feel with the nautical-inspired, navy blue & white color scheme using American Made Brand cotton solids, as shown below.

Based on a design by Corey Yoder. Used with permission from Quilts and More™ magazine. ©2018 Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Head to All People Quilt to download the Summer 2018 edition of Quilts and More™ magazine   or pick up a copy of this magazine, due to hit your favorite newsstand, next week on April 24 through July 24th, 2018.  And most importantly, support your LQS (Local Quilt Shop) by stocking up on American Made Brand solids.

Winner Announced: Jetset Europe Big Fabric Giveaway!

A BIG THANKS to all who participated in the Jetset Europe Big Fabric Giveaway!  Here’s hoping you all had fun finding a shop near you or road-trip worthy.

The winner is:  Ellen with the comment:

‘Miller Dry Goods, Millersburg OH. Wish there was some place a lot closer!’

We will notify Ellen through email to get her shipping address to send her an assortment of Jetset Europe fabrics in 1 yard cuts (Cute Dog not included).

Check back here at the Works and @clothworkswa on Instagram and facebook pages to participate in future fabric giveaways!

   

 

 

 

 

Jetset Europe Big Fabric Giveaway!

Clothworks and Designer Anne Bollman of @annewashere are excited to host a Big Fabric Giveaway of many adorable Jetset Europe fabrics.

To enter the blog contest:

  1. Use the Where to Buy feature on the Clothworks website to find a store that carries Jetset Europe.
  2. Post the name & location of the closest store near you in your comment after this blog post.
  3. This contest is open to those with USA mailing addresses.
  4. Please post your comment by April 9th, 2018 12:00 am Pacific Daylight Time
  5. Leave only one comment per person

One winner will be selected randomly from the comments.  The prize will be an assortment of cute fabrics in 1 yard cuts of Jetset Europe (Cute Dog shown above not included).  Check back here on April 10th, 2018 when the winner will be announced. 

There are more chances to win 1 yard cuts of JetSet Europe fabrics by heading over to @clothworkswa and @annewashereandthere on Instagram, too!

Bon Chance!

(Good luck)

Ring in 2018 with Frenchie Pop Quilt in AMB Solids featured in Quilty Magazine!

American Made Brand solid cottons by Clothworks make the front cover of the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Quilty Magazine in the adorable ‘Frenchie Pop’ quilt!  What’s even more exciting is ‘Frenchie Pop’ was designed and made by me, Stephanie DiCola!  Inspired by French Bulldogs and the colorful art of Andy Warhol, I challenged myself to use all 75 colors in the AMB Solid cotton palette to make this wall-hanging sized quilt.

Dog lover or not, ‘Frenchie Pop’ is sure to win the hearts of many with its cheery, bright color arrangement.  The same French Bulldog applique is repeated in 9 blocks using a different color combination per block to create this eye-catching quilt.  Read how to make this quilt by picking up a copy of the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of Quilty at your favorite newsstand.  And stock up on American Made Brand solid cottons by visiting your local quilt shop (find a shop here)!

 

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!

Winners Announced: Natalie Bird Fabric & Book Giveaway with Martingale!

Thanks to all who left comments in yesterday’s Book and Fabric Giveaway here on The Works for Designer Natalie Bird.  Clothworks has partnered with publisher Martingale to promote the new releases of Natalie Bird’s new book, Cottage-Style Charm, and her new fabric collection, All Afloat.

Everyone left some wonderful comments with fabulous project ideas.  It makes me want to start working on a new sewing project right now!

The following 3 lucky winners have been selected from the comments at random:

Delores Angus (will receive a copy of Cottage-Style Charm)

Kathy Luehrs (will receive a copy of Cottage-Style Charm)

Susan N. (will receive 1 Fat Quarter Pack of All Afloat )

Congratulations, Ladies!  I will be contacting you by email for your shipping addresses.

Thanks again to all who participated in the giveaway.

 

Designer Natalie Bird: Fabric & Book Giveaway with Martingale!

Clothworks is excited to team up with publisher Martingale, for a Book and Fabric Giveaway featuring designer Natalie Bird!  Martingale has just released Natalie Bird’s new book, Cottage-Style Charm, and Clothworks has recently released All Afloat, her newest fabric collection.

Cottage-Style Charm by Natalie Bird, features whimsical embroidery and quilt projects to add some sweetness to your sewing repertoire.  Head to the Martingale blog here to check out additional embroidery tips and to participate in their giveaway of one fat quarter pack of All Float.

All Afloat, the latest Clothworks fabric release by Natalie Bird is inspired by…all things that float!  Think feathers, clouds, balloons, birds, just to name a few of the whimsical motifs that float about in this charming collection.  And check out those darling samples shown above, that Natalie has created with All Afloat.  I’m in love with that wristlet with embroidery patch!

And now that we’ve tempted you….let’s talk about the Giveaway!

3 Prizes will be awarded to 3 lucky winners:

2 copies (1 per winner) of Natalie’s new book: Cottage-Style Charm, published by Martingale

1 Fat Quarter Pack of All Afloat fabric by Clothworks

To enter into the Giveaway:

  1.  Please leave only one comment after this blog post.  What would you make using the All Afloat Fat Quarter Bundle?  Tell us about your most favorite quilt and/or embroidery project that you’ve worked on.
  2. Leave only one comment no later than 11:59 pm PDT today, Wednesday April 12th, 2017.
  3. This contest is open to those with a USA mailing address only.

On Thursday April 13th, we will select 3 comments at random for the winners and will email the winners for their shipping addresses.  Please be sure to check your spam/junk email boxes just in case.  Winners will be announced here on the blog, too.

Make sure you head over to Martingale’s blog here, to participate in their giveaway today.

Good Luck!

Fresh Batiks Botanica Make Front Cover of Love Of Quilting!

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine May/June 2017 edition is out now and Clothworks is thrilled to make the front cover featuring the dazzling, bright Fresh Batiks Botanica III collection in this quilt called Hibiscus.

Hibiscus quilt featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine May/June 2017 edition.

Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner, and what an amazing quilt to compliment the colorful vibes of the seasons!  Hibiscus, designed by Krisanne Watkins, plays up the vibrant batiks with soft hand feel in the Fresh Batiks Botanica III collection by Clothworks.

Clothworks Fresh Batiks Botanica III collection is absolutely stunning in the Hibiscus quilt featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine May/June 2017 edition.

Star blocks set on diagonals with diagonal patch units combined with the bold Fresh Batiks Botanica III colors create a striking quilt design sure to turn heads!  Head to your local quilt shop to scoop up these Fresh Batiks Botanica III fabrics before they go!  And head to the Love of Quilting magazine website to find the May/June 2017 edition, as well as more resources (including video tutorials) to help construct this gorgeous quilt!

 

 

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.”