It’s ‘A Formal Affair’ with elegant Elcott Park by Clothworks!

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‘A Formal Affair’ quilt by Toby Lischko. Photo from the magazine Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Jan/ Feb 2017 edition.

The Elcott Park fabric collection by Skipping Stones Studio, released by Clothworks a few months ago, adds a sophisticated flair to this traditional log cabin block design by Toby Lischko, aptly titled, ‘A Formal Affair’Elcott Park, with its neutral-inspired color scheme of black and white and beige, will surely find a niche in anyone’s home with this cozy bed sized quilt!

‘A Formal Affair’ is featured in the newest edition of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Jan/Feb 2017, currently out on newsstands.   Head to your LQS to purchase a copy, or follow this link to purchase by download.

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Visit the Clothworks Store Directory to find a shop that stocks Elcott Park to purchase the fabric to make this beauty of a quilt!

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‘A Formal Affair’ quilt by Toby Lischko. Photo from the magazine Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Jan/ Feb 2017 edition.

Happy Sewing!

Visit Clothworks at Houston Quilt Market!

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International Quilt Market in Houston, TX kicks off tomorrow- Saturday, October 24th, 2015 through Monday, October 26th, 2015.  The Clothworks team has landed and prepared this gorgeous booth (#237) showcasing the brilliant American Made Brand solid fabrics in all of their colorful glory!

For those who have special access to Quilt Market this weekend, stop by booths #234 & #237 to say hi to the Clothworks team!  We’ll also be debuting new collections from new designers and much, much more!

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The fabric fun does not end!  After Quilt Market, Clothworks will continue to showcase the beautiful American Made Brand fabrics in booth #237 at International Quilt Festival in Houston from Wednesday October 28th, 2015- through Sunday November 1st, 2015.  Stop by and say hi, as I’ll be one of the lucky Clothworks team members working the booth at Festival!

Show & Tell: Craft Day Fun with Clothworks fabrics!

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I just had to share this fun show & tell piece with you today.  Debbie, Shipper Extraordinaire here at Clothworks, had some fun putting together this applique piece during a recent crafternoon session.  The name of the pink daisy dot fabric escapes me, but I do recall that being an older Clothworks release that Debbie dug out of her stash.  I adore how she used this print in her camper applique, as well as the other shades of pink fabrics.  They lend a ‘girly’ look to this scene.  The batiks from Clothworks Mineral Batiks line work perfectly as background prints for the sky and grassy ground- giving a textured feeling.

The Fresh Batik Mineral Batik fabrics are one of the many collections that Clothworks carries in their Basic range of fabrics.  Below are just a few colors showing off the assortment of rich colors and lovely watercolor textures in these soft-handed batik tonals!  Be sure to visit your local quilt shop to check them out!

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And if you’re curious about that cute Camper applique design, Debbie followed a block from Amy Bradley DesignsCampers Quilt Pattern‘.

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I’m anxious to see what she continues to make in this selection of camper applique designs.  After seeing how her first block turned out, it sounds as if Debbie has inspired her daughter to create her own version, too!  Hope we’ve lent some inspiration to your day, too!

Happy Sewing!

 

On the Road Again: AMB on Tour at Upcoming Quilt Festivals!

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American Made Brand fabrics will be making the quilt exhibit circuit, featured in some gorgeous quilts at a few quilt festivals this Autumn!  Quilts made of American Made Brand solids featured in the Farm to Fabric Challenge from 2014, as well as the lovely AMB License Plate Quilt (as shown above) will be shown in 3 upcoming quilt festivals.  Fill up your gas tanks, rev up your engines, and take a road trip to these quilt festivals to view the American Made Brand Farm to Fabric Challenge Quilt Exhibit.  Here’s your chance to see these absolutely fantastic quilts in person:

September 17-20, 2015 – Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXII- Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA

October 8-10, 2015 – Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs- Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, CA

October 15- 18, 2015- Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIV- Santa Clara, CA

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Last year in 2014, in conjunction with the debut of American Made Brand solid fabrics, we hosted the Farm to Fabric Quilt Challenge where entrants were asked to design & make their quilts using the beautiful assortment of American Made Brand solid fabrics and answer the theme question: What does it mean to you, your family or your community to bring fabric production back to America to use in your American made quilts?  Several applicants submitted quilts, but through the juried contest, a handful of the best quilts were selected to be exhibited.  Clothworks is excited to continue touring the Farm to Fabric Challenge Quilt exhibit so that you may have a chance to admire these amazing quilts made from AMB!

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You might also remember from last year here on the Works, we took you on the AMB Blog Tour– a virtual road trip visiting all 50 States in the USA, meeting a new blogger per state, and viewing their contribution to the AMB License Plate Quilt.  This quilt will also be featured along with the Farm to Fabric Challenge Quilt Exhibit at the upcoming quilt festivals mentioned above.

The Farm to Fabric Challenge Exhibit along with the AMB License Plate Quilt was shown at The World Quilt Show in Manchester, NH from August 13-15.  Although we missed it, you can read the account of it from our blogger friend, Victoria of Park Hill Farm, also known as ‘Ms. New Hampshire’ on the AMB Road Trip Blog Tour.

And just a reminder…..

It’s not too late to enter into this year’s American Made Brand Quilt Challenge, The Tiny Quilt Challenge for 2015.  We are still taking entries through September 15, 2015.  This year we’re extremely excited to offer a ‘Junior’ category for entrants below the age of 18!

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Read here for full details on how to enter and register your quilt into the AMB Tiny Quilt Challenge…… and Good Luck!

 

 

Clothworks Open House: A Success!

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If you’ve been following us here at the Works, you may have seen that we made a big move recently.  After months of planning, preparation, and clean-up, we moved into our new location just across town at the beginning of the new year.  Having had a few months to settle into our new digs, it was about time that we host an official Open House, welcoming our beloved customers to our new location in Seattle.  If you made it out to see us at the Clothworks Open House last Thursday and Friday, we greatly appreciate having you come out to see the new warehouse set-up!

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Not only did we entice our customers to attend the Open House with food (did I mention the pork & chicken sliders and chocolate brownies??), but we provided each of our customers with complimentary sample squares of our new cotton solid collection, the American Made Brand fabrics, pictured in the basket above, and also ran a ‘Winter’s End Sale’ with some screamin’ deals!!  No wonder we had some out-of-state folks make the trek up to Seattle to take advantage of the promos!

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Aurifil thread, Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric, American Made Brand Cotton solids, as well as AMB color cards & totebags, and Cut Goods were just a few of the featured items on promo during our Open House, besides the other stock listed in our sale catalog.

In case you missed the Open House, here are a few pics of our new warehouse below:

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The vaulted ceilings in our new warehouse provice ample space to display the beautiful quilts made from our fabrics, constructed by our talented team of sample-makers!

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Our new warehouse accommodates the expanding fabric collections we offer, as well as providing our wholesale customers with a user-friendly shopping experience.  With neatly marked shelves, wider aisles, and lots of light, it’s no wonder our wholesale customers lingered a bit longer to stock up on tons of fabric!

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The Clothworks crew had a lot of fun hosting the Open House last week! As we mingled with our customers, it was fun to meet some new folks and re-connect with our long-time, dedicated ones.  It appeared that our customers enjoyed the Open House, too!  So much so, that they wanted to climb in the trunk of their car to be with their fabric! 🙂

Clothworks Basics Shine in ‘Boxed Jewels’ Quilt

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Boxed Jewels quilt from Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 edition.

Besides carrying a range of eclectic printed fabric collections and the new line of made in the USA solid cottons called American Made Brand solids, Clothworks stocks a plethora of basic fabrics year-long.  From jazzy Laurel Burch basics in brights & metallics to watercolor-like batik tonals called Minerals, there’s definitely something to cater to everyone’s taste.  Just browse through our basics selection on the Clothworks website by clicking the pic below to see for yourself!

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Yet another visually-stunning, but simple block quilt, ‘Boxed Jewels’ shown at the top of the post is found in the spring 2015 issue of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts.  Designed by our talented quilting friend, Rochelle Martin, she makes wonderful use in her easy block design of those rich, jewel-toned Laurel Burch basics and lush Mineral Batiks that Clothworks offers in the Basics category.  Head to this link to purchase the digital download of this pattern or purchase the quilt kit!

 

Darling Lined Drawstring Bag for your Beloved!

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Winter is here, the holidays & new year have passed, so what’s there to look forward to….why, Valentine’s Day, of course!  Our resident sewist Jean dropped by today with some adorable show-n-tell– these cute-as-a-button drawstring bags with contrast lining!  With Jean’s keen eye for combining cute fabrics together, these bags show off 2 of Clothworks current collections-  the Valentine-themed, All My Heart by Iron Orchid Designs, and the sweet tooth-inspired, Hey Cupcake by Dan DiPaolo.

Follow this easy pictorial step-by-step guide to make these Lined Drawstring Bags at the blog, In Color Order , here at this link.

Not only would these baggies make for wonderful re-usable treat bags for your Valentine’s sweetheart, but they’re functional too!  With plenty of outer pocket space, these bags would make a great heartwarming gift for your favorite sewist/quilter/crafter, too!

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Reminder! First Annual ‘Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop’

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Just another reminder, for those of you who live in or will be visiting Washington State around the Lake Washington area, support your Local Quilt Shops this weekend and participate in the  First Annual Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop– today, Friday December 5th & tomorrow, Saturday December 6th!

A free pattern, the ‘Merry & Bright Star’ block, using a red-cream-white color scheme of American Made Brand solids by Clothworks will be featured in this first ever mini Holiday-themed Shop Hop.  Below is a pic of the pattern, a much simplified version of the Feathered Star quilt pattern inspired by Clothworks fabric designer and Quilt designer Marsha McCloskey.

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As you can see in the picture all the way at the top of this post, Susan from Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop, has turned her completed ‘Merry & Bright Star’ block into a wall-hanging that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional (loving the dual use as a candy cane holder!!!).  Be sure to make a stop at her shop, Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop, to be inspired by many more holiday and gift-giving ideas!  And just to entice you a bit more to make the loop around the lake to her shop, Susan is offering a grand prize giveaway of 20 Half Yard Cuts in assorted colors of American Made Brand Fabrics ( see below)!!

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Don’t miss this event!!  It’s sure to get you in the spirit of the season!!  For more info on the Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop, head to this link.  And Don’t forget to make a stop at the other four local shops participating in the Holiday Hop, too Gossypium, Keepsake Cottage Fabrics, Quiltworks Northwest, and The Quilting Loft!

Have a Splendid Weekend!

AMB Solids are the ‘Merry & Bright Star’ of LQS Holiday Hop!

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For those of you lucky enough to live in Washington State near Lake Washington, it’s time to get your shop-on and support a few of the Local Quilt Shops this weekend.  Five featured Local Quilt Shops around the Greater Seattle area will be hosting the First Annual Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop this coming Friday December 5th & Saturday December 6th!

During this first ever mini Holiday-themed Shop Hop, a free pattern will be featured highlighting Clothworks fabric, American Made Brand solids— in a festive and cheery block aptly titled the ‘Merry & Bright Star’ block.

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This free pattern block’s inspiration comes from a quilt made by talented local quilter/pattern designer, Anita Peluso of Bloomin’ Workshop (also known as Ms. Washington State during the AMB Blog Tour Road Trip this past summer).  Anita made this gorgeous quilt shown in the pics below from AMB solids in the red-cream-white color way.  The Feathered Star quilt pattern she used is from none other than one of Clothworks’ talented fabric designers, Marsha McCloskey, renowned for her pattern drafting ingenuity in the complex Feathered Star quilt block designs.  As you can tell from comparing it to the inspiration, the free pattern block for the Shop Hop is a simplified version which still maintains the bold, holiday-inspired color combo of red & white!

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To view this stunning quilt in person, head over to Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop, just one of five Local Quilt Shops participating in the Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop!  The four other shops participating are:  Gossypium, Keepsake Cottage Fabrics, Quiltworks Northwest, and The Quilting Loft!

For more info on the Around the Lake Quilt Shop Holiday Hop, head to this link.  Sounds like lots of fun, holiday cheer, and maybe even some surprises await!

Winner Announced: Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!!

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Many thanks to all who participated in the Aubrey Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!  From reading all of the wonderful comments, it sounds like there’s quite a mix of tastes among the followers of The Works.  I wish I had enough of Aubrey & Paisley to go around to everyone who commented during the contest as it sounds like there’s many Shabby Chic romantics out there, but alas I have one lovely fat quarter bundle to spare for one lucky winner!

Selected at random, the winner is……

Nancy Eriksen

Congratulations, Nancy!!  I will be contacting you by email to get your shipping address to send you your prize!!  (Please check your junk/ spam folder just in case)

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway and stay posted for more in the future!  Enjoy your weekend and here’s to a productive time in the sewing room in this weekend!