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)!

 

Fun Friday Show & Tell: Compost Tote

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Just in time, for the ‘day after’ Thanksgiving dinner, some Show & Tell from the creative staff here at the Clothworks home office!  Shown here is something of a clever contraption, which I’m going to call the Compost Hamper.  Instead of having an unsightly plastic compost bucket lying around your kitchen counter collecting your food scraps to be composted, Pat in Accounting & Susan in Order Entry & Customer Service, devised and created this nifty invention to add a little pizzazz to your home decor.

compost bin 2Pat went to Home Depot to gather up all of the PVC piping and joints to create the frame for the ‘hamper’.  Once the frame was constructed, she gave Susan the measurements to draft and sew a fabric bag.  Do you recognize that fabric?  The modern floral from the Lady Bug Blooms collection designed by Anne Bollman, released earlier this year by Clothworks, adds a fun splash of color to Pat’s neutral kitchen decor.

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Susan’s genius idea of constructing the fabric bag with loops that have snaps, allows for 2 purposes.  The first purpose, although not pictured here, is to line the fabric bag with a bio-compost bag to be secured by the snaps when closing the tabs.  That way you can throw in your food scraps without soiling the fabric bag too much.  The second purpose for the tabs makes for easy removal of the fabric bag for laundering.

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And voila!  Hope this nifty idea inspires you in your sewing!  Besides being used to disguise your compost, I could also see this invention used as a bin for fabric scraps in your sewing room.  Hmmm….sounds like the perfect gift idea for a few crafty folks on my Christmas list 🙂

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!