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!

 

 

In Love: Easy Technique Makes ‘Devoted’ Quilt

'Devoted' Quilt found in the May/June 2016 issue of Fons & Porter's Quilting Quickly magazine.

Devoted quilt found in the May/June 2016 issue of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly magazine.

Launching soon at the news stand, is the May/June 2016 edition of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly magazine with a quilt geared for the ‘Devoted’.  Designed, constructed, and machine quilted by our fabulously talented quilting friends Anita Peluso, Rochelle Martin, and Loretta Orsborn, the ‘Devoted’ quilt uses fabric from the lovely vintage-inspired Clothworks collection called Devotion by Iron Orchid Designs.

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What may look to be a challenging quilt is surprisingly quite easy when you follow the step-by-step instructions and techniques to make the ‘Devoted’ quilt.  Machine applique makes this design a cinch!

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Check out Fons and Porter soon to watch the video tutorial for the ‘Devoted’ Quilt.

Head here to find a local quilt shop to purchase some yardage of Devotion before it’s too late.

And pick up a copy at your trusted news stand of the new May/June 2016 edition of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly magazine.

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Happy Sewing!

‘Paisley Stars’ Quilt Shines Brightly in Summer edition of Easy Quilts

Paisley Stars magazine spreadSpotted in the Summer 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts magazine is the lovely ‘Paisley Stars’ quilt using Clothworks fabrics from the Paisley collection and Aubrey collection!  Although this quilt looks like a challenge to construct, with its star designs using the gorgeous tonal Paisley fabrics set against a back drop of Aubrey patchwork florals, its looks are deceiving!  Clothworks friend and talented quilt designer, Gayle Noyes, designed this seemingly challenging quilt to be a ‘piece of cake’ to put together!

easy quilts summer magLooking for some fun projects to make for the summer?!  Head to your local quilt shop to grab a copy of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Summer 2015 edition.  With easy to follow step-by-step instructions and illustrations, you’ll have it ‘made in the shade’ as you accomplish the stunning quilt projects, such as ‘Paisley Stars’!

Clothworks has recently made Paisley into a basic, which means we will continue to keep in stock these gorgeous muted tonal fabrics.  So, look for these beautiful basics at your favorite local quilt shop or make sure to request them from your fabric stockist.

paisley swatchesAnd better yet, Clothworks is running a summer sale with Aubrey on promo!  It couldn’t be more perfect timing to take advantage to stock up on these gorgeous florals.  Don’t wait until they’re all sold out!

Head here to find more info on the ‘Paisley Stars’ quilt in Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Summer 2015 edition.

Happy Sewing!

Up for a Challenge? Try the Feathered Star Medallion

Picture from Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Mar/April 2015 edition.

Picture from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Mar/April 2015 edition.

Calling all advanced quilters!  Are you looking for a new project to try your hand at that will produce a stunning quilt?  Look no further, we’ve found an exquisite quilt called the Feathered Star Medallion’ by designer Marsha McCloskey.  Spotted in the March/April 2015 edition of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, is this quilt with intricate piecing made from Marsha’s very own collection of Clothworks fabric- Everything Blue!  Although we’ve sold out of Everything Blue, due to the popularity of the line, Clothworks released Everything Blue II, which can easily be mixed and interchanged with Everything Blue.  Marsha is known for her gorgeous traditional floral prints, as well as her complex feathered star quilt pattern designs.  Follow the tips & instructions in Love of Quilting to create this amazing quilt!  Head to your favorite retailer that carries Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting or follow this link to their website for more details.  Use the store locator on the Clothworks website to find a LQS that carries Everything Blue II!  Happy Stitching! 🙂

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!

 

Cuddle Up in ‘Cuddle Me Lux’ Quilt

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Cuddle Me Lux quilt from Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 edition

Brrrrrrr!!!! If you’re shivering away in your neck of the woods right now, here’s a super warm & fuzzy quilt to cuddle up in!  The simple block design of the Cuddle Me Lux quilt, by Lorrie Franz, uses fabric from the first Clothworks release of Guess How Much I Love You with the addition of the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric, also released by Clothworks. What’s unique about this quilt design is the use of the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric.  With its luxurious pile in the allover print of the adorable bunnies from the Guess How Much I Love You book illustrated by Anita Jeram, this fabric adds some serious soft-to-the-touch texture to this cute quilt!

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The Cuddle Me Lux quilt featured on page 86 of Fon’s & Porter’s Easy Quilts Spring 2015 is just one of the many simple quilt projects featured in this magazine, out now on news stands.  Cuddle Me Lux  is a fairly easy pattern that showcases the bunny rabbits in the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle fabric using some strategic fussy-cutting to make panel blocks.  If you’re snowed in and can’t get to your favorite local quilt shop, you can purchase the digital download of the pattern here at this link, from the comfort of your home.

Be sure to check your local quilt shop for the Guess How Much I Love You Lux Cuddle, that is, after the thaw.  And if you’re lucky, you might still be able to find some of the first release of Guess How Much I Love You by Clothworks.  If you weren’t as quick as the hare to snag it, have no fear–  Clothworks is releasing an updated version due out at your local quilt shop sometime this summer (well after the winter thaw) called Guess How Much I Love You II .

Now hop to it!

Cuddle me Lux Quilt

 

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

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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! 🙂

 

In the Press: Delightfully-Designed Quilts by Anita Peluso

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A page from the new edition of Generation Q magazine highlighting quilt design ‘Modern Chain’ by Anita Peluso

Here are a couple of fun quilts featured in some recent editions of quilt magazines by Anita Peluso.  You may remember Anita from the AMB Blog Tour— this talented local quilt designer represented the state of Washington!  If you’re not familiar with Anita’s marvelous work, do check out her blog Bloomin’ Workshop, where she frequently posts about new projects and her inspiration.  Her clean aesthetic combined with her eye for detail really shine through in her work!  Featured in the November/ December 2014 edition of Generation Q Magazine is a modernly pleasing take on a chain quilt, aptly named ‘Modern Chain’.

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Ask for the November/December 2014 edition of Generation Q Magazine at your local quilt shop!

‘Modern Chain’ by Anita Peluso has pieces together elements of minimalism and distinctively graphic design.  The use of neutral shades and pops of bright color found in the color pallet of American Made Brand solids by Clothworks work very well together in this gorgeous design!

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Look for American Made Brand solid fabrics at your local quilt shop, or purchase the quilt kit from Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop in Woodinville, Washington!


 

Spotted in the Fall 2014 edition of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly is another stunning Anita Peluso design called Crossed Paths’.  Another chain-pieced quilt pattern, this traditional-meets-modern quilt uses prints from the Vienna Garden collection by Skipping Stones Studio, released by Clothworks.

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Picture from ‘Fons & Porters Love of Quilting‘ showing the Crossed Paths quilt by Anita Peluso using Vienna Garden fabrics by Clothworks.

Head over to Fons & Porters Love of Quilting to find out more info on Crossed Paths.  Follow this link to purchase the digital pattern of Crossed Paths, too!

 

Happy stitching……and a Happy Halloween, too!  Enjoy the weekend and be safe!