Fresh Batiks® Minerals featured in Quilters World Magazine

Quilter World Collage

Winter may have you in its grips, but Spring is just a few months away.  With a few flips of the page in the current issue of Quilter’s World magazine, you’ll find the ‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ quilt, featuring the vibrant colors of Clothworks Fresh Batiks® Minerals.  With a skill level targeted for the confident beginner, ‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ designed by Nancy Scott, appears to be a fun weekend quilt project to help cope with that cabin fever.

mineral batiks

These cheerful Clothworks Fresh Batiks® Minerals featured in the ‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ quilt warm me with delight!  If this color scheme doesn’t float your boat, there’s a plethora of other choices in the Fresh Batiks® Minerals color palette– from cool blues & teals to earthy browns & forest greens, and deep lush pinks, violets, and neutrals galore!

'Sunny Spring Sunrise' quilt picture from Quilter's World magazine Spring 2016 edition.

‘Sunny Spring Sunrise’ quilt by Nancy Scott.  Quilted by Masterpiece Quilting. Picture from Quilter’s World magazine Spring 2016 edition.

I don’t know about you, but just staring at this quilt is enough therapy for me to shake those winter blues!  Purchase a copy of Quilter’s World magazine Spring 2016 at your favorite local quilt shop or newsstand, or head to the Quilter’s World website to purchase it for download.  To find a shop that stocks Fresh Batiks® Minerals by Clothworks, head to this link.

Happy Sewing!

Show & Tell: Craft Day Fun with Clothworks fabrics!

Camper Applique

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!

FB Minerals

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

A2dFLIGLPpL._SY655.6570289132602_

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!

 

Fresh Batiks Shine in Cathedral Windows Design

cathedral window batik pillow 1

Clothworks has been so excited to offer Fresh Batiks, our first release of hand-dyed batiks. Offered in the tonal ‘Minerals’ and ‘Botanica design selections; there are so many color options under the rainbow to fulfill every quilter’s need:  brights, earth tones, monochromatics, and many more!  Sometimes when there’s so many choices, it can be difficult to decide what to make with them.  Never worry though, we’ve found a terrific project to make good use of those batiks!

Our sewing friend, Lorri, made this fabulous pillow using a Cathedral Window applique technique made super-easy by pattern designer, Erica Plank of Unseen Hands.  Lorri recently took a class from Erica and received firsthand instruction on how to make this using Erica’s genius time-saving technique.   If you’re not lucky enough to take a class from Erica, you can follow this link to purchase her pattern called ‘American Window’ which makes a quilt from the technique that she’s developed.

I am love-love-loving the fabrics used in this pillow sample shown here!  Not only did Lorri use the tonal white Impressions Flora as a background, but she took many batik fabric remnants and put them to good use for the ‘windows’.  I love how the multi-color batiks ‘pop’ off the white Impressions fabric background, as well as how the batiks are framed by it.  Simply stunning!

cathedral window batik pillow 2