Frou-Frou Makes US debut with Clothworks at Quilt Market

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Last weekend at the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT, Clothworks was pleased to present the US debut of French sewing brand, Frou-FrouClothworks is thrilled to partner with Frou-Frou, a highly revered sewing brand from Paris, which blends the generations passed-down tradition of sewing with a modern, artful elegance.  A portion of the Clothworks booth at Quilt Market was set up to mimic a typical Frou-Frou display found in the shops throughout France.  Amidst the buzz generated during the US debut of Frou-Frou, we managed to snap a few pics of the booth to show those who weren’t able to attend Spring Quilt Market.

FrouFrou - 1-2-3 VoilaMix and Match and Easy Sewing are two of the key elements of the Frou-Frou brand displayed here in our booth.  Frou-Frou effortlessly mixes and matches prints released in their range of fabrics with their trims such as ribbons, bias tape, elastic, and spaghetti to buttons, as well as dyed-to-match thread, and applique patches.  Even notions, such as sewing boxes and scissors, coordinate with Frou-Frou’s playful prints and classic color palette!  The Frou-Frou brand’s approach to marketing its sewing products is similar to the approach in preparing & making a recipe in the kitchen.  Starting with a simple sewing pattern, much like a meal recipe, Frou-Frou aims to deliver all of the necessary ingredients including the sewing pattern, fabrics, trims, and notions used to create an elegant creation in perhaps just an hour or in less than a day!

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This image above illustrates the ease of mixing and matching the fabrics and trims to produce all kinds of beautiful creations- pouches, bags, and garments, to name a few.  In fact, some of the trims offered in the Frou-Frou brand, like the iron-on bias tape, allow one to create a no-sew tote bag in just minutes!  Oh-la-la!

If you missed the Frou-Frou booth and Clothworks at Quilt Market this past weekend, you can visit our Frou-Frou website to learn more and sign up to become or retailer.

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!

AMB Solids Bloom in Modern Quilts by Hilary Frye

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While the Clothworks team was attending the Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis last weekend, we met talented up-and-coming quilter, Hilary Frye.  She blew us away with her ‘mammoth-sized’ quilt designs using American Made Brand solid fabrics.  Hilary’s interpretations of close-up images and geometric-inspired graphic flowers, such as the pic of this one above, entitled ‘Mammoth Sunflower’, were perfectly suited for the vibrant bright color palette offered in American Made Brand solids!  Hilary was gracious enough to answer my email queries about her quilting background and what drew her to use AMB solid fabric in her bold, modern flower quilt designs.

As with many quilters and sewists, Hilary laid her ‘creative roots’ down at an early age and continued to grow & explore her talents, eventually making it into a career.  Hilary recalls ‘breaking the rules’ at a very young age to execute her creations– in other words, cutting up Mom’s curtains to make clothes for her Barbie at age 5. At age 10, she learned to sew garments (denim culottes to go with her hard-earned Frye Campus Boots to wear for the First Day of school in 7th grade).  In high school she worked at the local fabric shop, an emporium carrying the most beautiful fabrics and trims which inspired her to concentrate on Fiber Arts while attending Iowa State University for Art Education.  During her college years, she continued to feed her passion for fabric and art- learning to dye fabric, embroider, silkscreen, and even made her first Hawaiian applique block!

Another fiber arts passion bloomed later for Hilary– it wasn’t until Hilary was in her 40s when she became hooked on quilting!  She may not have known how to use a rotary cutter when she was hired at the quilt shop where she started working, but with her cheerful smile and background in art & color theory, she was an asset to the shop and quickly developed a love of quilting.  Exposed to many gorgeous fabrics designed by talented textile designers in the quilt shop also made Hilary more aware of color theory, which in turn has influenced her own quilt designs.

Hilary’s draw to using American Made Brand solids was mainly the plentiful color offering, as well as bringing textile production back to the USA!  She was impressed that AMB solids was launched with 50 gorgeous saturated fabric colors (like the 50 states) and took to the hand & feel of the fabric.  Just knowing that the fabric is grown, woven, dyed, and finished all here in the USA makes her feel proud to be using a product that is helping fuel the local economic climate.  Hilary purchased the Indigo color of AMB (nostalgic for her fabric-dyeing days in college) and was immediately hooked!  From there she began designing bold, visually-impressive quilts inspired by flowers….on her iPad!

Here are a few of the quilt designs using her iPad:

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from left to right:  Mammoth Sunflower, Iris Isles, and Rosie’s Garden designed by Hilary Frye

Another reason Hilary chose American Made Brand solid fabric to execute these bold flowers into stunning quilts was that the solids would lend themselves to the texture created by longarm quilting.  And just by happenstance, Hilary met a very talented longarm quilter, Martha Downs of Free Spirit Quilting, who she’s worked with ever since a chance meeting during lunch last year at the Minnesota Quilters Show.

This unfinished quilt version of Iris Isles is from Hilary’s instagram page.  Martha’s beautiful longarm quilting compliment’s Hilary’s colorful bold flower design perfectly!

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Check out more of Hilary’s work on her website here— she’s a very talented illustrator, as well!

Mammoth Sunflower and Rosie’s Garden will be on display at the Minnesota Quilters Show in Duluth, Minnesota, June 11-13, 2015 in the Modern category.

The three flower quilts will also hang in her first solo show the entire month of October 2015 at the Chaska Community Center in Minnesota.

Hilary hopes to have patterns for her flower quilts published by early fall.  Keep afloat of her on her instagram, too!

 

 

 

Farm to Fabric Challenge: Quilt Exhibition Online!

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In case you may have missed this exhibition at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX this past autumn, you can view the juried exhibition of quilts from the comfy confines of your couch while cruising the internet with your laptop or tablet!  We’ve posted these stunning quilt masterpieces in an online gallery on the American Made Brand website where you can click on this link  to view it!

To back up a bit, this past year, we held a Farm to Fabric Challenge in honor of the launch of the newest Clothworks division, American Made Brand.  American Made Brand began releasing an assortment of 50 solid colors made from 100% cotton fabric that was grown here in the USA and processed into a dyed woven fabric, never leaving the shores of the Continental USA– or quite literally, from ‘Farm to Fabric’!  We put out a call for entries, challenging the most talented and artistic quilters out there to create a quilt using American Made Brand solid fabric.  These quilt entries needed to speak to this theme:  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?

A stellar jury comprised of 3 incredible women who all reign in the quilting & sewing communities, including Pokey Bolton, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Jones, judged the entries submitted to the Farm to Fabric Challenge, and chose many gorgeous and inspiring quilts that were shown in an exhibition at the International Quilt Market and Festival this past autumn.

Head to this link  to view our ‘virtual exhibition’ online.  Here, you can click on each of the quilt thumbnails to see who made it and what the source of their inspiration was in creating it.

I don’t want to give them all away, but here’s a sneak peek of one of the entries:

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Grab a cuppa joe or tea, curl up on the sofa, and take in all of these beautiful creations- head to this link!  They are simply stunning works of art that celebrate the Farm to Fabric movement and what it means to be American Made!

 

Quilt Market: Clothworks Booth bursting with Color!

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In case you didn’t have a chance to make it down to Houston, TX this past weekend for the International Quilt Market, here are some pics of the Clothworks Booth.  Our booth was packed with a dazzling array of quilt samples highlighting new and upcoming fabric collection releases!  Seen above are quilts showing the following future releases (from left to right):  Mojito by Skipping Stone Studios, Hummingbird Garden by Sadie, Everything Blue II by Marsha McCloskey, In Your Neighborhood by Jamie Wood , Have a Latte by Dan Dipaolo, Friends in Wild Places by Masha D’yans.

Below is a closer pic showing the last 3 quilt samples:

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And of course American Made Brand Solid fabrics made an appearance in this cozy, vintage-inspired home display.

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Did you know we’ll be introducing 12 additional colors of American Made Brand Solids, available January 2015?  That’s right–Light Olive, Coral, Light Eggplant, Dark Brick, Light Gold, Red, Blue, Light Royal Blue, Dark Sky, Light Emerald, Emerald, Mint will be added to the roster of 50 existing colors in the palette!

 

 

 

Fall Quilt Market Sneak Peek!

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The weeks before Quilt Market in Houston are always a bit of a blur around here at the Works.  It’s a mad dash to pack up the crate full of all the beautiful samples showing off the latest and greatest collections that Clothworks has to offer.  I managed to snap a few pics of one of our display samples; a truly captivating quilt made from our most recent fabric release, American Made Brand Solids.  Just an aside, this quilt sample induced our entire office staff in a simultaneous chorus of “ooh’s and ah’s” upon making its arrival here in the office.

Our friends at Sassafras Lane, quilt pattern mom & daughter design team Shayla & Kristy, have really upped the ante with this spectacular quilt pattern.  Entitled ‘Arcadia Avenue’, this quilt pattern will be debuting for them at Quilt Market in Houston, TX in a few weeks, too!

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We were too lucky to have them make it in our American Made Brand Solids, as it really shows off the vibrancy of our color range.  I’m loving the two-tone pieced background using the blue and purple!  And don’t you think the changing autumn leaves make it pop, too?!!

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The ladies at Sassafras Lane have quite a talented quilter working with them, too.  Juli K not only pieced this beauty; she quilted it, too!!  The back of the quilt could stand on its own, don’tcha think?!!

If you’re headed to Houston, TX for the International Quilt Market October 25- 27, 2014, then you’ll be lucky enough to admire this gorgeous quilt in all of its American Made Brand Solid beauty!  Stop by the Clothworks booth #244, and also say hi to quilt designers, Shayla & Kristy of Sassafras Lane, in their booth, too!

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Winner Announced: AMB Tote Bag Giveaway!

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Thank you all for participating in the AMB Tote Bag Giveaway that we ran this week here at the Works!  Here’s hoping this will stir up some more attention for both American Made Brand solids fabric, as well as the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  Remember, the deadline has recently been extended for the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  There is still a bit of time to create something beautiful using American Made Brand solid fabric to enter into the contest.  Submissions are now due by Sunday August 31st.  Read more about this exciting challenge here.

And now for the announcement of our winner of the giveaway:

Congratulations Denise Toomey!!!

You’ve been selected at random to receive this lovely prize, as pictured above.  Be the first on your block to proudly carry this sturdy canvas tote bag emblazoned with the American Made Brand solids logo on the front and back sides.  Fill it up with farmers market finds, or fill it up with beautiful American Made Brand solids fabrics, fresh from the local quilt shop!

Denise, I will be contacting you via email for your shipping address, so please check your junk mail box, just in case.

Once again, thanks to all for  your wonderful comments about AMB!!  It’s with your continued support that American Made Brand solids fabric continues to thrive and help build the economy here in the U.S.A.!!!!

 

Deadline Extended: Farm to Fabric Challenge + Giveaway!!

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This just in….We’ve got some breaking news to pass along to you about the Farm to Fabric Challenge, a juried quilt exhibition set to premier at this year’s International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas on October 25th through November 2nd, 2014.  We’ve extended the deadline from Friday August 15th, to the new deadline of Sunday August 31st.  That gives you virtually a whole month to dream up and produce something amazing using American Made Brand Solids to enter into the contest!!  Come on you creative folks, you!  There’s still time for you to show us what you’ve got!!

When designing your entry for the Farm to Fabric Challenge, think of the theme:  “Celebrating Farm to Fabric”.  Consider what it means to you, your family, or your community to bring fabric production back to the USA! ‘From Farm to Fabric’, Clothworks is thrilled to be offering a American Made Brand Solids– fabric that is grown, processed, woven, dyed, and manufactured all here in the United States of America!

Click on this link to read more about the details for registration into the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  And be sure to read the 4-1-1 on how to photograph your quilt submissions at this link.  There are some great resources here.

A stellar jury comprised of 3 incredible women who all reign in the quilting & sewing communities, including Pokey Bolton, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Jones, will judge the entries submitted to the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  Should your entry be selected into the exhibit, you will be notified no later than Friday September 5, 2014.  Selected quilts must arrive in Houston, TX no later than Wednesday October 1, 2014 to be displayed in the International Quilt Market and Festival.

Best of luck in your creative pursuits!!!  We can’t wait to see what you create with American Made Brand fabrics!

And since the August 31st deadline for entry submissions is steadily approaching, we thought we’d host a quick giveaway to celebrate the deadline extension for the  Farm to Fabric Challenge!

Up for grabs is one All American Made canvas tote bag with the beautiful American Made Brand Solids logo gracing both the front and back of the bag!!

Wouldn’t this make the perfect bag to take along to your favorite local quilt/fabric shop to fill up on some American Made Brand Solids??? 🙂

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To be considered a participant of the AMB Canvas Tote Bag Giveaway, please note the following:

1)  One comment per person to be left on this blog post.

2)  Please leave a comment by 11:59 pm Thursday August 7, 2014.

3)  Only comment if you have a USA shipping address, please.

One winner for the bag will be selected at random and the winner will be announced and notified by email on Friday August 8th, 2014.

Good luck and tell us what your favorite colors of AMB solids are and why!

 

Farm to Fabric Challenge: Call for Entries + Giveaway!!

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If you’ve been following us here at the Works lately, I’m sure you’ve seen all of the talk about our newest solid fabric release, American Made Brand Solids!!  The tagline couldn’t say it any better:  ‘From Farm to Fabric’, we’re thrilled to be offering a fabric that is grown, processed, woven, dyed, and manufactured all here in the United States of America!  In honor of the release of the AMB solids, Clothworks is hosting the Farm to Fabric Challenge, a juried quilt exhibition set to premier at this year’s International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas on October 25th through November 2nd, 2014.

Good news for all you procrastinators, it’s not too late to enter into the Farm to Fabric Challenge .  We are taking submissions now through Friday, August 15th.  We’re calling on all of you creative folks to wow us with some amazing quilt and textile masterpieces using American Made Brand solids!!  When designing your entry for the Farm to Fabric Challenge, think of the theme:  “Celebrating Farm to Fabric”.  Consider what it means to you, your family, or your community to bring fabric production back to the USA!  Are you up for the challenge?

Click on this link to read more about the details for registration into the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  And be sure to read the 4-1-1 on how to photograph your quilt submissions at this link.  There are some great resources here.

A stellar jury comprised of 3 incredible women who all reign in the quilting & sewing communities, including Pokey Bolton, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Jones, will judge the entries submitted to the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  Should your entry be selected into the exhibit, you will be notified no later than Friday September 5, 2014.  Selected quilts must arrive in Houston, TX no later than Wednesday October 1, 2014 to be displayed in the International Quilt Market and Festival.

Good luck and Happy Creating!!!  We can’t wait to see what you create with American Made Brand fabrics!

And since the August 15th deadline for entry submissions is steadily approaching, we thought we’d host a quick giveaway to get you in the mood for designing for the  Farm to Fabric Challenge!

Up for grabs are 4 fat quarter bundles of American Made Brand Solids.

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To enter into the giveaway, please abide by the following rules:

1)  One comment per person to be left on this blog post.

2)  Please leave a comment by 11:59 pm Tuesday July 23rd, 2014.

3)  Only comment if you have a USA shipping address, please.

Four winners will be announced here at The Works on Wednesday July 23rd, 2014- each winner receiving 1 fat quarter bundle.  Winners will be immediately contacted by email to get their shipping address, so be sure to check your junk email box.

Good luck and tell us what you’d make using these gorgeous fabrics!

 

Farm to Fabric Challenge: Call for Entries!

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Those lazy days of summer may be in full swing, so if you’re looking for a project to keep busy- look no further!!!!  Clothworks is hosting the Farm to Fabric Challenge, a juried quilt exhibition set to premier at this year’s International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, Texas on October 25th through November 2nd, 2014.  In honor of Clothworks latest release of all American made fabric, with a selection of 50 scrumptious colors aptly called American Made Brand Solids, we’re taking submissions for entry into the Farm to Fabric Challenge now through August 15th.  We’re calling on all of you talented and artistic folks out there to put on your creative thinking caps and enter something amazing into this contest!!

From a cotton seed to a bolt of fabric in your hand at your favorite local fabric shop, American Made Brand Solids by Clothworks are grown, processed, woven, dyed, and manufactured right here in the United States of America.  We’re leaving it up to you– the gifted sewists, quilters, and textile artists, to submit quilt entries into the Farm to Fabric Challenge that speak to this theme:  “Celebrating Farm to Fabric”.  As you design your textile masterpieces using American Made Brand Solids, consider what it means to you, your family, or your community to bring fabric production back to the USA!  Are you up for the challenge?

It’s not too late to submit your work- the deadline is Friday, August 15, 2014.  Click on this link to read more about the details for registration into the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  And be sure to read the 4-1-1 on how to photograph your quilt submissions at this link.  There are some great resources here.

A stellar jury comprised of 3 incredible women who all reign in the quilting & sewing communities, including Pokey Bolton, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Jones, will judge the entries submitted to the Farm to Fabric Challenge.  Should your entry be selected into the exhibit, you will be notified no later than Friday September 5, 2014.  Selected quilts must arrive in Houston, TX no later than Wednesday October 1, 2014 to be displayed in the International Quilt Market and Festival.

Good luck and Happy Creating!!!  We can’t wait to see what you make with American Made Brand fabrics!