AMB Mystery BOM Quilt: Putting It All Together

blog_finalNow that all 9 blocks of the Our Land American Made Brand Mystery BOM Quilt have been revealed, it’s time to put them all together!

When we launched the AMB Mystery BOM series last spring, we gave suggestions for 2 unique color schemes using American Made Brand solid fabrics for piecing the blocks.  As Clothworks & American Made Brand are proud supporters of 2 charities, Quilts of Valor and Quilts for Kids, Inc., we thought the AMB Mystery Quilt was a perfect opportunity to make a quilt for each charity.

For finishing instructions for the Quilts for Kids quilt, follow this link.

For finishing instructions for the Quilts of Valor quilt, follow this link.

For inspiration, take a look at these finished quilts below:

Quilts for Kids quilt by Nancy Lacey

‘Our Land’- Quilts for Kids version quilt pieced by Nancy Lacey of Quilts for Kids, Inc.

 

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‘Our Land’- Quilts of Valor version pieced by Gayle Noyes & quilted by Loretta Orsborne

We’d love to see how you finish your AMB Mystery Quilts.  Please share your pics of finished quilts on Instagram with the tag #AMBMystery or email info at Clothworks dot com.

Find all 9 blocks of the Our Land Mystery BOM below:

Find Block 9 “Lean Towards the Sun” here.

Find Block 8 “Leaves of Change” here.

Find Block 7 “Growing Season” here.

Find Block 6 “Canyonlands” here.

Find Block 5 “Amongst The Trees” here.

Find Block 4 “The Mountains Are Calling” here.

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

 

 

AMB Mystery BOM Quilt Block 7- Growing Season: Quilts of Valor Foundation

A child of a New York area Coast Guard service member waves the American Flag while marching in New York City's Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2013. The Parade honors all eras and branches of military service, with special recognition given this year to the history of American Women in Uniform. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Harclerode)

A child of a New York area Coast Guard service member waves the American Flag while marching in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2013. The Parade honors all eras and branches of military service, with special recognition given this year to the history of American Women in Uniform. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Harclerode)

In honor of our nation’s veterans, we’ve dedicated this Mystery Block challenge in part to the Quilts of Valor foundation. Founder Catherine Roberts began QOV while her son was deployed in Iraq in 2003. She dreamed one night of a soldier deep in despair who receives comfort from a quilt, and immediately went to work turning that dream into reality. She organized volunteers to piece and quilt. They shared her vision that quilts made for veterans should not be shoddy “charity quilts” but beautiful gifts of thanks and comfort. As of September this year, 145,572 service members and veterans have received quilts!
To support this wonderful cause, we designed a version of the Mystery Quilt that will meet QOV size guidelines. We will post the finishing instructions for this version, which you can make in any colors you choose, at the end of the challenge next February. We hope some of our quilters will choose to donate their quilts! Even if you’d like to hold onto your Mystery Block quilt or donate it to another cause, please consider the QOV mission for your next charitable quilting project! Please visit the QOV website to find out the specifics of donating your quilt, including the required label designating it a Quilt of Valor.

If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find all 7 blocks in the links below:

Find Block 7 “Growing Season” here.

Find Block 6 “Canyonlands” here.

Find Block 5 “Amongst The Trees” here.

Find Block 4 “The Mountains Are Calling” here.

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished Block 7 on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com .

 

Very Special Show & Tell: Quilts of Valor Block

QOV Candice BlocksGreetings!  Friday is here and a 3 day weekend is ahead of us- in honor of Memorial Day this Monday.  This Show & Tell could not be more appropriate to share with you.  Candice, Creative Director here at the ‘Works, has been busy making blocks for Quilts of Valor.  Shown here are 4 blocks she pieced using some beautiful Clothworks fabrics (recognize the marbled blenders from the Tranquility collection?).  Candice used the free pattern from the Quilts of Valor website, the Valor Square, which happens to be the 2016 National Block for QOV.  The Valor Square block is a fairly simple block that even a confident beginner can piece together with ease.  Find the free pattern download here.

QOV signed blockThese beautiful blocks will be forwarded to a LQS who are collecting more finished blocks which will be pieced together to make quilts to donate to Quilts of Valor, a charity that honors the men and women who have served our country, with quilts.  As instructed on the QOV website, Candice even signed her block.

Find out more about the Quilts of Valor charity here.  Download the free pattern of the Valor Square Block here Visit a LQS to stock up on Clothworks basics and printed fabrics, too!

Have a super Memorial Day weekend and Happy Sewing!

American Made Mystery BOM Quilt- Kit Guides

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We’ve set off on the first week of our journey to discover ‘Our Land’– the American Made Brand Mystery Block of the Month Quilt.  So far, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback and some questions.  Several shops have expressed an interest in promoting the American Made Brand Mystery BOM in their stores as a quilt-a-long.  To aid you in planning out what AMB solid cottons are needed for each of the charity quilt versions of the AMB Mystery Quilt, we’ve created some handy-dandy kit guides.

Download the kit matrix for the Quilts for Kids version here.

Download the kit matric for the Quilts of Valor version here.

Also, for those of you who do not use Instagram, but would like to participate in the quilt-a-long for the AMB Mystery Quilt, please post your images in the comments section of the blog post for that Block of the Month.

Thank you for your interest, support, and wonderful feedback!  We look forward to seeing your beautiful blocks!

 

Block-a-Day Project Turns into Quilt of Valor with AMB fabric!

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American Made Brand solids shine in this Maverick Star quilt made by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts!  In what began as a challenge for Amanda Jean to make one quilt block per day in the month of January, the end result is this visually-stunning, patriotic-inspired quilt.  Head over to Amanda Jean’s fantastic blog, Crazy Mom Quilts, to learn more about her process & see more pics of her making this quilt.  As she writes in her post, she enjoyed working with the American Made Brand solid fabrics by Clothworks, as they provided just the right hand in making this quilt come alive!  What’s even better is that she plans to donate this beauty to the organization, Quilts of Valor, a charity that honors our veterans with heartwarming and handmade quilts!  Right on!!

Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Jason!

Toni and her sonHere’s to another very special veteran, as we honor them for their service with a Quilt of Valor made from love by Clothworks and friends!  Pictured above, at left, is the magnificent Toni B., Quilting Queen and Sample Room Extraordinaire here at the Works.  She is presenting the 2nd and final quilt made from blocks constructed during the Everything Blue Block Hop to her son, Jason, pictured at the right.  Jason most recently completed 12 years with the military, serving in the following countries:  Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  We’re not permitted to disclose Jason’s job description as it is labeled classified, but his mother speaks highly of his brilliant mind!  From Toni’s description, it’s quite natural for Jason to carry on a heavy conversation about chemistry, physics, and all sorts of science-related stuff!  I don’t know about you, but most of those subjects are way over my head– so I’m in total awe!!  Jason, we salute you for your all of your hard work and commitment to serving the USA!!  Thank you and we hope you enjoy the quilt!!

And…. a big thanks to all the folks who had a hand in making these quilts made from designer Marsha McCloskey’s gorgeous line, Everything Blue!  Everything Blue was such a popular line of fabric, Marsha has designed a follow-up collection called Everything Blue II.   Keep your eyes peeled for this fabric collection to pop up at a local quilt shop.  Many, many thanks to Toni B., along with retired Clothworks employee Bonnie, for all of their countless hours and hard work in designing the layout and piecing all of the block hop blocks together- with sashing, cornerstones, and borders- for both quilts! Also–much thanks to Loretta Orsborn for her fabulous quilting!

With all that being said….Happy Thanksgiving to all of our fabulous followers of The Works!  We wish you safe travels and a wonderful time with family & friends!

Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Michael!

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It might be a week after Veteran’s Day, but it’s never too late to salute and honor the veterans in our lives.  You may remember from last year, the crew here at Clothworks working on a few quilt projects constructed from Marsha McCloskey’s Everything Blue collection.  Most of us in the office and a few talented bloggers we know, contributed enough quilt blocks during the Everything Blue Block Hop that were transformed into 2 large quilts.  The Red, White, & Blue color scheme of these quilts took on a patriotic mood, and it was only appropriate to donate them to a veteran.  Since there are a few members of the Clothworks team that have a special veteran in their lives, we couldn’t look any further from them.

Pictured above from left to right is our lovely Susan (who works in Customer Service/ Order Entry at Clothworks), her husband Michael (Vietnam Veteran), and Ted (CEO of Clothworks).  We presented 1 of the 2 Quilts of Valor we made to Michael.  Michael served as a Medical/Dental Specialist at Camp Kue Army Hospital in Okinawa from 1970-1973.  We salute Michael and hope this quilt will serve as a reminder of our appreciation for his service!

Stay tuned soon in a separate post as we salute another special veteran with the other Quilts of Valor Quilt we completed.

Everything Blue Blocks Transformed!

QOV before sashing

Before we close out the year here at Clothworks, we’re excited to show off some progress that’s been made with those Everything Blue quilt blocks.  Last time we posted, we were playing around with the layout of these blocks, as shown in the picture above, preparing to make 2 quilts from all of the lovely block entries into the Everything Blue Block Hop.  Once the quilts are completed, we will be donating them to the Quilts of Valor Foundation, a charitable organization that gives quilts to veterans and soldiers who have served our country.

Both of our expert quilters:  Toni, sample room extraordinaire, and Bonnie, who works in design, have worked their magic– sashing, cornerstones, borders, and even flat piping details have all been stitched with love to create TWO amazing quilt tops!   We’re pleased to present you with the current progress on our quilts.  Feast your eyes……

QOV 1

Below is a close up pic showing that fun pop of red in the flat piping used between the sashed quilt blocks and the wider border:

red flat piping detail QOV

And here’s a full view of the 2nd quilt top:

QOV 2

Check back on The Works to see further progress on these quilts!