Need a weekend project that’s sure to melt away those winter blues? Hot off the press this week is the new Spring 2014 issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, which hit the stands on March 4th. We’re pleased to announce that a quilt featuring Clothworks fabrics is in this issue. The warm, fiery colors in the Botanica line of Clothworks Fresh Batiks blaze in this foundation-pieced quilt pattern called ‘Firelights’ by designer Shayla Wolf. Sure to ignite dramatic effect, the ‘Firelights’ quilt pattern makes great use of the intense colors offered in the Clothworks Fresh Batiks line. Head on over to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks for more info on where to buy or how to purchase the digital issue for download at this link. Now fire up that sewing machine!!
Hot off the press! The most recent issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine- April 2014 is on news stands now until the end of March! Clothworks fabric was featured in a quilt shown in this edition. Head on over to allpeoplequilt.com to check out the free pattern of the quilt in which our soon-to-be-released European Taupe XI fabric collection is featured: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/american-patchwork-quilting/american-patchwork-quilting-april-2014?page=5,0
Designed by Tonya Alexander. Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
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Shown above is the Stamp of Approval color option by quilt tester Laura Boehnke, using the European Taupe XI collection by Kinkame for Clothworks Textiles to make her version of Tonya Alexander’s Stamp of Approval quilt. Get the free pattern here: www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/wall-quilts/scrappy-squares
Good things may come in small packages, but last Friday here at Clothworks, it came in a large brown box addressed from one of our talented long arm quilters. If you’ve been following The Works these past few months, maybe you’ve witnessed the transformation of the Everything Blue Block Hop Blocks- from block contributions, to quilt layout, to piecing, and now finally, quilt completion! Most of you quilters out there know that feeling when you receive your quilt back from the long arm quilter– you feel like the most anxious child at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning, just waiting to tear open a present under the tree!! It’s a truly joyous experience to see your quilt finally completed with backing, quilting, and finished edges. We felt no differently when we opened our big brown box addressed from our long arm quilter, Loretta Orsborn of Orsborn Specialty Quilting.
Loretta did a fantastic job on the quilting– I hope I captured the gorgeous design below that she created on her long arm machine. I love how it mimics the scrolly & viney motifs that dominate the essence of the Everything Blue fabric collection by Marsha McCloskey. Do check out Loretta’s site to see more of her talented long arm work.
To refresh your memory, after seeing a poignant news story by Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News about the Quilts of Valor foundation, we decided to take all of the block contributions in the Everything Blue Block Hop and make not just one, but two quilts to donate to this fantastic organization. A big thank you goes out to all of the talented contributors of the Everything Blue blocks, as well as our resident quilting experts Toni B. and Bonnie who did the layout and piecing, and Loretta Orsborn, the long arm quilter. Now that the quilts are finally completed, they’re ready to ship off to the Quilts of Valor foundation where they will go home with a brave soldier who so valiantly served our country. And who couldn’t salute that?!!!
It’s party-time up here in Seattle where Clothworks is based! If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know yet, the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl Victory ever! We defeated the challenging team, the Denver Broncos, in a landslide victory, 43- 8! The Seahawks were on fire in last night’s game, and perhaps the 12th Man (the loyal ‘Loud and Proud’ Seahawk fanbase) had a little help in spurring on the Hawks for the win!
We definitely got into the spirit here at Clothworks and showed our true colors! Joyce made a 12th Man Flag using the Clothworks Moire basics (photo in the upper right square). The photo below that is of Delphi the office dog, who rose to the occasion and donned Hawks colors in his handkerchief. Stephanie (that’s me) made her ‘Healthy 12th Man Salad’ (pic below Delphi) to fuel her and her friends in cheering on the Hawks during the Super Bowl! And to the left of that pic is Boeing’s contribution to Hawks fever: a 747-8 freighter decked out in Seahawk insignia & flying colors which made a special flight in the shape of a ’12′ over the state of Washington last Thursday, January 30th. Above the plane picture is the victorious front page of today’s edition of the Seattle Times, showing Russell Wilson, star Quarterback, holding the Vince Lombardi trophy with a proud coach Pete Carroll! Way to go HAWKS!!
Here’s the recipe to the Stephanie’s Healthy 12th Man Salad:
* 2 large containers of blueberries- rinsed
* 1 Large bunch of mint- rinsed, leaves removed & chopped coursely
* 1 lime- juiced
* 2 tablespoons honey
* slivered almonds
Add blueberries and chopped mint to a bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, briskly whisk the lime juice and honey, pour over the the blueberries & mint. Garnish with slivered almonds on top in the shape of a ’12′.
In case you may have missed it, here’s a link to an ‘out-of-this-world’ interview by Pat Sloan, The Voice of Quilting, with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg. For those of us down-to-earth types who may not know, Karen Nyberg was a recent resident on the International Space Station and is also a quilter. Among her various responsibilities aboard the ISS, such as conducting experiments in space, Karen decided to bring along one of her passions, quilting, into space….the final frontier. If the original quilting pioneers only knew what ‘great heights’ (try 260 miles above the earth) to which their past time would be taken!!! Head on over to Pat Sloan’s radio interview with Karen at this link to hear all about it!
Twinkle, twinkle little star; How I wonder what you are….a quilt block, maybe?!! Yep, Astronaut Karen Nyberg has been busy piecing star blocks in space. Does that qualify her as having ‘Block-Star Status’?!! Goofy puns aside, Karen has a nifty challenge for all of you quilters who want to go above and beyond…. Read more about it here and take the ‘Star-Block Challenge‘!
To keep up with Karen and see where she’s jetting off to next, follow her on facebook here.
And if you need a little inspiration in motivating yourself to make the first cut on fabric, just remember that this amazing lady does it in Zero Gravity!! View it here:
NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg
The holidays are fast approaching and pretty soon my friend, we’ll be ushering in a new year! There might be a myriad of things left on your plate right now (including a cookie or two), but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead. I know one of my new year’s resolutions is to simplify.
We thought we’d make it easy for you in 2014 and tell you about a pretty neat Free Block of the Month quilt designed by Pat Sloan which begins next month in January. Pat is teaming up with the folks at Free Quilt Patterns and has designed a Free Block of the Month. Her design, entitled ‘Globetrotting’, will feature a mystery theme that is sure to take you on a quilting journey!
Head on over to her blog to read more about it and sign up for emails. It looks pretty nifty– as each block in the 10 block quilt will have its own free pattern, tutorial, and a video demo by Pat to help walk you along in the process. How cool is that?! But wait, it gets better… the quilt she designed in the blue/cream colorway features fabric from the Clothworks Everything Blue collection by Marsha McCloskey. (pssst–be sure to click on the ‘sneak peek’ at the bottom of her link to see an amazing preview.) Beating those holiday blues never sounded so easy now!
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……
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:
And here’s a full view of the 2nd quilt top:
Check back on The Works to see further progress on these quilts!
I don’t know about you, but when I sit down to work on a project, I like to brew a cuppa tea and hook up my laptop speakers to listen to a fun podcast to get my creative juices flowing. Pat Sloan has just interviewed one of Clothworks newest fabric designers, Dan DiPaolo, on the American Patchwork & Quilting podcast and I’m giddy to listen while I complete my crafty holiday projects. Click here to listen– Dan is the third interviewee in the segment and talks about his wonderful working relationship with the Clothworks design team, as well as where he gets his inspiration for his adorable, sweet, and hilarious designs. And make sure to take a look at Fresh Eggs, his debut collection with Clothworks, for more reference of his work.
Here at Clothworks, we’ve been super excited over the release of Fresh Batiks, our first collection of batik fabrics. If you were lucky enough to attend Quilt Market a few weeks ago in Houston, I’m sure you were able to see some darling samples in the Clothworks booth made with these batiks. With all of these luscious designs coming in an array of gorgeous, inspiring colors….my head has been spinning with unlimited ideas on what I’d like to make with Fresh Batiks. So much so…I’m just a little dizzy!!!
Good thing that Quiltmaker Magazine has come to the rescue and will be featuring a nifty project using this stack of batik beauties pictured above. Word on the street is that these Botanica Batiks will be used in a block that will be featured in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine, Spring 2014 edition. And I’ll let you in on another secret. I hear that the talented ladies at Sassafras Lane Designs have a part in this block design. But shhhhh…you didn’t hear that from me. These batiks have been shipped off in the post today and what beautiful block becomes of them, it’s a mystery for now. Do you think you can wait until March 4, 2014 when the magazine hits the news stands?
Remember a while back when we were doing the Everything Blue Block Hop? With a nearly overwhelming response to this project, several of the participants contributed multiple blocks. Brown envelopes began to flood the Clothworks office on an almost daily basis; surprising us with different block techniques, ideas, and designs. It was such good fun to see the blocks in person, but even better to read up on the background behind & follow the tutorials for these blocks. Our talented and articulate community of quilters pitched in and delivered some fantastic blocks. Gee, we’re so lucky!! And now that we have these amazing blocks, it’s time for Clothworks to pitch in and make a quilt….or two. Yes, you heard me right–that outpouring of creativity produced enough blocks to create two decent sized quilts!! Our resident quilt experts, Bonnie and Toni, started putting them up on the design wall this week as you can see from the picture above.
And where might these two quilts be going when they are complete? If you happened to catch the story on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams a few weeks ago, you may have gathered that there is an overwhelming need for quilt donations to go to soldiers. The Quilts of Valor Foundation has put a call out for quilts and Clothworks will be donating our Everything Blue Block Hop quilts to this wonderful organization. Very fitting that our Red-White-and-Everything Blue quilts will go home with a soldier who showed great courage & patriotism in serving our country.
The quilts may be a work in progress now, but please check back soon on The Works to see the Everything Blue blocks turn into something special. And one more thing, a special thanks goes out to our blog readers. Our Marketing Coordinator Susie recently departed from Clothworks and I’ve been teaching myself the inner workings of The Works. Thanks for your support & patience while I navigate this and bring it back to tip top speed!