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
Happy Valentine’s Day! Former Clothworks employee and our favorite Valentine, Kathleen, stopped in the office today. Even in her retirement, Kathleen still finds the time to fit us into her busy schedule– celebrating this holiday by bringing yummy treats, love, and a little Show & Tell to the Works! Being that it still is Valentine’s Day, I snapped a pic of one of the projects that Kathleen brought in to show us. Some of you fabric enthusiasts may remember this line of Clothworks fabric that was released over 4 years ago by designer Masha D’yans called ‘Cherie’. It looks as if Kathleen is also following the free quilt pattern that went along with the collection, too! Hope you enjoyed seeing this blast from the past and may your Valentines Day end on a lovely note!
Hello again! Back for the 2nd installment in the upcycled Travel Purse tutorial by Joyce. Follow the next batch of instructions below as you begin to create this fun purse using fabric from the Clothworks collection African Savannah.
Size and Finish the Zipper
- Start by sizing the zipper. Mark either end of the zipper so they are 6 1/2” apart. I like to take a longer zipper and mark the measurement in the middle of the zipper. This eliminates either end (the metal parts) of the zipper. Set the stitch width to the widest setting, drop your feed dog lever and sew across the zipper teeth at the markings. Make sure the zipper pull is between the two markings. You will need to hold the open end of the zipper together until you have a few stitches sewn on. Sew again 1/8” from the first set of stitches – sew on the outer edges keeping the inner measurement of the zipper at 6 ½”. Trim zipper ¼” from sewn edge.
- Finish by sewing the Zipper Ends to both ends of the zipper. Place right sides of fabric together with the zipper between them. Match up the ends and sew ½” seam allowance across the zipper. Sew again at 3/8”. Press both sides of the fabric away from the middle of the zipper.
See you next Friday with PART 3 of the Crafty Tutorial for the upcycled Travel Purse!
Ever notice how much a different colorway can change the look of a quilt? Just the other day, Jean- our talented seamstress friend, brought in 2 baby quilts made using the same quilt pattern. Pardon me for not catching the name of the pattern, but Jean said she found it in a book by Mary Hickey. The fabrics she used are, of course, by Clothworks- the most recent release of a Clothworks printed organic fabric collection, Critter Patch by Penguin & Fish. Jean had completely finished one colorway of the quilts, the one shown above with turquoise being the dominant color used in it. I managed to take some close-up pictures to illustrate the difference in colorways and how it affects our perception.
Below is the Coral dominant colorway Quilt. Though not completely finished, I snapped a close-up view to show how different this version looks compared to the Turquoise quilt:
And here’s the close-up view of the Turquoise quilt for comparison:
Kind of neat to see the difference in colorway! And what perfect blocks to highlight the whimsical animals in Critter Patch, too!
How about you? Have you ever made the same quilt pattern in different color ways and notice a difference?
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?!!!
Our resident sewing genius, Joyce, has created this sleek, utilitarian-styled travel purse using one of the newly released collections by Clothworks. What better fabric to use for a purse to take along on your jet-setting safaris than African Savannah by new Clothworks designer, Eugene Smith. Not only is this bag fashion-conscious, it’s also eco-friendly! Leave it to Joyce to find a way to use findings from a second hand purse and up-cycle it into a totally new creation. Now let’s begin with the basics!
Travel Purse Tutorial by Joyce:
It is sometimes hard to find hardware to create a purse. So I like to head over to my local second hand store to find these items:
- 6 ½” zipper (or larger and it can be cut down)
- Shoulder strap and hardware to attach to purse
I actually had a purse that was falling apart and terribly dirty, but the hardware was in good condition and luckily, exactly what I wanted.
Fabric and other items you will need:
- Purse Front – 7 ¾” x 7”
- Flap Lining – 7 ¾” x 6”
- Pocket Lining – 7 ¾” x 13”
- Zipper Ends – Four pieces of 2” square fabric
- Flap Front and Purse Back – 7 ¾” x 13” If you are using a directional fabric it might be a good idea to piece these fabrics so both the back and the front flap will be upright when finished. I sewed 3 pieces together (8” x 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”) with ¼” seams
- 3 ½ times the width of hardware attaching to purse x 7” long
- Boning – Two 7” pieces of ½” width
- Canvas or other bottom weight fabric – If you are using quilting cottons or other light weight fabric you will want to give the bag some body by interlining it with a heavier fabric (6-8 oz). This will add body without making it rigid. To do this cut a matching piece of canvas for the Purse Front and the Flap Front and Purse Back. Layer the canvas on the wrong side of the fabric and treat them as one piece of fabric. You can pin them together or baste them down the middle.
Check back next Friday to read Part 2 of Joyce’s Tutorial for the Travel Purse!
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I ate more than my fair share of nachos, hot dogs, and brownies at the Super Bowl party on Sunday. I mean, the Seahawks won their first Super Bowl, and that qualifies as a chance to indulge just a bit, don’t you think?! Thankfully it was Susan’s turn to bring in a slow cooker delicacy this Monday. Susan is very health-oriented in her approach to cooking, but her contribution didn’t compromise on the flavor. Savory and not too heavy, her Creamy Italian Chicken Tomato Soup, was the perfect thing to put in my stomach after a night of Super Bowl celebrating!!!
As I perused over the ingredients of this crock pot creation, I was pleased to see that it is a Paleo-friendly and Lactose Intolerant-friendly recipe. You wouldn’t know it until you read the recipe, but this soup calls for a can of coconut milk instead of cream! The coconut flavor wasn’t even detected by my tastebuds as I slurped down this satisfying soup! The savory Italian seasonings, herbs, and veggies add just the right pungency to balance it out. And it couldn’t be easier to prepare- add all the ingredients to your crock pot, set the temp to your preference, and hours later, you’ve got yourself a tasty soup just waiting to be served up! Now that’s what I call a ‘Soup’-er Bowl!!
To get the slow cooker recipe for Creamy Italian Chicken Tomato Soup, head to this link! And for those folks out there that are not gluten-restricted in their diet, this soup tastes exceptional with a piece of sour dough bread!!
Check back next week as we taste-test another slow cooker soup recipe in the Soup of the Week Club here at The Works!
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′.
Here’s a cute Valentine’s Day decoration that makes great use of fabrics from your stash and is just as cute as can be!! This quilted table runner was made by our crafty volunteer, Gabe! She found the pattern in the February/ March 2014 edition of McCall’s Quick Quilts magazine. When she brought in her completed creation recently for a show & tell session, I just had to show it off to all of you!! The multi-printed patchwork juxtaposed with the sweet hearts and lovebird appliques make for an adorable table runner to lift your spirits for Valentines Day. And with just 2 weeks away from V-Day, what better inspiration to get you in the crafty mood?!
Can you spot the Clothworks fabrics in the square piecing, binding, and applique? The Laurel Burch Glitter Basic in red adds another layer to the various pink, white, and rose multi-colored prints used in the patchwork. And I think I spot some Impressions Moire in red, as well as some ‘Hug Me’ by Sue Zipkin!!
I love how Gabe pulled together all of the various prints used in the table runner top with her backing fabric selection. The red/pink colorway of the Laurel Burch Basic Bubbles print couldn’t be a better compliment!!
Head on over to this link to find out more info on the Lovey Dovies Hearts and Birds Quilted Table Runner. Nothing looks quite cuter when you ‘stick a bird on it’! And Happy Valentines Day to all the fabric lovers out there, too!
This week’s contribution to the Soup of the Week Club at The Works is brought to us by Angela. Angela spotted this recipe, Squash and Lentil Stew, while flipping through magazines at the beauty salon about a year ago. The Soup of the Week Club served as the perfect opportunity to try it out. If nearly licking the crock pot clean is any indication that this was a winning recipe, then I’d say this is a keeper! Hearty, satisfying, flavorful, and….healthy (how is that a possible combo?), our soup bowls were brimming with lots of yummy veggies! Butternut squash, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, and lentils provided a yummy combination of texture and taste! Top it off with some fresh cilantro to set off the flavors of the veggies, pair it with some bread to sop up the goodness, and you’re good to go! In the pic above, I added a little dribble of Sriracha sauce to kick it up a notch!
Follow this link to the Family Circle recipe site to make Squash and Lentil Stew. For Angela’s version, she added a little bit more broth to make it less thick. What’s great about the recipe site is that it also displays the nutrition content so you can rest assured that you’re eating a well balanced soup with each spoonful!
Check back next week for another installment of Soup of the Week Club at the Works!