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!
We are very lucky to have Cheryl Kuczek, the mind and hands behind Paradiso Designs, right in our backyard! She has a beautiful line of bag patterns, apparel and teaches classes around the region and beyond. She is a pretty busy gal traveling to trade shows and presenting workshops for Paradiso Designs, but she was able to squeeze some sewing time in for us using our beautiful Laurel Burch Basics that just came out with Fabulous Felines. She also used our recently released Laurel Burch Signature thread set from Aurifil. She picked up on the gold flecks and used some really beautiful pleather to complement the colors. I just love what she did here. If you’d like to see this pattern, head out and pick up a copy of the Winter 2012 Quick Stuff to Sew magazine (made by the folks who do Threads magazine) And, for lots of great tutorials, head on over to Cheryl’s blog. It’s amazing how many patterns and goodies designers give away for FREE on their websites. Cheryl is truly a teacher, you can tell by how many posts show techniques and tips that she knows her stuff and wants to share what she has learned. Thanks Cheryl for sharing this with us and we look forward to more great ideas and patterns from Paradiso Designs. Her patterns are available wholesale or retail from her website.
Fabrics featured: Laurel Burch Basics Hearts
First–Thanks to Scott Hansen over at Blue Nickel Studios for coming up with this idea and putting together a crackerjack list of blogger sewers!! Scott is one of the rare quilters who works in EVERY genre. He just seems to have the eye and a deep love of quilting that translates into an appreciation for all styles. He also happens to be one of the founders of Generation Q magazine. For this Quiltalong, Scott got a kitty of European Taupe 8 by Kinkame (due out in stores soon) and he divvied it up amongst 12 bloggers who will be making blocks using three ET8 fabrics AND they have to incorporate a bar shape (a rectangle) somewhere in the block. For the next few weeks we’ll be seeing fresh bar blocks pop up all over the blogosphere. I’ll be posting links here as new blocks come up and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. What a treat. So, if you love ET8 (like me!) this is just the thing for you. And, if you feel like joining in, head to Scott’s blog post and get his link to upload your own photos! Hooray for a quiltalong–I’m ready to be inspired! For the full story, you’ll have to go to Blue Nickel Studios where Scott has got everything and everyone all linked up to make it easy for us to stay informed!
I love the name of this collection. I’m a little biased. My name is Susie, afterall, and Suzette sounds like some darling French term of endearment rolling off the tongue of a grandmother calling to her grandbaby. These photos capture the feeling I get when I look at this collection so perfectly–I hear Suzette being called and see that sweet little girl smiling. This came to me via Facebook (thanks Sue!) and the photographer is Susan Gary. After a little clicking around, I figured out that the dress can be purchased on Etsy in a store called LittleRascals3. If you want to see more about this collection, Blooms ‘n’ Bugs posted a very sweet, free dress pattern and tutorial a while back on The Works. And, the full collection by Sue Zipkin can be seen by clicking here.
This just came across my desk in the latest edition of McCall’s Quilting. Somehow I didn’t even know it was appearing so you can imagine what a pleasant surprise it was to see this darling collection in print!! Click here to get to McCalls and download this easy, free pattern using Leere Aldrich’s darling collection, Scribble Monsters. And, check out our other Halloween and fall-themed collections:
Spooky Eve by Sue Zipkin
Gone Haunting by Sue Zipkin
Forest Floor by Skipping Stones Studio
Funky Fall by Diane Knott
This little darling using City Streets is coming out with plenty of notice for back to school sewing! Check out the latest edition of Easy Quilts by Fons + Porter to get a free pattern for this quilt. The applique pattern would also make really darling pillow shams. Nice work, Jamie!
Read this post for more information on the dress, and click here to feast your eyes on more swatches from the Staples collection. I posted a little while back about the new Staples collection coming in and they are dreamy. I hadn’t yet imagined them on apparel, but I don’t need to now. That fabric looks just gorgeous and the dress is amazing. Thanks to Claire Pettibone for using Clothworks! We love it! There are a few more dresses on her couture site that feature Staples. Here’s one.
We’d thought we’d get it done before Facebook forces us! Check out our new look on Facebook and like us so you can get daily posts with new fabrics, ideas and share your own thoughts and projects. Click here. Can you guess all the fabrics you see in the banner?