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:
Quilts for Kids has done some amazing work this year. They are really steaming along–and stitching and cutting and pressing and smiling! Downy is one of their sponsors and they made this beautiful video about the work that QFK is doing. High tissue alert! Can anyone pick out the Clothworks quilt in there?
Hi there Clothworks readers! I’m Christina from Sweet Sapling. I have some beautiful fabric from the new line “Hug Me” by Sue Zipkin for Clothworks. Isn’t it darling? I was inspired by this fabric to make Valentines themed princess crowns and I’m happy to be here today to show you how I make them. They’re a quick, fun and easy project! So easy in fact that you could stitch one up in time for your princess to wear for Halloween and give her costume that special handmade touch!
I’ve put together my first video tutorial. It goes through everything step by step in complete detail. I’d love for you to watch it!
Print and cut out the crown pattern. Pin the pattern to your main fabric and cut out two (2) pieces, then pin and cut one (1) crown piece out of the fusible wool. With your accent fabric cut two (2) strips 3″ x 9 1/2″ for your straps.
I hope you liked this tutorial! If you have any questions, watch the video. It’s really detailed!
If you make a princess crown, please add it to my Flickr group. I’d love to see what you make!
Christmas is only 3 days away now, and you probably have most if not all of your shopping done…right? No? Well I have just the answer for you last-minute procrastinators! With just 2.5 yards of fabric and about an hour of time, you can have a really nice little blanket for babies, kids or even adults depending on the style of fabric you use. Flannel works best for this blanket since it’s just two layers of fabric. The two layers of flannel creates a lightweight blanket that is surprisingly warm and cozy. So fire up the sewing machine–it’s sewing time!
Have you subscribed to the Clothworks channel yet? On our channel you can get the inside scoop on quilt market, see new collections, watch our tutorials and more! When you subscribe you get email updates whenever we add something new. Here are our two latest new collection preview videos…
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We had a blast at the Fall 2011 Quilt Market in Houston and came back with a bunch of “Clothworks fabric sightings” on video. Most of these videos are pretty short, just showcasing the various fabulously talented pattern designers who use our fabrics in their creations. Check it out!
…and of course, here is a tour of what our booth looked like!
I have some show and tell for you from the lovely Susan Wahl in our awesome customer service department. We are so lucky to have so many talented employees! Susan made these hot pads and towels for gifts using some of our older collections she’s stashed throughout the years. It’s fun to see them come to life again in these projects–what fun!
Want to see how to make those cute hotpads? I showed a similar project on how to make fabric coasters awhile back, but with a little creativity you can figure out how to make Susan’s hotpads using the same method. The main difference is that you fold the squares into triangles (watch the video and see what I mean) and then fold them over and topstitch.
If you like the towel project, be sure to check out another one of our sewing goddesses, Kathleen, showing you how to make the perfect embellished towel!
Fabric covered pins and buttons…can you say CUTE?! Joyce and I discovered this cool new tool called the “i-top” by Imaginisce at quilt market. It allows you to cover buttons, pins, and all kinds of cool accessories with fabric. Cover some pins, glue on some bling and ribbons, and you’ve got yourself a cute little gift to give to all of your friends! The possibilities are endless…we’ve been having fun playing with this tool. Check out our video demo to see how it works…