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!
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’re so excited to announce the Everything Blue Block Hop on The Works. For a month or so, we’ll be featuring a block a day using Everything Blue by Marsha McCloskey. Please stay tuned–you’ll start seeing blocks sometime in September! If you want to play along and make a blue, white and red block, grab this button and put it up on your blog–or if you just want to show your support and share it with your friends, feel free to do the same. See below for a list of some of the folks who will be participating! At the end of all this blue, white and red goodness, we’re going to make a donation quilt–or several. And, for any of you who would like to add to that quilt, the rules are pretty simple: 1. Use blue, white and red fabrics; 2. blocks must be 10.5 x 10.5″ square or 12.5 x 12.5: inches square. You are welcome to send them to me–just comment on this post and I will get in touch with you. Alternatively if anyone is interested in helping out on the piecing/quilting/binding side, I would love a few extra hands!
Angela White: Clothworks
Anita Peluso: Bloomin’ Workshop
Anshu Jain: Blooms and Bugs
Bonnie Mitchell: Clothworks
Cheryl Kuczek: Paradiso Designs
Chandra Wu: Mildy Gifted
Debbie Vyse: Clothworks
Generation Q Magazine
Heidi Pridemore: The Whimsical Workshop Studio
Joyce Cronkhite: Clothworks
Lorrie Franz: Bean Counter Quilts
Louise Wackerman: Feelin’ Crafty
Lynne Shandley: Yarnivorous
Margie Ullery: Ribbon Candy Quilts
Marsha McCloskey: Feathered Star Productions
Meagan Taylor and Kristi Jones: Meags and Me
Pat Sloan: Pat Sloan, the Voice of Quilting
Sandie Holtman: Sleepy Owl Studio
Scott Hansen: Blue Nickel Studios
Shayla Wolf: Sassafras Lane
Shirl Nelson: Clothworks
Stephanie Di Cola: Needle’s Groove
Susie Philipsen: Drill Team 07
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?
I couldn’t decide if this should be called “Win a quilt for your favorite charity” or “The Great Quilt Giveaway” because it is all about getting the beautiful quilts we have here at Clothworks into the hands of folks who need them. As a fabric maker, we have quite a few quilts made for us. Sometimes they stay with the designers and sometimes the quilt makers and other times they stay at Clothworks. A while back we gave a big load of quilts to tsunami relief efforts in Japan, but in the last year or two, our conference room is oddly cozy and at times hard to navigate if you catch my drift. So, we need your help. We’re starting a giveaway as part of Give a Stitch, our donation program. It’s a quarterly donation of quilts to charities and service organizations with a little bit of a fun contest twist. Every couple of months we will donate 5-8 quilts or other home-made goodies that can be given to someone in need or they could serve as auction items/sale items for fundraisers and the like. To launch this effort, we’re going all out and giving away 14 gorgeous quilts! We want folks to be able to choose which ones they like best and we thought Pinterest would allow us to vote and share very easily. For those of you not on Pinterest yet, this is a great time to get in there and try it. I bet you’ll like it! So, here’s how this works! (PS–The quilts are all shown at the bottom of this post if you need a little eye candy to get you going!)
HOW TO ENTER
Follow the Clothworks Great Quilt Giveaway board on Pinterest AND pin the above image to one of your boards. You can click here to get to that board AND see this image there. New to pinterest? Here is a link to get you started on how it works and what to do.
Pick your favorite quilts from the “Clothworks Great Quilts Giveaway Board” and “repin” them onto one of your boards. Leave a comment here with the URL for your board. For each quilt you repin, be sure to add #Clothworksquiltgiveaway in the comments so we can find your pin! Here’s a visual to help you:
Think about what charity or service organization you would like to give your quilts to if you win–share this post with them and they can help you get more pins. Enlist your friends and work together to win a quilt for a cause you love and want to help. This is going to take some teamwork, so get ready for some sharing and emailing. Once you’ve done your pinning, let us know in the comments section below to be entered.
7 people will be chosen at random to choose two quilts to donate to their favorite charity or service organization. And, one pinner will also win a box of beautiful Laurel Burch signature thread!
Thanks for playing along!
Contest ends Thursday, November 29th at midnight PT.
We’re not specifying that a charity of service organization has to be 501c3 or anything like that. We are just assuming that you folks are honest and will pick places/people that are really in need. If you win, we’ll ask you for the address of the recipient and send directly to them with a note saying that the quilts are given in your name. If you have special circumstances, we can figure out a different way to get the quilts where they need to go.