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!!
Last week marked another milestone in Clothworks history. Our beloved Bonnie, pattern queen and color extraordinaire, retired from The Works after 14 wonderful years of service! As is the case with all Clothworks employees that retire, we throw a potluck luncheon and send them off in grand style! Bonnie’s big send-off was extra special as most of the current employees (and a few Clothworks retirees) went the extra mile and made her departing gifts using Clothworks fabric. We decided to go with a ‘kitchen theme’ making all sorts of wares: from pot holders to placemats, table runners to napkins, and so much more. Bonnie is shown in the pic above modeling a tea-towel made by Kathleen with a fussy cut rooster appliqué from the Home is in the Kitchen fabric line by Clothworks. All of these gifts were lovingly stitched up using the perfect fabric to compliment any kitchen, Fresh Eggs and Home is in the Kitchen, both designed by new designer, Dan DiPaolo.
Ted, the head honcho at The Works, gave a wonderful speech about Bonnie’s contributions to Clothworks and bestowed her with his parting gift of choice- a personalized selection of fabulous books! Bonnie loves to travel, loves her tea, loves doing the crossword, and loves great literature- and Ted followed through in sending her off with some wonderful hardbound books specific to each of these topics. Candice, the Creative Director, made some lovely coasters and trivets using hand-dyed wool in beautiful muted colors with a polka-dot appliqué design- all hand-sewn using a blanket stitch finish. I made Bonnie a sturdy tote bag from denim with a ‘crossword’ layout that says ‘Pattern Queen.’ I spent many a lunch break with Bonnie learning from her crossword puzzle know-how! We will sorely miss Bonnie here at The Works! It just won’t be the same around here without her sweet smile, quilting pattern knowledge, and eye for color!
Is it tea time already? No….it’s finally ‘me’ time!
Best of luck, Bonnie!
Is my calendar correct??!! Does Spring officially start on March 20th?!! For most of you living in the US, the winter has been a challenging one this year and it seems that spring is nowhere in sight with the continuous pelting of snow & ice. That’s nothing a hearty bowl of chili can’t fix!! This week’s Soup of the Week Club entry is brought to us again by Miryam, who previously brought us the Spicy Chicken & Hominy. Head on over to the Seattle Times to get this simple no-nonsense chili recipe, plainly called- ‘Just Good Chili’. Dress it up with cheese, green onions, sour cream, and cornbread. Take a bite, close your eyes, and maybe, just maybe, you will feel the warmth of Spring hit you…or maybe that was just a bit too much Sriracha sauce!! Bon Appetit!
Thanks to all who left comments for the Hullabaloo Fat Quarter Give-A-Way! We received a great response to this and wonderful feedback! We greatly appreciate your sweet comments!
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for….the two winners.
(drum roll please)
Congratulations to Sue (comment left on 2/24/14 at 4:18 am) and Rita McCart (comment left on 2/24/14 6:22 am)! You’ve been selected at random to win one fat quarter pack each of Hullabaloo by Iron Orchid Designs!!
I’ll be emailing you ladies soon so you can claim your prizes!
Thanks to all who participated in this contest and check back at the Works for more fun give-a-ways!
Yay! You’ve made it! I’m pleased to bring you the final installment of the Crafty Tutorial: Upcycled Travel Purse by Joyce. I hope you enjoyed this series and learned a few new tips and techniques from Joyce. She is a genius with the sewing details! If you’ve been following along, maybe you have a fun new bag to take along with you on your travels, too. Joyce made clever use of that border stripe print from African Savannah by Clothworks, so maybe that will inspire you with your creation!
Add Hardware and Complete Purse!
- Fold the flap over approximately 1 ½” above the zipper and give it a light press. This will help determine where the boning and hardware will be placed. Open up the flap.
- Slip stitch the sides of the flap to the creased edge.
- Cut the boning in half (lengthwise) and sew these two pieces together (double strong). It has a tendency to curl so best to put the opposing sides together so it will straighten out. One stitching line is plenty. Cut this piece so it is slightly smaller than the top of the bag.
- Slip the boning in between the layers of the purse and pin in place.
- Add the Tabs in the same area as the boning (next to the creased edge) with the hardware at an angle and pin in place.
- Fold the flap over and top stitch ¾” from the top edge catching the tail of the tab in the stitching. Stitch again 1/8” from the first stitching line on the upper edge.
Give the purse a light pressing attach the upcycled shoulder strap and you now have a Travel Purse!
What about you? Did you follow along each week and make a purse, too?
Clothworks has been so excited to offer Fresh Batiks, our first release of hand-dyed batiks. Offered in the tonal ‘Minerals’ and ‘Botanica design selections; there are so many color options under the rainbow to fulfill every quilter’s need: brights, earth tones, monochromatics, and many more! Sometimes when there’s so many choices, it can be difficult to decide what to make with them. Never worry though, we’ve found a terrific project to make good use of those batiks!
Our sewing friend, Lorri, made this fabulous pillow using a Cathedral Window applique technique made super-easy by pattern designer, Erica Plank of Unseen Hands. Lorri recently took a class from Erica and received firsthand instruction on how to make this using Erica’s genius time-saving technique. If you’re not lucky enough to take a class from Erica, you can follow this link to purchase her pattern called ‘American Window’ which makes a quilt from the technique that she’s developed.
I am love-love-loving the fabrics used in this pillow sample shown here! Not only did Lorri use the tonal white Impressions Flora as a background, but she took many batik fabric remnants and put them to good use for the ‘windows’. I love how the multi-color batiks ‘pop’ off the white Impressions fabric background, as well as how the batiks are framed by it. Simply stunning!
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these. So what’s all the hullabaloo?! Oh wait a minute, Hullabaloo is the name of our newest release by Iron Orchid Designs. This darling collection is set to deliver to shops next month and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Party-worthy and full of whimsy, Hullabaloo is brimming with brightly-colored prints to help you dec-out your celebration: birthday cakes and balloons, harlequin diamonds and swiss dots, and even elephants precociously balanced upon tricycles!
In honor of the special occasion, Clothworks is giving away 2 fat quarter packs (as pictured above) to two lucky winners (one fat quarter pack per winner)! To enter into the contest, please leave a comment on this blog post (follow this link if you are accessing via facebook). The contest will end at 12 a.m. PST on Saturday March 1st, and 2 winners will be drawn at random. Contest winners will be announced Monday March 3rd here on the blog. Remember, only one comment per entrant will be counted in the contest. To be an eligible contestant, you must have a U.S. mailing address. The winners of the contest will be notified by email on Monday March 3rd and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
Now let’s start the party!!
Greetings fellow crafters! We are back with the 3rd installment of Crafty Tutorial: Upcycled Travel Purse by Joyce. As the completion of this tutorial is almost near, you will start to see a purse creation emerge. After this portion of the tutorial, check back next week for the final steps in finishing this fashionably functional travel purse made of the Clothworks fabric, African Savannah.
Create Tabs for the Hardware
- Cut a piece of fabric 7” long x 3 ½ times the width of the hardware straight edge.
- Cut a piece of canvas or other bottom weight fabric the same width of the hardware straight edge.
- Fold one edge over ¼” and press. Put the canvas on wrong side of the fabric and fold the fabric around the canvas piece so that the pressed edge is on the outside. Stitch lengthwise 2 or 3 times.
- Cut this piece in half. Wrap it around the hardware and top stitch 1” from the hardware.
Finish Purse Body
- Sew the Flap Lining to the top of the right side of the zipper. Press the lining away from the zipper and top stitch along zipper teeth.
- With right sides together,place the Flap Front and Purse Back to the finished Zipper Front.
3. Stitch the body of the purse. Start slightly above the zipper, sew down the side, across the bottom and up the other side to slightly past the zipper. Be sure to back stitch when starting and ending. Stitch a second time 1/16” from the first stitching line on the inside edge.
4. Next you will need to stitch the flap front and lining together. Ultimately it would be nice to have the lining be slightly smaller than the outside. This prevents bunching when the flap is sewn down. To do this, make sure the lining is approximately 1/8” shorter than the Flap Front. Trim if needed.
5. Pin the pieces together so the top is even. Pin the sides about 2 ½” down on either side. The front of the purse will now be bunchy in the middle right above the zipper and the lining will be taut.
6. Starting 4” above the zipper sew up the side, across the top and down the other side ending 2 ½” above the zipper. Stitch a second time 1/16” from the first stitching line on the inside edge. Press seams, trim corners and turn right side out. Finger press.
See you next Friday for the final installment of the tutorial!
Last week when former Clothworks employee Kathleen, stopped by the Works, she revealed another project that was almost ready for completion. The quilting was too gorgeous to not take any pictures!! And since this is a past Clothworks release of a Laurel Burch Design, I figured it was time to wax nostalgic about it!
The picture shown above is the panel print in the Ocean Songs line released by Clothworks many years ago. Being the fabric enthusiast that she is, Kathleen stashed away a few panels of this magnificent mermaid design and used them to piece this quilt which will be shipped off to her niece, Tamara (lucky girl!).
I tried to capture the brilliance of this mini-quilt with my camera, but I’m afraid the pics are not as impressive as in person. The quilting was done by Judy Irish of Wild Irish Rows Quilting. Her free form stitching was just stunning– she followed the lines of Laurel Burch’s designs, as well as created her own stitched designs in this quilt to add another dimension. Every time I peered up close on the quilt, I spotted another beautifully stitched design that was almost ‘hidden’ in the quilting. Can you spot the ‘to:’ and ‘from:’ embroideries below? Kathleen is fondly known as ‘Tia Catalina’ to her niece, Tamara.
Like many popular Laurel Burch designs, Clothworks will often revisit and update the design. If you didn’t purchase fabric from Ocean Songs during the first go-round, Clothworks released an update called Sea Spirits, just a few months ago last autumn. Many of the original Laurel Burch ‘basics’ that coordinate with Ocean Songs were also brought back to coordinate with the new release of Sea Spirits, as well– the bubbles, waves, and swirls prints. Be sure to check with your favorite fabric stockist to purchase.
Below is the full view of Kathleen’s quilt. Pardon me for the ‘angled’ picture, but it’s still fun to look at and hopefully it may inspire you. At the very least, perhaps it will put you in a cheerfully sentimental mood!
I lost track of what week we’re on in the Soup of the Week Club here at the Works. I think my stomach takes up more power than my brain sometimes… And no wonder– this week’s selection definitely gave my stomach and taste buds something to ‘marinate‘ on!! Ted, head honcho here at The Works, brought in this week’s soup selection: Jerusalem Lamb Soup. Probably one of the more ‘exotic’ soup selections yet, this one was packed with Cannellini beans, chunks of lamb, potatoes, and an aromatic blend of spices that gave the soup a Mediterranean flavor! Topped with some salt & pepper, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro- the garnish really brightened the taste of this delectably different soup.
To get the recipe, follow this link here.
Bon Appetit and see you next week for another installment of the What’s Cookin’ at the Works? Soup’s On!