Tuesday, May 20, 2014

American Made Brand- Blog Tour

Clothworks Fabrics have developed a brand called American Made Brand.  It is a great line of solids that appeal to both the contemporary modernist quilters, and vintage reproduction quilters and any other quilt maker in between.  Going back to our American roots of textiles.  At one time America had more textile factories in production than any other country in the world.  The Industrial Revolution ca. 1760-1840 (pre Civil War) helped make that happen.  Post Civil War America also had  a huge industrial boom.  That is not to say that many other countries in the world didn't know how to do it right when it came to textiles. And they still do!  France, England, Belgium, Indonesia, Thailand, just to name a few.
America now has only a handful of factories that actually manufacture cloth now.  Most of  our fabric is outsourced and then imported.  As a fabric designer I learned quite a bit about that.

I love this idea of bringing textiles back home to America, even it is just a little.  I really love this new brand of solids and am participating in this Blog Hop as a participant. In other words no one is paying me or asking me to post about this.  I just wanted to!

Clothworks is based in Seattle (love that they are in the Northwest) If there was a brand of solids I would sell, I would choose these first to put in my webstore.  I may at some point.

So go check it out.  25 days of blog hopping, they will cover two states a day in the order they became a state. They are giving away some of this great fabric too, so Delaware is first!  Come and BlogHop with me--no gas required!  And you get to learn a bit about each state as you go!
Here is the lineup:
Day 119-MayDelawareDec. 7, 1787Blue Striped Room
19-MayPennsylvaniaDec. 12, 1787Cherry Lynch Quilts
Day 220-MayGeorgiaJan. 2, 1788Butterfly Threads Quilting
20-MayIdahoJuly 3, 1890Taffy Talk
Day 321-MayAlabamaDec. 14, 1819Green Quilts
21-MayMassachusettsFeb. 6, 1788A Quilting Jewel
Day 422-MayMarylandApr. 28, 1788Spring Water Designs
22-MaySouth CarolinaMay 23, 1788The Crafty Quilter’s Closet
Day 523-MayNew HampshireJune 21, 1788Park Hill Farm
23-MayVirginiaJune 25, 1788Pat Sloan’s Blog
Day 626-MayNew YorkJuly 26, 1788Quilts from my Crayon Box
26-MayNorth CarolinaNov. 21, 1789A Stitch in Time
Day 727-MayRhode IslandMay 29, 1790Seaside Stitches
27-MayVermontMar. 4, 1791Quilter in Motion
Day 828-MayKentuckyJune 1, 1792Simply Sandy
28-MayTennesseeJune 1, 1796Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Day 929-MayOhioMar. 1, 1803Olive and Ollie
29-MayLouisianaApr. 30, 1812Fleur de Lis Quilts
Day 1030-MayIndianaDec. 11, 1816No Hats in the House
30-MayMississippiDec. 10, 1817Life as a Quilter
Day 112-JunIllinoisDec. 3, 1818A Sentimental Quilter
2-JunConnecticutJan. 9, 1788Jump Cut Arts
Day 123-JunMaineMar. 15, 1820Quilts of Love
3-JunMissouriAug. 10, 182142 Quilts
Day 134-JunArkansasJune 15, 1836Sew at Home on Pine Ridge
4-JunMichiganJan. 26, 1837Crafty Blossom
Day 145-JunFloridaMar. 3, 1845Flourishing Palms
5-JunTexasDec. 29, 1845The Caffeinated Quilter
Day 156-JunIowaDec. 28, 1846Kindred Quilts
6-JunWisconsinMay 29, 1848Freshly Pieced
Day 169-JunCaliforniaSept. 9, 1850Cali Quilter
9-JunMinnesotaMay 11, 1858The Curious Quilter
Day 1710-JunOregonFeb. 14, 1859Sew Mama Sew
10-JunKansasJan. 29, 1861Lilac Lane
Day 1811-JunWest VirginiaJune 20, 1863Coop Crafts
11-JunNevadaOct. 31, 1864Inventive Denim
Day 1912-JunNebraskaMar. 1, 1867Renaissance Sandi
12-JunColoradoAug. 1, 1876Sew Incredibly Crazy
Day 2013-JunNorth DakotaNov. 2, 1889Terri Stegmiller Art Quilts
13-JunSouth DakotaNov. 2, 1889Moneik Quilts
Day 2116-JunMontanaNov. 8, 1889Why Knot Kwilt
16-JunWashingtonNov. 11, 1889Bloomin’ Workshop
Day 2217-JunNew JerseyDec. 18, 1787Studio 78 Notes
17-JunWyomingJuly 10, 1890Excessive Compulsive Sewing
Day 2318-JunUtahJan. 4, 1896Fireball Quilts
18-JunOklahomaNov. 16, 1907Hollyhock Quilts
Day 2419-JunNew MexicoJan. 6, 1912Dora Quilts
19-JunArizonaFeb. 14, 1912So Many Quilts, So Little Time
Day 2520-JunAlaskaJan. 3, 1959Quilt As You Go
20-JunHawaiiAug. 21, 1959Barbara Bieraugel Designs

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Freddie and Freda are celebrities!

I was asked to make a set of Freddie and Freda for Timeless Treasures Fabrics a few months back, and they have made it to their blog!  How cute are these two?  They live in New York City now with the folks at TT.  Maybe they will get to do some sight-seeing!  I made these two up in their cute line of flannels.  I think they are just adorable in it!
You can find my pattern for it HERE and HERE on Etsy as well.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Last days of the Hop! and a Giveaway!

So have you been to the other sites for the Blog Hop?  These ladies are all very creative, I love all the projects I have seen.  So I am posting this a little early.  My Blog Hop post is supposed to go up tomorrow, but I couldn't wait, so here it is!

So this is the project I decided to make up for the hop.  I love these place mats, partly due to the simplicity of their design, and that they don't take long to make.  I wanted to make the tea cozy too, but I don't really need a another cozy.  I made my place mats a little different than the pattern though and I will tell you how.

  • First I didn't use linen.  I don't like linen after it is washed, because then you have to iron it.  What a pain that is for me.  So I chose this cute fabric by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit Fabrics.  It's from her Valentine's line.  Then I chose some coordinating but also contrasting fabrics for the circles.  
  • Second change was I used batting rather than fusible interfacing.  Because I had it, and didn't have the interfacing.  I didn't have time to shop for something else.  The batting works great.
  • Third, the pattern shows you how to do a reverse applique around each circle.  Ugh.  Okay so I love applique, but seriously folks I have no time for applique right now with this guy running around.  He's nearly 2, need I say more?

     So I left the circles as raw edges and hopefully they hold up to the wash.  If not, well I'll deal with that later!
  • And lastly, I added a rick rack edging, because it's super cute and because it seems to really add a pop to the place mats.
  • It is a great pattern, in part because it was well written as are all of the patterns in this great book.  But also because I could embellish and change it up to my specifications.  

So some of the ladies are doing a giveaway of the book, and guess what so am I!  I am also including an Olfa Circle Cutter in the giveaway.

  So there will be two lucky winners, one for the book and one for the Olfa Circle Cutter.  Wahoo!  I used the circle cutter in my project to make the Luncheon napkins in the book but also for this project.  It is so handy-I love it!  I will have a couple in my shop for sale too.

Rules for the giveaway.......
Enter by leaving me a comment about which projects in the Kitchen Stitches book that you would like to make.  Get a second entry by following me and leave a comment about that.
Enter by Monday February 10th at Midnight.  I will choose the winners at random.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Day 2 of the Hop

Did you have a chance to go over to the Sewing Loft and check out the cut pot handle covers Heather made?  If not, you should!  They are very cute (and are Pink and Black and White!) and she has a great website with lots of great info.

Today you can go over to Becky's blog The Patchwork Posse and check  out her review of our book.  Also Kim at My Go-Go Life is going to share something fun as well.

Me? Well as you may know (or not) I am up last this week on Saturday, but I will tell you that my Valentine's Day Placemats are going to be darling!  Looking forward to sharing them!