Spring Quilt Market 2010: Clothworks [with Giveaway!]



For the first time, I got to meet with the Seattle-based Clothworks at this Market — more specifically, Brandi Frey, the company’s Marketing Coordinator and half of their blogging team. I have always admired Clothworks’ online presence (their website has everything a gal could ask for in a fabric company website!) and I know they’ve been making themselves known on the modern fabric scene with designers like Ellen Crimi-Trent. So it was great to sit down with them and find out what they’ve got in store for the coming seasons.

Perhaps my favorite collection was Les Jardin de Papillons by Australian designer Chris Chun (shown above). (Please forgive the looming shadows on all these shots, by the way.) This will be out in November.




Clothworks has joined forces with Japanese manufacturer Kinkame to bring their fabrics to the U.S. market. Like some of the other Japanese companies, Kinkame offers both traditional and modern/kawaii fabric collections. In the Japanese Cute arena, we have Toy Poodle, and it’s arriving in shops as we speak. This a basics line that will keep building over time. Also from Kinkame is Shades, a rainbow of ombre solids:



Milly is a very sweet little collection by Ellen Ries, available Fall 2010.


I also thought the watercolory Celebration by Masha D’yans was lovely — I also liked her debut collection, the Valentine’s themed Cherie. This is another Fall 2010 collection.

See more upcoming collections from Clothworks on Flickr and of course on their website.

I’m also excited to see fellow Austinite Kathy York’s debut fabric collection, Urban Landscapes, Funky Kitchen by Barb Tourtillotte, and Into the Woods by Sharon Sowell (all summer 2010 releases).

Now, I’m keeping it mellow with Quilt Market giveaways this time around — but I do have some current collections from Clothworks for you today! Take a look:

A fat quarter pack of Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk …

A fat quarter pack of the cute and quirky Mayfly Mischief by Tony Fernandes …

and a swatch pack of Toy Poodle by Kinkame! Just let me know in the comments which one tickles your fancy the most, and I’ll draw separately for each pack. Comments will close and the winners will be drawn next Friday, June 4 (not sure about the time yet!), and this will be open to readers worldwide.


  1. Jen says:

    Honestly, I love them all.

  2. eadaoine says:

    I love the bird talk pallete!

  3. Liz Grierson says:

    Bird Talk – definitely! I’m crazy about that one. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  4. Cathy says:

    oooh I will be hanging out for November for Les Jardin de Papillons to be released! As far as your gorgeous giveaways go Bird Talk has such a pretty fresh palette, that one has caught my eye. Thank you for offering overseas, Cathy xo

  5. Carol says:

    I love the pack by Ellen with the birds! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  6. ariane says:

    Another vote for Bird Talk! I’ll be looking out for Le jardin de papillons in the fall. :)

  7. Aileen says:

    I would also live to see more of bird talk. The colours are great and the top one looks gogeous! They are all lovely. Thanks for keeping us updated!

  8. Jamie says:

    Love the bird talk! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Alison says:

    Swatch pack of toy poodle thank you!

  10. Mishkat says:

    Toy poodle by Kinkame (although they all look great!)

  11. Robyn Dixon says:

    Thanks for the wonderful report on the quilt market. As for the giveaways, they are all really gorgeous, but if pressed I would choose Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk.

  12. Kristin says:

    I love the colors and design of Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk. It’s always exciting to see the new prints coming out each season!

  13. Kirsty Higgins says:

    Thanks for this opportunity, I would choose the ‘bird talk’, it looks so lovely.

    thanks again.

  14. I love these prints– so adorable! I am always up for samples/yardage to play with– mostly making reusable bags and such. I do really like the Mayfly Mischief pack ;-) Thanks for the giveaway contest and all the great fabric updates you give us!
    Trying to start up a reusable gift bag company; if you have a moment, give us a vote, we would love the support for reducing paper-trash at celebrations and holidays:

  15. Katrin says:

    I love poodles so it is definitely Tox poodle!

  16. Tong says:

    I love the Bird Talk bundle! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. sharon says:

    bird talk:) so cute!

  18. Kristy says:

    Really, they all look great but I love the colours in the first one. And what great fabrics in the upcoming collections!

  19. I love seeing all the fabric collections like this. Thanks for showing them to us. I love the black/white accents in the Mayfly Madness .. very whimsical.

  20. Love Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk the best. I’ve been buying a lot of fabric with birds lately. Must be a phase. (but a good one!)

  21. sharon says:

    Thanks for sharing the fabric collections! I like them all, but am drawn most to Mayfly Mischief. Thanks!

  22. Jen says:

    I like the Bird Talk one the best. Seems to be a popular choice. :)

  23. Sherri says:

    Love the new lines…of the current fabrics, Bird Talk is my favorite!

  24. Bonnie says:

    Yikes, hard to choose but of these three I think the toy poodle.

  25. Lace hearts says:

    What a lovely giveaway… all simply beautiful, but Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk is shouting out to me. I’d love to go in the draw. Thank you.

  26. Karen White says:

    oh, Bird Talk! How sweet! thanks for the opportunity, k

  27. DianeY says:

    The colors in the bird talk group appeal to me the most-I always gofor the brights!

  28. Emily says:

    Oo they’re all lovely! The Mayfly Mischief looks intriguing!

  29. Bridget says:

    I love the toy poodle pack, looks really cute!

  30. Kaye Prince says:

    I’m definitely going to have to for Mayfly Mischief on this one – I definitely think I can use it!

  31. Sara says:

    I love Mayfly Mischief! Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Kelly says:

    LOVE the bird talk!!!

  33. Stephanie says:

    I love bird talk! So cute!

  34. jane says:

    Bird Talk tickles me. Love the colors!

  35. Lisa says:

    What fun you had at the Quilt Market seeing all the new collections! The Toy Poodle fabric looks gorgeous.

  36. Meghan says:

    The birds for sure!

  37. Love that Bird Talk fabric! Thanks for the chance!

  38. Paula says:

    I like Bird Talk – fun and springy – which would cheer me up because the weather is not fun or springy here (Vancouver, BC)! Thank you for the giveaway!

  39. Sam says:

    Definitely Bird Talk-l love it!

  40. Nancy says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. These are all very nice fabrics. My favorite would be “Toy Poodle”. Thanks.

  41. Wendy says:

    Love the bird talk…

  42. Fulvia says:

    Bird Talk all the way. Thanks!

  43. Judy D. says:

    love the bird talk! thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Katie B says:

    Great giveaway! Love the bird talk fabric.

  45. Alex says:

    I’ve just discovered the joys of Japanese fabrics – thanks in large part to trueup!- so I’d love to have the Toy Poddle.

  46. Sally says:

    Bird Talk looks so fun!
    Thanks for the chance.

  47. Charlene Christian says:

    This was a tough decision but I am choosing:

    Mayfly Mischief

    Thanks for the give-aways!

  48. Karen Ganske says:

    it’s Bird Talk for me! Looks wonderful!

  49. Jodi says:

    They are all lovely, I think Mayfly looks very interesting!

  50. Judy says:

    I would like Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk.
    thanks, Judy