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. Sarah says:

    I would love to win the Bird Talk, thank you for the chance!

  2. Amy C says:

    Bird Talk! Love the bright colors.

  3. Cathy A says:

    Mayfly Mischief is so much fun! I like it best of those three. Thanks!

  4. Kim says:

    Toy poodle please! Love Japanese cuteness! Your posts on QM have been fantastic, so inspirational!

  5. SoozeM says:

    Definitely Bird Talk for me please, it’s just gorgeous!

  6. grace says:

    That Mayfly Mischief is awesome. I’d love to win that.

  7. Jenny says:

    Toy Poodle gets my vote. thanks for the market reports and for a chance at the giveaway.

  8. Sequana says:

    Bird Talk has the colors I love at the moment.

    Thx for showing us all those other beautiful collections.

  9. Leigh says:

    Oh my goodness – that mayfly madness is my pick! fabulous stuff!

  10. Catherine says:

    I love birdtalk. What a lot of great collections. I’ll be on the lookout for those butterflies.

  11. Birdtalk is so cute! I’d love to use it to make some clothes / bibs / etc. for my new daughter (we’ll be adopting her from Ethiopia … hopefully soon!)

  12. Annette says:

    The Bird Talk fabric looks awesome! There is nothing better than bright colours!

  13. Caitlin says:

    Mayfly Mischief all the way, hilarious!

  14. They are all great, but my favorite is Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk. It reminds me of some book illustrations from my childhood.

    Thanks for sponsoring these.

  15. Nancy A says:

    Love Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk! Thanks!

  16. Anita says:

    I really love the bird talk bundle. Thank you for sharing!!

  17. Marcia W. says:

    My favorite of the three is bird talk. Really like these collections.

  18. My favorite is the fat quarter pack of the cute and quirky Mayfly Mischief by Tony Fernandes!!

  19. Margaret says:

    cute and quirky Mayfly Mischief by Tony Fernandes — This fabric makes me smile. My daughter likes bird talk the best.

  20. Kate Erbach says:

    I’m gonna go with Mayfly Mischief since it reminds me of the lake flies that we are inundated with come June. It makes me want to create something that doesn’t have the evil connotation that the fly in your mouth, your ears, your house, your car and anyplace else that is open that lake flies do. EGAD!

  21. PaulaK says:

    It is so fun to see all the new collections coming out! I really like Bird Talk!

  22. Liz says:

    I’m loving the write-ups from Quilt Market. So exciting to see the great fabrics coming out soon!

    I’d say the Bird Talk one is my favorite of the three.

  23. Jan K says:

    I’m a sucker for birds so Bird Talk is my pick!

  24. 2hippos says:

    Bird Talk looks really fun to me!

  25. Love the bird talk!

    And thanks so much for the quilt market wrap up, wow there is a lot of cool stuff out there…

  26. Wen says:

    Bird Talk is my favorite! Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. vanessa says:

    Definately Bird Talk. Love it!

  28. Wendy says:

    I love Bird Talk!

  29. Tabitha O. says:

    That Toy poodle would be very interesting…I am soooo glad you did this post on clothworks I think they are really putting together some good ‘lineups’ for creativity!

  30. Ronsi says:

    Bird Talk is interesting..

  31. Liann Cooper says:

    Oooh I’ve been eyeing the Bird Talk for a while and just haven’t gotten to buy it yet! So cute! :) Ty for your post and giveaway!

  32. Lisa says:

    Oh wow I love that Bird Talk. I’m collecting bird prints at the moment!

  33. Ruth says:

    Such beautiful fabrics! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for
    hosting the giveaway; I like the Bird Talk.

  34. Bird Talk looks lovely!
    So does the Les Jardin de Papillons, and it was nice to read that the designer is a fellow Aussie.

  35. traceyjay says:

    I like Bird Talk too!

    Those were some great preview swatches! :)

  36. SewCalGal says:

    OMG! These are beautiful fabrics. I’d love to win any of them. Such fun. Thank you for this opportunity.

    sewcalgal {at} live {dot} com

  37. Alexa says:

    I like Bird Talk as well :)

  38. Kim says:

    Bird Talk looks beautiful! I would definitely love to win this fat pack.

  39. Mama Mel says:

    I like Bird Talk. They are all very pretty, though! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  40. Elizabeth G says:

    I love them all, but Bird Talk is my favorite. Thank you!

  41. Kerry says:

    Poodle swatch set looks lovely- your eyes must be sore from the stimulation of so much pattern and colour!

  42. Elaine says:

    I would love Mayfly Mischief. All the fabric coming out look really interesting.

  43. Janet says:

    Bird Talk! Love the colours!

  44. I love therange coming out in nov! But would also love to win some bird talk.

  45. Amber says:

    The Bird talk fabrics are too cute – thank you so much for all these Quilt Market posts – I love them!

  46. Signe says:

    I love love lve Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk :)

  47. Bec Clarke says:

    Wow how lucky are you to get to meet all those wonderful people at Market.
    I love the ‘Ellen Crimi-Trent’s Bird Talk’ Greens and pinks, can’t go wrong.

  48. Jeannette says:

    I would be happy with any of them! The Bird talk is very sweet though!

  49. Doina says:

    Love the bird talk! Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. mjb says:

    These are cool! Now we just have to hope fabric stores will stock the designs we like :)