Made in America
Those are words we love to hear. Now a premier fabric company has worked very hard to make those words true of a new brand focused on cotton solids.
American Made Brand is a division of Clothworks, based in Seattle. I had a chance to catch up with Creative Director Candice Hoffman during International Quilt Market last month. Her enthusiasm for the brand was contagious.
Development of American Made Brand didn’t happen easily or overnight. Most U.S.-grown cotton (about 70%) goes directly onto cargo ships bound for foreign markets. But with persistence, these folks managed to secure cotton in the south and east, and then have it sent to a spinning mill and later a textile factory, both in South Carolina.
The result is 50 beautiful choices of 100% cotton, 100% made in America. (I don’t think it’s coincidence that there are 50 colors and 50 U.S. states. Cool idea.)
There’s an American Made Brand blog tour going on right now. A blogger from each of the 50 states has designed a block with a license plate theme, and each takes time to talk about the uniqueness of her state—I have learned a lot. The blocks are made with the AMB fabrics of course, and there are AMB fabric giveaways and free block patterns.
I was curious to see who the blogger for my state was. I don’t know her but I’m determined to find a way to meet her. See if you know of the blogger chosen for your state!
And if that’s not enough, American Made Brand is partnering with Quilts, Inc. on something called the Farm to Fabric Challenge. Use AMB fabrics to create a quilt that is eligible to be juried into an exhibit at International Quilt Festival this fall. Don’t wait: registration is June 15 to August 15. Farm to Fabric Challenge details.
Quiltmaker is pleased to congratulate American Made Brand and the Clothworks folks on this exciting new venture. We wish them well. Ask for these fabrics at your local quilt shop, and see what shops carry AMB here.