“America the Beautiful”
Finally, there’s a line of fabric made entirely in the United States of America – American Made Brand by Clothworks. This line of fabric is made in the USA from cotton grown in the USA. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Last year, the makers of the fabric had a challenge – the Farm to Fabric Challenge. The quilt pictured above is my submission to the challenge. Sadly, it didn’t make it into the exhibit. They only accepted 21 quilts. I don’t know how many entries they received, but since it was open to all of the US, I’ll bet they were inundated with entries. If you’d like to check out the 21 quilts in the exhibit, they can be seen at www.americanmadebrand.com/farm-to-fabric-challenge-2.
My quilt is inspired by the song “America the Beautiful”. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the mountains are made with purple fabric. I stitched a different quilt block motif in each of the squares in between the rows of farm fields. I added the apple trees in plains on the side of the farmer’s field. This is my first original quilt design. All the curves are pieced. The only applique in it is apple trees. It’s my version of “purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain”. I know it’s not perfect, but I still love it. I’ll share some of the techniques I used to piece the curves in a future post.
I really wanted to showcase as many of the American Made Brand colors as I could, so I ordered a variety pack of their fabric. I was so eager to get started, that I bought the fabric before they had all their colors ready. I think this is about half their current colors. So far, they only have solids. I’m hoping they expand over time.
The best way that we can keep jobs in America and convince employers to make new manufacturing plants here in the United States is to make a conscious effort to buy American made products. It’s not always easy, but it is worth the time and effort! You can start by asking for the American Made Brand Fabric at your favorite quilt shop. Although nothing beats seeing and holding the fabric itself, you can check out the gorgeous colors at www.americanmadebrand.com/the-fabric.
Today, I’ll just share one thing that makes me smile:
- Gratitude for the men and women who fought and continue to fight for the rights of hard working people!
Happy Labor Day everyone! Let’s spread some sunshine this week by buying American!