*Footnote Quilt Made from Soul Mate by Amy Butler – and Two Other Projects to Try!

IMG_9094I’d love to introduce you to Soul Mate – Amy Butler’s latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics.  In fact, I’ve got three inspired projects for you to consider.  Brace yourself for total breathtaking beauty!  And thanks for indulging me and letting me introduce you to a few of my Soul Mates, too.

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That Amy Butler.  She’s a ray of sunshine.  A precious lil’ lover.  A bright shiny light.  All the things super vivid and lovely and glittery; that pretty much sums up Ms. Butler.  I love that cat dearly so when I was asked to make something with her newest collection Soul Mate, I couldn’t say no.


Introducing the first project, the *Footnote quilt pattern was calling my name with all 24 pieces of Soul Mate and 24 coordinating FreeSpirit solids, I knew this quilt was destined to be a stunner and eventually to live on my bed!!


Here’s my dad giving his seal of approval during the design process.  He also came to the rescue by bringing me my mom’s sewing machine when mine crashed during the process.


I’m so grateful for Quilting by the Stitch who was able to quilt this duder beautifully!   I really like simple, irregular quilting.  These lines work like magic.


Bright colors totally found in nature, this collection is incredibly love infused and filled with wonder.



Want more inspiration?  Here’s another beautiful Soul Mate inspiration. Carnival Pinwheels by Susan Guzman. IMG_4224

Carnival Pinwheels Quilt – FREE on FreeSpirit’s website.  Download the pattern here!

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Try your hand at tote making with the Carnival Pinwheels Tote by Amy Butler and Susan GuzmanThis tote is a mini version of the Carnival quilt, and is a supplemental pattern to Amy’s Spice Market Tote, which I have made multiple times!!


Carnival Pinwheels Tote – FREE on FreeSpirit’s website –  Download the pattern here!

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Love is love is love.  And I love love love this collection of fabric.  I love the way it looks in the *Footnote quilt.  I just super love that Amy Butler.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t introduce you my dearest Soul Mate, Ms. Jamie MacDougall.

And here are a slug more of my favorite people in the entire world.  My own personal collection of soul mates, soul friends, soul sisters and brothers, my super star seeds.



Want to win a gorgeous bundle of Soul Mate by Amy Butler of your very own?  The generous people at FreeSpirit are giving one away!  Find me on Instagram @CrimsonTate and post a comment there focused on who are your Soul Mates? I always love a good story or reasons why.  Winner will be randomly drawn on Monday, July 24.  Don’t delay!  Comments left here on my blog are a BONUS just for funzies. I’d love to hear what you think, though.  xoxoxo.

Find me on Instagram @CrimsonTate and be sure to check out @AmyButlerDesign@FreeSpiritFabric , too, for loads of inspiration.





You Did It!! We Raised Some Fat Cash for IYG!


You did it!!! With the support of our sewing community, YOU, we were able to raise $1250 that we donated to IYG – Indiana Youth Group.  The bonus prize is that there was a matching offer when we made our contribution, making our $1250 become $2500.  Thanks for being rockstars.

It takes courage to be bold and we love you for it.

A few weeks ago we offered the sweetest bundle of rainbow fabric in which we donated 100% of the purchase of the bundle to IYG.IMG_8922.JPG

We received SO MUCH SUPPORT that we felt compelled to make more bundles and donate more fabric so that you could donate more money to the important cause of creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youths in Indiana.  And then, Modern Handcraft came alongside us and donated Stack quilt patterns to be sold for the same purpose and voila!  We raised $1250 for the Power of Safe capital campaign for IYG.

When a local family in Indianapolis pledged to match funds being donated, we jumped at the chance and make our $1250 in to $2500.

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Taken from Giucy Giuce’s Instagram

Crimson Tate is a loving place.  We welcome any and all to come sit at our sewing table.  Thanks for being the same way, too.  We love you.  Sincerely.  All are welcome here.  We believe in being fearlessly positive at all cost and in creating a space where everyone can be inspired, learn, share, and commune.  Thanks for being a part of our squad!


Gentlepeople, START YOUR ENGINES!!

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Feast your eyes on *Footnote Quilt! This baby makes little hearts float from our eyeballs. Our newest quilt pattern is fat quarter and half yard bundle friendly. Make it lap size, make it queen size, make it any size you want, all we know is, now is the time to order online because


Pay $.500 (fifty cents) shipping (on U.S. orders) all weekend long in honor of our love of the Indy 500 car race!  I mean, we do live in Indianapolis after all. This fun offer will start right now through May 29 11:59 PM EST. Please be advised that we will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day, so make sure if you’re planning a trip down, you hit us up on Friday and Saturday (May 26-27)!  Bring in the family.  We’ll be excited to see, meet, and giggle with them.

While you’re tooting around at crimsontate.com, think about that quilt back for *Footnote Quilt!  May we suggest this?


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Suggested for the back of your quilt – Overdue (Yesterday)!
Queen Size: 8 yards
Lap Size: 4 yards
Or what about this handsome deviled egg?? (WHAT?! It’s Memorial Day Weekend!  I’ve got cook-out foods on the brain!)
Literary bundles come in three sizes!  Fat quarter, half yard, and one yard bundles!
Don’t forget, we’re closed on Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day but the FIFTY CENTS SHIPPING lasts until Tuesday morning.  Happy weekend, friends!
Thank you Eric Lubrick for the boss photography, per usgezh!

Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide {Days 7-12}

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Hoooootie hoooo!  Our website is up and running!  We can now accept international payments and ship around the world!  You can also shop from your mobile device.  I usually do a lot of my shopping between 2 – 4 AM when I can’t sleep.  It’s gonna be great!  We’re still adding more and more of our inventory so keep checking back everyday!

Now, let’s move over to the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide Days 7-12.  Here’s what you need to know:

Day Seven


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! It’s Day Seven of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. You guessed it… today’s featured gifts are quilty magazines! Love Patchwork & Quilting, we can’t get enough of you!! And Generation Q, you slay it! Or sleight it… right, Santa? Seriously, though, these magazines are full of inspiration, ideas, creativity, and joy. Pick up a copy today!

Day Eight


Yahooo yahoooooo! The Yelp Totally Bazaar was that evening!! It’s Day Eight of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. Today’s perfect prezzie recommendation… you guessed it… is an I LOVE Indiana Pillow! Oodles and oodles of Indiana Pillows can be found tonight at the Yelp Bazaar (at the Indy Central Library, RSVP on Yelp required!!) and throughout the rest of the season in the store. Crimson Tate’s handmade Indiana Pillows add a touch of Hoosier pride and comfort to every room. Come and give them all a squeeze!

Day Nine


On the Ninth Day of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide, my dear friend gave to me…. a Pin Cushion Cuff!!! These bad boys come from LOCAL maker Ellesquare! The Pin Cushion Cuff is a cuuuuute and functional handmade sewing accessory. Don’t forget to load these bad boys up with straight pins for an even nicer gift!

Day Ten


We’ve got SERIOUS Local Love around here. Today it’s Day Ten of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. We celebrate our UBER creative local friends Sarah Sharp of No Hats In The House, Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts, and Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio. Crimson Tate is filled with wonder and inspiration because of these local kids. We love you guys. Thanks for being in our #squad.  Up to five patterns ship for free!!

Day Eleven


Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide Day 11!! It’s time to decorate the hearth and we’ve got the cutest stocking kits you ever did see. Each kit includes everything you need – fabric, fusible fleece, and pattern. Two hour project, max!

Day Twelve


Welcome to December 12 and the Twelfth Day of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. Twelfth rhymes with elf and elves love double knit and double gauze. I’m surprised you’ve never heard that before. Lucky for us all, we’ve got a smattering of double goodness at Crimson Tate so you can make your favorite elves supertown happy.

Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide {Days 1-6}

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So, we’ve got great news.  Our IT guy has surprised us and is updating our website!  Wahooo!!!  But that means for a few days, our website is not functional.  What does this mean for you?  It means you’re gonna have to come in to Crimson Tate, downtown Indianapolis to pick up these amazing goods!  If that’s not an option, feel free to call us and we can place your order over the phone.  It’s so old school!  I love it!!!

Here are the first six days of our gift giving guide:

Day One


It’s Day One of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. Can you believe it?! It’s like Oprah’s favorite things, only Heather’s!! From now until Santa arrives, we’ll be sharing our best gift ideas for allllllll of the sewy loved ones in your life. You’ll make them sing with glee, laugh, cry, etc. when you shower them with all of the awesome prezzies we’ve recommended.

Today’s gift? The perfect stocking stuffer or tree ornament… it’s a gorgeous spool of Aurifil thread. Choose a large 1400-yd spool (or two, or seven) in a variety of beautiful colors. 100% Cotton. 100% Lovely. We’ll send it ready to be hung with care. #aurifilament

Day Two


Well by golly-sparkle-jolly-twinkle-jingley, you’ve landed on Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide!! Each day leading up to Santa’s big day, we are showcasing our very favorite things (just like Oprah), and it’s Day Two! Did you catch yesterday’s cutie-tootie Aurifil ornaments?!

In keeping with the tree theme, today’s perfect prezzie for your favorite quilter is the O’ Christmas Tree Quilt Kit. We’ve kitted this beloved quilt pattern designed by our pal, local gal Amanda Castor. It’s a holly jolly feel-good project that can hang over the mantle of your toasty fireplace, literally putting the tree topper on your holiday decor!! #ochristmastree

Day Three


Day Three of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide!! For the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our best gift ideas for the sewy people in your life. You’ll make them sing with glee, laugh, cry, etc. when you surprise them with any of the awesome prezzies we’ve curated.

The third gift selection is a lil’ combo pack: the awesome Clutched Pattern by May Chappell and the corresponding Metal Clutch Frames. It’s a quick project with a clean finish, and doubles as a gift for a sewist in need of a small project, or once it’s sewn, a great little handmade present for your bestie. We have the frames in Nickel and Gunmetal. Just add a few fat quarters (Rifle Paper, anyone?) and a hunk of fusible fleece! Then put a bow on it! #putabowonit

Day Four


Ho Ho Ho! Ha Ha Ha! It’s Day Four of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide! Today’s little ditty is the premier tool for the sewist on the go… it’s the Omnigrid Portable Cutting + Pressing Station! It’s not very romantic, but it’s totally necessary! For the practical gift giver and for the no-nonsense get-er-done types. The dinosaur planter, maybe not as practical, but cuuuute!

Day Five


The elves have been scurrying to get these dudes ready for the stockings of fabric lovers everywhere!! It’s total Gingher Scissor Palooza up in here!! You’ve made it to Day Five of Crimson Tate’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Those Gingher Sawyer shears with the red and white handles are a holiday delight!! Gingher Scissors reign supreme. These premium pairs of fabric shears and thread snips will last decades, just sharpening as needed. Bam in your face. Also, we know where you can get them sharpened!!! Get on over to the Indy Winter Farmers’ Market for all your sharpening needs!!

Day Six


Wondering what the perfect gift is for your loved one who loves to craft or sew? Well… Eureka! You’ve stumbled upon Day Six of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide! Cotton + Steel wins every time. Like, can the colorstory get any more perfect? Quilters, crafters, designers, artsy fartsy types, engineers, artists, scientists, linguists, teachers, medics, clairvoyants, mystics, railway workers, homebodies, drifters, well… everyone really… everyone will love receiving this thoughtful gift of beauty this holiday season. Don’t delay. This really is happiness in a box!

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While we’re waiting for jolly St. IT Guy to unveil our shiny new website, we’re hosting Holiday Happy Hours.  Starting today, Tuesday December 6 – Friday December 9 we’re offering 30% off when you finish the bolt between the hours of 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Take it all and the discount is yours.  Obviously, this is happening in-store (because the website isn’t ready yet).  So come down and play with us and get to work on those projects!!!  We’ve got lots of skinny bolts.  We think you’ll enjoy this incentive!

Store Hours:

Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Thursday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – holiday happy hours 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – note we’re open an hour early during the month of  December

Sunday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM