Succulent Garden Quilt Meets Amy Butler’s Night Music Fabric

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Remember that first collection of fabric I designed called Succulents for Windham Fabrics?  And I wrote the Succulent Garden quilt pattern to showcase large scaled fabrics found in my designs?  The Succulent Garden quilt is my GO-TO for a fast but beautiful portfolio showing off quilt fabrics I’d rather not cut too small because they’re just so stinking beautiful.  You know what I mean?  So when the alluring Amy Butler asked me if I wanted to build a project with her latest collection, I knew exactly what quilt I wanted to make and how I was going to do it.

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Amy Butler Night Music fat quarter bundle as seen at Crimson Tate.

Where to begin?  First and foremost you need to know that I believe sweet baby Amy Butler to be a genius. I tell the story all the time about how I saw her fabric in a little store somewhere around 2008ish and it changed my life.  Her sense of color, her sophisticated design, her use of larger scaled fabrics: ahhhh. I’m a mega devotee.

Let’s look at Night Music, Amy Butler’s newest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. It’s filled with twenty-four beautiful fabrics here broken into three color stories: midnight, stone, and fauna.

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This is what Amy has to say about the collection:

A little bit of mythology and a lot of magic inspires my Night Music collection. Folklore from the Gond tribe in central India says that during the day the natural world is busy taking care of the needs of everyone and that at night the luminous spirits from the forest come alive. They believe that all of life is magical and integrated and all aspects of the natural world are inseparable. This idea is both mysterious and charming and connects us to the seen and the unseen bringing about a positive feeling in being a part of the natural world.

Bringing about a positive feeling in being a part of the natural world? Yes.  I’d say you achieved that, Amy Butler.  The purples and turquoises of this collection are irresistible.  I chose half yards of my favorite fifteen and combined them with half yards of lux FreeSpirit solids that coordinate without missing a beat.  The Succulent Garden quilt pattern has lots of block variations where the majority of the blocks have a variety of band widths, so that you can showcase border prints and prints of various scales.  In this version of Succulent Garden, I repeated one block, the Pencil Cactus block, over and over and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

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I’ve dreamed of approaching this quilt like this for some time and Amy Butler fabric seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Here’s a list of the fabrics I used:

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I used Amy’s 108″ cotton sateen from FreeSpirit for the back fabric and whoa whoa whoa is it ever soft.

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I shipped off the quilt top to our buddies at Quilting By the Stitch here in Indianapolis and Dan worked his magic.  I tried to get a photo before we passed it along for quilting, but the weather in Indiana has been CRAZY!!!  Like today, April 9, I woke up to a layer of snow covering everything.  Ugh.  Why Indiana, WHY?  Don’t let this photo fool you.  It was COLD this day.

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I created this pattern as a nod to those tiny baby hexagons found in a grandmother’s flower garden quilt.  I love that quilt design but I needed a way to showcase the vibrancy of more modern fabrics.

If you’re interested in the pattern, you can find it as both a paper version or as a PDF download.  We even have an awesome acrylic template that makes cutting this duder out even faster.  I promise you, once you’ve made one of these Succulent Garden quilts, you’re going to want to do it again.

A big thank you to Ms. Butler for letting me play in her world, the most ornate and beautifully decorated world.  This queen sized quilt is going to live at my house, just like the last Amy Butler quilt I made from Soul Mate.  Remember that one?  I’ll repost the photo so you can see it.

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*Footnote Quilt pattern using Amy Butler Soul Mate and FreeSpirit Solids fabric.

xoxo and hearts and rainbows!

Heather

 

*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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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

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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!!

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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.
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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.

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GIVEAWAY HAS FINISHED!  THANKS FOR FOLLOWING ALONG!!

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.

 

 

 

 

Paper Obsessed and I’m working on those return letters!

I finally have all of my ducks in a row and am ready to start addressing envelopes to my friends who sent me #PaperObsessed mail about fourteen weeks ago.  Yikes.  I’ve got a long ride to Pasadena, CA.  Let’s cross our fingers my markers don’t run out.  Although, truthfully, I kinda love the marker that is on the edge of drying out.  Those scratchy marks are kinda fun.  See you at QuiltCon?! Look for me and Crimson Tate in booth 504.

 

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Paper Obsessed by Heather Givans for Windham Fabrics

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Paper Obsessed has seventeen different pieces, all paper inspired.

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Aerodynamics quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Karen McTavish

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Succulent Garden quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Benji Benjiman

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The cutest little Dash.  Air Traffic Control quilt designed and pieced by Heather Givans; quilted by Quilting by the Stitch

All photography by my super talented and cool friend Eric Lubrick.

 

See you in Cali in just a few weeks! Or is it less? HOLY HOLY.  😉

xo Heather

Taking the Long Way Home

It is the rare occasion that I spend the day riding in the car with both of my parents, as I am 37 and they are divorced. Being reminded of fall Sunday afternoon drives, root beer, and pumpkin patches, today I got to ride in the back seat of my mom’s car while my mom made my dad tell stories of when I was little. I feel so fortunate to have this moment with them.

They are very hardworking and have encouraged me to dig deep and labor in my life doing the things that bring me the most happiness. They both wanted to ride along with me today when I went to see my dear friend Ginny who does long arm quilting for me when I’m overwhelmed. This moment seems right. It is slow, easy, and mindful as I drop off an armload of quilts that will end up in the hands of new friends that desire to pass along an heirloom of their worlds. My legacy is love. I love my job. I love my world. I am incredibly grateful.

Modern and Lovely Meets Purple

While Pantone deemed Honeysuckle as the color of the year, a vibrant rosy pink, all trends point toward the purple side of that color as a stand alone beauty.  There is something about the quietness of pale purple mixed with the vibrancy of fuchsia.  There is a beautiful handholding between calm and energetic.  A perfect combination for a new baby girl would be the strength and delicacy of the color purple.  Deep, insightful, loud, and fun.