*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.

 

 

 

 

AMY BUTLER’S BLOG TOUR: 10 STYLISH PROJECTS THAT CELEBRATE PATCHWORK

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Worlds are about to collide!  I’m the seventh stop (and maybe in seventh heaven) on Amy Butler’s Big-Old-Blog-Tour-Celebrating-Her-New-Book Piece Keeping. Even though I’ve got my own Paper Obsessed Blog Tour happening right now, I wanted to take a breather to show you what the Amy Butler has been up to.  Have you seen this book?

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It’s ridiculously cute and incredibly inspired.  Amy and I discussed Piece Keeping while we were at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT.  Remember?  We made our Letters from Home quilt from her new fabric Eternal Sunshine for her booth.

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We chatted a lot about how the book was filled with all kinds of different fabrics, not just the beauties that Amy herself has designed.  As a fellow designer and artist, I agreed that it’s wonderful to pull inspiration from lots of different places.  Mixing and matching various substrates that have richness of color and amazing textures found in fabrics like cotton linens can be so rewarding.  I’m impressed that Amy’s new book pulls from a huge range of fabrics and textures.

One of my favorite projects in the book is the Stash Pouches project.  The book includes instructions and patterns for three sizes of pouches.  I landed on the large.

IMG_7543.jpgI wanted to incorporate some elements found in her inspiration, namely the leather pull and the metal zipper, so I headed to Diagon Alley to find my supplies.  Just kidding.  But I did go to a place that is pretty much where Harry Potter gets his supplies for Hogwarts.  If you’re remotely close to Indianapolis and have just a slight interest in working with leather, you need to go to Landwerlen Leather at 365 S Illinois Downtown Indy.

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The outside is so unassuming with the mailbox numbers glued to the window with its hand lettered and painted sign.  But inside…

…it’s a dream world. Established in 1908, you’ll find old cabinets filled full of leather sewing supplies.  They are a leather supply and shoe findings warehouse for the leather trades, small manufacturers, and hobbyists.  And it smells INCREDIBLE like leather.

I got my goods, felt inspired, and set off to make my Stash Pouch.  I chose to use Robert Kaufman’s Metallic Essex Linen with a piece of vintage plaid I’ve had in my stash forever.  This also seemed like a good time to pull out a little hunk of Heather Ross’s Far Far Away printed on lightweight cotton linen to use as the lining.

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Amy Butler made construction easy to follow and I truly appreciated that each of the pattern pieces told you exactly what to do as well as the book itself.  Piece Keeping celebrates patchwork, so of course, the flying goose is the star of this bag.  I mean, I love the flying geese. [Check out our Row by Row Experience block as evidence.]

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My most favorite part of this bag, however, is the sweet pleats.  They make the entire project.

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I added a little bit of my Paper Obsessed stamp fabric to the interior, just a little embellishment. I knew I loved it and I figured Amy would like the succulents hidden inside.

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Here’s the view before I sewed it together.  Notice there’s a sneaky pocket inside, too.

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Want to peek in on a sample of the book with a sample of the instructions?  Check it out here.

Amy Butler, Chronicle Books, Free Spirit Fabric, and Renaissance Ribbons are all giving away amazing swag with this blog tour. Each stop provides one winner a copy of the book, a fat quarter bundle of Eternal Sunshine, and a slug of Amy Butler designed ribbons.  Leave a comment here and tell me what kind of sneaky treasure do you want to hide inside your Stash Pouch or tell me about the most amazing store you’ve ever been in that was unassuming from the outside but inside, there was total magic.  I’ll draw one commenter randomly July 22 at 8:00 AM.  Please make sure there is way to contact you (either through your link or by adding your email to the comment).  Thanks for playing along.  Don’t forget to find me in other avenues or visit me in the store at Crimson Tate!

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·         July 11 – Chronicle Books

·         July 12 – The Root Connection

·         July 13 – Suzy Quilts

·         July 14 – Rock Paper Scissors

·         July 15 – 100 Billion Stars

·         July 16 – Carrie Bloomston

·         July 17 – Late Night Quilter

·         July 18 – Heather Givans of  Crimson Tate [Alohamora!]

·         July 19 – A Gathering of Stitches

·         July 20 – Heather Jones Studio

·         July 21 – Make It In Design

And if you’re inclined, hop on the Paper Obsessed Tour, too.  We’d be happy to have you.

xoxxo

Heather

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARA!!! SHE’S THE WINNER OF THE RANDOM DRAWING.  And thank you to everyone for the fantastic stories.  🙂

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