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