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

 

Tall Trees Block for Aurifil Thread

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What a fun year it’s been being on the Aurifil Design Team with the amazing company of so many people that I admire.  Each month a different designer created a block for a block-of-the-month quilt based on the color wheel.  I lucked out and got GREEN!!  I love green.  I love mixing greens of more yellow hues with blues and aquas.  I can’t hardly handle myself. 😉

Find the blog here to see my inspirations and to learn a little more about what makes me tick along with instructions for creating your own Tall Trees block:   https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/aurifil-2017-november-designer-of-the-month-heather-givans/

Now, looking for the ruler I used?  These little geese finish at 1/2″ x 1″ – this is some heavy lifting if you do it alone; you might need a team lift that comes in the form of a teeny tiny BlocLoc ruler.   It looks like this.  Click on image to find.

Want to win an awesome Aurifil thread box??

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Find the instructions for winning an awesome thread box here: http://blog.patsloan.com/2017/11/aurifil-block-challenge-block-11-by-heather-givans-enter-your-block.html

Connect with all of the designers on the team here:

I’ll be looking for all of those Tall Trees blocks on Instagram and Facebook!  Be sure to tag me @crimsontate @aurifilthread @patsloan #TallTreesBlock

 

Givans VS. Givens & My Latest Quilt Finish + –FABRIC GIVEAWAY–

You know me.  I’m Heather Givans, spelled with an A. I’m not here to confuse anyone or create a big old kerfuffle but I wanted to draw your attention to Tina Givens, spelled with an E.  Givans with an A (me) and Givens with an E (Tina).  We are both fabric designers.  We are both pattern writers.  But Tina with an E just recently completed her latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics called Piecemeal.  Vibrant, citrusy, and chock-full of stunning color, the 24 piece collection is fun and I LOVE IT!!! So when I had the opportunity to work with her latest fabric collection, I jumped at the chance.  Just so you know, my next collection of fabric isn’t announced until January.  So for now, let’s focus in on Tina with an E’s fabric and my newest quilt creation.

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Bracelet Making Quilt 83″ x 83″

Tina with an E describes her colleciton as being inspired “…by change in my family life, and how we can piecemeal the happy parts of our lives back together. Crazy life.”

When a design is created with hope in mind, I can’t help be drawn in.  I paired 15 Piecemeal fabrics with my chosen 16 coordinating FreeSpirit solids and bam.  This is what happened.

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Inspired by friendship bracelet making, because you know that I’m a former camp counselor, adventure trip leader, and outdoor educator, right?  Yes, me.  Heather Givans with an A! My camp name was Heliotrope.  No kid ever knew what what a heliotrope was, but I chose it because it seemed to suit me more than names like Hay or Honey.  We chose our camp names based on the first letter of our first names.  I spent countless hours of my life at camp with a safety pin fastened to my knee knotting and knotting lengths of embroidery floss to make the perfect summer camp accessories.  Don’t worry.  I’ve got a lot of stories to tell about this time in my life later.

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This scrappy quilt design has been rattling around in my head since my friend Lindsay taught a string quilt class at Crimson Tate nearly five years ago.  Combining the improvisation and scrappiness of string quilt block making with a little touch of organization, the Bracelet Making Quilt came to life.

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Big thank you to Dan Clayton of Quilting by the Stitch for his expert quilting!

This quilt began by foundation piecing strips to a page of our newly delivered telephone book.  It looked like a hot mess, as seen here.  I created four messes that looked relatively the same and squared those blocks to a common measurement.

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I didn’t worry if pieces were the same size, or if they were cut and sewn straight.  I just sewed.  Larger blocks started to form as I made four relatively “same” sequenced blocks, which became the centers.

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Eight more blocks, sewn in reverse order, surround the original four to make the greater, larger block.  I added half a square of solid so that the plus sign shape could emerge by contrasting against the background.   Take a look at how it morphed and formed.

 

Up on the design wall it went and pow.  The quilt layout was made.  If you’re interested in a tutorial on how to put this together, I’d encourage you to join our eNewsletter.  I’ll send out an alert when it’s ready.  You might also get some news on what’s happening at Crimson Tate along the way, too.  (Be cautioned, we don’t send many emails!  I promise not to flood your inbox and I most definitely won’t share your email address with anyone else.)

Utilizing my leftover scraps, I made something fun on the back along with some double gauze.  SO. STINKING. SOFT.

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I love remembering and dreaming about my days as a camp counselor hiking, swimming, canoeing, basket weaving (for real), and bracelet making.  I love that this quilt serves as a marker for an important time in my life.

Want to win some Piecemeal of your own?  Wanna win a coordinating bundle of FreeSpirit Solids? We’ve got six one yard pieces provided by the kind folks at FreeSpirit to give away and Crimson Tate is giving away the solids bundle!!  You’ve got three ways to win!! Do all three, get three chances!!  Winner will be drawn Monday, November 27, 2017.

  1. Leave a comment here and tell me about your experience level in friendship bracelet making.  Novice, intermediate, expert?  I’d love to know about your favorite flosses, patterns, and colors to create.  If you’re a stranger to friendship bracelets, tell me about your most important friendship and how you signify it. (I mean, if it’s not in the form of friendship bracelets, what form does it come in? Matching hats, friendship tattoos, etc.???)
  2. Share this blog post on your facebook page (as a public post) and tag Crimson Tate :: Modern Quilter and FreeSpirit Fabrics in the post!  We’ll only be able to see it if you make the post public.  If you’re so inclined, be sure to give us a LIKE, too.
  3. Take this game to Instagram!  Post the photo below and tag @crimsontate @sewtinagivens @freespiritfabric #BraceletMakingQuilt and tell me who you think spells their name correctly.  Is it Tina Givens or is it Heather Givans?  Total pretend bonus for choosing me. 😉  Of course, we’d love it if you’d follow Crimson Tate there, too, if it’s in your heart.

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Wanna know what fabrics I used to make this quilt?  Here’s a list and even a kit to get you started in making your own Bracelet Making Quilt!!

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Coordinating FreeSpirit Solids:

Almond Pink CSFSESS.ALMPK
Amazon CSFSESS.AMAZO
Apricot CSFSESS.APRIC
Asparagus CSFSESS.ASPAR
Brass CSFSESS.BRASS
Cranberry CSFSESS.CRANB
Dogwood CSFSESS.DOGWD
Fuchsia CSFSESS.FUCHS
Honey CSFSESS.HONEY
Lavender CSFSESS.LAVEN
Mango CSFSESS.MANGO
Olive CSFSESS.OLIVE
Pomegranate CSFSESS.POMEG
Solar CSFSESS.SOLAR
Sunset CSFSESS.SNSET
Wisteria CSFSESS.WISTE

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Tina Givens with an E’s Piecemeal Fabrics:

Leafy Path (Aqua) PWTG194.AQUAX
Leafy Path (Orange) PWTG194.ORANG
Leafy Path (Smoke) PWTG194.SMOKE
Morning Walk (Orange) PWTG192.ORANG
Morning Walk (Purple) PWTG192.PURPL
Raisin Feast (Pink) PWTG190.PINKX
Screen Door (Aqua) PWTG196.AQUAX
Shade Tree (Kiwi) PWTG193.KIWIX
Shade Tree (Papaya) PWTG193.PAPAY
Spotty (Aqua) PWTG195.AQUAX
Spotty (Papaya) PWTG195.PAPAY
Spotty (Purple) PWTG195.PURPL
Troy Gardens (Purple) PWTG189.PURPL
Weed No More (Purple) PWTG191.PURPL
Weed No More (Smoke) PWTG191.SMOKE

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

ALL WEEKEND LONG, WE’RE CELEBRATING THE INDY 500 with FIFTY CENT SHIPPING!!

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!)
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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!
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Thank you Eric Lubrick for the boss photography, per usgezh!

Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide {Days 13-19}

IMG_4883.jpgHoooootie 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.  We’re still adding more and more of our inventory so keep checking back everyday!

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Now, let’s move over to the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide Days 13-19.  Here’s what you need to know:

Day Thirteen

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Guys. These dudies are the best gift to give for your guild’s holiday exchange. Or a super nice gesture for your granny that taught you to quilt. Stash starters are budget priced but incredibly beautiful. That’s why they are the featured little lovers for day thirteen of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide. It’s a beaute, Clark. #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide#itsabeauteclark #stashstarters #amybutlerdesign #joeldewberry#parsongray #annamariahorner

Day Fourteen

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It’s day fourteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide and this one is a doozie! We’re celebrating www.crimsontate.com today and the brand spanking new e-Gift card! You read it right, y’all. You can now purchase e-Gift cards online that will be emailed to the recipient (or to yourself to be printed and given…TO YOURSELF?! No judgement). You can use the e-Giftcard online and also in our brick and mortar for all fabrics, notions, classes, and gift items! Gift cards from Crimson Tate don’t say, “I had no clue what to get you,” but rather, “I knew you would want to coordinate your own fabrics, dearie-lou!”

We’re also starting curbside pick-up today through Christmas eve. Yep. You read that right. We’ll bring your online order out to you! Just let us know when you’ll be down and we’ll throw your bag of goodies right into your car. You barely have to slow down. #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide#wehavefun#ireallywantsomeonetochoosecurbsidepickupsoicanbringitouttoyou#imserious #goodstuffhappeningatcrimsontate #handmadeholidays#suchprettythings #somuchfun #sewmuchfun

Day Fifteen

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I’m giggling to myself on day fifteen of Crimson Tate’s Fireside Holiday Gift Guide as we present these cutie Made with Love sewing labels by Rae Ritchie. I made ornaments, gift tags, and have reserved a few for sewing onto holiday gifts. There are 65+ tags in the panel. I would give you an exact number but we had big debates at the store yesterday as to the ACTUAL number of tags, thus the reason I’m giggling. Oy vey! OK. Give that www.crimsontate.com a try. Head over to project starters –> panels #crimsontate #FiresideHolidayGiftGuide #raeritchieillustration#handmadewithlove #quiltlabels #diyholiday #handmadeholidays

Day Sixteen

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The gang’s all here!!! Who doesn’t want to curl up by the fire and thumb through a great sewing book with coffee and shortbread cookies in hand? Or Mexican wedding cakes? (My personal favorite.) These authors, precious little lovers, have created fantastic resource that will inspire your winter sewing projects. Books truly are the perfect holiday gift. That’s why on day sixteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide, we support your love of books and reading and encourage you to get another bookcase and some floor supports to withstand the weight because we’ve got some goodies and you’re gonna need to make some room. #realtalk #Books #crimsontate#FiresideHolidayGiftGuide

Day Seventeen

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You guys! This weather is CRAZY! Luckily we’ve got crimsontate.com up and running so we can all drink coffee and look at allllll the fabrics!! On day seventeen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide we present Literary (my new collection of fabric hitting stores in April) coordinated Aurifil thread boxes curated by me!! I’ve chosen my favorite 50wt threads as well as a small box of Aurifloss. This is a stocking stuffer made for the booky, the Crimson Tate lover, and the sewer. Yayyyyyy. And more yaayyyyys. Check out our website. Lemme know what you think. Link in comments for your clicking convenience. #crimsontate #firesideholidaygiftguide #aurifilthread#literaryfabric #windhamfabrics #aurifloss #bigtimereaders#booksfortheholidays #diyholiday #handmade

Day Eighteen

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It’s day eighteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Gift Guide and the temperatures in the midwest are dropping! My dogs spend all of their time sitting by the radiators. So in honor of old man winter, might we suggest this amazing bundle of Shetland Flannel in all the vintagey right colors. Swooooon. Don’t tell David, I think this is what he’s getting for Christmas. #crimsontate #firesideholidaygiftguide #shetlandflannel#cotton #houndstooth #projectstarters #bundles crimsontate.com –> project starters –> bundles

Day Nineteen

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Holy cats! It’s cold outside. Let’s make some beautiful scarves. Day nineteen of the Crimson Tate Fireside Holiday Guide suggests Liberty of London Tana lawn! We’ve cut these dudies into the perfect sized pieces to make infinity scarves (1/2 and 1 yard cuts) or choose bundles if you want to do a little English paper piecing by the fire. Aside: we named all of the bundles British slang. We hope you’ll giggle at their names.crimsontate.com –> project starters –> Liberty of London #crimsontate#FiresideHolidayGiftGuide #diyholiday #theresstilltime

 

Winners of the Paper Obsessed Blog Tour

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Get ready for a great mail day, kids!  Here are the winners of the awesome blog tour that Windham Fabrics, Crimson Tate, and By Annie sponsored.  Wooty woot woot.  Don’t forget to sign up for Crimson Tate’s e-newsletter to find out what we’re up to and other opportunities to participate with Quilt Market Prep!

July 13 Heather Givans of Crimson Tate :: https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Martina Schwarz

July 14 Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::  http://www.nohatsinthehouse.com/

Linda Williamson

July 15 Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE Magazine :: http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/

Linda Douglas

July 16 Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing :: http://onegirlcircus.com/

Kathy Erickson

July 17 Jenny Leisure / David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate ::https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Allison Church Bird

July 18 Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio ::http://www.heatherjonesstudio.com/blog

Diane Beavers

July 19 Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography :: http://oartooar.com/

Veronique Oudard

July 20 Annie Unrein of By Annies :: http://byanniecom.blogspot.com/

Diane Beavers

July 21 Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts :: https://materialgirlquilts.com/

TM Philbin

July 22 Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness :: http://sewsweetness.com/blog

Patty Taylor

July 23 Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce :: http://www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce

Mary Beth Meadows

July 24 Karen McTavish of Karen McTavish Quilting Studio ::https://blog.crimsontate.com/

Indianna

July 25 Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine ::https://twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

Julianne Seegmiller

Thanks, y’all for playing along!!!

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