Friday, July 14, 2017

The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Soul Mate by Amy Butler

It's safe to say this is a summer of LOVE!  I time the seasons around my big spring event, The International Quilt Market, which takes place in May. The show always kicks off my favorite time of the year, and this Spring and Summer I get to share my Soul Mate collection with you!

As with all of my fabric musings.. Soul Mate is inspired by a combination of my heart inspirations and a lovely mix of happy prints that help tell the story and spread the positive vibes!
Soul Mate is a sweet reflection on love and perfect co-creation that happens when synergy and beauty come together. There are two peacocks in my signature print "It Takes Two", and in a tongue and cheek kinda way, this couple represents me and my Soul Mate Dave.

To further play with and appreciate this idea, I invited some very dear friends of mine to share about their partners and express what they see as the deeper connection to each other. No boundaries of culture, religion or preferences, just pure LOVE! And why they are soul mates for each other.  Grab a tissue because what my friends share is absolutely beautiful!

I loved the idea of comparing how to make a great relationship and how to make a great quilt and that they do indeed parallel each other. Being in tandem and mixing elements go hand in hand in making a good quilt and a great relationship. Of course to keep any good relationship on higher ground "creative play" is encouraged! And that's why I have such a variety of prints in my Soul Mate mix. With 3 color ways and a balance of prints that compliment each other in a fresh, modern way; there is a multitude of stitching opportunities.

The other very special and significant detail about Soul Mate is it's printed on a new quilting fabric! 100% cotton poplin. It's a higher thread count that's made with finer yarns and provides a tighter weave and delicious hand! It feels like Liberty of London fabrics with more drape and a weight that is like traditional quilting fabric. It's superior! ( and it's priced the same as regular quilting fabric. ) That's a HUGE win win my friends! And it's beautiful to sew with. The finer quality and weave makes this fabric the perfect pick for quilting.. #1, but because of it's weave, the drape and hand combined also makes this substrate perfect for garment sewing and accessory sewing. I've given you a wonderful breadth of project ideas and some incredibly beautiful new free quilt downloads to get your Summer of LOVE sewing hot and bothered! ( wink wink!)

I love collaboration and I've been blessed to get to partner up with and share some great patterns including some of my own creations. It takes a village to raise an "Amy collection" and the talented hands of many local sewing friends, and near and far sewing friends, have stitched up these beautiful samples for your inspirational enjoyment! Follow the links to all good things contained here, and follow this LINK to my web site to see all of my inspiration images and read the beautiful messages from my friends. You'll be well on your way to a happy sewing summer!

To find Soul Mate fabrics just visit your favorite quilt shop or find one on my web site in my Where to Buy section.

Enjoy my friends! Create Beauty, Express Love and Be Kind, #loveislove


You can Cross My Heart over and over again! This lovely lovely quilt by Stacey Day Is a FREE pattern download folks! I am smitten..and grateful for Stacey's vision. She is so gifted at capturing the spirit of my collections and translating them into a meaningful, fanciful quilt design. Stacey did a gorgeous job stitching this quilt together and Gina Boone's quilting just put it over the top! Thank you ladies!

Details, details! It's easy to envision "nesting" with Soul Mate. Part of the fun for me is to weave the prints into my daily life.. the warmth of this collection transitions easily into home decor inspirations.

And... I'm happy to introduce the Mini Me of the Cross My Heart quilt! This is a new addendum for my Spice Market Tote pattern! You'll need both the pattern addendum and my Spice Market Tote PDFs to create this bag. Stacey helped Sheila and me translate her quilt design into small scale so we could create this great pattern addition. Let me tell ya, it took all I had to not steal his bag from my Quilt Market  booth display. I really adore it! 

Sweet construction and simple quilting make this bag extra special!

The ultimate in wall art! I was so darn proud to have this beautiful quilt hanging in my show booth in St. Louis! This is Stacey Day's "You Complete Me" quilt sewn by our friend Kerri Thomson and it's available as a FREE pattern download. All I had to do for this shot was add a few Annabelle hydrangeas from my garden. Lucky me! Lucky YOU!  Enjoy this free download! XO

And THIS honey of a bag  Is inspired by Stacey's "You Complete Me" quilt! As with my Cross My Heart Spice Market Tote addendum.. these new instructions transform my Spice Market tote bag into this stunning quilted carry all! You'll need both my new addendum PDF and my Spice Market Tote PDF to create this bag. We used a combination of Fairfield’s Extra-Loft Batting, Annie’s Soft & Stable Foam Stabilizer and Pellon’s SF101 Shape-Flex™ to add body and structure to the bag. Simple stitch in the ditch quilting adds just the right touch of depth to have this whimsical pattern come to life! 

We used Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex™ & TP971F Thermolam Plus™ interfacings, and canvas by James Thompson & Co. to give the Tote #10 bag by Umami Midori from her Umami Canvas World book its wonderful feel and structure. Sheila and I work hard to find just the right combination of interfacing and or batting to give our projects the perfect look. Here are a few extra links to the products we love to use! and This tote would be great in my studio filled with fabric or filled with books lakeside during my mini breaks at our lake house.

Happy poufs for modern living! My Gum Drop pillows are delightful to look at and make any living space fun and interesting. Our college kidos are heading back to school next month and these pillows make for great additional seating.. and easily move to the next dorm room / apartment upgrade! 

Fairfield’s Stiffen Fusible Interfacing & Soft Foam Support Stabilizer give my Ultimate Storage Bins soft and sturdy structure for all kinds of organizational ease! Think.. cat carrier ( oh wait ... that's in my house) laundry tote and storage, dorm room catch all, fabric stash keeper... and great for gift baskets in the smaller sizes of course! 

You can see the drape beautifully with my Caftan pattern. The other bits I adore about this garment is it offers up the opportunity to bring two happy prints together and it's the easiest simple sew garment you can imagine. The poplin quilting fabric feels wonderful on your skin too!

Soul Mate has a lot of breadth in scale of prints making this collection one of my most wearable.I LOVE this tunic by Yuko Sato from the Japanese Craft book “Hooray Dresses and Tunics". My friend Molly constructed it with a little Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible woven interfacing in the cuffs and collar to give both a bit of shape. The poplin transitions perfectly in this design and it's incredibly simple and elegant. We opted to face the bottom section of the tunic with more fabric so the peek a boo areas are reflections of the exterior print. Once this one gets back from trunk shows and store events.. it's going right into my closet!

The Curlew dress by Merchant and Mills is the prettiest summer silhouette! We lined it with a little bit of FreeSpirit's voile to help with the sheer feel of this light design. It looks fabulous layered with Lotta's Pivli coat from her Everyday Style book! 

Voila! Here is Lotta's Pivli coat which also pairs up nicely with a chill pair of jeans and a classic white T.

Uzi peering in with his approval of Stacey Day's "True Love" quilt  Our friend Kerri Thomson did an amazing job constructing this quilt. We are so proud to get to partner with both of these ladies. The FREE pattern is available on Free Spirit's web site. Generous opportunities to create this summer folks! #sewhappy!

My lovely lampshades from my Piece Keeping book create colorful bright spots in my studio. I've chosen a nice mix of prints from all 3 color ways to make this whimsy patchwork.

Scrap patches for me are the best! Sheila and I and some great friends at Quilt Market have created several of these blocks for a charity quilt for our women's shelter. Wanna make good use of your scraps? You can follow my Splendor Patchwork Pillow free PDF to get you started on the foundation pieced blocks, and you can find a local women's and children's shelter in your home town by following this national link  Doing good feels good! #loveisunlimited and so are YOU! 
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Unknown said...

These fabrics are beautiful! I love that you named this collection soulmate!! My husband and I just celebrated our 3-year anniversary!! It's been a little crazy with family/work/friends since we said "I do," but we love each other like crazy, as we ARE soulmates! How perfect would it be to make a soulmate quilt big enough for two!?!

Anna brown said...

Niceee I have been watching the pictures come across my facebook love the fabric line and great project's

Amorette said...

The You Complete Me quilt is so lovely in these fabrics. Great play in a traditional pattern.