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.

My Gum Drop pillows never disappoint! Cute, utilitarian, personality plus style makes them a fun and adorable accessories for home decor and conversation pieces! Folks usually make one, get addicted and make many many more! They are particularly charming in my new SOUL MATE prints! Send your customers to my PDF page to download or sign up with UpCraft Club to sell PDF patterns directly in your shop!

Our friends at Fairfield provided the interfacing, foam and pillow forms for my Ultimate Storage Bins PDF and pillows. You can find wholesale information for Fairfield here.

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 FreeSpirit's web site. Generous opportunities to create this summer folks!

My Soul Mate fabrics are printed on 100% cotton poplin, created primarily for quilting (which btw is delicious!), but a happy bonus detail is the poplin, which is tightly woven, has a bit of drape and the softest feel which makes it a winner for garment sewing. Yes, you DO want this fabric against your's heavenly! For a quick garment fix try my Caftan sewing pattern.
And learn more about offering my PDFs to your customers through UpCraftclub!

So Sweet! You can create the mini me of my Cross My Heart quilt in tote form! Enjoy my Cross My Heart Tote PDF HERE! You'll also need my Spice Market Tote pattern combined with this new PDF accompaniment. YES please!

 These great products are featured in my quilted totes: Extra-Loft Batting by Fairfield,
Soft & Stable Foam Stabilizer by byAnnie'sPellon® SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible woven interfacing, Rivets by Tandy Leather Co.

This tunic from the Japanese Craft book - Hooray Dresses and Tunics by Yuko Sato showcases (maybe my fav Soul Mate print!) We used a little Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible interfacing in the cuffs and collars for shape, and added a bit of the print to face the underside of the hem in visible spots. Let me tell you, it took everything I had to not steal this before the photo shoot! Soul Mate is a tightly woven cotton poplin created for quilting and, as you can see...translates beautifully in garments. For more information about how you can carry Pellon® products visit their site.

The light is so beautiful here and Stacey Day's True Love Quilt is the perfect backdrop for my exploding Annabelle hydrangeas & pieced pendant lights from my Piece Keeping book! Download and wholesale ordering info are included in these links.

The pendant lights we used are from IKEA. Just search Nymö Pendant lamp shades. Easy breezy!

The You Complete Me Quilt by Stacey Day is available as a free PDF Download from FreeSpirit.
Tote #10 from the Japanese Book Umami Canvas World by Umami Midori. The Curlew Dress is from the Merchant & Mills Workbook by Merchant & Mills.

We used Pellon's® SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible woven interfacing and TP971F Thermolam Plus™, and canvas from James Thompson & Co., Inc. to add perfect form to this great tote.

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. Luck me! Lucky YOU! Enjoy this free download! XO

 I lined the body of Lotta Jansdotter's Pivli Coat with Pellon's SK135 Sheer-Knit™ fusible knit interfacing and then used their SF101 SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible woven interfacing in the facings. You can find out how to carry their products in your store HERE. Lotta Jansdotter's Pivli Coat is from Everyday Style. Check it out HERE.

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!
"What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with." 
~ Robert Brault
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