Amy Butler “Piece Keeping” Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Amy Butler Piece Keeping blog tour! Hip hip hooray! 

I’m elated to be involved in this tour for two main reasons:

  1. Amy was my first fabric crush. When I started quilting at age 15, I almost exclusively used her prints. Seeing her fabric on the bolt reminded me of the first time I went school supplies shopping and beheld a Lisa Frank binder. It was bright. It was bold. It was hot colors. Oh my it was perfect! Frankly speaking, Amy Butler fabric was my gateway drug into quilting. Would I go so far as to say she laid the foundation for all of my quilting endeavors thus far? Probably! (You can read more about my thoughts on her beautiful fabric here.)
  2. I saw a picture on Instagram of Amy Butler’s booth at Spring Quilt Market. In the background were two stunning pyramid pillows. Quilted sculptures? What was this?! Sitting on the couch, staring at my phone, I had a time-warp moment. You know what I’m talking about? It’s when the whole world gets really big and you can see into the future and the future is full of a pile of pyramid pillows and you’re dancing and laughing and throwing them around and eating cookies and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is playing in the background, then woosh! You’re snapped back to reality, but life has completely changed because you saw into the future and the future was going to be great! And MY future was going to have those pillows.

I couldn’t believe my luck when Chronicle Books reached out to me to be on this tour. I think around 9:00am I got an email asking which project I wanted to make, and by 9:03am I had responded with two words: PYRAMID PILLOWS

Hopefully I had a little more tact than that, but probably not. I’m sure I quickly wrote a follow up email with something like, “Sorry for the all caps. It wasn’t my intention to mean yell at you, just excited yell at you. What I meant was, I would like to make the pyramid pillows, please. And by please, I mean, I WILL make those pillows. Don’t tell me no.”​

My Pillow Process

As a quick preface, I'm not a craft sewer. I am pretty strictly a quilter and that's it. I've made a few simple pillow covers, but nothing more. This is not false modesty. I don't particularly harness that skill either. For me, quilting = love. All other sewing = confusion, doubt, shame spiral, ice cream.

However, I picked this pyramid pillow pattern with the full confidence of a ten year pillow-making vet. With the amount of shear certainty I possessed for the future success of this pillow, you'd think I'd done something like this before. So, when I cracked open Amy's book, and saw all of the templates I needed, I had my first small doubt.

Quilting-Templates

Once I cut them out, however, sewing them together was back in my patchwork wheelhouse. Confidence, restored! After making two of these pillows, I learned a few lessons that might be helpful:

  • Don’t lose a template. Each pillow has 15 unique paper templates. Protect them with your life.
  • Fold your fabric in half so that when you cut a template, you get two for the price of one. This works well for this pattern because for most of the templates you need 3 of the template and 3 of a reverse of the template.
  • Line up the base of the triangle template with the grain of the fabric – that way at least one side of each triangle is not cut on the bias.
  • Post-It notes can be very helpful in keeping your cut fabric organized.
  • The pattern tells you to iron seams open. Rather than mumbling to yourself, “yes, yes, but I always iron seams to the side so I’m going to ignore these instructions and do ma thang.” Iron seams open.
  • Yes, you can overstuff a pillow. Too much stuffing and these structural beauties lose their structure.
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This pillow is geared toward a moderate to advanced skill level. Cutting out so many templates can be daunting, but the end result is well worth the time!

Giveaway Freebies!​

In celebration of the Piece Keeping book release, Amy Butler is giving away a fat quarter bundle of her latest fabric from FreeSpirit, a selection of her ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons AND a copy of her book to one lucky winner!​

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post about a sewing goal you have for 2016. I will pick a winner a week from now on Wednesday, July 20th. Good luck!​

This giveaway is now closed and Christy Johnson from Littleton, CO is the winner!

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307 thoughts on “Amy Butler “Piece Keeping” Blog Tour

  1. Hafsa says:

    I loved your sneak peek into the future 🙂 this blog post had me laughing the whole time.

    My sewing goal for 2016 is to sew a full size quilt. I always stick with baby quilts and I’d like to try my hand at something bigger.

  2. Sherry Keller says:

    Beautiful styling of your new pillows! I have two quilting goals for 2016–steadily work on postage stamp quilt blocks, and complete a Steam Punk quilt. Loving both of these projects so far!

  3. Renee Delcambre says:

    Love, love the pillows! My goal for 2016 is to tackle the weekender bag by Amy! I adore her fabrics! The hardest part will be choosing one or two to make the bag.

  4. Tonya says:

    This year my goal was to sew every single day…just to get better. I’m probably at 50%. But I still count it a win. My goal for the rest of the year is to produce good results with all that practice!

  5. Laura says:

    ???????????? those pillows are glorious!

    My 2016 goal is to conquer my fear of curves with a modern drunkards path quilt ????????.

  6. Laurie says:

    Love Amy???? Your comment about the Lisa Frank notebook brought me waaay back Loved the pillows especially the shape. I look forwatd to attempting Epp

  7. Lizzie says:

    Hahaha! I can see why you wanted to make the pyramid pillows! This year, my goals are to finish a slow sewing project I’ve been quilting on, and make my brother a fabulous quilt.

  8. Jenny Lasslett says:

    I just made my first quilt, a craft size quilt from a kit. My goal is to make a quilt from my own pattern and fabric selection. Lets see if I get there. Btw, when are you going to design your own fabric? 🙂

  9. Cindy Phipps says:

    This year I want make more seasonal quilts, wallhangings and pillows. Amy Butler was my first crush in fabric love too! I used her first collection in a turning 20 quilt that I sleep under every night. I just adore it!

  10. Kari says:

    My goal is to learn how to quilt in sections and then make a king sized quilt…on my itty bitty home sewing machine. Prayers needed. Love Amy Butler. She was my first introduction to designer fabric.

  11. Deidra says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I want to finish at least two of my WIPs that I started years ago and keep getting pushed to the bottom of the to do list!

  12. Natasha Lavato says:

    My goal is to make all 3 of my siblings a quilt from my late grandfathers jumpsuits and give them to them at Christmas. It’s taken some time to build the strength to cut them up but I think I’m finally strong enough!

  13. Hope says:

    I love your intro about Amy Butler fabrics! Her fabric is fantastic! Can’t wait to try out these pyramid pillows. Such an interesting shape for a pillow ❤

  14. Michele says:

    Gateway drug to quilting for sure. This year my goal is to ” fine tune” my quilting technique…I have the basics, but want a more polished end product. Suzy, your work as always is amazing.

  15. Nicole Shepherd says:

    Sewing Goal: Buttonholes! I keep saying I’m going to get over that fear and I just need to DO IT.

    Such a fun giveaway, too! I think Amy Butler was a lot of sewist’s first fabric crush. I love those pyramid pillows – they’re my favorite project from the book.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Love Amy Butler fabrics, I have her wallpaper behind my bed on one wall, makes me calm and happy. My sewing goal is to make a striped throw for my couch in soft shades.

  17. Linsey says:

    Those pillows are amazing! I’m going to give them a try. Sewing goal: finish my neglected hexie quilt (that I haven’t touched in 4 months) ????

  18. Julie Hensel says:

    I am in love with these pillows, too. My sewing goal for 2016 is to make a small quilt. I do lots of garmets, but I really want to try quilting.

  19. Liz Kikkert says:

    Ah! I’m in love with these pillows!!
    My sewing goals for this year are to finish off a few of my WIP’s….also to try some new-to-me-techniques!

  20. Rebecca Brown says:

    My 2016 goal is to teach my daughter (and son) and a few of her interested friends to quilt. It starts with a love of fabric, and the passion of design/art/creation – and mixed with hard work and pursuit of sharing. It’s One of the most fulfilling experiences- and I hope to pass it on to the next generation.

  21. Lauren says:

    My sewing goal for 2016 is (shh, it’s a surprise) to make a quilt for my husband for our anniversary. Or, well, at least to start making it. But I’m scared to take on something so daunting and scared it won’t turn out. So I guess my other goal is to stop letting fear stop me.

    • Suzy says:

      Hear, hear! I recently heard a great quote by Elizabeth Gilbert – “You can’t be creative without being vulnerable and you can’t be vulnerable without experiencing fear.” The creativity is in us and so is the fear. They both come along on the journey and the hard part is not letting fear determine the directions we take. I preach this to myself ERRY DAY! haha. Good luck with your goals!

  22. Genevieve says:

    So many goals…crafty and crochet-y and quilty- including the lion quilt by Violet Craft, another Surprise quilt, a log cabin quilt and designing something with the idea of a New York beauty block ????

  23. Noelle says:

    Love your style! Love Amy Butler fabrics!.
    I made an adorable dress for 19 yr old granddaughter with spotted AB fabric! Too cute!

  24. Stacy says:

    Those pyramid pillows! ???? My 2016 sewing goals include adding to my beginner quilting skills, and reading patterns better!

  25. Andrea says:

    Gorgeous pillows!!
    My sewing goal for 2016 is to make a Queen or King size quilt. So far the largest I’ve made was a twin. So we’ll see how that goes!

  26. Margaret Dorinda says:

    I can’t handle how sweet these pyramids are! I’m curious how many hours went into your first one.
    I’ve been making whole cloth baby quilts and never attempted a patchwork quilt. The 2016 goal is to make my first patchwork quilt for our family’s first grand baby. I’ve already designed the quilt pattern but still need inspiration from a perfect fabric collection. Working with Amy Butler fabrics would be DREAMY!

  27. Amanda says:

    Amy Butler fabrics got me excited about sewing as well! I drove all the way across town to the only fabric store that carried her line to buy fabric for a huge tote.

    I am working on quilts for my kiddos for Christmas and so far have one top finished (two to go, plus all the quilting and binding).

  28. Norma says:

    My goal is to get some baby quilts made so that when a friend has a baby, I have a Quilt ready to give them and I don’t have to stop other projects to make one. Essentially, I want a stock pile of quilts on the shelf at the ready. ????
    silverthimble@shaw.ca

  29. Sharon in FL says:

    My 2016 quilty goal is finish more of my in-progress quilts before starting a new quilt top. Maybe a 2:1 ratio?! So many ideas, so little time!

  30. Patti Shanks says:

    The size of your pillows was such a nice surprise! They are gorgeous! I’m hoping to do some improv piecing!

  31. Kate says:

    I LOVE the pyramid pillows! I also turn to ice cream when I spiral- new fave – blackberry chocolate Gelato (not shared with husband. Get your own)!
    Goals: 6 baby quilts ( why do they keep having twins) and finish my 2 girls’ twin bed quilts!

  32. EmmaKaren says:

    These pillows are so unique looking! Love them! My sewing goal for this year is to make a queen sized quilt for my bed.

  33. Jill says:

    Those pillows look fab*u*lous! I love the design and the fabric. I’m trying to finish off all of the old projects this year, so that I can clear out my reserves *and* my mind. And I want to make time for some ‘just for me’ sewing (in between the baby quilts, curtains, cushions,…).

  34. HG Miramontez says:

    Hi thanks for the give away. I plan to learn free motion. And I need to quilt for my kids and eventually someday something for me.

  35. Kate says:

    Oh my, I have so many goals. I have this delicious Aunt Grace hexi quilt kit that I bought when I found out I was having a baby girl, and I’ve been too intimidated to start it. I’m bad with learning the rules before I start a project, and always end up winging it (and regretting it). So I want to learn how to do it the right way, and get that puppy made so I can ogle it all I want ❤️ Ps. I feel like Amy has seduced many a quilter with her fabulous patterns. I get excited when I see some of her stuff out in the real world. ????

  36. Ariel says:

    What a fun pillow! My sewing goal is to make at least 3 quilts for my wedding (58 days to go). I’ve made one already and am ready to start cutting out pieces for a clamshell quilt.

  37. Sarah J says:

    Those pillows are awesome! I could totally see a bunch of them in a playroom for lots of stacking fun. My goal is to finish up some lingering projects and curved piecing.

    • Suzy says:

      I saw “lingering projects” and read in my head “lingerie projects.” bahahaha I was like, “you get it gurrrrl! Make that lingerie!” hahaha 😉

  38. Jessie says:

    My goal for 2016 is finish 4 quilts. It’s July and I only have 1 done and 3 in progress all at different steps. I will get there it’s not an option.

  39. Pfaith says:

    My sewing goal is to make a raffle quilt to help support a friend of a friend who was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer. I’ve never made a quilt for this purpose before so a bit apprehensive but I said I’d give it that old college try!

  40. Jennifer says:

    My goal is become a quilter. I have completed a few projects and am becoming obsessed. My so just saw the pyramid pillows and asked for 4 of them….

  41. Kristin Bowhay says:

    Love your sense of humor in all of your posts! 🙂 my 2016 sewing goal is to make my first quilt! I’ve started piecing it together, and hopefully it will make a halfway decent Christmas quilt. Christmas fabric = love!

    • Suzy says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! I try to reel in the crazy bits as much as possible, but sometimes it slips through the cracks. Also, YEAH for your first quilt! You can do it!! Christmas + fabric = major lovefest

  42. Evelyn says:

    Hi Suzy, my goal for this year is finish two quilts for my daughters, this year they are going to highschool and college. So I really want to be brave and quilt then with my walking foot, made then special. Thank you for all your post you inspired me.

  43. Leah says:

    I love that I feel like I’m talking with a friend when I read your posts. I find myself talking aloud to you! Haha my sewing goal for 2016 is to finally finish my first EPP project!

  44. Hannah R. says:

    I’m a brand new quilter (as in I’m currently working on my third quilt ever!) but I’ve definitely caught the bug and am in love! I love reading your blog as well as seeing your Instagram feed! Stuff like that helps give me both motivation and inspiration! I have more goals to count this year… One being get way better at binding! Then I have a mile long list of quilts I would love to make for my family for Christmas! The more I learn the better!

  45. Emily says:

    Amazing pillows! My 2016 sewing goal is to actually finish a quilt. I have started piecing my first top -so well see how this goes!

  46. Mindy Carlson (pinspots) says:

    I enjoyed your funny post! My goal this year was to sew my stash. Shop my own stash before I shop a store’s, or someone else’s on #thegreatfabricdestash. So far I’m doing pretty well!

  47. Amorette says:

    My goal is to do some hand piecing. Last year it was to tackle curves, and I accomplished that with your tutorial!

  48. Emily T says:

    My goal is to unlock the secret skill of garmet sewing, i have the fabric (beautiful cleatance voile) i have the pattern… Now i think i just need for school to atart so the kids are outta my hair 🙂

  49. Melody says:

    Sewing goal(s) for 2016 – make a queen size quilt for my son, finish all those tops that need machine quilting, and stop second guessing what I made after it’s finished (I’m bad about that). But for now, I’m enjoying your blog! Thanks for the fun and informative blog.

  50. Sandy says:

    My sewing goal is to complete is complete at least on project per month for items that I have already purchased. That would put a significantly open up my storage options.

  51. Kim says:

    I’d love to make some of the beautiful bags I’ve been seeing (so bad at the zipper part), but I really want to start a new EPP project and NOT have it take a lifetime to finish!

  52. Michele says:

    The pyramid pillows are fabulous. I agree with you they had me from the first peek at the book
    My goal this year is to finish my Sue Spargo bom on time again as well as quilt it myself

  53. Cathy C says:

    My quilting goal for 2016 was to learn to long arm quilt. I’m well on my way. Took a lesson at my LQS and have done 4 quilts so far. Am getting to practice with outreach quilts for my local quilt guild, as well as my own projects. I really like it!

  54. Wendy says:

    You have a Magic Touch. Everything you do turns out Amazing!
    My goal for 2016 is to learn to sew curves and I have your Propeller Pattern ready to go! Thanks for the great video tutorial. ????????

  55. Rebecca Peterson says:

    My goal for 2016 is to hand quilt my own quilt. Small goal, I know, but I just learned how to quilt, so it’s seems big to me!! Fabulous pillows!!

  56. Nore says:

    I recently picked up quilting. I am trying to learn as much as I can. My goal for 2016 is to learn as many techniques as possible. And share my progress with others.

  57. Angela Mullin says:

    My Sewing goal for 2016 was to stop quilt making long enough to make myself a dress. But now will have to stop long enough to make these pyramid pillows I love them ????

  58. Jackie Drummond says:

    My goal for 2016 is to make Suzy’s Mayan quilt in cool blues for my son and daughter in law as they move into a new home

  59. Michelle Morrison says:

    I’m a quiting newbie, so my goal this year is to focus primarily on my quilting skills, and less so on other sewing. So far I’m having a blast!

  60. Cyndy Creighton says:

    Love the pillows! They will be added to the list of projects for 2016. My goal for 2016 is to make a quilt that is just for me!

  61. Paige says:

    I love these! Are these the ones where on Instagram you said I you were an interior designer you would focus solely on blues and cream? I think so. Anyways. I also agree with your sentiment about amy butler- Lisa frank connection.

    Anyway. I actually have two goals in mind:
    1) finish the queen sized quilt I’m making- scrappy strip quilt in earth tones. It’s big and daunting
    2) finish the baby’s quilt- I’ve got it all pieced and backed and quilted, but I’m terrified of binding.

  62. Pattie C says:

    Those pyramids are pretty awesome but I don’t know how you would use them as a pillow. I can see a cat attacking it on a regular basis if it was in my house. My goal for this year is to finish a feather quilt I started in March and lost interest in when I saw a shiny spider quilt on instagram. Beyond that I need to really do a clean and purge to my studio.

  63. José de Bloeme says:

    Hi!

    I woud really want to sew a big quilt and a necessary clutch wallet. Beside all the WIP I have laying around… like a patchwork pillow for my son. And a babyquilt for my newborn nephew ????

    -X- José

  64. April says:

    My sewing goal is to try my hand at free motion quilting. I just basted a quilt last night that I want to try it on, but I need to do some practicing first.

  65. Marge says:

    My goal is to complete my UFO from the last century and a tee shirt quilt from 2011. I will be a happy quilter if I can get these done!

  66. Megan says:

    Definitely will make these soon. Possibly in the same (at the very least similar) fabrics because, well, they’re blue perfection, and I see these as perfect reading nook pillows and blue is the little reader’s favorite color. I too get confused and overwhelmed by non-quilty things. But a personal goal is to make myself a basic tshirt and a dress. We shall see.

  67. Aubrey B says:

    My sewing goal this year is to learn how to free hand stitch quilt, whatever you call it. 🙂 On my regular sewing machine. Somehow!

  68. Ohgloomysunday says:

    I’m supposed to make my first quilt ever this year! I chose one of your designs as my pattern ???? It’s gonna be a blanket for my sister-in-law.

  69. Tegan Fletcher says:

    I would love to make another quilt this year, it would be my second quilt ever but I have fallen in love with quilting! My Pinterest boards are filled with wishful quilting! Ps I just love your work!

  70. Jamie B says:

    Ive been looking for quilty gifts to make my nieces, and these are perfect as a fun addition to their play room!!

  71. Angela purrenhage says:

    My goals for 2016 other than to improve upon my skill base is to sew more donation items than last year but also to intentionally pick out fabric for me and make something for myself then actually keep it.

  72. Michelle says:

    My goal for 2016 is to quilt a quilt using Free motion quilting. I have attended an evening class 2 hours, a week for 2 weeks only. Just need to practice a then will quilt my Amy Butler inspired quilt. Which is weird as the giveaway is Amy butler loveliness. X

  73. Joan Sander says:

    One of my goals is using up scraps . So far this year that has meant 1 bright and modern Dresden plate quilt and 10 “pillowcase style” dresses for Africa. Absolutely love your designs. Very motivating for me.

  74. Nancy says:

    My goal for2016 is to get caught up on the Splendid Sampler and stay caught up. But beyond that is to start practicing FMQ on my new machine. I think Amy Butler was the first fabric designer I started to follow and figured out this whole fabric designer concept. Who knew?

  75. Nancy says:

    To jump-start myself back into quilting after life got in the way for a few years, I’m taking two vacation days to take a quilting class to learn some new skills! Then I plan to immediately start a new quilt so I don’t get away from it again.

  76. Christy Johnson says:

    Beautiful pyramid pillows! I love them. I, like you, haven’t attempted sewing anything other but quilts, so I can relate! I’d like to try some pillows and bags though. And my goal for 2016: make quilts for all four of my kiddos! One down, three to go! ???? (And maybe I’ll attempt a pyramid pillow for my little girl’s room).

  77. Anna Dineen says:

    Ahhh! I love these pyramid pillows. Well, I’m a new quilter but a lifelong starts-but-never-finishes-big-craft-projects gal, so my sewing goal for 2016 is pretty humble: to finish a quilt. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Brooke says:

    Oh I would LOVE to make a bed quilt (for my bed) this year. Something larger than a throw that can be functional all winter!

  79. Karen says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous prize! My goal this year is to make as many things as I can just using scraps/ my stash. Those pyramid pillows would look good in a scrappy version!

  80. Mary D says:

    My goal for 2016, get some quilts for my family finished. Tops are made for some but that’s not a quilt right? Plus I wanna get one of my postage stamp quilts completed. Both are in some stage of WIP. Really kewl pyramid pillows. I may need a pair of those for conversation pieces.

  81. Ann says:

    One of my goals is so make pillows for my daughter and her 3 room mates for next fall. These pyramid pillows would be perfect. They have to be in purples and white, school colours doncha know. ive made loads of pillows my pyramidal ones? Nope.

  82. Lori Morton says:

    The pillows are soooo cool! My son would love them too! In Grays. My 2016 Goals are catching up on UFO’s that were left unattended for tooooo long…as I had surgeries & Radiation. Getting back to ME again, so have started to conquered neglected projects. Would love to get this pile finished… Also on List is to conquer FMQ!! 🙂

    Thank you for chance to win this super give-a-way too!! 😀

  83. Margaret says:

    Oh my goodness, these are such beautiful pillows! My sewing goal for this year is to try and make these! Thanks for the chance to win!

  84. Denise says:

    My goal for 2016 is to finish all my quilts in progress – yep there are a few. I also want to hand piece and hand quilt one quilt – just like they did “back in the day”.

  85. Kathy E. says:

    It’s good to set goals and one I’ve been thinking about for a while is to open an Etsy shop. I have a collection of sewn things I’d like to sell, but just need to take the time to get it going! I’d also like to get back to sewing garments for myself. I’ve been on a quilt craze lately!

  86. Kim says:

    Sewing goal…I am going to be a grandma times 2! Both my sons and their wives are expecting babies at the end of the year. I want to make a baby quilt for each of new little babies!! I can’t wait to get started and yes I will be using your patterns!!

  87. Pat T. says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog!… You have a delightful way with words!
    My goal this summer is to finish what I’ve started… I have six quilts in various stages of completion (!!)
    I’m understanding a little, how UFOs can happen… Either I’ve over-extended myself, under-estimated how long it takes me to do things now, or have developed a case of (Oh!!Shiny!!) distractibility…!
    Love your pillows!!

  88. carol says:

    My sewing goal for 2016 should be to finish UFOs. However, I really just want to play with new quilting ideas.

  89. Rachel says:

    Oh, these pillows are so cute, blue is perfect also! I will try to use my scraps and make a small play quilt for my new grandchild who is coming this thanksgiving. Thanks for your inspirational designs, I love them.

  90. Lisa Rothen says:

    My goal for this year, after seeing this book is to actually purchase the book and make myself some of these pyramid cushions with my hand dyed indigo fabric…so gorgeous!

  91. Bernie says:

    Great post! My 2016 goal (among others)has been to practice my quilting, both FMQ and hand quilting. I have made some decent progress. Thanks for the opportunity.

  92. Kate says:

    I would like to not start so many projects, and actually finish one, specifically a queen quilt I made for my cousin’s 50th birthday that’s been basted and sitting on my cutting table for well over a year. It took me forever to even get to that point — she’ll be 55 in December.

  93. Michelle Wyman says:

    In addition to finishing a gazillion projects (mostly quilts) I’d love to do more garment sewing in 2016. Thanks for a great post!

  94. Jodie Viall says:

    I’m vowing to finally finish a quilt for me! I’m a huge gift-giver. Our bedroom needs some color ❤️

  95. Chris says:

    I really like the pillows. I have about 10 quilts on my list. One I am doing right now is a red and white Vortex. Mine is more Scarlet to match my living room. All is well so far.

  96. Eva Casañ says:

    I’ll like to have these pillows to my kids. My sewing goal this year is to finish 2 quilts for my boys: one is a sheep in a field and the other a cocodrile and more wild animals. Gracias!

  97. rebecca says:

    I have three little grand girls I owe quilts to, whew, I need to get busy and that is my goal at some point to get them started! Oh I love Amys things also. Shes so creative….

  98. Sue Godfrey says:

    My 2016 goal is two fold… firstly to improve at free motion quilting and secondly make a ‘modern’ quilt???? hugs xx

  99. Sharon says:

    My goal this year is to finally learn how to free motion quilt. I would be thrilled to win this giveaway! I love everything Amy Butler! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  100. Allison says:

    Those pillows are gorgeous!! I want to make some – would be perfect on my couch!!! 🙂 Thanks for all the information on the templates! My goals for this year (beyond finishing the many UFOs in the closet) is to dive into something new and fun! I’m looking at hand dyed fabrics and marbled designs!

  101. mailergoat says:

    Your pillows look great! I immediately saw “fire”-like pillows for our non-functional fireplace. Let’s make that the 2016 sewing goal.

  102. Claire Ross says:

    I am currently making my first quilt for our baby due in December, just about to start basting it . I have a dec 6 th deadline!

  103. Denee says:

    When I was much younger and in college for a degree in the medical field we had a moto “See one, do one, teach one”. My goal in 2016 is to apply that to quilting. I have seen a quilt I like, I have done it and now I am going to teach it in a class. Thanks for sharing the cute pillows!

  104. Katherine says:

    You knocked it out of the park with these pillows, Suzy! They are fabulous!!
    Oh, totally get that crush… I’ve got a pretty healthy stash of Amy fabrics as evidence. ;o)
    My goal in 2016… turning more of my own designs into patterns.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome pillows with us!

  105. Nicole says:

    Amy’s fabric was my gateway drug into quilting, too…and yes, I have always described it that way. I laughed when I read that on the post! The pillows are awesome. I can’t wait to add them to my daughter’s nursery!

  106. Christine says:

    I plan to hand piece my final hexagon pinwheels (blue and white!) to add to the vintage ones I bought a few years back in Paducah. Can’t wait to use the throw in our living room.

  107. Katy M says:

    Beautiful ???? My sewing goal is to finish the quilt I’m making in time for my baby’s first baby because I didn’t manage to finish it for his birth! X

  108. Pam says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! The pillows are gorgeous, and so is the canine model! My sewing goal for the rest of 2016 is to make Rockstar bags for my daughters and nieces for Christmas, and use up a lot of my scraps in other random quilty projects. The scraps are getting out of hand!

  109. Lauren says:

    I’m a notorious procrastinator. My goal for 2016 is to finish the quilt I’ve started for my baby niece. Love the sculptural effect of these pillows too.

  110. Sandy Mack says:

    With scraps in mind, including Amy Butler’s, I plan to make 2 quilts to donate to our local cancer charity. I have just finished one so with 6 months to go, I think I will achieve my goal. Here’s hoping. Thanks SuziQ for a great site.

  111. Diana says:

    My sewing goal for 2016 is to complete all the quilts on my “to do” list (that would be a couple throws and two queen size) and to do more hand quilting. I love you latest pattern….that is on my list too!

  112. Jan Richards says:

    I have a goal to complete an anniversary quilt for our bed before 2016 is over. Must admit I cut it out 9 years ago and it is almost done;o)Ja

  113. Jo says:

    Super delicious project I will pin to make when I have caught up somewhat with my UFOs.
    My main intention os to finish a quilt for my daughter’s Autumn wedding. No pressure then???
    Thanks for the chance of winning gorgeous goodies.

  114. Andrea says:

    My goal is to sew up some of those yards (and by that I mean YARDS!!!! – I can help but buy some every time I see it) of Amy fabric.

  115. Marilynn says:

    This years quilty goals many UFO’s; this weeks goal is to cut for a mystery quilt with the guild I belong to. Suzy, New to your blog and so enjoyed, love your humor, the tri pillows are beautiful.

  116. Joy Flora says:

    Sewing Goal- to really finish up all my UFO’s! The pile is haunting and ruining my sewing spirit. A nice new book and pile of fabric might help me power through so I can starts something new and fresh! P.S.- I LOVE that doggie in your picture!

  117. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    Thanks for the fabulous review of this book! I love the pyramid pillows, and I appreciated the construction hints.

  118. Reika says:

    I came here because of Amy’s blog tour, and I’m so glad. Your quilts are BEAUTIFUL! I am a fabric designer myself, and novice quilter. I’m going to be following you from now on!!

  119. Bcmiller says:

    Those pillows….so…..beautiful. My goal is to finish my queen size paisley quilt, then start on some yo yos for a pillow case.

  120. Deb F says:

    Love your pillows. My goal is to finish two quilts that I started MANY years ago and to make a quilt and pillows from one of my favorite fabric lines (yes, it is an older Amy Butler line). Thanks for sharing your creations and the chance to win.

  121. Emily C says:

    My goal is to finish some of my older WIPs. One quilt is getting on 5 years. King size and hand quilting has proven itself daunting.

  122. Diane Beavers says:

    Hi Suzy, its cool to meet you.
    Pyramid pillows…well that’s one of my 2016 goal…I’ve never seen or quilted a pillow in that shape, much less blue and white. I shall protect those 15 templates w/my life:)
    Love ’em.

  123. Sue says:

    My sewing goal for the year is learning to make fabric handbags. I’ve gotten off to a great start!

    Love that pyramid pillow.

  124. Joy S says:

    I love these triangle pillows. My 2016 goal will now have to include some of these pillows for friends for Christmas!

  125. carol n says:

    Love the pillows. My goal is to finish my UFO’S including some binding, thanks. I know, I say this every year…

  126. Laura I. says:

    Super impressed with you making these pillows! It was fun watching your progress on SnapChat!
    My 2016 sewing goal — to make 2 quilt squares a month in attempt to finally make my Snowbird tshirt quilt!!! (This is 3 years of procrastination) I have tons of tshirts from the camp I worked at for 6 summers.. way too many to actually wear. So a quilt they need to be gosh darn it!… hopefully. 😉

  127. Kimberly Nagle says:

    My goal for 2016 is to make TWO t-shirt quilts and to do my best to enjoy the process even though I am dreading it..lol

  128. Tiffany says:

    Garments, garments, garments! Heck, I’d be happy with just one not-at-all-home-ec-reject-looking skirt. Someday.

  129. Leah orchard says:

    I have started 3 of your arrow quilts (one is baby size but I changed it a little bit). My goal is to get all 3 done before Christmas and before my little baby comes December 2016! 🙂 while working on these quilts I also hope to improve my machine quilting abilities! I love your tutorial on machine quilting 🙂

  130. Ellen McKenna says:

    I LOVE Amy Butler, everything she does! My sewing goal for 2016 is to make clothes I want to wear out in public. Working on improving my skills!

  131. Michele T says:

    Those pillows are so cool!!! My goal for 2016 is to finish hand quilting the Dream Batik quilt for our master bedroom!! I know that I can do it!!!

  132. Kristin Johnsen says:

    Love how much information you gave us here in your pillow tutorial….and the admonition to NOT lose pieces – priceless! Love your blog and your projects! I’m working on my sewing goal now – using up bits of fabric from a quilt made over 15 years ago to create a scrap quilt for my charity group – I’m off to sew next week with a group of friends – yeah!

  133. Roseann says:

    My goal for 2016 is to make time to sew and to quilt again because life has been so busy and hectic over the last several years that I haven’t made time for”me” projects.

  134. Jan says:

    Love your blue and white! I would like to make a quilt for each of my three grandson’s this year. Thank you for the giveaway!

  135. Shaena says:

    I would like to delve into paper piecing. I bought the pattern…now to just DO IT! ???? Thanks! And Amy Butler was also my sewing gateway!!!

  136. Christine Puniello says:

    I plan on finishing three quilts that the tops are done for and I need to quilt and bind them!! Then I want to start a few others!! I’m also doing three quilt alongs at the moment too!!

  137. Geneva says:

    I love those pillows! Would love the chance to use the bundle in my endeavour to make each of our children, grandchildren, and parents a quilt each for Xmas. I have the top done for ours already. I know, biting off more than I can chew. I like a challenge. Lol

  138. Lisa Briggs says:

    My sewing goal for 2016 is finish some of my WIP. My boomerang son has moved out of my sewing room yesterday (yay) which means more sewing.

  139. Deb Lundeen says:

    What a great blog! My goal is to finish a few unfinished, make some charity blocks and renew my clothing sewing skills!

  140. Maeve says:

    My goal is to finish my Christmas sewing/quilting before Christmas this year. And I would love to make some of the projects in Amy Butler’s book because I am loving what I am seeing on all the posts for the giveaway. I’d love to win!

  141. Michelle says:

    Sewing goals – supersize your warrior quilt and make it for my bed! Maybe I should bind the 3 other quilts I currently have on the go first…

  142. Diane says:

    Oh, I love these pillows! My sewing goal was to make 6 quilts for each niece and nephew. I’ve got to get a move on!

  143. Cindy K says:

    My goal this year is to complete a mini wall hanging. My mom he’s been an amazing quilter for more than 20 years and a couple of months ago I decided I need to get into it. I purchased a few patterns and some fabric (now I can see why it’s so addictive!) She has been a wonderful teacher and her passion for quilting has made me truly appreciate the skill and craftsmanship that goes into every piece I have seen over the years.
    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway xx

  144. Jean McKinstry says:

    2016, my goal will be to sew bags, at least one for every beautiful embroidery block that our friend Joyce has stitched, at last count there were 7 finished, and another almost done, the blocks will be an outside pocket, and are done on wither calico or white, so I need to carefully choose the bag fabric to compliment them. This giveaway, another very generous sponsor. Greetings from Jean in New Zealand

  145. Beth T. says:

    A goal I’ve had for 2016 is to quilt more for others outside of the circle of my friends and family. In keeping with that, I am making a quilt for the Pulse families, am making blocks for the families of the officers in Dallas, and have done some other charity quilting. All of this has been very fulfilling, and even though I haven’t completed as many family quilts, I feel good about what I *have* done.

  146. Anne says:

    Thanks so much! I love your pillow. My goal: finish my farmers wife quilt and a few of the half-finished garments that are lingering around in my house…

  147. Anna-Marie says:

    Love your pillows. My sewing goals for 2016 are to finish a lap quilt for my and make a skirt for my daughter. I’ve not made an item of clothing since my school days so this last goal is very scary!

  148. Betty A. says:

    Boy, I had a similar moment when I saw those pillows – total eye candy! My 2016 goal is, simply, to use my long-treasured designer fabrics (yes, Amy is in there) that I’ve been holding for just the right project! Today is the right project, right?!

  149. Tina short says:

    While tidying my sewing room I discovered that I had 23 !!????!!!! WIP’s……..23(WTF) so my goal is to finish (some of) them.

  150. becky McIntosh says:

    Mine is to make a kajillion baby quilts for the kajillion babies my friends seem to be determined to pump out this year 😉

  151. Lisa says:

    I love your pyramids but I’m not sure your dog does. My sewing goal is to get really comfortable with free motion quilting.

  152. Fireside Quilter says:

    My goal this year is to experiment and try new techniques. First on my list is to make a postage stamp cushion cover using fusible interfacing, the results are perfect!

  153. Sharon Tucker says:

    love love those pillows! A sewing goal this year is to make a quilt for MY bed! I’ve already purchased the fabric, now I just need to make myself a priority 🙂

  154. Jayne says:

    The pillows caught my eye right away! My 2016 goal has been to try as many new techniques as I can in quilting. So far I have done pretty well!

  155. Tac says:

    Love the triangle pillows! My goal for sewing in 2016 is to create a more usable sewing space so I can create more.

  156. janequiltsslowly says:

    I love those pyramid pillows! Maybe a little daunted by the many templates. One sewing goal I have for this year is to see a garment for me.

  157. Erin Monfort-Nelson says:

    I have so many sewing goals for this year! But here are two that are Amy Butler related! First I have a nearly finished Swoon quilt made entirely from Amy Butler’s Lark fabric line which I had hoarded for years before cutting into it for the swoon, so I am planning to finish that beautiful quilt this year. (Seriously the blocks are done its just sashing them together and piecing a backing, I can do that right?) The second goal is to return to a pile of HST made from Amy Butler fabric from an even longer time ago! I dont mind sewing HST but I HATE trimming them, so this project has been sneering at me from the corner for a long while but I would love to finish it up! Then maybe I will buy more Amy Butler fabric and the new book as a reward!

  158. Linda W says:

    Love your pyramid pillows. My goal is to complete all my quilting projects already in progress. One quilt is completely done, one needs binding and two more need to be quilted and bonded. Maybe add another one to the list. Thanks for the chance, would love the fabric and book.

  159. Peggy says:

    My immediate goals are to have two charity quilts quilted and bound before our guild meeting in September and to finish my Technicolor Galaxy BOM quilt this summer.

  160. Laura says:

    Your pillows are beautiful! I’ve been wanting to make myself an Amy Butler bag for ages– I’m hoping this is the year I get it done!

  161. Kath Shively says:

    You did it! And your pillows turned out beautifully. This year my goal is to start and finish a quilt for each of my two boys.

  162. Debby says:

    My biggest goal for this year is to finish my hubby’s quilt. It is a design I created and is taking a lot longer than I imagine, but he is going to love it.

  163. Marjorie says:

    I love these pillows. Amy Butler fabrics got me interested in seeing too! This year I’d love to completely finish a quilt for myself! Every one I have made so far has been given away. P.S. Your dog is adorable!

  164. Paula says:

    My quilting goal is to finish three wedding quilts this year – one is hanging around since last year! Thank you for the giveaway!

  165. Kathryn says:

    What gorgeous pillows, and what a great giveaway! My sewing goals for this year are to sew a pair of trousers, make a winter coat, and try some improv quilting.

  166. Lana Kr says:

    I love these – My goal is to use this concept to make something for the cat to curl up on that is beautiful and functional.

  167. Sonya M says:

    Aside from making quilts this year, I have sewed some bags. I will also be sewing curtains for my guest room (that has Amy Butler bedding, of course!). Although I love quilting, it’s a great feeling to successfully make other things!

  168. karen swann says:

    Terrific pillows! My goal is to 1) make a bag and 2) make that Christmas wall hanging I keep saying “next year” about.

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