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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:
- 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.)
- 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.
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.
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!
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!
Piece Keeping Blog Tour
- July 11 – Chronicle Books
- July 12 – The Root Connection
- Project: Charming Garland
- July 13 – ME! (Suzy Quilts)
- Project: Pyramid Pillows
- July 14 – Rock Paper Scissors
- Project: Dreamweaver Wall Art
- July 15 – 100 Billion Stars
- Project: Statement Necklaces
- July 16 – Carrie Bloomston (Also Suzy (aka me. aka Suzy Quilts. aka wife of 5 years.) & John’s 5 year wedding anniversary!!)
- Project: Talisman Necklace
- July 17 – Late Night Quilter
- Project: Tribal Cuffs
- July 18 – Crimson Tate
- July 19 – A Gathering of Stitches
- Project: Embellished Infinity Scarf
- July 20 – Heather Jones Studio
- Project: Improv Pillows
- July 21 – Make It In Design
- Project: Illuminated Lamp Shades