Amy Butler's New book, "Piece Keeping"
When Chronicle Books asked me to be a part of the blog tour for Amy Butler's new Book "Piece Keeping", I said a big huge "YES!" Everyone knows I am a long time fan of her fabric, her esthetic, and, well, Amy herself. And I am so honored to be among this lovely creative group on the tour!
I was overjoyed when I received the book! It is full of 20 beautiful projects, all celebrating Amy's love of patchwork., ranging from home decor projects to wearables and gifts. Many are embellished with hand stitching and beading. There are clear directions for each project, full patterns, lots of hints and tricks, and Amy's words of inspiration along the way. The photography is fabulous and inspiring, done by David Butler, the other half of the "House of Butler".
There were so many wonderful projects to choose from but when I set my eyes on the Dreamweaver Headboard, Wall Art, and Quilt, I knew I wanted to give it a whirl.
In her book, Amy uses a more monochromatic version in cool blues, seen above. Since I wanted to have my wall art grace the shop, I chose from some of my favorites in Violette, an older collection from Amy. I just adore this palette and knew it would look beautiful against our gray walls. Right????
Okay, eyes away from the terrible condition of those mats. Look at the fabric, please!
The directions were clear, the piecing much easier than the final product seems, and the template clearly marked to help you line your pieces up. It all came together so beautifully and effortlessly. This is definitely a project a beginner could do!
And here they are, gracing our old haberdashery cabinet in the shop! Aren't they beautiful? I love how the scrappier version looks like a kaleidoscope! Next, I want to make this large block and offset it in a solid or neutral, by itself, in a quilt. Yummy! Who says we are stopping at wall art?
Giveaway!As a part of the blog tour, there is a lovely giveaway of all the lusciousness that is in the first picture! SWWWWEEEEET!! The prize includes Amy's new book from Chronicle Books, a fat quarter bundle of her amazing new fabric collection, Eternal Sunshine, from Free Spirit, and some of her lovely ribbon from Renaissance Ribbon! Just leave a comment here! We will randomly pick a winner on July 21st.
AND .... wait for it .... we at Rock Paper Scissors want to spread this Piece Keeping love even more so we are hosting our own giveaway! Swwwweeeet, even sweeter! We will randomly select a second winner from the comments for a prize package including a copy of the book, some luscious fabrics and some other goodies.
Be sure to follow all of the great creatives on this blog tour! And each blogger will be offering a giveaway so you have lots of chances!
July 11 - Chronicle Books
· July 12 - The Root Connection
o Charming Garland
· July 13 - Suzy Quilts
o Pyramid Pillows
· July 14 - Rock Paper Scissors
o Dreamweaver Wall Art
· July 15 - 100 Billion Stars
o Statement Necklaces
· July 16 - Carrie Bloomston
o Talisman Necklace
· July 17 - Late Night Quilter
o Tribal Cuffs
· July 18 - Crimson Tate
· July 19 - A Gathering of Stitches
o Embellished Infinity Scarf
· July 20 - Heather Jones Studio
o Improv Pillows
· July 21 - Make It In Design
o Illumined Lamp Shades
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to comment!
*** Update *** Congratulations to Kathleen, the winner of the Chronicle Books/FreeSpirit Fabrics/Renaissance Ribbon Giveaway, and to Anne, the winner of the Rock Paper Scissors giveaway!