Friday, August 20, 2010

sew & tell - all you need is LOVE

**I've had to delete some links today :(. Check with the requirements for linking on that tab up there!  Thanks!!**

Amy Butler LOVE that is.

Speaking of love.  Do you see that little button with those cute faces on it.  Over there? On the right? At the top?  That is my sister-in-law's sister and husband, Rachel and Ryan.  They are wonderful people hoping to start their family.  Most adoption placements are found word of mouth, so keep them in mind if you hear anything.  You can read about their daily life on their blog here. Or click on the button to go to their adoption profile page.

I did finally finish the quilt, and washed it, and hung it up to photograph!  I love it! No pun intended.
I loved the look I've seen on simple square patchwork quilts where the quilting is done in straight lines on either side of the seams.
 It gives a great window pane look.  I used a varigated green Gutermann thread with a walking foot on my little machine.  I probably could have gone with just a light green, but in the end it doesn't really matter.
What is surprising to me is how I obsess over every little stitch and think it's not straight enough or hidden enough or something-enough, and when you step away - you don't really see any of it.  Sewing is so forgiving.
I prefer to hand stitch my bindings down.  I'm getting better and faster and I really love the way it looks.
I really do love it.  My baby looks so sweet sleeping under it.  I'll get pictures of it on the bed when I have the other projects finished...


ARE YOU READY TO HAVE SOME FUN???
The generous folks at Amy Butler's studio sent me a nice stack of patterns to giveaway!  I am giving one away today!  You get one entry for linking up (follow the rules!  Please only finishes from this week!) and one for leaving a comment - tell me what your favorite Amy Butler fabric/pattern/product is and tell me you love my quilt.  So if you link up AND leave a comment you get 2 entries!

The winner will receive this awesome pattern!
Heck, I'll throw in some scraps big enough to make one with too!

As always the linky will expire tomorrow, but comments may be left until Tuesday morning - 24 August!  A winner will be drawn later that day!


And now the challenge!
On September 24, 2010 we will have our first ever Amy Butler exclusive Sew & Tell!  There will be more patterns, fabric, and handmade items to giveaway and you will earn entries similar to today!  Along with Amy's studio, Fabricworm and the Material Girls Quilt are sponsoring the event by donating the prizes!

Get out your Amy Butler patterns and fabrics - only linkies featuring her fabric or patterns for projects completed in the next month will be accepted that day!  It will be loads of fun!  I have lots of her fabric tucked away for different projects.  I'm hoping to get one finished each week until then!

Let's have fun with this!  I'm so excited! Can you tell?!  I've only used 100 exclamation points this post.


What sewing project did you finish this week?

Please refer to the sew & tell page   if you have any questions or wonder why your link may have been  deleted.
1. Link to your specific  post  about a sewing related finish you had THIS week.
2. Please mention sew   & tell in your post and link back to this  post (link or button) so  everyone can join in.
3.  Pat each other on the backs in the comments!

55 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Mary said...

Great job on the quilt Amy! It looks great!

My favorite AB fabric is Full Moon dots, especially the green and the orange. That reminds me that I need to stock up before it's out of print AGAIN! :-)

I'm excited abut the AB show and tell . . . I'll have to whip something up!

Catherine said...

Oh I really love your "Love" quilt. The simplicity of the squares and straight line quilting perfectly showcases Amy's beautiful fabrics! I have no finishes this week so unable to link up but look forward to seeing everyone else's finishes.

Abhishek Duggal said...

My favorite are the lacework fine handicrafted rugs.

Thanks for the opportunity!

forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

Sarah McK said...

No clue what my favorite Amy Butler thing is, seeing as how I'm not exactly a skilled seamstress, but I love the colors on that quilt. Thanks for supporting Rach and Ry!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the Amy Butler Sling. Would love to make one. Thanks for such a great giveaway :-)

Nicole said...

Yay! I love the quilt! You placed all the polka dot fabrics so perfectly (I would have been OCD about that all the way). And I can't believe you did the quilting on your machine with such a big quilt! Very very beautiful. Congratulations. :)

And my favorite Amy Butler is the "Love" fabric. Especially the navy "Bouquet."

Penny said...

SWEET HARMONY HANDBAG & TOTE !!! ..is one pattern I would love to have to make :) ..and of course the Stash and Dash bags too :)
Thanks for the chance !
And yes, I love your quilt!

Lesly said...

The quilt is beautiful and you have inspired me to cut into some of the Love that I have collected. I have a fair bit and it's time to start using it, especially with the added possibility of a giveaway! It's so hard to pick a favourite fabric from the Love line! They are all so gorgeous! But I do especially like the Cypress Paisley.

J-me said...

I really do LOVE your quilt! i need to make a simplt quilt with just squares one of these days.

I love the amy butler Lotus wallflower in sky fabric. I need to get my hands on some but i havnt had the money to purchase any.

I really like her free pattern for the LOVE wall decals. The fabric letters. So cool!

Thanks for the oppertunity to win! I will be posting my linky later on today!

Rene' said...

Amy, I also love your LOVE quilt!!! I also like the simple pathchwork quilts. I've been cutting up fabric into 2.5 inch squares for several gift quilts I have in mind. You did a great job with your quilt stitching lines and your hand sewn binding. Great idea for a Amy Butler exclusive Sew and Tell. This will give me a great excuse to cute into my hoarded LOVE fabric ;-)

ktquilts said...

The quilt is gorgeous!! My favorite Amy Butler fabric is Garden Maze in almost any colorway. Great idea for a special AB edition of Friday Finish.

Cecily said...

Amy, I LOVE your quilt. It's really beautiful. I always hand stitch my bindings down too - I think it just looks cleaner.

em's scrapbag said...

Lovin' your Love quilt.
I'm looking forward to the Amy Buttler exclusive sew and tell. I've got something in the works. hee hee.

Jenn said...

YAY! We finally get to see it! It is so very pretty!!!

P. said...

Your quilt is so beautiful, front and back! LOVE the colors. Thanks for the nice giveaway!

tong said...

i LOVE your quilt, very pretty! my favourite amy butler fabric line is the lotus line, i especially love the polka dots from that line and am currently hoarding yards and yards of them! thanks for the giveaway!

Brooke said...

The quilt looks great! I love anything dots from Amy Butler. Her dots or so wonderful. I don't know if it's the color or what, but I absolutely love them!

Candied Fabrics said...

Your babe is so lucky! Beautiful quilt!

Alicia said...

I sometimes forget how beautiful the most simple patterns are. Great job!

Rachel said...

Beautiful quilt!!

Thank you for posting about our desire to adopt! You are wonderful!

Sandy said...

What a beautiful quilt... fantastic job. I love Amy Butler fabric, I have a stash of Bliss Bouquet that I am saving for a special project.... just don't know what that is yet!

Teresa said...

Your quilt is awesome! I love it!

I used some fabrics from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern line for the Old Red Barn CO qa #1. I love love love them, and its probably my favorite quilt ever.

tara said...

The fabrics are stunning. I didnt see any Love around here sadly. I iwsh my fabric store could order everything.
I do have that stash pattern. I hope I can use it soon. On my to do list.

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

It's darling Amy! I don't know if I've told you or not but i love the new linky with the pictures!

allyn said...

it did indeed turn out awesome and the rest of the bedding will be wonderful too.

Haylee said...

I do love your quilt. I think it's even more beautiful in person. I'm a very new sewing and still couldn't pick out a fabric collection yet. I have been looking at a lot of Amy Butler's fabric and designs since you showed me this quilt. She has a few patterns that you can download for free. I'm going to try to make the Mid Mod Quilt.

Shay said...

Um...All I can say is AMAZING! Amazing quilt...I LOVE it. Amazing that you handstitch the binding down. AMAZING! I'm so glad you moved here and I've gotten to know you and call you a dear friend because you are AMAZING! Oh, and I would LOVE to win the giveaway! My infant car seat should be here today so I'll take a photo of my project and link up...I'm so excited! Hope to see you soon!

Lappedamen said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. It's a great way to display all your fantastic fabrics.

Soul blossom and Swing bag are my AB favourites.

Andria said...

I love your quilt! And I love AB's pattern for the new raincoat.

lemonadegal said...

Thanks for hosting the linky. I am impressed by all the quilts! I never seem to make the time to get mine finished! I will need to be more motivated.

My favorite Amy butler is Full Moon Dots in green. I need to stock up. Last time I needed it, everyone was out. :(

Andi said...

The quilt is absolutely gorgeous Amy.
Thanks for the great giveaway chance!!

Ms. Mini said...

Love the quilt and love the cutie baby more! Three cheers for Amy Butler Swag - its love at first glance!

The Blakes said...

love the blanket! and all Amy Butler, my favorite maybe the lotus line. thanks!!

QuilterMary said...

I LOVE Amy Butler patterns and fabric! Your quilt is fun, fresh and fabulous. AND - missed it last week but just saw the pink tote - VERY cute!!!

Aunt Spicy said...

Your love quit is PERFECT! Just adore it! Sadly I finished nothing this week, well except for pulling out the sewing machine!

Jennifer said...

I love your quilt it, it is gorgeous!

And I'm so happy to have a finish this week, my doll quilt, to share!

Pokey said...

Oh, this is so grand! I can see a little one with it, too. So pretty, Amy!

Oh Sew Addicted said...

I love Amy Butler's Birdie the Cat Pillow pattern! It is sew cute!

Thanks for Sew and Tell Friday. I really love it!

bumblebeebags said...

oh Amy...I love it!!! you did a fantastic job and the binding is PERFECT!!!!

Leah said...

I do love your quilt! This is a fun line from AB! :) Seriously, I could not pick a favorite AB pattern! Every bag pattern of hers is simply awesome! :)

Eleanor said...

I really like those little pouches. i also really enjoyed looking at the completed projects. We started back homeschooling this week so I have not sewed.

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful quilt, Amy! Love those Amy Butler fabrics...

Blue Merle Boutique said...

I love it! I've never made a quilt before, but maybe I will some day, because yours looks so beautiful!!

My favorite Amy Butler fabric is the burgundy Gothic Rose. I still have a small piece left. :-)

The Paisley Abbey said...

Your quilt is perfect, as are your fabric choices. I have been sewing with one of my favorite Amy Butler fabrics from the Midwest Modern line this week. (Haven't posted these items on my blog yet.) I am wanting some more of this line!

stitchsister said...

I really love Amy Butler's Nigella line. I think it's just beautiful. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Kate said...

I heart her new wallpaper! Almost makes me want to hang wallpaper...

Laura said...

I have nothing to link up to because I am lame, but I do LOVE your quilt. And I love the plug you gave my awesome sister at the top. Thanks! I hope I win for once in my life. :)

Laura said...

I forgot to tell you my favorite Amy Butler fabric . . . all of them. That's it. I love the august fields light pink and green poppy one.

Seams Inspired with Larri said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I love the randomness of the patchwork. So pleasing to the eye! :o) I've never purchased any Amy Butler fabric, so I don't have a favorite...yet. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

www.seamsinspired.com

trish said...

Your quilt is just darling! And how precious to see it wrapped around you little baby. :o)
What a nice idea to quilt in green. I am still very new to quilting ideas, and I especially like the color choice you made.
I hope you are having a nice weekend and I hope to post on sew-n-tell sometime soon. In the mean time I just adore seeing all the other ladies creations. :o) Thank you again for having such a fun opportunity for us.
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Kimberly said...

What a beautiful quilt! I adore the straight line quilting you did. I like Amy Butler's Lotus line a lot . I like Wallpaper in Cherry and esp. the Full Moon Dots in orange. I just bought a few yards from Fabric Depot. :D
Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lauren said...

I love the LOVE line! Obviously! My favorite is the one you did the back of the quilt in. I made my Mum a purse out of the Navy blue one of that and didn't want to give it away! I also totally love the pattern. I have it and have many each size at least twice for friends. They make such a cute little gift!

The baby quilt looks great, can't wait to see the rest of the crib accessories. :)

Maevy said...

Gorgeous quilt, I really like how you did the quilting. I just got some Love fabric and seeing your quilt makes me want to turn it into something very soon.

SewSara said...

oh i love it!
there is something so great about simple squares. in fact, i'm quilting one tonight just like that -- the window pane look. and your'e right ... the crooked lines are forgiving when all is said and done.

:)

Kristie said...

I love Amy Butler, and it would be hard to pick a favorite fabric, but my favorite lines would be Lotus and Midwest Modern (if that narrows it down much at all!!).

I am not usually a fan of her Love fabric actually, but I may reconsider that after seeing your quilt. It looks fantastic! I always think I need to come up with some fancy pattern, but simple squares get me every time :-) Great job!

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