Monday, August 24, 2015

A new quilt with Bright Heart by Amy Butler and a Giveaway!

This Giveaway is Now Closed!


The first time I ever used fabrics by Amy Butler was back in 2005. I wasn't so much into buying fabrics and definitely not aware of designers and manufacturers. I would see fabrics I like, buy in minimum yardage allowed by the fabric shops and mix them with my own stash (which was also minimal) at home. 

Few months after my Houston trip, Amy and I decided to do a little collaboration. I offered to make a quilt with her fabrics. When Bright Heart collection arrived in the mail, I was excited to show how floral prints would work with free-form blocks. I chose ''Lattice'' pattern from my book so the quilt would look like a view outside my windows during summer months. I decided to also add a few shot cottons to create the background for prints to spark.

Amy's Bright Heart Collection inspired by her visit to Mexico and people she connected with. Name of her fabric line pretty much describes her as I know her. Bright at heart and grounded.

Here is the quilt made with Bright Heart Quilting Cotton - Cap One ''grounded''


Outlining the lattice and filling in the background with simple stippling was a way to go for this quilt.


It allowed me to create enough texture and dimensions to the quilt and gave it see through effect.


Most of the fabrics in this colorway were medium tone, I wanted to keep the quilt as soft as possible so instead of adding darker solids I went with light and medium tones of shot cottons. 

First time I ever used Amy Butler's fabrics was for my Wagon Wheel quilt. Although the whole quilt was not exclusively made with her fabrics, they gave me a great start. One of my first ''not so straight'' quilt was made using Denise Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy. It was made with wonky squares and few tiny triangles tossed all over the quilt. I called that pattern Box of Candies. I think that quilt gives a nice contrast to Amy's lush fabrics.

Here is some photo fun!





August is my birthday month. I would like to end this month on a happy note by giving away a copy of my book Cultural Fusion Quilts. If you win it you can not only make the Lattice Quilt but 14 other fun, free-form quilts from the book!

All you have to do is tell a friend about the giveaway and leave a comment after you visit Amy Butler's website.

Answer one of the following questions.
What was one of the designing decisions for this quilt?
Which one is your favorite Cap from Bright Heart Collection?
 
I will ship a signed copy anywhere in the world so everyone is welcome to enter. If you already have my book (I hope you do!) I am sure your sister or a friend would love a copy!

If you haven't heard of my book... WHAT??? Well then, grab a cup of tea and spend some time here, you have a lot to catch up!

I will announce a winner next Monday. Make sure I have your email I can't reach you if you are a no-reply blogger!

Good Luck!
Sujata

40 comments:

  1. Fabulous quilt and I LOVE the photos! Wonderful post.

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  2. Just gorgeous color quilts. I could wring them out with such juicy colors. Did you not use all the blocks for the lattice quilt? I was trying to figure out what you did and could not find any magenta blocks like the lattice insides. I wish I could combine colors like you. I don't know where to start to get such a gorgeous mixture. Love the Wagon wheel quilt. I bought the pattern from you, but it is still in the wrapper!

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  3. I love Amy Butler fabrics, the rich colors, the patterns. I own a couple of pieces I have yet to cut into. I love your style and the richness of your quilts. I will eventually make every quilt in your book. I missed your trip to St. Louis and hope you will plan to visit again.

    The quilt design decision.... to make the lattice quilt to represent a summertime view outside you windows. I luv the colorful quilt.

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  4. Ohh. Your quilt is beautiful. I have an Amy Butter layer cake and a few fat quarters, and I haven't figured out what to do with them yet. I would love to make a quilt like this. I like the design decision you made about the quilting. Stippling in the background to give dimension to the lattice gives this quilt such a rich surface! I like Cap 1. Thanks for sharing this, and for the chance to win your beautiful book!

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  5. "Passionate"for me :), hope to be lucky XXX

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  6. This is such a brilliant quilt, both the design and these fabrics by Amy Butler. You manage (again and again) to create sparks of inspiration for me like no one else! That is such a gift, so thank you for your generous openness. My daughter was a fibers minor when she introduced me to Amy Butler a few years ago. I have your Cultural Fusion book (LOVE it and go to it often) but would love to win a signed copy and give my current one away. :)

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  7. I had a hard time deciding on the Cap...but aqua wins and I like Cap 01, Grounded!
    Your wagon wheel quilt is SOOOO beautiful!
    I have made a similar quilt in bright oranges, very scrappy, but yours inspires me to try a softer version!
    I already have your book, but if I win and autographed copy, I will donate my current copy to our guild's library!

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  8. what a fun quilt and great collaboration. I like the lattice effect and the fabrics of course. hhhmmm, my favorite cap is 01 Grounded. Great photos Sujata!

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  9. Lattice is definitely a stunner! I admire the way you mixed the fabrics and colors. It just makes my eyes wander all over it. My favorite is Cap 02...the mix of purples and pinks are just so me! BTW, happy birthday this month!

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  10. I love the "Inspired" collection! Happy, happy birthday!

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  11. I blogged about your giveaway, and took the liberty of posting a pic of the wonderful lattice quilt.

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  12. Sujata, the quilt is truly lovely. How could it not be with you as the creator?! :-) One of your design decisions was to add light colored shot cottons as some of the backgrounds to allow the prints to "spark". I feel that your adding those particular shades rounded out the palette and made the overall quilt more you. very inspiring!

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  13. Those are gorgeous - the colors, the designs and the quilting. My favorite would be grounded. Great line of fabrics.

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  14. Gorgeous quilt! I think using Amy Butler's fabric for the lattice quilt is a beautiful combination. I like the shot cottons in different colors. Just gorgeous! Amy Butler's fabrics are one of the reasons I got interested in learning to sew. Around 2004 I had my first baby and got a sewing machine for Christmas. I'd never even seen a sewing machine up close and I was nearly 30. It was a tenuous time learning how to wind the bobbin. I didn't sew much those first few years (hardly at all) but by 2009 I stayed home full time and never looked back. Kids and quilts are my life!

    I checked out Amy Butler's fabrics and the inspired palette is my favorite. I already have your book and have gifted it once and convinced two friends to buy it but I'm sure I could find a home for one more copy:)

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  15. Oh my goodness. I love the way you quilted this!

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  16. Both the lattice quilt and the wagon wheel are beautiful. May favorite is Cap 01 Grounded.

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  17. Happy birthday month! I hope you receive the gift of good health soon. The quilts are beautiful. I'm always inspired by your way of combining fabrics.

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  18. I visited Amy's fabric, but there is no way to pick just one favorite!! Happy Birthday. Thanks for sharing your beautiful book.

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  19. I wish you all the best! It is difficult to choose the favorite one because it depends on the mood! Today I started the Peppermint Pinwheels and that's why I choose " Passionate"! I am inspired by the feeling of your creativity in your quilts. Have a lovely birthday month! Anneli

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  20. I love this - your colour choices are wonderful, I wish I had your instincts!!
    I'm going to email my sewing group about this!!
    Happy Birthday month!

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  21. You share my birthday month, Happy birthday! I so enjoy your way with color, delightful. I have your book and I read it all the time, I want it to sink in.

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  22. I love your quilt! Happy Birthday! One of the design decisions you mentioned was using soft fabrics with the Amy Butler, and I think it was a wonderful decision. I may use the lattice quilt idea to showcase some fabrics I've been saving for just the right quilt. I would LOVE to win a copy of your book! I check it out from the library all of the time! sarah@forrussia.org

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  23. I also loved the Grounded collection. One of your design decisions was to use medium tones to keep the quilt soft. I will share with my quilting friends!
    Kathy

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  24. Ive sat for a good while looking at the quilt as it just is mesmerising. Id have to pick Grounded as it is almost pink free :)

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  25. Your Lattice quilt is beautiful Sujata, and shows off those wonderful Amy Butler fabrics so well. I hope you are enjoying your Birthday month with lots of lovely times.

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  26. Oh, i like Cap 1 Grounded. Thanks for the opportuniry.

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  27. Happy Birthday to you! Hope you are feeling better.:) Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Love the way you made it look like it was floating!

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  28. I'm crushing on cap 2 Inspired. Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  29. Oh! Wow!! I love all the colours, you truly have a way to put them together to make them magical!!! My favourite colour way is Cap 2 Passionate. I will share this with my quilting buddy😉

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  30. Happy Birthday! This quilt is beautiful - I think this is the nicest of the 3 colourways, and it goes really well with the shot cottons you have used for the lattice. I like that you have stuck with the light and medium tones for a really soft, pretty overall effect.

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  31. First of all - Happy Birthday!! Second I love, love this quilt and seeing this post has me hoping for the mail man to be here in the next day or two as I have this particular fabric range on order.

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  32. Love the Cap 1. The quilts are wonderful!

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  33. I admit that cap 1, grounded, speaks to me loudest. I would love to win your book. Told my friend as well :) thanks for this opportunity - your quilts & blog are always an inspiration.

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  34. Love this vibrant quilt, don't habe your book yet so this might be my chance.
    I love cap 3, the inspired one with the rich dark colors

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  35. Absolutely beautiful quilts and fabrics. Refreshing new designs and approach to quilting. I hope it is ok, as I shared your giveaway on a page that I created to increase awareness of giveaways and contests. It has a linky, so anyone can add giveaways too. http://quiltshopgal.com/giveaways-and-contests/

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  36. Happy Birthday month Sujata! Wow! I love your lattice and wagon wheel quilts.. Those are my colours so I have to go with Cap 01.

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  37. Cap 01 speaks to me. Happy birthday month!

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  38. Sujata, your quilt with Amy's fabrics is just fabulous. I love how the florals work with the lattice design. Being a lover of green fabrics, Grounded is my favorite.

    Happy Birthday!

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  39. HELLO, I love the "Inspired" collection!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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