Before I get carried away, let’s get a few things out of the way. First, the disclosure: as part of Free Spirit’s One Fabric Nation program, I received a yard of each quilting cotton print in Amy Butler’s new collection Brightheart. Second, I love Amy to death and am immensely grateful for her.
So….it won’t surprise you to hear I am thoroughly enjoying this collection. My favorite print is Folk Bloom in Natural. It has fascinating fussy cutting potential. (Note to EPP enthusiasts–this print is the perfect addition to your stash.) However, for this first project I chose to feature the print on a Pocket Tote. You can find my free pattern for this bag on the MakeItCoats website here. This is a quick and easy project–almost instant gratification. It’s the perfect size for a small to medium knitting project. Or whatever other bit of handwork you have going at the moment.
I used the following sku’s for my tote: Folk Bloom in Natural, Stitchy Dots in Port and Cosmo Weave in Papaya.For an alternate colorway tote, you would need: Folk Bloom in Midnight, Stitchy Dots in Navy and Cosmo Weave in Midnight.Here’s what Amy has to say about this collection:
My “Bright Heart” inspiration comes from a fusion of elements both internal and external, born from rich feelings of delight in celebrating what brings meaning, purpose and beauty to my world; modern flower forms, rhythmic graphics, handmade ethnic textures and rich soulful colors that signal stories with my 3 palettes; “Grounded”, “Passionate” and “Inspired.” My print inspiration and a good deal of the color combinations in my prints come from a wonderful creative adventure I experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, where the people are deeply connected to their heritage, their spirit, the natural world and express their “hand to heart” connection with the beautiful art forms that enrich their daily lives. It brings me great joy to translate these inspirations and keep the creative love and energy moving forward to inspire folks creating with my fabrics. This is what I love about what I do as an artist!
In the month or so before I saw these prints for the first time, I had an idea for an applique wall hanging based on chocolate pot shapes. Imagine the joy at discovering the synchronicity at work! Particularly in this print called Coco Blooms.I’m working on those applique blocks now and hope to have them ready to share before the end of the month. Here’s a little peek.Go check out Amy’s FB page to keep up to date on her projects and patterns for Brightheart. And look for more posts from me about this lively collection. Plus…there will be a giveaway. Lots of happiness to go around!