It’s December! While I’m not quite sure how it arrived so quickly, I’m thrilled. Because this month I’m showing off Amy Butler‘s newest collection, Dreamweaver. As part of the One Fabric Nation program, Free Spirit sent me some advance yardage to work with. There are no obligations on my part: I just get to play and share it all with you. (Of course, I love Amy to death and all of her creative output is incredibly inspirational for me. This new collection is just as inspiring as all the rest.) So, with that disclosure out of the way, let’s talk fabric!There are two color stories to this collection. First up, the one I think of as gold/garnet/amethyst. It makes me think of medieval jewelry for some reason. Opulent colors. Interesting details. A fun mix.The second group is jade/turquoise with shots of pink. I’m partial to this one. Amy’s blues and greens are always a favorite and these will happily join my stash. For my first project, I chose prints from this color story.
I wanted a bag that wasn’t too fussy to make. It needed to be a free pattern. Most importantly, I wanted a bag that didn’t look generic. After a bit of thought and some lost hours on Pinterest, I chose Anna Maria Horner’s Menagerie Bag for Janome. It fit the bill perfectly.This pattern is a great choice for showing off your favorite prints. I love the gathered bottom portion–such a sweet detail. And it goes together quickly and easily, another huge plus. I added the yo yo’s and buttons on the side. When you carry this bag, the strap will actually be facing forward and backward in relation to your body. So putting the embellishment on the side means it will be front and center when I carry it. I also like the way the yo yo’s echo the gathering on the bag.This is the perfect bag for throwing stuff in and running out the door. It does have a magnetic snap closure so it isn’t like carrying around a wide mouth pail. Just in case you worry about those things. The print on the top portion of the bag is called Clouded Floral. It’s my favorite for all around sewing–good for bags and good for patchwork. Also a nice print for home decor pieces or even clothing. I have an extra special favorite print in this collection too. But more on that in a future post.
Because there is going to be more Dreamweaver goodness in the days and weeks to come. The collection will ship to stores in January so you have time to get inspired and plan your own projects. Besides…gifting yourself with some of these luscious prints will be just the reward you need to get you through the holidays! Look for your favorite online shops to start taking pre-orders soon.