Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Amy Butler at the Festival of Quilts

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It was great to meet Amy Butler on The Cotton Patch stand at the Festival of Quilts the week before last (it only seems like yesterday...!) She was able to chat to customers, sign books and inspired a few people who don't sew yet to do so (excuse the pun).

Her relaxed approach in her book "Midwest Modern" is quite inspiring with beautiful photography illustrating examples of how she and her husband David have used fabrics to great effect in their own home. As part of the post-Festival de-stress I spent part of an evening reading the books and can hardly wait to work out which projects I'm going to do from one of her other books "In Stitches".

Plans have been formulated for a few evenings with the sewing machine at my house with my niece Elllie who, together with her sister Anna, suddenly want to make pillows, throws and bags. If Amy can inspire teenagers to sew then this has to be good for the future.

We hope that Amy is able to make a return visit next year and if you didn't manage to see her at the Festival this year we suggest you make a date in your diary for mid-August next year when the Festival of Quilts returns.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

We thought Amy was fantastic when she gave her lecture ans such a nice person.
The lady in the pink cardigan is my sister Liz and I am hiding behind her!
Susan

BizzieLizzie said...

Dear Susan - thanks for putting a face to a name. The feedback from Amy's lecture was excellent. We really hope she can make it for Festival next year and we hope you enjoyed the show.

Liz

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