Monday, July 17, 2017

102 Year Old Quilting Hero

A FreeSpirit Hero!

A story that truly touches our hearts and I'm sure will touch yours..

Dorothy Wallace Foisy was born on June 26, 1915 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania and grew up in Monongahela, Pennsylvania over 100 years ago. Her mother died when she was three and her paternal grandmother and grandfather and lots of uncles and aunts raised her and her sister, Ruth. Since she was 6 years old Dorothy has been making quilts. She has always been very artistic.

She started out watching the family dress maker and her grandmother making quilts. She made little quilts for her baby dolls and then baby doll clothes. Over the years she made her daughters most of their clothes and even made matching clothes for their baby dolls.

Her life was full of family (four children), music, travel and art. Dorothy was a wonderful artist and also did embroidery and created beautiful handmade large quilts for beds. She was a natural interior decorator. From reupholstering furniture to building closets and painting entire rooms there was nothing that she couldn’t (or didn’t) do. Always happy and smiling, she was the positive spiritual center of her family.

Whenever there was an opportunity to help someone she was there. From a veteran with no legs in a wheelchair to a waitress with no front teeth - Dorothy was not only their friend she invited them over, gave them money, paid for the dentist, and took them out to eat. Dorothy’s middle name was “giving”!

Dorothy was always very interested in peace and would write to the White House with each new President and discuss the matter with them. She thought wars were so devastating and unnecessary. Mostly women and children were the victims of wars. She even has a personal letter from President Ronald Regan. Her uncles all fought in World War I and she lost her son in December 1963. Kim was a Lt. in the Navy. She had to fight a hard battle to recover from that loss. They made her a Gold Star Mother.

Dorothy has spent the last 30 years in Florida and last fall moved to Oregon to be near her two daughters, Dee Ann and Lynn. Over the last 15 years she has been making hundreds of baby quilts for children in need. Migrant worker's children, unwed mothers, mothers and children at risk, homeless children, etc. etc. The mother's loved the unique colors and designs of the quilts Dorothy made for each and every newborn baby. Dorothy loves babies! 

At 102 she is still making 5-8 baby quilts a month and she isn't slowing down anytime soon. It makes her so happy.

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We are thankful to know such an amazing, selfless women who helps others through her passion of quilting!  Thank you, Thank you Dorothy for touching our hearts as much as you've touched those in need.  Keep on sewing!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Soul Mate by Amy Butler


WELCOME to my summer of LOVE!

Soul Mate has arrived! I've been bringing you along the journey with me these past few weeks sharing Soul Mate inspirations and getting to offer up the beautiful love stories from some very dear folks in my life and the happy vibrant energy of this offering. As the line is arriving to your shops, Dave and I wanted to supply you with  some fresh content to help market and promote the collection. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of my newsletter to find out about my new launches, products and events!

I'm proud and happy to share NEW images her from my latest photo shoot. All of the images are available for you to use in all your social media outlets, newsletters, blogs, and websites..so don't be shy y'all!

Careful. This link is time sensitive so please DOWNLOAD ASAP - https://we.tl/C7UzSsUbxM.

When sharing Soul Mate be sure to use these hashtags: #absoulmate #amybutler #amybutlerdesign #iamafreespirit #freespiritfabrics to keep the inspiration circulating!

If you'd like to take a closer look at Soul Mate and bring this lovely line to you world, be sure to reach out to your FreeSpirit representative to set you up with everything you need!

Enjoy! And Happy Summer Sewing!
XO Amy

  
























This is Stacey Day's True Love Quilt available as a free download from FreeSpirit HERE. Kits Kits Kits! 

 


This is PURE LOVE! Stacey Day's design for the "Cross My Heart" quilt is sublime! She beautifully captured the spirit of Soul Mate as a story
and as a collection.

You can see each print highlighted and celebrated from all 3 of my color palettes. The best part is you can download the free quilt pattern here!


Details, details! It's easy to envision "nesting" with Soul Mate. Part of the fun for me is to weave the prints into my daily life.. the warmth of this collection transitions easily into home decor inspirations.


My Gum Drop pillows never disappoint! Cute, utilitarian, personality plus style makes them a fun and adorable accessories for home decor and conversation pieces! Folks usually make one, get addicted and make many many more! They are particularly charming in my new SOUL MATE prints! Send your customers to my PDF page to download or sign up with UpCraft Club to sell PDF patterns directly in your shop!



Our friends at Fairfield provided the interfacing, foam and pillow forms for my Ultimate Storage Bins PDF and pillows. You can find wholesale information for Fairfield here.



Uzi peering in with his approval of Stacey Day's  "True Love" quilt Our friend  Kerri Thomson did an amazing job constructing this quilt. We are so proud to get to partner with both of these ladies. The FREE pattern is available on FreeSpirit's web site. Generous opportunities to create this summer folks!
 


My Soul Mate fabrics are printed on 100% cotton poplin, created primarily for quilting (which btw is delicious!), but a happy bonus detail is the poplin, which is tightly woven, has a bit of drape and the softest feel which makes it a winner for garment sewing. Yes, you DO want this fabric against your skin...it's heavenly! For a quick garment fix try my Caftan sewing pattern.
And learn more about offering my PDFs to your customers through UpCraftclub!

 


So Sweet! You can create the mini me of my Cross My Heart quilt in tote form! Enjoy my Cross My Heart Tote PDF HERE! You'll also need my Spice Market Tote pattern combined with this new PDF accompaniment. YES please!


 These great products are featured in my quilted totes: Extra-Loft Batting by Fairfield,
Soft & Stable Foam Stabilizer by byAnnie'sPellon® SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible woven interfacing, Rivets by Tandy Leather Co.
  


This tunic from the Japanese Craft book - Hooray Dresses and Tunics by Yuko Sato showcases (maybe my fav Soul Mate print!) We used a little Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible interfacing in the cuffs and collars for shape, and added a bit of the print to face the underside of the hem in visible spots. Let me tell you, it took everything I had to not steal this before the photo shoot! Soul Mate is a tightly woven cotton poplin created for quilting and, as you can see...translates beautifully in garments. For more information about how you can carry Pellon® products visit their site.



The light is so beautiful here and Stacey Day's True Love Quilt is the perfect backdrop for my exploding Annabelle hydrangeas & pieced pendant lights from my Piece Keeping book! Download and wholesale ordering info are included in these links.


The pendant lights we used are from IKEA. Just search Nymö Pendant lamp shades. Easy breezy!


The You Complete Me Quilt by Stacey Day is available as a free PDF Download from FreeSpirit.
Tote #10 from the Japanese Book Umami Canvas World by Umami Midori. The Curlew Dress is from the Merchant & Mills Workbook by Merchant & Mills.


We used Pellon's® SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible woven interfacing and TP971F Thermolam Plus™, and canvas from James Thompson & Co., Inc. to add perfect form to this great tote.


The ultimate in wall art! I was so darn proud to have this beautiful quilt hanging in my show booth in St. Louis! This is Stacey Day's You Complete Me Quilt sewn by our friend Kerri Thomson and it's available as a free pattern download. All I had to do for this shot was add a few Annabelle hydrangeas from my garden. Luck me! Lucky YOU! Enjoy this free download! XO


 I lined the body of Lotta Jansdotter's Pivli Coat with Pellon's SK135 Sheer-Knit™ fusible knit interfacing and then used their SF101 SF101 Shape-Flex™ fusible woven interfacing in the facings. You can find out how to carry their products in your store HERE. Lotta Jansdotter's Pivli Coat is from Everyday Style. Check it out HERE.



And THIS honey of a bag Is inspired by Stacey's "You Complete Me" quilt! As with my Cross My Heart Spice Market Tote addendum.. these new instructions transform my Spice Market tote bag into this stunning quilted carry all! You'll need both my new addendum PDF and my Spice Market Tote PDF to create this bag. We used a combination of Fairfield's Extra-Loft Batting, Annie's Soft & Stable Foam Stabilizer and Pellon's SF101 Shape-Flex™ to add body and structure to the bag. Simple stitch in the ditch quilting adds just the right touch of depth to have this whimsical pattern come to life!
"What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with." 
~ Robert Brault
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The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Floral Waterfall by Shannon Newlin

Floral Waterfall by Shannon Newlin

Floral Waterfall is my very first fabric collection with FreeSpirit .  I am thrilled and honored to be able to say “Hi!”  here from the blog and share a little bit about myself and this new collection.

My Artist Journey
I love painting, and I’m slightly obsessed with creating patterns and unique color combinations. I am particularly influenced by the beauty found in nature and flowers.   My inspiration for Floral Waterfall began with what I could find easily.  I enjoy taking mini strolls in the backyard or long hikes outdoors. I tend to collect leaves, petals and sticks and bring them back to the studio to play with.  Here is a little photo of random things I collected in my yard along side a photo of a beautiful tree taken during a walk.
The dark leaves near the bottom of the leaf collage look almost like a butterfly!   It’s these type of gentle shapes and colors that inspire me to sit down and create something.


Pattern Play
In creating Floral Waterfall I wanted to play against a very detailed floral pattern as well as a print with more breadth and openness such as in these 2 different designs…



On some days I just love working close up with very tiny details that go on and on; and on others, I find joy painting loosely as on the right. In either case, I never sketch things out…I just let my gathered findings along with my visual memory of my walks guide my paintbrush. 


Creativity Together

I am really looking forward to the next magical step in this creative journey which is YOU!! Now, I get to see all the goodness that can be created from Floral Waterfall.  I truly look forward to what quilt, clothing, craft project or special item you create.  What will YOU make?  I can’t wait to see! 
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Spring Fever by Jane Sassaman

Spring Fever by Jane Sassaman

Hello, everyone! I am pleased to be invited to tell you a little bit about my latest collection for FreeSpirit called Spring Fever. As the name implies this is a group of fabrics that truly has an optimistic, and frankly, a romantic point of view.

The collection revolves around Queen of the May, who is tickled pink that winter is finally over and the season of growth has begun. This design is a bit giddy with good cheer. The Tulips follow up in the promising procession, a quintessential symbol of Spring.



As you know, I favor large scale designs, which I call Personality Prints because of their obvious graphic power. But this season we decided to try them in a more delicate scale (mini), as well. I like them both!



The large print is fabulous for fussy cut quilts and the mini prints are wonderful for wearables and quilting,too. We have designed several quilts with this happy fabric, but my favorite one is called Stargazer. This is a paper piecing project. The white background really creates a light and airy feeling. You can download your free pattern on freespiritfabrics.com/inspirations.  Final pattern coming soon!
Designed by Jane Sassaman
Quilted by Gina Boone
Pieced by Melissa Peda

Here are some wearable projects made with the Mini Queen of the May fabric. The shirt dress is Vogue Pattern, Bill Blass #2961. I love the addition of the stripes. The little girls jumper is a classic Butterick #5283 from our archives. The tiny blouse is made from vintage Sassaman fabric from the Enchanted collection. So cute!

The rest of the supporting players add some “sass” to the collection. They contribute some contrast and graphic sting especially when they are paired with the frilly flowers.




But these fabrics are mighty powerful on their own! Here you see a quilt design that would delight all of you Mid=century Modern fans. What a difference a change in color can make! This is made with a 10” block, plus the Checkerboard and Sassy Stripes in the Indigo and Mexican color pallet.




I think these designs have lots of possibilities for your sewing summer projects and I’d love to see what you stitch up!
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Sugar by Erin McMorris

Sugar, my latest collection,  is all about what summer means to me: gardens and ice cream!  

I've been lucky enough to have a small community garden plot in a truly eclectic neighborhood lot. In our densely populated neighborhood, it provides a large outdoors space that most of us don’t have. I enjoy it enough to get my hands dirty, even if I don’t necessarily consider myself a “gardener”: Last year, I think I produced exactly five cherry tomatoes despite my best attempts, and I admit I pleaded with my friend’s five-year-old daughter to please leave me at least one strawberry before she made off with the rest of them. And sometimes, let’s be honest, “gardening" is really a code word for “drinking wine outside and chatting with neighbors.” But this special outdoors space, and the community around it—oh yeah, and the actual gardening part of it—has been an inspiration to me.

And then we come to my second summer inspiration: the ice cream shop across the street. I love sugar—both the sweet treats themselves, and this fabric collection, that is, but mostly the treats. If I could eat ice cream every day, I would. That waffle-cone smell hits me as I ride my bike past every day. I do enjoy watching the dazed expressions on faces as they totter out holding giant scoops of goodness. Not only are ice cream cones fun to eat, but they’re also fun to draw. All the different cone and scoop styles make it really playful! 

Unfortunately, our garden plot has been sold to make way for a new development. This is our last year. It’s sad, but I’m glad I got to enjoy the garden while lasted. I’m already planning on a final stroll, armed with my gardening supplies and potted raspberry bush to bring home, for a celebratory cone. I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to my two summer loves. 


Sprinkles designed by Heidi Pridemore
pattern available on freespiritfabrics.com/inspirations

I hope this collection welcomes some deliciousness into your summer sewing creations!



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