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Amy Butler's Piece Keeping: 20 Stylish Projects that Celebrate Patchwork Hardcover – June 14, 2016
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Amy Butler is a designer of fabrics and textiles, home accessories, fashion wearables, rugs, wallpaper, wall art, sewing patterns, and craft patterns. She lives in Granville, Ohio.
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"Treasure Box" whimsies with tassels and wee bits,
"Bijoux Belts" featuring two sets of rings ...
And those are just 3 of my favorite things* in Amy Butler's newest book Piece Keeping. Truth be told, I like and would make only half of the 20 projects here. But most of the others are so inventive, I can cast aside my itch to dock a star for personal taste.
There's a lot of introductory text in which Butler describes her inspiration and the patchwork background for the designs. Each project has several pages of instructions. However, the print is quite small and might be hard on some eyes. I have uber super special eyeglasses, and still I would need a ruler or 3x5 card to keep my place in the instructions.
Butler is very inventive with a 4-piece "Dreamweaver Headboard" you can easily make using foam tiles. She specifies Fairfield Foamology with Sticky Base 24". (Painter's canvases could also work with some modifications to the construction.) Please note these tiles come in a variety of dimensions. Butler calls for four 24-inch tiles, making this a very, very pricey project. But really neat. Another fun project is the reappearance of pyramids, but in miniature form as the "Talisman Necklace".
A few projects might appeal to a younger crowd: "Tribal Cuffs", floor cushions, and that "Bijoux Belt". I DID say I love that belt, but good heavens I could never wear it.
Other projects are just not very special, particularly the quilts and some of the pillows, IMO. Their parts are too big and basic. But I must say that every project uses Butler's lines of fabric to their best advantage. I like most of her fabrics very much, but am often at a loss as to how to incorporate them. This book really helps me in that area.
The "Look Inside" feature provides ample examples of the projects. What it does NOT show is that the publisher chose that flat, dusty paper that makes even the brightest of Butler's fabrics less lively.
* Credit for rhythm goes to the Rodgers and Hammerstein song "My Favorite Things".