When I started sewing back in 2006/7 I didn’t know what I was doing (who ever does when they first start?) I was lucky that a close friend had a very nice Bernina sewing machine and she had been sewing for a while and I guess she wanted someone to take under her wing because she did. She taught me to make pillowcases and curtains for my very first home. (It may have helped that I was married to her son but since that story doesn’t end so well, we’ll leave it at that)
Way back in 2006 the Modern Quilt Guild had not begun officially yet, and as far as I can remember (I was all of maybe 24) but there was one fabric designer who was creating something that was so completely different from the Civil War and Feedsack reproduction or Shabby Chic fabrics that were out on the market. Her name was Amy Butler and she was really designing beautiful, fun, bright, bold prints. I don’t know when she started this process, but when I first saw her fabric (my favorite shop, Creations in Kerrville, TX had an entire room dedicated to her fabric) I knew it was what I wanted to sew with! Best part was, she also wrote patterns! Awesome tote bag patterns and skirt patterns and even quilts (but I always thought her quilt patterns were a little strange because they didn’t account for 1/4 in seam allowances).
Turns out, Amy Butler is a very sweet woman and she was born in October, just like me!
So I met her at Quilt Market this year, told her that her fabric was the reason I started and continued to sew and quilt. She was so sweet and even let me snap a selfie with her!
That’s part one of my little walk down memory lane. Here’s part 2.
Sometime back in probably 2010 or early 2011, when I was going through a rough time in my personal life, I went to the Greater San Antonio Area Quilt Guild show. It’s only hosted every other year and I was actually quite excited because of the large list of vendors that were going to be at the show. I wandered around, looking at the booths and the long arms until I saw one booth that made me stop in my tracks. This booth stuck out from ALL the other vendors there, all the fabrics were bright and bold and…and…they were AMY! They were ALL AMY BUTLER! There were quilts and kits and precut fabric and it was just amazing! I turned around and saw the woman who I assumed was the booth owner/vendor and told her flat out “Your fabrics speak to my soul!” Well, she immediately pointed up to the sign for her booth:
A Joyful Soul Fabrics
What are the odds!? I knew I had to buy fabric from her and keep in touch with this woman! Along the way, over the last few years, I think she and I have gone through some similar experiences with closing down an online fabric shop (I know, right?) She still has a LOT of fabric (all of that Amy Butler Awesomeness) that needs to clear out of her house! So, here’s my appeal, if you are NOT on a fabric fast like I am, and you have some Christmas money that you want to spend or a project you need to make for someone, please go and visit Joy on Instagram. Her name is @ajoyfulsoulfabrics and she has listed TONS of fabric at really amazing prices. (Psst, she even has some Tula Pink too!) Then post a picture and tag me so I can live vicariously through you! HAHA
P.S. I was in no way compensated for this post, this is my honest story and honest feelings about Amy Butler fabrics. When I like something, I blog about it!