Trade Winds Pillow by Amy Friend

We love the modern lines + the bold and neutral colors of Amy Friend’s Improv collection. Released in partner with Benartex/Comtempo at International Quilt Market this past Spring, Improv was Amy’s debut collection and she hit it out of the park. She has been posting inspiring projects showcasing both the fabric and the thread all year and we love each new one more than the last.

If you’d like to learn more about the collection, don’t miss our Summer announcement. If you’re interested in purchasing Amy’s fabrics or her coordinating Aurifil thread collection, please check in with your local quilt shop.

We’re so thrilled to have Amy as a guest here on Auribuzz today. She is sharing a brand new FREE project, perfect to stitch up as a holiday gift for a loved one. Thank you, Amy!!


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I wanted to design a simple project that showed off this bow print from my Improv fabric collection.  I drafted a simple paper pieced template and used my Wafer lightbox to position the fabric just so within each triangle so each triangle was identical. I love little details like this in an otherwise simple project!

I quilted the pillow with lines that echo the center row of triangles but extend to the outer edges of the pillow, about a half inch apart.  Within the triangles, I quilted more densely.  The directionality of the triangles in this project suggest wind to me so I am calling this pillow Trade Winds.

This pillow is a great project to accompany my Paper Trail quilt.  The pattern for the quilt can be found in my book, Improv Paper Piecing.

Of course both projects are pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 weight thread from my designer collection.

I hope you enjoy this free pattern!

 


ABOUT AMY
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Amy Friend is a former museum collections curator turned designer and modern quilter. She has authored two books published by Lucky Spool Media: Intentional Piecing and Improv Paper Piecing. Improv is her first fabric collection, newly released with Contempo, a division of Benartex. Amy enjoys lecturing and teaching in hopes of spreading her love of paper piecing and modern quilt design!

 

 

ABOUT IMPROV
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
1147 – 2455 – 2452 – 6723 – 2420 – 2600
2610 – 1246 – 2125 – 2021 – 2315 – 4060

Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: November

Welcome to Month 11 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! If you are just joining us, we’ve presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month over the course of the year. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous on-the-go activity, particularly while traveling around the holidays! Where is your favorite spot to hand-stitch?

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: October

Welcome to Month 10 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! If you are just joining us, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous on-the-go activity, particularly while traveling around the holidays (and for International Quilt Market)! Where is your favorite spot to hand-stitch?

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: September

Welcome to Month 9 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! If you are just joining us, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous beach or picnic activity! This month, we are welcoming Fall! Do you stitch outdoors through the season? We’d like to head up to our favorite apple orchard and sit among the apple trees;). Where is your favorite spot to hand-stitch?

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Garnet Pillow Cover by Amy Friend

We are absolutely smitten with Amy Friend of During Quiet Time‘s debut collection with Contempo/Benartex. Improv was released at International Quilt Market this past Spring and we’ve been keeping a close eye on Amy’s social media ever since, ooh-ing and aah-ing at every new project. If you’re interested in purchasing Amy’s fabrics or her coordinating Aurifil thread collection, please check in with your local quilt shop.

We’re so thrilled to have Amy as a guest here on Auribuzz today. She is sharing a brand new project using some of our favorite fabrics & threads from her Improv collections. Thank you, Amy!!


I hope you enjoy this free pillow cover project that I have designed for you!  I am calling it Garnet and it finishes at 16″. This project is foundation pieced but suitable for someone with only a little paper piecing experience.  It’s not too difficult!  You will be enjoying it on your couch in no time.

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When I designed my Improv fabric collection for Contempo (a division of Benartex), I wanted to include a gradient in prints. I love using gradients in my work and it is challenging to pull a good gradient together. As you can see, the grays in this collection provide you with a ready to go gradient, softened by the simple, modern prints.  The shades of rose and wine give it a pop of color.

I love using Aurifil 50 weight thread for my paper piecing because it is fine and doesn’t add to the bulk of the seams. I also use it for quilting because it blends in and lets my piecing take center stage.  In my Improv Designer Collection, I chose a gradient of grays to coordinate with my prints and used them to quilt this pillow, along with the two shades of rose.

I hope you will enjoy this project! If you do an you’d like to keep going, the pillow coordinates well with Caged, a quilt pattern I released earlier this year. It is pictured in the feature images above and can also be seen below. The pattern is available here on my website.

Thank you and have fun!


ABOUT AMY
WebsiteBlogFacebookInstagramTwitter — Shop

Amy Friend is a former museum collections curator turned designer and modern quilter. She has authored two books published by Lucky Spool Media: Intentional Piecing and Improv Paper Piecing. Improv is her first fabric collection, newly released with Contempo, a division of Benartex. Amy enjoys lecturing and teaching in hopes of spreading her love of paper piecing and modern quilt design!

 

 

ABOUT IMPROV
100% Aurifil Cotton, 12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool)
Colors included:
1147 – 2455 – 2452 – 6723 – 2420 – 2600
2610 – 1246 – 2125 – 2021 – 2315 – 4060

Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: August

Welcome to Month 8 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! If you are just joining us, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous beach or picnic activity! This month, we are holding on to Summer with all of our might! Pull up a lawn chair and settle in for what may be your last month of outdoor stitching. We’re sad, but then again, the thought of curling up under a quilt, snuggled by a fire, does sound pretty appealing;). Where are you taking your hand-stitching?

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: July

Welcome to Month 7 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! If you are just joining us, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous beach or picnic activity! This month, we are celebrating Summer! Where are you taking your hand-stitching? On the porch… at the pool… or still cozy on the couch with a great movie?

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: June

Welcome to Month 6 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! We are halfway there and guessing you have a nice little stack of fabulous hand-stitched blocks. If you are just joining us, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks on the last Thursday of every month. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly because it’s a fabulous beach or picnic activity! Where are you taking your hand-stitching this Summer?

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Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot: May

Welcome to Month 5 of our Stitch the 2012 DOM Reboot! On the last Thursday of every month, we’re presenting a brand new version of one of our 2012 blocks. We’ve been loving the opportunity to work on our hand-stitching, particularly as the weather shifts and we’re able to take it outside! Where have you taken your blocks? Do you have a favorite spot to do your hand-stitching?

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