Barbara is taking over today’s blog post. She has written a lovely piece about her day on the Amy Butler Create your own unique colour workshop at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Barbara is a team leader in the Craft Barn and can offer expert advice on all things crochet, knitting and her favourite passion – patchwork and quilting.
“I jumped at the chance to spend the day with Amy Butler on her Create your own unique colour workshop at the NEC in Birmingham on 6th August. Amidst the chaos of the eve of the Festival of Quilts, with all the noise, hustle and bustle of busy crews setting up for the show was a small classroom of absolute contrast. Our classroom was one of perfect tranquillity as we got swept away in a sea of colour and pattern to create our own colour collages. We began with Amy’s wonderful, inspirational talk and slideshow of her own journey, capturing images from all over the world of people, places, textures, patterns and colour that have inspired her to create her lovely designs. It was a real treat to listen to Amy talk about getting inspiration from all around and inspiring others to do the same.
Amy Butler’s new designs and fabrics
We were asked to bring a selection of fabric, ribbons, colour charts, images and any bits and bobs of interesting ephemera to use in our collages. There was also a table packed with the same, for us to choose from, this was a real treat on the eye with all the amazing colours and patterns.
Once we had made our choices we began to assemble our collages, which involved a lot of cutting out and sticking down, as you can imagine this was fun!
Amy was on hand to give guidance for anyone who needed it and chatted at length with all the members of the group. It was amazing to see everyone’s collages evolving throughout the day and I think everyone went away very happy with what they achieved, I know I did. I definitely recommend that everybody should spend a bit of time exploring different colours and patterns to create their own unique colour story it is a lovely way to ignite your creative fire. It really was a great day and I met some lovely ladies, so thank you to Amy for sharing.”
Barbara’s finished mood boards
Everyone who attended the day with their completed colour stories
Everyone came away with a beautiful jelly roll of fabric, a note pad, pen and Amy Butler pattern.