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Amy Butler’s Blog Tour: 10 Stylish Projects that Celebrate Patchwork – Illuminated Lamp Shade + Giveaway!

july 21, 2016

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We’re the final stop on Amy Butler’s blog tour sharing inspiring quilting projects in support of her latest book ‘Piece Keeping‘.

The tour has visited some of the coolest quilting and creative blogs across the world and we’re so excited to be able to have hopped on board to share the patchwork love with you too!

So far the tour has stopped at:

July 11 – Chronicle Books

July 12 – The Root Connection (Charming Garland)

July 13 – Suzy Quilts (Pyramid Pillows)

July 14 – Rock Paper Scissors (Dreamweaver Wall Art)

July 15 – 100 Billion Stars (Statement Necklaces)

July 16 – Carrie Bloomston (Talisman Necklace)

July 17 – Late Night Quilter (Tribal Cuffs)

July 18 – Crimson Tate (Stash Pouches)

July 19 – A Gathering of Stitches (Embellished Infinity Scarf)

July 20 – Heather Jones Studio (Improv Pillows)

July 21 – Today, we are thrilled to share Amy’s ‘Illuminated Lamp Shades‘ project.

Illuminated Lamp Shade Project

Modern chic meets patchwork with these customisable shade covers, making it easy to light up your spaces with the warmth of handmade!

Finished sizes: Large – 23″ (58.4 cm) diameter x 14″ (35.6 cm) tall; Small – 15″ (38.1 cm) diameter x 12″ (30.5 cm) tall.



  • All seams are 1/4″ (0.6 cm) unless otherwise stated. The seam allowance is included in all measurements.


  • Wonky Log Cabin


  • Patchwork


Note: Fabric and notion requirements are for the shade sizes used; adjust as necessary to fit the lampshade you have. The instructions are written for any size barrel-shaped lampshade.

For the Large or Small size:


  • From 44″ (112 cm) wide light- to mid-weight fabric
  • 1/8 yard (0.11 m) each of 14 different prints for the patchwork blocks
  • 1/2 yard (0.46 m) of chambray for the spacing blocks


  • 2 packages of 1/2″ (1.3 cm) wide photo-safe double-sided adhesive tape (iCraft SuperTape)
  • 3 packages of 1/2″ (1.3 cm) wide white twill tape (Wrights)
  • Barrel-shaped plain lampshade (Nymö shades from IKEA have the dimensions given above)
  • 1 package of freezer paper
  • 1 bottle of Aleene’s Stop-Fraying, 4 oz. (118.3 ml) or other fabric sealant
  • 1 spool of all-purpose thread in a neutral color (Coats)
  • 10 spring clothespins (Clover Wonder Clips)


  • Photocopier
  • Pencil
  • 24″ (61 cm) long rotary cutting ruler

How to…

Make the Patchwork Block Templates*

  1. Measure and record the height and circumference of your lampshade.
  2. Add a total of 1/2″ (1.3 cm) to the height measurement for top/bottom overlap. This value will be used as the height of the lampshade in the rest of the instructions.
  3. Cut out the Illumined Lampshade Patchwork Block from the pattern sheet included with this book. Use a photocopier to enlarge or reduce the template so the height matches the value above.
  4. Measure and record the width of the Patchwork Block.
  5. Using a pencil and ruler, trace and label each piece of the pattern onto the dull side of the freezer paper, leaving space between them to add seam allowance.
  6. Add a 1/4″ (0.6 cm) seam allowance to the outside of all pieces. Then cut out each template on the seam allowance line.


Cut Out the Fabric Pieces

  1. Calculate the number of Patchwork Blocks on the lampshade: Divide the lampshade circumference in half, and then by the width of the Patchwork Block. Round this value up to the next whole number. For example: If the lampshade circumference is 731/2″ (186.7 cm) and the Patchwork Block width is 101/2″ (26.7 cm), the equation looks like this: 31/2 (186.7) ÷ 2 = 363/4 (93.4) ÷ 101/2 (26.7) = 31/2 (3.5) Rounded up, the next whole number is 4. So, in this example, the lampshade will have four Patchwork Blocks. Whatever number of blocks you calculate for your lampshade, we’ll call that number x for the cutting below.
  2. Cut the appropriate pieces from your print fabrics as follows:
    1. From Print 1, cut x of each of the following templates:
      • Template B
      • Template E
      • Template G
      • Template H
    2. From Print 2, cut x of each of the following templates:
      • Template A
      • Template C
      • Template D
      • Template F
    3. From Print 3, cut x of Template I
    4. From Print 4, cut x of Template J
    5. From Print 5, cut x of Template K
    6. From Print 6, cut x of Template L
    7. From Print 7, cut x of Template M
    8. From Print 8, cut x of Template N
    9. From Print 9, cut x of Template O
    10. From Print 10, cut x of Template P
    11. From Print 11, cut x of Template Q
    12. From Print 12, cut x of Template R
    13. From Print 13, cut x of Template S
    14. From Print 14, cut x of Template T
  3. Calculate the finished size of the Spacing Blocks: Divide the circumference of the lampshade by x, then subtract the Patchwork Block width. This is the finished width of the Spacing Blocks. For example: If the lampshade circumference is 731/2″ (186.7 cm) and the Patchwork Block width is 101/2″ (26.7 cm) and x is 4, then the finished width is found as shown: 731/2 (186.7) ÷ 4 = 183/8 (46.7) – 101/2 (26.7) = 77/8 (20). (731/2 ÷ 4) – 101/2 = 77/8.
  4. Add seam allowances and cut Spacing Blocks as follows: Take the width of the Spacing Block from Step 2C and add 1/2″ (1.3 cm). Take the height of the lampshade and add 1/2″ (1.3 cm). This is the cutting measurement for your Spacing Blocks. Cut x of them from the Spacing Block fabric.


Make the Patchwork Block

  1. On a flat surface lay out one of each Template piece as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Sew the following pieces together and place back into the layout. Press the seam allowances to one side:   A – B – C      |      D – E – F      |      H – I      |      J – K      |      L – M      |      N – O      |      Q – R
  3. Continue sewing the block together in the following order:   ABC – HIDEF – GABCHI – DEFG      |      JK – ABCDEFGHI – LM      |      ABCDEFGHIJKLM – NO      |      P – ABCDEFGHIJKLMNO – QR      |      S – ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQR – T
  4. Repeat these steps on each of the remaining blocks needed for your lampshade.


Complete the Lampshade Fabric Panel

  1. Sew one Patchwork Block and one Spacing Block together along the right edge of the Patchwork Block. Press the seam allowance toward the Spacing Block. Repeat with the remaining Patchwork Blocks and Spacing Blocks.
  2. Next sew all the block pairs together to form one long panel. Press the seam allowances toward the Spacing Blocks.
  3. Fold and press the top and bottom raw edges of the fabric panel under 1/2″ (1.3 cm) to the wrong side. Then fold and press the left edge of the fabric panel under 1/4″ (0.6 cm) to the wrong side.


Attach the Fabric Panel to the Lampshade

  1. Apply the double-stick adhesive tape to the inside top and bottom edges of the lampshade, lining up the edge of the shade with the edge of the tape. If your lampshade has spokes attaching it to the center of the lamp, apply the tape to the shade between the spokes.
  2. Apply a length of tape on the outside of the lampshade along the right-hand side of the lengthwise seam. Repeat and apply tape along the left-hand side of the seam. (These two tape lines should butt up to each other.) All tape pieces should still have the backing paper attached.
  3. Remove the backing paper from the tape on the right-hand side of the lengthwise seam. Place the folded left edge of the Fabric Panel along the left-hand edge of the exposed tape, lifting the folded top and bottom edges over the top and bottom of the lampshade. Finger press* to stick the fabric to the tape.
  4. Continue to attach the Fabric Panel around the circumference of the lampshade, connecting the folded top and bottom edges to the inside of the lampshade. The raw edge of the Fabric Panel should overlap the fixed folded edge by at least 1/4″ (0.6 cm). Temporarily hold the Fabric Panel in place along the top and bottom of the lampshade with the Wonder Clips.
  5. Make any adjustments to the fit of the panel on the shade. Pull the top and bottom folds toward the inside of the shade to remove any excess fabric.
  6. Once the Fabric Panel is lying correctly, starting from the left edge of the Fabric Panel and stopping 2″ (5.1 cm) from the right edge, work in sections to remove the clips and backing paper from the tape and press the fabric into place around the top and bottom of the inside of the shade. If the lampshade has spokes at the edge, as you approach the spoke, gradually fold under the raw edge so that a folded edge lies across the top of the spoke and the seam allowance adjusts back to 1/2″ (1.3 cm) on either side.
  7. Fold under and finger press the right raw edge of the Fabric Panel so that it meets the left folded edge. Remove the backing paper from the tape on the left side of the seam and adhere the right folded edge along the right edge of the tape. Finish fastening the fabric into place around the top and bottom edges of the shade.
  8. To cover the raw fabric edges inside the lampshade, apply double-stick adhesive tape around the top and bottom inside edges so that it is mostly on the fabric but overlaps the raw edge by approximately 1/8″ (0.3 cm). If there are spokes, cut and place the tape between the spokes.
  9. Remove the backing paper from the tape and adhere the twill tape to the double-stick tape. Apply Stop-Fraying to the cut edges of the twill tape to prevent raveling.


******  COMPETITION  ******


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In Amy Butler’s latest book, Piece Keeping, the sewing, crafting and fabric designer extraordinaire combines effortless style with one of her biggest loves: patchwork. In it, she shares her favorite design influences and techniques in a rich variety of lifestyle projects, such as eclectic wares for modern interiors, small gift projects, and a beautiful collection of bohemian inspired fashions.


One lucky winner can get their hands on a copy of Amy’s new book ‘Piece Keeping‘, a fat quarter bundle of her latest fabric from FreeSpirit and a selection of her ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons by leaving a comment below telling us which project from all those posted on the blog tour inspires you most and why.
















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  1. Diane Beavers

    Piece Keeping inspiration: Infinity Scarf by Samantha of A Gathering of Stitches. It incorporates so my many techniques that I know or have way back in my brain. As Amy calls it “Creative Communion”. Brings out my somewhat dormant mojo for hand stitching. I recently learned Sashiko so this scarf is in the works. Thank you.

  2. Michele

    Love this idea!! Thanks for the tutorial, it is perfect and I’m thinking that it would make a beautiful table runner too! The project that I would love to make are the Improv Pillows. Thanks for sharing in the hop!

  3. Christine kamon

    I liked to many of these projects. This lampshade is probably pushing my limits of which a would do. (I also have no lampshades with simple shapes.). I love the whimsical ribbons with tassels.

  4. Sonya M

    I absolutely loved everything I saw, but I was especially inspired by Crimson Tate’s Stash Pouch!

  5. Patrizia

    I really liked the Statement Necklace! It was so original and a nice way to use your scraps! And there are so many other uses for it, hanging from door knobs or just to make a special gift package for a friend.

  6. All of the projects look amazing. I liked yesterday’s log cabin with scraps. The one that caught my eye the longest was the statement necklace. Not sure about the name of the project but it was the one with a patchwork tag and the ribbons substituted for a chain. Looks like fun and unique. Maybe I’ll win the book, PIECE KEEPING, and get to make my own. I can only hope.

  7. Cynthia Meredith

    I love them all, but I think the garland would look great on my Christmas tree!

  8. Denise W

    There are so many cool projects, but I would really like to try the pyramid pillows as a challenge to myself. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Ellen

    These projects are so cool. The pillows and lamp project are the ones I would want to try first. What a great way to showcase your favorite Amy Butler fabrics!

  10. M

    Really liked Heather Jones’ pillow. Looks like fun to do, and the product is such a cool blend of traditional and modern.

  11. asteride

    Loved the garland project! Because it was easy and such fun to do with friends!

  12. Bridget

    The book is definitely one that belongs in my library…it’s full of wonderful and unique projects! It’s hard to pick out a favorite project, so I’ll have to go with the stash pouch.

  13. Vicki H

    There are so many, I would likely make the stash pouch first.

  14. Sandy K

    My granddaughter would want me to make the Tribal Cuffs.

  15. I love the infinity scarf because it’s beautiful and useful. I could see myself wearing that a lot.

  16. Jennifer

    I loved all the projects. I would probably start with the
    Patchwork pillow.

  17. Fireside Quilter

    All of the creations in this hop are fantastic and I really want to make some pouches.

  18. Rene Delcambre

    Hmmmmm…. Which one to choose- very hard to pick just one. I love, love, love the lampshade! I can’t wait to give it a try. I really like the idea of bringing art to household items to reflect your creative style in your home. Thank you Amy Bulter for always inspiring us to seek our inner creative self!

  19. barbe price

    for me its the triangle pillows, that seems to be the shape i like most but then i love the Dreamweave Wall Art, and Quilt, maybe i need to make a matching set. lol

  20. Elizabeth McDonald

    I really like the pyramid pillows!

  21. Peggy

    There are lots of lovely projects here but the pyramid pillows are my number one pick, followed closely by the cuffs.

  22. My first pick would be the pouches and that would be followed by the garland, a very close second!

  23. Pam S

    I love this lampshade! And it just so happens that I need one! So this is first on my list of inspiration. Thanks for the tutorial. I also loved the Tribal Cuffs because they would be so muh fun for gift-giving. This whole blog tour has been wonderful. Thanks!

  24. Cecilia

    I would start with the pyramid pillows, they are too cute.

  25. alyssa Shumate

    Love the Dreamweaver Wall Art. Love the balance and perfection!!

  26. Mara

    The tribal cuffs would be fun to make, but the whole book looks inspirational!

  27. Tamie

    There were so many fun projects but I’d love to try the Embellished Infinity Scarf.

  28. Nicole

    The projects look like so much fun but my favorite two are the infinity scarf and the garland!

  29. Hayley

    I love the embellished cowl. When I saw it my eyes popped and I was like WOW! Something about it just resonated with me

  30. janequiltsslowly

    I think I would make the embellished cowl for a fun addition to my wardrobe, but the coolest thing were the pyramid pillows! So cool, but perhaps a bit above my skill and patience level.

  31. Teri

    I really liked the log cabin improv pillow but all of the projects are inspiring me.

  32. Maeve

    I think my favorite project is the very boho necklace on Carrie’s blog. I like it because it is different and artsy. I am loving the fabrics and all the project, and visiting new blogs also. It has been fun!

  33. Anita

    My first project would be the Stash Pouch. I need to make at least two of these!

  34. Paula

    I love the pyramdi pillows! I have a thing for triangles, and these are soooo cool and graphic! Thank you for the giveaway!

  35. Mary O.

    There is so much inspiration. I would really like to make the tribal cuffs. Thanks for the giveaway! I am looking forward to enjoying all the new-to-me blogs I discovered from this giveaway. So much fun!

  36. Debby

    The lampshade is really cool, but I would probably start with the pillow or scarf. All the projects are awesome!

  37. dawn

    i have been patiently waiting for today’s blog hop, and it did not disappoint as i am loving this lampshade!! big thanks for the inspiration…

  38. Lauren

    I would like to make the cowl.

  39. Giorgia

    Every project was interesting but the tribal cuffs will let me use my beads, my scraps and a lot of other things I have in my drawers….

  40. Jo

    All of the project are inspiring to both experienced stitchers and beginners. I especially love the cuffs, the scarf and the triangular cushion. Can’t settle on one… I want to make all of them!

  41. LaTanya

    Pyramid Pillows is my fave because I have never seen anything like it before.

  42. Michelle Wyman

    Oh my it is so hard to choose which project I would launch into first with all the amazing choices! My heart strings were especially tugged when I saw the “Statement Piece Necklace.” I’ve made lots of patch work quilts and pillows but am intrigued by creating patch work pieces to wear and to embellish with beads and embroidery. I’m also dying to make the dress with the patchwork bodice. Maybe it’s time to start making things to embellish the quilter!

  43. Mary D

    I really enjoyed this blog hop because I love Amy Butler fabrics so much. The projects were great inspiration and so much more than quilts. The pyramid pillows are my number one project from the book.

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  44. anna Brown

    Crimson Tate’s Stash Pouch….loved it…and i also loved the infinity scarf…bought some fabric to make one….There was a wide range of ideas to inspire just about anyone tytyty for the ideas…. [email protected]

  45. Gill

    I love your lampshade and the infinity scarf from a gathering of stitches!

  46. Anne

    I loved the Embellished Infinity Cowl, but I also adore your lampshades so can I choose two favorites?! Thank you so much for the chance to win. I love seeing everybodies projects from this book. It must be super inspiring because all projects look so good!

  47. Monica

    I like the triangular pillows. They have depth.

  48. Ruth

    These are all great, my favourite are the pyramid pillows! 🙂

  49. Allison CB

    This lampshade is gorgeous! I would love to make this! Truly original!

  50. Margaret

    I love Crimson Tate’s Stash Pouch. I could see myself making a lot of those as gifts.

  51. Susan

    I love to wear art that doesn’t scream homemade! So it’s a toss between the tribal cuffs and the infinity scarf for me.

  52. Congratulations Patrizia – you were selected as the winner for the giveaway. Please get in touch with the team at [email protected] to arrange your prize!

  53. The lamp shade looks really nice and modern!

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