Intentional Piecing

Intentional Piecing by Amy Friend

I’ve been given the OK to share anything and everything from my book which has just started to make its way out into the world!  I am now shipping from my Etsy shop for those who would like a signed copy.  And I shared my book quilts out in public for the first time this week while visiting the Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild.  I am looking forward to sharing them again tomorrow in Maine at the Coastal Quilters meeting.  After months of secret, I want to share everything all at once but I am going to try really hard to pace myself!  I plan to share a project or so each week for the next several weeks–the book is packed with projects!  It includes 7 quilts, a tote bag with 10 unique and interchangeable block designs for the outer pocket, two clutches, an applique sweater, pillow, and pin tray.

Selvage blocks by Amy FriendYou might be wondering what I mean by intentional piecing.  It’s a conscious, deliberate process of fabric selection to suit a pattern design (or vice versa) or aesthetic.  In this book, I designed each project to show one of the numerous ways that different types of fabrics can be used to their best advantage–from fussy cut motifs, to border prints, stripes, gradients, textured solids and even selvages.  I also ask you to consider adapting your pattern for the perfect fussy cut and show you how!  I absolutely love selecting fabrics for my projects and considering the best pattern to show them off.  I hope that love shines through in this book and infects you too!

Magnetic Pin Tray by Amy Friend

This magnetic pin tray is the first project in the book. It provides a comfortable way to ease into fussy cutting using clear plastic templates to isolate and cut motifs from some of your favorite sewing themed fabrics.  I know you have them….probably in excess, right?  It’s time to fussy cut some of those buttons and sewing machines and thimbles and make a cute little tray for your pins.  This is a easy project to whip up and it makes a great little gift for sewing friends.

Next week, I will introduce the next project and sew along!  I hope you will join in and play.  All the details are coming soon!





  1. The book looks great,Amy.
    I can’t wait to get my copy.

  2. So excited to get my copy! I can’t wait to whip up a pin tray and start highlighting some of my fabric. The sew along sounds like fun!!

  3. Nancy Peach says:

    I am so excited for you….and for myself so that I may sew along with ideas from your book. Now I will have to cut into all those sewing themed and travel themed fabrics!! Can’t wait….and congrats on your new venture!!

  4. Jeannie says:

    I am jumping up and down for you!! I’m so excited my book is on it’s way! I feel like I’ll be reaching another level of sewing 🙂

  5. Wooohoooo…hoping the book arrives today!

  6. I was lucky enough to get my copy of the book already and I can attest to the fact that it is chock full of wonderful designs and good advice. And I’m not saying this because Amy is my daughter; the book really is just wonderful! I am looking forward to the sew along. It will be fun!

  7. Sounds very interesting – and yay – you can finally share!!

  8. Linda Gagliano says:

    Congrats Amy! After following your blog for so many years I find the title perfectly fitting to your style and process. ( formerly SewLindaAnn)

  9. Dottie says:

    Sounds fascinating. Good luck with the sale of your book.

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