Hi all, welcome to our new Designer Spotlight series featuring one of our favorite friends, Amy Barickman. You might recognize Amy as she has a long history as a guest on Sewing with Nancy. Amy also has a long history with MSQC – she has appeared in tutorials with Jenny and Misty and joined many of our events, including the Birthday Bash last year.
Amy is also a born and bred KC girl who is ecstatic about the Chiefs being in the playoffs again this year (one more win and we are back to the Superbowl)! Many of Amy’s favorite projects are focused on visible mending and upcycling fabric including her new line of Treasured Threadz™ (she is wearing the Missouri Star Blue Panel in her AnyTime Topper Pattern). Today we are going to show you a SUPER easy project to turn a vintage blanket into the perfect AnyTime Topper to show off your team spirit. Let’s get started!
Look for Amy joining me for a series of posts over the next few months!
We’ve been calling today’s project the “Touchdown Transformation” – and we use Amy’s popular AnyTime Topper pattern. You can use any of your favorite team spirit fabric, but today we are going to show you a version using an upcycled vintage blanket! Amy and her Mom used a vintage wool Faribo blanket (that just happens to be in KC’s favorite team colors) and transformed it into a fun tailgating look!
The quick and easy construction of this topper makes it fun to sew and the AnyTime Topper pattern includes bonus content like a Look Book with fabric and styling suggestions as well as ideas for upcycling vintage and thrifted fabric! Look at all the Chiefs versions Amy has made!
If all those Chiefs AnyTIme Toppers weren’t enough to get you inspired – check out this video from At Home with Misty Doan with Amy as her guest! They discuss a variety of fabric for the AnyTime Topper as well as some of my favorite notions and tools for making the pattern.
Here is a last word from Amy: Our latest version of the AnyTime Topper we made with Travis Kelce in mind! Don’t you love his style? I do! Mr. B agreed to model it for me. Instead of cutting the blanket down to the measurements in the pattern, we kept the full width which made it a larger Topper.
Also available at MSQC is Amy’s Book Vintage Notions, it was a favorite of Nancy’s and is a favorite of the Doan Girls. Find it in the Mercantile shop if you are shopping in Hamilton. Pictured is the book open to the January Chapter (A Thimbleful of Happiness) with the vintage embroidery from Amy’s collection featured on the page. Loved the red coat and the snow scene. Stay warm everyone!
If you loved this project and are looking for more books, projects and patterns – visit AmyBarickman.com. While you are there, be sure to sign up for her weekly newsletter which is full of sewing patterns, seasonal inspiration, and fun projects for needle and thread. Be sure to stay social and follow along with Amy on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook
Amy Barickman is a creative arts entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the craft industry. Over that time, she and her designers have released over 1000 pattern titles and published 80 books – including her most popular book – Vintage Notions. Amy has always been inspired by all things vintage and has curated a personal collection of fabrics, quilts, sewing books and patterns, notions that she loves to share. She is passionate about helping others find inspiration for handmade projects and to cultivate more joy in their everyday living through needle and thread!