The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler Facebook Group

Hi guys,

This is just a quick note to say that our Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler Facebook group is up and running!  We will be sewing and quilting a few blocks each week this fall.  This is a super-easy sew (for goodness sake the wedding ring is appliqué) that will get you practicing free-motion fast, so it is really fun!  People are sewing in all sorts of fabrics – I’m sewing mine in Carina.  SKU info is in the group feed.

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My good friend Cherry Guidry, of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studios, is sewing along with us using her Soul Blossoms fabrics.   I love sewing with friends!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

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The Free-Motion Idea Sampler

HI everyone,

I hope you are having a great weekend!  I’ve been waiting to share a new release – The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler!  It is a companion piece to the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book and the piecing directions for the sampler are now available as a download from C&T.  The sampler includes piecing directions for every block in the book, so it is a fabulous practice piece if you are looking to improve your quilting skills.  (And to make it a quicker sew, there are master cutting instructions included, so you can cut everything at once and then get sewing!)  I hope you all will piece it and quilt it along with me this fall on Facebook!

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I quilted this on the BERNINA Q 24 and pieced it on my BERNINA 780.  To quilt each block, I chose a random pattern from the book – no rules – just whatever I felt like quilting each day.  I used Benartex’s Color Weave fabric and Aurifil 50 wt. thread for piecing and Aurifil monofilment (with 50 wt. in the bobbin) for quilting.  (There are suggested quilting plans organized by block in The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.)
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I quilted many of the allover patterns from The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book in the borders.

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I used Benartex Color Weave for the example and the SKUs are included in the pattern.  I’ll be sewing it again starting this September in Carina.  I’ve created a special Facebook group for this piece so we can share our progress. I hope you’ll join me if you are quilting along.

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Happy quilting!

Amanda

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Quilting BERNINA-Style: Free-Motion Panel

Some of you might have caught a glimpse of this on my BERNINA Q 24 Frame just days before BU.

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Well, I was sworn to secrecy at the time but now I can tell you!  This is the new Quilting BERNINA-Style Free-Motion Panel that I designed to help people become comfortable with free-motion quilting and it will be arriving exclusively at U.S. BERNINA dealers in October!  (I’m not sure about availability for international customers at the time I’m writing this, but I’ll let you guys know if I hear anything, ok?)  Whether you quilt on a long arm or domestic, I hope you really enjoy it.

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I this many of my favorite allover quilting patterns – some of which can be found in my Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.  The coordinating app that is coming soon shows many of these patterns being quilted on a BERNINA.

After you get practice with many of the designs in the outer blocks, you can work on combining them in the central panels.

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The panel measures 36” x 54”, so is easy to maneuver both on a long arm and a domestic.  There is a smaller panel that will follow, perfect for making bags, pillows, and placemats.  I can’t wait to see what you all make with these!

Also, for those of you who have written me, sign versions of The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book are now available in my shop.  Directions for the coordinating sampler will be available as a download from C&T soon, and the app version with video of a lot of these designs being quilted on a BERNINA Q 24 will follow.

Hope you are having a great summer and happy quilting!

Amanda

 

 

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The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book

Note:  My copies of this book arrived and you can find signed version in my shop!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are having a fabulous week and are looking forward to the long holiday weekend.  I’m really excited because today I get to show you what I worked on all last summer.  It has been SOOOOO hard to keep it secret, but now I can “let the cat out of the bag”, so to speak, because this landed on my doorstep last week…

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I wrote the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book as a jumping off point for quilters who want to be creative with their quilting and are looking for a place to start.  It shows you how to build complex-looking custom quilting plans using just a handful of design families. I was so excited when C&T Publishing took it on – thanks C&T!!! We start with the basics…

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The heart of the book is the over 150 quilting designs shown step-by-step.

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In the app the design steps are animated but in the book you also get step-by-step photos that walk you through how to stitch out each section.  You can follow along exactly or mix and match to create something uniquely your own!

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A sample project is included to get you started, and a optional coordinating sampler will be available from C&T, featuring ever block in the book.  (I think it might be my favorite of my projects ever, so I hope  you guys like it!)

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Amanda

 

 

 

 

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“Hexie Flowers” in McCalls Quilting July/August 2015 and a giveaway!

Note: This contest is now closed.  (Sorry to those of you who had trouble posting early on but it should now be corrected.)  The winner on the blog is Tessa and the winner over on Instagram is carriestraka. Please send me your snail mail (you can use the connect form on my website), ladies, and congratulations!

Hi everyone,

I hope  you are having a lovely summer and successfully evading the mid-afternoon heat!

Today I’m over guest blogging over at McCall’s Quilting about my pattern “Hexie Flowers” that is in their July/August 2015 issue.  If you go over you have a chance to win 8 of my patterns so that is pretty fun!  Thanks McCall’s!  (My new block-of-the-month Heart’s Delight  wasn’t back from the printer when I sent the prizes to McCall’s so for another chance to win check out the bottom of this post.)

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“Lexie Flowers” (Photos courtesy of McCall’s Quilting)

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Kits for this quilt are available over at McCall’s Quilting as well.

For a chance to win a copy of Heart’s Delight (plus a few scraps of Carina – not enough to make the quilt but something for you to sample a couple  months ahead of its shipping date!), just leave a comment over here telling me what type of motif you would like to see on fabric.  One entry per person please but for another chance to win head over to my instagram feed and follow me and like the photo of “Hexie Flowers” that I posted yesterday night.  I’d so appreciate it.  My user name is AMANDAMURPHYDESIGN.  Deadline will be this Sunday night (June 28th) at midnight because I’ll post the winner when I announce my newest product with C&T Publishing – The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.  SOOO excited to see what people create with this!

Be sure to check out McCall’s Quilting for another chance to win the 8-pattern set.  You have more time over there – until July 12th.

Good luck and happy quilting!

Amanda

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Product Review: Select Appli-Web Plus and Select Appli-Stick

Hi everyone!

I came back from Market with two new appliqué products to try after Alex Anderson’s husband, John, dropped off a roll of Select Appli-Stick and Select Appli-Web Plus at my both.  I made a green version of my Romance table topper in Carina to check them out and thought I’d tell you what I found.  (Carina is shipping in August/September from Benartex.)

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I really loved the Select Appli-Web Plus.  It is very lightweight when applied – much like Shades SoftFuse, which is another paper-back fusible web that I love.  The actual paper that you trace on is thicker though – but the fusible is really light.  It didn’t  take very long to fuse and didn’t require steam, which I liked.  Alex has also been working on a paper-less version of this product, which is called Select Appli-Web (without the plus), but I like the paper backing to trace my appliqué shapes.

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Select Appli-Stick is a completely different product.  It peels back to reveal a heavier fusible that is actually quite tacky.  This would be an excellent product for those of you who like to really play with appliqué on a design wall and reposition it.  I usually work out the placement of my appliqué on a computer before I go to sew, so I liked the Select Appli-Web Plus a bit better, but I could see applications where the Appli-Stick could be really useful.  In fact, I just was looking up the links for their website and noted that they have this product in 1/4”, 1/2”, and 1” widths, which would be awesome for appliqué bars!

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Thanks to Alex and John for letting me try their new products – I really enjoyed them!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

 

 

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New patterns for Spring 2015

Hi everyone!

It seems like I have been waiting for this day – the day I can share new pattern information – forever!  They are back from the printer and all the distributor and Market orders have been sent.  They are also up over in my shop.

I hope you like these new designs!  Here they are…

First Crush is a fat-quarter friendly, twin-sized quilt that is actually a deceptively simple quilt made from just one block!

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The interlocking hearts form a secondary design so it is really fun to watch it come together!

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Of course, by choosing a different border fabric you can dramatically alter the look of the design…

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First Crush with a deep pink border

First Crush green border

First Crush with the green border

By the way, all these quits feature Carina, my first line for Benartex.  I couldn’t be more excited about it and I’ll be blogging more specifically about the fabric when it ships in August/September of this year.

Next up, Bouquet, which is a really graphic lap-sized piece.  Basically made up of squares, rectangles, and half-square triangles, it is super-easy to piece with just a touch of appliqué.

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This was actually my first quilt that I quilted on the BERNINA Q 24, so it was thrilling!  (Some of you might have seen sneak peeks over on Instagram.)

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Next up is Romance – a really quick but elegant 22” table runner…

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I couldn’t stop making this one – it was fun to play with the colors in the collection.  I used 28 wt. Aurifil thread for the appliqué – my favorite!

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And last, but not least, is Heart’s Delight.

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It is my new block-of-the-month style quilt.  The pattern itself is chock-full of full color diagrams to guide you.  You start in the center with a heart shaped bargello design and work outward, adding borders as you go.  This was also quilted on the Q 24, this time with Aurifil monofilament thread, which was trouble-free.  It worked so well and saved a ton of time not having to change colors since I started quilting this two days before Market!

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Do you like them?  I hope so!  Do you have a favorite?

So… if you are still reading (sorry for the amount of images – it is hard to choose) they are all over in my newly-revamped shop.  Speaking of which, I redid my shop so I can ship internationally.  I think the design is better too and hope you agree.  (I ship USPS everywhere.)

Also, a popular request has been a discount for a whole group of new patterns so I created something called “The Carina Collection” which includes all four patterns. You can get them at a discount here.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful week with lots of sewing!

Amanda

 

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BERNINA University 2015

I’m so excited to be teaching at BERNINA University this July in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Yes, it is hot there in July, but I guess that means we will just have to stay inside and sew – it is a hard life!)

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So, for all of you BERNINA dealers out there please come join me because I have a lot of special things planned for you guys.  My first class is “Quilting BERNINA Style: Inspiring Your Customers” and in it I’ll give you slew of ideas on how to market the Q Series to your customers – from special store events and quick in-store projects to eye-catching displays.

In  my second class, “Quilting BERNINA Style: Free-Motion”, we will explore loops, pebbles, ribbons, fishbone, paisley motifs and many more all on the new BERNINA Q 24 with Frame.  Participants will be the very first to receive and quilt a panel I’ve designed designed exclusively for BERNINA to teach these free-motion skills. The training panel will be available for purchase later in the year by BERNINA dealers for their customers.

Wanna see a sneak peek?

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Please join me in Arizona to explore the Q 24!

Gosh, I had better get quilting!

Have a marvelous Memorial Day weekend!

Amanda

 

 

 

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Spring Market 2015!

Hi everyone!

I just got back from Spring Quilt Market 2015.  It was fabulous to see everyone!

This Market I debuted my first line for Benartex – so exciting!  (It was also my first Market as a BERNINA Quilting and Long Arm Spokesperson.  More on that later.)  My quilting line is called Carina and is all about bright colors.  It has a lovely mix of feature prints and blenders for those of me who, like me, love appliqué, and it will ship in August/September.  I’ll be back next week with new patterns once I have them in my shop but just wanted to share a few photos.

My booth was next to my friend and fellow Benartex designer, Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio, so we took down the wall and had a party!  (Do you think it is bright enough?)

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Cherry and my booths.

Around the corner next to Benartex was my fat-quarter friendly new "First Crush" pattern.

Around the corner next to Benartex was my fat-quarter friendly new “First Crush” pattern.

Some of my new Carina fabrics

Some of my new Carina fabrics

I am launching a new Block-of-the-Month designed specifically for this line.  Here is a sneak peek but I’ll be back soon with more details once it arrives from the printer.

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This was “Heart’s Delight” mounted on the quilt frame just two days before Market – I was still binding at the hotel!  Aurifil thread for both!

Also, you might have caught a glimpse of a quick and easy graphic quilt with just a touch of appliqué – “Bouquet”.

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And the last of the new patterns is Romance – a fun little table topper!  I had such fun making different variations of this one!

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Everything was quilted on the BERNINA Q 24, which is something I’ll be talking about a lot here!  Thanks to BERNINA for giving me this opportunity! Please let me know any questions you may have so I can make sure I cover them here or at BERNINA.  I’m teaching at BERNINA University this year too and I’ll be back to post about that and new patterns soon.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some videos of the Q 24 in action!

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Happy quilting!

Amanda

 

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Big News!

Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely spring.  Things have been so busy over here my head is spinning!  But in a good way – I’m pinching myself on a  daily basis.  I’m excited to share that I am a new Quilting and Long Arm Spokesperson for BERNINA.  That’s right – that means the new Q 24 has arrived!!!!  I absolutely could not be happier with how this machine sews and in the upcoming months I’ll be sharing some of my favorite features and tips for working on the machine with you right here and also over at BERNINA.  Being a spokesperson basically means that not only do I love quilting – I actually love just talking even talking about quilting (ask my family), so it is nice to have the opportunity to share tips and tips right here with you.  So, if you have any specific questions or things you’d like to see me talk about, please leave a comment or send me a note and I’ll try to blog about it in the upcoming months.  (And, as an aside, if you new to this blog and are not on my email list, please sign up to receive updates.)  And, in the meantime, if you’d like a sneak peek of the Q 24 in action head over to my Instagram account!  I’ll be posting more frequent pictures there

Here are some photos from the video shoot…

Getting set up on the BERNINA Q Series

Getting set up on the BERNINA Q Series

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This is the makeup artist, Ann Marie, who made me look WAY better than I normally look every day. I’m awful at makeup so having her there made me feel truly pampered.

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This is Brian MacDonald of Wonderkind Studios and his crew talking with me between shoots. They were wonderful to work with!  Cara, Connie, and Andrea from BERNINA of America and Roxane from C&T Publishing ensured everything run smoothly, from start to finish… (Cara, these ellipses are for you!)

And this is me getting down to business and quilting!

And this is me getting down to business and quilting! Quilting is easier than talking!

If you are a dealer looking for ideas on showing your customers some of the unique possibilities on the Q 24, please sign up for my classes at BERNINA University in Arizona in July.  I designed a special yet-to-be-announced teaching tool for you guys and your customers!

Tying into all this is my new book for C&T Publishing – the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.  It is an “encyclopedia of quilting ideas” indexed by both block type and design family and will come out this summer.  The really exciting thing about this book is that it is also an app!  That means you will actually be able to see animations of the designs and, in some cases, even see video of motifs being executed on the BERNINA Q 24!

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Also, I’m excited to announce my first line of fabric with Benartex.  It is called Carina, which means “dear one” or “sweet”.  The colors are so vibrant and happy which makes it a joy with which to sew, plus it has a ton of blenders which makes it great to splice.  Thanks, Benartex!  I’m releasing 4 news patterns for Market with this line… here are some sneak peeks.  (And, yes, for those of you who emailed me, the header on my newly revamped website is a feature print from this collection.)

My new patterns

“Bouquet”

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“Bouquet” quilting, my first quilt on the BERNINA Q 24!

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“First Crush”

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“Romance”

If you are going to be at Market, please visit me in booth 2310 – or I should say please visit my quilts because that is really what we all do at Market anyway – visit quilts!!!

 

I’m off to work on my Block-of-the-Month – “Heart’s Delight”.  I have 6 days to “finish” (ahem, actually “start”) it.  Nothing like working under pressure right?

Hope everyone has a productive and wonderful week!

Amanda

One housekeeping note: In an effort to be able to share some more types of content with you (videos, etc.) I’ve migrated this blog over to WordPress.  Any bookmarks to specific pages you might have on this site might be lost – so sorry!  But all the content is still here in the archives.  If you are looking for anything specific you can’t find, feel free to contact me.

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