Introducing Meadow Dance!

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Hi everyone!

So I’ve been quiet because it has been very busy! I just got back from BERNINA University a couple of weeks ago where I debuted my new collection for Contempo of Benartex – “Meadow Dance” and today it is time to share it with all of you!

I am introducing some purples and oranges and dark grey into the collection this time, although the greens and aquas are the same so you can mix and match with other collection.  It screams happiness to me and I hope that you LOVE it!

There are four patterns designed specifically for this collection, all made with Aurifil 50 wt. thread on my BERNINA 780 and quilted on the Q24, so let’s jump right in.

Meadow Blooms is a fun one-block quilt.  I had such fun quilting it using a combination of free-motion, rulerwork, and motifs from my new Traditional Feathers Quilting Collection.

The blocks work beautifully both on the dark grey and on the white on white print…

Next up is Meadow Song, which is a modern take on a traditional Dresden design.  It is also a great scrap quilt.

Meadow Song

And of course I had to do an applique quilt – “Meadowsweet” is a quick-stitch just the right size for a wall-hanging.  SVG files are included and there is a button pack from Just Another Button Company for this pattern.

And then last on the pattern side of things is my “quilt-as-you-go” “block-of-the-month”.  Is that a mouthful or what?  This is a quilt that can be finished as minis, but can also be assembled after quilting as shown below.  Quilting directions are included and you’ll need a a curved and straight ruler to quilt along.  Videos will be released in my Facebook Group.

Meadow Minis

Meadow Minis closeup

While we are on the subject of rulers have you heard about the Meadow Dance Ruler Panel?  Some of you might be familiar with the ruler panel I did for BERNINA.  This new one uses Westalee (Sew Steady) ruler sets.  There are two to chose from and the guidebook that contains the direction covers both.  Later in the year I’ll be giving directions to BERNINA on how to use this panel in a different way to train on the BERNINA lognarm.

And what do we need to quilt?  Thread!!!  Aurifil put together a thread box just for this collection.  It is perfect for the panel, the applique, or for other projects.

Last but not least, OESD is putting out a coordinating embroidery collection.

Totally different from Folk Art Fantasy, right?  Every collection has a personality and I love them both BECUASEthey are so different!

The Meadow Dance line just started shipping to stores this week.  Patterns will ship at the end of the month and I’ll be sure to post their availability in my Facebook Group, so please join the group if you haven’t already.

If your still hanging in there at the end of the post it is much appreciated!  I know it was long but it is really is just a portion of the photos I have and it was so hard to decide!

Have a lovely conclusion of your summer and happy quilting!

Amanda

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Introducing Folk Art Fantasy (and a giveaway)!

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Note: This giveaway is now over.   Congratulations to Judy Henly here and to Robyn Randolph Christie over in my Facebook Group!  I wish I had a bundle to give everyone but it will be in stores in July so there isn’t long to wait.  Patterns will be posted in mid-June. 

Hi everyone!

It is now past Spring Market and I can finally show my new collection for Contempo Studios of Benartex – “Folk Art Fantasy”!

Folk Art Fantasy Booth - Spring Quilt Market 2017
My “Folk Art Fantasy” booth at Spring Market 2017!
“Folk Art Fantasy” prints

This modern collection celebrates the exuberance of and beauty of  handmade things.  It is happy and colorful – just the way quilting should be!  It ships in July and patterns will ship even sooner. (And it coordinates with Sewing Room, which came out last year.)

Without further ado, here are the new patterns…

Folklore
“Folklore”: A medallion quilt which is the inspiration for this collection. The pattern includes a full pull-out placement diagram and SVG files.

 

Folk Garden
“Folk Garden”: A whimsical applique triptych of mini quilts, also including SVG files for digital fabric cutters.

 

Folk Art Lane
“Folk Art Lane”: Build a village house by house! This quilt is entirely pieced and can be used as a block-of-the-month, or you can just make one row for a mini!

 

Folk Art Flowers
“Folk Art Flowers”: This one uses 1/3 yard of 12 fabrics for the blocks and is super-easy to piece. I used motifs from my new Traditional Feathers Quiltng Collection to quilt it. (The Quilting Collection will be out in about another month and is digitized both for domestic embroidery machines and longarms! I’ll post more about that next month.)

 

“All-Star”: Create a dynamic quilt using two colors of fabrics and three sizes of just one block. This one is deceptively easy to piece as it is all built on half-square triangles. There are two color stories of this one and I used the pantographs from my Traditional Feathers Quilting Collection to quilt them.

All quilts were pieced on a BERNINA 7-Series and quilted on the BERNINA Q24 using Aurifil thread, of course!

The patterns will start to ship to shops next week and will be posted to my website mid-June to accommodate my teaching schedule.

If you love what you see, please ask your local shop to order Folk Art Fantasy from Benartex!

Ok, now for the giveaway!  Benartex let me take this beautiful bundle of Folk Art home to give to you guys!  Just comment below to tell me which pattern you like best.  The deadline to enter is at midnight this Sunday, May 28th, 2017.  One comment per person please, and make sure that either your profile is public or you leave a way for me to contact you if you win.

For a second chance to win, make sure to do the same on the that shows these new patterns in my Facebook Group.

I hope you love Folk Art Fantasy and have a great week!  Happy quilting!

Amanda

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What would you like to see quilted? Plus new patterns!

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Hi everyone! I hope you are having a happy holiday season! We just decorated our tree and our house is looking very “red and aqua”. Yay!  Kind of like this quilt from my first book Modern Holiday that just became a cover girl. It is part of a new book from C&T called “Use Your Yardage” with projects from a variety of authors.
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I have five of these over in my shop so if you are interested check them out.

Also new to my shop is my Fall Market pattern “Northern Lights”.  This new one is a FAVORITE of mine and, if you are really fast, you might be able to stitch it up in time for Christmas – the design isn’t Christmas specific so can be kept out all winter long!  The pattern includes SVG files as well as traditional tracing diagrams and the fabric pictured is from my Nordic Holiday collection. The fabric won’t ship until spring but this pattern is available now.  If you love this collection please ask your local shop to order it.   I used 28wt. Aurifil thread from my Appliqué Collection for these pieces, using stitch #1329 on my BERNINA 780.  I then quilted it on my favorite BERNINA Q24.

Northern Lights Quilts
Northern Lights Minis or Pillows

Starstruck is also redone with a new cover – it was just perfect for winter so I couldn’t help myself!  This one is 2-1/2” strip friendly!  I’ve now stitched this one in both Feathers & Flourishes and Northern Holiday – it was so fun to quilt!

Starstruck in Nordic Holiay
Starstruck in Nordic Holiday

 

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Starstruck and Northern Lights

The two larger new patterns for this collection, Starry Night and Nordic Row Sampler, which you might have gotten  sneak peak of in my Fall Market 2016 post, will ship first quarter of the year. You I’m thinking of doing a quilt along with one or more of these Nordic Holiday patterns in my Facebook group this coming year. Are you in? I hope so.

Also in my Facebook group, I’m currently taking ideas from you all on what quilting motifs you would most like me to catch on video. I recently did feathers but there are a ton of different motifs out there and I plan to start doing more videos in the future. So please chime in and let me know what you’d like to learn how to quilt!

I hope you and your families are enjoying all the baking, making, and merriment the holidays bring.  Happy quilting!

Amanda

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