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”!

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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.

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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!

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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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Fall Quilt Market 2016

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Hi guys!  I’m sorry to say this is a quick recap of a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago.  We had some major tech issues here and had to do a blog restore and I lost all the data for the past couple months.  Tears.  Just trying to recap here so you don’t miss anything!  

Well, Fall Quilt Quilt Market came and went in a blink of an eye once again and I’m just now getting to sharing my new things on the blog.  So without further ado here is Nordic Holiday, my new line for Benartex…

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Some “Nordic Holiday” prints

 

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And more Nordic Holiday prints…

Our Contempo booth won second place!  You can see it below. Cherry Guidry’s Mulberry Lane is on the left of the tree and my Nordic Holiday line is on the right.)

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The Contempo booth at Quilt Market

And here are close-ups of the prints in the collection – my favorite thing about them is that they are more of winter focus, so can be kept out all winter long.  I’m so excited to see what you guys sew with them!  (And please don’t forget to tag me on so that I can see them @amandamurphydesign on Instagram!)

The quilt that inspired the collection was my Nordic Row Sampler.  The Nordic Row Sampler is shown hanging is in red and aqua. There is a red and green version too. This quilt pieced entirely from strip sets! 

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“Nordic Row Sampler”

I wanted my other large quilt to be quite different.  Here is a softer Starry Night Starry Night in blues and greens. Matching runner and placemat directions are included in the pattern.  

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“Starry Night”

Next up is Northern Lights… a set of minis similar to my pattern that can also be finished as pillows.

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“Northern Lights”

And Starstruck is back, making an encore appearance because the graphic stars make this 2-1/2” strip quilt just perfect for this collection.

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“Starstruck”, surrounded by pillows made from Nordic Row Sampler blocks.

We made Christmas ornaments in our hotel room the night before.  These were super easy!   Just take an embroidery hoop and remove the screw, spray the outer hoop white, put the screw back in and insert batting and fabric.  Then trim the fabric flush with the back of the hoop.

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Patterns will come as soon as yardage is here so everything can be proofed.  Northern Lights and Starstruck are already at the printer and the larger project directions will ship in first quarter of next year.  The Nordic Holiday fabric line ships in April and the embroidery collection is already here and can be ordered at your local shop.  

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Some Nordic Holiday embroidery designs, available from OESD.

 

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More Nordic Holiday embroidery designs, available from OESD.

If you love the line please ask them to order it from Contempo, by Benartex.  Thanks, guys!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

 

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