Introducing Winter Games (and a blog hop with giveaways)!

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Hi everyone!

Some of you are just too quick and have noticed my new line – Winter Games – popping up in stores or have written me to ask where you can find it.  I’ve been so wrapped up in promoting Meadow Dance (which, incidentally, is pretty much all sold out but is being reprinted and should be back shipping next month) that I haven’t had time to introduce Winter Games properly so I thought I’d do so today.

Since the Winter Olympics are in February of 2018 I decided this fall would be the perfect time to launch a winter sports line!  Then we can have lots of fun sewing prior to and during the Olympics!   Are you with me?  Benartex has some fun fabric giveaways lined this week on their Winter Games blog hop, so make sure to check it out each day!

The feature print Winter Games showcases winter athletes.  From skaters to skiers, we’ve got you covered.  (For those who ask, no I can’t do any of these sports.  I can’t even do them badly on a good day.  I can, however, draw others doing these sports, so I guess that is something…)

I added some snowflakes into the mix.  I love how the traditional snowflake motifs contrast with the modern athletes!

Athletes need equipment, right?  These skis, skates, and boots are laced with silver metallic.  Just a touch…

All that activity probably makes the athletes tired.  They need sustenance.  Hot chocolate and lattes will do in a pinch.

Do you like the text print?  I hope so! It is my favorite today.

After drinking hot chocolate, those coordinated athletes need to bundle up and go outside to continue their training.  (I, however, plan to watch this on TV while sewing in my cozy house this February.  How about you?)

As always, I have some blenders for you.  It is important to have blenders that are fun to quilt!

One of my favorite things about this collection are all the shades of grey – it makes for so many design possibilities.  This dark grey is all about drama.

When I designed this collection, I had my heart set on an applique project that allowed the athletes to really shine!  So my first pattern for this collection is Winter Sports!

There is a download code for SVG files included to use with fabric cutters for all of the accessories so you can dress your athletes quickly.!

Oh my gosh this pattern was fun to quilt!  On some blocks I quilted mountains, on others skating rinks…

I sewed my sample with an aqua border but I really like the grey version too!

I have three more Winter Games patterns coming for Market – I’ll be showing you a sneak peek later in the week.  (No, they aren’t sewn yet – wish me luck!)

“Skating Rink” The pattern can be downloaded from my Downloads page.

And of course I have a free pattern for you all.  This one features simple piecing on a dark grey background, with fussy-cut athletes appliquéd to the center of each block.

Don’t forget to visit Benartex’s blog hop this week for chances to win a bundle of Winter Games and for some great mug rug tutorials!

I hope you love this collection as much as I do!  If you do, please ask your local shop to order it from Contempo of Benartex.  I’d really appreciate it.  If you are a shop who has bought this collection, you are welcome to post that information in my Facebook Group.

Happy quilting!

Amanda

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Meadow Dance Blog Hop and Giveaways!

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Note: The winner of this giveaway is Peggy, who said that Meadow Blooms “tops the list” for her.  Congratulations, Peggy, and thanks for commenting everyone!

Hi everyone!
The folks at Contempo of Benartex have arranged a blog hop for my new collection, Meadow Dance, and we didn’t want you to miss it!

For more information head on over to Sew in Love with Fabric, where I talk about the line, the prints, the inspiration behind the motifs, a coordinating Aurifil thread collection, etc. And for the rest of the week they have a fun giveaway in store for you all each and every day!

In celebration of the hop, I think I’ll do a little giveaway myself! Just tell me which your favorite pattern is this time by leaving a comment on the blog to enter. I’ll pick a random winner of Meadow Dance goodies (patterns and a charm square) this Sunday night (the 24th).  If you already have the patterns I’ll send you other patterns of your choice, so no worries there!  (One entry per person please.)

Just as a little reminder, these are the patterns this time round, all pieced on my BERNINA 780 and quilted on the BERNINA Q Series

Meadow Blooms
“Meadow Blooms”, my two-block quilt that looks WAY harder to piece than it actually is!

 

“Meadow Song”, a modern take on a Dresden that is scrappy with two background prints.

 

“Meadowsweet” – a fun applique pattern with SVG files included!

 

Meadow Minis
“Meadow Minis”, a block-of-the-month with directions for “quilt-as-you-go” rulerwork!

 

Meadow Dance Ruler Panel
And last, but not least, the Ruler Guide for my Meadow Dance Panel, which works with Westalee ruler sets!

There is also a Meadow Dance embroidery collection by OESD – more on that soon!

There is also a free pattern – Meadow Paths, you can download from my downloads page

Good luck on the giveaway and I hope you have a lovely week! 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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