Well the word is that Feathers & Flourishes is starting to ship to shops – YAY! So excited to see what you make with this line!
The free patterns that go with this collection are now available for download. The first is called Cinema and is a 2-1/2”-strip-friendly bargello quilt reminiscent of 1920s design.
I have to brag for a minute – my daughter quilted most of this one using rulers on the BERNINA Q24! Proud mom!
The second pattern is called Evolutions and is a re-release of a pattern formerly in my line that was just perfect for this collection. (The blue version is in a box on its way to BERNINA University and I forgot to snap a picture of it so I’ll have to show you that one later. Special thanks to Jo Anne and Traci for helping with these!)
You can get the other patterns that go with this collection in my shop or, better yet, please consider asking your local quilt shop to order them. The local shops are the lifeblood of this industry and we want them to do well!
If you make something and have an instagram account please post to Instagram with the #amandamurphydesign and @amandamurphydesign labels – my user name is AMANDAMURPHYDESIGN.
NOTE: The winners of this giveaway are Donna B. and Roberta Lottino, both of whom who liked Plume! Congratulations, ladies – send me your snail mails please. I’m sorry I don’t have more precuts to give to all of you, but we’ll have another giveaway later this summer!
Hi everyone! I haven’t blogged in SOOOO long! It has been busy here with (in the spirit of Quilt Market) secret sewing stuff, but I’m finally getting around to writing about what I have been working on. Since pictures speak louder than words I’ll try to keep words to a minimum.
My new collection for the Contempo division of Benartex is called Feathers & Flourishes and it is shipping in July. It is inspired those shapes that we see so often in the quilt world. This time my goal was to create a collection that allowed people to really experiment with color. So I have added a deep navy and vibrant red, along with the greens and aquas that I love. Consequently, each quilt can look dramatically different depending on the proportions of the prints used. Here you can see a wider view and a little of my friend Cherry Guidry’s booth next to mine as well.
I have 4 new patterns that will be released with this collection. They will be on my website as soon as I get them back from the printer, probably in a few weeks. The first is Plume. This is a REALLY simple medallion quilt. The blocks are made from a stack of 10” squares so you just change the borders and background to get an entirely new look!
The next quilt is called “Starstruck”. This one almost never made it off of my computer screen. It was one of those that really sang in person and even more so once it was quilted so that the secondary diamond pattern came out. It was probably the “hit” of my booth so that shows you how much I know… haha! Oh – and it is made from a couple 2-1/2” pinwheels and two background fabrics.
The third quilt is called Posies. You can only see a little of it here because it is folded up due to limited wall space. Posies is a fat-quarter friendly quilt and the flowers are on-point – I’ll show you more once I have the patterns back. I love how different the prints look against the navy background!
And my final set of patterns is called “Flourishes”. It is a set of 3 designs that can be finished as a tryptic of min-quilts or a pillows. There is an SVG option on this pattern as well and Hill Creek (now Just Another Button Company) is producing a button pack for both the white and navy versions.
I almost forgot! For the first time I’ll be coming out with a quilting collection to coordinate with my fabric collection! So excited as it will be well-timed with the arrival of the Q-Matic system for the BERNINA longarm. The Feathers and Flourishes Quilting Collection is undergoing testing in June and will be shipping in July.
So that was Market! I can’t believe it is over. You prep for months and then it goes by in a blur. (Maybe even more of a blur considering we had an emergency evacuation of the hotel the night before we left due to a water pipe break which, when combined with a red-eye home, made for a very hazy couple of days!)
If you love this collection I’d love for you to ask your shop to order it – thanks!
SO if you have actually lasted through all of these pictures (hi Mom!) it is TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY! Did you see those precuts sitting on the chairs at Market? I snagged a couple for you guys. I have a stack of 10” squares and a bundle of 9 fat quarters to give away so leave a comment below telling me which new pattern you like best – Plume, Starstruck, Posies, or Flourishes? Please only enter once and leave me some way to reach you if I can’t see it through your profile. The last day to enter is Tuesday, May 31st.
Thanks for letting me share and have a wonderful Memorial Day!
Easter is just around the corner and I just got out one of my all time favorite projects – my Easter Egg Table Topper. This was originally designed for BERNINA to showcase all the features of their wonderful machines and I now have it available for download free to you guys!
I love it because it is charm pack friendly and all the eggs are appliquéd down with specialty stitches, so there is a lot of detail. Sometimes we forget all the stitches we have on these fabulous machines!
I embroidered little bunnies on the petals using my BERNINA 780 – they are optional but so fun! I used Aurifil thread and quilted this on the BERNINA 780 as well….