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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Meadow Dance Ruler Panel

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Hi everyone!  Happy Labor Day weekend!

I hope everyone is getting a little bit of relaxation this weekend.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails inquiring about my new Meadow Dance ruler panel for Contempo or Benartex.  I had refrained from announcing it here on the blog until it started shipping but since it came in from the printer this week I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know the details.

Some of you might remember that about a year ago I developed a ruler panel specifically for BERNINA ruler sets.  Well, this year I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to develop another panel – this time one to work with Westalee rulers.  Like the BERNINA panel, it has the markings you need for rulerwork printed on the fabric, but it is very different from the BERNINA panel because Westalee rulers are very different in shape.

Leonie West of Australia is the wonderfully creative designer of Westalee rulers.  There are hundreds to choose from and we just chose a small sampling to showcase in the panel.

We made up two different designs for the panel.  Each uses 4 rulers.  The first design is called “Beautiful Borders” and it features some versatile border designs, a fun rotational design, and one of the new Flying Bell Curve rulers.  The Westalee part number for this set is  #WT-MDBBSET.

The second set is called “Feather Focus” and I bet you can guess what emphasizes!  There is a feather template and a feather wreath template in this set, as well as a Between the Line pebble ruler and the 6” arc tool (which are some of my personal favorites!)  The Westalee part number for this set is  #WT-MDFFSET.  A 6-point crosshair square is also highly recommended for the feathers design, although it isn’t completely necessary as you can can also use the 30 degree markings on one of your cutting rulers as a substitute.

I wrote a guidebook for how to use the ruler sets on the panel.  Directions for both designs are included in the guidebook.  So you can get two panels and try both designs or just stick with one.

So, how do you get these designs?  I’m a huge supporter of local shops so I’ve love it if you would ask your local shop to order the guidebook, rulers, and ruler panel.  I do also stock the guidebook on my website for those of you who don’t have a local shop, although I don’t have the space to stock rulers and panels.  I am hoping some shops that stock these will post in my Facebook group.  (I also post my teaching engagements in my Facebook Group if there are openings prior to the dates.)

I also have an Aurifil thread collection that coordinates both with this panel and with my Meadowsweet pattern, but it is temporarily out of stock.  I’ll let you know when it is back in.

“Meadowsweet”

So, that is the new Meadow Dance ruler panel.  I hope you like it!  I love teaching rulerwork and it is always fun to have a tool to make it easy and fun!

Happy Labor Day and happy quilting!

Amanda

 

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Quilting Tips and Aurifil 2017 Block-of-the-Month Month 1

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Hi guys!  I hope you are having a wonderful start to your new year! Just three quick notes about new things that are happening at Amanda Murphy Design…

1) Today I’m over on Aurifil’s blog talking about how I quilt with their threads so be sure to check out my post for quilting tips and tricks!  I’m a huge fan of Aurifil threads and recently designed a whitework quilt featuring 28 spools of thread in Art and Stitch by modifying some of the motifs in my Sewing Room Quilting Collection, which is digitized for longarms but also for home embroidery machines.  (More on that soon…) I stitched it out on the BERNINA Q24 longarm using Q-Matic automation.  You can see pictures below…

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Wholecloth quilt digitized in Art and Stitch using motifs from my Sewing Room Quilting Collection and quilted on the BERNINA Q24 using Q-Matic automation.

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My Aurifil Piecing and Quilting Collection and Applique Collection.

2) Second… have you joined my Facebook group yet?  To be among the first to see my video quilting tutorials when I film them, please join us!

3) The Aurifil Block-of-the-Month is starting up!  (I’m Month 12 and my color is aqua so you can imagine how excited I am!)  To get directions to make the first month’s block, designed by Janet Clare, click here.   I made my own version in my Nordic Holiday collection for Contempo/Benartex (shipping this April), which you can see below.  I did a post for Aurifil awhile back talking about how I appliqué with their thread that you can reference here.  Many of you know that I like to use their heavyweight threads for appliqué, but for this month’s block I appliqués in 50 wt. thread in colors 2021 and 2065 because of the delicacy of the motif.  You can enter to win a 12 spool box of Aurifil thread each month simply by making the block and posting it at Pat Sloan’s website.

My Aurifil 2017 Block-of-the-Month Month 1 block, featuring prints from Nordic Holiday.
My Aurifil 2017 Block-of-the-Month Month 1 block, featuring prints from Nordic Holiday. I did all the embroidery using the triple-stitch on my BERNINA 780.

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Happy quilting!

Amanda

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