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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Folk Art Fantasy Blog Hop (with giveaways!) and patterns now shipping!

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Hi guys!  Well, I’m really happy to tell you that my Folk Art Fantasy patterns are finally shipping in anticipation of the fabric shipping in just a few weeks.  If interested, ask your local shop to order them or, if you don’t have a local shop, you can find them here.  I love to support local shops when possible.

Also, this week Benartex is sponsoring a blog hop with two other Amandas and an Alison.  (Happy coincidence but also a funny one!)  Be sure to check out what each of them is making with Folk Art Fantasy on their day and while you are at their sites, enter to win a fabric bundle – Benartex is giving one away each day!  The schedule is:

Tuesday: Mandy of Mandalei Quilts

Wednesday: Benartex Blog Design Team

Thursday: Alison of Little Bunny Quilts

Friday: Amanda of Material Girls Quilts

Also, if you are interested in hearing me blab on about what inspired this collection you can find that interview here.

And if you missed the patterns you can see them below.

Folklore
“Folklore” with SVG files but no Y-seams!

 

“Folk Garden” – minis with an SVG download code.

 

“Folk Art Lane” – so much fun to piece!

 

“Folk Art Flowers” – with optional digitized quilting designs from my Traditional Feathers collection – coming soon!

 

And last but not least “All-Star” – a modern one-block quilt with lots of movement.

 

Thanks everyone!  Have a wonderful week with lots of 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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