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.

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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.

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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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Sewing Room!

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Hi everyone,

It has been a busy couple of months here and I can finally talk about all the secrets I’ve been keeping all this time.  At BERNINA University this past week I debuted a brand new collection for Benartex Sewing Room! This one is close to my heart as a BERNINA Spokesperson because it has my very favorite sewing machines!

Although the collection is available to quilt shops everywhere, the SKUs with the BERNINA logo are only available to BERNINA dealers.  If you like the collection please ask your quilt shop to give Benartex a call.

Patterns are just starting to ship this week to distributorsand are also on my website.  Of course, if you can order from your local shop please do so – shops are the heart of our industry and we want them to stay in business!

First up is a new pieced block-of-the-month pattern called Sewing Room Sampler.  It is my favorite pattern ever I think because it was such fun to sew and to quilt.  (I quilted it on my BERNINA Q 24 and I’ll be talking about how I did so in my Facebook group later in the year.)  It is a larger pattern than my usual patterns – 16 pages full-color.  Shop owners can find the shop guide for this sampler here.

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Next up is “S is for Sew”.  It is a fun project that incorporates appliqué and basic piecing.  It comes with a download code with embroidery files for “in-the-hoop appliqué”, cutwork files and SVG files if you’d like to digitally cut your fabric so it is something new for me.  I also have a new Aurifil thread collection that I’m really excited about that allows you to try appliqué with the 28 wt. thread I love for a reasonable price.  (More on that at the bottom of this post.)

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The third pattern is called “Sewing Garden”.  It is a simple pieced design made from two stacks of 10” squares.

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I also have two Aurifil thread collections which I’m really excited about, both of which coordinate with not only Sewing Room, but with all of my collections so far.  The first is great for piecing and quilting – it contains 11 large spools of 50 wt.

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The smaller thread collection is perfect for appliqué!  I love to use thicker thread for my appliqué, so it contains 8 spools of 28 wt. in a range of colors for blanket and specialty stitches and two spools of 12 wt. to use for the triple stitch and/or to mimic (or actually do if you are brave!) hand embroidery.  Aurifil is having a giveaway over on their blog for this one so check it out!

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Next month I’ll be coming out a coordinating Sewing Room Quilting Collection as well for long arms and embroidery machines, similar to my Feathers & Flourishes Quilting Collection, which just started shipping as well.

There is also a coordinating embroidery collection available from OESD.  I’ll post pictures of that soon!

I hope you are enjoying your summers – happy quilting!

Amanda

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Quilting BERNINA-Style: Free-Motion Panel

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Some of you might have caught a glimpse of this on my BERNINA Q 24 Frame just days before BU.

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Well, I was sworn to secrecy at the time but now I can tell you!  This is the new Quilting BERNINA-Style Free-Motion Panel that I designed to help people become comfortable with free-motion quilting and it will be arriving exclusively at U.S. BERNINA dealers in October!  (I’m not sure about availability for international customers at the time I’m writing this, but I’ll let you guys know if I hear anything, ok?)  Whether you quilt on a long arm or domestic, I hope you really enjoy it.

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I this many of my favorite allover quilting patterns – some of which can be found in my Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.  The coordinating app that is coming soon shows many of these patterns being quilted on a BERNINA.

After you get practice with many of the designs in the outer blocks, you can work on combining them in the central panels.

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The panel measures 36” x 54”, so is easy to maneuver both on a long arm and a domestic.  There is a smaller panel that will follow, perfect for making bags, pillows, and placemats.  I can’t wait to see what you all make with these!

Also, for those of you who have written me, sign versions of The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book are now available in my shop.  Directions for the coordinating sampler will be available as a download from C&T soon, and the app version with video of a lot of these designs being quilted on a BERNINA Q 24 will follow.

Hope you are having a great summer and happy quilting!

Amanda

 

 

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