Free BERNINA Rulerwork Zippered Bag pattern and a sneak peek of Folk Art Fantasy!

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Hi guys! A few things:

  1. I wanted to let you know that recently I designed a free pattern for BERNINA for a Zippered Rulerwork Bag at is now live, so hop on over to BERNINA and get the PDF directions and see the videos!
  2. Also, below is a sneak peek of my new collection debuting for Spring Market, Folk Art Fantasy for Contempo Studios of Benartex.  Yes, it coordinates with Sewing Room and I hope you love it!  I am having so much fun sewing patterns with these fabrics right now – I can’t wait to show you!  For a sneak peek of my FAVORITE print in the entire collection please join my Facebook Group!

  3. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a five day class again at Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar, CA in 2018 and I can’t wait!  This is a beautiful retreat that is really unique – 5 days of intense study in small groups – amazing!  I’ve designed a new modern sampler especially for this event incorporating a bunch of different techniques.  More information can be found on the Empty Spools website so, if you are free March 18th-23rd of 2018, please join us!

    Fireworks Sampler, to be taught at Empty Spools, Asilomar, CA, March 18-23, 2018

  4. While at QuiltCon I had a chance to sit down with Stephanie of Sit & Sew Radio, so if you are interested, hop on over to her site to listen!
  5. Finally, Nordic Holiday fabric and patterns are now shipping to shops!  If you don’t have a local shop, you can find the patterns here.

I hope you have a lovely weekend – 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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Fall Quilt Market 2016

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Hi guys!  I’m sorry to say this is a quick recap of a post I wrote a couple of weeks ago.  We had some major tech issues here and had to do a blog restore and I lost all the data for the past couple months.  Tears.  Just trying to recap here so you don’t miss anything!  

Well, Fall Quilt Quilt Market came and went in a blink of an eye once again and I’m just now getting to sharing my new things on the blog.  So without further ado here is Nordic Holiday, my new line for Benartex…

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Some “Nordic Holiday” prints

 

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And more Nordic Holiday prints…

Our Contempo booth won second place!  You can see it below. Cherry Guidry’s Mulberry Lane is on the left of the tree and my Nordic Holiday line is on the right.)

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The Contempo booth at Quilt Market

And here are close-ups of the prints in the collection – my favorite thing about them is that they are more of winter focus, so can be kept out all winter long.  I’m so excited to see what you guys sew with them!  (And please don’t forget to tag me on so that I can see them @amandamurphydesign on Instagram!)

The quilt that inspired the collection was my Nordic Row Sampler.  The Nordic Row Sampler is shown hanging is in red and aqua. There is a red and green version too. This quilt pieced entirely from strip sets! 

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“Nordic Row Sampler”

I wanted my other large quilt to be quite different.  Here is a softer Starry Night Starry Night in blues and greens. Matching runner and placemat directions are included in the pattern.  

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“Starry Night”

Next up is Northern Lights… a set of minis similar to my pattern that can also be finished as pillows.

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“Northern Lights”

And Starstruck is back, making an encore appearance because the graphic stars make this 2-1/2” strip quilt just perfect for this collection.

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“Starstruck”, surrounded by pillows made from Nordic Row Sampler blocks.

We made Christmas ornaments in our hotel room the night before.  These were super easy!   Just take an embroidery hoop and remove the screw, spray the outer hoop white, put the screw back in and insert batting and fabric.  Then trim the fabric flush with the back of the hoop.

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Patterns will come as soon as yardage is here so everything can be proofed.  Northern Lights and Starstruck are already at the printer and the larger project directions will ship in first quarter of next year.  The Nordic Holiday fabric line ships in April and the embroidery collection is already here and can be ordered at your local shop.  

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Some Nordic Holiday embroidery designs, available from OESD.

 

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More Nordic Holiday embroidery designs, available from OESD.

If you love the line please ask them to order it from Contempo, by Benartex.  Thanks, guys!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

 

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