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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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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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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