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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Feathers & Flourishes Complimentary patterns

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Hi everyone,

Well the word is that Feathers & Flourishes is starting to ship to shops – YAY!  So excited to see what you make with this line!

The free patterns that go with this collection are now available for download.  The first is called Cinema and is a 2-1/2”-strip-friendly bargello quilt reminiscent of 1920s design.

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I have to brag for a minute – my daughter quilted most of this one using rulers on the BERNINA Q24!  Proud mom!

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The second pattern is called Evolutions and is a re-release of a pattern formerly in my line that was just perfect for this collection.  (The blue version is in a box on its way to BERNINA University and I forgot to snap a picture of it so I’ll have to show you that one later.  Special thanks to Jo Anne and Traci for helping with these!)

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You can get this and all of my free patterns on my download page.  This includes the free pattern for the Feathers and Flourishes Embroidered Runner, which utilizes the OESD embroidery collection but also would work well by simply fussy-cutting centers from the medallion print from this collection.

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“Feathers & Fourishes” embroidered runner

You can get the other patterns that go with this collection in my shop or, better yet, please consider asking your local quilt shop to order them.  The local shops are the lifeblood of this industry and we want them to do well!

If you make something and have an instagram account please post to Instagram with the #amandamurphydesign and @amandamurphydesign labels – my user name is AMANDAMURPHYDESIGN.

Have a lovely weekend with lots of sewing!

Amanda

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Introducing Sparkle!

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Note:  This giveaway is now closed. The lucky winners (by random number) are Ruth B who liked the red/blue/green snowflakes on white and Alicia Key, who like the stripes!  Congratulations, ladies!  Please send me your emails.  For more a chance to win The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, follow along with the blog hop November 2nd – 12th!

Hi everyone!

I just returned from a very wet Market (record rains in Houston) where I shared the Contempo portion of the Benartex booth with my good friend Cherry Guidry.  

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Contempo Fall Market Booth 2015 – Cherry’s designs are on the left, mine are on the right around the tree. Sarah Vedeler’s fabric is in the front on the left and Michele D’Amore’s is on the right.

Despite the weather, we had a lovely time and really enjoyed catching up with all the creative people at Market.  This Market was pretty exciting for me because I had three new books debuting with C&T Publishing, as well as the BERNINA panel, new patterns and embroidery collections, and a fabric line with Benartex!

Today I wanted to introduce, Sparkle, my newest line for Benartex.  It is called Sparkle and is a crisp and bright holiday line.

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The original prints that inspired the Sparkle collection – the light tossed snowflakes and the wreaths. I think the red wreath might be my favorite print in the collection right now – but I like the softness of the blue wreath too!
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These ornament prints were developed later on in the process, but they also function as feature prints. And I found while sewing it was quite nice to have the darker shade of blue with which to work.
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These are the supporting prints that gave “Sparkle” its name. They are fun to play with, vivid, and make FANTASTIC binding!
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… and here are the coordinates. They are great for appliqué or to contrast with the feature prints. Note there are three swirly leaf prints and three petal prints – the third being barely visible as the white background white light blue line work. I always think it is so useful to have low volume prints.
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And last but not least a fun stripe print. It makes a great binding too!

There are four new patterns for the Sparkle collection and they should be available in about three weeks.  I’ll talk more about them then, but here is a sneak peek…

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There is also a panel print for the Sparkle collection.  (I designed two complimentary patterns to work with this panel, but I’ll save them to show another day.)

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OESD has already digitized embroidery for Sparkle.  It is available now so you can ask your local shop to order it.  Writing a complimentary pattern to make these gift bags is on my to-do list this weekend.

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Sparkle gift bags
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More Sparkle Embroidery
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Sparkle “redwork”

I’ve already talked about the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book and Quilted Celebrations, but my coloring book for C&T, Modern Elegance, arrived on my doorstep while I was at Market, so all three books are now in my shop.

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Is anyone (but my mom) still with me?  If you are it is time for the giveaway!  Benartex gave me a stack of 10” squares and a stack of 5” squares to give to you guys and I’m throwing in Modern Elegance too.  We’ll have two winners – one wins the 10” squares and one the 5” and both win coloring books.  To enter leave a comment telling me what Sparkle print you like best and please leave your contact info.  One entry per person please.  The deadline will be this Monday, which is actually the kickoff for my Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book blog hop over at C&T.  (There will be giveaways of that book on different blogs for two weeks.)

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I really hope you like Sparkle!  Have a lovely weekend!

Amanda

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