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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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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Traditional Feathers Quilting Collection

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Hi guys!

I’ve been awash with prepping some super-exciting educational new products for you all in the wake of BERNINA University.  You’ll see a lot of new things in the next couple of months (including new fabric, a new quilt-as-you-go block of the month featuring my Meadow Dance line, and a new ruler panel – this time featuring Westalee rulers), but before we go there I wanted to introduce:

My new quilting collection digitized for longarm machines and domestic embroidery machines – the “Traditional Feathers Quilting Collection”!

This collection is drawn out in a similar manner to the way I teach free-motioning feathers, so it works beautifully both on its own in conjunction with your own free-motion designs.

I love to support local shops, so please ask them to order it if you can.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have a local shop you can find the Traditional Feathers Quilting Collection here.

Happy quilting!

Amanda

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