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!


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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.








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.)





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





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.



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!



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!


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Feathers & Flourishes patterns are in – plus a giveaway!

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Note: The winner of this giveaway is Mary, who loves nature-inspired collections with dark colors mixed in.  Congratulations Mary and thanks for commenting everyone!  I am underwater with prep for BERNINA University right now so haven’t gotten to respond to all of your comments but I did read them.  Thanks for the GREAT ideas!  – Amanda

Hi everyone!

My 4 new Feathers & Flourishes patterns will all be in by the end of the week!   I’m so excited I thought we’d do a giveaway for a full set of patterns!  (All were pieced on the BERNINA 780 and quilted on the BERNINA Q 24.)

Here’s the rundown…

Plume cover
Plume! A 10”-square-friendly design that can look wild different by switching out just the border and background prints.


Posies… a fat-quarter-friendly quilt on a dramatic blue background. This is a 1-block quilt with strip-pieced sashing.


“Starstruck” – a 2-1/2”-strip-friendly design. (And my personal favorite this time.)



Last, but certainly not least, Flourishes, a fusible appliqué design with an SVG file option.

If you like the patterns and fabric, if you would ask your local shop to order them I’d really appreciate it.  They listen to you guys!

For those of you who don’t have a local shop, the patterns will be up in my shop, but will not ship until early next week ’cause I need folding time!  Also, you’ll notice my shop is in a  bit of a transition and some of my patterns and books are shown.  I’m rebuilding it so that I have the ability offer PDFs so international customers and I’ll be adding items back over the next few weeks.

Ready for a chance to win a full set of patterns?  If so, tell me what type of style or theme you’d like to see in my next collection by commenting at the bottom of this post.  (If you buy a set of patterns before you win, you can opt for other patterns in my line instead so no worries.)  You may have to click on the title of the post to see the comment area at the bottom. Limit one entry per person please and make sure to leave a way for me to contact me if you win if your email settings are private.  The deadline to enter will be two weeks from now so end of day on June 30th.  Also, if I don’t respond to all comments like I normally try to do, I apologize.  I have new projects and fabric due for BERNINA University in July so things are crazy around here!

For another chance to win, head over to Brewer’s blog and follow the instructions to enter!  Good luck!

Have a lovely weekend and happy quilting!




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