Free Figure Skater Pillow pattern and a Cricut Maker demonstration!

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Hi everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely time getting ready for the holidays.  I’ve been working on a few special projects and I’m just loving one in particular – my Figure Skater Pillow.

I love it so much I thought I’d share it with you so that you could make it for a special person in your life.  (Quilting tutorial link below too!)  You can download the directions for the pillow here.

I used the Cricut Maker to cut out this pillow and learned so much!  Of course, you can also make it by tracing the templates directly onto paper-backed fusible web, but I thought it would be great to share what I learned about the Cricut Maker with you in this video.  It is my favorite fabric cutter BY FAR now because you don’t have to starch or stabilize the fabric with anything when cutting.  Which means I can use  SoftFuse without starch – yay!  Its teeny-tiny rotary cutter can even cut something as thin as gauze!  Amazing, huh?

Once I had all the shapes cut out I fused them down and secured them with a blanket stitch on my BERNINA 780 using Aurifil cotton.

I also filmed a tutorial about how to quilt a wintry background using my Blizzard print from my Winter Games collection from Benartex on my BERNINA Q24 that you can view here.

This was a special request that was made in my Facebook Group, “Quilting with Amanda Murphy” – thanks for the idea, guys!

The Figure Skater Pillow is based off of just one block from my Winter Sports quilt.  If you are interested in getting the patterns to make other skaters, or skiers and snowboarders, you can order it (and the SVG files) here.

Also, I filmed a video of how I made a card to go with the presents.  I’m not a paper crafter and was amazed how easy it was!

I hope you enjoy the pattern and these videos and have enjoy the holidays!

Happy 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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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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