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!


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December 2017 Aurifil Block-of-the-Month Block

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Hi everyone!

I’m excited to be participating in Aurifil’s Block-of-the-Month this year.  This year’s theme was the rainbow and I was thrilled to get AQUA!!!  Do you think I design enough prints with aqua?  I’m not sure…

Some aqua SKUs from my most recent collection for Contempo of Benartex – “Winter Games”


More aqua in my “Winter Sports” quilt.


And more aqua in “Fa La La Latte”, which is a pattern for placemats and a runner or bed pillow.

I love using feature prints in my work so I decided to make a block that would allow you to really make use of them!  I called the block “Tightrope”, because it looked like all the elements were trapeze artists balancing on a rope!

First, I made a block in mostly aqua.


But then I made two more with aqua as the focal point.

Want to sew along?  You can get the pattern delivered to your inbox by clicking here.

You can find the patterns for prior blocks by visiting Aurifil’s blog.

If you make this block, don’t forget to post to a photo here because they are giving away a large 12 spools thread collection of Pat Sloan’s to a lucky winner who has sewn the block!

I sewed along this year at a inconsistent pace.  Some months I had no blocks, other months I had multiple blocks, but such is life… For my version of the quilt, I pulled from all of my collections this year to make the quilt: Folk Art Fantasy, Meadow Dance, and Winter Games.  I chose the grey ring fabric from Winter Games for sashing and I just loved how it turned out.

Aurifil 2017 Block-of-the-Month by Amanda Murphy

Thanks to Aurifil for including me in their 2017 Block-of-the-Month! I really enjoyed it.

I hope that you enjoy the block pattern.  I’ll be back with another special free pattern for my followers before the holidays – so be watching your email!

Happy quilting!



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Introducing Winter Games (and a blog hop with giveaways)!

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Hi everyone!

Some of you are just too quick and have noticed my new line – Winter Games – popping up in stores or have written me to ask where you can find it.  I’ve been so wrapped up in promoting Meadow Dance (which, incidentally, is pretty much all sold out but is being reprinted and should be back shipping next month) that I haven’t had time to introduce Winter Games properly so I thought I’d do so today.

Since the Winter Olympics are in February of 2018 I decided this fall would be the perfect time to launch a winter sports line!  Then we can have lots of fun sewing prior to and during the Olympics!   Are you with me?  Benartex has some fun fabric giveaways lined this week on their Winter Games blog hop, so make sure to check it out each day!

The feature print Winter Games showcases winter athletes.  From skaters to skiers, we’ve got you covered.  (For those who ask, no I can’t do any of these sports.  I can’t even do them badly on a good day.  I can, however, draw others doing these sports, so I guess that is something…)

I added some snowflakes into the mix.  I love how the traditional snowflake motifs contrast with the modern athletes!

Athletes need equipment, right?  These skis, skates, and boots are laced with silver metallic.  Just a touch…

All that activity probably makes the athletes tired.  They need sustenance.  Hot chocolate and lattes will do in a pinch.

Do you like the text print?  I hope so! It is my favorite today.

After drinking hot chocolate, those coordinated athletes need to bundle up and go outside to continue their training.  (I, however, plan to watch this on TV while sewing in my cozy house this February.  How about you?)

As always, I have some blenders for you.  It is important to have blenders that are fun to quilt!

One of my favorite things about this collection are all the shades of grey – it makes for so many design possibilities.  This dark grey is all about drama.

When I designed this collection, I had my heart set on an applique project that allowed the athletes to really shine!  So my first pattern for this collection is Winter Sports!

There is a download code for SVG files included to use with fabric cutters for all of the accessories so you can dress your athletes quickly.!

Oh my gosh this pattern was fun to quilt!  On some blocks I quilted mountains, on others skating rinks…

I sewed my sample with an aqua border but I really like the grey version too!

I have three more Winter Games patterns coming for Market – I’ll be showing you a sneak peek later in the week.  (No, they aren’t sewn yet – wish me luck!)

“Skating Rink” The pattern can be downloaded from my Downloads page.

And of course I have a free pattern for you all.  This one features simple piecing on a dark grey background, with fussy-cut athletes appliquéd to the center of each block.

Don’t forget to visit Benartex’s blog hop this week for chances to win a bundle of Winter Games and for some great mug rug tutorials!

I hope you love this collection as much as I do!  If you do, please ask your local shop to order it from Contempo of Benartex.  I’d really appreciate it.  If you are a shop who has bought this collection, you are welcome to post that information in my Facebook Group.

Happy quilting!


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