Quilting BERNINA-Style: Swirl Feathers at We All Sew

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Hi everyone!
I hope you had wonderful holidays. This is just a short post today to tell you that I’m guest-posting over at We All Sew today on Friday (sorry – change of plans!) with a free step-by-step quilting tutorial there and below. Last month when I visited I could tell from comments there was a lot of interest in learning how to quilt feathers – so today I have an easy and forgiving variation of a feather for you. It is one of my favorites – a swirl feather!

This swirl feather is quilted on a red print for my Sparkle line for Benartex (shipping in March/April) in Aurifil 50 wt. thread on my lovely BERNINA Q24.

You can get step-by-step instructions for quilting a swirl feather by clicking here or on the picture below and you can see more pictures and a few videos by visiting We All Sew on Friday!

Happy quilting!


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Free-Motion Quilting Ideas: How to quilt a holly leaf!

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Hi everyone, I hope you are having a lovely holiday season.  I was playing on Q24 yesterday and stumbled on something really fun I thought I’d share with you.  Quilting free-motion holly leaves!

Holly leaves, quilted on the BERNINA Q24

Oh my gosh… it is so much fun!  And you don’t have to be an expert to do it since leaves are pretty forgiving.  (I used my Sparkle line for Benartex and Aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread.)

I made a video for you guys…

But if you are like me you like to have a visual reference close by while you are quilting, so I also made you a free handout.  To get the pdf delivered to your inbox click here or on the graphic below. (But don’t worry, if you are already on my list for updates it won’t send you a duplicate emails.)

I hope you all have lovely holidays!


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Sparkle patterns!

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Hi everyone,

If you are visiting over from BERNINA’s We All Sew blog where I’m talking about the BERNINA panel today, welcome!  (And if you just happened onto my blog make sure to check out We All Sew!)  My name is Amanda Murphy and I’m a Quilting and Longer Spokesperson for BERNINA, fabric designer for Benartex (and also OESD), and author with C&T Publishing.  My latest patterns designed for my newest collection – Sparkle – just arrived on my doorstep so I thought I’d share. (The Sparkle fabric ships in March/April from Benartex (shops can order now) but I put the pattern up now in case you were doing last minute sewing for Christmas.)

First up… “Jingle” a quick and fun stocking pattern.



Next comes “Twinkle” – a 10” square-friendly whimsical modern quilt…




The third new pattern is a fun table topper that makes a great gift called, “Petals”





Are you still with me?  The last new pattern is my personal favorite – a variation on a Dresden Plate called “Firecracker”!  (It actually isn’t quite here yet, but I’m expecting it by the end of the week, so I’m posting it with the others.)







I hope you like Jingle, Twinkle, Petals, and Firecracker!  They are now all over in my shop.  I also put together a collection so you get a discount if you are interested in all four.

Thanks for letting me share!  I’ll be back on Friday with a review of a book by my friend, Christa of Christa Quilts.  Have a great week, everyone!



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