“Thankful” fabric and patterns are now shipping! (Info on where to find them and a giveaway!)

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NOTE: The winner of this giveaway (chosen by random number) is Brenda Ackerman.  Congratulations, Brenda! Please send me your snail mail address. 

We’ll have a giveaway for Christmas Magic soon!

Hi everyone!

I have some exciting news to share! My Thankful patterns and fabrics from Contempo of Benartex are both now shipping!  Perhaps you remember seeing sneak peeks of this line from Fall Quilt Market?

The “Thankful” portion of my Quilt Market booth.

 

Some prints from “Thankful”

 

The panel that goes with “Thankful”. This is one of my favorite panels I’ve designed.

There are two patterns that I designed specifically for this line.  The first is a pieced pattern called “Autumn Leaves” – it is quick and really fun to piece.

The second is called “Plenty” and includes instructions to make a pillow, a bed runner, and a table runner.  It includes a download for SVG files of course.

 

You can order these patterns from your local shop or, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a local shop, from my website.

There is also a free pattern for a lap quilt and pillow using the Thankful panel on the downloads page of my website.

I don’t stock fabric, but I asked Benartex to put together a list of shops that ordered the fabrics.  (This is not a complete list, as if shops buy from distributors I don’t have that information.  If you are one of those shops or you just have Thankful and are not listed for any reason I am happy to add you to this list if you contact me!)

ARIZONA
BERNINA Connection
The French Seam

COLORADO
eQuilter.com

FLORIDA
Once Upon A Quilt
The Sewing Garret

GEORGIA
Fabric.com
Augusta & Atlanta Sewing Centers

INDIANA
Rossville Quilts

LOUISIANA
Allbrands.com

MICHIGAN
Kean’s Store Company

MONTANA
Back Porch Quilts
Bernina Sewing & Fabric Center

NEW MEXICO
Gathering Stitches

NORTH CAROLINA
Sew Much Fun!

NORTH DAKOTA
Bismarck Sewing & Quilting

PENNSYLVANIA
Pine Tree Quilt Shop

SOUTH CAROLINA
Bernina Sewing Center

TENNESSEE
Stitcher’s Playhouse

TEXAS
Cupcake Quilts
Quilt Country
Stitchin’ Heaven

Ok – now for a giveaway!  I have a bundle of Thankful fat quarters to give away., courtesy of Benartex! To enter comment below telling what you’d make with them.  One entry per person and the winner will be chosen by random number generator.  The deadline is end of day Saturday March 30th.  (International entries are welcome if you are willing to pay the difference in shipping.)

Happy spring and happy quilting!

Amanda

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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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Sewing Room Sampler Accessory Finishing Instructions

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Hi everyone!

Well, I finally finished the alternate finishing instructions if you are interested in finishing the Sewing Room Sampler blocks (featuring my Sewing Room line for Benartex/Contempo) as accessories and they can be delivered to your inbox by clicking the links on my downloads page.  The finishing instructions are free but to make the blocks you’ll need to purchase the sampler instructions at your local shop or here.

So without further ado, these are the accessories…

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Month 6: Sewing Machine Cover

 

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Month 5: Hanging Organizer

 

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Month 4: Cutting Mat Carrier

 

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Month 4: Cutting Mat Carrier (interior)
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Month 3: Ironing Board Cover

 

Month 2: Thread Bin
Month 2: Thread Bin

 

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Month 1: Button Pillow

Have a lovely week and happy quilting!

Amanda

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