I’ve had a lot of emails about where people can locate my new line, First Frost, in this chaotic world. While I do have a limited supply kits for both the light and dark versions of Woodland Sampler, I don’t have yardage and leave that to the shops. I asked Benartex to send me a list of shops that ordered First Frost directly this month. Keep in mind it isn’t a complete list as I do not have access to distributor information which means that I don’t have access to the names of shops who might have ordered the collection from U.S. distributors or any international orders, but at least this is a place to start:
Arizona The French Seam
The Presser Foot
Once Upon A Quilt
Peace & Applique Quilt Shop
Calico Point Goshen IN
Le’ Za Me, LLC Kenner LA
Material Girls La Plata MD
Quilting & Crafts by Mercer
Annika’s Arts Missoula MT
Prairie Pines Quilt Shop
Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Ctr Albuquerque NM
Sew Much Fun!, Lowell
Accent Sewing, Inc. Murrells Inlet SC
All Around the Block Quilt Shop
Nuttall’s (Murray location)
Blue Line Quilts
If you are a shop, or you know of a shop, that is stocking this line, please let me know so I can add that information.
The new patterns that were designed for First Frost are:
Are you excited for some summer sewing? It has been SOOOO hard to keep secrets these last few months so thank goodness I can finally show what I have been working on. My newest fabric lines for Benartex and Contempo or Benartex were just featured at BERNINA University a week ago and I’m so excited to show you!
If you’d rather watch a video showing all the patterns and fabrics you can find one here:
Pictures speak louder than words so let’s get started! The new line inspired by the features of my favorite BERNINA machines is called “Celestial Lights”. It will start shipping in July and is beautifully printed by Benartex with details delineated in pearl inks.
There are a variety of shot-cotton prints perfect for embroidered embellishment, including a pearl-on-white not pictured here.
The first Celestial Lights pattern is called Stardust. It features twelve star embroideries – each with a different blackwork pattern – from the coordinating BERNINA-Exclusive Celestial Lights Collection.The Embroidery Collection also features the quilting files for this quilt digitized for both longarms and domestic embroidery machines.There are directions for both a blue and ared color story.We’ll be giving tips and tricks for sewing this over on BERNINA’s blog this fall!
Again with red and blue options, is my new piecing pattern – Constellations!It uses a half yard of twelve fabrics.Lots of pieces but I REALLY love this one!
And super-fun to piece is Hometown, in a combination of red and blue!
Next up is Floret, a fun appliqué pattern that includes a download code for SVG files.There is going to be an Aurifil thread box for this one, so you’ll have an easy way to locate the 28 wt. thread I like to use for the blanket stitch and the 12 wt. thread I like to use for the triple-stitched vines.Also a July ship date.
The fabric collection features five different panels: two ruler panels, two quilting panels, and one embroidery panel.
The Celestial Lights Embroidery Panel Project Guide shows you how to make that panel into a pillow, table runner, wall hanging, and quilt!
The Celestial Lights Ruler Panel Guide in conjunction with the ruler panels show you how to use my new Good Measure Every Oval Ruler set in a myriad of different ways. You’ll love this set I promise and guess what?Hot on its heels will come another new ruler set – RIBBON CANDY!
Next up are my Market lines. With all the BERNINA University prep I never wrote a blog post for them so I apologize for this being a bit late.The patterns for the patterns below one will be ready in a few weeks.
Silver Jubilee is an elegant sophisticated line in silvers and charcoals, accented with a rich plum.
Because of the traditional nature of the paisley feature print, with patterns I went more modern in feel.Here is my favorite… Amethyst Jubilee!(And yes, it is paper-pieced but with just one block and its mirror image.)
Following on its heels in the modern category is Linked.It is fat-quarter friendly so is super easy to kit!
Then we have Mirror, Mirror.My goal here was to develop a 10’’ square-friendly pattern that was dynamic and different.
Since Silver Jubilee was modeled after the original gold Jubilee line, I had time to draw another collection.This one is close to my heart as it arrived in my head pretty much fully formed and that hardly ever happens.I just love the rich tones in this collection and the birds… even though I’m scared of birds in real life.Nightingale is very subtly detailed in just a little bit of pearl.
For patterns we have a large-block quilt called Salt Water Taffy…
And Sunrise, which is such fun to quilt with a straight line ruler and simple loops. (I have a video of the quilting somewhere that I’ll have to dig up to show.)You can use quarter yard cuts or fat quarters for this one.
And then we have my favorite to make because each block was such fun – Night Garden!This is fat-quarter friendly too.
All patterns include SKU information and will ship in late July; I’ll let you know as soon as they are available.In the meantime if you love any or all of these lines please ask your local shop to order them through Benartex! Thanks so much and happy quilting!
I’m back home after Quilt Market and Festival and, in addition to drawing fabric for next year, the holiday season is in full swing! How did that happen? I swear only two weeks ago it was July… Does anyone else feel this way?
I thought that, given the time of year, it would be a great time to give you a sneak peek of what is coming NEXT year – my Thankful line for Contempo of Benartex. A modern autumn-themed line to fill what I think is a hole in the industry. Are you with me? If you love it please do me a huge favor and ask your local shop to place an order… I really want to prove that there is a market for traditionally themed prints but with a modern edge!
There are always so many traditional autumn-themed prints but very little in the more modern direction, so I made a case to Benartex that there was a market for a fall-themed line that coordinated effortlessly with one’s home. I am so excited about this line and can’t wait to see what you all make!
There are 18 SKUs in this collection, plus a panel with infinite project possibilities!
I used my favorite print print from the collection on the back of this pillow…
Only a quilter would show the back first, right? So now for the front… This new pattern is called, “Plenty”.
Plenty is super easy as perfect placement is not required, and it can be finished into a pillow, table runner, or bed runner! And it will come with a download code for SVG files for those of you out there who have digital fabric cutters.
The runner graces the cover of the pattern.
But, if you are more of a piecer, you might really enjoy my new Autumn Leaves pattern. I’m excited about this one. It is quick and super fun to piece. There is a light version too that I’ll show you when the pattern ships.
Did I mention it is fat-quarter friendly?
Look at these lovely casserole carriers that By Annie made for me featuring the Thankful fabric… I love them! (For those of you who haven’t tried Annie’s patterns, they are SO great. Even a bag-novice like me can figure them out!)
The Plenty and Autumn Leaves patterns will come out late this year and the fabric will ship in March/April, so there is plenty of time to do projects for next year’s holidays! If you want to be the very first to hear when the patterns ship, please join my Facebook Group, Quilting with Amanda Murphy.
Speaking of shipping, some of you have written to me about my Brewer Rulers. They are expecting that shipment over at Brewer literally any day now. It took a little longer than expected to get the packaging but as soon as the warehouse receives it I’ll post in my Facebook Group so dealers are aware and place orders. (BU orders will automatically ship.)
Oh – and one more thing. Benartex is kitting the quilts from my Diamond, Ruby, And Platinum Jubilee patterns, so if you are interested you can ask your local shop to order even if they don’t carry yardage!
So thanks for letting me share Thankful. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support that keeps me and others like me designing for this industry. Have a lovely Thanksgiving and happy quilting!
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