Christmas Magic Countdown Sew-Along (and shops where you can purchase Christmas Magic!)

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Hi everyone,

Gosh, I meant to get this off before Market (more on that later) but time got away from me, and now that I’m back things are gearing up for BERNINA’s dealer event, BERNINA University, so I wanted to take a moment to let you know that my Christmas Magic line is now shipping to shops! 

There are three patterns for this line, Christmas Magic Sampler, Christmas Magic Tree Skirt, and Gingerbread Star.  Oh and there is also a free pattern you can get over on my Downloads page.  If you love this line and/or the patterns, please ask your local shop to order them!  I like to support the local shops if possible always.  This type of request really helps the industry stay healthy and thus also helps independent designers stay doing what we love, and we so so appreciate it!  (If you aren’t lucky enough to have a local shop I do have printed and PDF patterns in my shop, but I don’t stock fabric so see more info below.)

“Christmas Magic Sampler”


“Christmas Magic Tree Skirt”


“Gingerbread Star”

Also, I wanted to let you know that I’ve had so many requests for some type of sew-along for Christmas Magic Sampler I’ve decided host one over in my Facebook Group, Quilting with Amanda Murphy.  Each month we’ll be working on a block (or two or three) from now through October.  That leaves some time for quilting before the holidays.  And each month I’ll be sponsoring prizes (maybe even some advance fabric!) to one lucky winner who posts a picture of their block.  I’ll be putting up alternate finishing instructions to make placemats, pillows, etc. with the blocks of the sampler on my Downloads page.  You can do all the blocks or just participate in a few of the months – it is up to you.  So if you are looking for some extra motivation (I know I could use some!) to get those holiday items done, please join us! 

We’ll start on June 1st over in the Facebook Group and the deadline to post pictures will be the end of each month.  Oh – and you don’t have to use my fabric to participate or even be eligible for prizes, but for those who would like to….

These are the shops that I know of that are stocking Christmas Magic or are going to have it soon who bought it directly from Benartex.  I don’t have access to distributor records, which include international orders, so it isn’t a complete list, but this will get you started.  If you are a shop that bought the line that isn’t listed here, PLEASE contact me and I’ll add you to the list.  And if you are an international shop that has it, definitely contact me, because I have no way of getting that information otherwise.

Some Quilt Shops stocking Christmas Magic

3 Hens+A Chick Quilt Shop, LLC
Patches & Stitches

The French Seam

A Quilter’s Oasis
The Bernina Connection


Once Upon A Quilt


Variety Distributors, Inc.


B & J Enterprises
Blue Willow Mercantile
Itch’n to be Stitch’n, LLC
Linda Z’s Sewing Center
The Fabric Cobbler

Calico Point
Rossville Quilts

Beehive Qult Shop
Lil Red Hen Quilt Shop, LLC
No Place Like Home

Shreveport Sewing Partners

Crazy Moose Fabrics

Abbi May’s
Ann Arbor Sewing Center
Attic Window Quilt Shop
Cousin’s Quilt Shop Bernina
The Front Porch Quilt Shop


Quilter’s Haven

All About Quilting
Finally Finished Quilts
Homestead Hearth, LLC
Midwest Textiles & Supplies
Nustyle Quilt Shop
Quilting Farmstead
Susie-Q Quilting
The Golden Needle
The Hickory Stick Quilt Shop

Four Winds Quilting
Main Street Quilting Company


Asheville Cotton Co.
Find X Designs
Loving Stitches
Sew Much Fun!
We’re Sew Creative

Bismarck Sewing & Quilting
Designer Fabrics

Country Traditions

Carolina Quilt
Pennington Quilt Works

Gathering Stitches

Grandmother’s Thimble
Pucky Huddle Delight

Creative Fires
Sew Creative Cottage

Quilting Post

Bernina Sewing Center
Fashion Fabrics of Mount Pleasant
We’re In Stitches

Quilter’s Corner
The Pin Cushion

Bernina In Stitches
Quilt Connection
Sew Many Ideas

A Quilter’s Folly
Austin Sew & Vac
Buttons & Bows
Cactus Queen Quilt Company
Cupcake Quilts
In Stitches
Quilt Country
Suddenly Sewing
Watt A Find

Threads Run ThruIt

Julie’s Sewing Center
Sew Much More
Sew Smart


Hope this helps as you search out fabric!  I’ll be back to show you new Market items, but in the meantime, happy quilting!


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Christmas Magic and Thankful patterns are now shipping!

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Hi everyone!

I’m excited to announce that my Thankful and Christmas Magic patterns are now shipping!  (The fabrics ship in March and April respectively, so if you are interested please ask your local shop to place an order with Contempo of Benartex now…  If you are lucky enough to have a local shop I’m sure they’d love it if you buy patterns from them too and of course I always support shopping locally when it is feasible.  I don’t stock fabrics because I don’t have room or time but also because I want to be supportive of the shops!)  Without further ado, here are the new patterns:

“Christmas Magic Sampler” featuring Christmas Magic fabric of course! This is my personal favorite piece to sew since Sewing Room Sampler!  PRINTED PATTERN ONLY due to its size, but international shipping on patterns is pretty reasonable.


“Gingerbread Star” featuring Christmas Magic fabric – a fun little applique table topper and a great gift!  Comes with SVG files.  Printed pattern or PDF.


“Christmas Magic Tree Skirt” featuring Christmas Magic fabric – this one can be made from yardage or a 2-1/2” strip roll-up for extra scrappiness (if that is a word?). Printed pattern or PDF.


“Autumn Leaves” featuring Thankful fabric – a simple pieced design. This one really shows off the warm colors of the collection.  Printed pattern or PDF.


“Plenty” – another fun applique pattern. Super forgiving. It of course features Thankful. It can be finished into a pillow, table runner, or bed runner. Comes with SVG files.  Printed pattern or PDF.


And last but not least a pattern that I designed especially for the green color range of Jubilee Holiday.  (That line is shipping this month.)

“Lucky!” Printed pattern or PDF.


I hope you love them and I wish you a very happy New Year!


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“Inspired Free-Motion Quilting” Blog Hop

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Note: The winner of this giveaway by random number is Judy Vaughn.  Thanks to everyone who entered!  We’ll have more giveaways in the next couple of months.


Hi everyone!

A couple of months ago my quilting friend Mandy Leins approached me with an offer to review her new book Inspired Free-Motion Quilting, which she wrote in collaboration with the well-known quilt collector Bill Volckening.  Well, of course I said, “YES!”  Who could resist a book with the byline, “Antique Quilts Reinterpreted for Today’s Quilter!”  Not me, certainly.

In this book Bill has chosen some antique quilts from his collection that he finds especially compelling.  This tonal one took my breath away!

Pretty spectacular, huh?

Mandy then takes the designs in those quilts and reinterprets them for the modern quilter.  But the best thing is how she breaks them down into step-by-step illustrations to walk you through the process!


Fun, right? Mixing modern with traditional designs is my favorite!  For a chance to win an electronic copy of the book, comment below telling me what was your favorite project that you completed in 2018.  I’ll choose the winner this Sunday the 13th.

For more chances to win, stop by the other websites on the Inspired Free-Motion Quilting Blog Hop.  

Monday, January 7:
C&T Publishing

Bill Volckening

Tuesday, January 8:
Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Design

Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams

Stephanie Palmer of The Quilter’s Planner 

Wednesday, January 9:
Teri Lucas

Lynn Harris

Debby Brown of Debby Brown Quilts

Thursday, January 10:
Robin Koehler of NESTLINGS by Robin

Patty Murphy of Patty Murphy Handmade

Mary Abreu of Confessions of a Craft Addict

Friday, January 11:
Joanna Marsh of Kustom Kwilts

Amanda Leins of Mandalei Quilts

Hope you enjoy and happy quilting!


P.S.  For those who have asked… my new patterns (including Christmas Magic Sampler!) are back from the printer as of today.  I’ll be back later in a week for a post on that.

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