BERNINA University and NEW FABRIC Recap 2019!

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Hi everyone,

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 a  red 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.

Shown in the first row: Endless Quilting yardage and the embroidery panel. Shown in the second row: two ruler panels. The Endless Quilting yardage has no divisions between the repeats and extra fabric near the selvage for seams so you can practice quilting to your heart’s content on a project of any size!

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!


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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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“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!)

BERNINA Connection
The French Seam


Once Upon A Quilt
The Sewing Garret

Augusta & Atlanta Sewing Centers

Rossville Quilts


Kean’s Store Company

Back Porch Quilts
Bernina Sewing & Fabric Center

Gathering Stitches

Sew Much Fun!

Bismarck Sewing & Quilting

Pine Tree Quilt Shop

Bernina Sewing Center

Stitcher’s Playhouse

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!


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