The Free-Motion Quilting Idea App!

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Oh my goodness the day has finally come when I can say that my Free-Motion Quilting Idea App has launched! Pinching myself! Then pinching myself again! It is a companion piece to the book and the sampler of the same name and it is all new in the App Store for your iPad and iPhone. (An android version is to follow – I don’t have a date yet.)

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The Free-Motion Quilting Idea App on the iPad

 

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The Free-Motion Quilting Idea App on the iPhone

 

As many of you know, The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book is a reference tool – to keep by your machine and spark your imagination. It is comprised of drawings that show you, step-by-step, how to form many different free-motion patterns and then apply them to blocks, sashing, and borders. It is a reference tool to keep by your machine, really. If you can do just a few free-motion patterns you CAN do custom-style quilting. I really believe that. If I can do it you can too!

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The App builds further expands that concept, showing you step-by-step through, through animation and video, how to form the basic allover designs that all the designs in the book were based upon. In the app you can actually see each of the allover patterns animated and many of them stitched out by me on the BERNINA Q Series!

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On the app you can actually see this paisley design being drawn out!

 

Or you can watch me quilt it on a video…
Or you can watch me quilt it on a video…

I want to thank for C&T and BERNINA for making this project a reality. Seriously, I could have never ever done with with the help and support of these fantastic companies. All the filming was done at BERNINA USA headquarters in Chicago with an amazing and the entire thing was put together by the wonderful people at C&T Publishing, who had the vision to believe in the project in the first place.  And I want to thank you guys out there for your enthusiastic reception of The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book – quilters are amazingly creative and generous people.

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The Video Library

To find the App you can search the App store or use my affiliate link by clicking here.

 

If you are interested in being part of my Facebook group for people who are getting inspiration from the book, app, and/or the companion sampler, please join us!

I hope you really love the App!

Happy New Year and happy quilting!

Amanda

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Wrapping up the Modern Elegance coloring book blog hop

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Note: The winner of the copy of Modern Elegance from this post is Lisa, who likes bright navy.  The winner of the Brewer blog hop stop is Amanda, who likes colors and polka dots.  The winner of the APQ stop is the super-organized Anne, who has made 30 gingerbread pockets, among other things .  Congratulations!  (All other winners will be announced on the respective blogs.) 

Hi guys,

It is the last day of the Modern Elegance coloring book blog hop.   I hope you’ve enjoyed following along!  Today is my turn to give away a book…

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Okay, I have to confess I’m not a great colorer.  (Happily, coloring is not a skill that is required when quilting.)  I’m not very good at staying in the lines so I quickly switched from markers to colored pencils to hide my mistakes!  This made it much more fun!

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And then I discovered that, once I colored, I could recolor things in photoshop really quickly.  Whoopeeeeeee!

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For the final chance to enter to win an ebook, leave me a comment on this post telling me YOUR favorite color!  One entry per person please and the deadline is end of day this Sunday the 13th.

Special thanks to  C&T Publishing, Benartex, The Little Red HenAmerican Patchwork & QuiltingSarah Vedeler DesignsBrewer SewingGeneration Q MagazineQuiltmaker, and Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio for hosting the hop.  I so appreciate it!  I hope everyone has happy  and healthy holidays!

Amanda

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New patterns for Spring 2015

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Hi everyone!

It seems like I have been waiting for this day – the day I can share new pattern information – forever!  They are back from the printer and all the distributor and Market orders have been sent.  They are also up over in my shop.

I hope you like these new designs!  Here they are…

First Crush is a fat-quarter friendly, twin-sized quilt that is actually a deceptively simple quilt made from just one block!

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The interlocking hearts form a secondary design so it is really fun to watch it come together!

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Of course, by choosing a different border fabric you can dramatically alter the look of the design…

First Crush aqua border
First Crush with the original aqua border
First Crush teal border
First Crush with a teal border
First Crush pink border
First Crush with a deep pink border
First Crush green border
First Crush with the green border

By the way, all these quits feature Carina, my first line for Benartex.  I couldn’t be more excited about it and I’ll be blogging more specifically about the fabric when it ships in August/September of this year.

Next up, Bouquet, which is a really graphic lap-sized piece.  Basically made up of squares, rectangles, and half-square triangles, it is super-easy to piece with just a touch of appliqué.

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This was actually my first quilt that I quilted on the BERNINA Q 24, so it was thrilling!  (Some of you might have seen sneak peeks over on Instagram.)

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Next up is Romance – a really quick but elegant 22” table runner…

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I couldn’t stop making this one – it was fun to play with the colors in the collection.  I used 28 wt. Aurifil thread for the appliqué – my favorite!

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And last, but not least, is Heart’s Delight.

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It is my new block-of-the-month style quilt.  The pattern itself is chock-full of full color diagrams to guide you.  You start in the center with a heart shaped bargello design and work outward, adding borders as you go.  This was also quilted on the Q 24, this time with Aurifil monofilament thread, which was trouble-free.  It worked so well and saved a ton of time not having to change colors since I started quilting this two days before Market!

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Do you like them?  I hope so!  Do you have a favorite?

So… if you are still reading (sorry for the amount of images – it is hard to choose) they are all over in my newly-revamped shop.  Speaking of which, I redid my shop so I can ship internationally.  I think the design is better too and hope you agree.  (I ship USPS everywhere.)

Also, a popular request has been a discount for a whole group of new patterns so I created something called “The Carina Collection” which includes all four patterns. You can get them at a discount here.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful week with lots of sewing!

Amanda

 

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