So glad to be over here visiting C&T’s blog for National
Sewing Month! I hope you are getting
lots of ideas for fun projects!
My name is Amanda Murphy and I’m the author of
Color Essentials, and the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, and today I’d
like to share my
Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler with you
guys. It is a downloadable companion
piece to the
Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book. For those of you who might not have seen the
book, which just came out in July, it is really a jumping-off point for quilters
who might have tried out a few patterns but are looking for inspiration when
applying patterns to quilt blocks. There
are 30 blocks in the book, plus sashing, borders, and individual motifs, with a
variety of quilting plans for each–and they are all built off of a group of
allover designs so you can mix and match them!
(The companion app to the book is coming soon!)
After I finished writing the
Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book–or really
drawing the book, as it is 90 percent drawings–I thought it would be a great idea if we had piecing instructions for
each block so people could make up quick practice pieces. We decided to bundle them all together and
make a downloadable companion sampler.
This project is an excellent way to practice lots of the quilting plans
Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book.
I pieced the original version of the sampler on my BERNINA 780 with Aurifil 50wt cotton and Benartex Color Weave prints and quilted it on my BERNINA 24 in Aurifil monofilament….
For those who are interested in sewing the sampler (or just
hanging out with other quilters!), I’m
Facebook group, and I hope you will consider joining
us there. This time I’m
sewing my version in my Carina line for Benartex, which is in stores now, but
people are sewing it in lots of different fabrics over there, which is really
fun! My good friend Cherry Guidry, the
Celebrate the Seasons, is sewing hers in her Soul Blossoms line for Benartex and she’ll be popping in to sew with us! (On Instagram, we are planning to use the
Also, it’s the first time I’ve
announced this, but next month I have two more new books coming out with C&T:
Quilted Celebrations, which has fun modern patterns
for the special moments in our lives, from births, birthdays, bar
mitzvahs, and baptisms to weddings and anniversaries, and a coloring book coming out based upon my
fabric designs, called
(Because coloring fabric is almost as fun as buying and sewing with
fabric!) I hope you guys enjoy them!
Want to win a copy of Amanda Murphy's Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book and Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler? You can enter our giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. Winner will be chosen and announced one week from today. US residents will receive hard copy; international residents will receive ebook.
Congratulations to Quilting Tangent, winner of the giveaway! We hope you find lots of great inspiration in your prizes, and thank you so much to everyone else who entered!
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