Introducing the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour!

Introducing the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour!

Posted by Amanda Murphy on Nov 2nd 2015

Welcome to the kickoff blog post for Amanda Murphy's Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book blog tour! Scroll down to the bottom to see the schedule and enter the giveaway!

Hi everyone!

My name is Amanda Murphy and I’m a fabric designer, teacher, BERNINA Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson, and author of Modern Holiday and Color Essentials.

I’m so excited to be joining you today to talk a little about my new book–the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book! If ever a book was aptly named, this would be it! It is a little different than my previous project-oriented books in that it is an at-your-fingertips reference for quilting ideas. I wrote this book to help you get your creative juices flowing, create dynamic yet achievable quilting plans, and make each of your projects uniquely your own!

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself because I actually pitched this book to C&T Publishing not as a book at all but as an app–an app with video and the ability to cross-link between families for easy reference and planning. It wasn’t a standard book idea, so imagine my delight when C&T said “Yes!” I’m still pinching myself!

The book is already out and the app should be shipping soon. Both products begin with the basics of free-motion quilting both on domestic and longarm machines.

Then we jump into learning my favorite basic quilting designs that I find myself using over and over again: pebbles, swirls, paisleys, and loops, to name just a few. But the heart of the book centers on learning to use these patterns in different types of blocks…we even work on some types of feathers!

You can look things up by element…or by family...there is even a sample project so you can try out your ideas!

We’ve had a lot of interest from shops that want to teach from this book, so just to make things really easy, I’ve written a downloadable sampler pattern with piecing instructions for EVERY block in the book, and it includes master cutting instructions to cut everything at once. It will be available from C&T’s site soon!

The app has animated versions of the basic patterns, videos of me stitching out designs on the BERNINA Q 24 and 790, and interactivity and cross-links that make it a valuable teaching tool. (Special thanks also to BERNINA, who partnered in this project!)

By mixing and matching, you can apply these ideas in unlimited ways!

I really hope you love the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book and I can’t wait to see what you make! If you are on Instagram, please post using the hashtag #FMQIdeaBook so we can all follow along!

Happy quilting!


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Make sure to follow along for the rest of Amanda's blog tour!

Monday 11/2: C&T Publishing

Tuesday 11/3: Generation Q Quilting

Wednesday 11/4: A Quilting Life

Thursday 11/5: Pat Sloan’s Blog

Friday 11/6: Mandy Leins

Monday 11/9: Sew Sweetness

Tuesday 11/10: Christa Quilts

Wednesday, 11/11: Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio

Thursday 11/12: Amanda Murphy

Plus, enter our giveaway to win a copy of the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway! Winner will be announced on this post in one week. US winner will receive a hard copy; if the winner is international, they will receive an ebook.

Congratulations to Betsy, winner of our giveaway! We hope you'll find lots of great free-motion inspiration!

P.S. Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book is available on right now!

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