Category Archives: Amanda Murphy

Sunday Ride…

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week and 2015 is almost over! It’s been a crazy and very busy year, but a wonderful one! Fall Market in Houston was just a few weeks ago and it was such fun visiting with friends and being surrounded by so many amazing people and their beautiful work.

Booth-2015

I shared Benartex’s Contempo booth with my friends Amanda and Sara. New patterns for my new line, Sunday Ride, are on the back, left side, Amanda’s beautiful Christmas line, Sparkle, is on the right, Sarah’s gorgeous line, Transformation, on the front, left side, and on the right you can see Michelle’s Fresh Bloom.

But this time it was really hard to go…

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 My sweet Emmie came home just 4 days before I had to leave for Market! She’s a miniature Schnauzer and is a whole 4.6 lbs…

Sunday Ride was inspired by bike rides with my children around our neighborhood…

SR

I really enjoyed making these new designs for Sunday Ride and working with this fun, vibrant line.

Dogwood-Star-coverSunday Ride Minis

 Lakeside-Ride-coverChickasaw-Lake-cover

Sunday Ride will be in stores in February, and since you stopped by today, would you like to make one of these quilts? They’re super easy and have a touch of hand embroidery to add a bit more detail. I’d like to give a pattern to 4 of my sweet visitors. To enter, leave a comment and tell me which one you like best and why. I’ll choose a winner on Thanksgiving, 11/26 at midnight. I’ll also include a charm pack sampler of Sunday Ride.

Hugs,

Thanks everyone for stopping by and entering!

The winners are: Carol, Sue Ellen, Mello, & Ashley

The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book Blog Tour

I’m so excited to tell you about a fabulous book, The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, written by my friend Amanda, an accomplished quilter and spokesperson for the Bernina longarm.

If you’ve ever finished a quilt top and wondered how to quilt it, this book gives you 155 Mix & Match Designs, broken down by allover designs, blocks, sashing, borders, and individual motifs, beautifully illustrated with step by step samples of how to quilt 30 traditional blocks.

The book is filled with quilting tips

plus a fun table runner with several quilting versions to get you started.FMQIdeaBook_08_compact

And to top it off, there’s an index of designs by block

and by design family, making it super easy to mix and match designs.FMQIdeaBook_07b_compactLove, love the spiral binding!

The free-motion ideas can be easily quilted on both a domestic machine or a longarm, and for great practice and inspiration, you can download the companion Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler epattern made with the blocks in the book.

I joined the The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book, Sampler, and App Facebook group and have started making the sampler using my Soul Blossoms fabric.FMQ Cherry-Soul Blossoms

I am a bit behind, but have cut everything and sewn my first row blocks……so, so easy to make!

 And guess what, you can win a copy of Amanda’s great book! Leave a comment and tell me what inspires you to quilt. I’ll chose a winner at midnight this Monday, 11/16

For more inspiration, visit the other blogs in the tour…

Wake up to Kona and a little giveaway!

Hello everyone!
So glad to have you over!
Have you been enjoying all the incredible
Kona projects?

It has been an amazing hop!!!

Thank you Carol of Just Let Me Quilt
and Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt
for hosting this fabulous hop
and check out what the other ladies have for us today:
January 21
Cherry Blossoms ~ You are here!
It has been so much fun working from this
gorgeous and inspiring book by Amanda Murphy,
full of detailed lessons on the color wheel,
and 12 beautiful projects using Kona cottons,
with many colorway options.
Don’t you just love this yummy Kona Sunrise bundle?
I used this and a few other Kona cottons to make
Color Burst from Amanda’s book…
just a little “spaghetti” strips after cutting Color Burst…
and the sewn blocks are ready to be assembled!
The instructions where very easy to follow,
and this project was super quick,
and oh so fun to make,
especially with all the vivid colors…
you know how much I love vibrant color.
So here it is! I love how it turned out!
Well, I also started on another Kona project…


but, well, kind-a-sort-a ran out of time…
so…
would you like to make something with these little hexies
I’ve already cut?
Just leave me a little comment and I’ll enter you into the giveaway!
I’ll choose a winner next Monday, 1/27/14.
Now, how about making your own Color Burst quilt?
I promise, you’ll love this book and all the projects in it!
You can find Amanda’s book here!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Coming soon…

…Wake Up to Kona Blog Hop

…all about Kona Cottons,
and an awesome new book…
a favorite of mine!
and you know it’s going to be good!
Check out all the participants
that will be showing off their Kona creations:
January 7
January 8
January 9
January 10
January 13
January 14
January 15
January 16
January 17
January 20
January 21

Christmas in July and a giveaway!

Welcome to my day in the Modern Holiday Blog Tour!

Modern Holiday is a gorgeous book
filled with beautiful projects!
From cover to cover,
this book will inspire you!
Not only are the quilts, pillows, stockings,
the advent calendar, the tree skirt, and many more, amazing,
but the book itself is one of the pretties quilting books ever!
plus, Amanda’s instructions are clear and easy to follow.

These are some of my favorites…

 …love the appliqued snowflakes…

Don’t you just love these?
…so fresh and modern!
 I already know what fabric I’ll use for my advent calendar…
Yeah, those are little Yo-Yos… love, love!

 …the tree skirt is soooooo pretty… gotta have one too!

When I saw Amanda’s quilts at Market,
I knew I had to make the cover girl, Holiday Forest…
 … you know how much I like trees!
and I had some happy fabric in my stash
that was perfect for this quilt…
The easy to follow, step by step instructions,
made this a fun, easy, and super quick project.

I love it! And have enough leftover fabric 
to make the matching pillows!

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Would you like to decorate your home this Christmas
with some of these beautiful projects?
Amanda Murphy and Stash Books have a copy
of Modern Holiday for one of you!
(a hard copy if you are in the US
or a digital for international)

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me
about your favorite Christmas tradition!
You have until Friday, July 26 to enter… good luck!


And don’t forget to visit the other participants in
the Modern Holiday Blog Tour:

Tuesday, July 9th – Sew We Quilt 
Wednesday, July 10th – Sew Sweetness 
Thursday, July 11th – Me and My Sister Design 
Friday, July 12th – Fat Quarterly 
Monday, July 15th – Bernina (We All Sew) 
Wednesday, July 17th – Diary of a Quilter 
Thursday, July 18th – Ellison Lane Quilts 
Friday, July 19th – A Quilting Life 
Monday, July 22nd – Aurifil Threads 
Wednesday, July 24th – Amanda Murphy Design

Hugs,