Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Amanda Murphy Patterns + Giveaway!



Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be featured on the Fat Quarter Shop Blog - this time to talk about my pattern line, which are now available. All six patterns feature Veranda, my third collection for Robert Kaufman, which will arrive in stores in August. Kimberly has the entire collection available to reserve right here at Fat Quarter Shop!




I really believe that one of the things that makes quilting more enjoyable is a set of well-written instructions with lots of clear diagrams. After all, we as quilters are very visual people. Clear instructions also can give us that extra boost of confidence to try a new technique - something we haven't done before. That was my aim in designing these patterns. All are printed in full-color and feature a full-page Quilt Assembly Diagram on the center spread, with step-by-step instructions throughout.




Garden Paths is the first pattern that I conceived for this line. It is reminiscent of woven ribbons cascading down the quilt. It looks complex, but the pressing directions result in diagonal seams that lock, which makes it a much simpler quilt to sew. Best of all it, it is roll-up/jelly roll friendly.





All you need is 1 roll-up, plus border and backing fabric. My quilter, Deborah Norris of Deborah's Quilting, did an extraordinary job quilting the sample, with rosebud and leaf vines cascading up and down the white background.




At 84" x 102", Village Green is the largest quilt in the line and is perfect for a bed. It uses up 2 roll-ups/jell-rolls completely.




The directions call for flowers, constructed out of coordinating solids, to be appliquéd to the center of each block; you could vary flower colors or even fussy cut motifs from your favorite feature fabric and appliqué them on instead... That would be particularly fun for a child's quilt. Imagine airplanes or cars appliquéd to the center of each square for a little boy's room... Fun!




Blossoms is the third quilt in the line and is constructed from two 10"-squares/layer cakes. It combines simple piecing and fusible appliqué in a dynamic way is REALLY fun to construct.





I love Blossoms in Veranda, but also want to make it up in Christmas prints, with big white blossoms with red centers. (If someone out there makes one of these please send me a picture!) As a fabric-lover I am very proud of Town Square. I designed it backwards, starting with a stack fat quarter of fabric and cutting them up 3-4 at a time. It uses up a stack of 20 or 12 fat quarters with VIRTUALLY NO WASTE.





My friend Pat did a purple and aqua smaller version in the Garden color story of Veranda.





Basically, it is a nine-patch within a nine-patch within a nine-patch, which makes it a great teaching quilt. I love the color wash effect that happened with the light green sashing. This pattern really lends itself to modern prints.

Bubbles is a whimsical design that is quick and easy to put together. This was the very first quilt that I conceived in the Veranda line, and I love the lighthearted look that resulted.




Contrasting, thick appliqué thread really makes those circles pop.





A lot of people commented that they would like to experiment with attaching the circles with some of the specialty stitches on their machine. What a great idea! I love the little rickrack quilting in the sashing and the swirls in the blocks that echo the circles without copying them. Thanks, Deborah!

Finally, Portraits of My Garden was my attempt to create a vehicle for those feature prints that we all love. It is also the simplest quilt to sew - great for a beginner. Strip piecing makes this quilt really easy to put together.




Pick a simple quilt that reads as a solid for the background, and a contrasting, dynamic quilt for the "frames" and you'll have a finished top in no time. (I blogged a couple of weeks ago about different Veranda fabric recommendations for this pattern.)





Deborah Norris quilted this top as well. Speaking of which, don't you love it when you send something off to a quilter and he/she brings it to a whole new level? That is how I think about Deborah's work. This is also how I feel about putting patterns and/or fabric into the hands of all you creative people out there, so, if you make something with either my patterns (whether it is in one of my collections or not) or fabric, post a please picture to my flickr group.

One of the things that I love about Fat Quarter Shop is their many Giveaways. Today is not an exception. Kimberly is giving away two full sets of my patterns to people who leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite new pattern of mine. For a third chance to enter, hop on over to my blog and tell me what your favorite pattern in the line is.
Contest closes exactly one week from post date.

Thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for having me and to you all for listening.

Happy sewing!
Amanda

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Rachel said...

LOVE the garden veranda -- nice giveaway!

Sarah Craig said...

All the patterns are lovely, but I think I like Garden Paths the best!!

vivi said...

I love garden path!! and blossom is also pretty, the idea of making it in christmas fabrics is great

Mishka said...

I adore Blossoms and Garden Paths. Gorgeous patterns, and love your fabric line too.

DianeY said...

Hard to choose, but I think my favorite is Garden Path

Cathy said...

I'm very impressed with this new line of patterns. I particularly like Blossoms.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

They are all lovely and I could make every one! BUT, if I had to pick one it would be the Garden Path.

Carol said...

I like your patterns. Blossom is my favorite. And now that I look closer and see the size of Village Green I'm thinking I would love to make it too.

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I love the bubbles pattern. It is just so cute :)

Paul said...

My favorite is Garden Paths, with Portraits of my Garden following a very close second...

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Paul
www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

Dee said...

My favorite of your new patterns is Garden Paths. I also like your Full-Page Quilt Assembly Diagram in the middle!

Kate said...

I love Garden Paths and also can hear Village Green talking to me...

Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother said...

I love garden paths! Gorgeous with some challenge in it :)

Andra said...

My favorite is Garden Paths! Thanks for the chance!

Mommarock said...

Well they are all fantastic, but Blossoms would have to be my favorite.. I'm a flower girl at heart!

Patchwork Penguin said...

I love the Garden Path pattern. What a great way to use strips!

thanks so much!

nancy

Julie said...

I love the simple beauty of Portraits of my Garden. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Martha said...

I love Blossoms! It is so versatile in the different appliques you could use.

dudrear said...

town square is my favorites of the patterns. congrats on a beautiful line of fabric too.

Jessica said...

Blossoms is my favorite! Great post!

MRZ said...

I like them all but I believe that Garden Paths is my favorite.

Shelley said...

Garden Paths is very clever and looks beautiful in your fabric line.

Dana said...

I love all the patterns, but Village Green is probably the first one that I would make. And, your Veranda line is really gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jen said...

I think Garden Paths is my favorite. A tough choice though.

Kathryn said...

Lately I like quilts with a lot of white space on them. Therefore, I go with Garden Paths. Thanks for the intro to your patterns. Kathie L in allentown

Teri said...

So glad you showcase different artist on your blog. It gives me a chance to see work of those I don't normally follow. I love her patterns. My favorite is Village Green.

Cyndi said...

Hi Amanda and Kimberly! What beautiful patterns...it's difficult to choose, but I think my favorites are Town Square and Village Green. I love the simplicity and vintagey feel to them!

Thanks again for such a generous and wonderful giveaway, and the opportunity to participate!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Prima Donna said...

I like Blossoms and Garden Path. It is so hard to chose when each one is so lovely.

Linda V said...

I love BLOSSOMS! That pattern is just so adorable! I must make that one for sure! Thanks for the giveaway
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

wendy111 said...

I love Garden Path and I love Blossoms. These are beautiful quilt designs! Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

Mom2RyandSis said...

All the patterns are wonderful! Garden Paths is definitely a favorite.

Liz said...

They are all lovely! I like Village Green best.

Pepe said...

Heart Amanda and her fabrics chocolate... I love also Bubbles!

Ginger said...

I love Garden Path and Blossoms.

ginger c at gmail dot com

deserae said...

I love the garden paths!

Snoodles said...

Love all the patterns, but I think Blossoms is my fav! Love the Veranda fabric....the Blossoms in Christmas fabrics is an awesome idea!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Susan C. said...

All of the patterns are fabulous, but I love the Village Green pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lee Ann said...

I am loving Blossoms. It reminds me of my niece. If I have the time and the inclination, I'd make her one. :-) Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

Sonia B said...

They're all lovely in those beautiful prints. I think Bubbles is my favorite, although there's a few others I'd love to try. Thanks for the chance.

Dragonfire said...

The bubble pattern is by far my favorite, it's so fun!

Kelly said...

I can't decide between garden paths and village green. Maybe I'll have to make both!

ShariK said...

Village Green and Town Square just popped right out at me. It's hard to say between those two but I guess I would say Town Square.

LT said...

I think Bubbles must be my favorite, but it's a hard choice!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I love Garden Paths and Bubbles

Cindy D in Maine said...

I love Blosson. I love the scrappy look with the contrast of the applique.

Barbara said...

I love Blossoms and Bubbles! It is just too hard to pick just one!!! Thanks!

Amorette said...

i love the garden paths pattern- looks so modern and fresh!

asdrexler at gmail dot com

Jennifer W. said...

I am loving Portraits of My Garden, it reminds me of a traditional abacus block with a bit of a twist!

Mystica said...

I would like to try out Blossoms!

Lisa Marie said...

The Blossoms pattern is probably my favorite although there are a few others I would like to make as well. And the Veranda fabrics look gorgeous!

mascanlon said...

Bubbles, loved it when i first saw it on your blog and its still the one that catches my eye every time!

Jenn said...

Bubbles! It's cute. lots of whimsy. :)

EG said...

Garden Paths!

Jo said...

I have to vote for Garden Paths.

Laura @ live.laugh.photograph said...

wow they are all so beautiful! I love the Town Square! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Lyn said...

I'd pick Bubbles!

Heather A said...

I've been admiring Village Green but now that I know Garden Paths could me made using this Dream On Jelly Roll I have just sitting here waiting for some inspiration, I think I would have to choose it! I'll cross my fingers and toes.

carrie said...

Town Square is my fav!

Sallie said...

I came from Amanda's blog. Love the Village Green, and a close 2nd is Garden Paths!

Laura Beech said...

My favorite is village green!

Windsom Winds said...

What a great new set of patterns! Can't wait till they come out. I particularly love the Blossom's pattern as I am a huge fan of bold flowers. I'm already imagining all the color combinations.

Jin said...

It was a hard pick between bubbles and garden paths, but I love the garden paths one a bit more!

Sherryl said...

There's something special about all of them, but I think Village Green is my favorite. Thanks!
sunshdws at yahoo dot com

Mellisa said...

Village Green I think but I like them all!

Kathinca said...

My favourite is blossoms. Bright colours mixed with white. Very catchy!

Bobbie said...

My favorite, favorite is Garden Paths; my favorite is Town Square.

mindy b. said...

Love, love, love Village Green!

Anonymous said...

I think all the patterns are great but my favorite is Village Green. So many possibilities.

Jaylene
jaylene@beyondbb.com

Julia said...

What a great giveaway! First time I saw Portraits of my Garden, I knew that I had to make that quilt. For some reason it has struck a deep chord in my quilting soul. Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes!

Kimberlee said...

I really like the blossoms pattern, and have also added your town square quilt to my favs too.
~Kimberlee
spunkydiva at live.com

Andria said...

Love the portraits of my garden pattern! Beautiful!

aksherry said...

I like them all but I think town square is my favorite.

Jennifer said...

My hands down favorite is Garden Square. I have the perfect fabric for that!

Scenic Pit Stops said...

My favorite is Village Green! Thanks for the opportunity!

Sunnybec said...

I said on Amanda's blog my favourite was Blossoms but I also like Portraits of my garden.

D y a said...

Gorgeous patterns. It is hard to decide between blossoms and bubbles.
But I finally choose bubbles.
Thanks for the give-away.

Tamie said...

I think I would start with Village Square. Thanks for the chance.

Lisa E said...

I would definitely choose Garden Paths. Thank you for the giveaway.

Lynn said...

i love garden paths!

debbie said...

Hard to choose, but I think I like Garden Paths best. Can't wait to see your new fabric. August seems so far away! lol

VickiT said...

It's extremely tough to pick because I really love 3 of the new patterns very much; Garden Paths, Blossoms, and Bubbles.
Picking just one though, it would have to be Garden Paths over all the other favorites.

twelve30 said...

My favorite is the Garden Path pattern. Thanks for a chance to win.
twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

Martina said...

My favourite is blossoms, but all are just great! Thanks so much!

EvaLyn said...

After struggling with making a decision, I'm choosing Garden Paths best, but I love the way you made those bubbles pop on the Bubbles pattern!

Jen said...

Bubbles looks so fun and playful. Works perfectly with the bright colors. Thanks for the chance!

Jeanne said...

They're all really nice but I just love the "Bubbles" pattern!

Heartsdesire said...

Town Square would be my favourite. I love anything with nine-patches. And this pattern looks fabulous made up with modern fabrics.

Sarina said...

I think my favorite is garden paths.

Sue said...

Bubbles is Yummy! I want to try them all.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Garden Path is my favorite.

Jeanie said...

Amazing give a way!! Garden Paths is calling my name, although I love all of these patterns. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

bdaiss said...

Love all of them, but I think Village Green is probably my favorite (followed shortly by blossoms).
Thanks for the chance to win!

Rita said...

Blossoms really spoke to me, but all the patterns look great. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

LisaC said...

Love Garden Paths. Also love Blossoms because of the applique. I just started appliqueing and now I'm hooked. Thanks for the giveaway!
Crevistonl@yahoo.com

Jenniffier said...

I like bubbles. It is very cute!

CJ said...

I think BUBBLES might be my favorite but they are all great!

mamabug said...

Garden Path jumps out at me but might be too hard for me!! But they all look like something I want :)

Beth said...

I am torn between blossoms and town square . . . which are very different, but I love them both!

Nancy D. said...

It's a toss up between blossoms and village green. They are all lovely though!

Laura said...

Town square is my favorite. I also really like village green.

Linda in PA said...

I like both Town Square and Village Green. All your patterns are very pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.

Colleen said...

If I have to choose only one, I think Portraits of My Garden is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tiffany said...

I love the Bubbles pattern!

Debi said...

My favorite pattern is Blossoms.

Quilter in the Gap said...

My favorite pattern is Portraits of my Garden because it would allow me to use those large print florals I have. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

I like all of the patterns and the wonderful fabric colors but I must say I'm particularly attracted to the Bubbles pattern because I am interested in doing a "wonky" circle quilt. I really like the varied circle sizes within a square!

Alicia said...

I like the Bubbles pattern! I think its a great way to plan to use all the fun stitches!

Rachel said...

I LOVE the garden paths pattern! Don't get me wrong - they're all beautiful - but that one is amazing :)

DebrafromMD said...

Oh, I'm in love with Blossoms.

Michele said...

Garden Path is my fave.

Theresa said...

All your pattern designs are so beautiful, but the one that caught my eye first was Garden Path!!!!!

Pam said...

All the patterns are pretty. I like Garden Paths alot.

jmniffer said...

Wonderful patterns. I like Garden Path the best although it looks like it would be difficult for me to make. Thanks for the chance.

Sarah N. said...

I love them all - but would choose Bubbles - the circles are calling to me!

thanks for the great giveaway!

Luci said...

I think Garden Paths is absolutely stunning! Thanks

Ellen said...

Each of your patterns looks super, but I think I like Blossoms best. I'm a flower gal, what can I say? Congrats on the new Veranda line - its GORGEOUS!

JCnNC said...

Oh, WoW - two wonderful opportunities for great giveaways. Favoite patterns are definitely Blossoms and Town Square. I really need to make those. Judy C in NC has fingers crossed.

Jenelle said...

I love garden paths and blossoms. Blossoms is such a unique design. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I love Garden Paths, Town Square, and Blossoms - don't know if I can choose between those 3!
Norma njloewen(at)sasktel(dot)net

TheLazyQuilter said...

I like Garden Paths - it is beautiful AND I think I'll be able to do it!!! :)

anniebeez said...

Love love love the blossoms pattern!!!
anniebeez@live.com

Johanne said...

Tyeh are all lovely but I've fallen in love with the Bubbles. So nice. Circles is a thing I'm afraid of sewing/quilting, but I think I would dare to make this.

Thank you so much!

mlm said...

All the patterns are lovely but Blossoms is my favorite. I have a precious 8-month-old granddaughter and that pattern would be perfect for her.

momma said...

Great looking quilts, the patterns look great and eye-catching too. My favorite is your Garden Paths quilt, I know just the recipient for one too.

Christine M said...

Great patterns. I especially like Garden Path. It's so different!

mblittle5 said...

I love your patterns Amanda. I thought Garden Paths was my favorite, but then I saw Town Square. I jut can't make up my mind.

Sharon said...

I love them all, It's hard to choose just one....my favorite is Blossoms.

Cindy said...

My favorite is Blossoms. It so appeals to the quirky whimsy loving girl in me. I'd love to make it. Unfortunately, I live in a house of boys, I could make if for myself. Maybe someday I will.

My next favorite is Garden Path. I can picture it in Bright's with black....wouldn't it make great roads for little cars?

Thanks for creating these quilts and sharing them with the rest of us!

God bless,
Cindy Sharp

Mary said...

Blossums is my favorite of many I like. Thanks for the chance to win.
Mary

Lauren H said...

Favorite -- toss-up between Garden Paths and Portrait of my Garden! Thanks for the giveaway!

AMKreations said...

I love Garden Path...not sure if it's difficult, but looks amazing! Thanks for a chance to win!

Patti said...

I love Garden Paths and Village Green. The fabric is to die for. Thank you so much for the chance to win.
Patti xxx

Fiona said...

Oh WOW! Blossoms, Bubbles, Garden paths, I love them all!

Donna said...

Love them all but Blossoms makes me happy!

Bec Clarke said...

Oh wow they are so cute, it was hard to choose but I think bubbles is cute.

Linda said...

They're all great looking patterns! But I love circles on quilts, so I'll say Bubbles is my favorite.

Annette said...

Blossoms and Bubbles are my favorite, very happy patterns.

thedukesau said...

If I have to choose just one - today I would select Village Green.

Barb in Mi said...

My fav pattern is Garden path! But they all look great in your Veranda fabric!Thanks so much!

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

My favorite at the moment is garden path. I love it in your fabrics.

Gretchen said...

I like Blossoms best with Village Green a close second!

carolann said...

Awesome patterns! It's very hard to choose just one, but if I must - Village Green!

Laura said...

i love your garden paths pattern i love working with 2.5in. strips! i really like them all tho:)

Catskill Quilter said...

My favorite pattern is actually two of the patterns -- Bubbles and Blossoms -- in a tie! They are both fabulous!

Domestic Artisan said...

Aamzing giveaway! I love your Portraits of my Garden pattern, but they are all wonderful. Thanks again AM and FQS!

Jenn A said...

I like Town Square the best, but they are all lovely!

Pam said...

I love all the patterns but my favorite is Portraits of my Garden. The new fabric line is wonderful too.

PhoebeP said...

I love Garden Paths - especially as I have a few Jelly Rolls I need to do something with! Thanks for the chance, and congratulations on your new line.
Ashtona@hotmail.com

Marcia W. said...

My favorite is Garden Paths and they are all lovely patterns.

Lee said...

I love your Veranda pattern! thank you for the giveaway!

Leslie L said...

Hands down, my favorite is Blossoms. So pretty!

Ann Marie said...

I love them all, but will pick Bubbles, because I too am working with circles right now, and Bubbles was my favorite cats name too!

Karen said...

I REALLY like Garden Paths. That's my favourite.

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Oooh thats a hard one. They all look lovely though garden paths and bubbles...I think I like Bubbles the best.
Gorgeous fabric line.
Sharon

Jackie said...

I think my favorite is Town Square...but maybe it's bubbles? Thank you for the chance to win!

Kathy said...

Beautiful work! I love Garden Paths.

robin said...

I really like Blossoms! Thanks for the giveaway chance! :)

Donna said...

Blossoms is my favorite! All the pattern are wonderful.

Ashley G. said...

Town square is my favorite but you did a great job on them all! I really like your new fabric line, so happy to be introduced! :)

jennifer said...

Fav would be Village Green.

Brandy said...

I love the bubbles pattern!

pianomama said...

Love Garden Paths - especially the fact it only uses one roll-up! Wow - what a quilt with so little fabric!

Regina said...

Love them all but I think Garden Paths is my favorite

Kim D. said...

I"m going to pick Village Green, heck they are all beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win. July is my Birthday month so hopefully I'll get lucky and win, crossing fingers and toes. :^),

C. said...

Loving Bubbles!

Gretchen said...
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Gretchen said...

Love all of your patterns, but Bubbles is my favorite! Thanks fat quarter shop for introducing me to a new designer!

Gretchen said...

I am a new follower and "liked" you on Facebook. Great set of patterns!

yytan said...

I love Bubbles!

daisy said...

thanks for the chance to win - they are all so nice but I have to pick one - so garden path it is - it looks great and so complex.

Heather Nash said...

Love love love the blossoms pattern!!!

Anne D said...

They are all great but garden path is my favourite. Thanks for a great giveaway.

Debra said...

So hard to choose but Blossom is speking to me!

Penny said...

I'm really excited about Amanda's patterns and would love to win them.

Cecilia said...

I like Garden Paths the best! :) Thanks for a great giveaway.

Candy said...

I like Portraits of my Garden best!
Thanks!

Ellen Easter said...

I love the Portraits of My Garden best - I could see a lot of use for this pattern to hilight lots of my beautiful fabric.

Theresa said...

They are all beautiful patterns but I think Garden Paths is my favourite - gorgeous fabrics, will definitely be looking out for those.

Binks said...

BUBBLES!

Heike's quilts and socks said...

Well, I love the town square but they are all very nice. What a nice Giveaway.

Peach Rainbow said...

I love the Garden Path :D

Fran said...

I love Village Green & would love to make a quilt using this pattern & some of my favourite fabrics.

The Pink Chick said...

Tough decision but I think Blossoms is my fav! It would be great in Christmas fabrics!

Barb said...

My fav is bubbles--I love circles and this could be fun with fussy cut fabrics.

Meri said...

My fav is Bubbles...but they're all great! Thanks for a chance to win!

Simone de Klerk said...

Difficult to make a choice. All are so pretty.
But, I think I'll go for Garden Paths! Beautiful!

Erika K said...

I love them all, it is tough to pick one. I love the whimsy of Bubbles but also love Garden Path. Great patterns!

Jan said...

Village Green's squares are my favorite!

annabelle g said...

Bubbles, love it. Thanks for sharing :)

Ineke Platvoet said...

I Love Blossoms, This is one pattern I definitely want to make!

Cindy Lou said...

Love Blossoms! I would love to have all 6 patterns.

angela@sfquilts.com said...

Blossoms is my favorite pattern. It is just adorable and makes me smile. The purples and aquas in Town Square are my favorite colors. Congratulations on all of the patterns. They are great.

free indeed said...

That portraits of my garden just speaks to me...I love the modern feel to it and the perfect color combination.

Sandy said...

Great patterns!! My favorite is Garden Path. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

teresamnj said...

I actually have two favorites, but for this post I'll choose Bubbles! :)

Alison said...

I love Portraits of my Garden. It looks so wonderful in your Veranda fabric line!

Celia said...

Garden Path is my favorite of favorites because it looks easy to do and is stunning to look at.

Blessings,

Celia

Dinah said...

All of the patterns are lovely! I do think I like Garden Path the best! Thanks!

Cindy said...

Bubbles is my favorite pattern, but garden path is a close second! I would love to create any of these patterns.

Syd said...

All the patterns look wonderful. But my favorite is BUBBLES!!! I love it. Thanks!

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