Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pattern Designer: Amanda Murphy + giveaway

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Amanda Murphy to the Jolly Jabber. Amanda now has eight new patterns that have just arrived to Fat Quarter Shop.




Hello all of you Fat Quarter Shop Fans!

I was so excited when Kimberly and friends invited me to share the new additions to my pattern line with you today. Kimberly was one of the very first shops to pick up my line when it debuted and I’m always excited to show her new additions.




Garden Paths, my best-selling design in the original line, toyed with the idea of making a quilt out of blocks that were “hidden” – where you didn’t necessarily know where one began and the other ended. I took the idea one step further with Bedazzled and Beribboned.




They are charm-pack friendly designs where the blocks seem to create interlocking chains. I use Kona, because I LOVE Kona and was smitten with how the pastel charm pack colors seemed to jump right off of the Bedazzled’s Amethyst background, but you could really use any charm pack you like from your favorite collection for either of these designs. Follow the pressing directions and all the seams lock, which make for a prettier finish.




In Beflowered, I expanded that idea to hexagons – or triangles masquerading as hexagons. In this case, BIG triangles made with the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler. Of course, big triangles need big appliqué – sort of like Blossoms. This might just be my favorite quilt. I love the angled edges and can’t wait to see what you all make with it!

Like most moms, I spend a lot of time shuttling kids around and waiting for them and wanted to design a project that traveled well.




Bejeweled is studded with yo-yos that you can make just about anywhere. (You also attach them onto columns before sewing the quilt top together, so even that step is portable.) Fellow Robert Kaufman designer Laurie Wisbrun’s Modern Whimsy fabric seemed the perfect vehicle for this quilt. I love the bright colors and had fun choosing coordinating solids for the yo-yos. But you can also use any roll-up or 10’’-square (layer cake). And the yo-yos can be made from scraps. Did I mention that directions are included for a charm-square-friendly lap-size version?




Next is Caramel and Cocoa – a modern Bargello design. This was originally a magazine quilt, but I have had so many requests for it in pattern form I decided to add it to the line. It is REALLLLLLLLY easy to put together – big blocks with no matching seams, yet it has a really sophisticate look. I have seen it made in many different color combinations and they all look unique.

Caramel and Cocoa is a great design to feature those modern large-scale prints at their best. Great for scraps of beautifully prints that you just can’t bring yourself to cut up. And it is entirely strip-pieced, so it is simple to sew.




Garden Jewels is a versatile design that showcases Veranda, my most recent collection for Robert Kaufman. But it would work in almost any type of print. Kimberly has kits for it here...




Finally, Garden Sampler may look traditional, but with its big blocks (the large rectangles are 12’’ x 18’’) it is the perfect showcase for large-scale modern prints. I love juxtaposing modern fabrics with traditional designs and vice versa!

So those are my new patterns. Thanks so much to Fat Quarter Shop for carrying all of them!

And now, to answer the serious questions:

1. If you had a mascot, what animal would it be? 
I think I’d choose a polar bear because I think they are just beautiful and I love to watch them swim when we go to the zoo, but that doesn’t really fit because I am only 5’2’’. I’d like to say a snow leopard too but, “That is not really me…” I confess as I trip three times on my way from the kitchen to the family room. Oh well, one can dream…

2. Who is your favorite celebrity?
David Suchet who plays Hercule Poirot on Masterpiece Theater. My kids would tell you that I LOVE Masterpiece Theater. I do, I do, I do!

3. If we were making a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
Emma Thompson!

4. Who is your favorite designer, not including yourself?
Gosh, that one is hard, because I like A LOT of different styles and designers. I guess I would have to say Kate Spain. She has a lovely hand-drawn character to her lines.

And now, it's time for a giveaway! I am donating my eight new patterns for three lucky winners.
You have two different chances to enter:
1. Subscribe to my blog and leave a comment on this post saying you did.
2. Leave a comment on this post saying which of my new patterns you like the most.
Good luck!


382 comments:

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Lorri said...

I love all of them. But my favorite is the Garden jewels

Lorri said...

I am a follower of your blog

Dee said...

I'm a new follower of yours.

jaelle said...

Thanks for this giveaway, I follow your blog :)

PDXPam said...

I'm already one of your blog followers. I love Garden Jewels (and your Veranda fabrics, finally got some! YUMMY!)

Thanks for a chance to win!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a delight to meet you. I also love David Suchet playing Poirot ;-) I've watched every episode via PBS or video. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway. I am a new follower.

Dee said...

My favorite so far has to be Garden Paths.

Mommarock said...

Oh my gosh it is so hard to decide. I am a follower of your blog, and I think Bejeweled might be my favorite. Beflowered is really special to me too..

jaelle said...

My favorite pattern is garden paths!

PDXPam said...

Oops, combined both my comments into one.

I love Garden Jewels.

Thanks!

chiliquilter.com said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

I love the "beflowered"

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love Garden Paths and Cafe Mocha!

Deb said...

I am already a follower of your blog.

Andrea said...

i love garden jewels - esp all the negative white space

Deb said...

I love Garden Jewels and Bedazzled.

Maria Spiller said...

Can't decide between 'beflowered' and 'bejeweled'.

Melissa said...

Caramel and Cocoa is my favorite. Tahnks for the giveaway! :)

Shayla said...

I like them all but Beribboned is my favorite pattern!

KOcanQuilt said...

I love Garden Jewels and Garden Path. Now if I could only afford to buy some of your Veranda fabric to make this! Thank you for the chance to win.

Diane H said...

Thanks, I follow your blog.

Sunnybec said...

I already follow of your blog.

KOcanQuilt said...

I already follow Amanda's blog and have since I first found Veranda.

Diane H said...

Garden Paths would be my favourite but they are all lovely. Thanks

Sunnybec said...

I like garden jewels and garden paths. Thanks for the chance.

Lori said...

I can't just pick one. Garden paths AND garden jewels are my favorite. Thanks for a chance to win.

DianeY said...

Hard pickkkkkkkk-they are all so nice. But I think my favorite is Garden Paths

Donna said...

Caramel and Cocoa is my favorite. Happy quilting!

dwright33055 said...

I am already a follower of Amanda, and I love the new BeJewellled pattern...Thanks would love to win

Sharon Pernes said...

All the patterns are great, but if I have to pick I would say beribboned is my faorite.

Linda said...

Lovely Goveaway. Perhaps Garden Jewels is my Favourite, but difficult to choose.
Linda on travjonuk@yahoo.com

Sharon Pernes said...

I am a follower of your blog and already entered the giveaway on that.

Kirsten and Tracy said...

I love Garden Paths, Bedazzled and Beribboned, but I think Garden Jewels is my absolute favorite! But really, I might have to make one of each!

Tracy

Melissa said...

I am already a follower of your blog and love the inspiration that I can find there:)

Melissa said...

My favorite is the Caramel and Cocoa pattern:) Loving it:)

Shelley said...

My favorite is Bejeweled. It's so bright and cheerful.

Sheila said...

I am already a follower of your blog and love Bejwelled :)

Sheila said...

And for my second chance...I like Bejewelled the best :)

Brenda said...

I have been a follower of Amanda's blog. Love it!! :)

Brenda said...

So hard to choose... I will pick Beflowered... So beautiful! :)

Brita said...

Yes, I'm a Follower!

Brita said...

And I think Garden Jewels is my current fave -- altho it's a hard choice!

Dj said...

I follow your blog!

Dj said...

I like Beflowered but they all look fun to make!

Lisa Marie said...

I follow Amanda's blog.

gill said...

I can't choose between Garden Jewels and Garden Paths!

gill said...

I follow Amanda!

Lisa Marie said...

These patterns are gorgeous! Today my favorite is Garden Jewels. I hope that I'll get time in the new year to try them all.

Evelene S said...

Oh I love your Garden Sampler Pattern. I am a follower as GFC esterling1923 at gmail dot com and an email follower as bimbi9 at verizon dot net.

Heather said...

Too hard to choose, they are all so lovely! Beflowered is a little different.

Karen said...

I love, love, love Bejeweled!!

scottylover said...

I just became a follower of your blog!

Sandy A

scottylover said...

Garden Jewels is my favorite of your new patterns. Thanks for the chance to win them!

Sandy A

Sallie said...

I follow your blog.

Sallie said...

I like Village Green. Thanks for the giveaway!

Heather said...

I love the pattern Bejewelled. A great use of yo-yos.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love Blossoms...but wouldn't turn down any of them...lovely

Dortha said...

I like them all but Garden Path is calling to me. dorthac@aol.com

pcflamingo said...

Already a subscriber on Amanda's blog!

MollyP said...

I follow your blog.

MollyP said...

My current fav of Amanda's new patterns would be Garden Jewels. Now, mind you, my fav AM pattern changes daily. :)

Sue said...

I can see what Garden Path is the bestseller. Garden Jewels is running a close second in my heart!

JustPam said...

I am a subscriber of your blog.

JustPam said...

I think my favorite is Garden Paths

Sue said...

I am now following your blog - very cute by the way!

pcflamingo said...

I love, love, love Garden Paths!

Katie said...

I really like Beribboned with it's interlocking pattern. Thanks for a chance to win!

Katie said...

Oh, and I'm subscribed to your blog! :)

Needled Mom said...

I'm a new follower to your blog.

Needled Mom said...

I just love Bejeweled. It is a great use of yo yos.

supersara20 said...

i follow both. Garden jewels is my favorite

C. said...

I would love Bejeweled!

Janet said...

I love Bejeweled!

SarahZ said...

That is a tough choice! So to pick one of several favorites...Garden Jewels :) Wonderful giveaway!

Tiara said...

Subscribed

Tiara said...

Its a tie garden paths and Village green

mblittle5 said...

I'm a follower.

Kathy said...

Bejeweled is my favorite pattern of the group.

Kathy said...

I am a follower of you blog. Thanks for yet another great giveaway.

mblittle5 said...

I love Garden Paths and Caramel and Cocoa.

Mom on the Move! said...

I love Garden Jewels - so pretty! I would love to have all those patterns. Thanks for the chance and happy holidays.

Mom on the Move! said...

I'm a new follower.

Jennyroo said...

I'm a loyal follower of Amanda's blog! Thanks!

Jennyroo said...

Garden Paths is my favourite of all the new patterns!

Ginger said...

I follow your blog. I think Bejeweled is my favorite.

ginger c at gmail dot com

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I've been following your blog for some time and really enjoy it. Your designs are all so happy!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

My favorite pattern is Garden Jewels. I'd love to make it with vintage sheets. :-) Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Megan said...

All of these patterns are wonderful but I think I would pick Bejeweled, I really do love yo-yos, and I like the "portability" of the patten.

Pat V. said...

Garden Jewels is my favorite!

Pat V. said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Alicia said...

I am an old follower of your blog!

Alicia said...

I love the Bejeweled!

Megan said...

I just signed up to follow your blog. As a new quilter I'm always happy to find inspiration and new quilting friends.

Jane S. said...

I'm now following your blog through the RSS feed.

Jane S. said...

You mean I have to try and pick a favorite out of your patterns? Aaaargh!

Okay then. I'll say...Beflowered. Gosh I love them all though. Really great patterns.

Thank you for the giveaway!

CJ said...

I am already a follower of your blog! :)

CJ said...

Garden Jewels is the one I would make first but all of them are great!

Janet said...

Love love love your Garden Paths!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Bright Angel said...

I am a follower of your blog!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

sandra said...

I have been subscribed to your blog for a while

sandra said...

I love all of your patterns but I have just the fabric for your Garden Sampler. Thanks

Linda V said...

I am already an Amanda Murphy follower! Thanks
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/

Linda V said...

Garden Jewels is my favorite, but I love them ALL. Thanks for the chance to win.
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/

Willa said...

beribboned just might be my favorite but I really like them all. I like the consistency of your designs.

Jess said...

I am following your blog

Jess said...

I really like bedazzled :) but they're all lovely

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I love bejeweled! Thanks

Lindsay Anne said...

I love garden paths!

Bright Angel said...

If I have to pick a favorite, I would have to say Garden Jewels. So pretty :) Thanks for the giveaway!

SoozeM said...

I signed up to follow your blog! I tried to subscribe to your email updates but got an error "Not Found Error 404".

Kirsten N said...

I really like the Village Green pattern.

Anonymous said...

Love your 2 patterns featuring Kona solids 'Bedazzled' and 'Beribboned'. Thanks for the giveaway!
Rita
lotmrita@hotmail.com

Helen L said...

I love the "Jewels of my Garden" pattern, and I love her Veranda Line: a pair made in heaven!!

Kirsten N said...

And I am a follower:)

SoozeM said...

All your patterns are gorgeous but my favorite is Garden Jewels.

bruinbr said...

Garden Jewels is my favorite! :)

Sharon said...

I have subscribed to your blog! Thanks. Beautiful designs!

Helen L said...

and Yes, I'm already subscribed to Amanda's blog: in fact, I go and check it out even when I don't get an e-mail notification, just in case I missed something :-) Her fabrics and designs are just tooo beautiful!

Sharon said...

My favorite is Caramel and Cocoa! But they are all spectacular!

Kristy said...

I love them all too but I am partial to beflowered. Very creative ideas!

Mom2RyandSis said...

I'm a follower of your blog :)

Mom2RyandSis said...

I love Garden Paths and Garden Sampler :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

Kathryn said...

Garden Paths is my favorite. I love the motion that it conveys. Thanks for giving copies of your patterns. They all look do-able. Kathie L in Allentown

Kathryn said...

I am already one of your followers. Kathie L in Allentown

Jamie Lee said...

I like bedazzled the best. I am curious how the interlocking seams work. I also like Caramel and Cocoa. Thanks!

Ruth B said...

I subscribed to your feed as well as became a follower!

Ruth B said...

They are all so fun but beflowered would have to be my fav!

arlette said...

I love all of them. But my favorite is the Garden jewels

arlette said...

I'm your follower now, yay!!!!

cherie said...

I like Caramel and Cocoa.

Jennifer Gail said...

I already follow you around.

Jennifer Gail said...

Garden jewels is my fav.

Phyllis said...

I am following your blog.

Anonymous said...

I love the garden path. Regina C

Phyllis said...

I like the Garden Paths pattern.

charlotte said...

I follow you.

Rachelle said...

I've just started following your blog

charlotte said...

I think I like Bejeweled best. I love the yo yos.

Rachelle said...

Garden Paths is my favourite

ritainalaska said...

i do follow you!

ritainalaska said...

my very favorite pattern among all your patterns ... bejeweled!

Erin Marie said...

I subscribed to your blog.

Erin Marie said...

I think my favorite pattern would be Garden Paths or Garden Jewels.

carisur said...

Caramel and cocoa I love it

Cecilia said...

I really like The Garden Jewels.

Cecilia said...

I'm already a follower of yours and Amanda's.

Dona said...

I'm a follower of both.

Dona said...

My favorite is all of them but I love Beflowered.

LochKnitsMonster said...

I subscribe to Jolly Jabber and Amanda Murphy Design.

lochknitsmonster [at] gmail [dot] com

Bailey said...

Love them all, but I'm really drawn to Bejeweled! Thanks for the chance!

Robin said...

I've just started following Amanda Murphy Design! :)

LochKnitsMonster said...

Picking my favorite new design is tough but I'm going with Bedazzled. I have to say Beflowered, Bejeweled, and Beribboned are favorites too.

lochknitsmonster [at] gmail [dot] com

Deb said...

Oooh, I REALLY would love to win these patterns!!! My favorite is garden sampler because I have just the perfect garden prints to use for the big rectangles!

Deb said...

I'm already subscribed to Amanda's blog and love it!

Robin said...

I actually really like all of the new designs, but Garden Paths and Beflowered are calling to me the most. They are definitely going on my wish list! :)

Sorcha girl said...

Just one choice--can't do. I like Garden Path and Bejeweled. Several fabrics in my stash would work well with either.

Thanks for the opportunity to win the patterns.

Ruth S. said...

I follow your blog.

Ruth S. said...

I love the hexy look of Beflowered!

Caren said...

I'm following your blog. Love your designs. I'm cosing my favorite now... hmm....

Caren said...

OK, I my favorite WAS the daisies but I'm now in love with Bejeweled. I'd really like to try it as a lap quilt as I'm a novice and smaller projects suit me!

Johanna said...

I love Beflowered! My kids would love it too!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm a follower.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Garden Paths

Natalya Hoak said...

I especially love Garden Jewels. What a lovely pattern!

Natalya Hoak said...

I follow your blog!

Gwen said...

I follow your blog--- and LOVE your patterns!

Gwen said...

I'm torn between Garden Paths and Village Green-- but if I had to choose just one-- then, for tonight, anyway, I choose Village Green! But, they're *all* beautiful! :-)

Connie said...

I am already a follower, great giveaway!

Connie said...

I really like the Garden Jewels pattern! Thanks!

Ella said...

I love Bedazzled!

Ella said...

I'm a new follower on your blog!

Barb said...

I already follow Amanda's blog, that's how I first heard about her new patterns.

Barb said...

I love Beribboned--it's on my wish list.

shayshap said...

Hi I am a follower, thanks, kathy

shayshap said...

My favorite pattern is garden jewels, thanks, kathy

Richla said...

Love Caramel Cocoa! Nice work - your patterns are great!!!
Richla

liberal sprinkles said...

hello, I'm a follower.

Mhairi said...

I love all the patterns but my favourite is beflowered.

Mhairi said...

I am definitely a follower of Amanda's blog.

liberal sprinkles said...

I like Bejeweled. Thanks!

Tamie said...

I'm a follower of Amanda's.

Tamie said...

Garden Jewels might be my favorite pattern.

TinksDaughter said...

I've been eyeing Caramel and Cocoa for a while now. Can't wait to try one of your patterns!
dede(dot)dedebaker(at)gmail(dot)com

TinksDaughter said...

I already follow your blog.
dede(dot)dedebaker(at)gmail(dot)com

Patty said...

My favorite is Garden Paths.

Dawn said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Dawn said...

My fav by far is Bejeweled

zarina said...

I have signed in as a follower to your blog.

zarina said...

I love the Gardens Path. Incidentally, I have made a batch of HDTs with the same name last year.

Rebecca said...

I subscribed to your blog :)
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rebecca said...

So many great patterns to choose from! Garden Paths is my favourite :)

onelittlethread said...

Lovely patterns ....Garden Paths is my favourite. Alison

idzncolumbine said...

Bejeweled, Beribboned, Bedazzled, but then I really like Garden Paths too. Can't choose just one!

Anonymous said...

I love gardeN sampler. Something about the big blocks appeals to me.

MadCraftyMama said...

I'm a subscriber :)

MadCraftyMama said...

I love village green, it looks like a pattern I would make more than once - and thats saying something for a non-pattern person!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I am a follower of Amanda's blog

Quilter in the Gap said...

Garden Sampler is my favorite

Carla G said...

I'm a follower of your blog! :)

Carla G said...

Bedazzled would be my favorite pattern! :)

Karen said...

I loved Garden Paths, but my new favourite is Bejeweled!

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