Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A special sale for my Craftsy embroidery classes!

I'm so excited because I'll be teaching for Craftsy again!  I can't share the details yet, but I can say that this time it will be in the quilting category and will be going over some of my very favorite techniques.  To celebrate, I'd like to offer a special discount on my previous classes, good through this weekend.

Use this link to get 25% off of Elegant Embroidered Quilts.


And use this link to get 25% off of Elegant Machine Embroidered Bags.



Happy quilting and embroidering!
Amanda

In time for Easter... just!

Almost two years ago now I wrote a free complementary pattern for BERNINA that incorporated embroidery and specialty stitches on the BERNINA 580.  At the time, I liked the project so much I pieced two - one for them and one for me!  I had so much fun playing with specialty stitches I just couldn't stop making the eggs that border the design.


Of course, you know how it goes... I finished theirs and mine languished by the website.  Really, all I had to do was quilt it but I didn't have the time.




I'm sure you guys don't have any projects sitting around like that, right?
Most of the fabrics used are by Lauren and Jessie Jung for Moda.

Well I finally finished it!  Hee hee.  It only took me two years.  You can find the pattern here but you need to email me to get the embroidery file.  (I'm hoping to post a solution for that soon.)






I hope you all have a lovely Easter week!

Happy sewing!
Amanda

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Don't forget to vote in the BERNINA Faceplate Face-Off!

Just a reminder to remember to vote each day in the BERNINA Faceplate Face-Off because every day you vote now through April 14th you'll be entered to win a 350 Limited Edition!


Of course, I'd love for you to vote for my design (fabric to come later this year), but  remember to vote daily regardless of who you vote for because the prize is pretty spectacular and all the designs are great!

Happy sewing and have a fabulous weekend!
Amanda

Monday, March 17, 2014

BERNINA 350 Faceplate Face-Off

Today is the day when voting starts for the new BERNINA 350 Special Edition Faceplates! Two will be produced.  I was SO honored to be asked to participate.  You can vote once each day from now until April 17th and - as an added bonus - when you vote you will be entered in the contest to win a free BERNINA 350! Please participate - there are some amazing designs from so many great designers! Mine was inspired by a collection for Blend Fabrics that will be coming out in the fall!







To vote visit this link.

Happy voting!
Amanda

P.S.  For those of you voting through your mobile device, you can still vote, but you have to scroll down and click not the option to use the desktop site.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sundance Quilt: Part 2

This month I started the embroideries for my new version of the Sundance quilt in my Topiary collection for Blend Fabrics!  (Remember, this quilt was developed for BERNINA so visit your local dealer to get instructions!)  I was going to do the blue version but so many people voted for this pink version I was persuaded… (SKUs can be found in this post.)


I gathered together some threads I thought might work for the project.  I wanted the blues and greens I used in the original quilt, but I also wanted to bring in some of the pink from my Topiary fabrics.  (The embroidery itself is done on 115.104.05.1 Everbloom Ivory from that collection.)


The first pass is the intricate scroll motifs - it is the most dominant part of the overall design.  I chose to use Isacord 4610 Deep Aqua.


The second color is used for the blossom leaves.  I chose 5730 Apple Greeen.  It is nice and bright and will stand up well to the other strong colors in the quilt, I think.


The third pass is for the central motif and the fourth is for the blossoms.  I opted to use Isacord 2152 Heather Pink for both.



After taking another look at my digital mockup at the top of this post, I decided to do the central embroidery a little differently and switch out the pinks and blues so that the pink was a little more dominant, since it will be surrounded by blue in the piecing.  So I used the Heather Pink for the first pass, the green for the second, the Deep Aqua for the third, and 4740 Aquamarine for the fourth.


Early on I had decided to forego the little cornerstone flour de lis embroideries in favor of fussy-cutting the little Topiary motifs from 115.104.01.1 Arbor Walk Light Pink.  I loved the embroideries in the original but I just couldn't resist fussy-cutting the little garden motifs from this collection!


I carefully cut around the bigger motifs in the same print, hoping to use them for another project.  Any suggestions?



Next month I'll begin piecing my first blocks.  I can't wait!  (If you are sewing along don't forget to post on Instagram using #berninausa #sundancequilt.)  Happy quilting!

Amanda

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Love Birds and Forever are shipping!

I'm excited to announce that Love Birds and Forever are shipping!  I've spent the last fews days folding assembly diagrams and packaging them so that they are all ready to go.  These are relatively small patterns that you can whip up in a weekend - I used my Topiary line for Blend Fabrics and Aurifil thread!  You can ask your local quilt shop to order them - the rep samples for major distributors also went out this week.



If you can't find them at your local site you can order Love Birds and Forever on my shopping site.  I'll be adding SVG files you can use on cutting machines to order separately in the future - hopefully soon!

Happy quilting!
Amanda

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BERNINA Quilt As Desired

First, I'd like to thank you all for the kind comments and emails you sent me about my two new patterns!

Second, I'm SO excited to be visiting BERNINA's headquarters in Chicago March 25th-26th to teach at their Quilt As Desired Retreat.  The incredibly knowledgeable Judy Hahner will be walking participants through the ins and outs of the BERNINA Quilting System and QuiltMotion Touch software and I'll be working with people quilting on domestic machines!  (I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the 780!)  We'll explore some simple backgrounds and learn how and where to place them to make complex looking designs.  And we'll talk about how to create a great quilting plan for any quilt.  I can't wait!  They will have stitch regulators for everyone to try!


And did I mention that BERNINA has decided to send participants home with a copy of the directions for the Sundance quilt!  If you are interested you can register here!  (I think that, on their site there are two different dates listed, Quilt as Desired is actually JUST available on the 25th-26th.)  I hope some of you can join me.

Happy sewing!
Amanda