Monday, February 17, 2014

Hugs and Kisses Blog Hop and a Giveaway

And the winners are of the giveaways, according to the random number generator, are Theresa here who likes Everbloom in Ivory and Light Blue and Wendy Christian over on Instagram!  Congratulations! Ladies, please send me your snail mail addresses.

Hi everyone,

Today is my day to post my project for the Hugs and Kisses Blog Hop going on at Sew We Quilt.  We were asked to sew 1, 2, or 3 Valentine's-themed paper-pieced blocks designed by Soma from Whims and Fancies.  Proceeds for these patterns go to charity and you can find out more about where to get them at Sew We Quilt.



Of course I had to use Topiary!   I decided to use the heart block since it was my favorite.  I wanted to use the X and O blocks too but in the border.  Since I was shrinking the size of these blocks I appliquéd them, rather than paper-pieced them.


I decided to quilt swirls in the background to contrast with the
straight quilting in the heart.
And I free motioned petals in white border blocks.
I debated about the corners and almost did them in the dark pink fabric,
but in the end I decided to fussy cut the "Arbor Walk" print to
showcase the smaller topiaries.
And now for the giveaway!  I'll be giving away a copy of my block-of-the-month Under the Veranda, (which is pictured in Topiary on the cover), three patterns from my line, and a fat quarter of the "Gazebo" fabric in all three colors.

The giveaway prize...

To enter, hop on over to the Topiary page at Blend Fabrics and leave a comment below telling me what is your favorite Topiary print.  One comment per person please and let me know how to reach you if you are an anonymous.   For an additional chance to win go follow me on Instagram (AMANDAMURPHYDESIGN) and mark my picture of this project over there as a "favorite".  So there will be an Instagram winner and a blog winner, okay?  Deadline is today, Tuesday the 18th, at midnight.

And be sure to check out all the other sites on the hop today!

Lady Lana


Lady Judy

Lady Shanna
Lady Kay
www.sewgoldenachance.blogspot.com

Thanks to Madame Samm and Soma for hosting this blog hop.  Happy quilting everyone.  Have a great week!

Amanda

140 comments:

Lisa E said...

I really like 115.104.06.2 Orchard Blue in the Topiary line.

Lana said...

Love the FABRIC you chose...and such good work stitching !!!!!!

Judy said...

I like all of the prints in Topiary.

Mystica said...

I like the orchard blue in the topiary line.

Anita said...

Your work is stunning, and the fabric is perfect!
Gazebo blue is my favorite.

Theresa said...

How beautiful. I love what you did with the patterns, shrinking them down. My favorite pattern would be Everbloom in Ivory and Light Blue.

Linda V said...

I like the orchard blue! Thanks for the giveaway.

Jo said...

I like the orchard blue. Thanks for the chance to win.

Judy said...

Beautiful quilt, so light, and the quilting.....
I love your fabrics, but I really LOVE the green collection with the furniture, superbe!

Angelia Lanouette said...

I really love your heart quilt...it is so beautiful!! I really like the X and O blocks in the boarder. My favorite is the Gazebo pattern in pink. Thank you for sharing!

Judy B said...

How can I pick a favorite fabric, they are all sew beautiful! Your quit is wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

Baa. xxx said...

Beautiful fabric and beautiful quilt!

Britt-Inger said...

My favorite is Everbloom Green.
I love your quilt made from a wonderful fabric
Thanks for sharing and being part of this hop.

Marian said...

I love how you used the patterns.. the wallhanging is very nice.

Gill said...

Fabulous Amanda! the heart block is my favourite too!
I like Gazebo in green

Sunnybec said...

My favourite is Gazebo Green, thanks for the giveaway.

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

I clicked on each one to zoom in on the gorgeous detailing, and my favorite would have to be the Espalier Blue. I can imagine many different ways to use such a beautiful print.
As always, your quilting is gorgeous on your heart!

Aggiequilter said...

I love ALL of Topiary but choosing one print, it would be Gazebo Blue. Love the furniture print! Your designs are like no other, Amanda. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

I like arbor walk in light blue. The seats are a close second, which you matched up perfectly in your heart! :)

charlotte said...

Love them all, but Everbloom in green is a fave. Your quilt is sew perfect. Love the way you did the border.

delaineelliott said...

I love the Everblooming Ivory. Thanks!

JKW said...

Very hard to choose just one design much less color! Gazebo blue and pink. Great collection!

Iraelia Pernas said...

I just love the fabric line. My favorite is the Blue Gazeno. Hope to win!
Iraelia Pernas
Cusypernas@gmail.com

Betsy said...

Orchard blue is my favorite Amanda. Your quilt us darling!

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

I love Your quilt,Amanda!!! Great quilting and Your Topiary fabrics collection is sooo beautiful!!!!!
My fav are Gazebo Green,blue and pink,of course. I love fabrics like them.

JoyceLM said...

Everbloom Green is my favorite - thanks.

Mdm Samm said...

really delicate piece Amanda…and with your new fabric…totally heartfelt

Lisa Marie said...

Everbloom Light Blue is my favorite. Love your project!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Very nice piece. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

This is just gorgeous with those fabrics and your quilting...love it! Everbloom Green is quite lovely. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation!

Dorian said...

This is really cute. You did a beautiful job.

Sheryl J said...

All of them are just beautiful, but my favorite would have to be Everbloom in light blue.

ShariK said...

Beautiful quilt made with beautiful fabrics. Knot Garden Pink is my favorite but it was hard to select just one! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Karen M said...

I love the Arbor Walk print. Very pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your quilt is beautiful, and of course your fabrics are gorgeous! My favorite is "Knot Garden Blue." Thanks for generous giveaway.

Purl Buttons said...

Great fabric choice for this quilt! Or, maybe, great quilt choice for this fabric. I like the way the corners are there but not in-your-face. I like the hint of stronger color in the inner borders. If gives unity but does not fracture the design. I think it is the inner green border that makes that transition for me.

beaquilter said...

Looks lovely, so delicate, love it!

Sherry VF said...

Such a pretty, soft design with beautiful quilting. I love the Gazebo Green fabric best. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Jeanie said...

I love your heart quilt.... great job! The fabric line is beautiful, but I think I'd choose the green to represent the coming of spring. Thanks so much!

Priscilla King said...

So hard to pick just one, but if I could only have one it would be Espalier Blue. Just love the little heart details.

Sylvia Anderson said...

It was difficult to choose, but I'm going with Espalier Blue, because it incorporates not only colors I love, but hearts, which we all know, is the symbol of love. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win that wonderful giveaway!

Teatime Creations said...

Such delicate colors/fabric you choose. Very pretty.

Sheila said...

Your mini is just beautiful , soft and feminine . My favorite would be the blue , such a lovely shade of blue.

Vicki B said...

My favorite would be everbloom light. Such a pretty color and print.

Anonymous said...

Espalier is my first favorite ,as they all are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Wanda
sewstar@hotmail.com

Sandy W said...

Stunning!! Love your project!! The garden gate is my favourite fabric!!! What a pretty fabric line!!

Sewing Mom said...

SEW lovely! =) They're all beautiful, but Orchard Pink is soooo appealing...ready for spring. =) Thank you for a chance to win.

Renea said...

Hard to pick just one print as the colors of all of them are awesome. Thanks for the generous giveaway. Love your blog!

Carol said...

Wow, what a gorgeous project! I really like the big heart in the center with the X's and O's in the border. Thanks for sharing!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

I loved all of the fabrics in this line, but Knot Garden Pink really appealed to me

Diane H said...

Everbloom Green is my favourite pick. Thanks for a chance.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Lady Amanda, you ask the impossible. How can anyone just pick "one" design as their favorite? I did but it was hard to stop with just one or even to not say "all of them". You know I am so hooked on your designs!! I chose the simple and subtle but oh so dynamic Espalier Ivory. Thanks for a chance to win your generous giveaway!

Diann said...

I can't decide between Everbloom in light blue and Gazebo in any of the colors as my favorite.

Doris Rice said...

I LOVE the project, especially the yellow color, and especially, especially the fabric! :)
The quilting is fabulous too!

Vickie said...

A lovely piece,the fabrics were perfect for this hop. Orchid light pink would be my favorite.

Doris Rice said...

Oops, forgot to say I love all the fabrics, do I have to pick just one? OK, Espaliar in blue is my favorite. But really, I LOVE them all!

Linda said...

How beautiful, Amanda! I love the quilting, too!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh my Amanda - this is simply gorgeous! I love the quilting and the colors both. I can't wait to see Topiary in person, hopefully during my next visit at my LQS. I had a difficult time choosing a favorite but I think Everbloom in light blue. Such a sweet spring-like fabric. blessings, marlene

Margaret said...

I love the Everbloom Light Blue if I have to choose. I really like all of them You do such beautiful work and are very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

Dorothy said...

wow! Love your heart block, and love all of the fabrics. If I had to pick, I would chose any of the pinks, and if I really had to pick, I would pick the knot pink. thank you for the chance

Emily C said...

That is such a pretty heart!
I love Everbloom in Light Blue.

barb said...

i love the orchard pink. it was a hard choice, they are all beautiful. thank you for a really great giveaway babscorbitt@gmail.com

dcargill said...

The everblooming green is my favorite color way!

LeAnne said...

Everbloom in all three colorways, but light blue is my favorite.

Connie said...

Beautiful work and I really like the Orchard blue!

lawana whaley said...

really like Gazebo in Blue.... wonderful spring colors

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Oh I love the Espalier Blue. I think it's beautiful! sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

Scrapatches said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the fabrics and colors. It is difficult to pick a favorite in the Topiary line, but I will say Arbor Walk Light Blue. It looks like this is what you fussy cut for your cornerstone squares and they make a perfect end frame. Espalier Blue is a very close second and I love the Everbloom Ivory, too.
Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

Kay Holm said...

Love love love the fabric and the pattern. I am going to follow you for sure!

Tamie said...

I couldn't pick just one so Everbloom in Light Blue and Orchard Pink. Pretty line.

Kay Holm said...

Arbor Blue and then Gazebo Pink. I love love love them all.

VickiT said...

Oh gosh Amanda, how to choose just 1? As always, your work is just beautiful.
I suppose you asked, so I would have to say my favorite might be Everbloom Green. It's a great color and design that would fit with so many projects.

Bonnie58 said...

I love the everbloom line the best although it was difficult. they are all gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing

Cynthia said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!!! I love how you used the heart as the focal point with hugs and kisses around the quilt. Your machine quilting is really beautiful, it accentuates the beauty of your quilt, and the colors are very romantic. Great job :)

Julie in WA said...

Your project is amazing, especially the quilting! My favorite topiary print is Espalier in ivory; the whole line is lovely!

Shari said...

Very pretty...love the touch of applique, and with the quilting you did, it really brings it all together. This quilt really shows off the topiary fabric nicely too. Love it!

Mary said...

I like the one with the turquoise chairs and couches.
Your heart quilt is lovely. You are so deserving for being in the top two today. Great Job.

Bonnie said...

Love your quilt and love all of the fabrics. If I have to choose just one, I guess Orchard blue. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

suesinger said...

I like any of the pink fabrics. Such an unusual color.

Anonymous said...

Everbloom--all three colors is my favorite.

senstrings (at) yahoo {dot} com

Crystallace said...

My favorites are the aqua, green, and coral combinations.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Oh what a gorgeous mini! I love Gazebo in Blue - these fabrics are so fresh and happy!

Nellie Duclos said...

While my favorite color is yellow, I really like the designs in Gazebo blue. Also that dresden table topper is lovely perhaps because it shows off all the fabrics so nicely.

Amy said...

Everything about this piece is gorgeous. Love the fabric and the quilting! I love the Gazebo pink fabric.

Janarama said...

Your little quilt is really stunning. I love everything about it ... the design, the fabric and the quilting. My favorite print in your Topiary line is Everbloom Green.

Linda said...

SO PRETTY! I LIKE THE 'ORCHARD BLUE'! THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG+GIVEAWAY TOO!

cobaltt16@yahoo.com

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

What a beautiful project! I love the x's and o's in the border :) favorite print: Espalier Blue

tink's mom said...

Your fabric works so well in the heart and the corner stones, Lovely overall work. Thanks for sharing it with us.

JanesQuilting said...

Your project is adorable. I love the fabrics you choose for it. I like all the fabrics..guess blue is the one I would choose.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Well they are all such fun prints it was hard to choose just one! That said, Everbloom in Light Blue really caught my eye. Thanks for the fun!

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Love your heart quilt. The colors are so pretty put together like that. If I have to pick one color, they are all so pretty, I pick Orchard Light Pink.

Createology said...

How Lovely this fabric and design utilizes the Heart, X and O without screaming Valentine's! I am new to your blog and will be visiting often even though I don't quilt. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

Createology said...

I forgot to tell you I adore your fabric Everbloom Light Blue. Thank you.

Susan P said...

I love Knot Garden Pink

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

The everbloom green most definitely. Great way to showcase the fabrics in your quilt.

Tiffany said...

I think the pink gazebos are actually my favorite. Your quilt is adorable! You are smart to appliqué those little pieces. I probably wouldn't have thought of that. :)

Quilt n Queen said...

Topiary is another beautiful fabric line...colors so soft and delicate. Luv your heart quilt and the Everbloom light blue is my favourite Topiary fabric...an awesome color and blender fabric. Have a wonderful week...happy stitching! Thanks for the chance...Pauline

Christine M said...

It's hard to pick one favourite as they are all gorgeous. As I have to say one, I'll say Espalier Blue. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Soma Acharya said...

I love the heart in the middle and appliqued hugs and kisses are a perfect compliment. The quilting is so beautiful too. Love it!!

Thank you for joining the blog hop!
-Soma

Tamara Espinosa said...

Gazebo pink, followed closely by Espalier blue! Love your designs!

Vicki H said...

my favorite is Everbloom Ivory.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

All so pretty but I have to say I just love Gazebo Blue!! Thanks for the sweet giveaway:)

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

This quilt is so cute and your quilting so beautiful.
Wonderful x-o-♥ work!
Thanks for sharing.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh I need to win this!! lol I love your piece Amanda. It is just so soft; and the quilting is gorgeous

legato1958 said...

What a gorgeous mini quilt! I love the quilting, the colors, and the fussy cut corners! You can use this in spring and summer, too!

Susie

Vicki Yates said...

the HEARTS..I love the hearts. and I love the colors! Great Job. So excited to see all the new patterns you come up with!

jan said...

Love love this and your collection is beautiful. I love the Espalier in Ivory ( I am sure I spelled that incorrectly) and Gazebo Green and Pink! I would love to win your patterns and fabrics! Thank you for the opportunity and for sharing!
xo jan

Wendy said...

Amanda ... that is a tough choice!! I will have to choose Arbor Walk Light Blue only because you're making me choose but then I'd add the Orchard Blue as a close second, and if I purchased those two, I'd want a bit of each in your collection :) ... Beautiful work as always!! Thank you so much for this chance at your wonderful patterns!!

Lee said...

I love Knot Garden in Blue! very hard to choose! thanks!

OhioLori said...

Love ALL the fabrics in this line...Beautiful!!! Am choosin Gazebo Blue print a Most favorite...

Love your Quilt too!!! :)

Melissa Miller said...

Definitely Gazebo Green! :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I like the Gazebo Blue furniture.

Kathryn said...

I like Arbor Walk Light blue.

MoeWest said...

Gorgeous! I love it in the Topiary fabrics! My favourite print is Arbor Walk Light Blue.

PK Sews said...

Oh wow! Your wallhanging is beautiful - wonderful fabric, great design, beautiful quilting! It's refreshing to see a Valentine themed quilt in these soft colors. I love the Everbloom green print. It's so delightfully springy! Thanks so much for sharing!

Jo said...

I love the Everblooming in green

scottylover said...

Love these fabrics, especially 115.104.04.3 Gazebo Pink and 115.104.01.1 Arbor Walk Light Pink.

I love pinks! :)
Sandy A

Kristen King said...

Amanda, your quilt is just amazing!! I love the fabrics and the quilting is unbelievable! :)

Barb66 said...

The topiary line is beautiful, it's hard to pick a favorite but if I have to I pick Orchard Pink.

GG said...

My favorite print is-
Knot Garden Blue

Cecilia said...

If I had to pick just one, it would be Gazebo pink. All of the prints in Topiary are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your little quilt and for the giveaway.

Carrie P. said...

I really like Espalier Blue. thanks for the chance.
Your project is just gorgeous!

Kathy Davis said...

I really like the Knot Garden Pink fabric.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

bets said...

Actually they are gorgeous, but love the Garden Pink is my favorite! Lovely giveaway...thanks!

sandra said...

Hi Amanda, thanks for sharing your beautiful wall hanging and I love the fabric.

TinksDaughter said...
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TinksDaughter said...

Everbloom in Green is my favorite. Sometimes it's really hard to find a pretty green like this one.

Joyful Quilter said...

I like all of the Orchard colors. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Jane Gardner said...

I love Your quilt Amanda!!!
Great quilting and Your Topiary fabrics collection is so stunning!!!!!
My favorite are Gazebo Green!
But must say I love them all.
Vivianne in Sweden

GranChris said...

I like them all but Orchard Blue is very nice. Thanks for the chance to win.

sofen said...

Espalier blue is beautiful!

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P Bybee said...

my favorite has to be Arbor Walk Light Blue! All of them are beautiful tho!

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LJ said...

Oh, Amanda, I just love what you do. This little quilt is adorable. The heart is my favorite of the 3 designs so, of course, you had me there already! I think the multiple borders do make a real statement and add so much class. Your quilting is wonderful. My favorite fabric in the Topiary line is "Espalier Blue" though "Arbor Walk Light Blue" is a close second. Thanks for a chance to win.

Afquilt said...

Orchard blue is great!

Crow Calling Woman said...

Love all the FMQ you have going on there!

Audrey said...

Lovely table topper. I love all the prints in Topiary but Espalier Blue and the Everbloom Ivory prints are my faves. Thanks for sharing.

nicolesender said...

I like the Everbloom Green topiary print.

MB Isaac said...

I like gazebo pink. Thanks for the givewaway!

gpc said...

Great project!

Linda V said...

Love orchard blue! Love them all, though!