Amanda Murphy is a graphic designer and an accomplished machine quilter on both the home sewing machine and long arm. And she’s a BERNINA Ambassador and Spokesperson for the BERNINA Q Series of longarms. And she has designed fabric with Benartex (Carina) and created an app that will be available soon. (Yeah, we feel tired just writing all that!)
The very talented Amanda hits on that one note essential in the q-niverse: quilting ideas that strive to get quilters’ creative juices flowing. The Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book is a starting place, a here’s-how-to kind of book with page after page of well thought out steps to achieve a great variety of machine quilting motifs. By framing the motif planning process around a sampler quilt outlined in the book and a separate e-pattern, Amanda gives the frame work for solid machine quilting technique and patterns.
She took the time to carefully draw the patterns in a couple of ways. The first is on a sample table runner offering several options for quilting. The second is with blank pages/quilt sandwiches showing the motifs drawn on (stitched out). Amanda then gives references where each of the motifs are used for us to see the potential of the motif. In “The Basics” chapter, she also gives great tips for prepping quilts for stitching on our machines. Prep work is key to great success in any quilting endeavor and certainly makes the job easier.
One of our favorite features of this book is its spiral binding, which allows us to leave the book open and flat while we’re working. And it offers a second option: Lay a clear piece of plastic over the page and using an erasable marker, trace over the lines of the motifs to get a feel for how they are stitched out, or use a stylus or finger to create the same muscle memory.
Learn more about Amanda’s book in the coming days during her book blog tour. Here’s where your daily blog journey will take you:
11/2 – C&T
11/3 – Generation Q Magazine
11/4 – A Quilting Life
11/5 – Pat Sloan
11/6 – Mandy Leins
11/9 – Sew Sweetness
11/10 – Christa Quilts
11/11 – Cherry Blossom Quilt Studio
11/12 – Amanda Murphy
Of course there’s an opportunity to win a hard copy of the book if you’re in the U.S. or a digital copy if outside the U.S. Just answer this question: What is the quilting motif that you really want to try? We will draw a name on 11/13.
And now to announce the winner of the Samarra Khaja Sew Adorkable Book Tour: CONGRATULATIONS Tina Jeo!
Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.