Meadow Dance is a wonderful new collection by Aurifil Designer Amanda Murphy for Contempo/Benartex. The collection features a lovely range of colors to choose from including soft aqua with cool accents of red and green, lilac, and blue. Large scale and richly colored florals are offset by smaller scale prints and textures. Amanda has also included a learning panel designed for rulerwork on domestic or longarm machines. We can’t wait to see what you all make with this collection!!
We were honored to work with Amanda to create a small curated box of 50wt thread to coordinate with Meadow Dance. It offers all of the colors one could possibly need to create a little quilty magic. Partner that with the specialty rulers with Westalee by Sew Steady and the magic is nearly guaranteed!
To learn more even more about Meadow Dance, head on over to Amanda’s blog.
Today, we’re thrilled to welcome Amanda to Auribuzz, to share some insight, some inspiration, and a very special giveaway! Thanks Amanda!!
Hi everyone! I’m excited to be here today to talk about my new Aurifil thread collection and do a special giveaway featuring the Meadow Dance panel, ruler guide, Meadow Dance patterns, and thread collection! (For more chances to win, check out my site and Westalee’s site!)
I am always excited when Aurifil’s brightly colored spools arrive on my doorstep, but with this shipment I literally couldn’t wait! The Meadow Dance Thread Collection coordinates with my fabric collection of the same name for Contempo of Benartex. When the fabric debuted this summer it immediately sold out but they’ve reordered the entire line and it will be shipping again next week! The coordinating thread collection features 10 small spools in bright colors that work especially well when contrasted with each other or with the neutral dark greys and white of the blender prints in the line.
I made sure to design a few projects that allow you to really experiment with these threads and the lovely way the colors play together,
Meadowsweet is my new appliqué pattern in which I used almost all of the threads in the collection; I took the large exuberant blooms of the feature prints and blew them up into a fun applique table runner or wall hanging. Usually I use Aurifil’s 28wt thread for appliqué but in this case I wanted to let the delicacy of the flowers take center stage. The 50wt threads of the Aurifil collection were perfect for that! I added further detail with a fun button pack by Just Another Button Company.
Over that past year I’ve been teaching a lot of rulerwork, so I couldn’t resist incorporating a colorful panel in this collection which can be used both to perfect rulerwork skills AND play with thread. I designed two different ruler work quilting plans for the panel. Both plans are included in the guide and coordinating ruler sets are available through Westalee or at your local shop. It is so fun to change out threads as your work through the panel!
Of course, I also used Aurifil thread on other pieces featuring this collection, like my new “quilt-as-you-go” style block-of-the-month…
And my Meadow Blooms pattern, where the colors on the blocks really take center stage when contrasted with the dark grey background.
If you love what you see, please ask your local shop to order (or re-order!) the Meadow Dance fabric, patterns, and thread collection.
I’ll be releasing videos of quilting with Aurifil threads this fall in my Facebook Group, Quilting with Amanda Murphy as the collection unfolds, so please join me!
Thanks for letting me share and happy quilting!
Thanks so much, Amanda!! <3
To win a copy of all these patterns + the Meadow Dance panel + the Meadow Dance Thread Collection + the Ruler Guide click here or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, December 8! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here by Monday, December 11. Good luck and happy stitching!
Always attracted to color, texture, and pattern, Amanda Murphy has been designing, drawing, and sewing since she was a child. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor of fine arts degree and worked as a graphic designer and art director in Alexandria, Virginia, and New York City. After moving to North Carolina with her family Amanda discovered quilting, an art that marries her passion for design with her enthusiasm for handwork. As she gradually expanded her knowledge of sewing and quilting techniques and combined them with the ideas she had been sketching over the years, Amanda Murphy Design was born.
Amanda markets her own full-color pattern line under the Amanda Murphy Design label and has designed several fabric collections. Her fourth collection with Benartex will debut in Summer 2016.
[For more, please visit Amanda’s website]
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Small, 100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt (220yds each, 10 colors, Small Spools):
2600 – 2630 – 2886 – 2884 – 2440 – 2415 – 5006 – 2588 – 2214 – 2110
** Images and most text are courtesy of Amanda Murphy