Meadow Dance by Amanda Murphy

Hi everyone!

Brewer kindly invited me over today to talk about my new Meadow Dance collection for Contempo of Benartex and the patterns, panel and rulers, thread collection, and embroidery collection that coordinate with it.  Some of you may have already seen Meadow Dance pop up in stores and I hope that you are enjoying using it to create something you love!  I'm always so impressed with what people come up with so make sure to take a picture of your creations on post to Instagram tagging @amandamurphydesign!

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Graffiti Quilting by Karlee Porter

Graffiti Quilting is a modern quilting technique developed by me, Karlee Porter, and today I want to tell you all about it! It combines all your favorite quilting motifs and absolutely none of the planning that you’re used to. Okay, maybe a little planning, but not much. Graffiti Quilting is a great opportunity for you to give yourself permission to let go of your free motion quilting inhibitions. So kiss the quilt police goodbye, and say hello to living free and letting your creative juices flow! If you really love this article, you can check out more of Karlee's work at

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Sweet Strawberry Pillows

Want to make some really sweet memories with your little one? Try this perfect mommy/daddy and me project — A sweet tooth fairy pillow creates a treasured heirloom complete with a tiny pocket for the magical tooth exchange. Then amp up your pillow making skills with a 3 dimensional plush berry pillow to top your sweetest projects list! Have fun together while encouraging your kids to develop sewing skills and the confidence to make something truly special with their own two hands — how sweet is that!

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Cactus Trio

Don’t have a green thumb? Perfect! Here’s a plant that requires no watering! All you need is a little imagination and display skills. Try making a felt cactus to add a little creative decor to your home or office. Bonus! The only needles this cactus has are the ones you sew with. 

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Folk Art Fantasy By Amanda Murphy

Hi everyone!  My name is Amanda Murphy.  For those of you that might not know me, I'm BERNINA Quilting and Longarm Spokesperson, a fabric designer for Benartex's Contempo division, a pattern designer, teacher, and author with C&T Publishing.

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