Amanda Murphy’s Garden Spot, Giveaway

The July/August issue of Quiltmaker features an easy but oh-so-attractive throw quilt pattern called Garden Spot.

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Garden Spot by Amanda Murphy appears in Quiltmaker’s July/August issue.

It was designed and made by Amanda Murphy, and it features Amanda’s own fabrics for Blend. The fabric collection is Topiary—isn’t it pretty?

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I had a chance to chat with Amanda on email and I asked for her thoughts on a variety of topics. I wanted to share them with you today.

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Tell me about the process of designing fabric. What are the steps? 

Well, first comes the idea for the collection. I usually think about that for a couple months before even putting pencil to paper. I do sketch – but my sketches are very rough – more notes to myself than anything else.

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One of the feature prints that made its way into the “Topiary” collection

I begin with the feature prints because they are what the rest of the collection is centered upon. I might design three or four feature prints before settling on one. I do take my initial sketches and scan them in but most of the real design is done on a graphics tablet.

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A second feature print that made its way into the “Topiary” collection

When designing fabric I am constantly going back and forth between fabric design and quilt design to ensure that I have a wide variety of scale and value in the fabric.

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My “Lovebirds” pattern using Topiary fabric

The medium scale Topiary print below inspired “Lovebirds,” shown above.

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This medium scale Topiary print inspired “Lovebirds,” shown above.

Sometimes the quilt designs influence the fabrics and vice versa.

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My “Forever” pattern using Topiary fabric


The blender shown below has motifs borrowed from “Forever,” above.

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A blender from Topiary, with motifs borrowed from “Forever”


The next thing I do is to experiment with color. A lot of shops are looking for really tight collections so they can afford to buy the entire set, so I like to make sure that my color stories coordinate with each other.

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Strike-offs from my “Modern Lace” collection for Blend Fabrics that will ship in August.

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Strike-offs from my “Modern Lace” collection for Blend Fabrics that will ship in August.

My final step is putting the fabrics into repeat. I send the designs to Blend and they give me their feedback. Anna and the design director, Kate, have great editing eyes!

Often the end result varies a lot from my original sketches, but the initial inspiration is still there. A main theme in my work is contrasting the modern and traditional – the old and the new. This came through particularly well in my Modern Lace feature print so I’m really excited about the quilts I’m designing for this collection.

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Modern Lace feature print

What is your sewing/quilting background? 

I have sewn since I was a little girl. I made my mother a pink lace dress as a surprise when I was about ten – which she recently admitted she wore “only once.” Haha. I also made an angel tree skirt and decorated the angels’ faces with real makeup. I didn’t get into quilting until later – after I had kids. Quilting is great because it marries my love of graphic design with my love of sewing! I love quilting and quilters – they are the best!

Please visit Amanda’s website:

And have a peek at Amanda’s blog, too:

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Now it’s giveaway time. This giveaway is for U.S. readers only. Amanda is providing (generous lady!) a fat quarter bundle of Topiary plus the Forever and Lovebirds patterns shown above. She’s having a giveaway on her blog too, so you’ll want to follow the instructions in both spots. For your chance to win here, please leave a comment by midnight Saturday, June 14. We’ll choose a random winner and announce it here next week.

Sylvia E. Anderson is the winner of the Amanda Murphy Garden Spot Giveaway! Sylvia had been notified by email.

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Buy just the pattern for Garden Spot, an easy throw quilt, for $7.99.

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Get just this pattern, or get the entire July/August issue–your choice!

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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126 Responses to Amanda Murphy’s Garden Spot, Giveaway

  1. NancyB from Many LA says:

    Would love to win – thanks for the chance!

  2. Nancy A says:

    Great patterns and fabric!

  3. Jodi says:

    Love the pattern, the fabric and the giveaway.

  4. Judy says:

    Amanda’s designs are always so beautiful!

  5. Carmen N says:

    I love that My “Forever” pattern!

  6. Lori Morton says:

    Fabrics are Beautiful!! The patterns too!!

    Loved learning about Amanda….she is such a Creative & Talented Lady!!

  7. Donna Amos says:

    What beautiful fabrics. The patterns and colors are great. Can just imagine a wonderful quilt made from these. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Joan H. says:

    The fabrics and patterns are so lovely. Hope I win.

  9. Sarah says:

    This is such a pretty collection! Thanks for sharing-

  10. I love the pattern as much as the fabric..
    I am on a mission to get 1 or 2 done this summer…thanks for the giveaway. .

  11. Kelly Wilson says:

    Very soft, feminine colors. Lovely! Thanks for the opportunity. notwendy at gmail dot com

  12. Jo says:

    The furniture print is adorable!

  13. Cheryl B. says:

    I started sewing for real in 9th grade home economics class in 1973. After I graduated high school I took my first quilting class in the fall of 1976. We were taught crazy quilting all stitched my hand and embroidery around every seam. A love affair was born!

  14. melissa says:

    Oh! I love that furniture print! :)

  15. Julie says:

    Great fabrics and patterns. Thanks for the opportunity.

  16. Lisa Marie says:

    Amanda designs such beautiful fabrics and quilts, thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Jan says:

    Fabulous fabric collection and patterns! Thank you for the chance to win.

  18. Ashley says:

    Love the “forever” pattern. Gorgeous!

  19. Karen says:

    Beautiful fabrics and prints. Can’t wait to see Modern Lace in the stores later this summer.

  20. Carol says:

    The fabrics and patterns look wonderful!

  21. Sarah says:

    Beautiful fabric and quilts!

  22. Yvonne says:

    The colors are beautiful as are the quilt patterns. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Kathy says:

    Great fabric – love the colors!

  24. barbara woods says:

    Great fabric, thanks

  25. Diane says:

    Beautiful fabric! The colors are so dreamy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Cecilia says:

    Amanda’s quilt is gorgeous. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  27. Pam S says:

    What a delightful quilt! The fabric just makes it sing! Thanks for the interesting post with the story of this fabric and thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Therese Bocchino says:

    This fabric is beautiful!
    I really liked how it is used in the pattern picture of ‘Love Birds’

  29. Margaret Schindler says:

    I really love all the colors. Those fabrics are gorgeous. Would love to make those quilts.

  30. Kathy Luehrs says:

    love the colors – love the quilt

  31. Diane says:

    Love the fabric and the quilt! Beautiful!

  32. gab says:

    Beautiful fabric and cute quilt designs.

  33. Sandy K says:

    I love this new collection. Both color ways are beautiful.

  34. Vicki H says:

    I love the colors. Crossing my fingers. Thanks

  35. Lee says:

    I love Amanda’s designs! So lovely! thank you1

  36. Michele J says:

    Both colors and patterns you have made are so lovely and pleasing to the eye.

  37. Michele J says:

    I love the colors and the fabrics you have used in both of your quilts. They are so pleasing to the eye. Both are just so lovely.

  38. PattiA says:

    What lovely colors and pattern. I have my July/August issue with the pattern, hopefully I can find the fabric in my local quilt store.

  39. PattiA says:

    What lovely fabrics can’t wait to find them in my local quilt store. I have my July/August issue with the pattern too.

  40. Mary Jane says:

    This is a beautiful collection! I can visualize a number of projects both quilts and clothing. Thanks for a terrific giveaway.

  41. Sally Dixon says:

    I really love these fabrics! So soft and colorful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Cathy G says:

    I love all the fabric! Such wonderful colors and designs. A quilter’s dream!!

  43. LINDA says:

    What beautiful fabrics+designs!
    Love these projects!
    Thanks for a neat giveaway too!

  44. Debbie Metti says:

    These fabric collections are gorgeous…I’ve recently gone back to quilting & love all the new fabric collections I have to choose from. Amanda’s are some of the prettiest yet!

  45. LizA says:

    The pattern, colors and fabrics are winners!! I especially like your “blender” fabrics.

  46. MaryAnn says:

    What beautiful fabrics!

  47. teri c says:

    What beautiful fabrics!

  48. Pattie C says:

    Totally delightful fabric. Would love to win some.

  49. Katherine Daven says:

    The fabric is lovely. I am always interested in the process that goes into mAking things thanks for sharing.

  50. Sarah C. says:

    OMgoodness! Those fabrics are just beautiful. I hope I win them :-)

  51. Karen says:

    pretty pattern and fabric would love to be a winner!

  52. Kaye M. says:

    I enjoyed learning about Amanda’s design process. Her fabrics are so cheery and fresh-looking!

  53. Paula Cox says:

    These fabrics are absolutely beautiful. I love the colors and the design that Amanda Murphy picked. I will have to pick some up even if I win the fat quarter bundle.

  54. Pat V. says:

    These fabrics are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the interesting post and the chance to win!

  55. Linda Erickson says:

    Beautiful, soft colors for this quilt; great fabrics!

  56. Linda V says:

    Thanks for sharing how the design is formed. Very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. Jennifer says:

    Amanda made some beautiful quilts to showcase these lovely fabrics. After getting my copy of the magazine, making a Garden Spot is now on my list of to-do quilts!

  58. Deb G. in VA says:

    I love the fabrics and patterns. Thanks for a chance to win them!

  59. Linda S says:

    Great collection and I love the Forever pattern! thanks for the chance
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  60. Audrey says:

    I think Amanda achieves everything she sets out to do when she is designing. Her fabric collection is awesome. Thank you for interviewing her. I am very drawn to her fabrics and her patterns.

  61. Karlene says:

    Enjoyed hearing about the process. Love the fabrics and quilts.

  62. marta says:

    Love topiaries, so this fabric & pattern really speak to me. Thank you for the giveaway…

  63. barbara corbitt says:

    i cannot decide which is more beautiful, the fabric or the patterns in this giveaway! thank you and amanda for a wonderful giveaway.

  64. Jeanie says:

    The fabric is just beautiful! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  65. Melody Lutz says:

    Sooo gentle….beautiful!

  66. Love Amanda’s patterns and fabrics. So fresh and lovely. Thanks for the chance.

  67. Kathie L says:

    I love Amanda’s designs and fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. Christine Gibbons says:

    How beautiful. I would love to win some of the fabric and dream of what I would make.

  69. Barb Johnson says:

    The colors for these collections are so fresh and modern! I especially like the light teal green from the Topiary collection. And thanks for the insight into the fabric design process. That’s one part of the quilting craft that has always been a mystery to me.

  70. Kay Mc says:

    Love topiaries, so this fabric & pattern really speak to me. Beautiful colors & designs!

  71. The colors are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win.

  72. Shirley says:

    Ohhh, love these patterns and fabric. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a wonderful giveaway. Crossing my fingers I win……………..

  73. Mara says:

    It is so fun to hear how designers create their beautiful fabric designs.

  74. Flo Burton says:

    I love her fabrics and patterns. Thank you for a chance to win!

  75. TxGal says:

    Amanda just outdoes herself with each new fabric line and new pattern ! The Forever quilt would make THE perfect wedding – or anniversary quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  76. Cory says:

    I love this fabric and both of these patterns. I would love to win. Thank you for the chance. Take care and God bless, Cory

  77. Sue singer says:

    I would love to win

  78. Tammy L says:

    Oh love Amanda’s new patterns. And her fabrics are all ways gorgeous. She chooses the best colors to work with… Thank you for the chance to enter your fabulous giveaway

  79. Cindy K. says:

    Very pretty fabric…great giveaway

  80. wanda says:

    Beautiful fabric showcased in this fun quilt!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  81. Nancy A says:

    Wow! Fabulous giveaway. Thanks!

  82. Sylvia Anderson says:

    Amanda’s colors and designs are recognizable even without knowing beforehand who the fabric designer is. I love her elegant pattern designs and use of soft and bright hues of color.

  83. Sharon says:

    Love Amanda’s designs and patterns. Thanks for a chance to win!

  84. Carrie p. says:

    Amanda is a fantastic designer. I had the privilege of meeting her when she visited my guild.

  85. Joanna says:

    Her fabric is beautiful, and it’s interesting to read her method of designing it.

  86. DebrafromMD says:

    I love that Forever pattern. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  87. Gene Black says:

    Amanda is a very talented designer. It is interesting to read some of “how” she starts to design a collection of fabrics. Topiary is a gorgeous collection. I would love to win a bundle.

  88. Sonja says:

    I love Amanda’s fabrics and patterns. They are so fresh and modern.

  89. Sonja says:

    I simply love Amanda’s fabrics and patterns. They are so fresh and modern.

  90. Kathryn M says:

    Beautiful colors

  91. Valerie says:

    Wow, I love the fabrics, the patterns, and the talent!

  92. Sherrye says:

    Love Love Love the fabrics and patterns! So fresh!

  93. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Love the colors & prints – thanks for the chance to win.

  94. Pat Triska says:

    I love the “Forever” pattern and love how the fabric colors are used in making it.

  95. Debbie says:

    I also love the pattern and the fabric! The colors are so cute!

  96. KT says:

    Love your fabrics and your quilts! Thanks for the chance to win!

  97. Chris says:

    I love the pattern and fabrics. Of course I love birds.

  98. Ann O says:

    The fabric collection is beautiful – I love the feature print in blue.

  99. Tabitha Keener says:

    I would love to win, the fabrics are beautiful! I would definitely make the quilts too with the patterns, love their design. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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