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. Pat Selby says:

    Love the soft colors. Just beautiful! The quilts are just stunning. Would love to win this collection of fabric. Thank you for this great giveaway!

  2. Nancy M says:

    the colors are so beautiful and soft, very soothing. I am usually a reproduction gal but love this line, it would be perfect for my little granddaughter, Avery Elaine.

  3. Jackie Smith says:

    I love Amanda Murphy’s soft and inspiring fabric designs. A person can look at any design and feel what Amanda felt as she created it.

  4. Sandra Timmons says:

    The colors are really beautiful and they do remind me of Amanda’s work. Just so elegant looking that blends with just the right pattern. Thank you for being so generous with winning the giveaways. I love all of her quilting fabric lines as well as her quilting patterns.

    Sandi Timmons

  5. Liz Engman says:

    What lovely colors–and combos. And I love the quilt–just screaming for fussy cuts. Thanks for the insight into the designing process.

  6. Such beautiful fabric, thanks for the chance to win this!

  7. Diane says:

    I really like the work Amanda does. I would use both patterns, and they would be a joy to work up in her fabric. Great giveaway, thanks

  8. Diane says:

    Amandas’ fabrics and quilt samples are terrific. I would really love to make some of them with her collection.

  9. Janie says:

    Amanda is amazing. I cannot coordinate fabric to save myself. Beautiful patterns as well. Thank you for featuring her. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  10. Rochelle says:

    Such beautiful colors in the quilts!

  11. Ellee says:

    I enjoyed reading about your design process.

  12. Amy says:

    Amanda does such amazing work.

  13. auschick says:

    such a pretty quilt! would make a great baby shower gift!

  14. Susan McNees says:

    What great inspiration !! Lovely fabrics.

  15. Lyn says:

    Wow! The lovebirds quilt is definitely going to the head of my queue if I win!

  16. Jeanne says:

    Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful fabric and patterns!

  17. Helen says:

    Love the colors and design!

  18. Lisa E says:

    I love Amanda Murphy. Her last book was just AMAZING. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Loriann says:

    I love the soft colors of this collection.

  20. Sophie says:

    It’s so interesting to see and read about the back and forth between fabric and quilt design. I love both the fabrics and the quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  21. Debi Horne says:

    I love the colors and patterns, so beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Debi Horne

  22. Valerie Rothert says:

    I just love all the colors and designs!

  23. Kim Medlock says:

    Lovely fabric, the colors are so cheerful and do feel like a calm, orderly garden. Thanks.

  24. Kim Medlock says:

    Lovely fabric, the colors are so cheerful and do feel like a calm, orderly garden. Thank you for the chance.

    • Kim Medlock says:

      Is it possible to remove my repeat comment? I thought I was incorrect on the captcha and accidentally reposted.

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