It’s the fourth day of the 12 Days of Best Christmas Quilts Blog Tour and it feels like we’re still just getting started! We’re having a great time ‘touring’ the blogs of designers who contributed to Best Christmas Quilts 2012, currently on sale at your local quilt shop, bookstore or newsstand, and at the Quilt and Sew Shop online. Filled with so many clever gifts and eye-popping projects, you’ll have no shortage of gift ideas for everyone on your list this year.
Today we’re excited to be featuring Amanda Murphy of Amanda Murphy Design. Amanda is a wonderfully talented quilt and fabric designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amanda’s quilt patterns have a modern look, without taking away from her vibrant floral prints. We’ve featured a few of Amanda’s quilt designs in various issues of Quilters Newsletter and are always anxious to see what she’ll share with us next.
While the playful applique in both Sparkling Ornaments and the Winter Wonderland table runner speaks to Amanda’s style, it’s her creative use of nontraditional Christmas colors that really catches your eye. Look closely and you’ll see that these are all blenders, with not a single Christmas print to be found in either project. Her color choices remind me of a retro, mid-century palette while still being completely current. Full-size applique patterns for both projects are included in Best Christmas Quilts 2012.
So head on over to Amanda’s blog to read more about her Christmas designs; click here to visit her blog. If you leave a comment on Amanda’s blog before midnight Mountain time tonight — Thursday, August 23 — you will be entered for a chance to win a bundle of free fabric from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, including some of the blenders you see above, and a free copy of Best Christmas Quilts 2012. Comments left on this blog will not be entered for a chance to win the prize.
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