I am really excited to share this interview I had with Amanda Murphy.
About six months ago I reviewed her book Color Essentials. Amanda is also the author of Modern Holiday: Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects Quilts, Stockings, Decorations & More.
I live with my husband and two kids in North Carolina.
Well, I started sewing at an early age, but I didn’t start quilting until after my kids were born – about a dozen years ago.
As a child my two favorite subjects were art and math, so I guess the fact that I like quilting and fabric design is no big surprise! I also always loved history – decorative arts museum are my favorite.
I grew up in Virginia and attended college at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA. I was actually an industrial design major but ended up working in print multimedia. That experience has definitely helped me in terms of being able to keep up a website, put design patterns, etc.
Modern Holiday was inspired in part by all those gorgeous holiday fabrics that are now available! I wanted to do a holiday book that was very graphic in nature – bold and fun.
Craftsy originally recruited me at Market to teach classes in machine embroidery. Now I also teach an appliqué class!
I have two classes in the machine embroidery category – Elegant Machine Embroidered Bags and Elegant Machine Embroidered Quilts. It is so fun to pick threads to match quilting fabrics to make something really unique.
My 20 Fresh Appliqué Techniques is just that! I teach your a variety of techniques that will really make your machine appliqué sing!
They are some of my favorite techniques – yes. I tend to love whatever I am working on at the moment! I’m fortunate to work in such a creative industry.
My favorite project to date is my most recent quilt, Flower Power! It uses a lot of the stitches and techniques I teach in my Craftsy class. (A coordinating pillow is part of the class.)
I see a merging of the modern and traditional movements. The modern aesthetic is definitely having an influence in the traditional quilting world and the techniques familiar to traditional quilters are seeping into the modern movement. Also, the embracing of technology by the quilting community is bound to continue and it will be interesting to see where it leads.
Amanda has generously offered a give-a-way; a free link to her recent Craftsy class – 20 Fresh Applique Techniques. In order to enter, please leave a comment in my comment box telling us what your favorite pattern line is