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Amanda Murphy Design

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Amanda Murphy
Textile designer for Blend Fabrics (a subsidiary of Anna Griffin, Inc.), quilt designer with my own pattern line under the name Amanda Murphy Design, author with first book “Modern Holiday” coming out in June of 2013.

When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

I was largely self-taught at first but have learned from a lot of talented, generous people along the way.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

A quilted Christmas tree skirt with fabric angels – repleat with make-up.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

Too many to list… I love them all. I also love all styles, from traditional to modern.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

I have a room above the garage I store things in but mostly I sew in our living room amongst the chaos.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I listen to books on tape from – mostly biographies because people’s lives are really the most interesting stories out there.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I love needlework, drawing, and cooking, but I don’t’ get to do as much of those as I’d like.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I like to contrast modern and traditional styles and techniques in my work.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Masterpiece Theater
Gosh – I’ve no idea love Bach
Williamsburg, VA or any historial site
Henry V or Pride and Prejudice – I can’t decide!
The Fictionalized Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George
This Changes, but I do have a lot of green in my collections – it functions as a “neutral” for me
Fabric Brand
Blend Fabrics (a subsidiary of Anna Griffin) – I design for them
Sewing accessory or Tool
My Bernina 580!