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Natural Wonders: "Signature" Fabric Collection

Hi Makers,

Happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely, Father's Day weekend!

I'm sure a lot of you spent it outside and there's nothing better than being in the great outdoors! (Weather permitting, of course!) Whenever I'm in a bit of a funk or need to gather some inspiration to reset my mind, I love to immerse myself in the natural world. Living here in South Florida, there's such fascinating, tropical wildlife and I always enjoy admiring it while I take my two beagles pups for a long walk, twice a day. I live near a canal so I often see Egyptian geese, Muscovy ducks, blue jay's, cardinals, white ibis, iguanas, turtles, Monarch butterflies, and my favorite, manatees! I'll never stop being in awe of all the flora and fauna here and how it all truly makes you live in the moment, enjoying life's simple pleasures. 

Our designer Sharon Holland’s latest fabric collection “Signature” derives from the natural world, highlighting budding florals, butterflies and forest animals such as deer and foxes. Known for her hand-drawn style, Sharon gathered inspiration from where she grew up in Ohio to create these elegant prints that are perfect for strip-piecing or for circular patterns to replicate “flower petals” in your future quilts, garments and home decor. This collection is filled with a  lovely fusion of "vintage meets modern" in a very elegant way. 

Signature Fabric Bundle 1

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For more nature-inspired sewing projects with instructions to follow along, click below to view our "Signature" look-book!

 

 

Here's our lovely "Sunflower Quilt" for you to create, just click the below link for the FREE quilting pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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In case you need some ideas for solids, I've also included these blenders for you that can easily coordinate with the nature-inspired prints of "Signature." 

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Last but not least as you all know, enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Monday, June, 25nd, 2018. Good luck! 

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Sunflower Quilt Block Tutorial

 Hey Makers, 

Have you gotten your hands on Sharon Holland's new collection yet? She has totally outdone herself in the creation of Signature Fabrics. With her hand drawn nature elements and beautiful use of color this collection will definitely be on my cutting table all throughout summer. I love florals and knew right away I wanted to create a flower inspired block, with Sunflowers being one of my favorite flowers it was differently a no brainier to create this really neat Sunflower Block.  I am so happy with how the block turned out, the color placement is so striking its's hard to stop staring at it. :) Make sure to check out the video below to make your very own Sunflower Block!

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What are some of your favorite flower inspired blocks? Share with me below.  I am thinking of making a quilt sampler filled with different types of  flower blocks. What a perfect quilt to bring on your summer picnics! 

Make sure to share your blocks using the #AGFQuiltBlockCollection! I love seeing your creations! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Travel Essentials

Hello, wanderlust makers!

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I can’t believe that summer is almost here and all the kids are on vacation. The best time to be going on roadtrips, exploring different countries, or just going to amusement parks (one of my favorites)! Everyone at our office has been talking a lot about travel lately, I guess we were all bit by the travel bug, haha! My future travel plans are taking a cruise to Mexico in the Fall! With all this travel talk, I was inspired to gather some essential travel items that you can sew for your next adventure!

 

Here’s my “Top 5 Travel Essentials” that includes free patterns:

 

#1 Neck Pillow: Is it even possible to sleep on a plane without a neck pillow? I know I can’t! A neck pillow is needed for comfortable rest. You can find the free pattern in the Striped Knits Lookbook and the print is called Striped Alike Aqua.

 

#2 Passport Holder: Sometimes, it’s easy to make a mess in your travel bag during a trip or even lose something during transit. Here is a solution! This passport holder will protect your passport from anything that might spill in your bag and it will make it easy to recognize. You can make learn to make this in the Mediterraneo Lookbook with the Shell Blaze Night print.

 

#3 Fanny Pak: Let’s bring back the fanny pak please… I’d especially wear one now with Esoterra fabric! Make this for yourself to satisfy your 80s/90s style using the Dinosaurs print.

 

#4 Sleeping Mask: It’s hard to sleep with the airplane lights on… solve that with these sleeping masks! Pair this with your neck pillow and you will be set for any ong flight. Find the free pattern in the our Lambkin lookbook and let Sir Wooly comfort you during any trip.

 

#5 Portside Travel Set: You can’t go on a trip without bringing your stuff! Make this your go-to denim duffle as it’s easy to spot at the baggage claim. This bag was spotted in out Denim Studios lookbook and made with Afternoon Sail print.

 

If you’re sewing obsessed, who needs to buy these essentials at the store when you can make them yourself?!! Hope these travel essentials inspire you to create something for your next big journey. As always, please feel free to tag us at #artgalleryfabrics if you make any of these projects, I would love to see your creations!

 

Happy travels,

 

Jannelle  


Fussy Cutting Lovers this Tutorial is for you!

Hey Everyone, 

Summer has come early here in Florida and I already want to spend most of my days inside with the AC or at the beach. I been spending the most of my time lately sewing with Mister Domestic (a.k.a Mathew Boudreaux) new fabric collection, Loved to Pieces! I am so excited to introduce to you my new video tutorial made with Loved to Pieces fabric.  Join me in making the Alabama Block, where I put my fussy cutting skills to the test and have a blast cutting out 1 1/2" squares from the "Anthonem Serene" print! 

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This block comes together quickly and  is perfect for beginner quilters. I would love to make a nice lap quilt just using this square and strip method. Check out my mock up below. To fussy cut my 1 1/2" squares I used this awesome clear template plastic from Dritz sewing. It really worked like a dream. Can't wait to use it in more of my sewing tutorials because it comes in super handy. 

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Enjoy the video and don't forget to share it with your quilty friends! Leave me a comment below with your favorite project using the fussy cutting technique. It is definitely one of my all time favorite techniques to use. Wan to see more fun quilt block tutorials, check out the AGF Quilt Block Collection Playlist! :)

Happy Sewing, 

Meli