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Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 8 - Morning Star

Hello Sewing Friends, 

How are your blocks coming along?  The AGF Girls and I have been keeping up every week with completing our blocks for the Community Sampler Sew Along.  This week I had so much fun sewing up the Morning Star Block with Adri from our Graphic Design Team. Throughout this whole experience so far I have learned to become a better teacher of my craft. I have always sewn for me and my happiness but deciding to take on the challenge of teaching the girls in the office to quilt and sew has absolutely been an experience that will help me to become better in writing pattern instructions and sharing my love for quilting and sewing.  

 If you haven't been following along to this amazing sew along that Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland have put together don't worry it's never to late to join. On Sharon's website she has very detailed PDF Patterns for you to download and follow for each block . 

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 Our Block is made with Splendid Fusions

The Morning Star Block has always been one of my favorite blocks. I find all the different type of star blocks to be so beautiful. What has been your favorite block in the Sampler so far? Share with me in the comments below. 

I would like to introduce you to Adri below where she talks about her sewing experience and what she thought about sewing up this block. 

 

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This is Adri! Isn't her Morning Star Block stunning! Let her know what you think of her block in the comments below. 


Prior to starting your quilt block did you have any sewing experience?

 When I was about 10 or 11, I used to help my aunt with whatever  she needed to do alterations and when she had big orders. But I haven't touched a sewing machine since then.

 

Before starting your first quilt block lesson, what was your impression of quilting and how did you feel about doing this for the first time?

 That you had to be really perfect in all your measurements and if anything wasn’t perfect the final block was going to come out crooked. Turns out, while being accurate matters a lot, it doesn’t require perfection in order for the block to come out good.

 

What was your favorite part about creating your first quilt block?

 Probably seeing everything match up! I was kinda nervous while doing it and was afraid I was going to mess up but at the end it was a big relief! 


What was the most difficult part about creating your quilt block?

 I had trouble cutting. I had to do it over a few times because I wouldn't put enough pressure. A few times I wasn't sure if I should turn my body and cut it in a weird position or just move the fabric another way to make it easier. The rotating mat was a great help!


What advice would you give someone who is new to quilting?

 Take your time.  Also make sure you have a picture of your block in front of you so you don't sew the pieces wrong, which I did once.

 

How does it feel to have created your first quilt block?

 It was a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s always fun when you learn something new and actually finish it. Meli was a great teacher.  


How has your idea of quilting changed after learning more about it?

 Yes, it feels a lot less scarier, but it makes me appreciate more the amount of patience and focus it takes to make big intricate quilts.


Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

 Probably a mini one :)

 

Tomorrow the new block PDF Pattern will be released and I am so excited to be able to get to sew it up with Laura from the Production Design Team. Tune in next week to hear about sewing with Laura. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


One Seam Flying Geese

Hello Creative Friends!

One of the things that I love about quilting is that there are multiple ways to piece, all you have to do is research, discover, practice, and then choose your favorite.  So if you are as obsessed as me about flying geese, I invite you to experiment with the One Seam Flying Geese technique when creating beautiful projects like the Flying Colors Quilt from the blooming Indigo & Aster Collection.

 

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Let’s start by cutting! Since my finished size is 5” x 2 ½”, we need to cut two (2) 3” x 3” squares from fabric A and one (1) 5 ½” x 3” rectangle from fabric B.  However, if your desired finished size is different, just follow this diagram to figure out the size of the pieces you need to cut:

 

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Take your cut pieces and align them:

Place one square from fabric A facing up, the rectangle from fabric B facing down, and one square from fabric A facing down.

Fold the rectangle from fabric B towards the left side making sure the right side of the fabric is facing out.

Make a sandwich with all the pieces in the following order: A1-B-A2, lining them up to the left side:

 

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Now, get ready to stitch!

Keeping your pieces in the same position, stitch at 1/4” from the top edge of the fabric sandwich.

 

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One of the great things about this method is that you can chain saw many flying geese at once. If your fabric has a directional print, make sure you place your fabric so the stitch goes on the upper part.


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Now open and press!

Open your pieces, and press them making sure the corners from fabric B are aligned with the bottom corners from fabric A.

 

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Finally get ready to experiment on new projects and share them with me! I would love to see them and to know if you like this method, so far, this is my favorite, is it yours too?

Happy discovering and creating!

Laucara


Quilting with Cute Critters- How to make a Log Cabin Block

Hi Quilty Friends, 

The Log Cabin Block is finally making it's way into the AGF Quilt Block Collection. This well known block is a perfect beginner friendly block where all you need is a square piece of fabric for the center of your block and a variety of different fabric strips. For the center of our block we fussy cut the cute bunny from the "Radiant Menagerie Panel" from the Indigo & Aster fabric collection. We used a variety of different contrasting prints from Indigo & Aster Fabrics as well as adding some beautiful orange, blue and green  smooth denim fabrics for the ideal amount of texture. 

The Log Cabin Block is a great scrap buster project and using WOF strips and the speedy cut as you go method will get you a completed block in no time. 

 
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 Have fun choosing your favorite animal for the center of your block! 

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Watch the video below and follow along to make a Log Cabin Block to add to your quilt block collection! 

 

 

I always love seeing your creations so make sure to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection! Leave me a comment below with new quilt block tutorial idea. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli