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Inspired by Rococo Art: Decadence Fabric Collection

Hi Makers! 

Besides being all about fabric, are you also an "art lover?!" I'm definitely one! From an early age, my parents introduced me to many art museums near and far around the world where I had the incredible opportunity to see so many types of art. It was during this time I was introduced to the "Rococo Period." This art movement consisted of highly ornate and a extravagant style of architecture, art and music that flourished in Europe in the 18th century. I fell in-love with all of it! 

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As I grew older and went to art school, I took an art history class and re-discovered my love for this time period and wrote many essays and created several, fashion projects around the motif. One of my favorite films "Marie Antoinette" directed by Sofia Coppola also captures the absolutely gorgeous art movement. (Watch it if you haven't! Amazing cinematography and costume design) Fast forward to present day, I'm super excited to announce our latest fabric collection, Decadence is inspired by the Rococo era! :)

Inspired by the Rococo art movement, our AGF designer Katarina Roccella’s created her latest fabric line, “Decadence.” These twenty prints feature gorgeous peacocks, opulent florals, stylish geometrics, and romantic, painterly textures that embody that light-hearted, Rococo spirit. Grounded in pink and teal, Decadence offers an inviting color palette utilizing charcoal and ivory backgrounds with metallic specks, making these twenty prints provide countless ideas for sewing projects. With the upcoming holidays in mind, Decadence is a great go-to collection to create luxurious quilts, stylish garments and home decor for you and your loved ones!

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 For more elegant-inspired projects that include quilt, garment and home decor patterns, head over to our "Decadence" lookbook! 

 

 

Here's our mesmerizing "Tartaneuse Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

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I've also included these blenders for you (in case you need some ideas) that can easily coordinate with the lux-inspired prints of "Decadence."

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Enter a chance to win a "20-piece Decadence fabric bundle" by signing up to our giveaway:

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Bows 4 Paws!

Hello my pet loving friends!

Are you a cat or a dog lover? According to studies, cat lovers tend to be introverted, intuitive, sensitive, and more receptive; while dog lovers tend to be less stressed and more cheerful. So whether you have a cat or a dog, we will be learning how to make a bowtie for our furry friends using the elegant Houndstooth XIV Onix from the romantic Decadence collection. I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as Kobi did while posing and eating treats.

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Start by measuring around the neck of your furry friend or the collar length to figure out the size of your bowtie and the pieces that you need to cut. The neck strap should be 3" longer than the collar length.

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Lay your pieces in front of you to fold them in half following the white arrows in the first diagram, and stitch at 1/4" from the edge following the turquoise guides in the second diagram. Make sure to leave an opening in the bow body to turn it to the right side.

 

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Press your seams and turn the pieces to the right side. Here I will show you one of my favorite ways to do it. All you need is a hand sewing needle and a thread: make a strong stitch at one end of the strap, pass the needle through the inside of the tube gathering the fabric until the tip of the needle crosses to the other side, then carefully pull the needle with one hand and help the fabric go through the hole with the other hand.

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Press the again pushing the raw edges towards the inside of each piece. Edge stitch each rectangle following the turquoise guides:

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Fold the bow body like an accordion and hold it with your fingertips. Take the center strap and roll it around the bow body. Secure the center strap hand sewing the edge. Make sure the needle doesn't sew through the bow body.

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Take the neck strap and cross it between the center strap and the bow body in the back side. To finish it up, just saw a small piece of Velcro to each end of the strap!

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Do you have a pet that would look great in a bow tie?! :)

Happy bow-tie making!

 - Laucara


NEW Tutorial- How to Make a "Wheel of Fortune" Block

Hello Makers, 

I always get so excited to add new quilt block tutorials to the AGF Quilt Block Collection , not only because  we all get to learn a new block that we can incorporate into our quilt making but because I get to sew with the latest AGF Fabric Collections and really learn what the collection has to offer me as a sewist/ quilter. For those that may be new to the AGF Quilt Block Collection, its basically a Youtube series dedicated to step by step quilt block tutorials! It's a place where whether you are new to quilting or have been sewing for years, we can all come together and have fun creating something new.   

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Being a AGF Fan I have fallen in love with all of our amazing designers, not only their style of creating fabrics but them as truly genuine awesome humans! There is so much talent and passion for fabric and the sewing community in the group of people that make up AGF!  Today I want to shine a spotlight on Katarina Roccella's new fabric collection called Decadence!  Three words to describe this collection would be luxurious, romantic and rich. 

There are lot of dark colors mixed with pops of hot pink and teals which create the most striking color palette to work with. It's always hard  for me to choose only one favorite print from our designers fabric collections but one that stands out the most to me is the "Florid Peacocks Demure" and "Florid Peacocks Lush"!

  Peacock-fabricsMagnificent artworks of peacocks, blue jays and cardinals, which I believe to be some of the most beautiful birds. I added this print to the center of my "Wheel of Fortune" Block and then chose the rest of my fabrics by selecting prints that best coordinate with this this main print.  Follow along with me below by watching the video and let me know what you think of the block and Katarina's new collection! 

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 Got any block suggestions? Let me know in the comments below! :)

Happy Sewing,

Meli 


#AGFMakerMonday - Our First Feature!

Hi Makers, 

HAPPY MONDAY! I'm sure we all can use some "Monday Motivation" today! Here at AGF, we started a new way to feature  our inspiring makers' work that allows them to also win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! We encouraged makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday, so we could see how talented you are and the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a feature here on our AGF Blog AND of course...they win A 20-PIECE FQ BUNDLE of our fabric, based on their personal preference.

With that, I'm excited to introduce our first AGF MAKER MONDAY FEATURE to you, "Tracy Martin." She's an incredible quilter based out of San Diego, California who specializes in creating personalized, modern baby quilts! Let's get to know Tracy a little a better and hear her sewing story! 

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4B4072DF-1E2D-4FB0-BE7C-5A2C307446CC (2)Fabric Featured: Meadow Collection by Leah Duncan 

  TracyMartin (2)Fabric Featured: "Foraged Garland Peony" from Gathered Fabrics by Bonnie Christine

  6a00e553bbe52e8834022ad3887473200d-800wiFabric Featured: Loved to Pieces Collection by Mister Domestic 

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Hi Tracy! Congratulations on being our first "AGF Maker Monday" feature! Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into quilting?

Hi there, thank you for having me here today! I’m Tracy the one-woman show that is "TracyBug Creative."  I'm a wife and a mom of three school-age children. Prior to having children, social work occupied my time.  Long before that, when I was 13 my Great-Aunt Mildred came for an Easter visit. She was working on a hand-quilting project. I must have asked her a million questions. A retired schoolteacher she asked if I would like to learn to quilt. My heart jumped at the idea!

We made tentative plans for me to visit her that coming summer. A few weeks later, a carefully packed shoe box arrived. Inside she had tucked away a quilt kit with tiny notes pinned on various parts to sew and pages of handwritten instructions to get started. I was hooked! That summer I visited her. My uncle made me a small frame, and Aunt Mildred sat by my side showing me the way. I’ve worked on that project little bits at a time ever since. When my youngest was due I got a sewing machine for my birthday. The first quilt I finished was a baby quilt for her. As I wanted to learn new things, I searched the internet for resources, followed bloggers, watched videos, and took online classes while my babies slept.

What are you inspired by?

Color and shape bring beauty and meaning to the world.  Interesting patterns, bright and bold colors and soft muted tones always draw me in. Likewise, I’m inspired by stories. The people and the journey behind designs and quilts add a dimension without which a quilt is really just a thing.

Describe your design style in three words.  

Bright, Fun, Modern.

When did you start creating personalized, modern quilts for kids? How many have you made?

In 2011, I added the personalized modern quilts to my shop. I have made approximately 400 of them.

How do you stay motivated with your sewing projects?

Looking at new fabric lines, following designers on their journey, and hearing my customer stories all excite me. I especially love how AGF designers share their process and inspiration. My customers each specifically choose their quilt fabrics.  This allows me to connect with them and learn a bit about their story. They share things such as how the parents wanted this baby for so long, maybe the close friendship they have with the mother, or how this is their first grandchild. These quilts are not just a textile but become part of a baby’s story.  Participating in that is an honor. As I sew, I whisper prayers for the baby and the home it is going to. Human connection keeps us all going.

Any words of advice to those new to quilting or who are interested in starting?  

We were all "new" once.  No one started sewing and produced his or her best work from the get-go. Keep practicing and you will get there! Also, while you are at it, use the beautiful fabric. It will inspire you, cover mistakes, and you will smile more while you do it. Be gentle with how you speak to yourself in the process.  If you are new, be encouraging, kind, and compassionate with yourself like you would a five-year-old learning to read. Lastly, don’t be afraid to learn the rules and then break as many as you would like to develop your own style and creative voice.

5 things you can't live without.

 1.My Juki sewing machine (she’s my third arm!)

2. My seam ripper ;)

3. A fresh cup of iced coffee

4. A photo of my family

5. Of course beautiful, beautiful fabric.

Where can other makers' find your work? 

You can find me telling quilt stories and sharing creative ramblings on Instagram @tracybugcreative

My Etsy shop is www.tracybugcreative.etsy.com  and my blog is tracybugcreative.com

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Since Tracy LOVES "warm colors," we curated this 20-piece bundle for her as her prize! :)

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Thanks so much Tracy and to all you makers who have been posting away! It's incredibly inspiring to see what you all make and how you add your personal stories and styles to your projects. 

We'll be picking a winner and announcing them via the blog next month. 

In the meantime, keep posting and sharing your beautiful handmade things with us using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday for a chance to win.

Good luck and keep creating!

- Sophia