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Spring Quit Market 2012- COLOR FOR YOUR EYES!

Hi everybody!

OMG!! We are beyond belief with your warm reception to the coolest sewing group in town : the FAT QUARTER GANG! Thank you SO MUCH for all your comments and your sense of humor :)

We assure you it's going to be a really fun event that'll take an entire year of awesome quilting and sewing projects! We are so proud of this "brotherhood" of loving bloggers <3

Now that we came back from Kansas City, let us show you a bit our backstage at the show. Exhibiting at Quilt Market is not an easy thing... It takes the love of a group of people that work really hard to show stores the new fabric lines and patterns for that season. 


This time was really funny... here are the crates arriving and Walter inspecting...


Sample Spree was the craziest ever!! We've been mobbed by the crowd... lol! Here is Angie getting ready for the 2 hours wild experience :)


Alex was emptying boxes and more boxes of bundles.


Walter looks really happy, doesn't he?


Fabiana was more than ready to start selling!


Kathy wanted to arrange fabrics by color on the tables...


Anais (for those of you that don't know her, she is our Social Media Coordinator) came to Market for the first time and was blown away by the whole thing... She loved it!


Laura came with us for the first time (she is Fashion Designer and Pattern Writer) and she was thrilled!

Pure Elements showing here - Color Blocking theme? 


Rhapsodia bundles - yummy!! 

For Art Gallery Fabrics booth this time we wanted to display color and more color, so we came with the idea of a giant quilt on the walls showing many of our fabrics (quilts? yes please!). Some benches with coordinated pillows and quilts finish the scene... 


Quilts Inc. liked the display at our booth so much that they gave us the Merchandising Award. What an honor... We're jumping and screaming a lot!!

We are well known for being funny and we love for you to have fun as well, so watch this video with the highlights of the show :)


In all, a very happy Quilt Market! It was really good to see well known friends again, meet new ones and have fun talking about what we all love: FABRICS & QUILTS!!

Because this is a very long post, we will start showing you new lines from our designers in separated posts, so be ready to be blown away with great design and beautiful colors soon.. 

XOXO, the AGF team

AGF's Fat Quarter Gang


 Hi everyone!

Here at AGF we feel that sewing is some "hardcore" stuff and therefore when Pat came with the idea of recruiting bloggers to join a "little sewing group" it turned out so big that we decided to transform it into a gang; a gang of nice sewers and quilters nonetheless ... that is until they got into their roles.

Below is what happened (after asking them if they would join)...

We want to introduce to you the Art Gallery Fabrics FAT QUARTER GANG and its members:



Rachel "QUEEN QUILTA" Griffith is a quirky, southern girl who lives up north with her hubby and four kiddos. She loves to create, design & share her creations at her blog,  P.S. I Quilt. This "Queen Quilta" throws down for AGF and has been know to blend collections at the drop of a pin.


Lee "THE FEED DOGG" Heinrich is a graphic designer, mother of two, and blogs at Freshly Pieced . Nobody messes with her down at the LQS because they know she doesn't leave the house without a fresh blade in her rotary cutter. Her gang colors are Pure Elements Verve Violet and Light Citron.



Faith "FREE MOTION" Jones has been blogging at Fresh Lemons Quilts for 3 years. "Free Motion" takes her skillz to the streets in her Hello Kitty sewing machine and she loves working with Art Gallery Fabrics; especially the Pure Elements line which she used in her Summer Sampler quilt last year.



Shannon "SCRAPUCCINO" Cook is a wife and a mommy to two daughters. She is happily living a handmade life in "da streets" of Vancouver Island and blogs over at luvinthemommyhood. "Scrapuccino" is always busy sewing, knitting & designing, attempting to parent & stay sane at the same time. She battles the dreaded laundry pile and constantly has coffeee is in her system (definitely a necessity.)  Scrapuccino loves to stay up late at night, caffeinated and sewing away with her fave AGF prints. She is known for scrappin it out if you try to touch her AGF stash.. 



Katy "STASH SLASHER" Jones is representing the UK over at her blog I'm A Ginger Monkey. Many weaker quilters have lost fingers when they've messed with her stash. She's always packing rotary cutter and scissors - be warned. Stash Slasher is AGF crew to the core. Cut her and she bleeds pure elements Cabernet.



Maureen "MC HEMMER" Cracknell is a stay-at-home mama of three and a lover of all things crafty! She spends her days being creative and sewing as much as she can in her crib in "da streets" of Pennsylvania. "MC Hemmer" blogs at Maureen Cracknell Handmade and she can't wait to get stitchin' with her favorite fabrics, her Art Gallery Fabrics stash!!



Sukie "PHAT EIGHTHS" Newbold is currently currently chillin' in Salt Lake, UT with her hubs and 2 kids. "Phat Eighths" is an accountant by day and Sewing gangsta by night. Don't mess with this chick and her AGF stack.. she's been known to go crazy at the sight of Pure Elements and Summerlove. "Phat Eighths" blogs over at Sukie don't ya know.



John “Q-DIDDY” Adams is a father of three who loves to make quilts and blog about them over at Quilt Dad.  Q-Diddy is originally from NYC -- more specifically, from the borough of Brooklyn -- and has since taken his talents to the Raleigh, NC area. He resides in “da hood” with his crew, which includes his 7 year-old twin girls and a 6 year-old son.  Q-Diddy loves sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics and is ecstatic to be part of AGF's new posse.



Jeni "SEAM BUSTA" Baker has been sewing for about 10 years and loves to blog at In Color Order, about her sewing, quilting projects, thrifting adventures, and "killa" pet bunny George.  She can't get enough of Art Gallery Fabrics famous hand, and finds they are perfect for garments and quilts alike! She carries around a suitcase full of AGF and is ready to "sew a stitch" if tried!


Amy - stitch_rippa

Amy "STITCH RIPPA" Friend is a 30 something year old mom to three, former museum collections curator, turned sewing gangsta. "Stitch Rippa" has always loved art in nearly every form (especially graffiti.. cuz it's street art). She studied studio art and art history and found that she really enjoyed classifying and organizing art collections and that was her profession until she decided to stay home with her crew (children). To satisfy her creative side, she sews, quilts, occasionally screen prints fabric, and lately, has an addiction to designing paper pieced patterns with AGF. Check her blog at



Amy “SEW HYPE” Smart turned her back on the hardscrabble streets of her youth, but to her homies she’ll always be “Amy from the quilt block.”  She has four children and is married to an aspiring rapper. Although her "hood" at Diary of a Quilter is safe, she still carries a fresh rotary blade and is always strapped with a nine patch in the glove compartment, made from Art Gallery Essential Ovals, of course.  She’s got 99 problems, but a stitch ain’t one.


Now that you all have been introduced to our members let's share what you should expect from these "Sewing Gangstas."

  • Every Monday, starting June 4th, 2012, a new Project will posted with picture tutorial. These lovely ladies & gents have some really amazing tutorials in store for you and they are ÜBER excited (can you tell by the pics?) to start sharing their talents with all of you.
  • Every project that gets posted will have a giveaway for the EXACT fabrics used in the project over at the members blog (rules to that giveaway will be posted in each project). We will also randomly select lucky people to win patterns and such through the Flickr Fat Quarter Gang group. Feel free to post your projects as you make them... you never know when we are in the giving mood (and that's often.)
  • Lastly... Have a blog? Wanna be a member? Well, we have 4 guest spots open for blogging "newbies." After all 12 bloggers have posted their tutorials we will have a spot open for a guest blogger (that could be you!) to post their project tutorial. This pattern will repeat itself for 1 year so you have 4 spots available.
  • Also, if you have a blog, you can follow the Gang grabbing a "FQG button" located on the right side of our blog!

We think this is gonna be an event of EPIC proportions, so share and start inviting your friends to participate and have fun... with the gang!

Think you got what it takes? Submit your project ideas along with a link to your blog to Who know, you might end up with your own gang name and pic too :)

Lets SEW this!

<3 Your AGF Team

How to start your own Fat Quarter Gang.


Wanna know how to start your own Fat Quarter Gang like us? Well here are some guidelines:

1. Find a few friends that love to sew and have some time on their hands. 

2. Convince your friends to all wear the same color clothes as you and create a secret sign or handshake. (Preferably a cool sign or handshake.)

3. Give each other cool nicknames, apply temporary tat's and sew your cool gang names onto your clothes.

4. Start walking around your neighborhood. *Don't smile.*

5. Holler at an occasional girl/guy walking by and ask people if they “Sew or what!”.
(By holler I mean shout) example: "Why hello miss do you sew or what!"

6. As people begin to notice your gang invite them to join. The more the merrier!

7. In order to create buzz about your gang create some sort of post and let people know what’s up.

example: Post about some cool projects that you’re doing and possibly host a giveaway or two… but keep it street.

8. Meet up in dark alleys and discuss color stories and the importance of good thread. You know hardcore stuff.

9. Use only Phat Quarta's (fat quarters) in your sewing projects... why? Cuz Phat Quarta's imply that you are gangsta, it's in the name ya know.

10. Always be ready with your mending kit hidden.. you never know when your need to "Sew a Stitch"

Congratulations, after following all these steps you now have your own sewing gang!

(featuring Kat "Von-Delicious" & Anais "SocialPath")

Some of you may be asking "What are these crazy people talking about?" and "Who could possibly be in an AGF gang?"

Well to find out you will have to stay tuned ... we promise it is well worth the wait :)

Let's sew this! ;)

<3 AGF team

We came back from Spring Quilt Market as winners...


So, Spring Quilt Market is over and although we had a lot of fun it is so nice to be home. We met some really great people and had a chance to mingle with some super cool bloggers and even more super cool people.

We are working on a video and photo's and all sorts of cool stuff right now... So a full re-cap in in the works.. I promise.

But for now I share with you our most prized pic and leave you so we can complete our uber fun projects and your re-caps.


Now back to video editing and picture re-touching (market was a tiring one and some pics show our wear & tear)... Stay tuned for our next post :)

Love ya guys,

AGF team!

Sewing Room of the Month


 May's Sewing room of the month goes to...

Kit Lang from Kit Lang Fiber Art
Kit  has shared with us the 2 year long transformation from sewing space to sewing haven! She was on a tight budget, sacrificed her show addiction and come out with a space that she can rein over. Take a tour with her below....

Well it's done - I finally finished my sewing room - a project two years in the making! This is what I started with:

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and these were the walls:

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Organized and usable, right? But I wanted something more.

While working within the constraints of my space (a basement room with one small window) not to mention a budget, after two years I saved $2,000.00 (many shoes were sacrificed in the pursuit of my sewing room) and finally, I was able to begin....

I began by stripping it down this:

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Everything was moved out, the carpet was pulled up, and I was ready to start. After laying paint, laying laminate flooring (purchased at Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store!) it became...

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Well come on in and let me show you around! The bookshelf contains my quilting books and art books, and the stacked dressers on either side contain:

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All my scraps arranged by colour. :) At the back of my room is the Great Wall of Thread with rulers/stencils:

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Underneath the wall of thread are more dressers with more scraps, and to the left you can see a peek of what the wall on the left has been put to use for:

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Folded yardage. The stuff I use most in the bins turned on their sides (to protect from dust and light) And if you follow along that wall, you'll see:

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The frames I use for stretching my fabric on before I paint it, and a little corner:

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That has baskets containing my bits and bobs, paints, beads and even more thread!

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Underneath my L-shaped tables are baskets containing my dyeing things...

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And here's my design wall and Judy.

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Thanks so much for coming to visit me - I do hope you'll drop by again!


Thank you sooo much Kit for sharing your space. You are one resourceful lady! I can clearly see that you have given your space a lot of thought and love. Truly inspirational.

Ladies (& gents) if you have a sewing space that you would just love everyone to see drop us a line. Send an email (with pics or link to blog post) about your sewing room...

Share with us the lovely space that inspires and where all the magic happens:

May your thread be strong and your machine speedy :)

<3, Anais

Rhapsodia winner!

Hey guys,

Sorry for not posting earlier but Market is really taking up a lot of our time and we can barely keep up this month.... and before we knew it Monday had passed and it was Wednesday. So due to the OVERWHELMING response AND the fact that we missed the giveaway date; we are giving away TWO Rhapsodia bundles.

Soooooo without further adieu this winners are...

Sher Henry said...

I have liked Pat Bravo for a while now. The fabric I think I like the best is Mistic Aura Sky followed closely by Block Print Blue and Artisan Emerald. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win.

Diane Swett said...

I love the vibrancy of this collection - it is hard to pick favorites but I love the large print Artisan Emerald and the mystic Aura Fields and the small print terra stamps smoke. I also like Pat Bravo and now following her on facebook.

Congrats ladies, you are now the proud home for a Rhapsodia bundle. Please email your address/info to

As always, keep your eyes open for all the giveaways, challenges and events that are constantly going on around here.

Happy Sewing <3

Pat Bravo & AGF Team

And the winner is...

ProjectLOGO_finalLast months challenge was a saddle bag and it allowed you guys to be creative and gave you free reign to do as you wish. You all created such different bags and they all were beautiful. Some of you made large over-sized bags and some made bags for your children and it was that aspect that made this project so awesome.

Now on with the goodies...

This, as always, has been a hard one to judge. Each bag is so unique that they feel to fit into their own category; but alas we must pick one. So below is the winner of April's Project Challenge 2012...

The winner of 10 yards of fabric is....

Mindy Perkins Carlson

*cheers & applause*


Mindy, we loved how creative you were with your bag. You made this one for your daughter and added a very cute touch by making it look like an owl. The model you used brought out the extra cuteness and may have given you a edge in the competition :) Well played .... lol

To see all the entries check in with our Facebook page and you can see all the previous challenges as well as this months AWESOME bags.

Ladies, don't forget the current challenge going on... make it work

Congrats to all of you and a big THANK YOU for your ongoing support and participation!

<3 Anais


Star Store of the Month

Starstore_hawthorneHi friends!

We are still celebrating the launching of the new AGF website we made with so much love for you... Yay!

Want to know one of the debut features on Art Gallery Fabrics consumers site? Star Store of the Month! We’ll be showcasing and sharing with you some the best stores in the world carrying Art Gallery Fabrics. We thought that you'll love to know the great people that love this industry as much as we do, making their stores a warm and inspiring place for you!<3

This feature will include brick and mortar shops as well as on-line. So if you think your store is the best, let us know! We would love to have you, so send pics and tell us how your store is an AGF fan!


For me is a special pleasure to introduce to you as our first Star Store of the Month one of the most loving couples: Lindsay and Charlie Prezzano, the wonderful husband-and-wife team who run one of the most successful online stores: Hawthorne Threads!


I got to know Charlie & Lindsay 4 years ago and since then I feel a deep admiration and friendship towards them. They worked tiredesly providing great fabric collections and a remarkable customer service, making their store a success in that short period of time! Their website is what I call "state of the art"... amazing! They fell in love with our fabrics from the begining and have made their business one of the best destinations for ALL of Art Gallery Fabrics collections. I hope this post will get you more aquainted with this exceptional couple....


1. Hi guys and thank you for sharing with our readers a little more intimate portrait of your life… Tell us a little bit about your personal history; how you started and how you ended up being one of the most successful on-line fabric shops.

Having studied Geology in college, you might say I've gone from plate tectonics to textiles - from rocks to frocks, if you will. No one is more surprised by the shop's existence and subsequent growth more than I. In fact, my husband Charlie and I often marvel at the very different path we find ourselves on, and how much our lives have changed since we began selling fabric just 4 short years ago. Hawthorne Threads was born out of the handmade shop I had on Etsy. After struggling to find a one-stop shop for the contemporary fabrics I used in my home decor pieces, I decided to take the plunge and order fabrics by the bolt. I enjoyed moderate success on Etsy but not quite enough to warrant the use of full bolts; so I began selling the rest of the yardage in a separate fabric supply shop on Etsy. With the next generation of sewers, makers, and bloggers out there, we quickly realized how many people shared my passion for boldly vibrant designs, and our selection quickly grew to the point where we needed a stand alone site. Rather fortuitously, Charlie is a software developer and in July of 2009 he left his day job to join me full time to focus exclusively on Hawthorne Threads. This past summer we moved the business out of our basement and into a beautiful space in a renovated 19th century chocolate factory in Red Hook, NY and life couldn't be sweeter. I'm reminded of a quote I read while studying geology in college - Faith Baldwin writes that "time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations." I love that it marries two very different life paths for me, and at the same time, embodies the very idea of change over time.


2. Lindsay how was the crafting scene in your childhood? Was somebody in your family passionate about sewing or quilting?

As one of four girls, I grew up in a house with a distinct sense of decor and femininity. There my sisters and I developed an unconscious awareness of color and pattern, learning through osmosis as we soaked up our mother’s every design choice .  My mom had more creative ideas than she had rooms in the house. Whether it was new curtains, or fresh fabric for my great grandmothers grand wing-back chair we affectionately referred to as “the throne”, some corner of the house was always getting a face lift.  I have an early memory of waking up to find my bed moved to the center of the room, my mom busily re-wallpapering the walls around me as my sisters slept on. After all, when else would you squeeze in time to re-decorate in a house with four little girls that only sometimes got along? Yes, I think I may have gotten my energy from her as well...

3. You started the business yourself being at-home in the beginning. Having two little sweethearts, how do you manage your time between your husband, kids and a full time job? only came to be because the nature of an on-line shop has allowed us to expand both carefully and gradually. Another advantage is that it has allowed us to work from home while our children were small. (A home that sits on Hawthorne Avenue, if you’re wondering where the name came from!) Now 6 and 5, it has been a great privilege to be home with Aidan and Annie, watching our children and business grow together under one roof.  We are also very lucky that moving the shop from our house to a commercial spaced happened concurrently with the kids both attending school full time. So it's such a treat for us now that work is work and home is home, and we can base our business hours around school time, and of course those quiet hours after the kids go to sleep.


4. How much  free time do you have to enjoy? How do you spend your spare time with your family?

Like any working girl with young children, not much of my time is “free”, but I’m okay with that. When the odd moment does arise, I’m a voracious reader, a happy sewer, and an avid window shopper. Pinterest just melts away the time doesn’t it?!

 5. Do you quilt? Tell us (show us) what’s in your stash.

I am not a quilter, though when I do have more time I can see myself taking on larger sewing projects like quilts. I often go for the instant gratification projects like a skirt, or top for Annie, or pj pants for Aidan. And one can never have too many throw pillow covers when the mood for a quick room re-do strikes. I essentially consider our shop my stash. I had a problem getting too sentimentally attached to various designs and began squirreling away my favorites once they went out of print. Since my list of favorites was becoming endless, and far exceeding the capacity of my closet, I decided I had to relinquish my stash else I might wind up on a reality show about hoarders.

6. Charlie, I hear that you are a HUGE baseball fan. What is your favorite team and do you enjoy any other hobbies?

While I find it about as interesting as watching paint dry, Charlie is endlessly entertained by sporting statistics and can weave them into almost any conversation. Truly. It’s quite a talent folks. I don’t mind watching a Yankee game with him, but Charlie is someone who can just as happily listen to a ballgame on the radio, as if it really were just a game of numbers, with each play almost pre-determined by a long list of probabilities. Charlie’s right-brained inclinations also make him ideally suited for marathon running, which he’s done three times to date. Being able to make a mental map of his route down to the minute, while weighing in all variables affecting his pace, provides him with a calm satisfaction I’ll never understand, and always envy.  I think he attacks programming the same way he does running, which is why he’s been able to write us such a great site for our shop.

 7. The list of fabrics you sell is endless! Describe the theme of your shop and what kind of fabrics customers can find (you can also talk about some emerging brands you bring that some other stores don’t specialize)

Our selection leans heavily toward contemporary designs, colored in bold, sophisticated palettes. I think I must have one of the prettiest offices in the world!

 8. How many bolts do you actually carry and what are the major brands?

Honestly I wasn’t sure until I just tallied them up, but we have just over 5,000 designs in house right now! The top five spots belong to Westminster/Free Spirit, Riley Blake, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, and Art Gallery Fabrics.

9. What do you take into consideration when selecting fabrics to buy?

When selecting fabric to carry in the shop I honestly look for something I like, and we're lucky that so many sewers and crafters agree with me!  I shudder to think about what might happen if in fifteen years from now my taste has gone by the wayside. I couldn't buy and advertise something that I didn't like, and I think that genuine excitement comes through in our newsletters and blog posts. I love pattern and design am thrilled to support the beautiful efforts of all the talented ladies and gents in the contemporary textile scene. From the fabric designers, to the shop owners, to the community of sewers, there's such a remarkable positive feedback loop of creativity and design, each one continuing to sow the seeds of inspiration for the next.

10. With all the new social media and technology out there what are some of the features your website boasts?

While social media should not be trivialized, and Facebook and Twitter do provide quick and easy ways to reach out to customers, Charlie and I know that any success we’ve found is largely attributed to our selection, customer service, the fluidity of our site, and word of mouth championing. In fact, we didn't begin using social media to reach out to our customers until after we had been in business for two years. With respect to our blog, I really do love to write. Blogging is such a great outlet for offering context and insight into various collections and trends. And as a maker myself, it's nice to share and receive feedback for any project I'm working on as well.


11. Many consumers don’t know the process the fabrics take from the moment they order them at your shop to the moment the fabric reaches the consumer’s homes. Can you explain it more in detail? How long does it take? Do you ship internationally?

 In a word, we are fast! We typically send out orders same day or next, shipping worldwide. All that time processing orders in the basement of our Hawthorne Avenue home gave us plenty of time to daydream about ways we could become more efficient once we could spread out in a commercial space. Our manager Laura likens the process of retrieving fabric bolts on our wheeled carts to the game-show supermarket sweep, and I think that’s a pretty accurate analogy! Now set that image to the tune of our ever eclectic Internet radio selection, playing anything from The Beatles to Gaga, from The Shins to Michael Jackson, from Florence and the Machine to the Dixie Chicks, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what its like to work at Hawthorne Threads!

12. You carry ALL Art Gallery Fabrics products, from fabrics to patterns to kits. Can you tell our readers what do you like about our products? What are your hot sellers from AGF right now?

Art Gallery Fabrics can be counted on to have the best hand in the market, consistently beautiful, fashion forward designs, and well thought out color palettes. Patricia, you are a bit of a design sponge yourself and can easily delve into different cultural influences, while remaining true to your own style and aesthetic. The measure of a true artist, I think, is being able to know the designer just by looking at their work, and all of your collections unequivocally look like a “Pat Bravo” collection. Our best sellers right now would be the ever popular Bazaar Style, the pretty Poetica, and the carefree Summerlove line.

13. What is your favorite AGF collection so far?

Hands down, my favorite line to date is Summerlove.  Yet, the upcoming Indie Collection speaks so clearly to my taste right now, and  I can’t think of another collection that marries African, Asian, and European styles so seamlessly. I cannot wait to have that one in the shop!

14. What kind of feedback do you get from consumers that buy AGF?

I think some of our happiest customers have been those who have purchased Art Gallery Fabrics, and I can’t think of a single return in fact. Patricia’s enthusiasm for color and design are so infectious, and I think its her passion that helps spark the creativity for the pieces made from her beautiful fabrics.

Thank you sooo much guys! I am sure that all of our fans will enjoy the inside scoop to your shop. It really is beautiful!

Ladies & gents you can visit Lindsay and Charlie over at and let them know AGF sent you! :)

<3 Pat Bravo & AGF Team.