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Fat Quarter Gang - Wellen Tank by luvinthemommyhood

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Hi everyone! I'm Shannon from luvinthemommyhood and I'm here to inspire you to take some fun quilting techniques & add them into your wee ones wardrobe this summer!

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 This adorable tank was inspired by the beautiful coast I am so lucky to live on. The gorgeous waves never cease to take my breath away and I thought it would be fun to try to replicate the feeling of the waves with the equally gorgeous line "Summerlove" from Pat Bravo.  A perfect combination - yummy summer tones reminiscent of sand and surf partnered with the swoops and curves of coastal waves.

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The tank itself is simple in construction with a wide neckline & strap and an a-line cut allowing all the detail work of the curves to speak for themselves and to allow that lovely fabric to shine!  It's a fun project and a great way to dive head first into sewing with curves. I'm now hopelessly addicted and dying to make a quilt to match!

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So join me....take a walk along the surf, smell the ocean breeze, feel the sand between your toes and get inspired to add The Wellen Tank to your kidlets summer wardrobe!

Let's get started...


MATERIALS : - 8 Fat Quarters of Quilting cotton. I used Summerlove by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. Prints used were from "Sunkissed": Beyond Bliss Ginger, Swept Away Serenity, Tokens of Love Pink, Passionate Spirit Teal, Malibu Kiss, Naivety Berry, Sweet Days Seashell, Retro Harmony Sugar. - Approximately 44" of  handmade bias tapeor 1 package pre-made. - Co-ordinating thread - Pins - Scissors/rotary cutter & mat.

PATTERN PIECE : - Download and print the "curves template" here:

*Note: When printing please make sure your printer is set to "actual size" or set your page scaling to "none".  Be sure not to select "shrink to fit" or any other page scaling as this will result in your pattern pieces being the incorrect size. Pattern piece is sized to fit on a standard 8.5" x 11" page.

For the tank top pattern itself use a pre-existing garment to trace your pattern piece from.  There are a lot of great tutorials online that you can find that will show you how to use an existing piece of clothing to trace out a pattern template. Make sure when making a larger/smaller size than a 2T that you adjust the amount of  "curved" pieces needed. You can simply add another column of curves to increase the width and to increase the height you would add more curved pieces to the top of each column.  For more instructions on how to do this please see Step One below.  My tank top was a Size 2 Tank that I drafted from scratch.

*Note: The style of tank used to draft your pattern would need to  have a wide neckline to allow the tank to slip over the child's head without the use of buttons, zippers or a "v" neck.



*Copyright 2012. All rights reserved  Personal use only unless prior permission has been given.



*Note: Make sure to wash, dry and press your fabric before sewing.  This is very important when making garments.

- Print out your Curves Template Piece and cut (6) curves out of  all (8) of your prints for a total of (48) curved pieces.  I did this with my fabric folded so that I could cut doubles right off the bat.  Make sure that when you are cutting your curved pieces that your grain line (straight grain) is going vertically.  Your selvadges will be parallel to this.  When you tug the fabric you should feel some give/stretch from left to right.  If the give is from up/down you need to adjust your fabric.


Starting from bottom going upwards - #1 - Passionate Spirit Teal, #2 - Sweet Days Seashell, #3 - Naivety Berry, #4 - Malibu Kiss, #5 - Retro Harmony Sugar, #6 - Tokens of Love Pink, #7 - Beyond Bliss Ginger, #8 - Swept Away Serenity

-  Lay your curved pieces out and plan your layout for your "waves".  We will be assembling these in the next step in columns so it's easiest to plan your layout laying them out vertically first and then if you'd like to see the whole picture align more columns of curves beside your original column.  I used the following layout shown in the picture above. - I'm all about customizing great garments for your own style/taste.  The outline of the Wellen Tank is easy and quick to change. Based on the tank you are using for your pattern you can lower the neck, add a v, widen the a-line or elongate the hem  - it's up to you! That's the fun part of making your own clothes!  If you would like a larger/smaller size just adjust the number of curves used to make each column and the amount of rows of columns you use.  We are essentially going to be creating two large rectangles made of pieced curves that are made big enough to cut your tank pattern out of.  Ready to get sewing? Yay!  


- Lay your pieces out in order in separate piles for each soon to be sewn column.  Figure out what is your inner concave and what is your outer concave.  See the pic above for an example.
PicMonkey Collage- Take your first curved piece and lay it right side facing up with your inner concave to your right.  Place your next curved piece wrong side facing up with the inner concave to the left taking care to align only your top point at this moment as shown in the image below.

*Note: Your top will overlap just a bit with the point not matching up with your bottom curve. This is fine.

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- Now comes a bit of a tricky part.  It's going to feel weird to sew these two together but trust me - it will work out.  Use a 1/4" seam allowance using the outer edge of your presser foot as a guide to use as you move your curve while sewing.  I didn't use pins and you don't need to either.  Simply go slow while you get the hang of it.  I highly suggest doing a sample swatch to try it out before you do the real one.  Once you start sewing you simply slowly keep moving your top piece "only" to align it with your bottom one and voila! A sewn curve!  You don't even need to clip your seams!!!! That's right! Turn that bad boy right side out and press and you've started your column!  I pinked all of my seam allowances to prevent unraveling since this will be a worn garment.
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- Continue on joining curve to curve building your column in this manner always starting with your curved pieces laid out as previously stated.  Once you have sewn (8) curves together you have finished your first column!  Make 5 more columns in this manner for a total of (6) columns. - Once you are done all your columns and pressed them all neatly line up (3) columns for your front rectangle.  Pin (2) columns together with right sides facing each other.  Pin along the left outer long edge.  Sew these columns together using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Trim your seam allowance with your pinking shears and press neatly.  Now attach your other column to the right side of the column with right sides facing each other.  Repeat the steps above.  You now have your front rectangle complete.  Repeat the steps in this paragraph to make your back rectangle.
- We're going to topstitch those pretty waves you created now :)  With your front rectangle topstitch along all of your seams (right side facing up) to add some detail and also so that those curves look nice and finished. I've got a thing for topstitching so following the waves with some pretty stitching was a lot of fun for me :)  Press.  Repeat for the back rectangle. Great job!


- Get out your tank pattern pieces and cut them out of your newly created wave rectangles.  Place your front pattern piece on your front rectangle piece and cut it out.  Do the same for the back pattern piece placing it on your back rectangle. - Take your front and back tank pieces and place them right sides facing each other. Pin your side seams and sew them with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Zig zag stitch/pink or serge your seam allowances to finish your seams.  Press. - Pin your shoulder seams.  Sew them both with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Finish your seams in the same method as your side seams. - If possible try the tank on your wee one before finishing in case you need to make any adjustments and also to mark your hem length.
-  Press your bottom hem up 1/4" and press.  Press the hem up yet again 1/2" and pin in place.  Sew along the inside edge of your fold. I like to do two stitch lines on my hems for a nice professional finish.  I simply follow the first one and stitch about the size of the one of the teeth of the presser foot away from it.  It is also possible to sew the hem with just a double needle if you have the option on your sewing machine.  Press again.


- We are now going to finish off your neckline and your armholes.  You can choose to either make your own bias tape or used pre-bought bias tape.  I used pre-bought single fold bias tape for my tank. Single fold bias tape is most commonly used for finishing garments when you don't want it to show.

- With your tank right sides facing out take the edge of your bias tape (wrong side facing up) and pin along your entire armhole.  Stitch down along the first crease of your bias tape.  Turn the tank inside out and fold the bias tape over and under pinning as you go.  You will not be able to see the bias tape from the outside now.  Stitch down close to your bias tape inner edge.  Repeat this for your other armhole and for your neckline.  Press.  Voila!  You now have your very own Wellen Tank (wellen is german for waves)!  You did awesome!  I can't wait to see it!

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Happy sewing from my home to yours :) 

You in the mood to win some fabric?  Let's hear from Art Gallery Fabrics below on how to enter to win your very own bundle of Summerlove!!!!

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Join the fun and sew along... join our Flickr group (it may or may not..but mostly may.. include random prizes).

Trying to keep up with all of AGF and what we have to offer..  well here are all the links to help you do just that :) Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, Pin us on Pinterest and check out our consumer website.

Now for the Giveaway Rules (dum dum dummm)


Follow the instructions on luvinthemommyhood's blog.

For Art Gallery Fabrics

Follow us on Pinterest , Like us on Facebook, Subscribe to the blog and leave a comment letting us know you did. (wow!, we are a high maintenance Honestly we want you all involved in all of AGF... you know we do cool things right!?)

(Picture that inspired the Wellen Tank)

Until next week, <3 The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF Team

Fat Quarter Gang: Patchwork Bunting by In Color Order


Hi Everybody! It’s Jeni, from In Color Order here to share a fun summer inspired project for you!

Who said bunting is just for celebrations? Everyday is a celebration, so use this bunting anywhere you want to add a little sunshine!

I choose prints from the Creamy Gelato color way of Sugar by Pat Bravo for this project. The colors and prints just scream summer to me!

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This is a great project for beginners and also to share with the kiddo's while they are home from school this Summer. Download PatchworkBunting_FQG.

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Join the fun and sew along... join our Flickr group (it may or may not..but mostly may.. include random prizes)

Trying to keep up with all of AGF and what we have to offer..  well here are all the links to help you do just that :) Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, Pin uson Pinterest and check out our consumer website

Now for the Giveaway Rules (dum dum dummm)

In Color Order:

- Leave a comment on the In Color Order blog

For Art Gallery Fabrics

- Follow us on Pinterest

- Like us on Facebook

- Subscribe to the blog and leave a comment letting us know you did. (wow!, we are a high maintenance Honestly we want you all involved in all of AGF... you know we do cool things right!?)

Until next week,

<3 The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF Team


June's Sewing Room of the Month


June's Sewing Room of the Month goes to Deborah Parker. We asked Deb to tell us a little bit more about how she claimed the space and what her plans are...

Hey guys, thanks for picking my sewing room as June's Sewing Room of the Month. Well, I took over our old master bedroom after my husband built onto the back of our house. It is still a work in progress.  I love the space but wish it was as big as the room we added on.  I have a small design wall behind the door and a larger one in my hallway as well as one in the spare bedroom.

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This is the overview of my sewing room. Also known as the place "where all the magic happens."

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In this corner I have most of my patterns and books stored. This is my "store-it-all shelf."

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Well hopefully I will get to show you updated pics soon! Thank you for stopping by and taking a tour of my sewing room.

<3 Deborah Parker

Carousel Quilt Kit Featuring The Paradise Collection

Hey everyone!

We would like to introduce to you guys a quilt kit that was put together exclusively for our friends over at Fat Quarter Shop.

The Carousel Quilt kit features the Paradise Collection by Pat Bravo and boasts a lively array of colors. This quilt will be as fun to put together as it will be to enjoy.


This quilt kit is sold exclusively at Fat Quarter Shop. Quilt kit includes the Carousel Quilt Pattern in the Paradise collection  for the 87" x 72" quilt top and binding. A backing set is available separately.

Happy Sewing!

<3 Your AGF Team

LillyBelle by Bari J.


I want to introduce my LillyBelle collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. This collection for me is a whole world come to life in a fabric line.  LillyBelle is a woman who exudes romance and is the epitome of vintage style.


She gathers flowers in her gorgeous garden estate on a quiet Tuesday morning.



She accentuates her style with unique heirloom trinkets.



In keeping a home filled with love and joy, there's no problem that LillyBelle can't fix with one of her homemade apple pies.



She peacefully reads in a cozy library while she waits for the noon chime of mora clocks letting her know it's time for tea.


The chateau is gracefully decorated in moire silks and beautiful lace. Here and there we find pieces collected from trips to far away lands.

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For if you are going to dream, dream it all, take liberties. Dream bright and lush. Dream soft and airy. Let worlds collide. In my imagination, colors of the past are transformed as evening falls into modern brights that pop like joyful rockets creating a "warm sunset". By morning colors languidly fade back to the soft hues of yesteryear soothing and relaxing for a "cool sunrise".

With prints that speak to the heart of a woman I invite you to pull up a chair, rev up your sewing machines and create a bit of LillyBelle's world for yourself.


<3 Bari J.


Take a look at the latest Art Gallery Fabrics video for LillyBelle by Bari J.

LillyBelle by Bari J. from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.





Fat Quarter Gang - Ruffled Pouch Tutorial by Freshly Pieced


Ruffled Pouch Tutorial By Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced

Hi there! It’s Lee here, from Freshly Pieced.

Today I’m going to show you how to make a cute little zipper pouch with pleated ruffles. I’ve seen a lot of ruffled zipper pouches around blogland, but I wanted mine to be a little more tailored than most.


I chose some fabrics from Art Gallery’s Rhapsodia collection for my pouch. Although I’m usually drawn more to blues and greens, I couldn’t resist the warm summery tones of the “Sweet Journey” palette. I loved the big hexagons of the Temple Tiles print for the outside of the pouch, and reflected that in the lining with the smaller hexies from the Folk Vision print.

 (delish Rhapsodia bundle)

Materials needed

For the pouch exterior:
1 FQ of Temple Tiles in Inca - cut 2 pieces 5” x 11.5,” and 2 pieces 2.5” x 11.5”

For the lining:
1 FQ of Folk Vision in Salmon - cut 2 pieces 8.5” x 11.5”

For the accent and ruffle trim:
1 FQ of Frida’s Dream in Bright - cut 4 strips 2” x 21” and 2 strips 2” x 11.5”

Other items needed:
• Interfacing or fusible fleece - cut 2 pieces 8.5” x 11.5”
• 12” zipper


Ready to try it? Download the Download Ruffled_pouch_tutorial.

Also, if you are looking to join the fun and wanna sew along then join our Flickr group (it may or may not..but mostly may.. include random prizes)

Trying to keep up with all of AGF and what we have to offer..  well here are all the links to help you do just that :) Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, Pin uson Pinterest and check out our consumer website


Now for the Giveaway Rules (dramatic music cue)

For Freshly Pieced:

- Leave a comment on the Freshly Pieced blog (simple request, huh?) ..

For Art Gallery Fabrics

- Follow us on Pinterest

- Like us on Facebook

- Subscribe to the blog and leave a comment letting us know you did. (wow!, we are a high maintence Honestly we want you all involved in all of AGF... you know we do cool things right!?)

Well ladies & gents, I hope you are enjoying these fun projects and that some are simple enough to include the kids in (you know, since they are Summer break and all maybe they should get to work cutting fabric or folding your stash or even learning to sew.)

Until next week,

<3 The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF Team

Star Store of the Month

Hey there,

This month we have the honor to get behind the scenes of one of the most popular and loved online stores in the country: Fat Quarter Shop. Over the last few years, thanks to hard work, great selection and customer service, they became a referent for where to buy quilting fabrics and patterns. You can find everything you need (and more!), and their website is great to navigate! Each item is perfectly categorized (and we mean each because they have thousands!) Another feature that we love is the "coming soon" section, where you can preview upcoming collections and enter your email to receive notice when this particular line is shipping... cool, right?

Kimberly Jolly is the owner and she has a beautiful family! We sent her many questions that we would love to know (and we think you too!) 


1. Hi Kim, and thank you very much for answering these questions! Tell us how Fat Quarter Shop got started. Why? When? Where? Who?

I learned to quilt about fifteen years ago, and it quickly became my passion. I just could not get enough of it, and it was always a challenge to find the exact quality fabrics that I wanted. There was one fat quarter bundle in particular that I could not find in stores anywhere. I decided it was time to open an online quilt store where I could carry all the wonderful fabrics and precuts that I had trouble finding! I started out of my home, still working my day job and cutting and filling orders at night. Eventually word got out about Fat Quarter Shop, I quit my day job, and the rest is history! With my husband’s help, Fat Quarter Shop has become a store with a variety of fabrics, precuts, kits, patterns and much more. Tons of work and dedication have gone into building my store, but I still marvel at how much Fat Quarter Shop has grown in nearly 10 years.

2. Some shops have theme… what would you say is your shops theme?

We do not have a theme so much as characteristics for which we’re known. We are known for the large variety and wide selection of fabrics we carry, our great original and exclusive kits, our fast shipping and amazing customer service! Many of our loyal customers know us on a first-name basis and vice versa, and that will always be the case!

3. Boast your bolts… what is your current bolt count?How many bolts?

A lot!!


(Fat Quarter Shop's AGF Stash)

4. What goes into fabric selection? What do you consider and how much of a role does personal taste play?

I like to think that over the years we have become fabric connoisseurs. Generally we are attracted to groups from many different genres that are artistically strong and will be sought after, but of course personal taste comes into play. That’s what makes fabric buying fun! I will never stop swooning at the sight of a delicious new fabric collection.

5. Social media is one of the biggest tools out there right now and Fat Quarter Shop is all over it. What forms do you partake in and what are some of the features you’re most proud of on

Social media is a huge way for us to stay connected to our shoppers. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, and now Pinterest. Our Facebook fans and Twitter followers get to see weekly specials every Wednesday! Right from our home page, you can preview the latest post from our blog, the Jolly Jabber, where we have lots of designer interviews, fabric features, and giveaways. It keeps our shoppers in the loop about what’s going on in the fabric world, and we try especially hard to provide lots of coverage on Quilt Market, which is always exciting! We are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and update our Blog regularly.


(cutting Oval Elements - Cranberry)

6. So let’s say I just bought some fabric online… describe the process and time frame from order to doorstep (without letting out any secrets)

If you place your order before 3pm CST, your order is processed on the same day! Once your order is received we fill the order within a few hours.  If there are any issues, we contact you to see what you’d like to do (substitute fabric, wait until a fabric is restocked, etc.). Once it’s all cut and packaged prettily, it goes out to you at lightning speed. Our US shoppers love us, and our international shoppers LOVE us for this. We also upgrade all UPS orders to 3 day shipping (instead of ground shipping) for free which speeds up packages to US customers that are far from us!  Barring an issue with your order, US customers receive receive their orders within three business days and often sooner.


(Kim Jolly, Owner)

7. Kim, you have kids, a husband and a successful business.. how do you do it? Whats the balance like?Balance, what’s that??

Life is certainly crazy with four kids (our oldest just turned five!) and the shop. I’m not sure how I do it – I have good help, but mostly my mind never stops! I am always dreaming of ways to make the store better, so when the kids are asleep or at school, I get straight to work on my newest ideas. I don’t think I will have balance for a while, but I wouldn’t trade anything for the family I have and the job I love!

8. If you didn’t run a successful fabric shop what would be your dream job?

Since FQS is my dream job, I can only think of an outlandish job I would try for a day – reality TV star! I don’t know how exciting it would be for the viewers – it would be me trying to play with my kids while emailing and sewing all day!


(Bolts shown: Modernology & Coquette)

9. You carry a lot of 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 is unlike any other fabric we sell. Your collections are so fashion-forward, contemporary and bold. It’s a pleasure to see how the individual prints stand on their own and mesh with each other. AGF’s best sellers for us have been Poetica and Pure Elements Solids.

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

Shoppers who buy AGF are very fun and always excited for the newest fabrics! They have done their research, are inspired from something they’ve seen (maybe something from your new videos!) and ready to make something! They make bags, skirts, dresses as well as quilts and they are always ready to rock their newest creation. We also get a LOT of comments on the nice feel and quality of AGF!


11. What is your favorite AGF collection so far?

My current favorites are Summerlove and Poetica. I love them for their different moods. Summerlove is retro, sunwashed and cheerful, while Poetica is more contemplative, vibrant and romantic. I am also a sucker for the Oval Elements! The colors are wonderful!


Hope you have enjoyed the chat! Make sure you visit this awesome store to find your favorite Art Gallery Fabrics :D



the AGF team

Fat Quarter Gang - Body Pillow by P.S. I Quilt


Hey guys,

Rachel here from P.S. I Quilt. Today i'm excited to show y'all how to make your very own decorative body pillow cover.

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For my fat quarter choices . . . I honestly picked my 8 fat quarters because they complimented the quilt on my bed. :). I chose to mix & match a few different Art Gallery Fabrics lines with some of my favorite basics.

For the cover:

The basics:

  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Mat
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron, etc.

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(various Art Gallery Fabrics collections shown)

These are fairly quick to make so you can change your decorative body pillow cover as often as you want. So go make some to match all your bed quilts or even to celebrate the changing seasons.

Please note: not all body pillows are the exact same size. My measurements were based on the average 20" x 54" body pillow. Your cover may fit a little more snug {or a little more loose} depending on the size of your body pillow.

Ready . . . go. ( Download Body Pillow)

Now for the good stuff.. the giveaway..

Giveaway rules:

P.S. I Quilt Rules:

Leave a comment on her blog telling her which of the 8 prints are your favorite.

Art Gallery's Rules:

Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog AND follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest.


Good luck peeps!

Hope y'all enjoy.

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♥ rachel


P.S. - Wanna post your own project? Sewing along with the gang and want to show the gang? Follow us on Flickr and post your projects there!

Project Challenge 2012 - Challnge # 6 - Placemat

ProjectLOGO_finalHello ladies, (& gents if you're out there join us!)

It is that time of the month when one challenge ends and a new one begins. Last month you all made wine bottle covers and included a drawstring technique with some embroidery (for bonus points.) Well as always ladies... you exceeded our expectations. You can look at the entries here.

We are in the middle of voting and some fierce words are being thrown around as to who is the winner.... you know we always get along but during this time of the month... well let's just say we all have "different" I mean this in a good way because you all are so great.

There is a decline in entries... Remember that in order to qualify for the sewing machine at the end of the year you must have completed all 12 projects (you can turn them in later.. you just wouldn't qualify to win the 10 half-yards)

So now on to June's challenge.. A placemat.


1. Must use the ruffles technique.

2. Any shape you like but BONUS for a unique (functional) shape.

That's it ladies (and gents if there is one of you out there)

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" if you want...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on June 30, 2012. They must be original works and use only AGF fabric.

Judging:  We will have 7 more people voting this month ...  AGF team (5 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)

May your thread be strong and your machine be speedy! Get set GO!!

XOXO, Anais