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Fat Quarter Gang - Summerlove Blooms pillow by During Quiet Time

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My name is Amy from During Quiet Time and today I am going to share a paper pieced pillow project that I am calling Summerlove Blooms.  If you are familiar with me, you know that I have become a smidge bit addicted to paper piecing.  A number of people have expressed interest in trying out paper piecing but are intimidated. 

This project is fairly simple, with a limited number of seams to match, and I am going to take you through the paper piecing step by step with lots of pictures.  Here's your chance to give it a try!

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My design is inspired by the floral designs and summery hues of Pat Bravo's Summerlove collection.  You will use 8 fat quarters for this project--and every bit of them too so cut wisely!

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Materials:
8 fat quarters of Summerlove by Pat Bravo:

Coordinating thread
Two 16" pillow forms
Two 14" or larger invisible zippers

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These pillow covers are paper pieced. It's a great pattern for someone new to paper
piecing to tackle because the pattern is simple and the fabrics are somewhat low contrast
and patterned and therefore very forgiving.

Download SummerloveBlooms_FQG pattern.

Want to win an identical bundle used in this tutorial? Well enter and get a chance at winning your very own bundle.

For the giveaway: 

Leave a comment on Amy's blog telling her what your experience is with paper piecing. 

And don't forget to be eligible you must ...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until Friday, Aug, 3rd.

 

Happy Sewing :)

<3 Love,

The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF team

*** Want the PDF? Check out AGF Consumer site for previous member projects and their PDF's ****


Striped strips anyone?

The chevron mania is still at its peak, and recently I have been drawn to recreate this graphic pattern in other ways. What better to create a zigzag pattern than a basic striped fabric? 

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At AGF we always like to include geometrical and linear prints in our collections. I grabbed some of the striped designs from the Sugar, Poetica, and Bespoken Collections, and started playing around with the angle and position of the fabric to come up with this block tutorial.

It is clearly not a defined chevron design, but rather a party of stripes and color. I had an initial concept of cutting the majority of the fabrics at 45º angles (biased), but the more I saw the lines, the more I loved their “natural” way, and I think that the simplicity of perpendicular lines transformed into something fun and dynamic (not to mention that it also saves more fabric for future projects).

This tutorial makes a 10" x 10” block.

CUTTING DIRECTIONS
You can mix and match with striped fabrics that you already own, but for this block I used:


1. 1” x 10” strip of Apricot Crepe from the Pure Elements Collection
1. 2” x 10” strip of Spirited Verse Candy from the Poetica Collection (cross-grain)

1. 2 ½” x 10” strip of Spirited Verse Azure from the Poetica Collection (straight-grain)
1. 2 ½” x 3 ¾” strip of Stitchery Citrus from the Bespoken Collection (bias)
1. 2 ½” x 4” strip of Stitchery Aqua from the Bespoken Collection (bias)
1. 2 ½” x 2 ¾” rectangle of Festival Fuchsia from the Pure Elements Collection
1. 3 ½” x 10” strip of Honey Ribbons from the Sugar Collections (straight-grain)

1. 1 3/8” x 10” strip of Mauvelous from the Pure Elements collection.

To make this block (1/4” seam allowance):

Lay out your pieces before you start sewing in the way they would look at the end. I find it helpful to work from this layout as I sew- it will be far less likely to get your pieces mixed up.

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Now you can proceed to attach the two biased pieces to the Festival Fuchsia rectangle. To create a more interesting visual effect, arrange them as though the lines will cross (if you were to make a whole quilt this will give it that subtle but oh-so-wonderful chevron effect from a distance). This will be the center panel:

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Now that you have only vertical piecing, you can begin from left to right with the Apricot Crepe strip, and then attach the remaining five strips.

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 Make sure to press open each seam after you sew.

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Here is the finished block on the design wall.

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I created the quilt digitally to see what it would look like. I love the playfulness of the stripes, and the subtle chevron.  It could be a perfect match for a children’s room (switch all stripes to neutral colors and it will be a great modern quilt for a boy’s room!).Digital_quilt_WEB

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please share your line-party quilt creations as everyone at AGF would love to see them!

Rock & Sew!

<3 Laura

 


Fat Quarter Gang - The Fresh AG Tote by Fresh Lemons Quilts

 

FatQuarterGANG_banner400pxBLUEHello everyone! I’m Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts and I’m very excited to share my first Fat Quarter Gang project with you today, the Fresh AG Tote.

 

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Required Fabric

Outer Tote Body - 2 Fat Quarters {or combination of fabrics for equivalent}

Inner Tote Lining - 2 Fat Quarters

Straps - 1 Fat Quarter PLUS 6, 3” x 6” pieces

Light or Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing - 1.5 Yards

 

Art Gallery Fabrics Used in this Project

 

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Top Row: RHA-500 Artisan Emerald, MO-4808 Posh Florets Bright, PE-411 Quartz Pink, MO-4806 A la Mode Gray
Bottom Row: HG-7408 Illusion Cashmere, PE-424 Mirage Blue, MO-3805 Impressions Sachet, RHA-504 Terra Stamps Smoke, PE-416 Lemonade

Ready to make your own Fresh AG Tote?  Download Fresh AG Tote Pattern.

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Want your very own bundle of AGF used in this project for yourself? Well Head on over to Fresh Lemons Quilts and enter to win by leaving a comment!

And don't forget to be eligible you must ...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until Friday, July, 27th.

 

Happy Sewing :)

<3 Love,

The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF team

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The Hopscotch Block

Hello everyone, Laura here :)

So lately I have wanted to do a block tutorial for those who are constantly searching for block ideas and especially those who are now entering the wonderful world of quilting. The color grey and its popularity have inspired me to create the tutorial for a simple and modern block.

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For this specific block I used three of our Pure Elements: Ash grey, Fresh Water, and White Linen, combined with the Serenade Daylight fabric from the Poetica Collection. This

combination is just an idea, but the combination options are infinite. You can choose which fabrics and colors you prefer in order to give it a feel that accommodates to your liking. Perhaps you can choose pink tones for a girly block or brown tones for a warmer, let’s-sit-by-the-chimney, kind of block. Make this one or make your own, just have fun!

This tutorial makes a 12.5" block.

CUTTING

(4) 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles of the Ash fabric

(4) 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles of the Serenade Daylight fabric

(4 of each color) 2 ½” x 2 ½” squares of the White Linen and Fresh Water fabrics

(2) 12 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles of the Serenade Daylight fabric

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To make this block:

  • Lay out your pieces before you start sewing in the way they would look at the end. I find it helpful to work from this layout as I sew- it’ll be far less likely to get your pieces mixed up.

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  • Begin on top with the 4 ½" x 2 ½” Ash rectangle, sewn to the Serenade Daydreaming (right side to right side), and then attach the other Ash piece:

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  • Press seams open:

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  • To this piece attach one of the 12” strips of Serenade Daydreaming. Set aside.
  • Now you will grab all the 2 ½”x 2 ½” squares of White Linen and Fresh Water. Sew them in pairs alternating colors until you have 4 pieces, each piece consisting of 2 squares.
  • Grab one of these pieces, and with the white square on top, attach it to one of the Serenade Daylight 4 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles lengthwise.
  • Attach another solid piece to this, with the blue square on top, then another one with the white one on top so that the colors match diagonally.
  • Attach another Serenade Daylight rectangle, and finish this strip with the last solid white and blue piece, making sure the blue square is on top.
  • You can now attach the previous strip to the strip created on step 1, sewing it on the side of the 12 ½” Serenade Daylight strip. Now attach another 12 ½” strip on the other side, and to finish the block, apply the “final” strip also created on step 1.
  • Press the block well.

This is the finished block on the design wall:

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 I created a few digital color options for this block. To better show you what I mean regarding how the feeling of a block can change by just switching the fabric selection I made a mini mood board too.

Here is the original block:Poetica_grey_moodThe soft tones in this block have a sophistication that appeals to a classic woman who likes modern details.


Now some other options:

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Vibrant pinks and purples transform this block into a young, fun, and feminine one for a girl with a bright personality.


And of course an option for the bohemian souls:

Boho_blockThe deep and earthy tones used in this block make it perfect for the free-spirited. They are warm, calm, and inviting- ideal for an autumn afternoon.

I hope this was an easy and fun idea to make. You can always create your own blocks, and please share them as everyone at Art Gallery Fabrics (and in the whole quilting world) would love to see them!

Rock & Sew !

<3 Laura


Indie (advanced yardage) is here!!!

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Hi everyone! This is Pat here :)

Okay... I know. This is the time I feel like a proud mama... But you see, every fabric line is like a child to me. I LOVE to design and, in a way, I see myself fulfilled in each collection. It is a wonderful feeling, of joy, renewal and a refill of "zing" into my body that takes me -in time- until I have to design the next one.

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Every time I get my advanced yardage of a line is the happiest moment, and with INDIE is no exception! I love this group!! It's very rich in design and saturated with color that I can't wait to show you how many things you can do with it :)

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I feel over the moon when you land on this blog and get inspired... because my ultimate goal is to inspire you! But as well as you, I love to be inspired when I create, so if you ask me where I got my creative juices for this line, I think it would be OK to show you with these pictures that put together tell a story...

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 Two names come for the inspiration of this line: Antropologie and Klimt

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INDIE is an imaginary trip made to a world of long heritage of craftsmanship and artisans...

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I was so in love when spotted this trend shared by Anthropologie some time ago.

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By the moment I went to my inspiration boards to design new prints (I collect lots of pictures in folders), I had this one filled by so many incredible pictures of products! I didn't hesitate to do something from all this beauty!!

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INDIE celebrates austere, "back to the roots" beauty with globally-inspired prints in an eclectic palette. 

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I've enjoyed very much experiencing this kind the spiritual journey for this collection and hope you can start creating your own handmade memories very soon :)

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It comes in two color stories: Midnight Temple and Sunlight Bazaar

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The girls and I have been brainstorming for the video and we have all started having fun creating the styling and coming up with quilt and garment ideas.... we may have gone to far but I think you ladies will enjoy it when is ready.

I'll post more pictures soon when we start the shooting. So exciting!!

INDIE will be hitting stores first week of August, so there's no much time left to start having fun with these prints! Hope you love them as much as I do :)

 

All my love,

Pat


Fat Quarter Gang - Modernology "Matchsticks" Mug Rug by Sukie, Don't You Know Who I Am?

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Good Monday to ya'll, if you don't know me - my name is Amy Newbold aka Sukie “Don’t You Know Who I Am?”  I've been in the sewing hobby for a little over 2 yrs.  Today, I'm showing a super, simple mug rug project that you can put together in less than 4hrs! 

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If you don't know what a mug rug is - it's a small quilt that between a coaster and a place mat; basically designed to hold a snack and your drink. 

List of Supplies:

(18) 2x2 inch of your favorite Art Gallery Fabrics. (I used Modernology by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery)

(1) 9.5 x 5.5 piece of fabric

(1) 9.5 x 5.5 piece of Insul-Bright (you could use spare batting).  The reason why I use this instead of batting is because, it's "Reflects Heat or Cold Back to the Source"

35”inches of binding

Piecing Directions:

First take your (9) 2inch squares and sew them into a simple 9 patch like so:

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You should now have a square 9-patch that measures 5x5

Take your rule and you're going to cut that in half 2.5 x 5

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Take your two cuts and cut that in half = 2.5x2.5

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You should have (4) blocks that look like this:

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Repeat for the remaining (9) 2x2 squares. 

After you have (8) squares arrange them into "match sticks." You want the tiny square to be at the bottom left.  The next block should, the tiny square should be in the top left corner. Repeat for the 3rd and 4th block and sew the row together

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If you’d prefer, you can just randomly arrange them too.  (this is a simple quilting block pattern commonly known as disappearing 9-patch)

Assemble Directions:

Place to the top on the piece of 9.5x5.5 batting/insul-bright try to center it. 

Since this is a small project, instead of using basting pins I suggest spray basting it down.

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Flip that over and spray baste that backing fabric to the batting.

Quilt it any way you want!  I choose straight line quilting for both my mats (that's right you could put two together in less than 4hrs)

Attach the binding.  Don’t you love the Caviar Pure Elements?  It makes the Modernology pop!

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Trim off the excess batting and back fabric and finish binding your mug rug.

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Mug rug make great small gifts! Show us your finished mats over at the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr group... we love to see your take on the tutorials :)

Win your very own bundle of Modernology just head over to Amy Newbold aka Sukie “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” blog and check out how to enter.

And don't forget to...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Please enter now through Friday morning, July 20th.

Happy Sewing :)

<3 Love,

The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF team

*** Want the PDF? Check out AGF Consumer site for previous member projects and their PDF's ****


Sewing Room of the Month

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So we searched far and wide for a really cool sewing room and then lo and behold we get a glorious email from Irelle of Jibberish Designs. She was kind enough to show us her space and share the story that went behind it...

Where I sew...

If you have been following my blog, you know that I moved a couple of months ago.  The bad news is that I moved away from a fabulous quilt studio.  See that blog post here.

The GOOD news is that I have an amazing quilt studio in my new home!!  This is what it looked like in progress….

And NOW – let’s take a tour!

When you walk through the door of my quilting studio, the back wall of fabric immediately tickles your senses with the beautiful color!  This is definitely my happy place.

When I moved, I wrapped all of my fabric on boards for storage.  You can purchase hard plastic boards in two sizes from Polar Notions here.  I started with them but when I realized how much my stash has grown, I needed a less expensive alternative.

Enter this post by Jennifer at That Girl That Quilt and I had my solution – comic book boards!  I bought two packs of 100 but had to go back for more!  I used the comic book boards for all of my quilting cotton that is 1 yard or more.  I used the Polar Notions small boards for pieces that are larger than a fat quarter and smaller than a yard.

    

My fat quarters are stored in baskets, a CD tower and a cute Pottery Barn cubicle shelf.  Some of it is stored by collection and some of it is just random.

         

My sewing space is comprised of my Janome sewing table with an adjacent large table for all the necessary accessories. I definitely love Ikea for all those lovely storage ideas.  Many of them come from their kitchen section.  The magnetic strip with the tins is great for pins, safety pins, and needles.  The large magnetic board and the bulletin board are great for design ideas.

        

Here is a closeup of some of my tools and accessories on that wall.

         

To the left of my sewing station is my ironing station.  In order to maximize my storage space, I purchased a pine buffet from Ikea that fits my Big Board perfectly and has two shelfs of storage below for my project boxes. I put some plastic bins for scraps and a couple of decorative shelves above the ironing board.

    

No sewing room is complete without a design wall and my space has TWO!  I have a Disappearing Design Wall above my closet and a second one to the right of my cutting table.  And Art Gallery fabric in my Work in Progress!

         

My big board can double as a cutting table BUT, I have a separate cutting table between my design walls. Spoiled – I know. I put the cutting table in an opening that would normally go through to my bedroom but I needed the space.  One the backside is a second dresser as my bedroom was too small for two.

    

The final wall in my quilting studio has two closets for messy storage and my TV and library of quilting books.  I store all of my patterns in plastic sleeves in binders and since that collection is growing – I have quite a number of binders sorted by category of patterns.

    

I keep all of my messy storage in the three closets in the room.  The first photo is the closet below my disappearing design wall.  The other two closets are on either side of the TV/library.  I put extra shelving units to maximize the storage capability in these two closets.  I don’t have a photo of the left closet as the mess was too much :)

    

The bonus to this sewing space is that I have quite a bit of floor space.  It works for laying out a quilt to baste it.  And also has enough room that I can add two portable 6 foot table to the front and side of my sewing machine table when I want to do some machine quilting.  I’m trying to do more of that but I still prefer to send my tops to Heidi at Rocky Mountain Quilting for her magic.

    

I think that completes the tour.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my quilt studio.  I spend many wonderful hours in this space. I’ll leave you with a close up of my sewing room art from the makelifesweet gals and their Sweetwater Etsy store.  I love these prints!

Thanks for checking in!  I hope you enjoyed my studio tour. 

Happy sewing,

Irelle

 

** Thanks Irelle! We really loved seeing your space and we hope that this inspires people to make their sewing space a creative haven.

Have an amazing space? Did something cool and creative? Well what are you waiting for? Share your sewing space with the rest of us... we really would love to see it. Email anais.cowley@artgalleryfabrics.com

Til next month :)

Love, The AGF Team


Winner of challenge #6 is...

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June's challenge was a place-mat and you ladies did a great job. You not only got creative with the styles but we loved that some of you took functionality into consideration.  I think this challenge may have had the most "out of the box" entries.

Soo now for the winner..

We loved this entry because it was really cute, well thoughtout, had quilting and we can really see this working!

So congrats...

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 Marlene Reasoner

*cheers & applause*

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We really hope you guys are  enjoying this. You ladies have been super loyal and we really love that you are still here with us. We love to see what you all make and honestly we really hate voting because it is like picking your favorite child...

Challenge # 7 is already underway and we can't wait to see what you all come up with. Congrats to all of you!!

<3 Anais


Fat Quarter Gang - the Quilted Sham by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

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Hi! I'm Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade, and I'm so excited to be sharing my very first Fat Quarter Gang Project with you today!
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A tutorial for a set of Quilted Pillow Shams, a project designed for Art Gallery Fabrics new, gorgeous LillyBelle Fabric Collection, that's quick, easy, and takes only 10 Fat Quarters to make a set!
 
It's a great project for a beginner or if you want a small  project to practice sewing those perfect straight quilting lines! Let's get started!!

What you'll need : :
  • 10 - Fat Quarters of the LillyBelle collection
  • 2 - Standard Bed Pillows measuring 20" x 26"
  • 2 - pieces of cotton batting measuring at least 21" x 30"
  • 1 - yard of cotton muslin cut into two pieces measuring 22' x 36"
  • White Thread
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat/Ruler


Cutting and Piecing the Fabrics : :

1. Choose six different fat quarters of the LillyBelle fabrics for the pillow sham fronts, save the other four for the pillow sham backs

2. Cut each of the six fat quarters into two pieces measuring 5" x 20"  (I recommend using a rotary cutter and mat set for cutting)

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3. With right sides facing, pin and sew six fabric strips together, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance

4. Press all seams open as you go

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5. Continue to piece both pillow sham fronts and press well on both sides

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Layering and Quilting the Pillow Top : :

6. Cut Muslin into two pieces measuring 22" x 36". Cut batting into two pieces measuring 21" x 30"

7. Lay muslin piece onto the work surface, center batting piece on top of that, and then center the pieced pillow top

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8. Prepare for machine quilting. Pin layers together well, adding a few pins running down each of the six different fabrics that makeup your pillow sham top

9. Stitch on either side of the seams as shown in the photo below

10. Once quilted, remove pins

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11. Using a large ruler or straight edge, trim away excess fabric, batting, and muslin. The pillow top should now measure 20" x 26"

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12. Continue to baste, quilt, and trim both pillow sham fronts

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Sewing the pillow together : : 

13. Prepare back pieces -- Using two of the remaining LillyBelle Fat Quarters for each pillow sham, cut fabrics to pieces measuring 18" x 20", fold over one of the sides measuring 20" a 1/2", press, fold over again, press. Sew along inner folded edge and along the outer edge, staying close to the fold. This will create the double seam finish.

14. Place pillow top piece RIGHT side up on your work surface. Place both backing pieces RIGHT side down on top of the pillow top piece.

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15. Pin and sew along entire perimeter using a 1/2" seam allowance

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16. Zigzag stitch around the entire perimeter, as well 17. Trim all four corners

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18. Turn pillow right side out, making sure to poke out each corner. Press well. Repeat for second pillow

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Insert your pillows and now you have your very own set of LillyBelle Quilted Pillow Shams!!

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Want to win your own set of FQ to complete this project? Well enter to win! ....

Here's how:

Maureen's Rules:
 
- Simply leave a comment under her giveaway post! We'd love to know what you'd stitch up with a bundle of LillyBelle?!

- Followers of Maureen Cracknell Handmade get an additional entry, too! Whether you follow her blog or on Facebook, just let her know that you do by making a separate comment to record that entry. (one optional entry)

For Art Gallery Fabrics

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Please enter now through Friday morning, July 13th. Mr. Random will pick the winner and Maureen will announce their name at the bottom of her giveaway blog post!

Happy Sewing :)

<3 Love,

The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF team

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Star Store of the Month

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Hey guys,
It's that time of the month when we present to you the new Star Store! When picking the next Star Store we thought of Lauren and her shop Sew Modern. Lauren and her amazing staff have set up the cutest shop over in Los Angeles, California and recently added an online shop to their resume. Of course we wanted to know more about the woman, the business and her crew. We were so excited that when we contacted her she was all for it and even shared pics around the shop.
Beware... these ladies are super friendly and their energy will draw you in!
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Here's what we got :)
1. Tell us how Sew Modern got started.  Why?  When? Where? Who?

I learned to sew on a whim about 8 years ago.  I took a class and the instructor, Capril Bonner-Thomas became my mentor and friend.  I was hooked on fabric and sewing in a bad way and I often talked with Capril about opening a store that carried all the fabrics we were only finding online.  We wanted to see and touch and compare in person!  I also wanted a community of sewing geeks like myself to hang out with.  Luckily that community came in the form of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild.  I joined right at the inception and was immediately blessed with friends, a focus group, customers, instructors...a community.  In October of 2010 I took the plunge and signed a lease for a storefront here on the west side of Los Angeles.  It's been a wonderful whirlwind ever since.  Though I am the sole proprietor, I have an amazing staff and community supporting me and it all just keeps building.  We are having a blast!  Unfortunately my friend Capril passed away before ever seeing me realize my dream, but I know she'd be proud and amazed.  This year we opened an online shop as well as a way to keep the inventory flowing as we want to have all the great new lines in the shop and we only have 1,500 square feet.  We manage to have over 2,000 bolts, a classroom area, a longarm quilting machine, a huge custom cutting table and a lounge area in that amount of space!

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2. Some shops have a theme...what would you say is your shop's theme?
I don't know if I'd call it a theme, but Sew Modern is just what it indicates: A modern place for fabric, learning and creating.  We have a bright, eclectic, inviting style and we want everyone who comes through our doors to feel welcome.  (Well, maybe not the drunk guy who poured whiskey on our rug!) 

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

I am the sole buyer but I definitely get input from my customers and employees.  It's a gut feeling really, that propels me to choose fabrics.  So I guess personal taste plays a huge role, but I like a lot of things so that keeps it plentiful!
Quality of basecloth, designs, colors, price points, delivery dates...all of that is considered as well.  
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4. Social media is one of the biggest tools out there right now...how do you incorporate it on a daily basis and how have you seen that impact your business?

Social media is huge now in business.  We have a Facebook page, we Tweet, we're on Pinterest...and the ONLY advertising we've done is on blogs.  WE LOVE BLOGS!  We also have our own blog which is getting a facelift as we speak.  I would say most of our online traffic comes from blogs and Twitter.  

5. So let's say I just bought some fabric online...describe the process and time frame from order to doorstep...without letting our any secrets ;)
Luckily our online store is connected to our in-store POS system.  When we get an order a few things happen.  The order shows up on the store computer.  I also receive an email notifying me from our system.  I also get a notice from paypal saying money was received. It's amazing because this way we never miss an order.  As soon as someone is in the shop the order is cut and packaged and the inventory is updated.  Usually the orders ship out the same day they are placed or the next day.  It should arrive on your doorstep within 3 days of shipping.  
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6. Lauren, you have kids ranging from ages 4-15...How involved and interested are they in the shop?  Are they interested in the sewing, fabric or quilting world?  

My kids are all pretty impressed with the store, but only one of them is really interested in sewing at this point.  She's my 9 year old and she has a sewing machine in her room and she wants embroidery stuff for her birthday.  If they are in  the store, they all like to ring up sales...they think they're so cool.  Mostly they like that I'm a few doors down from Starbucks.
Liz(Liz flashing us a smile)
7. Tell us about your staff.  WE met Liz at quilt market and can tell that you are surrounded by a wonderful staff.

Well that is absolutely true, I have a great staff.  I've got Liz who is my manager, personal slave and sewist extraordinaire, Ariga who is amazingly patient with customers and a great garment designer and sewist,  Lisa who knows all about sewing machine parts and can fix most anything AND sew anything---she made it her personal mission to know our long arm machine better than anyone so she can teach it well, and we have many other top notch guest instructors.  I'm extremely fortunate in that regard.  Oh, and my amazing nanny, Cesiah, without whom I would not be able to work at all!

Long arm(Lisa at the long arm)
8. If you didn't run a successful fabric shop what would be your dream job? 

In many respects this is my dream job, though it couldn't be more different from what I thought I'd be doing with my life.  I love sewing but I can't be holed up by myself all the time, it's just not in my nature.  I need people.  I do hope that some day the business parts of the shop will be running enough without me so that I can be more creative and have a smidgen of free time.  HA!


9. You carry a variety of Art Gallery Fabrics products.  Can you tell our readers what you like most about our products?  What are your hot sellers from AGF right now?

I would have to start at the beginning with the base cloth Art Gallery uses.  It has such a beautiful hand to it...soft and drapier than other mid-weight cottons so it's great for garments as well as quilting.  The colors Pat uses and her designs are just stunning in every collection.  Different from anyone else out there!  And prolific!  just one gorgeous collection after another!
 
What's hot now?  Summerlove has been selling extremely well and we are constantly reordering Oval and Lace Elements.  They are the perfect blenders.  But Pure Elements has to be our hottest seller right now because the colors are extraordinary and the little bit of sheen they have....mmmmm. just divine!

Bolts
10. What kind of feedback do you get from consumers that buy AGF? 
Nothin' but net, baby.  It's all fantastic.

11. What is your favorite AGF collection so far?

I have to pick ONE?  That's too hard!  I plead the 5th!

Agf rocks
(Lauren, Shop owner)

Awwww... Thanks Lauren and gals over at Sew Modern! We love you guys too! You have a beautiful store and we are so happy to be in your shop!

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Til next time... Happy fabric buying!