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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.

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For the giveaway: 

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

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

 

Happy Sewing :)

<3 Love,

The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF team

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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!

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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.

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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 ****