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November 2012

Providing Decadence: Splendor 1920 by Bari J.

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Inspired by the high society of the 1920's in Europe, Splendor 1920 has a deliciously decadent feel with a modern mix of florals, lively nature inspired prints and art deco geometrics that will inspire quilters and sewers alike.

SPLENDOR 1920 Fabric Collection by Bari J. from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.

If you prefer to see this video on YouTube please click here.

The 1920's was a decade of entertainment. A time when families gathered around the radio listening to their favorite variety show while mom stitched away, dad puffing on a pipe and the kids cuddled under a quilt. 

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Inspired by a period when times were simpler and manners were of the up-most importance.

12splendor1920_Mia2WEBA mixture of prints that are sure to set your imagination on a time travel back to the days of the Charleston, Fox-trot, and the shimmy...

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A woman's style was full of class and elegance. A time when fashion entered the modern era. It was the decade in which women first abandoned the more restricting fashions of past years and began to wear more comfortable clothes and shorter skits.
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Splendor 1920 is a collection that lends itself to all aspects of the sewing and quilting world. From clothing to home decor, this collection is one that will add sophistication to any project.  So put on your favorite episode of Dowton Abby, grab a cup of tea and get those needles ready for the "Roaring 20's"

Happy Sewing!

<3 Bari J. and your AGF Family


Fat Quarter Gang - Jess's Jewelry Pouch by Create Kids Couture

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Hi everyone!!! Shannon from Create Kids Couture here and I couldn't be happier <3 Tiffany and I love Art Gallery Fabrics so much that we used their fabrics on all of the paper patterns covers from our fall line, so us being a part of the Fat Quarter Gang is a dream come true!

I brought our "A" game today and have a super cute tutorial that is perfect for the upcoming holidays. Not only can you make it for yourself if you do any travelling over the holidays, but you can easily whip them up as gifts for your girlfriends or loved ones. 

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Difficulty Level: Beginner
Materials Needed:
Cutting Chart:
Everything you need to cut out is in the pattern piece above. Just click on "Pattern Piece" under "Materials Needed" and it will pull up the file. When printing out the pattern piece make sure the page-scaling is set to "None". This is VERY important. Tape the black lines together so they are one on top of another being sure to match up the letters. It should now look like the image below.


Once the pattern piece is complete, cut out 2 large circles (red line) and 2 small circles (blue line) as shown below. I'm using the gorgeous Floressence line ::swoon:: Lastly, cut out one 3" circle out of the padding/fabric scrap of your choice.
Step 1: Choose which one of the large circles will be the outside fabric of the jewelry pouch. Measure down 1.25" from the end of the circle you chose and, following your machines instructions for making a buttonhole, make a small buttonhole. (Note that my button hole is at 1.5". I was barely able to complete it. I found it to work better when I made the buttonhole at 1.25". Unfortunately, it had been awhile since I last made one and my memory failed me while making the sample for this tutorial! lol.)
Step 2: Choose which one of the smaller circles will be the inside of the pockets (this fabric is the least seen). Find the center of the circle and baste on the 3" fleece circle. This circle serves as an extra padding and adds a little structure to the bottom of the pouch.
Step 3: Pin the two large circles right sides together. As indicated in red below, sew around the entire outside of the circles leaving a 1.5" opening to turn the circle right side out. Repeat with the two smaller circles.
Step 4: Turn the large circle right side out. Topstitch 1/8" from the edge around the entire circle. This will close your opening, make it lay flat, and give it a professional look. Repeat with the smaller circle. 
Step 5: Make a casing for the cording using the buttonhole placement as your guide. The top of the buttonhole should line up with the top of the casing and the bottom of the buttonhole should line up with the bottom of the casing. Use guides on your sewing machine to help keep your stitches straight.
Step 6: Center the smaller circle on the larger circle with the inside of the larger circle facing the inside of the smaller circle. Pin in place. Transfer the lines from the pattern piece to the outside of the smaller circle using a fabric marker or chalk that can easily be removed as shown below. These lines will include the 3" circle as well as the lines used to create the pockets.
Step 7: Stitch everything together through all 4 layers following only the lines we've drawn. Don't forget to backstitch at the lines that are creating the pockets so that they are very secure.
Step 8: Take the 1 yard of cording and thread it through the casing using a safety pin.
Step 9: Knot the ends of the cording so that it doesn't fray.
Pull the cording to gather the circles until they create a pouch. Put all of your jewelry in there when you are getting ready to travel and they will remain separated so there are no more tangles or damaged jewelry. It's surprisingly compact; super easy to throw in your purse when you're flying or if you don't want to leave them in the hotel room. 
My pouch was able to fit all of this jewelry (7 necklaces and 7 bracelets) and they were not small pieces! They weighed in at a whopping 2 lbs total weight!
I really hope you enjoyed our tutorial and that you find a little time to whip some of these up for the holidays! It really is a quick sew and will last for years! It would be super fun as a stocking stuffer or add some jewelry and make it a nice gift. Would be perfect as a bridesmaids gift too! 
Don't forget to share your beautiful pictures of what you make with us in the Flickr Group. You can find more free tutorials from Create Kids Couture on our blog. You can also join us and our 13,000 fans on Facebook; we have an amazingly active page so check it out! Last but not least, you can also find us on Pinterest and Twitter...our other addicitions.
Happy Sewing!
Shannon

As always to be eligible to win 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 things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr!

Giveaway open until November 30th.

See ya next week,

<3 Your AGF team


Inspiration.

We all gather inspiration from many different places. Many of us like to look through blogs and some grab that fav magazine to pull from. Wherever we gather from, one thing is for sure, what we create is definitely a labor of love. Floressence_Lilly_V
So we ask... What inspires you to create?

We really pour our hearts into our projects and it clearly shows. So we ask....
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Fat Quarter Gang - Nice & Neat Manicure Kit by I Heart Linen

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Hi All!  Rashida visiting again from, I Heart Linen land with my second tutorial for the Fat Quarter Gang!

Today I've put together a super simple and easy tutorial for a manicure kit.  Just in time for the holidays, I think it would make such a cute gift for a friend or loved one.  

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It opens up with ample room for all the tools one would need to keep those fingernails looking lovely.  (You know all that typing and texting can take its toll on the digits. ^_~)

It then folds up nice and compact to be taken along with you. The design is pretty basic, but it's perfect launch pad to take the design and really make it your own.  Let's take a look!

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 Finished Size:

(Folded) 7 1/2" x 5 1/4"

(Unfolded) 7 1/2" x 13 1/2"

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SUPPLIES

4 gorgeous fat quarters from Art Gallery Fabrics 

Fusible Fleece

Scissors

Coordinating Thread

1 Magnetic Snap

Rotary Cutter

Cutting Mat

Acrylic Ruler

Water Soluble Pen 

Loop Turner

Seam Ripper 

 

CUTTING

Cut two 13 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangles (1 print each)

Cut two 2" x 10" strips (1 print)

Cut one  2 1/2" x 42" bias strip (1 print)

 

INSTRUCTIONS (Note: 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.)

Following the manufacturer's instructions fuse fleece to the wrong side of the 13 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangles.  

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Using a spool of thread or a similiar round object mark two rounded corners with a water soluble pen or pencil.  Trim the corners. Set aside. 


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Take one 2" x 10" strip and fold in half lengthwise right sides together.  Stitch along the raw edge.  

Repeat with the remaining 2" x 10" strip. 


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Using a loop turner, turn the strips inside out and press. 

Pin one strip about 5 3/4" down from the top of the right side of the 13 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangle you plan to use as the inner panel. 


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This next step will depend upon which tools you plan to put in your kit.  Place the tools underneath the strip and make a mark on either side of the tools with a water soluble pen or a pencil.  Using a backstitch at the beginning and end, stitch a small line over the marks you just made.


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Repeat the previous steps for the bulkier tools with the remaining strip.  This time pinning about 3 inches from the bottom of the inner panel, leaving a bit of ease for the tool to slip underneath the strip.  Don't forget to remove the pins!

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Next, take the 'male'  magnetic snap and make a mark with the prongs about an inch from the top of the inner panel in the center.  Take your seam ripper and gently cut the two marks you just made.


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Slip the prongs through the holes.

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Flip the inner panel over, slip the back of the snap over the prongs and flatten them.  You can just use your fingers if you're feeling like Superman or a pair of pliers. 


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Repeat the previous steps with the 'female' part of the snap on the bottom of the outer panel about 1 3/4" from the bottom. Snaps are done!


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Place the two 13 1/2" x 7 1/2" panels wrong sides together.  You can hand baste these two panels together OR to make this project even quicker, just spray the wrong side of one of the panels with Heat and Bond Basting Adhesive.  Then place stick the two panels together.  I prefer this method because it's not only quick, but it will keep the panels from shifting when you fold them up.  

Finally, bind the kit with the bias tape starting at the center bottom.  This way you can make one mitered corner, THEN the curves, and finish off with the last mitered corner.  

Be sure to carefully pin the curves as you go.  


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 Add your tools and voila!  A happy little manicure kit!  Enjoy! ^_~

 

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'Have you started your Christmas making already?  Whatchya makin'???  Leave a
comment on my I Heart Linen blog telling me all about it here for a chance to win your own bundle! 

As always to be eligible to win 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 things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr!

Giveaway open until November 23rd.

See ya next week,

<3 Rashida & Your AGF team

 


Fall International Quilt Market 2012 Recap

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So we are back from market and finally get a chance to catch up with you all. We are very happy to report that this has been one of most fun to date.

This market we had our newest designers with us and it was so great to see them debut their collections and really show the quilting world what they are made of!

Here is a our video re-cap of Huston Quilt Market 2012...

 

Now let us show you some of the great things AGF and the fam had for everyone...

First up we have Pat Bravo. Her booth featured Rock 'n Romance and had a real grunge meets Vogue feel to it. The glitter, the fabric, the use of duck tape... oh my!

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Pat's booth provided a collision of glamour and rebellion.

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Then their is Bari J. and her Downton Abby inspired collection Splendor 1920. This bed was amazing! All the ruffles and really the details in the booth we inspiring.

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One of our many favorite accents in Bari J.'s booth was the Union Jack quilted ottoman.

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Then we have our newest designer Sarah Watson! She debuted her collection Luxe In Bloom and guess what....
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She won 1st place for single booth.. yay!!!

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And making it in to market for the first time are:

In Color Order's very own Jeni Baker with her debut collection Color Me Retro.

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And here is the booth that was shared by Jeni and our other new designer uber notorious long arm quilter Angela Walters debuting her collection Textures.

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Take a look at this beautiful quilting...

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Love the love embossed quilting *swoon*

 

And now the AGF booth... *drum roll please*

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Oh the wheels of color...
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Thank you for joining us for this recap and we hope to see you in Portland for Spring International Quilt Market.

Did you go to market? If so what was your fav booth and if not what would be the booth you would be most forward to seeing?

 

With love,

Pat, Bari, Sarah, Jeni, Angela & the AGF team

 


Enchanting London

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My recent trip to London got me super excited thinking about different blog posts to share with you... I didn't have time to put this together until now (my apologies to all UK friends that were waiting for this recap), and today is a great opportunity to tell you everything about it.

What a beautiful city London is... All my childhood dreams (I always wanted to be here) came through when I visited their streets, museums and I have to confess... many shops :) It is impossible not to be enchanted with the whole tradition that emerges in each of their products, from furniture to clothing and home decor. Oh... it seems that home decor stores are not of this world ... they take us back to an era of elegance and unique beauty! I walked, and walked and walked until my legs collapsed :)

 

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Seven days only left us thinking the best way to organize the places we wanted to go and how to make the best of it. Since this trip was inspirational for my new lines, Walter was ready to go with my plan to help me see and photograph the most I could!

The first day we went to Notting Hill, filled with flea markets, trendy art galleries, Portobello Road and so many boutiques! We just wandered the streets to be surprised a lot! I would love to bring back a little bit of everything I saw there...

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This amazing turquoise color left me wanting to use it throughout my home...

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So very vintage...
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Traditional British china was everywhere! I wanted to buy every piece, but then I thought it was too risky to bring them back :( So I took many pictures just in case because I was so inspired with these wonderful floral designs. And oh... the birds!

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There was a thrift jewelry shop where the vintage pieces didn't seem ever to end. Walls and walls were filled with exquisite necklaces, rings... I couldn't stop thinking who would have used these pieces in the past.

This lovely boutique got me window shopping for a long time, I couldn't get enough with all the shabby chick style. They make every window looks like a inspiration board! How about this style if you plan to update your sewing room?

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Couldn't do anything other than to stay like I was bewitched looking and looking..

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Pure beauty everywhere <3

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I LOVE the mustard bag and everything around it, lol!
Zara_storeThe famous Zara Home, where I could see amazing textiles put together to tell a mesmerizing story of flowers and color!

Are you inspired as I was? I hope you can use these images to motivate you on your next sewing project or help you get ideas to decorate a corner of your home!

I took so many pictures that I could not possibly share them all here, but I think there are many that deserve a second post, as my visit to Liberty of London (they are to dye for!) and the classes I gave at a quilt shop which you will fall in love with: Quilters Haven!

So see you soon, Pat

 


Fat Quarter Gang - Scrappy Christmas Stockings by Diary of a Quilter

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Hello fabric friends! Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter here. I'm still in a state of shock that the holidays are just around the corner, but the fact is, it's time to start getting ready. 
 
So for today's activity as part of the Fat Quarter Gang I'm going to show you a simple method for making scrappy Christmas stockings. They're quick and super easy (I promise) and a great way to use up your favorite fabrics or scraps.
Using fat quarters, mine finished at 17" x 6".  You could enlarge the pattern and make the stockings any size you like, using the same method.
Today I'm using a selection of Art Gallery prints in Christmas tones, some from Pure Elements and Oval Elements and other collections including Indie and Rhapsodia. (You could win this same collection of fat quarters on my blog today!)
Fabric requirements (per stocking):
  • Lining - 1 Fat Quarter
  • Backing - Fat Quarter
  • Front - assorted fabric strips
  • Batting scrap 9" x 20"

Stocking template here (part 1) and here (part 2).


Cut out pattern and trace two lining pieces (facing opposite directions) from one fat quarter.
Gather 15-18 fabric strips at least 8"-9" long and various widths.
Trim batting scrap to slightly larger than the stocking pattern.
"Audition" fabric strips in the order you like before you start sewing.  Remove strips except middle two strips, but keep them in the planned order.
Place middle strip in place on the batting and pin adjacent strip right sides together. 
Sew strips together (and to batting) using 1/4" seam allowance. If you have a walking foot, I suggest using it. Press strips open.
Continue adding fabric strips using the same method of sewing right sides together, then press open. (Pressing will help keep your fabric strips neat.)  When all strips are sewn to batting you can quilt by stitching over the fabric strips at whatever density you prefer. I just eyeball the lines using the stripes as my guide 
Lay stocking pattern over quilted piece and cut stocking front trimming off 1" at the top. Cut a backing piece facing the opposite direction from the front also minus 1" from the top.
You will now have a front, back and two lining pieces. 

Match up the pieced front with a lining right sides together (toes pointing the same direction) and a back and lining piece right sides together.  Sew top edges together using 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams open.  Match up two new pieces with lining pieces right sides together and front/back right sides together. Sew all the way around matched pieces using a 1/4" seam allowance and leaving a 4" opening in the lining.

 

Before turning right sides out, trim fabric close to seam allowance on the lining pieces and clip curves of the outside portion of the stocking. Turn right side out and topstitch lining gap closed.  

Tuck stocking lining inside the stocking, leaving the top of the lining sticking up 1/4" to create contrasting trim. Carefully shape and press the stocking, esp the top edge (see below).

To create a hanging loop, cut a scrap 1.5" x 6".

Fold in half and crease.

Open and fold sides into the crease.

Press.

Fold in half again and top stitch open sides closed.  

Fold loop in half and pin to the inside of the back seam of the stocking.

Sew it in place at the same time you top-stitch the top edge of the stocking. I top stitch at the top and bottom of the 'trim' to give it a finished look.

And that's it! You're done.
You could even do the same pattern and just make 'solid' fronts for your stockings.  I look forward to seeing what you create in the Flickr group!
And don't forget to stop by Diary of a Quilter for your chance to win your own bundle of Christmassy Art Gallery fabrics.

As always to be eligible to win 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 things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr!

Giveaway open until November 16th.

See ya next week,

<3 Amy & Your AGF team


Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #11 - Patchwork Stuffed Toy

ProjectLOGO_finalThe November Challenge is....

A patchwork toy/stuffed animal. This challenge is just in time the Holidays coming up and will make a great gift for a special little one.

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Requirement:
- Must use the "patchwork" technique
- Must use min of 3 fabrics for the body.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
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 October 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging: We will have 6 people voting this month ... AGF team (4 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)


And the WINNER of last months challenge is.....

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 Congrats Linda Carlson!!!

This month had some amazing entries. We have come to hate voting because each project really has some amazing thought and work put into it and each one fits what you all need out of it.

We want to thank you all for joining us and really hanging in there...

Next month is the last month of the challenge and we have a nice lil project in store...

Happy sewing!

 

May your thread be strong and your machine speedy,

<3 Your AGF team


Fat Quarter Gang - Baby Bows Quilt tutorial by Made During Quiet Time

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Hi there! Amy here from the Made During Quiet Time blog.
This quilt uses a traditional block called the Indian Hatchet Album block, in recent years referred to as a Siggie Block.  In the absence of signatures and some careful planning of the fabric layout, the blocks appear to be bows.  So I am calling this layout Baby Bows.  I heavily quilted the negative space so let the bows pop.

Backing - 1 Yard

Binding - 1/2 Yard - Spiceberry

Finished Quilt Dimensions -  36" x 36"

This quilt can be pieced using templates or foundation piecing. I have supplied patterns for both.

When printing your pattern pieces, make sure you choose "actual size" or "100% scale" so that your blocks are the right size.  They should measure 6" finished.

Download Baby Bows Quilt Pattern

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Want your own bundle of LillyBelle? Slide on over to Amy from Made During Quiet Time's blog and enter to win your very own set!

As always to be eligible to win 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 things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr! Enter to win today!

Giveaway open until November 2nd.

See ya next week,

<3 Amy & Your AGF team