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December 2012

Fat Quarter Gang - Patricia Infinity Cowl by luvinthemommyhood

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Hi everyone! It's Fat Quarter Gang time today at Art Gallery Fabrics!  I'm Shannon from the blog  luvinthemommyhood and I'm going to show you all how to make the Patricia  Infinity Cowl using only 6 fat quarters! Woot woot!

It's a great beginner project to practice piecing and working in 3 dimensional forms.  I love making things that have multiple looks and living on the West Coast of BC in Canada means I wear a lot of cowls and layers. The Patricia Cowl doesn't disappoint.

With the option to have 3 prints/solids per side you can have a total of 6 different fabrics to show off! Hello! Fun!!!!!!!!

It's warm, huge, and perfect with your fave jacket but could also easily be worn with a tee in the warmer months for some added flair!

Worn single looped or doubled up the Patricia Infinity Cowl is sure to be your new fave accessory this winter.

You can easily change up your fabrics by turning the cowl inside out and BAM! - you have a whole new look!

Great for dressing up a simple tee.

When choosing my fabrics for my latest Fat Quarter Gang project I could not resist the lure of Pat Bravo's Rock N' Romance line. 

I'm a gemini and love the play on soft and hard for this line. It appeals to both parts of my personality.  And since I'm always changing my mind about what color or vibe I want to wear this suits me perfectly.  I also think this cowl would be equally as fabulous in some bright solids. 

That's next up on my list.  Art Gallery Fabrics (along with gorgeous prints) makes some awesome color palettes of solids and who can resist that darn pima cotton! The drape and soft hand is so amazing!

So pick your fave new fabric crushes and let's get sewing your newest accessory!  Click below for the whole tutorial in an easy downloadable PDF :)

Download Patricia infinity cowl pdf revised.

To make a Patricia Infinity Cowl you will need the following supplies:

  • 6 fat quarters of fabrics of your choice.  I used the following combination of fat quarters from Rock ‘n Romance by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics:
  •  - (1) fat quarter of Wild Heart Daring (RR-4400) 

    - (1) fat quarter of Rebel Cherie Kisses (RR-4404)

    - (2) fat quarters of Ashen Rose Smoke (RR-4406) 

    - (2) fat quarters of Femme Metale Chrome (RR-4409)

    *Note: Ashen Rose Smoke and Wild Heart Daring were used in combination for the outer cowl portion and Femme Metale Chrome and Rebel Cherie Kisses were used in combination for the inner cowl portion.
    • hand sewing needle
    • co-ordinating thread

    Perfect for a lovely quick gift (this takes literally about 30-45mins from start to finish) or for some selfish sewing after the holidays. Go on....spoil yourself...you deserve it!

    If you'd like to win some of the awesome Rock 'N Romance line by Pat Bravo head on over to my blog - luvinthemommyhood and leave a comment to enter to win.  

    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!

    Enjoy and happy sewing!


    Sugar & Spice.

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    As the year comes to an end and we are all getting ready for that awesome New Years party, AGF has a recipie that is sure to make your party full of "Alegria" (happiness.)

    So dust off that gold ol' punch bowl and get to slicin... this recipe is sure to put some spice in the new year *wink* 

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    Ingredients

    1 Bottle of Red Wine (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Rioja) **

    1 Cup of St-Germain **
    2 Fresh Peaches washed, pitted, and cut into thin slices*
    1 Carton Fresh Stawberries*
    1 Carton Fresh Raspberries*
    1 Carton Fresh Blackberries*
    1 Carton Fresh Blueberries*

    Instructions

    Place wine and fruit in a pan and bring to a boil.

    Lower to a simmer for 2 minutes.

    Remove from heat and stir in St-Germain.

    Pour into serving pitcher and refrigerate over night.

    When ready to serve give a good stir and serve chilled over ice. 

    * Merely Suggestions. All ingredients listed in the recipe are estimates. Add or subtract according to your taste. Be creative!

    ** For non alcoholic Sangria remove wine and St-Germain and replace with bottle of 100% grape juice.

    Tip: I used a Sweet Shiraz and chilled in Ball Mason Jars. They make great hostess gifts or presents during the holiday season.Alegria_sangria2
    Happy New Years from all of us, to all of you!! May 2013 be filled with happiness, family and friends.

    Cheers!

    <3 Your AGF team

     

     


    Hi everyone I'm Megan.

    Hi everyone my name is Megan and I am the visual merchandiser here at Art Gallery Fabrics.

    I have been working with the team since November and have been loving every minute of it. I get to do something amazing and different everyday with an amazing group of people who I love. I am surrounded with beautiful things, fun people, and I get to do what I love as a job. Life couldn't get any sweeter.

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    My job is to work on a lot of the visuals that you will see here on our beautiful blog and around all the social media outlets. I have been a sewer and a crafter since the age of three so my talents are being put to good use here at AGF.

    I am a fashion design graduate so my sewing and pattern-making skills come in handy with tutorials (those are my sewing hands in the Gizmo wallet.)

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    I love everything handmade and spend most of my time crafting and baking. I am also the baker behind the Sugar and Spice posts. Some of my favorite things to sew are remakes of 1940s and 1950s clothing and crafts. I am SEW RETRO when it comes to quilting. 

    I look forward to creating more tutorials and creating more beautiful things to share.

    So Nice Chatting With You,

    From Megan With Love!


    Fat Quarter Gang - Tilt Whirl Baby Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts

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    Hello everyone! I’m Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts and I'm very excited to share my third Fat Quarter Gang Project today, the Tilt Whirl Baby Quilt.

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    Required Fabric  

    Prints - 8 Fat Quarters of Luxe in Bloom

    Background/Neutral - 2 Yards of Pure Elements

    Backing - 1-1/3 Yards

    Binding - 1/3 Yard

    Art Gallery Luxe in Bloom Baby Quilt Fabrics

    Finished Quilt Size - 36” x 36”

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    Download Tilt a Whirl Baby Quilt and get started on the beautiful quilt.

    Required Skills - Foundation Piecing

    Want to get your hands on some Luxe in Bloom? Hop on over to Fresh Lemons Quilts and  leave her a comment.

    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 December 28th.

    Happy Sewing,

    <3 Your AGF team


    Sugar and Spice Friday

    Sugar_logoHello there friends,

    So Christmas is right around the corner and you may be running around like a chicken without a head trying to figure out what to feed your family and friends. Well AGF is here to save the day!

    Try out this recipe for a new twist on this holiday classic.

    We present to you... "Original Ginger" Monkey Bread.

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    Ingredients
    • 1 Packet of Active Dry Yeast 
    • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
    • 1/3 Cup Warm Water
    • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
    • 1 Cup Milk (I use Whole)
    • 1/4 Cup Molasses
    • 3 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
    • 2 Teaspoon Salt
    • 2 Teaspoon Ginger
    • 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
    • 1/4 Cup Flour for Counter
    • 1 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar

     

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    Mixing Instructions

    In a small bowl mix 1 packet of yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/3 cup warm water and set aside for 10 minutes until it starts to get foamy

    In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter, milk, and molasses and set aside

    In a bowl (I use a stand mixer) use a fork to combine flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

    Mix while slowly adding molasses and then yeast mixture

    The dough will be sticky and stick to the bottom of bowl, if too wet use flour set aside for counter to one pinch at a time until dough is manageable, dough should look smooth

    Knead dough on lightly floured surface and form into ball

    Place ball into bowl and place in warm spot to rise until ball doubles in size, can take from 1-2 hours

    Butter Bundt pan with 2 tablespoons of softened butter 

    Place two shallow pans on the counter and place brown sugar in one and 1 stick melted butter in other

    Take small pieces of risen dough in hand and roll into balls about 1 inch round

    One at a time dip balls into butter and roll in brown sugar

    Place in layers into Bundt pan

    Cover pan with plastic wrap and allow to rise 1 more hour in warm place

    Preheat over to 350 degrees

    The balls will be puffy and come to about an inch under the top of the pan

    Bake monkey bread for 30-35 minutes until golden brown

    Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes then invert onto plate and allow cake to cool in pan another 5-10 minutes until you can remove from pan

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    Now pour yourself a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy this delicious treat (guilt-free cuz I said so)

    Bon Appetit!

    SNEAK PEEK: (shhh.. stay tuned for next week... we have a great treat that is perfect for your New Years celebration!)


    Luxe In Bloom brings its exotic garden to a LQS near you!

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    Organic and natural. Geometric and linear. Luxe in Bloom takes you on a stroll through an exotic floral garden, where the smallest detail is an inspiration. You'll find geodes, vines, exotic tilework, and brush strokes along the garden walk. Sit down and stay a while!

    LUXE IN BLOOM Fabric Collection by Sarah Watson from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.

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    A collection that speaks to people from all walks of life... The colors and illustrations really draw you in.

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    These lovely projects were sewn up by Sarah herself and she posts a lot of her mini-tutorials and day-to-day hijinks's on her blog. Check it out.

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    Luxe is Bloom works wonderfully with apparel, home decor, quilts, accessories, beautiful garlands, and crafts!

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    Find the collection at these popular online retailers: Hawthorne Threads, and Intrepid Thread, or look for them at your Local Quilt Store.

    Visit our new website to get inspired and download our fun & free projects, including the free quilt pattern for Graphite, featured in the video.

    Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for cool news, updates, and awesome pics!

    Much love,

    Art Gallery Fabrics


    Shirred voile pajama pants: DIY tutorial by Noodlehead

    We have been a stalker fan of the Noodlehead blog for quite a while. Her posts have a sense of simplicity and class while still being inviting. Going through her blog makes me wanna grab a cup of coffee and plan a total sewing day. She has really functional projects and they are super easy to follow.

    Since we "follow" her blog we have always been a fan of her tutorials and patterns we are super pleased to share with you her pajama pants tutorial that she created using AGF voiles.

     

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    I swear you can just see how soft these fabrics are! The voiles are great for projects like these because their high thread count and super soft hand feels like silk against your skin (and who wants to sleep in rough itchy fabric anyways?)

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    The pattern is super simple and I may just take this sewing challenge on! One can never have enough Pj's right?

    Happy Sewing :)

    -Anais


    The Gizmo Wallet by AGF

    So while I was on the hunt for the perfect handmade gift I came across a geek wallet that had some of the elements I was looking for but not yet the perfect gift.  So..  I added some very essential pockets and made it the perfect all-in-one wallet for the "hard to get" person on your list.

    I decided to sew my very first ever handmade gift (and by first I mean first sucessful project that I finished 100% without too many tears and without throwing my hands up in defeat.) 

    I am soooo happy with the outcome (well minues the #SewingFails) that I have created this tutorial for you.

    This wallet was created to hold your phone, MP3 player, credit cards, USB's, money and anything else that meets your fancy.

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     Materials Needed:

    Download Personal Organizer pattern and assemble.

    AGF Fabrics (large peices - Fat eighths of desired fabric;  Pockets - Large scraps of desired fabric)

    Pellon Shape Flex Fusible

    Pellon Fleece Fusible

    Materials-fabric

    Notions Needed

    5 Buttons

    1 Snap closure

    Elastic

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    Cutting Directions

    Inside and Outside Panels Cut 2 (we used 2 different fabrics)

     

    Inside Pockets:

    Big Pocket Cut 2

    Phone Pocket Cut 2

    Credit Card Pocket Cut 8 (we used two different pockets and cut 4 of each)

    Mini Pockets Cut 4

     

    Outside Pockets:

    Large Credit Card Pocket Cut 4

    Bill Pocket Cut 2

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    Interfacing 

    Fuse Pellon Fleece Fusible to Inside and Outside Panels

    Fuse Pellon Shape Flex Fusible to both wrong sides of Big Pocket and Phone Pocket

    Fuse Pellon Shape Flex Fusible to only one wrong side of Bill Pocket and Large Credit Card Pocket

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    Sewing Instructions

    Place Big Pockets right sides together and begin by sewing bottom edge with a ¼” seam allowance

    Leave a 1” gap in bottom for turning

    Sew around three remaining edges

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    Repeat same steps on phone pocket

    Repeat same steps on bill pocket

    Repeat same steps on large credit card pockets

    Repeat same steps on mini pockets

    Repeat same steps on credit card pockets

    Clip all four corners on each and trim off excess fabric for turning

    Clip corner

    Turn all pockets right side out and poke out corners

    Press turned pockets

    Pockets flipped

    Top stich top between 1/8”-1/4” along edge of each pocket depending on desired look

    Make sure to backstitch or hand tie ends to prevent unraveling

    Knots
    Lay credit card pocket on big pocket

    Measure 3” up from bottom edge and pin first pocket in place

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    Sew bottom edge of pocket being sure to pass through both
    credit card and big pocket

    Align bottom pocket with bottom of big pocket

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    Sew bottom edge of pocket being sure to pass through both
    credit card and big pocket

    Place final two pockets in between sewn pockets and sew
    bottom edge of pocket one at a time

    Pocket layout
    All pockets should be spaced evenly making sure to back-stitch or hand tie ends

    Place and pin mini pockets to big pocket

    Stitch bottom edge of mini pockets one at a time

    Stitch sides of mini pockets one at a time making sure to backstitch or hand tie ends

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    Place and pin centered phone and big pocket 1 ½” from edge and 1” apart

    Sew down sides of phone pocket one at a time making sure to back-stitch or hand tie ends

    Sew bottom of phone pocket making sure to back-stitch or hand tie ends

    Sew down sides of big pocket one at a time making sure to keep credit card pockets in place back-stitch or hand tie ends

    Sew bottom of big pocket making sure to back-stitch or hand tie ends

    Sewing pockets
    Place and pin first credit card pockets on outside panel 1” down and 1” over from edge

    Place and pin second credit card pocket 1” apart from first pocket

    Place and pin bill pocket centered between credit card pockets and 1” up from bottom edge

    Sew bottom of bill pocket making sure to back-stitch or hand
    tie ends

    Sew down sides of bill pocket one at a time making sure to
    back-stitch or hand tie ends

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    Prepare buttons and optional notions

    Cut elastic into two 3” strips and one 2” strip

    Mark elastic placement on inside panel

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    Use clear tape to hold elastic ends together

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    Pin elastic onto inside panel

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    Place inside and outside panels right sides together and pin
    all around

    Sew bottom edge ½” seam allowance leaving a 2” opening for
    turning

    Make sure to back-stitch over elastic to reinforce seam

    Re-force

    Sew sides of panels with ½” seam allowance

    Sew top edge with 1/2” seam allowance making sure to backstitch over elastic to reinforce seam

    Clip all four corners on each and trim off excess fabric for turning

    Turn entire wallet right side out and press

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    Sew buttons on both sides of wallet 1” from edge and ½”-1”
    down depending on button size

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    *Snaps inside pockets are options and can be hand sewn

    Tip: For the LARGE pocket a snap closure will ensure that your electronics stay in place and for the smaller pocket I suggest using a string/ribbon to tie down your phone so it does not slip out.

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    This Gizmo wallet is great for just about anyone. It holds credit cards, USB's, your phone and MP3 player all in one spot. No more going through your purse or carrying all these items separately.

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    Hope you enjoyed my very first ever pattern and that if you do make it you share it with me. I love seeing how this works for everyone!

    Leave me a comment below letting me know "Who is this gift perfect for?"

    Happy Sewing!

    - Anais


    Fat Quarter Gang - Rockin Notebook Cover by Freshly Pieced

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    Hi, it's Lee again from Freshly Pieced, back with another Fat Quarter Gang tutorial! It's the gifting time of year again, so how about this pretty, girly, simple-to-sew gift?

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    This sketchbook or notebook cover mimics the look of ribbon lacing and ties shut in a knot or a bow—perfect for friends, teachers, or anybody else on your holiday list!

    You will need:
    • 4 fat quarters from Art Gallery's Rock 'N Romance line. I'm using "Vinyl Charms Bianca" for the outer cover, "Stardust Dusk" for the "lacing" and ribbon tie, "Wild Hearted Spirit" for the inside flaps, and "Stardust Midnight" for the cover lining.
    • Fusible interfacing (I'm using Pellon's Craft Fuse)
    • A notebook

    To make the notebook cover:

    IMG_1253 1. With the notebook closed, use a measuring tape to measure across the front cover from edge to binding, around the binding, and across the back cover from binding to edge. This is your width (mine was 16"). Measure the notebook from top edge to bottom edge to determine the height (mine was 10").

    2. Add 1 1/4" inch to each of these dimensions. So, the dimensions I'll be working with are 17 1/4" (width) x 11 1/4" (height).

    Rock N Romance notebook cover 3. From the "Stardust Dusk" print, cut pieces that are 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". From the "Vinyl Charms" print, cut pieces that are 1" x 1 1/2". Sew these pieces together into one strip with a 1/4" seam allowance, alternating prints. Sew enough pieces together so that the strip measures at least the same length as the width determined in step 2 above (17 1/4" in my example).

    Rock N Romance notebook cover 4. From the "Vinyl Charms" print, cut two pieces for the outer cover. These pieces should be the width determined in step 2 (so, 17 1/4" in my example), and the height of both pieces together should add up to the height determined in step 2. So my pieces are 7" x 17 1/4" and 4 1/4" x 17 1/4". The more uneven the heights of these two pieces, the more off-center your "lacing" will be on the finished cover.

    Rock N Romance notebook cover 5. With a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the outer cover pieces onto each side of the pieced lacing strip. Trim the lacing strip so the ends are even with the edges of the outer cover pieces. I added some decorative top-stitching 1/8" out from each of these seams.

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    6. Cut two strips 2 1/2" x 14" from the "Stardust Dusk" print. Fold the strips in half lengthwise with right sides together and press. Stitch down the long side of the strips, 1/4" from the raw edges, and across one short end. Using the pointy end of a chopstick, turn right side out and press.

    7. Cut your cover lining using the dimensions determined above in Step 2 (so, my cover lining was 17 1/4" x 11 1/4").

    8. Cut a piece of interfacing that is about 1/2" smaller than the cover lining (so, my interfacing was 16 3/4" x 10 3/4"). Fuse the interfacing to the back of the cover lining, centering the interfacing on the cover lining so that there's 1/4" of non-interfaced fabric all the way around.

    Rock N Romance notebook cover 9. Pair up the outer cover piece and the cover lining piece, right sides facing. Place the "ribbon" pieces between the outer cover and the lining, positioned even with the pieced lacing strip on each side, with the raw unsewn ends sticking out about 1" on each side, as shown.

    10. Pin and sew around the perimeter of the outer cover, leaving an opening along one side about 3" wide for turning.

    11. Clip the seam allowances at the corners and turn the cover right-side-out, using the chopstick to poke out the corners. Press and set aside. There's no need to stitch up the gap for turning, this will be closed up in a future step.

    12. Cut two pieces for the flaps that will hold the notebook cover. These pieces should be 8" or 9" wide and the height determined in Step 2" (so mine are 9" x 11 1/4").

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    13. Fold the two flap pieces in half lengthwise, with right sides together, and press (so, when folded, mine measured 4 1/2" x 11 1/4"). Sew around all three sides, leaving a 3" gap for turning along the middle of the long side. Turn right side out and press. Top-stich along the folded edge, about 1/8" from the edge. There's no need to sew up the gap left for turning, this will be closed up in the next step.

    14. Align flap pieces along the outer edges of the cover, with the top-stitched folded edge toward the inside of the cover, as shown. Pin around all three edges. Top-stitch around the entire perimeter of the cover, 1/8" from the edge of the cover. This top-stitching attaches the flaps and closes up all gaps for turning.

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    15. Slip the notebook covers under the flaps and tie the notebook shut with the ribbon bow.

    Enjoy!

    Enter to win your very own bundle of Rock n Romance by heading over for Freshly Pieced and leave her a comment to be entered to win.

    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 December 21st.

    Happy Sewing,

    <3 Your AGF team


    Sugar & Spice Friday.

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    Hello ladies & gents!
      
    Guess what time it is.... If you guessed Sugar & Spice Friday you are correct!
    In honor of it being Friday we are sending you a delicious recipe for you to impress with this weekend.
      
    Trust us when we say that this recipe will make you the talk of the holiday party scene.
      
    So get those pans ready for...
     
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    Ingredients
     
    5 Sticks of Butter
    5 Cups of Sugar
    3 Cups of Unsweetened Dutch Cocoa Powder
    1 Teaspoon Salt
    2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
    8 Cold Large Eggs
    2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

    Directions
    Preheat oven to 350
     
    Double boil butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large glass bowl stir until butter is melted and remove from heat.
    
    Stir in vanilla
     
    Stir in one egg at a time; alternate adding flour and eggs.
     
    Stir about 50 strokes until batter looks shiny
     
    Bake 25-30 minutes until toothpick comes out almost clean
     
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    Yummmmm....
     
    Thanks for tuning in today and next week we will have a very special "seasonal" inspired dessert. (perfect for Santa *hint hint*)
     
    "Bon appetit"
    <3 AGF Team
      
    * Bunt Cakes 1512 Calories Each ; Brownies 252 Calories Each