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December 2012

FINAL Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #12 - Messenger Bag

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That it ladies... We have come to the end of a long (12 months to be exact) sewing journey and we have the final challenge upon us. After this last challenge you all can take a seat and relax and know that you have accomplished something very amazing. You have learned new techniques and really honed your skills as sewers.

This month, the final challenge will be a messenger bag. We decided to make it something that works out great as a handmade gift for a friend or family member for the holidays.


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Requirement:

- Must have a flap closure.

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 December 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging: We will have 8 people voting this month ... AGF team (6 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)
Now for last months winner....

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This month brings us a tie!
Jennifer Altman's Patchwork Bunny
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And Carolina Moore's Baby Patchwork Bunny Quilt. (That baby sure is cute)

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Congrats on all the amazing work to all that participated. This patchwork toy was hard work and you guys powered through it. It truly is hard to pick the winner between bunnies, turtles, dolls and a stack-able Heffalump... thanks for making the choice a tough one! :)
On to the last challenge....
Good luck ladies. May your thread be strong and your machine be speedy.

♥ Your AGF Team

Fat Quarter Gang - Scruffily Pillow Cover by P.S. I Quilt

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Hey y'all.
Rachel here from PS I Quilt.
Today I'm gonna show y'all a SUPER quick & easy way to make pillow covers.

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My fabrics of choice are these lovelies ...

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What y'all will need:
8 assorted Art Gallery Fabric fat quarters of choice.

2 pillow forms, 16 x 16
 
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Pick 4 fat quarters for pillow cover number one.
Plan out which order you would like the fabrics to appear on your pillow.

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Repeat the same thing for pillow cover number two.
 
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For each pillow you will need:
1 square, 16 1/2" x 16 1/2"
1 square, 12" x 12"
1 square, 8" x 8"
1 square, 4" x 4"
1 rectangle, 10" x 16 1/2" (for backing)
1 rectangle, 8" x 16 1/2" (for backing)
 
Lay your squares out in order of smallest to biggest.
You don't have to make sure that your squares are perfectly centered, unless you want.
Feel free to lay your squares as straight or as wonky as your little heart desires. 

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Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around the center square.
Repeat this for all three layered squares.
And voila ... your pillow cover top is finito.


Note: I stack all four of my squares together and start working from the inside out.
Feel free to work from the outside in, while only layering one square at a time.
Whatever works best for you.
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Now we're going to make an envelope backing for your pillow.
Take your 10" x 16 1/2" rectangle and make about a 1/4" fold along the long side.
Press.

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Fold that fold over another 1/4" to create a hem.
Press. 

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Repeat the hemming process for the 8" x 16 1/2" rectangle.
Stitch both hems.
 
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We're going to make a mini sandwhich.
Lay pillow top down with the right side facing up.
Lay one hemmed rectangle on the left side of the pillow top, right sides together.
Lay the second hemmed rectangle on the right side of the pillow top, right sides together.
Pin.

Note: The hems of the rectangles are supposed to overlap each other.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around all four sides of pillow cover.
 
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Turn pillow covers right sides out.
Wash to give them more of a scruffily look, then insert pillow forms.
OR go ahead and insert your pillow forms and trust that your kids will rough them up just as well as your washing machine. ;)
 
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These are SO quick to whip up, y'all can easily make these for ANY holiday or room in your house.
And they're perfect to have on hand for quick christmas &/or hostess gifts.

Want to win your own bundle of blenders? Well hop on over to my blog and leave a comment for a chance to win.


Hope y'all enjoy.

Rachel Griffith
www.psiquilt.com

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 13th.

See ya next week,

<3 Your AGF team


Did ya know?

Hey there ladies & gents,

We all know about the various pre-cuts offered around town but what are they and what do they consist of?

Well we decided to create this handy little guide for you as a reference. Take a peek!

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*Phew*... Now that was some work! Hope this helps explain all that is the wonderful world of pre-cuts.

Happy cutting!

<3,

The AGF Team.


Sugar and Spice Friday

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When you become a member of the AGF family you must bring to the table  a certain talent. Now, we aren’t a picky bunch so really we accept all sorts of abilities.. from being able to come up with crazy comments on a whim all the way to having a flair for accurately sound-tracking our collections for the better of all mankind. Really, our skills vary.

Our newest member is Megan Francis. Her talent you may be asking? She can bake like no one’s business. So since we really like to exploit encourage our staff to hone their skills with us we have created Sugar and Spice Friday. 

This once a week post will be brought to you by Miss Franciss (well until she makes our baked good eating bums off the chair and contribute with a not-as-delicious-or-pretty concoctions.) and she will also be sharing her recipes with you as well.

Now without further adieu, I present to you...

Jelly Jar Apple Pies

*cue mouth watering pics*

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Believe me when I say that these pies are delicious.

Jelly jar apple pies are great for the upcoming holidays as well as a back up for unexpected guests. Just store in the freezer and pop them in the oven when guests arrive and you will all be eating homemade pie in no time. Your friends and family will think you're a regular Betty Crocker.

Note: when going from freezer to oven please place the jars in the oven as you pre-heat. This will help prevent the glass from popping.

Now for the recipe:

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Crust:

  • 7 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 6 sticks butter (cold)
  • 2 1/2 cups ice water

Directions for crust:

  • Wisk dry ingredients together
  • Add butter cubes and mix by hand adding water S L O W L Y
  • By now crust should be crumbly in texture. Place towel over dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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Filling:

  • 1 dozen apples cut into 1/2 cubes
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups brown suagr
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup apple cider

Directions:

  • Place rack on the center of the oven and Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix filling ingredients and simmer over medium heat until filling reduces
  • Take dough out of fridge flatten out dough.
  • Use lid of jar to cut out circles of dough.
  • Press dough into jar along the bottom and sides
  • Spoon filling into jars
  • Use remaining dough to top pies as desired (leave room to close jar with lids if desired)
  • Bake on baking sheet at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

ENJOY!

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P.S. If you worry about jars popping in heat you may place the jars in a pan with watter but if you are buying jars made for canning purposes you should not have this problem.

 


Stripwork Skirt Tutorial

Hello there,

Some short time ago, while searching the web, we found these beautiful pictures using Pat Bravo's Rock 'n Romance collection on this lovely blog called Like Flowers and Butterflies.  It was so stylish and so different. We immediately had contacted Katarina (blog creator) and asked for a tutorial for the mask she had used in the photo-shoot. She was so nice about it and sent us the tutorial right away. She also said that she was working on a full length tutorial for the Stripwork skirt seen in the photo-shoot...

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To be honest with you the whole entire photo-shoot captures the essence of Rock 'n Romance. The edgy look of a teenager coming into her own style and learning to be daring while still being feminine. We insist that you go through her images in Flickr... you would be doing yourself a disservice if you don't!

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Aren't these little ladies just the best models?

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This skirt is great to pair with some leggings during the winter and transitions perfectly for the summer...

Now don't be scared of sewing this skirt.. it is super easy. Take a look and Download Stripwork Skirt tutorial today!

She also has a wonderful Etsy store and is offering all of AGF fans a discount of 15%(off from the entire order) The code is: ROCKANDROMANCE 

And if you like her style go on over and follow this lovely lady on Facebook. She is the sweetest person and really appreciates all the fans she gets.

Happy Sewing!

<3 Your AGF team


Fat Quarter Gang - Improv Rail Fence Block by Sukie Don't You Know Who I Am?

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Hey everyone! This is Amy aka Sukie from Don’t’ You Know Who I Am?

Today, I’m showing you how to use your lovely Art Gallery Solids to make an improve rail fence block.  Start thinking of projects you can make with the blocks like a pillow, mug rugs, or even a quilt.  My blocks are in a mini quilt that I’ve made for my daughter, Pepper and her stuff animals.

 

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Supplies:

4x4 construction paper (I used 9 squares, my block is 3x3 and the unfinished block is 11x11)

Scraps measuring 1” to 1.5” x 5” (My scraps were made up of Pure Elements)


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Constructing blocks:

Step 1:

Randomly, take one of your scraps and put it on your 4x4 construction paper.

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*I started from the center and worked my way out but you could just start left to right or vice versa*

Step 2:

Sew the scrap to the 4x4 block with a ¼” seam

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*Since this is a improve block don’t worry about the scrap being straight.  Wonky = good

Step 3:

Press your scrap

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*It’s important to press since you’re working with small scraps*


Step 4:  Randomly grab your next scrap piece and sew the scrap to the pressed scrap with a ¼“ seam

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Keep sewing scraps to your paper foundation.

Step 6:  Once you’ve complete covering the 4x4 piece of paper you’ll need to trim your blocks.

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Flip the block over so right sides are facing your mat.  Then take a rotary cutter and your ruler and line it up with the block to trim.


Step 7: Continue steps 1 -6 until you reach your desired amount of blocks.

Step 8:  Arrange your blocks in a rail fence order. Basically you’ll alternate the direction of the “rails” every other block with the rails in the vertical position. Sew the “rails” together and then sew the rows together.

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*Press your seams open*


Step 9: Trim your block to 11x11

I took my blocks and added some strips around it and finished it off with a dark negative space to make the block pop.

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Hope your enjoyed my block tutorial.  I would love to see different projects posted
in the Flickr group

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Hop over to  sukiedontyaknow.com for your chance to win an Art Gallery Fat Quarter 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!

Giveaway open until December 7th.

See ya next week,

<3 Your AGF team


Soulful Eyes.

The Creative Blog started off as a way for our founding designer, Pat Bravo, to share her inspirations, fabric and sewing information with all of the Art Gallery fans. Over the years, this blog has grown into so much more; a collaborative effort from the entire AGF family and as we have grown and added new designers it has only been a natural progression for Pat Bravo to have her own creative outlet to share her visions. With that we are very excited to announce the creation of Pat Bravo's personal blog, Soulful Eyes.

For quite some time now, Pat has wanted to have her own little nook of inspiration, where she can share, not only her quilting and sewing projects, but her design inspirations and personal stories. We know personally, that it is truly a dream come true for her.

"The name has a lot of meaning to me. I chose it specifically because I feel that the eyes are the windows to the soul. There is a beautiful connection when you see something that evokes a feeling inside and gives you a sense of joy or excitement. I always feel that connection with the world around me. The intricate, the ornate, these are what entice me to design and to feel happy about and what better way to share it with you than my own little place on the Internet to call home."

And with this invitation, our founding designer and friend Pat Bravo, invites and welcomes you to take a look at the world through her eyes and find the beauty in all things. So head on over and take a peek at all that she has in store for you.

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(P.S. Let her know we sent ya!)

Love,

Your AGF Team