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Tune Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's that time again where I share with you some awesome music inspired by our talented designers and their collections. 

Today's Tune Tuesday is inspired by Sarah Watson's premiere collection, Luxe in Bloom. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Extravagarden!

With its gorgeous organic blooms and geometric fusions, its only fitting that the ethereal Florence Welch lead this playlist along with the likes of Feist and Sia. So sit back and relax, or take a stroll through your garden with this harmonious playlist that invites you to listen!

For more music inspired by this lush collection, check out our Spotify playlist! Subscribe to the playlist to add your own songs that make you feel the Extravagarden vibe or let us know which songs we should add!

Until next time...

From my musical ears to yours,


Fat Quarter Gang - HST Zipper Pouch & Key Fob by In Color Order


Hi! It’s Jeni, from In Color Order, sharing my latest tutorial for the Fat Quarter Gang! Today we’re going to make some more accessories for your purse, a HST Zipper Pouch and Key FOBs!


I love keeping a roomy zipper pouch in my purse to keep some lotion, lip balm, a nail file or two, and a bit of emergency candy. This pouch is the perfect size for all those little things that end up at the bottom of your bag!

While we’re at it, how about a new key FOB? We’ll make two different versions, one plain and one patchwork. Makes it easier to find your keys, plus they’re just pretty!

The pouch features half-square triangles (HST), which we’ll cover, so never fear if you haven’t made them before!


- 8 print fat quarters: Azalea (Living Elements), Stardust Dawn (Rock ‘n Romance),Flumes Citron (Luxe in Bloom), Chartreuse (Oval Elements), Extravagarden Bold (Luxe in Bloom), Floralism Deep Sea (Modernology), Stardust Twilight (Rock ‘n Romance), Silver Drops (Oval Elements.)


 - 8” (or larger) zipper

- 1/2 yard of 3/4” twill tape

- 1/3 yard lightweight fusible interfacing

- 1/4 yard fusible fleece

- (2) 1.25” metal key FOB hardware

- Coordinating thread

Note: 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Click here to download the full HST Zipper Pouch + Key FOBs pdf.

If you'd like to win some this beautiful stash of fat quarters then hop on over to Jeni's blog, In Color Order and let her know. While you're there, sit back and keep warm with a cup of coffee and take a peek at all of her other inspiring posts :) 

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!

And don't forget to add any projects you made from this (and the other fabulous Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang tutes) to the flickr group!

Til next time.. Happy Sewing


Jeni & The Fat Quarter Gang

Sugar & Spice Friday - McLuvin Muffins

Happy Friday!

Today we bring you the most delicious muffin's in the WORLD! (okay, maybe not the world but pretty darn close.)

The first time we had these we nearly died from how the cream cheese just made this muffin moist and crumbly and full of goodness. Right then and there we knew we had to share this with the world. So here it goes...

OH! and about the name.. Well if anyone has ever seen Superbad you know what we are talking about. If not, at the bottom of the post I'll give you an idea.

Happy baking!



- 1 ½ Cup Blueberries Fresh or Frozen - Note: I like to use frozen and then chop them into quarters

- 1 ½ Cup All Purpose Flour

- ¾ Cup Sugar - Note: I like to bake with all natural sugar alternatives to keep everyone in the offices new year’s resolutions on track.

- ½ Teaspoon Salt

- 2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

- 1/3 Cup Melted Butter

- 1 Large Egg

- 1/3 Cup Milk - Tip: I like to bake with Buttermilk

- ½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract



- 1 8oz Package of Cream Cheese

- ¼ Cup Sugar


 - 2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar


- Preheat oven to 400 F

- Line muffin tin with liners

- Mix muffin dry ingredients in large bowl (without the blueberries) combine and cream wet ingredients about 2 minutes.  Tip: use a glass measuring cup to heat butter in the microwave in ten second intervals until melted

-  Combine cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl about 2 minutes until creamy. Tip: use a glass measuring cup to heat cream cheese in the microwave in ten second intervals until it begins to get soft

- Fold blueberries into batter just enough to toss blueberries in batter, be sure not to over mix

- Fill liner in muffin tin ¼ of the way with batter

- Spoon 2 teaspoon filling into center of tin

- Cover filling with remaining batter until ¾ full in tin

** It is optional to sprinkle brown sugar on the tops of the muffins before baking **

- Bake 17-22 minutes until golden brown

- Remove from oven and place tin onto cooling rack about 10 minutes

- Remove muffins from tin and allow to cool on cooling rack until they reach room temperature.

Enjoy! Leftovers (if there are any) can be kept in the refrigerator and rewarmed before serving


Who could not name some muffins after that face? lol.

Have a great weekend and please let us know if you made the muffins or any other recipie. We love to hear your thoughts on these dishes :)


Til next time,


Fat Quarter Gang - Shades of Love by During Quiet Time

Hello Friends,

Amy from During Quiet Time here and today I am sharing my third tutorial as a member of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang!  Due to the fact that Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I chose a selection of Pure Elements, Lace Elements and Living Elements blenders to make a Valentine's Day table runner.

It's all hearts, of course, but I love that they don't jump right out at you due to the strong secondary design. For this project I used a mixture of blenders. The finished runner measures 24" x 36.".

Dowload PDF pattern Download Shades of Love Table Runner


Well now to what you will need..

Fabric Requirements:

FQ: Living Elements Strawberry Cream

FQ: Living Elements Red Ribbon

FQ: Living Elements Azalea

FQ: Lace Elements Pink Lace

FQ: Lace Elements Cherry Lace

FQ: Lace Elements Pearl Lace

FQ: Pure Elements White Linen

1/4 yard: Pure Elements Cherry Lipgloss (reserve for binding)

Dimensions:  The runner measures 24" x 36" finished.


If you'd like to win some of the awesome blenders to add to your stash head on over to my blog -  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!

And don't forget to add any projects you made from this (and the other fabulous Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang tutes) to the flickr group!

Til next time.. Happy Sewing


Amy Friend & The Fat Quarter Gang

Color Me Inspired!

Bonjour Everyone,

This morning as the smell of blueberry muffins filled my home I was hit with a spark of inspiration.

Somewhere between "Danse, Danse, Danse"ing to Mika - Elle Me Dit and singing into my spatula I started dreaming of a weekend in Paris. In my mind I am strolling through Montmartre walking up and down hills, one rue after another of lace trimmings and antique buttons on original vintage cards. There is no place like it in the world. 

CoquetteDreaming_1 CoquetteDreaming_2

I hope you feel as inspired as I am this morning. I know Kat, the music genius, gives you all of the amazing tunes to listen to ... I have been listening to Elegant Exhuberance for days.. but may I suggest We are Enfant Terrible- Ce que tu veux de moi is another great song to dance around the house to if you feel like sharing my fun Parisian state of mind.

I am going to go pour myself another cup of coffee, eat a muffin, fill my home with music and dream of Paris. Who's joining me?

From Megan With Love

Tune Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! How was everyone's weekend and what have you all been up to?! My wekeend was pretty eventful! I went to the circus that was in town this weekend and took a quick trip to the fabric store for a few "beginner's items" that I was missing. Yes, you heard correctly. I'm attempting to sew and it's proving to be a lot of fun! I've already made a pillow for my puppy's head (because if not, it's just a giant pin cushion) and a pointy kitty that actually stands. I'm super excited about it all and I can't wait to start sewing some more!

Per Anais' request, I must show you my creations :)

After Picture Note: The pillow has been stuffed and no puppies were harmed in the making :)

It's that time again when the sweet sounds of shared music fill your ears. Today's Tune Tuesday is Elegant Exuberance!

Inspired by Bari J.'s collection, 'Splendor 1920', Elegant Exuberance brings together an array of musical artists that range from the classic Edith Piaf to the musicians of today. With a little Parisian flair and those classic upbeat sounds that are timeless, each song adds its own little slice of pie to the 1920s feel. Check it out!

Have Spotify? So do we! Check out our Elegant Exuberance playlist where we will continue to add more songs inspired by this decadent collection! Feel free to subscribe to the playlist and add songs of your own! We'd love to hear your suggestions!

So, until next Tuesday...

From my musical ears to yours,


Fat Quarter Gang - Chevron Valance by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Happy Monday! It's Maureen here again from Maureen Cracknell Handmade! I'm so excited to be sharing my newest Fat Quarter Gang Project with you all today! This time I'm sharing a tutorial for making this pretty Luxe In Bloom Chevron Valance.
We just moved into our very first home, so I am all about sewing up home decor these days! Now let's get started!!

Valance for Anais -- dark

What you'll need :
  • 6 - fat quarters of Sarah Watson's gorgeous Luxe In Bloom
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat/Ruler measuring 6" in width
  • Spring Tension Curtain Rod

* Note *   - This tutorial will make two - 24" valances from Six Fat Quarters. For a Valance measuring 36", at step #15 simply add an 8" x 22" piece of fabric to each side, instead of 2" x 22".  

Cutting and Piecing the Fabrics : : 

Gorgeous Luxe in Bloom

1. Using five of the six prints and a rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and cutting mat, cut two strips from each fabric measuring 3" x 22" 

2.  Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew these strips together to make two rectangles measuring 11" x 22" 

3. Press well with all seams open

0. fabrics for patchwork
Step 1

Cutting on the Diagonal : :

4. Working with one of the pieces of striped fabrics, place your cutting ruler over your work at an angle positioned from the top left corner running 4" out from the bottom of the fabrics (pic 1) and trim away (pic 2) 

5. Without moving the ruler and using the 6"width of the ruler, trim away the fabric on the opposite side (pic 3) 

6. Keeping that angle trim away a second piece (pic 4)

Step 2

7. Square up these two pieces to measure 6" x 11.5"

7. trim away, to rectangle measureing

8. Repeat these steps with the second piece of striped fabrics, but this time trim from the top right side at an angle leading out to 4" at the bottom

8. repeat, but this time trim from left side, add angle leading to 4 inches at the bottom

9. Continue following the same steps until you have two pieces cut to measure 6" x 11.5" from this side. You'll have four pieces total now, two with a diagonal running down from the left and two from the right

9. repeat so you have two of each

Piecing the Chevron : : 

10. Using one of each angled piece of fabric, place with right sides together (pic 1)  Pin, sew, and press seams open (pic 2) to create one chevron piece 

11. Repeat this with the remaining two angled pieces (pic 3) 

12. Sew those two chevron pieces together (pic 4)

step 3

Adding the Border Fabrics : :

13. Using the final, sixth fat quarter, cut one piece measuring 4" x 22" and one piece measuring 5" x 22"

14. cut border fabrics

14. Add the 5" piece to the top of your chevron fabric piece and the 4" piece to the bottom. Trim to measure one 18" x 22" piece

15. add border fabrics, if you can center them

15. Cut two 2" x 22" (for a 24" valance or two 8" x 22" for a 36" valance) Pin and sew those to each side of your work, pressing seams open

16. cut 2 inch strips for the sides or 8 inch for a larger valance

Hemming and Finishing : :

16. Hem all four sides, beginning with the top and bottom first, by folding each edge in 1/4", pressing, folding over 1/4" again, pinning and sewing along the inner folded edges

17. hem all four sides, beginning with the top and bottom

17. Once the hemming is finished, with the wrong side of your work facing up, fold the top edge down 2" and press (pic 1).  Pin this fold in place and sew along the bottom edge (pic 2) and top edge (pic 3)

18. to make rod pocket, fold down 2 inches, press, and pin
last step

18.  Add your Spring Tension Curtain Rod and pick your window!

These were made for our kitchen windows and we love them! From morning until dusk the light gleams thru like beautiful stained glass, illuminating Sarah's gorgeous designs! And, in the evening the lovely colors that make up this fabric collection really shine!


Feel free to share on my Facebook page or in my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Flickr group too! 


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 - Koh Samui slaw

Happy Friday peeps,

Today's recipe is a super simple Thai Lime slaw. This dish is amazing and healthy at the time (so no breaking those resolutions.) Works as great side dish or add a protein to have it as a stand alone meal. I swear it takes 5 minutes to make and will save your life when you're in a pinch.

Now some of you may be wondering "how do you guys come up with these names?"

Interesting story actually.... Megan brought this delicious Thai dish and as she explained how to make it my brain drifted off into the scene from "Meet the Parents" when Ben Stiller tells everyone about Robert De Niro's "secret" CIA life and then Dina says "Jack can't talk Thai" and then Ben Stiller says "0h, no, Dina, Jack can talk Thai. Jack talks Thai very well.." Anyway, I am linking the scene here so you can picture it too.

Either way that was the inspiration behind the Koh Samui name. I know I am a total movie nerd. hahaha. Well, I am done with my ramblings... you can now go onto the recipe :)


1/2 cup light mayo

2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. plum sauce
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. soy or teriyaki sauce
1 Bag of Broccoli slaw (we used Dole)

- In a small bowl whisk mayo, sesame oil, lime juice, plum sauce, and soy sauce.
- In a large bowl empty bag of broccoli slaw.
- Pour dressing over broccoli slaw and toss salad. 
** Sliced chicken can be added to make a main course dish and rice noodles or toasted almonds make a tasty compliment when sprinkled as a topping.
Slaw and dressing can be stored separately and mixed for individual servings or in large portions as a side dish. 
Bon Appetit!

Color Me Inspired!

Hello Friends,

This holiday season I dreamed of travel and visiting my Mother's house. The snow downtown in the city and blanketing the forest in her backyard has Colored Me Inspired to sew. Inspiration can strike at any time. I am inspired by photos so I wanted to share with you some photos that inspire me to sew.


The inspiration all began with a photo. I have a deep love of travel and seeing a retro airstream makes my heart melt. I love to dig through my vintage aqua Ball Mason Jars with Zinc lids to pull out ribbon scraps to make inspirational palettes on my design wall. 

The colors of nature are mirrored in the downtown urban environment. The patterns and symmetry are calming to me. I get an overwhelming sence of calm with the silence in nature. Inspiration can hit you at any time. Sometimes you just have to stop and take a deep breath to see the beauty around you. The squirrel in the bottom right corner is Marcela's friend she made at the Luxe in Bloom photoshoot. He is proof that both worlds of urban and nature can come together and overlap to provide pefect moments. 


From Megan With Love

Fat Quarter Gang - "I Just Want Your Kiss" clasp purse by I'm A Ginger Monkey


Hi! It's Katy here from I'm A GingerMonkey. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that you are ready and raring to make 2013 the best year ever. I'm sure you must all be rested and desperate for a quick project, right?


Today I'm going to show you how to make a metal frame purse. I chose to use Pat Bravo's Rock n Romance for my project. I absolutely love how the colours in this collection are a mix of grungey grays and purple and super feminine peaches. It's such a juxtaposition of colours and prints, and perfect for any fashion conscious diva. (hey - that sounds like Pat!)

You will need:

6" x 3" metal purse frame (I buy mine from here)

Strong fabric glue (I like to use gutermann HT2, it really is the best ever - but if you  can't find it locally something like UHU works well. You can buy HT2 online from here)

2 FQs of fabric - one for lining and one for the purse body (I used Rock n Romance by Pat Bravo)

FQ of lightweight batting

piping cord
something pointy like a skewer or some scissors (it will get gluey so don't use anything precious)

Print the purse template and cut it out (download here). It prints upside down - because I forgot to spin it when I was uploading. Oops - so the widest point (with the arrows going across) is the bottom.

Step 1

Cut out the template and press your fabrics well.

Fold the FQs in 2, and lay the straight edge of the template on the fold, pin and cut out 2 of the purse body, batting and lining fabrics.


Step 2

Layer the batting and purse body fabrics so that the purse fabrics and right sides together and there is a batting piece on the outside (so batting = bread, and purse fabrics are sandwich filling) and pin together - making sure you start at the little dash on the template, and finish in the same point on the other side.

Using a generous 1/4" seam, sew the 2 pieces together in the direction of the arrows. Repeat with the lining fabrics.


Step 3
Box the corners of both the purse body and the lining. You want to mark a point using a pencil or disappearing ink that is 2" across.


Step 4
Place the lining into the purse body, wrong sides together. Poke the corners into each other, and match up the edges and pin well all around the edge.


Step 5
Topstitch carefully all the way around the edge - lengthen your stitch a little and use the needle down position. Take this bit slowly, and pay extra attention to the sides as these will be visible when you're all finished.


Step 6
Glue the purse body into the frame, one side at a time. Apply a thin bead of glue to one side of the purse body, and a thin bead of glue inside the channel of one side of the frame. If you are using HT2 glue leave it for a few minutes to become tacky. 5 minutes is a perfect length of time.

** NOTE: If you are using a different brand of glue check the user instructions first to see if you need a setting time, or not. **


Once your glue is tacky (if you are using HT2) start inserting the purse body into the frame, start at the sides first, and work upwards and across to the middle top.

Use a pair of scissors or a skewer to really push the purse body into the frame. Be forceful and stuff the fabric right into that channel to make sure it sticks evenly. Work quite quickly so the glue doesn't completely dry. As you go make sure you have no puckers or uneven bits on both the lining side and outside of the purse.

Leave this side to dry for a good 10-20 minutes or so before you start on the other side and repeat step 6  just as did before.

Once you've glued you can make the bond extra strong by cutting 2 lengths of piping cord, each one 9" in length and poke it into the channel between the purse body and the frame using the scissors or skewer.

Now leave your purse to completely dry - don't be using it for a good hour!


And that's it. Once you've made one purse I bet you will make a gazillion; they make really great gifts and this 6" x 3" size is a perfect size for make up, an evening bag, for holding all that junk you gather in the bottom of your handbag - like your keys, phone, lipstick and money.

Head on over to I'm A GingerMonkey for a chance to win a bundle of Rock and Romance for yourself! As usual - you must follow AGF on your favourite social media platform to be eligible to enter (whether that's facebook, twitter, flickr or the AGF blog)


And don't forget to add any projects you made from this (and the other fabulous Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang tutes) to the flickr group!

Til next time.. Happy Sewing


Katy & The Fat Quarter Gang