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Sugar & Spice Friday

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Happy Easter my friends,

I wanted to share with you a quick recipe that Megan brought in today, Layered Carrot Cake Fudge. A great treat to share with your family and friends this lovely Easter Sunday.

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So what you will need:

Carrot Cake Fudge

-  4 Tbsp. butter

-  3 Cups white chocolate chips

-  1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

-  1 Cups dry carrot cake mix

-  ½ Cup marshmallow cream

 

Cream Cheese Fudge

-  ¾ C cream cheese frosting

-  1 Cup white chocolate chips

-  2 Tbsp. marshmallow cream

 

Instructions:

Line 2 8x8 pans with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large pan melt 4 T butter, 3 C white chocolate chips and can of condensed milk. Stir until smooth.

Stir in dry cake mix a scoop at time until thoroughly combined.

Pour into pan and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

While carrot cake fudge is refrigerating melt 1 C white chocolate chips.

Once white chocolate chips are melted stir in cream cheese frosting and marshmallow cream.

Pour over carrot cake layer and chill at least 1 hour before cutting.

Cut into approximately 40-50 squares.

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Enjoy!

Bon-appetit

 

**BONUS!! **

You can use boxed carrot cake mix but if you love carrot cake as much as we do in my house then in spring you can keep jars of the dry ingredients on hand in the fridge. I make large quantities and keep them in the fridge; they also make great gifts with a recipe attached.

* Recipe below is so that you always ready to go for any unexpected moments in life :)

Dry Mix

-  2 Cups all-purpose flour

-  2 Cups sugar

-  2 tsp. baking soda

- ½ tsp. salt

- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

- 2 Cup grated carrot drained

- 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapples drained

- 1 (3.5 oz) can flaked coconut

- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

 

Wet Mix

- 3 large eggs

- ¾ Cup vegetable oil

- ¾ Cup buttermilk

- 2 tsp vanilla extract

To make carrot cake, mix 7 ½ C dry ingredients with eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla in electric mixer at medium speed until blended.


Line three 8 x 8 cake pans with parchment paper.

Pour batter into cake pans.
Bake cakes at 350 for 25-30 min.

Cool in pans on wire racks for 15 min and then remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

Use cream cheese frosting between layers as you stack cakes. Frost top and sides of cake and enjoy.

 


Fat Quarter Gang - The Jeni Reversible Apron by luvinthemommyhood

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Hi everyone! I'm Shannon from luvinthemommyhood.com and I'm here with your newest fat quarter gang project!  As soon as I saw Jeni's fabulous line of fabrics - "Color Me Retro", I knew I had to figure out a way to make a fun new apron using fat quarters!

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I always have a hard time getting an apron to fit me right when they are store bought so I was very excited to make an apron just for me - the Jeni Reversible Apron Tutorial! Yay! It's always a good thing to spoil yourself a wee bit. I hope you will all join in and make one and spoil yourselves a bit too :) It's fun - I promise!

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I love that this apron is completely comprised of fat quarters.  You can easily add more prints or take some away but you can do it all with fat quarters :)

There's a bit of measuring & cutting involved but nothing too tricky. Overall it's a quick sew with some topstitching (my fave) and an interesting construction technique with the vintage inspired pocket strips on the apron skirt. Plus it's got long ties to make the perfect big bow! Who doesn't feel feminine with a pretty bow on their apron? 

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So next time you see the latest Art Gallery Fabric fat quarter bundles pop up online whip up a fun new apron!
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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE JENI REVERSIBLE APRON TUTORIAL



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Want to join me and make a Jeni Reversible Apron of your own using Color Me Retro?  Pop on by luvinthemommyhood to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Color Me Retro of your own!  

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!    

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Good luck & happy sewing!!!

The Gypsy State Of Mind

 

Hello there...

Gypsies are icons of freedom and they will always be an inspiration for artists for their exotic looks and the allure of their mystery. The gypsy bohemian is passionate, free-spirited; She is romantic, peaceful, alive, creative and has a beautiful innocence. 

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This style becomes an eclectic mix of sophistication and earthy bohemian with a nod to folklore. Women all over the world adore this flamboyant and feminine style for the vibrant colors, the mix of patterns, exotic touch and carefree feeling of this hybrid culture.


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This trend is not one that will fade over time... it is more like a state of mind and lifestyle. Floral prints, lace, floor-skimming skirts, colorful scarves, billowing sleeves, large earrings, gold bangles and beaded jewelry have transformed fashion into a huge playground.

The gypsy-bohemian look is an expression of a free spirit, a tribute to the gypsy culture with obvious hippie influences. Add a little elegant beauty and free spirit to your life.

Enjoy!

From Megan With Love

 


Fat Quarter Gang - Mod Stack Placemat 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 4th Fat Quarter Gang project with you today, the Mod Stack Placemat. 

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What you will need:

Art Gallery Fabrics - Round 4

Top Row: CST-3101 King's Road Fuchsia, CST-3210 Retro Pop Mint, TXR-8108 Crosshatch Lime, CST-3107 Ladylike Black Tea

Bottom Row: CST-3100 Brit Boutique Royal, CST-3104 Girl About Town Lime, CST-3109 60s Waves Midnight, CMR-2101 Dulcette Azalea

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Download Mod Stack Placemat for the full tutorial.  This is a fun and easy project to throw together for a fun afternoon sew.

Now, want to win your very own fat quarter bundle to complete this project? Enter to win over at Fresh Lemons Quilts by leaving 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!

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!

 

See ya next week,

<3 Faith & Your AGF team


Textures by Angela Walters inspires you to dream...

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Inspired by her love of machine quilting, the designs of Textures dance across the fabric and encourage you to come closer to feel the difference.

TEXTURES Fabric Collection by Angela Walters from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.

 

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The bright citrus colors, neutral greys, and bold teal colors will add a touch of elegance to your projects.

 

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Angela's blog, Quilting Is My Therapy, has a great blog post showing you what blenders go best with Textures and stay tuned to her blog ... I hear there will be a giveaway and contest soon ;)

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Textures is in stores and waiting for you to pick up this calming collection today!To download Texture's free quilt pattern "Pathways" (shown in the video), go to goo.gl/2D0k0

What does this collection inspire you to make?

Until next time,

<3  AGF team


Fat Quarter Gang - Prism Jumbo Floor Pillow by Freshly Pieced

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Hi everyone, it's Lee again from Freshly Pieced, back with another tutorial for you all—this time I'm showing you how to make this giant "Prism" Floor Pillow in Art Gallery's fun new Carnaby Street line.

You will need:
-12 fat quarters of Art Gallery's Carnaby Street line
- 3/8 yard solid background fabric
- 3/4 yard for pillow back
- 26" square piece of muslin for pillow lining
- 26" piece of batting
- 24" pillow form

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From the Carnaby Street prints, cut:
- 4 squares 2" x 2", cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles (you will use 4 of these triangles)
- 8 squares 3" x 3", cut in half diagonally to make 16 triangles (you will use 8 of these triangles)
- 12 squares 4" x 4", cut in half diagonally to make 24 triangles (you will use 12 of these triangles)
- 12 squares 7" x 7", cut in half diagonally to make 24 triangles (you will use 12 of these triangles)
Save your remaining scrap triangles for other projects!

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From the solid background fabric, cut:
- 2 squares 2" x 2", cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles

- 4 squares 3" x 3", cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles
- 6 squares 4" x 4", cut in half diagonally to make 12 triangles
- 6 squares 7" x 7", cut in half diagonally to make 12 triangles

From the fabric for the pillow back, cut:
- 1 piece 12" x 24 1/2"
- 1 piece 18" x 24 1/2"

To make the pillow:

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1. Pair up each solid background triangle (I used white) with a print triangle. Sew 1/4" from the long edge. Make the following units:

2" triangles - make 4 units
3" triangles - make 8 units
4" triangles - make 12 units
7" triangles - make 12 units

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3. Square up the units using a ruler with a 45-degree angle. Line up the marked 45-degree line on the ruler with the HST seam. Square up to the following measurements:

2" triangle units = square up to 1 1/2"
3" triangle units = square up to 2 1/2"
4" triangle units = square up to 3 1/2"
7" triangle units = square up to 6 1/2"

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4. Lay out your finished HST units as shown in the diagram above. The smallest 1 1/2" HST units are laid out in the center, in two rows of 2. The 2 1/2" HST units surround the 1 1/2" units. The 3 1/2" units surround that, and the 6 1/2" units surround that.

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5. Join the 1 1/2" HST units into two rows of two, then join the two rows together to make a 2 1/2" finished block.

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6. Join the 2 1/2" HST units together as shown, with the smaller pieced units at the center.

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7. Join the 3 1/2" HST units together in sets of two, as shown, and join to each side of the center unit.

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8. Join the remaining 3 1/2" HST units together in two rows of 4 units each, and join to the top and bottom of the center unit.

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9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 using 6 1/2" HST units to complete the pillow top.

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10. Layer the pillow top with the batting piece and muslin backing. Quilt the top however you would like—I quilted in straight diagonal lines.

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11. To make the pillow back, take the two pillow back pieces (12" x 24 1/2" and 18" x 24 1/2"). On each piece, fold one of the 24 1/2" edges down 1/2" and press. Fold down 1/2" again and press. Sew the hem 3/8" from the folded edge.

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12. To make the pillow trim, cut 2 1/2" wide strips of fabric from the leftover Carnaby Street prints.  (I used strips from several of the darker Carnaby Street prints.) Sew the strips together end-to-end until the strip measures about 120" long. Press the entire strip in half lengthwise, as shown.

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13. To sew the pillow together, place the quilted pillow top with the wrong side facing up. Lay the first pillow back piece onto the quilted top, aligned with the bottom edge. Lay the second pillow back piece onto the quilted top, aligned with the top edge. Pin in a few spots around the edges. (Yes, this pillow is assembled right side out and will not need turning—the pillow trim we'll add in the next step will enclose the seam allowances.)

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14. Now flip the whole thing over and add the pillow trim you made in step 12. This step is done exactly like quilt binding—lay out the binding around the perimeter of the pillow top, mitering the corners. Remove the pins you added in the previous step and repin everything (pillow trim, pillow cover, and pillow back pieces). Sew around the perimeter of the pillow using your favorite quilt-binding method.

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15. Fold the binding around to the back of the pillow, just as you would do with quilt binding, and stitch down onto the back of the pillow using your favorite machine-binding method.

Here's a great machine-binding tutorial by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. You can also hand-stitch the trim to the back of the pillow if you prefer.

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Now just insert your pillow form and you're ready to enjoy this jumbo-size pillow. It finishes at 24" square (and requires a 24" pillow form). Hope you liked our project today—stop by my blog, Freshly Pieced, for more tutorials and patterns.

Want to win your own fat quarter bundle? Well, hop on over to my blog and
leave a comment for a chance to win. Giveaway open until March 15th.

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 let's not forget Flickr!

See ya next week,

<3 Your AGF team

 


Urban Mod is a collection for the Urbanista in all of us.

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Taking inspiration from the graffiti walls of Miami's midtown as well as from the industrial movement; Urban Mod gives you a collection rich in geometrics, clean lines and floral prints. Each element works together to add femininity to this expressionistic collection.

 

URBAN MOD Fabric Collection by AGF In-House Studio from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.

We had a blast shooting this video and we even made some of the furniture (yes that sofa is made from pallets.) 

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(Quilt pattern above: Urbanitsa quilt pattern)

Since Urban Mod lends itself to be very industrial we wanted to carry a look that showed how this collection and how versitile it can be when using it for home dec as well as fashion.

Take a look at some of the pictures from the photoshoot...

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This collection lends itself perfectly for quilting, fashion and home decor.

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Giving any space a fresh modern feel by combining an aqua, mauve, dark blue and lime color palette.

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Urban Mod is hitting stores now. So, run (don't walk) to get your hands on this stylish collection.  

And don't forget to check out our Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest accounts for the full Urban Mod album. (posted throughout the month of March)

Leave a comment below and tell us which is your favorite color palate and what are some of the projects you are looking forward to making?

Until next time,

<3 The AGF Team

 

 


Tune Tuesdays

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Hey everyone! It's another Tune Tuesday where I bring you some awesome tunes to go along with your sewing adventures. There's nothing I love more than discovering new music and being able to share it with all of you!

Today, we have wonderful music inspired by the ever bubbly, ever bright Color Me Retro collection designed by our beloved Jeni Baker!

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With its bright, bold colors and simple, catching designs, its only fitting that the likes of Passion Pit and Lenka lead this playlist full of great artists! Energetic and fun, this playlist will have you dancing around in your 1950s circle skirt dress and sewing some gorgeous projects together, a perfect combination of what could only be what they call "Sewing Heaven"!

For more music inspired by this fresh collection, check out our Spotify playlist! Subscribe to the playlist to add your own songs that inspire you to sew Color Me Retro or let us know which songs we should add!

From my musical ears to yours,

Kat

 

 


Fat Quarter Gang - Quilted Heating Pad by PS I Quilt

  FatQuarterGANG_banner400pxBLUEHey y'all. Rachel here from PS I Quilt. Today I'm gonna show y'all how to make a quilted heating pad. These things are a godsend. You definitely need one (or three) of these in your life.  Trust me. My fabrics of choice are these lovelies ...
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What y'all will need:

  • 8 print fat quarters
  • 1 solid fat quarter
  • Fusible Fleece
  • 1 pound bag of rice
  • Essential oil (optional)

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From each print fat quarter, cut: 1 strip, 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"

From print fat quarter, cut: 1 strip, 6 1/2" x 10 1/2" 1 strip, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2"

From solid fat quarter cut:

2 strips, 8" x 10"

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Lay out 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" strips in a manner that is pleasing to you.

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Working in pairs, piece your strips along the long sides using 1/4" seam allowance. You should have 4 strip sets.

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Join 2 strip sets together to make 2 units.

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Join 2 units together to make a quilt top.

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Layer quilt top with fusible fleece. Cut to size. Fuse. Quilt as desired.

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I did some easy peasy straight line quilting. Go on. You can do it, too.

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Now we're going to make an envelope backing for your heating pad using our two 8" x 10" strips.

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Take and fold 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. Repeat the hemming process for the other 8" x 10" strip.

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Stitch both hems. And now your backing is made. Yayyy.

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We're going to make a mini quilt sandwhich.

Lay quilted top down with the right side facing up. Layer with one hemmed rectangle, right sides together.

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Layer the second hemmed rectangle on the quilted top, right sides together

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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 heating pad.

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Clip corners.

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Turn right side out. Set aside.

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Layer both 8" x 10" solid strips together. Sew around all four sides, leaving a 4" opening.

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Clip corners. Turn right sides out. Fill with rice. Add a few drops of essential oil. (I like eucalyptus or lavender.)

Note: Depending on how pliable you'd like your heating pad, you can add up to 1 more pound of rice.

Machine stitch opening. (No one will see this but you.)

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Insert rice bag.

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And you're done.

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Give yourself a pat on the back. These are SO quick to whip up, y'all can easily make these for you, your quilty friend &/or your manicurist.

Want to win your own fat quarter bundle? 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 let's not forget Flickr! Giveaway open until March 8th.

 

See ya next week,

<3 Your AGF team


Sugar & Spice Friday

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Wow! Haven't posted a Sugar & Spice in a while... so sorry about that. We have been super busy with all these lovely collections coming out and sewing up a storm (and prepping for market early... we will not procrastinate!)

But alas it is that time again and this time we have a super easy recipe. It is sooooooo easy that you could even do it with your eyes closed (well maybe with only one eye closed.)

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Yup.. Rolo with my Homies is this week's feature.

What you will need:

1 or 2 tubes of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

1 bag of Rolos

Cream Cheese frosting

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Directions:

Pop open the tube of crescent rolls and separate them.

Unwrap same number of Rolo's

Place one Rolo on an individual crescent triangle and roll it up the same way you would a crescent.

Repeat until you have made all rolls.

Bake as directed on crescent package

Once the crescents have cooled down enough you can frost them and ENJOY!

Bon-appetit

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