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Fall in Love with Reminisce by Bonnie Christine.

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Sophisticated & vintage is just a few words that come to mind when you see this collection. 

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Reminisce, the debut by Bonnie Christine, is a nostalgic collection of bold & sugar-colored hues, inspired by hazy and dream-like summer days filled with simple, yet memorable moments of picking flowers and enjoying their beauty.

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Reminisce is a collection that mixes cottage chic with bright colors, making it very versatile and appealing to traditional quilters and modern sewists!

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Inspired by sunshiny days and a simpler ways, Reminisce inspires the handmade way of life.

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Watch the lovely Reminisce video for AGF's nostalgic take on this collection..

REMINISCE Fabric Collection by Bonnie Christine from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.

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To see more pictures from this photshoot (and many more) visit AGF's Flickr  and Reminisce with us.

Want to get some Reminisce by Bonnie Christine: Find your favorite online retailer, or look for them at your Local Quilt Store.

 

<3 AGF


Featured Sewing Room

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Everyone aquires their "sewing/crafting space" through various methods. Some of us inherit the room when a child moves out, some turn garages or attics into a creative space and some lucky ones plan ahead during a home purchase. 

This month we have Melissa from Craftygoods and she was blessed enough to have this room made especially for her. (start swooning)

She shares with us her story and her space...

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Hi there! I'm Melissa of Craftygoods. I am blessed to have what I think is the most amazing craft room and I'm so excited to share it with you on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog today. First, a little background story...

In 2010, my then-boyfriend was building his dream house. Early in the process of building, he asked me what I wanted in my dream home. I told him that I didn't care how big or small, what style, or location, but it had to have a craft room and a tv over the bathtub. Every weekend he invited me to tour the construction site with him to see the progress. Over the garage was a big room that he kept referring to as his home gym.

Well obviously that would be a terrible idea. It's Florida - rooms above garages are always hot and who wants to move all that gym equipment to a second story, right? So of course I suggested that it might be better used as a craft room. He disagreed. Well in June of 2010, on one of our construction visits, in the "home gym" he proposed (awww...!). I won't gross you out with all the cutesy details but he ended his speech by saying, "And now you can make this your craft room." He's a keeper!

So let me show you around -

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Starting with a blank slate meant that I could really customize the space. I am an avid scrapbooker, quilter, and knitter so I wanted space for storage and to spread out. But most of all, I wanted it to be easy to clean (i.e., no carpet) and cheery.

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The desk area is part sewing space, part paper crafting space. The right side drawers and shelves contain scrapbooking tools and Cricut supplies and cartridges. The left side drawers and shelves hold sewing supplies, notions, and patterns, and I keep out my most-used scrapbooking papers and inks on the countertop along with my sewing machine and my Cricut.

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The built-in shelves allow me to keep all of my work-in-progress scrapbooks at hand and hold my stamps, more scrapbooking papers, and all my quilting, sewing, and paper crafting books.

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I store my fabric stash and yarns in the two cabinets at the far end of the room and batting and larger fabric cuts in the green dresser.

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Visitors often ask why I have a bed in my craft room. Obviously, when sewing gets stressful, I need a craft nap from time to time (also it's a family antique and there's nowhere else for it).

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Probably my favorite part of the room is the cozy rocking chair. It's the perfect spot for hand sewing while watching some wholesome Criminal Minds or Law and Order SVU.

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So there you have it - my happy place. I'm so glad to share it with you! And by the way, my husband also came through on the other part of my dream home wish list - there is indeed a tv over the bathtub. He's a good man!


Thanks Melissa for sharing such a beautiful room with us! You are one lucky gal to have such an amazing space and an amazing husband that put it together for you. 

If you have a sewing room that you would like to share with us please email us at anais.cowley@artgalleryfabrics.com. We look forward to taking a peek :)

Love,

AGF


Tune Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday peeps!

I know its been quite some time since I've done this segment, but I'm back again to bring you some great music inspired by our great collections and their amazing designers. This week we have our very own Angela Walter's premiere collection, Textures.

Ladies and Gents, this is the Pathways playlist :)

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Picture yourself along the blue coast, with a cup of hot chamomile tea and a good paperback, covered in your favorite quilt, the one that you've used so many times, it already molds itself onto your body, as you sit in the sand, taking in the view. Pathways is all about relaxing and taking time for yourself. So go ahead and treat yourself today to that cup of tea and take a listen to Pathways.

For more music inspired by this soothing collection, check out our Spotify playlist!

Subscribe to the playlist to add your own songs that are perfect for that day of relaxation or let us know which songs we should add in the comments below!

Have a great rest of the week and from my musical ears to yours,

Kat


Trend Alert: Take Flight

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Hey AGF fans! It's Jeanee here and I'm back with some inspiration for you.

TREND ALERT!
Joining the snake and the cat as a new “it” animal of the year is the butterfly! Butterflies aren't new to the scene. We've always seen them gracing prints in some cute whimsical way. But for fall/winter 2013 they will be taking on a surreal style as motifs of kaleidoscopic patterns, translucent overlaid wings and saturated colors.

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You'll find this new take on butterflies in:
FASHION

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HOME DECOR

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We here at AGF have jumped on the butterfly bandwagon by using it as our icon for Pure Elements. For the Spring Quilt Market, this past May, our booth was filled with a rainbow of fabric butterflies!

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You'll also find this new take on butterflies in:
CRAFTS

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A butterfly quilt block is a cool way to add a butterfly into a quilt. And fabric butterflies would make a great garland. The possibilities are endless!

How will you incorporate the new sophisticated butterfly motifs in your sewing?

Be Inspired!
~ Jeanee


One Block Three Looks II

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Hello! Lauv here! How's the Rock 'n Sew going? I’m back with the second approach to One Block, Three Looks. I really enjoy showing you the different moods that a quilt can embody by changing the fabrics in the blocks. The first approach was shown on a post by our very own Pat Bravo. The first time I did this exercise with The Hopscotch Block, I incorporated Pure Elements that complemented the fabrics that I chose. By incorporating solids you create contrast and give your quilt an ultra-modern feel that can even read as minimalistic.

This time; however, I wanted to use only prints, especially prints within a same collection. At AGF we put great emphasis on ensuring that the prints within each collection are cohesive and create harmony with each other. The block you see is a traditional Rotating Strips block with identical strips that measure 2 ½” x 6 ½”.

For the first block I used the Urban Mod Collection by AGF studio. The name indicates the casual, urban and contemporary qualities of this collection. Between the citric and asphalt hues in this line, the block leads to a modern quilt that transports you to a cosmopolitan city full of punch.

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For the second block, the free spirit of Bijoux by Bari J. was the inspiration. The warm honey tones against the verve violets and pinks fulfill that longing of the ethereal, and embark you on a caravan full of trinkets and a quilt that you will treasure.

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The final block was created with the vintage and floral collection Reminisce by Bonnie Christine. Reminisce was inspired by hazy summer days filled with simple moments of picking flowers and enjoying their beauty. This block creates a quilt on which you can sit and enjoy the sweet scents of fresh blooms.

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This exercise is helpful not only as a tool to help you better see the feel of each collection, but also for your future designs. Perhaps when you’re uncertain on what to gift someone, or even within your own home to create harmony and coherence. Personally it helps me because I love an eclectic look, but I believe that understanding the different styles out there can help me achieve a look that contains the best of all worlds.

What do you think, what style appeals to you?