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Jungle Ave: An Urban Rainforest by Sara Lawson

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Hello lovelies,

We are excited to release our second Limited Edition Collection, Jungle Ave by Sara Lawson.

If you're unfamiliar with our Limited Edition lines, they are a one-time collaboration consisting of compact fabric collections that are beautiful, versatile and effortless to use! The Limited Edition concept is aimed toward you! Whether you sew, quilt or both, we are fulfilling your craving for cutting-edge designs that fit your personality and lifestyle.

Inspired by a sprawling, natural world emerging within the bustling energy of a concrete city. The eclectic fusion of hard and soft is illustrated through lush hues, abstract cityscapes and untamed florals.

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Jungle Ave's color palette illuminates the concrete city with bright bold hues of pink, blue, and green, along with soft lush shades highlighting the cityscapes. 

Jungle Ave "Hexie Drive" Free Quilt Pattern!

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Get into the wild jungle and explore the lookbook with endless project possibilities using our beautiful cotton fabric, two knits and one voile from each Limited Edition Collection.

These new fabrics will allow you to create trendy fashions, home decor, and charming quilts.

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We hope we have inspired you with our lookbook !

Thank you for stopping by, don't forget to tag your Jungle Ave creations using #JungleAvefabrics and #ArtGalleryFabrics

 

Happy sewing!

xo,

Amanda Mae

 

 


Get Enlightened with Bonnie Christine Aurifil Interview + GIVEAWAY!

Hello everyone!

One of our beautiful and talented designers, Bonnie Christine, sat down and spoke with Kim Niedzwiecki of Aurifil about her upcoming thread and fabric collection, Sweet as Honey. 

Here is the interview! Enjoy!

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What or who inspired you to want to learn to sew or design?
I’m grateful that most all of the women in my family have sewn. My great grandmother made quilts, my grandmother worked in a fabric shop, my mom owns a creative sewing center. They have all inspired me deeply and they are the reason I love to design fabric today!

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If you could paint a room an #Auricolor color, what would it be?
I think I would have to go with color #2805. It’s perfectly mint and the color I use to accent with in our home already. I love how fresh and pretty it is!

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Do you participate in your local quilt guild or another sewing group?
I have spoken at a couple of local quilt guilds and love to visit our local quilt shops. We recently did a ‘southeast tour’ for my fabric line, Sweet as Honey, and had so much fun meeting and greeting with all of the local shops. The tour was full of projects and demos and new friends!

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If you were not sewing/designing, what profession would you choose?
I love designing so much, it’s hard to imagine doing anything else! I think if I were to ever do anything else, it would have to be organic gardening for both flowers and vegetables. It’s my favorite hobby!

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What do you dream of making someday?
I’d like to become a better seamstress and make most of the clothes for myself and my children.

 

Giveaway details:

We are contributing to Aurifi's GIVEAWAY! It includes a 40wt, large spool collection and a fat quarter bundle of Sweet As Honey. Head over to Aurifil's Blog to enter or enter by clicking the GIVEAWAY link below, maybe you will be the lucky winner!!

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Entries accepted until Tuesday, July 1 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced on this post on or about July 3.

 

Thanks for stopping by, we hope you enjoyed getting to know Bonnie!

 

Happy sewing, 

 

xo,

Amanda Mae

 


Love Patchwork and Quilting Issue 10 + Giveaway!

Good afternoon lovelies,

Love Patchwork and Quilting Issue 10 is now on sale! 

We are so excited to share with you one of our favorite quilting magazines, Love Patchwork and Quilting is collaborating a promotion with us, Art Gallery Fabrics, to share with our fabulous readers, you! Along with the promo they are doing a special booklet dedicated to our talented, Jeni Baker and her cheerful line, Dreamin' Vintage.  If that doesn't top the cake, they are featuring an AGF designer showcase and a giveaway!

Wow so many goodies in one issue!

In the designer showcase section you'll get to see each face behind the design, along with their information to connect with them on social media outlets. 

Here's the cover!

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All photography by Love Patchwork and Quilting.

We are more then trilled to pass this on, so here it is.

Promotional Details:

1). If you live in the US you can try 3 issues for just $10 when you subscribe here with this link:
www.imsnews.com/quilting-2023

2). If you live in the UK, you can subscribe and get the first 3 issues for just £5. There are also discounted 6 monthly subscription offers for Europe and Rest of World. Below is the special link for these offer:
www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/lpq31r

*Offers are for new print subscribers only. You will receive 13 issues a year. These offers are valid until the 30th August 2014.

Giveaway:

Just click here to jump over to their Facebook page and enter the contest!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sewing

xo,

Amanda Mae


Get Lost In A Whimsical Land With Emmy Grace by Bari J

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Happy Thursday everyone!

Get ready to let go of reality and step into the whimsical world of Emmy Grace.

Inspired by Bari J's daughters, Emmy Grace has an enchanting and feminine feel. With an array of delicate blooms mixed with rippling scallops & houses create a beautiful summer sanctuary.

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The color palette is soft and elegant with pretty pastels, burnt yellows, charcoal grays, and sky blues which are sure to reminisce you back into your childhood of sweet lazy summers, family & the outdoors.

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For all available patterns check out the Emmy Grace lookbook!

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Get the free quilt pattern "Halfmoon Boats" here!

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Emmy Grace is officially in stores! Click here to find your nearest independent quilt and fabric shop stocked with Emmy Grace. Or, if you prefer to shop online, we’ve got that website list here.

Tag your projects using Emmy Grace fabrics with #artgalleryfabrics and #emmygracefabric so we can see what you came up with.

Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoyed getting lost in the whimiscal romatic photos, and that we have inspired your creativity! 

 

Happy Sewing!

Xo,

Amanda Mae

 

 

 

 

 

 


Agave Clutch Tutorial

Happy Tuesday everyone!

We are in love with this Agave Clutch by the Fabric Mutt using Arizona by April Rhodes.

So, we decided we must share this trendy tutorial for all of you lovelies.  

Enjoy!

Agave Clutch Tutorial

Materials
(2) 10 x 14" rectangles of linen for the clutch exterior
(2) 10 x 14" rectangles of batting for the clutch exterior*
(2) 10 x 14" rectangles of cotton print for the clutch lining
(2) 6 x 14" rectangles of cotton print for the front zipper pocket exterior
(2) 6 x 14" rectangles of batting for the front zipper pocket exterior*
(2) 6 x 14" rectangles of cotton print for the front zipper pocket lining 
(2) 16" or longer coordinating zippers
(2) 6" long thin strips of leather (optional and not pictured above) 
Binding clips or pins
Coordinating thread 
*We prefer to use regular quilt batting which we attached with adhesive basting spray, but you can also use fusible batting. Do what works for you!

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1. Attach the Batting: Fuse the 10 x 14" pieces of batting to the linen rectangles and the 6 x 14" pieces of batting to the wrong side of the 6 x 14" pieces for the front zipper pocket exterior. AG2

2. Make the Front Zipper Pocket: Stack in this order from bottom to top along a long side: front zipper pocket exterior piece (right side up), zipper (right side down), and front zipper pocket lining piece (right side down). Sew 1/4" from the long edge, and then press the fabric back from the zipper on each side.

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Repeat on the other side with the other front zipper pocket exterior piece and lining piece.

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3. Attach the Front Zipper Pocket: Fold the two front zipper pocket exterior and lining pieces down so that the lining pieces are touching each other, and the exterior pieces come down on each side of the zipper. Unzip the zipper slightly so that it's out of the way of your sewing. Place the front zipper pocket on top of the lower half of one of the linen clutch exterior pieces, and use binding clips to hold it in place. Set your sewing machine to its longest straight stitch and baste the front zipper pocket to the linen clutch exterior piece about 1/4" from the edge. 

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4. Insert the Main Zipper: Stack in this order from bottom to top along a long side: front linen clutch exterior piece with front pocket -- be sure that you attach the zipper to the side opposite the pocket! -- (right side up), zipper (right side down), and clutch lining piece (right side down). Sew 1/4" from the long edge, and then press the fabric back from the zipper on each side.

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Repeat on the other side with the other linen clutch exterior piece and clutch lining piece.

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Be sure to unzip the main zipper at least halfway.

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5. Sew the Main Body of the Clutch: Fold the exterior clutch pieces back from the main zipper so that their right sides are touching and clip them together with binding clips, being sure that the zipper teeth are pointed toward the bag exterior. Fold the clutch lining pieces back from the zipper so that their right sides are touching, and clip them in place as well. Following the diagram above, sew 1/2" from the edge all the way around the outside of the lining and exterior pieces, backstitching at least once over the main zipper as you go and leaving a large gap in the bottom of the lining.

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6. Finish the Clutch: Trim your seam allowance down to about 1/4" and clip the corners. Reach in the through the gap in the lining and pull the exterior of the clutch out through the hole. Use a chopstick to push out the corners of the clutch and give it a good pressing with your iron.

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Tuck the raw edges of the lining gap inside, press, and stitch it closed by sewing about 1/8" from the bottom edge of the lining. Push the lining into the bag and press it one more time. If you like, thread thin strips of leather through the zipper pull and knot them for a both practical and decorative touch. Use and enjoy!

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Thanks for stopping by, we hope we have inspired your creativity! We love seeing your projects just tag them with #agaveclutch #artgalleryfabrics #arizonafabrics @fabricmutt @aprilrhodes

Happy Sewing!

 

xo,

Amanda Mae

 

 


Travel to the Southwest with Arizona by April Rhodes

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Good afternoon lovelies!

We know you have all been anxiously waiting, and it's here.  The release of our first Limited Edition Collection, Arizona by April Rhodes

Our Limited Edition lines are a one-time collaboration consisting of compact fabric collections that are beautiful, versatile and effortless to use! The Limited Edition concept is aimed toward you! Whether you sew, quilt or both, we are fulfilling your craving for cutting-edge designs that fit your personality and lifestyle.

A little bit about April's line:

Arizona is inspired by the fantasy of a traveling desert nomad and is depicted through shades of gold and peach against a dusty sky. Motifs of arrowheads and bones evoke a graceful snapshot of the southwestern spirit with a twist of tribal influence.

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Arizona Rising Quilt Free Pattern! Click here!

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Get into the southwestern aura of Arizona and explore the lookbook with endless project possibilities using our beautiful cotton fabric, two knits and one voile from each Limited Edition Collection.

These new fabrics will allow you to create trendy fashions, home decor, and charming quilts.

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Click here for the Arizona lookbook!

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We hope we have inspired you with our lookbook and new cutting edge concept!

Arizona is now in stores and you can click here to find the nearest fabric shop carrying AGF fabrics. Or click here if you prefer to shop on the web!

 

Thank you for stopping by, don't forget to tag your Arizona creations using#Arizonafabrics and #Artgalleryfabrics

 

Happy sewing!

xo,

Amanda Mae

 

 


Get acquainted with Katarina Roccella. Auriful Interview + Giveway!

Happy Thursday!

Our newest member of the AGF family, Katarina Roccella, sat down and spoke with Kim Niedzwiecki of Aurifil about her upcoming thread and fabric collection, Indelible. Check out the interview, and get to know the woman behind the magic. 

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What or who inspired you to want to learn to sew or design?

Being “crafty” and creative is something that consorted me since early childhood. I was raised in an artistic family. My father is a painter, my mother ceramic-pottery artist, sister is a production designer and growing in such an environment rich with artistic events and creating daily definitely determinate my life and creations. So, since my father was working as a graphic designer when I was just a little girl (no computer was used in that period), I often had the opportunities to create some smaller parts for some designs, when it was something in correspondence with or for children.


Well, sewing for children came much later, after my first daughter 13 years ago. When I found myself in the role of mother and therefore had very limited time to dedicate to art. So, being mainly in home with a need to create, I discovered the world of fabric, were the options were almost unlimited and very challenging. I always loved fabrics and funky patterns, giving the important roles in my graphic compositions and assemblages, but now I really wanted to learn to sew. I repaired my mother’s vintage sewing machine, bought some pattern magazines and the first results were very encouraging, pushing me more, giving me the goal to try more complicated techniques and garment pieces. I have always been more of a visual sewer, as the sewing explanations were sometimes like another unknown language for me, so with a lot of practice, after a few years, I achieved good sewing skills.

 

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If you could paint a room an #auricolor color, what would it be?

1148 2BH – this teal is and will be one of my favourite colors ever since…I think it’s one of those colors that you may never be tired of and I have been dreaming about painting the main wall of my dining room in this color for a long time now (one of the walls in my booth was covered with this color that correspond perfectly to the AGF’s Cozumel blue – pure element color)

Do you participate in your local quilt guild or another sewing group?

No, unfortunately, in my country quilting is not popular and common as in the US. Once I started sewing more intensively (like 9 years ago), I joined a few on-line forums and sewing groups(mainly US people) that helped me a lot, not only with sharing my craft passions, projects and ideas, but with learning and gaining more advanced sewing skills, techniques and making some wonderful relationships. That led me to attend International Quilt Market and I started real life relationships. People in this industry will never cease to amaze me with theirs wonderful spirit, energy and creations.

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If you were not sewing/designing, what profession would you choose?

Well, as an artist, it would always have to deal with some form of art. Until now, through my education and experience, I was so blessed to deal with many forms of art: collages, drawings, illustrations, calligraphy, graphic design, prints-mainly linocuts, photography, sewing.  I am very passionate about my work, whether it’s painting, drawing or sewing.  Now I am so happy to be living my dream of being a textile designer, where I have the chance to apply a bit of every creative discipline I mentioned before.

Actually, I am currently working toward my PhD in Applied Arts and Design and my goal is to implement printmaking, painting with the textile and quilt design, so I am dreaming about making a huge exhibition at the end of it, with many installations that would gather these three fields of art and design.

 

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Somewhere between magic and reality is an Indelible world. Katarina's collection is filled with exciting graphic weavings and stylized nature motifs that ripple through colored depths of pewter, turquoise and auburn.

 

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We are contributing to Aurifi's GIVEAWAY! It includes a 40wt, large spool collection and a fat quarter bundle of all 20 prints of Indelible. Head over to Aurifil's Blog to enter or enter by clicking the GIVEAWAY link below, maybe you will be the lucky winner!!

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Thanks for stopping by, we hope you enjoyed getting to know Katarina!

 

Happy sewing, 

 

xo,

Amanda Mae

 

 


NouvElle: A Revival of Happy Days!

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Hello everyone! We are delighted to announce our newest collection, NouvElle by Pat Bravo!

This vintage-inspired collection invites you to connect the past and the future with the "new look" of the 50's era.  A revival of happy days where feminine silhouettes blossomed with small florals and geometrics.  

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Explore NouvElle and its fabric versatility through various projects such as chic fashions, stunning home decor, and quilts both modern and traditional.  To get inspired, open up the lookbook and reminisce back into the "new look" of the 50's era.

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Here is a selection of our blenders that you can mix and match with NouvElle fabrics!

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Pure Elements: PE-452 Spruce; PE-405 Cherry Lipgloss; PE-450 Grapefruit;

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Squared Elements: SE-611 Navy; SE-600 Watermelon

 

Don't forget to open the NouvElle lookbook!

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NouvElle is in stores and you can click here to find the nearest fabric shop carrying AGF fabrics. Or click here if you prefer to shop on the web!

 

Thank for stopping by, don't forget to tag your creations using #NouvEllefabrics #Artgalleryfabrics!  

 

Happy sewing! 

 

Xo,

Amanda Mae

 

 

 

 


Spring Quilt Market 2014 Recap Pt. 2

We had so much fun at quilt market we had to split the recap into two parts! Here are more photos for you to enjoy!

 

Winged by Bonnie Christine

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Cherie by Frances Newcombe

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Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker 

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Indelible by Katarina Roccella

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Art Gallery Fabrics Limited Edition

Jungle Ave by Sara Lawson

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Gleeful by Sew Caroline

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Arizona by April Rhodes

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Well ya'll thank you for stopping by! That's a wrap for Spring 2014 Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, we sincerely hope you enjoyed the photos! Remember to DREAM, CREATE & INSPIRE!

Happy Sewing!

 

XO

Amanda Mae

 


Spring Quilt Market 2014 Recap Pt. 1

Wow, we can't believe quilt market as come and gone so fast!  The AGF family had such an amazing time meeting new faces and reconnecting with old friends.  We took lots of photos for you to enjoy in case you couldn't make it!

 

Art Gallery Fabrics Booth

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AGF Voile and Knits

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NouvElle by Pat Bravo

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Quilt made with various AGF prints.

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Emmy Grace by Bari J

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Quilt made with various AGF prints.

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Grameracy by Leah Duncan

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Flying Geese quilt made with various AGF prints by Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting Melissa

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Cleta by AGF In-House-Studio

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Quilt made with various AGF prints by Carolina Moore of Always Expect More.

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Athena by Angela Walters

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Make sure you check out part 2 of the recap for more photos!