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December 2014

Petal and Plume By Bari J +GIVEAWAY!

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We are delighted to present Petal and Plume by Bari J. A Collection dedicated to a childhood memory of Bari’s grandparents. Petal and plume reflects the majestic and colorful symbols. Its mystical strokes creates an otherworldly palette of pale violet, iris blue, and twilight tones that jumps out of the darkness to demonstrate the loving, and graceful world created around the peacock.

Win a fat quarter bundle of this incredible collection (details below).

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Get inspired with this LookBook we have put together for you.

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How facinating and exquisite is this quilt? Here is the FREE pattern: "Flaunt" Share with all your friends.

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Win a fat quarter bundle of Petal and Plume, contest rules below! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Hayley.Petre" on your Petal and Plume Bundle!  

 

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Petal and Plume LookBook, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make and your email.

  • Giveaway ends January 6th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Prisma Elements by AGF In-House Studio + GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Fabrics Lovers, 

We are happy to announce that Prisma Elements by AGF In-House Studio is now available. This collection invites you to mix, match and mismatch with every stash you have. These classic colors and geometric forms will be your new "go-to" blenders and they will give the final touches to your unique creations.

Win a fat quarter bundle of this incredible collection (details below).

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Get inspired with the lookbook we have put together.


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Enjoy and share our FREE quilt pattern "Spectrum" with all you quilting friends!

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 Win a fat quarter bundle of Prisma Elements, contest rules below! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to Rhiannon on your Prisma Elements Bundle!  

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Prisma Elements LookBook here, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make and your email.

  • Giveaway ends December 30th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Recollection by Katarina Roccella + GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Fabric Lovers,

We are beyond excited to present to you Recollection by Katarina Roccella. This collection is a homage to the centuries and evolution of textile craft-work. Recollection hints to artisanal techniques like lacework, embroidery, and tapestry. Embellished with worldly heritage, these designs create variegated textures in sheer charcoal, natural indigo and soft reds with woven highlights of chalky pastels.

Win a fat quarter bundle of this incredible collection (details below).

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Get inspired with the lookbook we have put together.
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In addition, take advantage of the free quilt pattern: Woven Fragments.

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Win a fat quarter bundle of Recollection, contest rules below!

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CONGRATULATIONS to emily.prince.ut@gmail.com on your Recollection Bundle!      

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Recollection LookBook here, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make and your email.

  • Giveaway ends December 19th at 6pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Adventure In All Directions / Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

It's Melissa again! Today I want to talk Wild & Free - How excited are you about our new Wild & Free lookbook?! If you haven't checked it out yet click here! There are lots of fun tutorials for you featured in the lookbook, but I wanted to share another project I"ve been working on. It's called Adventure In All Directions. I think this table runner captures the meaning of the Wild & Free collection - it's all about living your life without boundaries and following your heart wherever it might take you. There is always an adventure waiting to be had. 

Here are the fabrics you will need:

Fabric Requirements

Fabric A          WFR-144        2/3 yd.

Fabric B          WFR-146        1/4 yd.

Fabric C          WFR-143        1/4 yd.

Fabric D          PE-442           1/4 yd.

Fabric E           PE-427          3/8 yd.

 

Binding   WFR- 140- 1/4 yd. 

Backing   WFR-147 - 2/3 yd.

 

Cutting Instructions

1/4" seam allowance included

Twenty Four (24) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric A

Forty Four (44) 1 7/8” x 1 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A

Eight (8) 1 1/2"x 10 1/2” strips from Fabric A

Eight (8) 2 1/2” x 10 1/2” strips from Fabric B

Twenty Four (24) 2 7/8 “x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric C

Forty Four (44) 1 7/8” x 1 7/8” rectangles from Fabric D

Thirty two (32) 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares from Fabric E

Eight (8) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles from Fabric E 

 

Construction

Cut all 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric A and C diagonally in half. (Diagram1a)

Arrange your pieces so you have forty eight (48) half square triangles in total that look like Diagram 1b. Sew with right sides together and press seam open. Trim all dog-ears. 

Cut twenty two (22) 1 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A and D diagonally in half starting from the right and cut the other twenty two 1 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangles in half diagonally starting from the left side. (Diagram 2)

Arrange half of your half rectangle triangles following Diagram 3a and the other half following Diagram 3b. Sew with right sides together and press seam open. Trim your dog ears.

 

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Sew six half square triangles made from Fabric A and C together following Diagram 4.  Next sew four 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares from Fabric E together following Diagram 4. Following Diagram 5 sew the pieces you created in Diagram 4.  Repeat steps in Diagram 4 and 5 to get the other side of your block.  Set both pieces aside.

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Next take 22 half rectangle triangles and place them following Diagram 6. Sew right sides together and press open. Following Diagram 7 sew the pieces you made in Diagram 6 together.

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Next take the middle piece from Diagram 7 and sew a 1 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip to each side. (Diagram 8) Set piece aside.  Next take the other two pieces sewn in Diagram 7 and sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangle to the top of each piece. (Diagram 9)

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Take pieces created in Diagram 8 and 9 and arrange them following Diagram 10. Sew right sides together and press seams open.  Now take 2 1/2” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric B and sew to the outsides of the piece you created in Diagram 10. (Diagram 11)

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Now take the two pieces you created in Diagram 5 sew one piece to each side of the piece you created in Diagram 11. (Diagram 12)

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You have now created one full block; you will need three more of these to create this table runner.  Follow picture below as a guide to complete the rest of the top of your table runner.

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Table Runner Quilting Assembly

Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface. Place batting on top of backing fabric. Place quilt top on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands. Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers.

Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motifs are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finish, trim excess of any fabric batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.

Binding

Cut enough strips 1 ½” wide by the width of WFR-147 to make a final strip of 130” long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximate 5” tail. Sew with ¼” seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.

Stop stitching ¼” before the edge of the quilt (Diagram B1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45 degrees and upward, pressing with your fingers. (Diagram B2) Hold this fold with your finger; bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (Diagram B3). Start sewing at ½” of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt.

Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself by marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see).

Trim seam to ¼” and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.

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I hope you enjoy making this table runner as much as I did! I also can't wait to see all the wonderful things you all make with the Wild & Free Collection! Get inspired, set free the creative explorer within you and set out on an adventure!

 

Until Next Time,

Melissa 


Sparkle Dress // Free PDF Pattern

Hello again lovers of the fabric world!

Yesterday I posted to share our AGF Gift Tags (free printables).

Since 'tis the season for giving (as it should be all year long), today I am posting to share our Sparkle Dress Pattern (free pdf instructions). As the name might suggest this dress is about fun and shining - aka a perfect (and super easy) sew for a holiday dress. We made ours with the Wild & Free Midnight Roof print in Voile which has metallic on it. This will also work well with our poplin and knit substrates, so you have multiple MULTIPLE fabric options.

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Here is a styling suggestion for our friends in the lower temperature cities (this is a great layering piece)

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Rock 'n Sew

 

Lauv


FREE Printable AGF Gift Tags - Gift with Love

Hello Fabric & Print Lovers! (no pun intended on the latter).

I hope all of your holiday preparations are going smoothly. We know that most of you craft-lovers (like all of us here at the studio) want to have a great presentation for the wrapping and labelling of your presents (ta-dah!)

Because of this we (well, the graphic design part of the family) created these awesome gift tags with some of our prints by different designers. 

 

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To download click on these options we put together for you:

- Option I (mixed tags)

- Option II (wildwood birch)

- Option III (oh, hello meadow)

- Option IV (sauvage sky larkspur)

- Option V (petally sweet)

- Option VI (gust of leaves)

- Option VII (seed puffs)

 

Print and personalise away - we want you to make the best impression possible (wink wink).

Wrap, tag, and gift hand-made. 

Rock 'n Sew,

 

Lauv

 


Wild & Free by Maureen Cracknell + GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Fabric Lovers,

We are excited to present the Wild & Free collection by Maureen Cracknell. This collection invites you to be creative, let your hair down, kick off your shoes and lose yourself in the adventure ahead. An indigo night sky and cinnamon are highlighted with patterns that are organic and robust. Just remember this is an AGF Limited Edition collection, so get it while you can!

Don't miss out on a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Wild & Free; details listed below!

 

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Enjoy this LookBook we have created for you.

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Enjoy the free quilt pattern "Follow the Stars" and share with all your quilting friends!

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Win a fat quarter bundle of Wild & Free, contest rules below! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to sonjasmith76@yahoo.com on your Wild & Free Bundle!      
Email me: Gabriela@artgalleryfabrics.com

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Wild & Free LookBook here, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends December 10th at 6pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


AGF Newest Addition

 

Hello fabric lovers,

My name is Gabriela (Gabs) and I’m the newest addition to the AGF Team (woohooo) and I couldn’t be proud-err. Let me tell you a little bit about me since we are going to be spending lot of time together. Agf gabs I’m Venezuelan and I moved to Miami, FL at the age of 14. I was quickly enrolled in English classes and it was then, when I fell in love with words- I mean that and the obsession I had with Carrie Bradshaw. I have been a blogger and an avid social media user for a few years now. I’m driven by the arts and knowing the history behind them so you’ll probably find me in a museum any given Saturday. I would like to make this space one where you will come for the love of the fabrics (of course) and for inspiration, to learn a new trick or two and why not? share a few laughs.

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

Until next time…

Gabs