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January 2015

Utopia Colorcraze Table Runner Tutorial

Hello, fabric lovers!

I thought we all could use a little color in our lives, especially since the winter has been bringing the hues down (in a way, it almost becomes a canvas asking for vibrant shades). So today I want to share with you a table runner made with Utopia fabrics! This table runner was featured in the Utopia lookbook and now I am excited to share the pattern instructions for this colorful project!

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Here is what you need to get started:

Fabric Requirements 

Fabric A - UT-14505        1/12 yd.
Fabric B - UT- 24505       1/12 yd.
Fabric C - UT- 14503       1/6 yd.
Fabric D - UT-24503        1/6 yd.
Fabric E - UT- 14509       1/12 yd.
Fabric F - UT-24509        1/12 yd.
Fabric G - UT-14506        1/6 yd.
Fabric H - UT-24506        1/6 yd.
Fabric I - UT-14501         1/12 yd.
Fabric J - UT-24501         1/12 yd.
Fabric K - PE-439            1/6 yd.
Fabric L -  PE-424           1/6 yd.
Fabric M - PE-448           1/6 yd.
Fabric N - PE-408           1/6 yd.

Binding - PE-416 - 1/6 yd.
Backing- UT-14505 - 5/8 yd.

 

Cutting Instructions

One (1) 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabrics A, B, I and J
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabrics E and F
One (1) 2 1/2” x 4” strips from Fabrics A, B, I, and J
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 4” strips from Fabrics E and F
One (1) 2 1/2” x 2 “ strips for Fabrics A, B, I, and J
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 2” strips from Fabrics E and J
Four (4) 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strips from Fabrics C,D,G,H,K, L,M,and N

Block Assembly

Sew four strips following Diagram 1.


Row #1:

Sew 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strip from Fabric A to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” from Fabric D to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric L

Row #2:

Sew 2 1/2” x 4” strip from Fabric A to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric D to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric L to 2 1/2” x 2” strip from Fabric F


Row #3: Sew 2 1/2” x 2” strips from Fabric A to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric D to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” from Fabric L to 2 1/2” x 4” strip from Fabric F


Row #4: Sew 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric D to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric L to 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strip from Fabric F. Sew row 1, 2, 3, and 4 together.

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Sew four strips following Diagram 2.


Row #5

Sew 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric C to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric N to 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strip from Fabric F


Row #6

Sew 2 1/2” x 2” strips from Fabric B to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric C to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” from Fabric N to 2 1/2” x 4” strip from Fabric F 


Row #7

Sew 2 1/2” x 4” strip from Fabric B to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric C to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric N to 2 1/2” x 2” strip from Fabric F


Row#8

Sew 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strip from Fabric B to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” from Fabric C to 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” strip from Fabric N. Sew row 5,6,7,and 8 together

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After completing steps in Diagram 1 and 2 you will have two pieces that look like Diagram 3. Sew these to pieces together.

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You now have half of your table runner complete. (Diagram4)

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To get the other side of your table runner repeat steps in Diagram 1-4 using the remaining fabric pieces. Use the illustration below as a guide.

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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 PE-416 to make a final strip of 126” 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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Hope this table runner brightened up your day! Stay tuned for more fun and exciting projects! 

Til Next Time,

Melissa 

 

 


New Year – New Adventures

Agf-stitched-banner_webHello fabric lovers!

We hope you are having a Happy Monday! Today we are really excited to share with you the news about Fat Quarter Shop's new video series: "AGF Stitched with Kimberly."

Kimberly approached us with a vision she had to create a tutorial series of modern and sophisticated quilts, which she wanted to be made exclusively with Art Gallery Fabrics. Of course we got on board and were very eager about designing these exclusive quilts for Fat Quarter shop, which we hope you get to watch, enjoy, and *sew* by following along on Fat Quarter Shop's Youtube channel.

Here is a little introductory video of why Kimberly chose Art Gallery Fabrics, and maybe, just maybe, you might see a hint (or two) about the first quilt she will be teaching you how to sew:

 

 

We hope you enjoyed this little sneak-peek of what's to come. Stay tuned!

xo,

Gabs

 


Recollection Table Runner Tutorial: Light Odds

Hello Everybody!

How have you been? Hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays! I had a great time visiting my family in Minnesota but happy to be back in the warm Florida weather! I got right back to work creating tutorials and projects for you! Today I would like to share a table runner called Light Odds featuring fabrics from the beautiful fabric collection Recollection! If you haven't checked out the lookbook yet you can check it out by clicking here

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Well let's get started! Here are the fabrics you will need!

Fabric A-  RCL-605    3/8 yd. 
Fabric B-  RCl-606     3/8 yd.
Fabric C-  RCL-703    1/4 yd.
Fabric D-  RCL-711    1/2 yd. 

Binding Included- RCL-605

Backing - RCL-603   5/8 yd.


Cutting Requirements

Six (6) 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” squares from Fabric A
Four (4) 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” squares from Fabric B
Forty (40) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric C
Fifteen (15) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares from Fabric D
Ten (10) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangle from Fabric D

 

Take a 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A and four (4) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric C. These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units. Draw diagonal lines using a pencil or a water souble pen on the wrong side of the fabric on each 2 7/8”x 2 7/8” square from Fabric C.

Step-1

Place two (2) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares at each corner of your 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal lines match up to make a straight line. (Diagram 2.1) Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut piece on the diagonal line. You will now have two pieces that look like Diagram 2.3.

Step2

Press seams toward Fabric C. (Diagram 3.1) Now place a 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangle from Fabric C at the lower corner of your piece. Follow Diagram 3.2. Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut piece on diagonal line. You will now have two piece that look like Diagram 3.3. Repeat steps in Diagram 3.1-3.3 for other piece created in Diagram 2.3

Step3

You will now have four flying geese using the no waste method! Diagram 4.2 shows you that you will need to sew two flying geese together to create a diamond block.

Step4

Repeat the following steps with the remaining fabric pieces. You will need a total of nine(9) Fabric A diamond blocks and a total of six(6) Fabric B diamond blocks. The remaining Fabric A and B flying geese should equal six(6) from Farbic A and four (4) from Fabric B.

Step5Now lay out and sew your pieces following the illustration in Diagram 6.  

Diagram-1

 

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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 RCL-605 to make a final strip of 122” 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.

Binding

 

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I hope you have fun making this table runner and working with the Recollection fabric collection! I am excited for what this year will bring and am excited to get busy working on many fun projects and tutorials for you all to enjoy!! 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa 

 


Let The Celebration Begin.

Dear quilters & sewers,

We have great news!

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of our company and we are planning many exciting changes along the entire year. As part of this celebration we want to share with you the launch of our new AGF logo and we thought that you, our dear fans, have to be the first ones to see it!

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With this new version of our logo we want to reflect better who we are today and to represent a sign of our dynamic future. One thing won’t change: our commitment to bring you the best quality in the industry together with artistry and trendiness in design. In the upcoming days you will see the transformation on all our marketing and publication materials, either in print or digital forms.

We want to thank you so very much for your love and kind support in these last 10 years; without it we wouldn’t be who we are today. We really appreciate it and hope we can continue receiving it in the next 10!

Stay tuned for many other surprises we’ll be unveiling along this year!

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AGF Team


Gossamer by Sharon Holland + GIVEAWAY

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A fresh, vintage breeze breathes life into Gossamer by Sharon Holland. Combining frosted florals with charming gridwork, these prints highlight a quaint approach to color that includes dreamy blush, sheer blues and honeyed bronze.

Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.( details below) IMG_9298

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Feed your inspiration buds with this lookbook we have put together for you.

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Share this Quilt pattern "Fractured" with all your friends.

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Win a fat quarter bundle from the Gossamer Collection, contest rules below!

  

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Nicole Lindsey" on your Gossamer Bundle!  

Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Gossamer lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends January 20th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs