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Get Inspired with Skopelos + Giveaway!

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 Hello fabric lovers, 

I hope you all had a great weekend! We are super excited to present Katarina Roccella's newest collection, Skopelos. Inspired by Greek Island, Skopelos, Katarina turned her vision and memories into an artful abstraction with vivid floral and local scenery of land and sea and used colors like sea blues, poppy pink and chalk white to bring this whole collection together.

Scroll down for more details on this collection + giveaway!!

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When shooting for a collection, we always want to do it somewhere where the location and the collection complement one another. We were able to find the perfect spot, on the northern beaches of South Florida and it had small little details that screamed, SKOPELOS. Flip thru the lookbook to find all the inspirational projects we have created for you.

 

 

And why not add this "Greekas" quilt to your sewing bucket list? Feel free to share it with all your quilting friends...

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(click on the image above for pattern + instructions)  

 

These Elements will blend this collection perfectly, don't be afraid to mix and match!!

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Win a fat quarter bundle !!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Laura G" on your Skopelos Bundle! 
Check your email. 

You can enter the give away by simply: 

  • Browse the Skopelos lookbook
  • Leave us a comment with the the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends May 4th at 4 pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Animal Puppets with Morning Walk + Template

Hey fabric lovers,

I hope everyone had a nice and easy week! We are getting ready for Quilt Market so lots of fun over here. I’m super excited to share with you this tutorial sent to us from Leah Duncan. Using Leah's collection Morning Walk, this is the perfect afternoon and/or party activity for the little ones of the house (or the child in all of us). Scroll down for the pattern + instructions... 

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 Materials

  • Printer and printer paper
  • 5 pieces of 8” x 10”card stock or thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • 5 popsicle sticks
  • Spray adhesive 
  • 10 small paper fasteners
  • Glue
  • 1/8” hole punch
  • Morning Walk fabric listed below


Fabric Requirement

Moose

  • Head: MWK-1119 - Dewon Grass Imagined
  • Body: MWK-1120 - Wispy Daybreak Nimbus


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Rabbit

  • Head + leg: MWK-2114 - Miniflores Sunbathed
  • Body: MWK-2116 - Mojave Aloe

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Deer

  • Head + tail: MWK-2111 - Sahuaro Picks Pale
  • Body: MWK-2117 - Desert Needlework Honor
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Buffalo

  • Head + leg: K1113 - Windswept Iota Sun
  • Body: MWK-1112 - Cacti Field Festival
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Bear

  • Head + legs: MWK-2115 - Limestone Feel Pitahaya
  • Body: MWK-2110 - Bare Nopal Gloom
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Directions

  1. Cut selected morning walk fabric to 8” x 5” rectangles
  2. Print out the morning walk animal puppet template onto regular white printer paper.
  3. Lay out your fabric and animal templates and group the template with the fabric on a piece of card stock for each animal.
  4. Cut the template so that the body is separate from the legs and head and pair the part with the corresponding fabric. The image of the completed animal is for your reference throughout the tutorial.
  5. In a well-ventilated area (we recommend doing this outside) use spray adhesive to glue each piece of fabric to the card stock.  Two pieces of fabric fit on one piece of card stock. On the opposite side of the card stock, use spray adhesive to glue the body, head, and legs of the animal on the back of its’ corresponding fabric. Be generous with the glue and really press the fabric into the card stock for a tight seal. Wait for the glue to dry completely.
  6. With sharp scissors cut out each body part. If the fabric starts to become unglued simply use regular glue to repair those areas.
  7. With the 1/8” hole punch make a hole on the dot. Attach the head and legs to the body with the paper fasteners.  Use the finished animal print out as a guide.
  8. Glue a Popsicle stick to the back of your animal.  Hold and wait for the glue to fully dry before playing with your animal.

 

There you have it!  I hope you guys enjoy it and feel free to share your version of it with us!!

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe.

Gabs


AGF Is Now Available At Your Fingertips !!!

Hello fellow fabric lovers,

Hope everybody is having a good day! It seems like ever since the year started, we have been feeding you with surprise after surprise, and this time won't be the exception. If you all remember correctly this year marks 10 years of AGF, and we will be celebrating our birthday the ENTIRE year! Brace yourself for this one, we are beyond excited to finally introduce our brand new APP!

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Staying up to date with all things AGF is easier than ever! You can browse through pictures, projects and find inspirations in all of our prints, while keeping up with all of our social media outlets. Best part of all, you can now buy our fabrics at the touch of your fingertips, by simply tapping on “maps” to find a store near you or if you prefer to buy online, tap under “buy online”! How cool is that?

Take a look at our App in action below.

Of course, our app is available in the Apple Store and Google Play. How much do you love this?  If you have any comments, questions or concerns leave them on the comment section below, and see you all in Quilt Market, where the surprises continue ;)

 

Special thanks to Once Upon a Quilt for letting us film in their store! 

Note to shops: If you are a shop and want to be added to our App, be sure to send an email with all your info to Info@ArtGalleryFabrics.com.

Until next time…

Gabs

PS: You might download the app on iPad, just make sure you select iPhone only in the description, see picture below!

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Fantasia Fabrics: Enchanting Table Runner Tutorial

Hello fabric lovers,

Today I've been working with fabrics from Fantasia designed by Sara Lawson. I love the soft colors and the playful, whimsical feel of the prints. If you haven't checked out the lookbook click here to get inspired! I was inspired to make a table runner called Enchanting and used the Unicorn Fable Sageplant print as my inspiration. This table runner would be perfect as wall hanging in a little girls room or on her dresser next to her jewelry box and stuffed animals. Here is what you need to get started! 

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Fabric Requirements 

Fabric A - FAN-3072 3/8 yd.
Fabric B - Fan-3080- 1/3 yd- for fussy cutting
Fabric C - FAN- 4079- 1/4 yd.
Fabric D- PE-436 - 3/8 yd.
Fabric E - PE- 442- 3/8 yd.
Fabric F- PE-411- 1/4 yd.
Binding- FAN-3078 - 154” long- 4 strips - 1/4 yd.
Backing - FAN-3077- 1 3/4 yds.

Cutting Instructions 

Twelve (12) - 3 1/2” x 3 1/2“ squares from Fabric A
Twelve (12) - 4” x 4“ squares from Fabric A
Two (2) -3 1/2” x 6 1/2“ strips from Fabric B
Two(2) -6 1/2” x 6 1/2“ square from Fabric B
Six (6) - 3 1/2” x 3 1/2“ squares from Fabric C
Six (6) - 4” x 4’“ squares from Fabric C
Twelve (12) - 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” squares from Fabric D
Twelve (12)- 4“x 4” squares from Fabric D
Twelve (12) - 3 1/2” x 3 1/2“ squares from Fabric E
Twelve (12) -4” x 4“ squares from Fabric E
Six (6) - 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” squares from Fabric F
Six (6) - 4”x 4” squares from Fabric F

To create two half square triangle with Fabric A and Fabric D. Take a 4” x 4” square from both fabrics. (Diagram 1.1) Place on top with right sides together! Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other with a pencil or water soluble pen. Sew on each side of the line you drew at 1 /4”. Cut on your diagonal line. Press seams open (Diagram 1.2)
Square off half square triangles to equal 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (Diagram 1.3)

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You will need a total of 10 A/D HST’s, 12 C/E HST’s, 12 A/F HST’s and 12 D/E HST’s.

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To create piece one sew the following rows together:
Row 1- Sew one 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric D to a A/D HST, to a 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strips from Fabric B to A/D HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric D.
Row 2- Sew one A/D HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/F HST to another A/F HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/D HST.
Arrange and sew HST according to row 2.
Row 3- Sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/F HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric F, to another 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric F to a A/F HST
to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A
Row 4- Sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E to a C/E HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric C, to a C/E HST , to another 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric C,
to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E.
Row 5- Sew a D/E HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E, to a C/E HST to another C/E HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E to a D/E HST.


Once Row 1 through 5 are sewn, press seams open and sew rows together to create a piece that looks like Diagram 3.2!

Enchanting-Charms-Table-Runner-3For the next piece sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric D to a D/E HST. Repeat this step one more time. Next sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric D to a A/D HST. Repeat this step one more time. Arrange your pieces following Diagram 4.1. Sew row 6 to row 7. Next take a 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” square from Fabric B. Arrange pieces according to Diagram 4.2 and sew. You will need to create to of these pieces.

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To create piece 3 sew the following rows together:
Row 8 - Sew a A/D HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A, to a A/F HST, to another A/F HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/D HST.
Row 9 - Sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/F HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric F, to another 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric F, to a A/F HST,
to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A.
Row 10 - Sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E to a C/E HST , to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric C, to another 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric C, to a C/E HST, to a
3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E.
Row 11-Sew a D/E HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E, to a C/E HST to another C/E HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E to a D/E HST.


Once Row 8 through 11 are sewn, press seams open and sew rows together to create a piece that looks like Diagram 5.2!

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To create piece 4 sew the following rows together:
Row 12 - Sew a A/D HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A, to a A/F HST, to another A/F HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/D HST.
Row 13 - Sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A to a A/F HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric F, to another 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric F, to a A/F HST,
to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric A.
Row 14 - Sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E to a C/E HST , to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric C, to another 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric C, to a C/E HST, to a
3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E.
Row 15 - Sew a D/E HST to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E, to a C/E HST to another C/E HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric E to a D/E HST.
Row 16 - Sew a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric D to a D/E HST, to a 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” strip from Fabric B, to a D/E HST, to a 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” square from Fabric D.


Once Row 12 through 16 are sewn, press seams open and sew rows together to create a piece that looks like Diagram 6.2!

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Sew the five pieces you created together following Diagram  7. Then it is time to quilt and bind your table runner! 

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Enchanting-table-runner-imageQuilt Assembly 

Sew right sides together. 

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 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 motives are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finished, trim excess of any fabric or batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.

Binding 

Sew right sides together. 

Cut enough strips 1½" wide by the width of Fabric FAN-3078 to make a final strip 154" 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 approximated 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 B 1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45° 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 ¼" 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 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 enjoyed the Enchanting table runner made with Fantasia fabrics. I would love to hear how you use your table runner or what wonderful projects you come up with to use with this collection! 

 

Until next time,

Melissa 


Get lost in the world of Fantasia + Giveaway!

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Hey there, 

I hope y'all are doing great! Today we are happy to present Fantasia by Sara Lawson. This collection was inspired by Sarah's favorite childhood cartoon film, in where a unicorn was the protector of a forest and as long as it lived there, hunters could not hunt the animals of the forest.  Sarah wanted to add a modern and mature spin to the unicorn by using mystical, lighthearted illustrations with vibrant strokes of color, and storytelling camouflaged with playful details. This collection can be used for an array of projects, from children’s wear to bags to quilts. Stick around a little longer to learn how can you win a fat quarter bundle of this collection.

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Find all the inspirational projects we have created for you: here.

 

 

Share this "Sparkling Rhombi" quilt pattern with all your quilting friends.

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 Blend, mix and match with these elements:

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 And now to the  GIVEAWAY !!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Stacy" on your Fantasia Bundle! 
Check your email. 

You can enter the give away by simply: 

  • Browse the Fantasia lookbook. 
  • Leave us a comment with the the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends April 24th at 4 pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 

 

 


Spring 2015 Fabric Collections

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Good morning fabric lovers,

The day has finally arrived: we are as excited as you are and SO proud to finally show you all the collections that will be debuting at International Spring Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis, MN (we know that a few of you were super anxious). In addition, as you all may know, Caroline Hulse is officially a licensed designer for AGF such good news, right? (Read more about this here, if you haven’t yet). Are you ready? Without further adieu we present our upcoming collections.

(BEWARE, you might LOVE everything you see today :) )

 

 

 

We are so happy and proud to bring you with trendy and timeless designs, while still keeping that distinctive quality, you all love so much. Our designers work very hard to bring you modern and unique designs. We are sure your brain must be rushing with everything you just saw, we hope to have captured your imagination with our new fabrics, but most importantly we want to make your visions and projects come to life. 

If you have a favorite be sure to ask your independent quilt and fabric shop about it! And Let us know your thoughts in the section below.

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Gabs

 

Morning Walk Fabrics: Meandering Mirage Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

How was everyone's Easter? Mine was filled with a lot of fun in the sun and family time! This week I've been working with Morning Walk fabrics designed by Leah Duncan. If you haven't checked out the look book yet click here to find more projects and tutorials featuring Morning Walk fabrics. Today I want to share a table runner called Meandering Mirage! The table runner is made out of half rectangle triangles that form a zigzag design which I thought would be a perfect way to show off the fabric prints in this collection. I loved playing with the sunny yellow, peachy oranges and deep lake blue colors in the Morning Walk collection, the colors are very warm and welcoming. Hope you have fun sewing with this collection! Here is what you will need to get started! 

 

Fabric Requirement

Fabric A - MWK-2116 - 1/8 yd.
Fabric B - MWK-2112 - 1/4 yd
Fabric C - MWK-2115- 1/4 yd.
Fabric D - MWK-1120 - 1/4 yd.
Binding - MWK-2114 - 122” long - (3 strips of width of fabric) - 1/6 yd.
Backing- MWK-2120- 2/3 yd.

 

Cutting Directions

Four (4) 3 7/8” x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A
Twelve (12) 3 7/8“ x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric B
Eight (8) 3 7/8” 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric C
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” strip from Fabric D
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 40 1/2” strips from Fabric D

 

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Take eight 3 7/8 x 6 7/8 rectangles from Fabric B and C. Lay one rectangle from Fabric B on top of the rectangle from fabric C with both right sides of fabric facing up. Repeat this step with the remaining 6 rectangles from Fabric B and C. You will now have eight stacks of rectangles. Cut four stacks diagonally from the bottom left corner to the right top corner. (Diagram 1.1) Cut the other four stacks diagonally from the bottom right corner to the left top corner. (Diagram 1.2)

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Arrange and sew eight of your triangles following Diagram 2.1 and the other eight triangles follow Diagram 2.2. Press seams open and trim dog ears.

Morning-Walk-tablerunner-2Next sew two blocks that look like Diagram 3.1 and two blocks that look like Diagram 3.2. Set aside. 

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Now take two 3 7/8” x 6 7/8” rectangles from Fabric A and B. Just like Diagram 1 you are going to stack one rectangle from Fabric A on top of Fabric B with both right sides of the fabric facing up. Repeat this step with the remaining two rectangles. Cut one stack of rectangles following Diagram 1.1 and the other stack following Diagram 1.2. Sew triangles together following the same process that we used in Diagram 3.1 and 3.2. You will need two blocks that look like Diagram 4.

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Sew blocks you created in Diagram 1-4 together following Diagram 5.1 and 5.2. Repeat steps in Diagram 1-5.2 one more time to get the other half of your table runner! Sew these two pieces together following the table runner illustration as a guide. 

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To sew the border take both 2 1/2” x 40 1/2” strips from Fabric D and sew to each side of your table runner. Next take both 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” strips from Fabric D and sew to the bottom and the top of your table runner! Now you are ready to quilt and bind!

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Quilt Assembly 

Sew right sides together. 

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 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 motives are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finished, trim excess of any fabric or batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.

Binding 

Sew right sides together. 

Cut enough strips 1½" wide by the width of Fabric MWK-2114 to make a final strip 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 approximated 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 B 1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45° 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 ¼" 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 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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Hope everyone has a great week sewing and working with our new fabric collection! Like always stay tuned for more fun projects featuring Art Gallery Fabrics! 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa 

 

 

 

 

 


Beautiful sight scenery during Morning Walk(s) + Giveaway!

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Hello fabric lovers, 

We are so excited to present Morning Walk by Leah Duncan, is a celebration upon her return to Austin and each design was inspired by everything she encountered around her neighborhood. "Morning Walk" is a representation of Leah's appreciation for simplicity and the joy she takes on her morning walks, where she's able to watch the sun rise, feel the fresh morning breeze while hearing the glorious sound of the chirping birds, all this influences her creative process. This collection is happily colored with sunny yellows, clay peach, and deep lake blues. Stick around a little longer for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.

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I can already tell you this lookbook is filled with vibrant colors and unique backgrounds. Take a look at all the inspirational projects we have created for you, remember most of the projects have link, in case you want to make them.

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How stunning is this "Llano Street" quilt? (click here to find the pattern + instructions) and feel free to share it with all your quilting friends.

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 Blend this collection with some AGF Elements

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 GIVEAWAY !!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Laura Baker" on your Maker Bundle! 

You can enter the give away by simply: 

  • Browse the Wanderer lookbook
  • Leave us a comment with the the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends April 9th at 4 pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs