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September 2015

AGF Stitched with Kimberly featuring Artisan Fabric by Pat Bravo

Agf-stitched-LOGOHey everyone happy Friday!

Its been a while since the last tutorial, if you missed our past tutorials click here and here to catch up. We are super excited to bring you another great tutorial, this time Kimberly will show you step by step how to make this Welded quilt featuring #ArtisanFabrics by Pat Bravo.

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Isn't it beautiful? This quilt is fun, and easy to make yet bold enough to make a statement. The pieces are large, so cutting and sewing is really fast and beginner friendly. Kimberly will show you her trick to piecing these blocks so you won't have to deal with bias edges. 

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Ready to sew your Welded quilt? Click on the video below.

 

If you love it as much as we do, Fat Quarter Shop has the complete Welded quilt kit for your convenience here and well as, the backing set. Check out more crafty versions of this pattern by following the links below:

AGF Designer, Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline
AGF Designer, Katarina Roccella
Kitty of Night Quilter
Michele-Renee of Quilt Matters
Christina of Sometimes Crafter
Jess of the Elven Garden
Svetlana of Sotak Handmade
Natalia of Piece N Quilt
Megan of Quilt Story
John of Quilt Dad
Riane of Vessel Quilts
Kaye of Miss Print

Share this project with all your quilting friends and let us know what you thought of the #Weldedquilt. Stay tuned for the next video tutorial. Enjoy your weekend.

Until next time,

Gabs.

 


Unleash Your Inner Child with Playing Pop


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Hello everyone, 

I hope everyone is doing great! Can you believe we are less than a month away from Quilt Market? We can't wait to show you what we have planned, but more of this in the weeks ahead. For now, we are ready to launch our latest collection, Playing Pop by AGF Studio

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This collection is fun, playful and youthful! It's filled with saturated brushstrokes and modern shapes. Flip thru the lookbook to find all the inspirational projects we have created for you, remember some have links to patterns + instructions. Enjoy!

 

Add this "Confetti" pattern to your stash, and share it with all of your sewing friends.

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Add these Elements to blend, mix and\or match with this lively collection:

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Since we know how much you like this collection, we would like to give you a chance to win a fat quarter bundle! PLAYINGPOP AGF GIVEAWAY

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Jennifer S" on your Plauin Pop Bundle! 
Check your email. 

You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

Giveaways ends October 2nd at 3pm EST and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


AGF Sewing Month Re-Cap: Part I

Hey everyone!

Did you know, that September is National Sewing Month in the United States? In 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed September as a special month to recognize the importance of sewing in the household. At AGF, fabrics and sewing are like the bread and butter that nourishes our soul (Woah, I know that sounded intense!). But in all honesty, it’s great to see all the beautiful projects you make with our fabrics and how you show off your amazing sewing skills.

To celebrate our love for sewing, we are featuring many talented sewists on our social media accounts. Yay! Every day of the month we have been sharing a project made with AGF. What’s great is that everyone puts their unique spin on how AGF can be used! Since we are half way through the month, here is a little re-cap of some great projects that have been made, so far.

Week 1  

Week 1 projects

1. Nancy, from Owen's Olivia made this beautiful modern quilt with Bound Fabrics by April Rhodes. The muted colors she chose make the quilt edgy yet delicate. A nice accent to hang or to use as home décor.  As she talks about the process of making her quilt and a great matching pillow, she explains how quilting/sewing fulfills her life. 

2. Miranda, from One Little Minute Blog, showed us how she made a button up shirt pattern into a stylish midi dress with the “Coming Home Spring” voile from Bound Fabrics. Definitely a great everyday look! 

3. Natalie, from Threads and Bobbins made this adorable dress with Anna Elise Fabrics by Bari J. It’s great for a weekend getaway! This was Natalie’s first time using AGF and we’re glad to know that she enjoyed the “AGF feel.”

4. Darcy, from Modern Cozy prepared us for autumn (it’s sad that autumn doesn’t exist in Florida, but we can pretend) with these lovely place mats made with Artisan Fabrics by Pat Bravo. The fun tutorial on her blog will teach you how to make the maple blocks that are on the placemats and on a matching table runner. Get ready to be festive!

Week 2

Week 2 projects

5. Delia, from Delia Creates stole our hearts with PJs for her little girl. She used “Painting Morale” in knit from the Bound Fabrics Collection by April Rhodes. Her daughter is having so much fun in those PJs that I want a pair!

6. For these detailed applique pillows, Jessie used Cultivate Fabrics by Bonnie Christine. The design of these pillows truly showed the essence of this fabric collection. These pillows are just blooming with creativity! Read about her process and how this project can be arranged in different ways.

7. Amy, from Stitchery Dickory Dot shared a heartfelt story about her new twin nieces and how she will be making matching baby quilts with Curiosities Fabrics by Jeni Baker. We can’t wait to see the finished quilts!

8. Abbey, from Sew Charleston is glowing in her dress made with “Paparounes Crimson” in knit from the Skopelos Collection by Katarina Roccella. It’s ideal for the warm South Carolina weather! This dress is a nice casual garment that can be worn to run errands or simply just to relax (I think I want one ^_^). As an added bonus, she made a second knit project, but I’ll let you visit her blog to find out.

9. Annie, from Enatiomer’s Project asked if her dress in “Ink Outburst Atelier” voile from the Sketchbook Collection by Sharon Holland did justice to the fabrics. Oh, it sure did! The dress is flowy, feminine, and appropriate for any age. Annie’s sewing experiment passed all the sewing tests in my opinion. What do you think?

10. Last but not least we have Tessa, from the Sewing Chick. She made this functional tote with Cultivate Fabrics by Bonnie Christine. To all my ladies that love big bags, this one is perfect! It’s great for a [fabric] shopping day or anytime you need to carry everyday necessities (here in Florida, we always need an umbrella). 

 

Hope you all are feeling inspired with all these amazing projects! Make sure to visit everyone's blog and visit our Facebook for daily projects. Stay tuned for part II of AGF Sewing Month! Feel free to tell us about your favorite projects and what you’ve made this month. As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring.

 

Xoxo,

Stephanie

 

 


Canvas Covered Ballet Flats

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is have an amazing day. If you’ve been checking out AGF’s social media lately, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been sharing tons of exciting news. From the launch of Pat Bravo’s recent collection, Artisan, to the release of our new substrate Canvas, and last but not least the full reveal of our fall 2015 Fabric Collections. Feel free to take a deep breath and soak in all the inspiration!

As if things couldn’t get better, it happens to be National Sewing Month (even though it’s always sewing month for us ◠‿◠). Hence, we’ve been happy to feature many talented sewists that have made beautiful projects with AGF (Check out our Facebook for all the projects). It’s like we’re living in a sewing paradise!

To keep your inspiration buds tingling, here is a tutorial that uses one of my favorite prints from the Artisan Collection in CANVAS. If you have some old shoes that you would like to update or simply want to customize a new pair, this simple tutorial is perfect for you.

Here is what you will need:

  What you'll need

  • A pair of plain ballerina flats (Heels or sneakers can work but take in consideration the difficulty level.)
  • Your favorite AGF Canvas (I used Collar Ends Bronze from the Artisan Collection.)
  • Outdoor/Exterior Modge Podge
  • Paint sponges
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors

*Measure the length of your shoes to determine the amount of fabric you will need. I wear 5.5 sized shoes, therefore a fat quarter was enough to cover both of my tiny shoes.

Step 1:

Step 1 trace

Fold your large piece of fabric and cut it in half. You should have two separate pieces of fabric for each shoe. Lay the fabric on a flat surface, wrong side up and place the shoe on the fabric. Roughly measure 3 to 4 inches from each side of the shoe and mark the fabric. Draw an oval to connect the marks and cut out the oval. Repeat steps for the second shoe.

Step 2:

Step 2 half modge
Thoroughly cover the top half of your shoe with Modge Podge.

 

Step 3:

Step 3 cover

Carefully place the fabric over the top half of the shoe and press down so that the fabric sticks to the shoe in the area with the Modge Podge. I recommend slightly stretching the fabric over the shoe as you place it to avoid wrinkles or air bubbles.

Step 4:

Step 4 cut center

Once the top half of the shoe has been covered, cut the fabric down the middle to the area of shoe where the inside begins. This will allow you to evenly cover the sides of the shoe.

Step 5:

Step 5 cut edge close

Cover the remaining half of the shoe with Modge Podge and continue smoothing out the fabric over the shoe. Once the fabric is firmly placed, carefully cut the remaining fabric to the edge of the shoe with the X-Acto knife or scissors.

Step 6:

Step 6 cut inside

Now that the whole shoe is covered in fabric, measure about ½ in from the inner edge of the shoe and cut the excess inner fabric.

Steps 7 & 8:

Step 7 and 8 (snip and fold)

Lightly add Modge Podge to the inner edge of the shoe and cut small slits into the excess fabric. Fold down the little slits into the shoe and firmly press down.

Step 9:

Step 9 cover in mondge podge

Finally, coat the shoe with Modge Podge to seal it. Let it dry for 24hrs and add a second layer of Modge Podge. Repeat steps 1-9 for the second shoe.

Voila! Here is the final product of the flats covered in canvas. I wanted to add a girly detail, so I made little bows from the left over fabric scraps. 

Final product

 

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! Feel free to show us your version of canvas covered shoes and any other projects you’ve made with AGF. As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring.

Happy crafting!

XoXo,

Stephanie

 

AGF Fall 2015 Fabric Collections

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Good afternoon everyone!

The past week was full of surprises and we hope you're ready for more! From announcing Maureen as a licensed designer to presenting Amy, our latest addition to the AGF family, as a Limited Edition designer. Oh! And yeah, all the teasing with the sneak peeks we've been doing... You can now breathe… because the moment you all were waiting for has arrived! We are delighted and pleased to finally reveal the collections debuting in this year’s Fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX. We are as anxious as you are, we can hardly keep the secret anymore! So, without further ado we present our fall collections.

(Warning! Flip thru the lookbook at your own risk, you might fall in love with all the collections.)

How gorgeous was everything you just saw!? We are sure you are already thinking of specific projects with a few (if not all) of the prints!! This is our pride and joy, being able to bring you modern, unique, and trendy designs every time. If you have a favorite collection be sure to ask your independent quilt and fabric shop about it! And Let us know your thoughts in the section below.

 

Ps: If you think we are done with the reveals, you are mistaken! Stay tuned for the second part of the full reveal coming soon-ish! ;)   

 

Until next time,

 Gabs

 

 

 


Creating with Canvas + Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! 

We hope you all enjoyed the weekend, and hope you are ready for what we have in store for you this week. (Brace yourself!) This time we are super excited to finally present the latest addition to our substrates, CANVASArtGalleryFabrics_CANVAS_Fabric_2We are always brainstorming on new ways to make you "Feel the difference" and we knew we couldn't go wrong with canvas; our new 100% premium cotton substrate. For this first round, we curated a selection of nine prints and transferred them to this versatile surface which is ideal for home decor, fashion accessories, upholstery.

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Its versatility and softness makes our Canvas the perfect option for creative projects that need a little more support but maintain a stylish look. But what makes AGF Canvas so special is that its multi thread weave makes it easy to work with, like our other substrates. The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Let your imagination run wild, while feeding you inspiration buds with this lookbook we have put together for you. Feel free to share your projects with us. (WE LOVE TO SEE THEM!

 

 

 GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica and Anne Marie (BLOG)

& @Khiggs_ute and @Katalin_rae (Instagram) on your 2 yards of Canvas, can't wait to see your projects come to life. 

For this giveaway we want to expand your chances of winning some of this amazing substrate. There will be 2 ways of winning:

  1. Leave a comment on the blog with the project you would like to make from the Lookbook. (or anything you have in mind) - 2 winners
  2. Repost the giveaway picture to your instagram (private account not eligible) with a comment of what you would make with the fabric. Make sure to include #AGFCANVAS & #ArtGalleryFabrics (This will ensure your post appears in the pool.) - 2 winners

So, there will be 4 winners each will win 2 yards of the print of your choice. How awesome is this?? Giveaway ends Sept 22nd at 3:00pm EST.

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Happy Sewing, 

 

XO

Gabs

 

 


Framework Quilt [Tutorial]

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Hello everyone!

I'm happy to share the Framework Quilt tutorial. This quilt is perfect for the soft winter breeze that is already peaking through the trees, but that still allows us to enjoy some time outdoors.

How about this quilt + a good read (any suggestions?) + a cup of tea?

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Finished Size: 60” x 80”

Block size: 10”

Fabric Requirements:

A) SBK-37209 3 YD

-          Twenty-four (24) 12¾”  squares (cut them diagonally)

B) SBK-37208 5/8 YD

-          Seven (7) 9” squares (cut them diagonally)

C) SBK-47203 7/8 YD

-          Eleven (11) 9” squares (cut them diagonally)

D) SBK-47208 1 YD

-          Forty-eight (48) 5” squares

E) SBK-47205 5/8 YD

-          Forty-eight (48) 3¾” squares

F) SBK-37203 5/8 YD

-          Six (6) 9” squares (cut them diagonally)

 

Instructions:

Take one 12¾” HST from fabric A and lay it on a flat surface as shown in the diagram below, measure from the bottom right corner 5¾” in towards the left side.

Mark the measurement using a fabric erasable market.

Take a 5” square from fabric D and place the bottom right corner of it just above the mark previously made align it and using the erasable market trace a diagonal line going from bottom left corner to top left corner, stitch on top of the drawn line.

Using the rotary cutter and a ruler trim the excess fabric. Press and open up the piece.

Diagram-1Now take a HTS from fabric B and align the longest side at the centre with the longest side of the initial triangle. Press open.

Diagram-2Take one 3¾” square from fabric E and place it on top of the piece that is already made, align square E to the right top corner making sure that it is aligned to the top and right edges of the large piece.

Using the erasable market trace a diagonal line from bottom right corner to top left corner. Stitch on top of the line, trim excess fabric and press open.

Diagram-3Repeat this block seven times.

You will be repeating this block again two times but this time replace fabric B for fabric C and make eleven blocks with this combination, and also replace fabric B for fabric F and make it six times.

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At this point you are done with half of the blocks that need to make this quilt top

Now, you will be constructing the same block following exactly the same previous steps, BUT this time you will do it backwards to mirror the block (follow the diagram below).

Make the same amount of blocks as you made before for each combination.

Diagram-5You should end up with a total of forty-eight blocks. Get ready to start sewing the blocks together.

Follow the quilt picture for block placement:

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I hope you enjoy making this, and please comment with any thoughts.

Sew on!

Lauv


Discover your inner Artisan + Giveaway!

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Hey fabric lovers, 

This week has been full of surprises and we wouldn't have it any other way! This time we are delighted to present, Artisan by Pat Bravo (fun fact: this is Pat's 34th collection for AGF, how awesome is that?!!) Pat created this collection with the intention to honor and celebrate the passion of all crafters with a bohemian air. It originated as an expression of the heart of the maker and their objects created. It's full of un-styled designs etching florals, wood carving and denim rustic textures.ArtGalleryFabrics_Artisan_Quilt2_4

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We had so much fun shooting this collection; the location complemented it very well with wooden floors, chimney and colorful spaces. Take a look at the Artisan Lookbook we have put together for you, remember some projects have patterns + instructions. Feel free to share your projects with us. (WE LOVE TO SEE THEM!)   Click here to explore the Lookbook.

 

How gorgeous is the "Heirloom" pattern?! Did I mention it's a FREE QUILT PATTERN??? Feel free to share it with all of your quilting friends.

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(Check out our other free patternshere.)

WIN THIS FAT QUARTER BUNDLE!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Gay G" on your Artisan Bundle! 
Check your email. 

You can enter the giveaway by simply following these steps:

1) Browsing the Artisan lookbook

2) Leaving a comment below with the project you would like to make

Giveaway ends Sept 14th at 3:00pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Welcome Maureen Cracknell as a Licensed Art Gallery Fabrics Designer.

Hello everyone! 

Hope you all are doing great! As you might have noticed this week has been full of surprises. (There are more coming! EEEK!) The AGF family is growing and we are over the moon about it (read more about our new limited edition designer here). Today we are honored to welcome Maureen Cracknell as a licensed Art Gallery Fabrics designer. Her first collection "Wild & Free" had such a great response from all of you, we just had to bring her in for more!

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Just a little over four years ago she started sewing and blogging at Maureen Cracknell Handmade; a simple, positive, and creative blog where she loves to share her projects, fabric stashes, sewing, and special family moments. If you haven't seen her blog yet, it's definitely a beautiful source of inspiration.

We can't wait to show you the beautiful prints that Maureen created for her new collection. Stay tuned for more!

 

Until next time,

Gabs

 

 

 


Happy Sewing Month

Hello makers of the world!

Can you believe it’s already September? (The year is flying by...) And we are super pumped about it, because it’s SEWING MONTH! (Even though, its sewing month every month, am I right?)  Anyways, we wanted to celebrate the art of sewing (we all love so much) BUT also celebrate YOU, the people who keep it alive!

We get such a joy every time when we scroll down in our feed (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter ) and we see all of your beautiful projects! (Even the “work in progress” ones) It make us so proud to always be able to encourage you to create in some way or another. This is why we wanted to spend the WHOLE MONTH bringing you tons of inspirational projects, from various bloggers, pattern makers, and talented sewists! Some might even have patterns + instructions! How exciting is this?!!  

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Stay tuned for more in all our social media outlets and don’t feel shy! Do a little selfish sewing and share it using #AGFsewingMonth. Can’t wait to see what you all create!

Happy sewing month everyone!

 

Gabs