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November 2015

The Timeless World of Millie Fleur by Bari J. + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! 

Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving (and break) surrounded by family and friends. We hope you are ready for our next collection release, Millie Fleur by Bari J. Bari continues to showcase her distinctive style, curated maximalism, with beautiful floral prints and hand painted designs. 

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This collection is overflowing with color, flowers, patterns, and pays tribute to the memory of Bari's grandmother, who inspired and influenced her design sense. Flip thru Millie Fleur's lookbook to find all the inspirational projects we have created for you. Remember some have links to patterns + instructions. Enjoy!

 

 

Fill your room with style, color, and elegance with this "Remembrance" quilt. This quilt’s modern design is sure to brighten any room with timeless florals and contrasting prints. Grab the free pattern here.

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Mix and match this collection's rich botanical feel with some AGF Elements.

 

Win this fat quarter bundle and make some of the projects from the lookbook.

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Ellen McKenna" on your Millie Fleur Bundle! 
Check your email. 

You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

Giveaways ends December 7th 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

 

 

 


Millie Fleur Fabrics: Enhearten Table Runner Tutorial

Hello fabric lovers,

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? I had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Minnesota with my family and couldn't be more thankful. Everyone ready for a little after Thanksgiving sewing!  I been working with Millie Fleur fabrics designed by Bari J and her collection is breathtaking with all of her beautiful floral prints and hand painted designs. I was inspired to design a table runner called Enhearten. It's an easy project to make that will add a perfect touch of floral and sophistication to any room you use it in. Let me show you what you need to get started. 

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 Fabric Requirements


Fabric A- MFL-11350- 1/4yd.
Fabric B-MFL-21356- 1/6 yd.
Fabric C-MFL-21360- 1/6 yd.
Fabric D-MFL-11354- 1/4 yd.
Fabric E-MFL-21357- 1/6 yd.
Fabric F-MFL-11351- 1/6 yd.
Fabric G- MFL-11360- 1/4yd.
Fabric H- MFL-11353- 1/6 yd.
Fabric I- MFL- 21354- 1/6 yd.
Binding- MFL-21353- 138” long approx. 4 strips - 1/6 yd.
Backing- MFL-21352 - 1 5/8 yds.

 

Cutting Directions

Eight (8)2 1/2” x 2 1/2” squares from Fabric A,B,D,E, G and H
Four (4) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares from Fabric A,C,D,F, G and I
Eight (8) 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric B,E,and H

 

Block Construction

Sew at 1/4" seam allowance. 

Step 1: Sew a 2 1/2” square from Fabric A to a 2 1/2” square from Fabric B and then sew it to a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric B. (Diagram 1.1) Repeat this same step again following Diagram 1.2.

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Diagram-1.2

 

Step 2: Sew a 4 1/2” square from Fabric A to the block made in Diagram 1.1. Next sew a 4 1/2” square from Fabric C to the block made in Diagram 1.2. (Diagram 2.1)
Sew the two pieces made in Diagram 2.1 together following Diagram 2.2. You will get a block that looks like Diagram 3.

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Diagram-2.2

Diagram-3

 

Step 3: Make another block like Diagram 3. Then make two more mirrored blocks. Place four blocks out following Diagram 4.1. Sew blocks together. (Diagram 4.1 and 4.2) You should get a finished block that looks like Diagram 5. Repeat this process with the remaining fabric pieces to get two more blocks. Sew the three blocks together following the table runner illustration as a guide. 

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Diagram-4.2

 

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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 MFL-21353 to make a final strip of 138" 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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Enjoy making the Enhearten table runner made with Millie Fleur fabrics. Please make sure to share all the wonderful things you make with AGF fabrics! We love to see all the creative projects you all come up with. 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa 

 

 

 


Be Bold with DARE by Pat Bravo. + Giveaway!

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Happy Wednesday! 

Hope everyone is doing great! We are happy to present the first collection of the season, Dare by Pat Bravo. This collection is decorated with pieces of Pop art and clean bold shapes. ArtGalleryFabrics_Wonderland_GirlDress_4Pat created an invitation for everyone to jump into building a life surrounded by beautiful flowers, geometrical designs and bold arrangements in distinct shades. Travel to Pat’s modern world and DARE to create your own.Art Gallery Fabrics_Dare_Pillow_3

Flip thru this fashion forward and edgy lookbook to find all the inspirational projects we have created for you, remember some have links to patterns + instructions. Enjoy!

 

Add this "Venture" quilt to your sewing bucket list! Did we mention is a free quilt pattern? Share it, with all of your quilting friends. (Ekkkk that quilting!)

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And because we can never have "too much" fabric, why not blend, mix and\or match this collection with some AGF ElementsDARE_BLENDERS_ART_GALLERY_FABRICS

Win this fat quarter bundle and make some of the projects from the lookbook.

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Janie " on your Dare Bundle! 
Check your email. 

You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

  • Browsing the Dare Lookbook
  • Leaving a comment below with the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends November 25th 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 Fall 2015 Fabric Collections Part #2

Hey everyone!

We are excited to present the 2nd part of our fall collections, including our newest substrate, Denim! You might have seen them during Quilt Market and\or in our re-caps, but we are excited to present the rest of the collections in their full glory.

(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!? Let's talk DENIM for a minute. This was the BUZZ during quilt market (Till this day) we worked very hard to reinvent the quintessential American fabric, with an awesome array of 25 new substrates. For the first time ever, we are bringing PRINTED DENIM to the sewing industry. (In stores JANUARY 2016, Ekkkkkk!) We can't wait to show you all the great things we have planned for all of these collections and especially, The Denim Studio.

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.

Until next time,

 Gabs

 

 


Enter the whimsical world of Wonderland by Katarina Roccella.... + Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! 

We are so excited to finally bring you Wonderland by Katarina Roccella. This collection is an illustrative, textured, and enchanted collection inspired by adventures with a balanced mixed of Katarina's drawings and prints. Inspired by the famous "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (I'm sure we can all relate to this classic, I use to always check the trees for Mr. Bunny. lol) 

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#WonderlandFabrics embodies the idea of growing up through the play and usage of imagination as essential in understanding the adult world, as well as reviewing our own identity in constant contact with other creatures and people.

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Flip thru this enchanted lookbook to find all the inspirational projects we have created for you, remember some have links to patterns + instructions. Enjoy!

 

 

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

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And because we can never have "too much" fabric, why not blend, mix and\or match this collection with some AGF Elements

Win this fat quarter bundle and make some of the projects from the lookbook.

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Elizabeth R" on your Wonderland Bundle! 
Check your email. 

You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

  • Browsing the Wonderland Lookbook.
  • Leaving a comment below with the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends November 18th 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


Bound To Create The Perfect Bag Challenge - WINNERS!

Hi everyone,

We hope you enjoyed your weekend and had a great time with family and friends!  Were you able to scratch something off your sewing list? (I've been working on sewing my own t-shirt, it's not going so great, but I’m determined to finish it. lol) Today, we are happy to announce the winners of the bound challenge! But before we do that, the whole AGF team would like to thank every single person who participated in the challenge! To the makers - We appreciate all the hard work and dedication you all put into your projects. In addition, THANK YOU to all the voters for picking the winners for us, because it would have been an extremely hard to make a decision. We just loved all the projects! Overall, we are extremely humbled and grateful by the response and definitely hope that you will continue to participate in future challenges.

3rd place goes to Tara with this two-sided, fold over pouch has a triaxial weave one one side and matchstick quilting on the other.

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2nd Place goes to Jenn R and her "GPS Weekender Bag". Jenn tell us "This challenge really sparked my creative flow" and we couldn't be happier. (we strive for moments\comments like these) 

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and on 1st place {insert drum rolls here!} goes to Joanna with her "The Weekender". Stay tuned for the special featured Joanna from ProjectFree2Fly.com will have in our blog.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!! 

A big THANK YOU to all the PARTICIPANTS for showing and conceptualizing your ideas into this fun challenge. We hope you all continue to participate

for the featured they will have in our blog. 

Until next time,

Gabs


AGF is Nominated for "Best Fabric Brand"

Hey beautiful makers!

Hope everyone is doing well and feeling more creative than ever. As you might already know, at AGF we love sharing good news with all of you. It’s like you’re that best friend that we share everything with! On that note, we want to let you in on something that we are super excited about. We are proud to announce that we have
been nominated for the 2015 Sew Magazine, British Sewing Awards! Yay (insert applause and cheers here)!

The nominations are chosen by the readers of Sew Magazine and we have been selected to be part of the “Best Fabric Brand” category. We are ecstatic about this nomination because amazing makers like yourself, have given us this opportunity. But the fun doesn’t stop there! If you agree with the readers that nominated us, feel free to cast your vote and make us the Best Fabric Brand of 2015. To make the British Sewing Awards even more exciting, Sew Magazine is hosting a GIVEAWAY. Once you submit your vote, you will be in the drawing to win £500 worth of sewing goodies from Sew Magazine! Yes, you read right, £500! This is over $750 worth of sewing goodies!

You can find voting forms in the November and December 2015 issues of Sew Magazine or you can vote online here. The voting period will close on Sunday, December 20th at midnight, so make sure to get your votes in, before time runs out!

As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring.

Happy Voting!

Stephanie

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2015 Fall Int'l Quilt Market Recap Pt. 3 [Sharon + Caroline + Bonnie + Bari J.]

Hi everyone, 

Welcome to our last recap of Fall Quilt Market. Imagine gentle beach breeze, the waves hitting your feet, and seashells glistening in the sun. Let these thoughts roam your mind as you sew with Coastline by Sharon Holland. A collection inspired by the sea and all of its beauty. In stores Jan 2016Sharon---Coastline

As you might all know, Caroline Hulse (AKA Sew Caroline) gave birth a few weeks ago and was with us in spirit during market. This collection inspired by innocence, a colorful imagination and artistic surroundings. Let your creative mind run free with Chalk and Paint. In stores Feb 2016

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Next in this recap, is Bonnie Christine with her Forest Floor collection (Bonnie also, gave birth to her sweet little Ollie Doe and couldn't make it to market this time around) Enter a whimsical world of wonders from the woods with this collection, it will ignite your curiosity for the forest and all of its natural beauty. Let the sewing adventures begin with Forest Floor! In stores Jan 2016

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Last, in our recap is the very artistic Bari J. with her Millie Fleur collection. This collection is overflowing with colors, flowers, and Bari's signature style. Get ready to be inspired with Millie Fleur. In stores Nov 2015

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From the whole AGF family we hope you enjoyed visiting, meeting, catching up with every single one of us at QM (and social media). We are definitely eager to start with the new collections and everything that comes with it. From designing and making inspirational projects, to creating lookbooks, tutorials, having collaborations and a few surprises along the way. We are extremely excited for what's coming during the next months. (Ekkkk Denim)

Meanwhile, enjoy this fun video we made for you all!!  

Thanks for your love towards fabrics and see you all next year in Salt Lake City!

XO

Gabs


2015 Fall Int'l Quilt Market Recap Pt. 2 [Pat Bravo + Maureen + Amy + Katarina]

Hey everyone,

I hope you enjoyed part one of our Quilt Market recap. We are ready to show you the first half of the designers and how they translated their collection (and inspiration) into their booth. First, in this recap is, Pat Bravo featuring one of her collection for this season, Dare. A collection decorated with pieces of Pop art and clean bold shapes. Do you Dare to be part of Pat's modern world? In stores now.

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As you all know, Maureen Cracknell started as one of our Limited Edition Designers, and is now presenting her second collection, Fleet and Flourish. A collection filled with bold colored florals and soft graphic designs. Let your spirit run free with this beautiful bohemian collection. In stores in December 2015.Maureen---fleet-&-flourish

The latest addition to the AGF gang is Amy Sinibaldi, and she delights us with her first love, books. Amy's love for books come to life with subtle colors and delicate designs. Get ready to sew a beautiful story with Paperie. In Stores Nov 2015

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And last in this recap, is Katarina Roccella presenting both of her latest collection. Avantgarde is a collection filled with geometric shapes and bold colors. We invite you to enter Katarina's artistic world inspired by the Avant Garde Art movement. In stores December 2015.

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Nina's second collection is Lavish. A collection filled with watercolor brushstrokes and an appreciation of the nearby flora, come together in beautiful colors inspired by the subject itself. Opulent, overflowing petals, stems, buds, and hidden berries make up this flower scented collection and release a fresh and fragrant aroma to delight the eye. In Stores April 2016

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We hope you enjoyed part 1 and 2 of the recap, stay tuned for part three next week, where we'll show you the rest of our designers and their beautiful booths. Feel free to leave us your comments and/or questions in the section below....

Until next time.

XO

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2015 Fall Int'l Quilt Market Recap Pt. 1 [AGF + Canvas + Denim]

Hi everyone! 

I hope you all are doing fantastic! We just came back from Fall quilt market, and let me tell you it was CRAZY! (and I'm not just talking about sample spree) We had so much fun, even when setting up our booth (minus the sweating LOL) It was so amazing to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, but more importantly (at least for me) putting faces to your usernames on social media (little inside story: i catch my self running up to a few people and saying "I KNOW YOU!" lol) Also, a big "THANK YOU!" to everybody that joined our periscope sessions and participated in the giveaways, the response we received was unbelievable and for that we are oh so, grateful! (Stay tuned for more periscopes to come, in the very near future!)AGF

Since you all love our fabrics so much, we thought it would a great idea to showcase bits and pieces of it with free styled hand drawn frames (all the girls had so much fun drawing these) pair with a bright background to complement each other. I can't tell you enough, the compliments we received for this "simple, yet fantastic" idea. Plus, it's so rewarding when your hard work is recognized! We are extremely thrilled to have won the best booth award for CREATIVITY!

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In addition, CANVAS had its own booth, and we went with a closet idea (well, that's where we keep our clothes, right? lol) because we want people to come out of their shell of canvas being an upholstery fabric, it is completely versatile and we want to encourage makers to use it on their garments. So, ladies adventure intto the AGF Canvas world. (and share it, we love to see all kinds of projects) 

  Denim

And last but not least, in this first recap is the Denim Studio by AGF, our newest substrates. This was the BUZZ during quilt market (Till this day)! It was extremely hard keeping it a secret for so long, from the moment we started this project we wanted to let you all know the GOOD news, but we thought what a better way to end the year than with a BANG! ( And i think we did it!) With our newest substrate, we aim to fulfill your desire for denim! We have been working very hard to reinvent the quintessential American fabric, with an awesome array of 25 new substrates. For the first time ever, we are bringing PRINTED DENIM to the sewing industry. (In stores JANUARY 2016, Ekkkkkk! ) 

We hope you enjoyed our first recap of Quilt Market. Stay tuned for more of tomorrow's tour where you'll get to see Pat's, Maureen, Amy, and Katerina's booth in full detail.

XO

Gabs