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December 2015

AGF Stitched with Kimberly featuring Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi.

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Happy Monday everybody!

We hope you had a happy holiday (and break, for those who were off)! Before the year ends we wanted to do one more episode of AGF Stitched with Kimberly (click here to find more info of this collab with Fat Quarter Shop). As you might know, we released our latest Limited Edition collection, Paperie by Ami Sinibaldi and we couldn't resist to use it on a project almost immediately. If you love sewing half square and corner square triangles, then this is the quilt for you!  Header

Locket-Quilt

Enjoy this step by step video tutorial on how to make the Locket quilt by Kimberly. Ready to sew your Locket quilt? 

If you love it as much as we do, Fat Quarter Shop has the complete Locket 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:

Natalia of Piece N Quilt
Caroline of Sew Caroline
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Angie of Gnome Angel
Jane of Quilt Jane
Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon
Christina of Sometimes Crafter

Share this project with all your quilting friends and let us know what you thought of the #LocketQuilt. Stay tuned for the next video tutorial. Enjoy your week and Happy New Year!

Until next time,

Gabs.


Avantgarde Fabrics/Segments Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Fabric Lovers, 

How is all the holiday gift making going? I am almost finished with all of my gifts for family and friends and can't wait to be home in Minnesota for the holidays! Nothing like being surrounded by family and friends! For those of you who have no idea what to make that certain someone, might I suggest a table runner! Lately I been sewing with Avantgarde fabrics designed by Katarina Roccella and came up with a great project called  Segments, a table runner exploding with color! I love the jewel toned colors in her collection and the painterly backgrounds. Segments is made entirely out of strips of varies widths and lengths, which makes for perfect assembly for the last minute gift givers! We are currently in the process of creating a wonderful Fabric Product Catalog for Advantgarde and I can't wait for you to see it! It's full of amazing projects and inspirations! Click here to look at all of our Product Catalog's for our previous fabric collections! 

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Here is what you need to get started: 

Fabric Requirements


Fabric A- AVG- 28907- Fat Quarter
Fabric B-AVG-28910- Fat Quarter
Fabric C-AVG-18904 - Fat Quarter
Fabric D- AVG-28901- Fat Quarter
Fabric E-AVG-18901- Fat Quarter
Fabric F-AVG-18906- Fat Quarter
Fabric G-AVG-18903- Fat Quarter
Fabric H-AVG-18910- 1/3 yd.
Binding-Fabric H- Included- 152” long-approx. - 4 strips
Backing- AVG-18912- 1 yd.

Cutting Directions

Each piece has 1/4" seam allowance.


Two (2) 3 1/2” x 14 1/2” strips from Fabric A, C, E, and G
One (1) 2 1/2” x 9 1/2” strips from Fabric A, C, E, and G
One (1) 4” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric A, C, E, and G
Two (2) 1 1/2” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric A, C, E, and G
One (1) 1 1/2” x 3 1/2” strips from Fabric A, C, E, and G
One (1) 4” x 9 1/2” strips from Fabric B, D,F,and H
Two (2) 2 1/2” x 9” strips from Fabric B, D,F,and H
One (1) 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” strips from Fabric B, D,F,and H
Two (2) 1 1/2” x 3 1/2” strips from Fabric B, D,F,and H

 

Block Construction 

Sew two 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”  strips from Fabric B to each side of a 1 1/2” x 3  1/2” strip from Fabric A.  (Diagram 1)  

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Take a 2 1/2” x 3 1/2”  strip from Fabric B and sew it to the top of your piece made in Diagram 1. (Diagram 2) 

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Next sew two 1 1/2” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric A to each side of the piece made in Diagram 2. (Diagram 3)  

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Sew a 4” x 5 1/2” strip to the top of the piece created in Diagram 3. (Diagram 4) 

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Sew two 2 1/2” x 9” strips from Fabric B to each side of the piece created in Diagram 4. (Diagram 5)   

 

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Sew a 4” x 9 1/2” strip from Fabric B to the top of the piece created in Diagram 5. (Diagram 6) 

 

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Sew a 2 1/2” x 9 1/2”- strip from Fabric A to the top of the piece created in Diagram 6. (Diagram 7)

 

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Sew two 3 1/2” X 14 1/2” strips from Fabric A  to each side of the piece created in Diagram 7. (Diagram 8) 

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You should now have a piece that looks like Diagram 9. Repeat the same process in Diagram 1 -8 with the remaining fabric pieces to create three more pieces that look like Diagram 9. Sew pieces together following table runner illustration 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 Fabric H to make a final strip of 152” 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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Good luck with all your last minute gift making! I wish everyone a safe and happy holidays! Stay tuned for the release of the Avantgarde Fabric Project Catalog! 

 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa 

 

 

 


Handmade Gifts & AGF Gift Tags

Hey everyone!

Do you hear that? It’s the roar of our sewing machines going at full speed as we finish last minute gifts for our love ones. We know this time of year can be hectic with tons to do and creativity running at full speed. For this reason, we’ve prepared a few things that will make the holiday season a bit easier…at least when it comes to choosing last minute presents.

We all have friends and loved ones with different styles and we want them to love every bit of their handmade gifts. Here are a few projects that are simple, useful, and have FREE PATTERNS! They’re sure to impress all of your crafty friends. Enjoy!

For the student:

A girl can never have enough bags, and these are spacious enough to store tons of books, journals, and even lunch!

Holiday handbags

  1. Pack the Back | Made with Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine
  2. Blank Pages Messenger Bag | Made with Sketchbook by Sharon Holland
  3. Desert Fringe Bag | Made with Bound By April Rhodes
  4. Milla Bag | Made with Millie Fleur by Bari J.

For the fashionista:

These accessories will make your friends’ outfits stand out in any crowd. People are sure to ask,“Where did you get that…?”

Fashion accessories

  1. Pastiche Tote | Made with Artisan by Pat Bravo
  2. Sparkle Dress | Made with Wild & Free by Maureen Cracknell
  3. Petalums Headwrap | Made with Winged by Bonnie Christine
  4. Belts & Buckles | Made with Indelible by Katarina Roccella

For the decorator:

It’s always fun to add a little pop of color to your home décor! These accessories for the home are stylish yet functional and customizable to fit anyone’s style.

Home decor patterns

  1. Trail & Travels Table Runner | Made with Wanderer by April Rhodes
  2. Confection Kitchen Set | Made with Rapture (Fabric collection and tutorial by Pat Bravo)
  3. Grocery Bag Holder | Made with Color me Retro (Fabric collection and tutorial by Jeni Baker)
  4. Straight Up Down Pillow | Made with Emmy Grace by Bari J.

All of these projects are great gift options and you can make them even more special with AGF Gift Tags! The AGF graphic design team has prepared lovely printable gift tags featuring some prints from our fabric designers to add the finishing touches to all of your gifts. Download, print, cut, and personalize away!

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To download the tags, click on the links to view the options we’ve prepared for you.

Option I- (Mixed Tags)

Option II- (Bound)

Option III- (Wonderland)

Option IV- (Fleet & Flourish)

As always, thanks for inspiring and stay creative!

Happy Holidays!

Stephanie


Let Your Spirit Run Free with Fleet & Flourish

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Hey everyone, 

Happy Wednesday! Our favorite moment of the week is here, a.k.a time to release a new collection! We are ecstatic to present Fleet and Flourish by Maureen Cracknell. YAY! As you all know, Maureen Cracknell started as one of our Limited Edition Designers, and is now presenting her second collection, Fleet and Flourish as our newest licensed AGF designer. This collection is filled with bold colored florals and soft graphic designs, a must-have for the modern day bohemian.

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Let your spirit run free with this beautiful bohemian collection and find all the inspirational projects we have made for you. Remember, most of the projects have links to patterns or tutorials. Enjoy!

 

Don't forget to make your own version of this "Instinct Paths" quilt with the free pattern available in the lookbook. It's sure to make any room feel cozier!

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Mix and match this collection with some AGF Elements to add the finishing touches to any project.

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WIN this fat quarter bundle and do a little selfish sewing or make a few things for your love ones. 

Fleet and Flourish Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Tonia Jeffrey" on winning the Fleet & Flourish Bundle! 
Check your email.

 

You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

  • Browsing the Fleet and Flourish's lookbook.
  • Leaving a comment below with the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends December 23rd 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

 

FLORICA Table Runner / Let's Gather & Share

Preparing for the holidays is both fun and intense, isn't it?

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It's been some time since I posted a tutorial, so I made this table runner with Fleet & Flourish by Maureen Cracknell. I was drawn by the always inspiring idea of complete freedom of spirit, beautifully crafted and organic meals, and of course taking the time to gather around the table and share time with one another. This is also a simple and pretty gift idea.

Although I love intricate piecing, my approach to quilting has always been simple and beginner friendly. As I know that even after about five years in the industry, my piecing and quilting skills are still at beginner stage. There's also something calming about being able to take control of a project in its entirety.

FINISHED SIZE: 18" x 42"

For this table runner you will need:

  • (one) FQ of FLO-9126 Fabric A
  • (one) FQ of FLO-8120 Fabric B
  • 1/2 yd of FLO-8126 Fabric C
  • (one) FQ of FLO-8127 Fabric D
  • (one) FQ of FLO-8129 Fabric E
  • 1 yd of lace trim of your choice (cut in half)
  • 5/8 yd for backing (I chose FLO-9126)

CUTTING

Fabric A

(2) 4.5" x 19.5"

Fabric B

(2) 4.5" x 19.5"

(1) 6" x 19.5"

Fabric C

(2) 2.5" x 19.5"

(2) 2" x 19.5"

(4) 5 7/8" squares subcut them diagonally

Fabric D

(2) 3 3/4" x 19.5"

Fabric E

(4) 5 7/8" squares subcut them diagonally

CONSTRUCTION

1. Grab the HST from fabrics C & E and combine them to make 8 HST triangle units. Take 2 of those units and cut them in half vertically:

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2. Create the HST rows following the diagram, sew those together first, and then arrange ALL the strips and sew them together. Align each at the centre, pin and sew.

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After your top is done, quilt as desired, I did some straight-line quilting on the beige fabric using decorative stitches in delicate motifs.

-Instead of binding this table runner, I finished the edges using a traditional pillow case technique, and I added the lace trim to the short edges to the table runner.

-Sandwich the lace trim in between the top and the backing making sure that a) the fabrics are right sides together, and b) the lace is facing in from the short seam, and is slightly inward from the side/long seams so that you won't catch it when you sew on the sides.

-Start sewing around the centre of one of the long sides of the table runner. Sew all around (backstitch and both beginning and end), and leave an opening of about 5" so that you can flip the table runner inside out. 

-I find it that it's best to trim the corners before flipping the table runner for smoother corners, just make sure you don't cut too close to the seam.

-After you carefully flip the piece, close it by hand with an invisible stitch.Diagram-3

 You are done, enjoy & have a great holiday season!

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Rock'n'sew,

Lauv


Sew a Beautiful Story with Paperie

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Hi everyone! 

It's Monday again, and that could only mean we are ready for another release (insert cheers here)! This time, we are over the moon to present our Limited Edition Designer, Amy Sinibaldi, and her collection Paperie. Amy's love for books comes to life with subtle colors and delicate designs. Get ready to sew a beautiful story with Paperie.

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Find all the inspirational projects we have made with this delicate collection, just for you! Don't forget that most of the projects have a link to the pattern or tutorial. Enjoy! 

 

 

 

Snag this free "Book Ends" quilt pattern and like always, feel free to share this and others FREE quilt patterns with all of your quilting friends.

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Mix and match this sweet and delicate collection with some AGF Elements.

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Win this fat quarter bundle (plus, 1 yard of the panel print) and make some of the projects from the lookbook. 

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| Giveaway Closed |  

CONGRATULATIONS to "Doreen" on your Paperie Bundle! 
Check your email.

 

You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

  • Browsing the Paperie's lookbook
  • Leaving a comment below with the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends December 14th 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


Paperie Fabrics: Elise Bag Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

How is the holiday season treating you? Need any fun gift ideas? Well I have a great tutorial for you that is a perfect gift giving item! It's called the Elise Bag made with Paperie fabrics. This collection is soft, romantic and mix and matches well with our pure elements. The Elise bag is a perfect size bag that any one would love to receive and the best part is it's fast and easy to make. The patchwork in front and back of the bag and the quilted handles add the right amount of detail that play back perfectly with the essence of the fabric collection. 

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 Here is what you need to get started: 

Fabric Requirements

Fabric A- PPE-347- 3/8 yd.
Fabric B- PPE-346- Fat Eighth
Fabric C- PPE-344- Fat Eighth
Fabric D-PPE-345- Fat Eighth
Fabric E-PPE-341- Fat Eighth
Fabric F- PE-451-3/8 yd.
Fabric G- PE-420- Fat Eighth
Fabric H-PE-452- Fat Eighth
Fabric I-PE-426- Fat Eighth
Fabric J-PE-410- Fat Eighth
Fabric K -SE-606- 5/8 yd.


Cutting Directions

Two (2) 3 1/2” x 16 1/2” strips from Fabric A and Fusible Fleece
Two (2) 7 1/2“ x 16 1/2”rectangles from Fabric A
Two (2) 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” squares from Fabric B,C,D,E,G,H,I,and J
Two (2) 4 1/2” x 31” strips from Fabric F and Fusible Fleece(Straps)
Two (2) 16 1/2” x 18 1/4” rectangles from Fabric K (Lining)

Additional Material

Fusible Fleece

Step 1:

  • Sew the following rows of 4 1/2” squares together following Diagram 1.
  • Sew row 1 and 2 together.
  • Repeat this step again with the other 4 1/2” squares.

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Step 2:

  • Sew a 7 1/2” x 16 1/2” to the bottom of the pieces made in Diagram 1. (Diagram 2)
  • Iron fusible fleece to back and front pieces made in Diagram 2. Quilt piece as desired.

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Step 3:

  • Take a 4 1/2” x 31” strip from Fabric F and iron fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric. Fold piece right sides together and sew the long sides of your piece.
  • Turn right side out using a safety pin to inch your way through. Press flat with seam in the center of your strap. (Diagram 3.1)
  • Quilt strap with straight lines 1/4” apart. (Diagram 3.2)
  • Repeat this process to get your other strap.

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Step 4:

  • Take end of straps and sew them 4 1/4” in from the sides of your front and back bag pieces. (Diagram 4)

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Step 5:

  • Take your 3 1/2” x 16 1/2” strips and iron fusible to the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Sew this piece right sides together to the top of your bag. (Diagram 5)

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Step 6:

  • Sew front and back bag right sides together as well as the two lining pieces at 1/2“ seam allowance.
  • We want to box the interior corners to get a really nice flat bottom on the bag; this way the bag will have more body.Take the exterior of the bag (wrong side out) and pinch apart the two layers of the bag to get a little triangle on one corner.
  • Flatten it down a little bit and make sure the top and bottom seams are lined up. Hold it tight. Place the bag flat on the table.
  • Take the acrylic ruler with the 45° angle and lay it on the corner so that the 45° line is right ­on the edge of the triangle corner. 
  • We want to do a 3” gusset for this bag, so draw a line 3" long (with the air-erasable marker) right across the bottom of the 45° corner.
  • Stitch on top of the marked line.
  • Trim excess fabric if desired, or leave it to add more body to the corner.
  • Repeat these steps for the other bag corner and for both lining corners as well.

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Step 7:

  • Place exterior of bag inside lining making sure right sides are touching and that the straps are out of the way.
  • Pin lining to the exterior of the bag and sew all the way around the top of your bag at 1/2" seam allowance.
  • Pull exterior of bag through the unsewn portion in the lining.
  • Handstitch or machine stitch unsewn portion and topstitch around the top of your tote at 1/4”.

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Enjoy making the Elise Bag and for more handmade gift ideas click here to view our Fabric Project Catalogs. 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa