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News from the British Craft Awards

Hi there, sewing friends!

Today, I’m here to tell you THANK YOU for all the support you give us. Everyday, the AGF team is motivated to bring you the most beautiful fabrics and much more! With that said, a few months ago we shared the good news that we were nominated for the British Craft Awards in the Sewing and Quilting Brand of the Year category.

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This news had us over the moon! All of you wonderful makers had the chance to vote for us and guess what?! We’re happy to share that we were the Runner Ups for Brand of the Year! This was possible because of all your support. We couldn’t be happier and we are motivated to keep working hard to be the Brand of the Year for 2018.

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If you have any suggestions for things we can improve to reach our goal, let me know in the comments.

 

Thanks for always inspiring us!


Stephanie


How to sew a bunny bib? - Sew Crafty Easter sewing tutorial

Hello all makers!

Today I have s special project to share with you. Have you been following our Sew Crafty video series? I hope you have! If not you must catch up quickly! ;) In this video-tutorial I want to inspire you to make a cute bunny bib. I find this project just perfect! And here is why...

First of all I am a total bunny lover (read freak)! 2 years ago I found in the park a little black bunny, I took him home and he became an awesome part of my family. Spock - that's his name - is the most adorable little, fluffy, happy pet you can imagine. ;) <3

Around Easter time people very often buy bunnies for their kids. Unfortunately kids get bored quickly or simply don't know how to take a proper care of their rabbits. As a result lots of bunnies are being dumped in the parks after Easter. :( It's so sad, but it happens! So if you'll ever want to have a bunny, consider adopting one from local shelter. There is thousands of bunnies that need a loving home!


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Ok! coming back to the project and why I find it so perfect. ;) Well, of course Easter is coming and this project is just ideal for this time of the year. It would make a perfect gift for a baby girl (or if you want to make it for a boy, just skip the fussy cut flower part in the video) ;)

Last but not least I am mommy-to-be and I made this project thinking of my little girl. What an awesome feeling it was to make something for her already, and imagine how cute she's going to look wearing this bib! <3 <3

I used fabrics from Bountiful collection by Sharon Holland and I simply love how they coordinate with each other. To download bunny bib pattern click here.

I hope you will enjoy this quick tutorial...

 

 

 

Happy Sewing!

Ola

 


Free Quilt Patterns Featuring Capsules by AGF

Hey there, makers!

I hope you’re having a fabulous day! Have you had a chance to flip through the Capsules look book? It’s filled with tons of projects for any style and occasion. As you probably know, our Capsules consist of four bite-sized collections with 10 prints. Each collection brings together timeless textile trends with an AGF twist! We’ve experimented with classic plaid prints, bold geometrics, edgy typography, and even showed off a new take on low-volume fabrics.

And as always, with each print that was developed we kept our love for quilting in mind. Check out some of the free quilt patterns made with each Capsule. Feel free (no pun intended) to download all of them!

Capsules graphic 2If you’re looking for an even bigger dose of inspiration, watch this video filled with tons of projects and the full range of fabrics.

We hope you’re loving Capsules by AGF as much as we are!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie


6 Garment Patterns Made with Canvas Fabric

Hello Hello!

If you have been following along, I started talking about the different substrates we carry and their weights. Today I wanted to let you know that you can make GARMENTS with canvas fabric! Sometimes, you limit yourself to make garments with the substrates you know but you can make cute things with Canvas too. It's sturdy enough to give shape to jackets, skirts or even pants but at the same time is VERY soft! I encourage you to try it out, you'll have lots of fun sewing with Canvas fabric.

Now, Let's take a look at these 6 fashionable patterns!

Canvas clothing

1- New Look Pattern 6231 by Simplicity

   Featuring Hello Ollie fabrics by Bonnie Christine

2- Chataine Shorts by Deer and Doe

    Featuring: Heart Melodies fabrics by AGF Studio

3- Shorts by Burda Style
    Featuring: Hello Bear fabrics by Bonnie Christine

4- Lourdes Cropped Jacket by Named Clothing

    Featuring: Joie De Vivre fabrics by Bari J

5- Dress and Belt by Butterick

    Featuring: Artisan Fabrics by Pat Bravo

6- Crease Capris & Pants by Vogue Patterns

   Featuring: Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard

 

If you make projects using our Canvas fabric, feel free to share them with us using the hashtag #ArtGalleryFabrics and #AGFMakersSpotlight for a chance to be featured on our Instagram and blog!

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!

-Carolina


Win fabrics with our new quilt challenge!

Hey there, makers!

How’s spring treating you so far? The weather is getting warmer, the flowers have starting to bloom, and it’s time to start sewing with all the bright fabrics from your stash! If you’re looking to make a new quilt this season and would like to win some fabrics, we have a new challenge for you!

Get ready to join the “Bring the Joy with Here Comes the Fun” Modern Quilt Challenge! Some time ago, we introduced this challenge around the time of Quiltcon since we were inspired by all the quilts that were on display at the show. We chose Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline because it is all about happy lyrics and the beautiful art that fills many cities combined with fun designs, so we thought it would be great for making bright modern quilts. Plus, the colors of this collection are great for spring!

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If you’re excited to make a new quilt and win some fabrics, check out how you can be part of this challenge. 😉

If you would like to participate in this challenge, you will need to make a 40” x 60” modern quilt (or larger) that is made mostly with Here Comes the Fun Fabrics by Sew Caroline. You may mix and match blenders/ solids into your quilt as long as they are from AGF (the whole quilt must be made with AGF to be considered).

And yes, you are allowed to use a pre-made quilt pattern. When coming up with your design, think color blocking, negative space, geometric designs, etc. If you are stuck we have prepared a Pinterest board for you to get some inspiration. You have full creative freedom and “modern” is open to interpretation, so let your creativity guide you!

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Check out the Look Book for inspiration too!


Submissions:

You can submit a hi-res image of your quilt to marketing@artgalleryfabrics.com with your name, the name of your quilt, and a description of your design. The images will be shared on a Pinterest board titled, “Here Comes the Fun Quilt Challenge” and people will be able to vote for their favorite quilts by pinning them. Submissions will be opened until May 31st.

Voting:

Voting on Pinterest will be open from June 1st to June 12th. The quilts with the most votes/pins will be the winners. We will announce three winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) on the blog and we will contact them personally by email.

Make sure to take bright, sharp, pretty pictures of your projects so that they can be showed off in the best way possible!

Now for the fun stuff… The prizes!

1st Place Prize

3 Fat quarter Bundles of Caroline’s collections (Bundles will be chosen at random)
2 yards of any Here Comes the Fun Knit (chosen at random)
2 yards of Let’s Chalk Joyful Rayon
1 Yard of Here Comes the Fun (C-69303)
2 of Sew Caroline’s patterns
Sewing Inspired Mug designed by Sew Caroline

2nd Place Prize

2 Fat quarter Bundles of Caroline’s collections (Bundles will be chosen at random)
2 yards of Let’s Chalk Joyful Rayon
1 of Sew Caroline’s patterns of your choice
Sewing Inspired Mug designed by Sew Caroline

3rd Place Prize

1 Fat quarter Bundle from one of Caroline’s collections (Bundle will be chosen at random)
2 yards of Let’s Chalk Joyful Rayon
Sewing Inspired Mug designed by Sew Caroline

We hope you’re excited to join this quilt challenge! Make sure to use the hashtag #HereComestheFunChallenge when posting on social media.

Happy Quilting!

-Stephanie

P.S. Here is a re-cap of all the dates and a few disclaimers. Feel free to download the full set of the contest guidelines for you to review and keep.

Deadlines:

Submit quilts to marketing@artgalleryfabrics.com

Submissions opened until May 31st  Anything sent after this time period is not eligible to compete.

Public voting will be open from June 1st to June 12th.       

Winners will be announced on June 13th here on the blog.


Disclaimer(s):

-All fabrics used for your project must be AGF
-You can mix and match with other AGF prints and\or blenders, but the majority of the fabric in your project should be Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline.
-Open to those in the U.S only.
-Shop owners are not eligible to compete. (This includes online e-commerce shops and Etsy shops)
-If you are a blogger who participated in a previous AGF blog tour with this collection or contributed to the look book, you are not allowed to submit the same project.


Choosing the perfect fabric print for your project - New feature on AGF website

Hola, All makers!

As you know, here at Art Gallery Fabric we are here to help you make your creative process as easy and enjoyable as possible. And a huge part of that process is choosing the right fabric print for your creative projects.

Well, this task is not always as easy as it seems. You have to choose the right color, and scale of the print. Also if you want to add blenders to your project you may struggle with choosing the right ones.

With the new feature on the website choosing the right fabric it’s no more a struggle :)

Simply click on the print and see examples of projects you can make with it. Also browse through the blenders that match perfectly the print of your choice.

Watch the video to see how to take advantage of the new feature on the AGF website and have fun choosing your favorite prints and blenders for your next creative projects!

 

 

 

 

Let us know in comments if the new feature is helpful for you:)

Happy Sewing

Ola


5 bag patterns you will love made with Canvas fabric!

As a woman, you can never have enough bags. There's always going to be a prettier bag than the one that you have. Am I right? Well, I would like to help you solve that little problem! I gathered 6 bag patterns for you to make at home. Isn't that GREAT? Haha, well... for me it is, because I LOOOVE handmade handbags especially when there's tons of pretty fabrics to choose from. My favorite thing about making my own bag is that I can add my personal touch to give that "unique" feel to it. 

These 5 bag pattern I found, where all made with AGF Canvas fabric which in my opinion is great to make bags, clutches, backpacks, home decor, upholstery and even clothing! If you haven't tried our Canvas fabric yet, I encourage you to do it. Why? Because you will really feel the difference when sewing with this 100% premium cotton substrate :) and because it's soft yet at the same time sturdy enough to make all the projects I mentioned before. 

Let's take a look at these cute bags!

6 bag patterns you will love

What did you think? Feel free to download the patterns to these bag and do a little selfish sewing.

1- Easy tote bag tutorial - you can find the pattern here.

    Featuring: Garden Dreamer fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

    Print: Moment in time dim (canvas)

2- 1192 Cali Foldover Bakcpack - you can find the pattern here

    Featuring: Here Comes the Fun fabrics by Caroline Hulse (sew caroline)

    Print: Block Stencils Pop (canvas)

3- Timber Mosaic Bag - you can find the pattern here

     Featuring: Fleet and Flourish fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

     Print: Roadside Guides Opal (canvas)

4- Study Haul  - you can fin the pattern here

    Featuring: Sketchbook fabrics by Sharon Holland

    Print: Ink Outburst (canvas)

5- Pool Side Tote-  you can find the pattern here 

    Featuring: Boardwalk Delight fabrics by Dana Willard

    Print: Soda Straws

Well my crafty friends, I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you make some projects with Canvas fabric don't hesitate to share them on social media by using the hashtag #ArtGalleryFabrics and #AGFMakerSpotlight for a chance to be featured on our instagram and blog! 

 

Talk to you soon,

Carolina

 


Quilting for Beginners: Disappearing Four Patch Block Tutorial

Hello sewing friends, 

Have you checked out the new Capsules lookbook yet? If you haven't you are in for a real treat! Capsules fabric collection consist of four bite size fabric collections that are so much fun! For this collection I thought making a Disappearing Four Patch block would be perfect! It was so much fun mixing the prints with solids from our pure elements and our yarn dyed fabrics

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This block is a pretty quick sew and the steps are so easy! So if you are new to quilting this is a great block to try out! Click on the video below to follow along or click here for the written instructions! 

 

 

 

Looking for more quilt block video tutorials? Click here to explore! 

Comment below and let me know what quilt block tutorials you would like to see next! 

Stay tuned for the next addition to our quilt block collection featuring Fusions by AGF!

Happy Sewing,

Melissa  

 


The Capsules look book is out!

Hello, hello fabric friends!

Today, is a very special day because it’s the big release of our Capsules bite-sized collections! Each collection that’s part of Capsules contains ten prints arranged in unique themes that are ideal for modern sewing projects. Our vision for these bite-sized collections was to bring together the newest and timeless textile trends that would work well in a variety of projects.

Our Capsules Collections Consist of:

Mad Plaid | The reinvention of classic plaid patterns with an AGF twist that will give any project a trendy look.

Mad Plaid collage template

Lower the Volume | This range is a fresh take on neutrals consisting of light gray, off-white, and ivory enhanced by subtle designs.

Lower the Volume collage

Letters | This bite-size collection is an expressive take on language and romance through unique typography and loving phrases.

Letters collage

Take Shape | Modernist sewing just got better with Take Shape. This rage consists of bold geometrics against a minimal color palette.

Take Shape Collage

Ok, so now that you got a glimpse of all of the Capsules you have to check out the look book! Flip through these amazing pages and let the inspiration flow…

 

Inspired to make a few quilts? Well, make sure to download the four FREE QUILT PATTERNS that match each of the collections.

Capsules Product Inspiration Quilts 1

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Last but not least, enter the giveaway for a chance to win all of the Capsules collections. Yay! Simply fill out the form below. The giveaway ends March 27th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

Giveaway capsules

I hope you’re feeling inspired to create all kind of projects with Capsules!

 

Happy sewing!

Stephanie

 

 

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Congratulations Jane Hawthorne you have won a fat quarter bundles of our Capsule collections. Check your email! :)


National Quilting Day 2017

Hey there, quilty friends!

Did you know that March 18th is National Quilting Day? Yes, you read that right! This is an important day for all of us quilting enthusiasts! In 1991, the National Quilt Association declared this special day to inspire people to take on this beautiful craft and to encourage makers to share their love for quilting with everyone. Every year this day takes place on the third Saturday of March and this year it's March 18th.

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So, in the spirit of all things quilting, here are a few fun facts about quilts!

 

  • The word "quilt" comes from the Latin word culcita which means a stuffed sack, but it was adapted to the English language from the French word cuilte.

  • During American Colonial times, quilts were know to be predominantly wholecloth quilts. Later on, pieced and applique quilts began to appear between the 1170-1800 period.

 

During the late 20th Century, art quilts began to gain popularity for their aesthetic and artistic qualities rather than for functionality. These quilts were hung on walls rather than used on beds.

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For more fun facts, check out this awesome blog post my friend Caro made (psst, you can pin the graphic). I hope you’re excited to celebrate National Quilting Day! Grab your friends and start a new quilt from one of our free patterns, work on your UFO’s, and make sure to visit your local quilt shop to see how they’re celebrating. 😉

Happy Quilting!

-Stephanie

 

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