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6 Sewing Projects Made with Fuchsia Fabrics

Hellooo, fabulous makers!

Do you know what I love about spring? I love the fact that you wear bright colors without feeling obnoxious. You can justify your love for vibrant hues by saying you match the spring flowers, or because they make you happy. Regardless of what your reason to use bright colors is, I say embrace it! This is why for April’s color of the month we chose vibrant Fuchsia. This color is bold, happy, is a great accent to any project, and looks good on anyone!

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To give you a little inspiration of things you can make with Fuchsia, I’ve chosen some of my favorite  projects that you can make.

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Let’s check them out!

1. Quilted Heart Pillow

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To all the beginner sewists out there, one of the easiest projects you can start with is a small pillow. This heart shaped pillow made with the heart print (“Give Love”) from Letters fabrics is a great place to start. You can even quilt it for an extra touch of details!

2. Play the Moments Quilt

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For those of you who rather use this color as an accent, this quilt is perfect! The Play the Moments quilt made with Heart Melodies fabrics combines subtle pinks and neutrals with pops of fuchsia fabric for a unique touch without being overwhelming.

3. “Let’s Chalk Joyful” Trousers

Pink pants

If you like to be bold with your wardrobe, these bright trousers are a fun fashion accessory to have this season. The tapered look combined with the subtle hand drawn roses fabric print will have you making a statement anywhere you go.  

4. Jaimesyn Dress

Girl dress

This cutie was shared with us by Eleri from Sew and Tell Project. We love how she combined prints with fuchsia from Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard to make this cute dress. I bet any little girl in your family will look adorable with this dress.

5. Flounce Top

Pink shirt

Every girl needs that one tank that looks great for day and night outfits! After flipping through countless AGF look books, I think I found the one! This fuchsia flounce top made with this star burst print from Utopia Fabrics will look great with a light weight cardigan or a denim jacket.

6. DARE Pouch

Pink pouch

Last but not least, a girl always has to keep her make-up or sewing notions stored in a cute pouch! The best thing about this is that you’ll never lose this bag because of the bright print from DARE fabrics by Pat Bravo.

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So, what did you think? Is Fuschia your go-to color now? Feel free to let me know in the comments what you have made with this bright color.

 

Happy sewing!

Stephanie


Let's talk about Voile fabric!

Hello my fellow makers!

I hope you all are doing great! Lately, I've been focusing on talking more about the substrates we carry and the things you can do with them. If you have been following along I already talked about Canvas fabrics and some projects you can make with this substrate. Also, my friend Aleksandra shared a video of Mister Domestic in which he will give you some tips when sewing with canvas. Today, I will talk all about Voile fabric, give you some tips when sewing with this substrate and I will give you the links to some of my favorite patterns! 

So let's get started!

AGF Voile fabric characteristics:

  • Voile is a lightweight, semi-sheer, woven fabric that is 100% cotton. Voile tends to have a higher thread count and a tighter weave than most cotton fabrics, making it very soft and silky to the touch. This substrate is known for its light drape. Not only is it lightweight but breathable which makes it great for summer dresses, skirts, tops and more! 
  • Voile sometimes needs to be lined to make it wearable because it might get too transparent.
  • It doesn't stretch like other cotton fabrics and creases iron very nice.
  • It's recommended to sew with a size 9 needle if possible or the universal standard needle due to its tighter weave.
  • Cotton embroidery thread is perfect to use with this fine fabric.
  • French seams are always used for this type of fabric. Also, A serged finish is possible as well. Hems can be top stitched by machine or hand-rolled.

AGF Voile Care:

  • Wash warm, normal cycle.
  • Tumble dry low.
  • Use only non-chlorine bleach
  • Use warm iron.
  • A common question: "Should I pre-wash the fabric?" Pre-washing is up to you. Our fabrics shrinkage is minimal (about 3%).

Also, if you are interested in getting to know more about our fabrics weight and care, I would recommend you to check out a post I made a few weeks ago explaining all that! 

My favorite thing about Voile is its versatility. You can make things like chic scarves and free-flowing dresses.. Sweet camisoles and feather weight quilts. Well, with Voile possibilities are endless! I definitely encourage you to use voile fabric in your products! I am sure you will love it as much as I do. 

Here are some of the patterns used with Voile fabrics that have me wanting to sew something for me!

Voile patterns

 

1) 6208 Misses' Tunic by Butterick.

Featuring: Lagom fabrics by AGF Studio.

 Click here to find the pattern 

2)Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress by Burda Style.

Featuring: Observer Fabrics by April Rhodes.

Click here to find the pattern

3) Tie Neck Blouse by Burda Style.

Featuring: Hello Ollie Fabrics by Bonnie Christine.

Click here to find the pattern

4) Misses' Top by Simplicity NewLook

Featuring: Wonderful Things fabrics by Bonnie Christine.

Click here to find the pattern

5) Kimono Wrap Top by Rags to Couture

Featuring: Sage Fabrics by Bari J

Click here to find the pattern

6) Misses' Flared Skirts by Vogue Patterns

Featuring: Garden Dreamer fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

Click here to find the pattern

If you guys make some projects with Voile fabrics, don't forget to share them on social media with us by using the hashtag #AGFMakersSpolight for a chance to be featured on our Instagram and here on the blog! 

 

I hope you all enjoyed,

Carolina.

 


Easy Quilting Tutorial- Learn how to make a Jackknife Block

Hello Makers, 

The Bountiful lookbook just came out and I am loving everything about it! I grew up in Minnesota and this collection has me thinking of home. So with every new collection comes a new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! Join me in making a Jackknife block featuring Bountiful Fabrics! Learn some strip piecing fun and how to make hourglass blocks! This block is great for the fussy cutters out there! Looking for a way to get your hands on some Bountiful fabric? Click here to shop Bountiful fabrics

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Enjoy the video below! Let me know what you all think! Click here to download the written instructions! 

 

If you have any suggestions for future quilt block tutorials comment below the blog post! Click here for more free quilt patterns

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa 

 

 

 


Explore the Beauty of the Midwest with Bountiful Fabrics

Hello wonderful makers!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the beautiful landscapes that span across the US. To me it’s amazing how you can see deserts, plains, forests, and beaches in one country. Since I was born and raised in South Florida, it’s always fascinating to experience the unique landscapes that are outside of tropical Florida. One place that has been memorable to me has been the Midwest. The first time I was able to see the beauty of the vast mid-west countryside was during my plane trip to Minnesota for my first Quilt Market. From a bird’s eye view I could see little houses surrounded beautiful green land…

When I saw that our fabric designer Sharon Holland was releasing her new collection Bountiful, memories of the vast landscapes filled my mind. Bountiful is all about Sharon’s interpretation of the beauty of Midwest America. She uses earthy colors and various art techniques to create fresh prints that will remind you of a breezy walk through a prairie.

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What I love about this collection is that the subtle color palette is great for home décor and garments. I’m currently obsessed with the stylish Haymow Stack print!

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But enough of me talking... Let’s jump right into the Bountiful lookbook! It’s filled with amazing quilts, comfy garments, home décor essentials and best of all, an exclusive interview with Sharon! Flip through the pages and find out what inspired the world of Bountiful fabrics.

 

Make sure to download the “Raise the Roof” free quilt pattern so that you can play with all the yummy prints.

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If you’re curious to know what blenders coordinate with Bountiful, here’s a little guide of coordinating AGF Elements.

Bountiful Elements

Last but not least, add this bundle to your stash by entering our giveaway! Simply fill the form below to enter. The giveaway will end May 1st at 3:00pm. Good luck!

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We hope you love everything you can make with Bountiful fabrics by Sharon Holland. Stay tuned for the next release!

Till next time,

Stephanie

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED***

Congrats Kathy Palmer for winning the giveaway! Check your email.  

 

Sharon Holland Shares Inspiration For Bountiful Fabrics

Hey there, makers!

It’s been a busy week here at the AGF HQ! We’ve been diligently preparing for our next lookbook release. Can you guess what it is? If you thought of Bountiful by Sharon Holland you’re right! This collection has been so much fun to work with because Sharon has made us take a trip to the Midwest with the earthy prints in this collection.

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With every collection that our designers make, it’s always interesting to hear the stories that drive them to create their artistic bodies of work. We recently had the opportunity to meet with Sharon to talk about the inspiration behind her new fabric collection, Bountiful and we are blown away. I invite you, watch her interview and learn about the beautiful story behind Bountiful.

Isn’t it inspiring to know the thought process that went to every print?! I hope you’ve enjoyed this interview with Sharon Holland and that you’re excited to sew with Bountiful. Stay tuned for the Lookbook coming soon!

Happy sewing!

Stephanie


Mister Domestic's experience with AGF voile - Let's Talk Fabric by AGF

Hola all Makers!

I hope you have wonderful Spring so far and you are excited about all those flowy and light dresses you are going to sew this season!  Here at AGF HQ we want you to know as much of our fabric substrates as possible. Check out all the fabric types we carry. Today in our "Let's talk fabric series" Mister Domestic talks about Volie fabric - the substrate which is ideal for spring and summer sewing. 

If you want to know more about Voile, stay tuned  for the next blog post that Caro prepared for you. She will share with you all the tips on sewing with Voile and lots of patterns perfect for this airy fabric. For now enjoy the video of our Sewcialite Mister Domestic. I hope it will inspire you to make wonderful things with Voile!

 

 

If you are interested to see a ready project that Mister Domestic made with Voile - check out this cute dress he made with Playground Collection by Amy Sinibaldi.

Don't forget to check out our other "Let's talk fabrics" videos on AGF Youtube channel ;)

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Please let us know in comments if you have any questions about this substrate! We will be happy to answer to all of them.

 

Happy sewing :)

Ola

 


Exclusive Take Shape Quilt Featured in Modern Patchwork

Hey there quilty friends!

Today, I’m going to keep it short and simple but exciting. We recently received the May/June 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine and I’m happy to announce that AGF is being featured on the cover!

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This beautiful quilt made with Take Shape fabrics was designed here at the AGF Studio and we couldn’t be more excited to see it front and center. If this quilt is a must-have for your home, I encourage you to grab a copy of the magazine at your local bookstore/newsstand or on the Modern Patchwork website for the full tutorial. Plus, to alleviate the hassle of finding all the geometric fabrics in this quilt, our friends at Fat Quarter Shop will be offering a kit!

To purchase the kit, visit the Fat Quarter Shop website.

In addition to this great project, this issue of Modern Patchwork is all about Quiltcon. So if you’re curious to know what happened at this year’s show in Savannah, GA, this magazine has the whole scoop!

I hope you find tons of inspiration flipping through the pages of Modern Patchwork!

 

Happy reading and quilting!  

 -Stephanie


You can create many squares with just one Fat Quarter!

Hi makers!

Did you know that from just ONE FAT QUARTER you can create 99 squares? YEAH! 99 squares... With the excitement of making a new project, sometimes it's easy to just cut through the fabric and waste some of it. I can relate to this because when you are a beginner it's hard to pay attention to those little things. Before, the most important thing to me was just to cut and get the project done. Now, that I'm learning more and more about sewing and quilting I'm trying to be more careful about cutting in a way that the fabric will last longer.

Last week I was reading some articles and I stumbled upon one that explained how many squares you can cut from a fat quarter and I found it very very interesting. So I decided to make another little graphic for you to pin or save it to your computer! I hope you find it helpful and that you're able to maximize the times you can use your favorite prints.

Let's take a look: Fat quarter chart

Very cool and interesting, right?  If you guys have more ideas that I could make into graphics I would really love to read them! Let me know in the comments. ;)

I hope you all enjoyed,

Carolina.


Quilt Block Tutorial Time - Learn how to make a Spiderweb Block

Hi Everyone, 

I hope you had a great Easter! Hope you all had some time to relax with family and friends. It may be hard to get back into the swing of things this Monday after eating all that Easter candy but I am here to help you get motivated! If you haven't checked out the Fusions Lookbook yet it is filled with amazing projects like free quilts patterns, home decor, apparel, handbags, and so much more! Click here to flip through the pages for a little kick start to your week!

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Also it's time for another addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! Follow along with me and make a Spiderweb block of your own. This block is a great scrap buster and was so rewarding to make! It looks complicated and intricate but is beginner friendly! I loved using all four fusions to make my blocks. Each one has it's own personality and are so beautiful to look at!

Click the video below to make this quilt block! Click here for the written instructions! 

 

 

For more quilt block tutorials visit our youtube channel! Looking for some fun fabric to sew up this block click here to video some great fabric collections

 

Enjoy,

Melissa  

 

 


FUSIONS: A new way to sew with AGF!

Hello fabulous makers!

Today is an exciting day here at the AGF HQ because we finally get to show you the long awaited look book for our FUSIONS collections! In case you’re not familiar with this bite-size concept, let me tell you all about it. The collections that are part of FUSIONS consist of 10 prints from our AGF designers that have been curated into conceptual themes.

Each print that is selected for Fusions has been re-colored to coordinate with each theme. What’s beautiful about these collections is that it converges all the artistic styles our designers have to create unified works of art through the themes. We’re starting this concept with four collections (themes). In addition to the 10 cotton prints, each Fusion will have a rayon and 2 prints in knits.

To me it seems like each Fusion is a mini art exhibit that showcases many styles! But enough of me talking, let’s get the Fusions showcase going!

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Boho Fusion | This Fusion is for those sewist who are bold, free spirited, and love mixing unique patterns with bold colors! As you can see, this range combines lush florals and tribal inspired prints against a saturated backdrop for artsy sewing.

Boho collage template

Ethereal Fusion | For this Fusion we wanted to bring the essence of romance and sophistication through the use of delicate colors such as blush and periwinkle. Sweet hearts, classic florals, and low volume elements are put together to create a timeless and feminine aesthetic.

Ethereal collage template

Abloom Fusion | If you’re as obsessed with florals as we are, you’re going to fall in love with this Fusion. We have hand picked some of the most memorable AGF florals and we’ve given them a vibrant splash of color so that all your projects will bloom with beauty!

Abloom collage template

Joyful Fusion | Do you get joy from using fun prints and fresh colors? If yes, you’ll enjoy sewing with Joyful Fusions. We’ve paired trendy geometrics with cute flowers and colors such as tangerine, turquoise, and pink for a youthful selection of prints.

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So, what do you think? Wait a second… we have more to show you! Check out the lookbook for the full selection of projects we have made with FUSIONS.

 

AND… don’t forget to download all the FREE QUILT PATTERNS! Here they are starting from the left (clockwise).
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Tapisserie Quilt - Boho Fusion

Glimmer Quilt - Ethereal Fusion

Flowerfield Quilt - Abloom Fusion

Sugar Town Quilt - Joyful Fusion

Now for the best part! Make sure to enter our giveaway by filling the form below for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of ALL the FUSIONS. Giveaway end April 24th at 3:00pm est. Good luck!

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I hope everyone is inspired to create beautiful projects with Fusions!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

Congrats Suzanne Sevigny for winning our Fusions giveaway. Check your email. :)