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The cutest scissors ever!

Hey fabric friends!

Do you know what we love just as much as fabrics? Cute notions! We all know that the sewing community is all about having functional tools that will help us work faster but at the same time are cute enough to add to our Instagram pictures. You know we live for cute Instagram pictures! So, today I’m showcasing these fabulous little scissors that are sharp enough to cut stray threads but elegant enough to stage in a scene.

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When Warm Crochet reached out to us and asked if we would like a pair of their scissors we got so excited! I even jumped out my seat and said “girls we’re getting cute scissors for pictures!” In less than two days the scissors arrived to the office and I opened them immediately. I was mesmerized by the beautiful silver Victorian design that consisted of tiny ornamental flowers.

But my favorite thing about them was the quality (you know we’re all about quality at AGF). My fingers fit nicely into the holes and although it looked delicate it was very sturdy and had a nice weight to it. The blades were sharp and the pointy tip came together nicely for precision.

Overall, I definitely recommend these scissors as a cute accessory for pictures and to cut small precise things. Now, enough of what I think about them. I encourage you to try them out yourself! You can purchase them on the Warm Crochet website and receive 10% discount by using the code “ARTGALLERY.”

If you’ve tried Warm Crochet scissors before let us know in the comments what you think. :)

Til next time,

Stephanie


All Things Mini- Sunset Rays Mini Quilt Tutorial

Hi There, 

How is everyone enjoying their summer? It gets so hot in South Florida that I tend to be spending my weekends indoors at the movies, shopping, and sewing! There are two things I love most about sewing. First is COLOR, and second is making quick, fun, rewarding projects. If your anything like me you are going to love that we decided to celebrate our love for color by using the ColorFUN color of the month to create a mini of the month.  

The Sunset Rays Mini was made with fabrics from the Tangerine ColorFUN bundle. I also mixed and matched it with some yummy orangey pure elements, white, and our super dreamy linen for some added texture.  I loved using these fun fabric choices to make my mini come to life! 

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Enjoy the tutorial and welcome to All Things Mini! 

Fabrics Used: 

Fabric A-GRD-79908 

Fabric B-FAN-4071

Fabric C-CUR-19138

Fabric D-SE-615

Fabric E-DEN-L-4000

Fabric F-PE-444

Fabric G -PE-457

Fabric H- PE-433

Binding-DEN-T-3002

Backing- HBR-4434-6

 Finished Size 17" x 17"

Cutting Directions
Four (4) 1 1/2" x 17 1/2" strips from Fabric A


One (1) 2" x WOF strips from Fabric B,C,F,G,and H

Two (2) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips from Fabric D
Two (2) 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips from Fabric D


Four (4) 1 1/2” x 17 1/2” strips from Fabric E

One (1) 2 1/2" square from Fabric H
One (1) 3 1/2" square from Fabric H
Two (2) 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips from Fabric H
Two (2) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strips from Fabric H

Backing - 20" x 20" square
Binding- 1 1/2" x 78" long strip

How to Make the Template

Draw a 10 1/2" square on card stock paper and cut in half on the diagonal. To make more of a permanent template trace your triangle onto a  clear plastic template sheet made by Dritz Quilting. I love making templates for all my quilting projects. (it makes life a little easier) 

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 Step 1: Making your Triangle Strip Units 

Sew your 2" x WOF strips from Fabric B,C, F,G, and H together and press seams to one direction. Take your triangle template and cut out two triangles facing
the same direction.

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Step 2: Assembling Other Triangles

Next sew a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"strip from Fabric D to each side of a 3 1/2" square from Fabric H. Press as you go. Now sew a 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strip from Fabric D to the top and bottom. To finish off your block sew a 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strip from Fabric H to the top and bottom and then sew a 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strip to the sides of your piece!

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Now take your triangle template and line the diagonal side of your template diagonally on your block and cut two triangles!

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 Step 3: Finishing Touches 

Last step is to sew the strips in the center of our mini! Sew a 1 1/2" x 17 1/2" strip from Fabric A and E together to create four of these units. Sew your 2 1/2" square from Fabric H in between two of these units. Following the mini quilt illustration sew your strip units to your triangles and then sew your center strip to both sides of your mini quilt!

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Square off your piece t0 17" x 17". Now it's time to quilt your mini masterpiece! I did some improv straight line quilting creating triangles within my mini. I decided to add some hand sewn stitches with some thinker embroidery thread. I like to try new things every time I quilt something. It's my time to get creative with my quilting and enjoy the process.  


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 I binded my mini with the great orange textured denim from the Denim Studio which frames my mini marvelously! This is the start to my Mini ColorFUN Collection. I can't wait to create more mini's inspired by the ColorFUN color of the month! Stay tuned to my colorful mini quilt adventure! :) 

Enjoy, 

Meli 


AGF Makers Spotlight Winner: Lindsay from @lindsayinstitches

Hey there, makers!

It’s that time where we get to reveal the winner of the AGF Maker’s Spotlight! This is always such a difficult decision because everyone’s projects are so creative. For this round our winner is Lindsay from @lindsayinstiches!

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We felt like her project was perfect for summer because every gal needs a comfy dress to wear during this hot weather. Plus, we loved how she hacked an existing tank pattern into a dress and made it with AGF Rayon! How cool is that?! Get to know Lindsay in our quick interview with and see how she jumped into garment sewing. ;)

1. Hi Lindsay! Can you tell us a little about yourself?   

Hi there! I’m Lindsay, you can find me on Instagram as @lindsayinstitches. I live in a small town in Wisconsin with my husband and three little ones. By day, I work as a Pediatric Nurse. In my spare time, you can usually find me sewing in my basement studio. I mostly sew garments, though someday, I'd really love to get into quilting. I figure I'll start that if my girls ever stop wanting clothes made by mom. I also just started doing some embroidery. I'm having fun sneaking those hand stitched details into some of my makes as well!

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2. We love how creative you get when sewing garments for yourself and your kids! When did you start sewing garments?

I started sewing about four years ago. I didn't grow up with a sewing mom or grandma, so I'm pretty much self-taught through great patterns, sewing blogs, and trial and error. In the beginning, it was a lot more error than anything! My husband actually bought me my first sewing machine as a Christmas present. I asked for one so that I could make curtains for our home. Funny thing, I’ve yet to make a single curtain!

It was a slow and challenging start, but sewing has now become a way of life for me. At first, I was in need of a creative outlet and way to de-stress. I’ve always been a crafty person, but I’m also pretty practical. It was hard for me to justify time spent on a hobby. By making clothing, I was fulfilling my own need for creativity, but also meeting a basic need for my kids.

Now, I consider sewing and making a part of who I am, it's ingrained in me. I don't feel as much need to justify why I do it, like I did a few years ago. While a majority of what I make does get regular wear, I give myself the grace to also make things for the sake of learning or simply, just because!

3. Tell us all about your fabric choice and the hack you did to sew this beautiful dress that won the AGF Makers Spotlight.

I’m a big fan of April’s work. I think I have used every one of her fabric collections. When Heritage fabrics was revealed, I thought it was so beautiful-  both the designs and the story behind them. I was also thrilled to find out Art Gallery was producing rayon.

I used the Ogden Cami pattern from True Bias to make my dress. I’ve made a few Ogden cami’s in the past and find it to be a great staple pattern. I originally planned for this to be a looser fitting dress. Kelli, of True Bias, has a great tutorial on her blog on how to hack the Ogden Cami to a dress. While I love that boho look on others,I found that it just didn’t work on me. Since I had already included a fully lined bodice to accommodate the gathered skirt, I was able to easily add in an elastic channel at the waist to cinch it up.

This is an area I really feel I’m growing in as a garment sewist. I’m starting to recognize what fabrics, patterns and silhouettes work best for me. While there is nothing wrong with sewing a pattern as is (I still do that), I really love making little changes to help something better suit my style or vision. I’m so pleased with how this dress turned out. It is a really versatile piece and bonus- it is incredibly comfortable!

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4. What did you love about sewing with AGF rayon?

AGF rayon has a beautiful hand and drape! Rayon is not always the easiest to work with, but this held a press beautifully and was quite opaque. I’m looking forward to working with it again! I can think of maybe, um, a thousand things I love to make!

5. What’s one of your most memorable sewing experiences?

One of the best stories in my life also involves a little sewing. When I was pregnant with my third child, we decided to find out the gender of the baby, like we had with our other two children. We were told in the ultrasound that we were having a boy. We already had a boy and a girl, so we were fine either way. I just like to plan!

The surprise of our life happened some months later when I delivered a beautiful baby GIRL into the world! Who knows what happened in that ultrasound appointment, we joke that the technician must have been new!

Anyways, on to the sewing part, I was so overjoyed to have another daughter to sew for that I ordered fabric online (a knit from Bonnie’s Winged collection!) from my hospital bed, just hours after she was born. I whipped up a matching headband and leggings the day after we brought her home! That was just the start of a whirlwind of baby girl sewing.

6.What’s your advice to those who want to venture into garment sewing but feel intimidated?

When I started sewing, I really had no idea what I was doing. If I can start from scratch, I’m sure anyone can. I started working with quilting cottons mostly because it was what was available at my local quilt shop. It ended up being for the best because I was able to work on the basics (hello bobbin tangles and tension issues!) without having the added challenges of shifty or stretchy fabric.

Look for patterns that don’t require a lot of fuss while you build your confidence. I had the best luck with Indie sewing patterns for ease of directions and accessibility in PDF format. Many of those pattern designers also have a lot of resources available through their blogs or websites to help you along. You can also consider choosing a pattern that has an online sew along or a designer/company with an active facebook group that can answer questions. It’s not the only way to go, but it worked well for me!

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I hope you all enjoyed reading this interview! If you want to see more of Lindsay's creations follow her on Instagram at @lindsayinstiches.  Make sure to post all your AGF projects with the hashtag #AGFMakersSpotlight for a chance to win a bundle of fabrics and a feature on our Instagram and the blog. :)

Till next time!

-Stephanie


Dog Bandana DIY - How to make a cute dog scarf? - Sew Crafty by AGF

Hello awesome makers!

Are you a pet lover? I know I am and I fall in love from the first sight with Falkor - our dog model for Little Town Lookbook :) He seemed to be very excited to be in the center of attention during the photo shoot;) We made him a dog bandana and he looked so cute wearing it! Falkor was so proud of his new fashion accessory that we decided to make a tutorial and potentially make more doggies out there as happy as he is. ;) So, rev up your sewing machine and make this cute bandana for your puppy ! All you need is 2 fat quarters of fabric and a button.

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Watch the video below and have fun making this easy and cute project. We promise that your puppy's happy face will be priceless:) If you need to remind yourself how to attach buttonhole to your sewing machine watch the tutorial

Happy Sewing!

Ola


AGF Sponsors Stitcher Paradise Quilt Show in Tampa FL

Hello, fabric lovers!

We can all agree that it’s always fun to have a little sewing getaway. This is why i’m here to tell you all about Stitcher Paradise taking place in Tampa Bay, FL! This quilt show is all about inspiring, enlightening, and connecting with like minded sewists.  At Stitcher Paradise you'll find tons of vendors selling a myriad of AGF collections as well as threads and notions by other companies. One thing we're extremely excited about is that we are premium sponsors of this amazing show! We couldn't be happier to share our love for sewing by helping this quilt show come to life.

In addition to the fabulous marketplace where you can get all these goodies, you’ll be able to attend tons of workshops ranging from long-arm quilting to applique and even the history of fabrics making! :o



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If you’re in any of the states near Florida and you’re ready to take a road trip, I encourage you to pass by Stitcher Paradise. The event will run from August 17th-19th and admission is only $15 if you register online. Now that’s a deal!

Check out the Stitcher Paradise website to register and feel free to download their class brochure. We hope you have fun and that you shop 'til you drop in Tampa Bay, FL!

Happy fabric shopping!

Stephanie


Introducing Our Newest Blog Contributor: Martina

Hello, AGF friends!


So pumped to be part of this amazing creative blog and get to know everyone. My name is Martina and I just recently joined the AGF Marketing team. I’m incredibly excited to start sharing photos and talking with you all on social media.

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Before I go ahead and tell you more about myself, I feel like I need to add a little disclaimer first. I haven’t touched a sewing machine in a really (really, really, REALLY) long time, so I am nervously anxious to see what my DIY projects will turn out to be. Phew, now that that’s out of the way I can tell you all a little about myself. I started off as a fashion design student, and yes that’s exactly where the small interaction with the sewing machine happened, but then realized I was more into textile design and quickly changed majors. From there on came marketing and merchandising… and here I am today, getting a little of both worlds. I can't wait to combine all my skills to make awesome content for all the platforms!

Working here, collaborating with the smartest gals in marketing and still be surrounded by beautiful fabrics and talented designers makes my heart warm and definitely inspires me to call my old sewing machine up and maybe get back together? Who knows! What I do know is that I am definitely intrigued now… my Pinterest boards are growing like crazy with ideas, so I hope you have patience with me as I wake up an old sleeping hobby of mine.

I still haven’t settled on exactly what to make as my first sewing project at AGF (please send me ideas!!) but I can assure you, it will be colorful. Maybe I’ll do something for the home since I am moving into a new place and want to learn how to make my own pillows and more. 😊

I am looking forward to reading your comments.

 

Talk soon,

 

Martina


12 Summer Fabrics You'll Love

Hey there, fabulous fabric lovers!

With every season that comes and goes, it’s always fun to pick out fabrics and colors that coordinate. It’s currently the peak of summer and it’s a great time to do a little sewing with bright colors that show the beauty of this season. For this reason, I’m excited to share with you a little bundle of 12 fabrics that are great for summer.

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When putting together this bundle I chose a mix of geometric prints, florals, and vibrant solid fabrics to show off summer’s happy mood. If you’re wondering, “how did she get all those bright colors to coordinate?” I have a little tip. When curating a bundle, I always choose one fabric I love that shows the gist of what I’m trying to represent. In this case, I wanted to show how bright and fun summer is so my color palette was based on the Budquette Abloom print by Bari J. from our Abloom Fusions collection. From there I chose prints with different sizes that have similar colors to my “main print.”

Here’s what I came up with:

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As you can see, I focused on fabrics that had teal, green, orange, yellow, and some pink. Then to balance the busyness of the prints, I chose some solid fabrics that coordinated with the color palette.

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And….ta daa! Here’s the final summer inspired bundle! Wouldn’t these be great for a lap quilt? 

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These lovely fabrics can be yours by entering our GIVEAWAY! Just fill the form below. Winner will be chosen August 14th at 3:00pm.

I hope you love this summer bundle as much as I do! If you would like to explore other ways of curating bundles, check out our Guide to Matching Fabric colors and our ColorFun blog series! July was all about yellow fabrics and August will be all about tangerine colored fabrics. ;)

Happy fabric picking!

Stephanie

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****
Congrats, Mary Schramm! You've won our bundle of summer fabrics! Please check your email.


See what matters to you first! Don't miss any AGF updates on Facebook!

Hello Crafty friends!

Where do you look for sewing inspiration? Do you read quilting magazines, or search for inspiration online? There is no better feeling than being a part of quilting/sewing community and with today's access to the Social Media it's so easy!

For all of you who don't follow AGF on Facebook we encourage you to do so. :) Stay inspired every day with awesome sewing creations, tutorials, new fabric releases and giveaways! All AGF Facebook followers become our friends and are more than welcome, to ask questions, give us  feedback or start a discussion. We are looking forward to every comment from you so we can inspire each other!

To make sure you see all the posts and updates from AGF you have to enable 2 options on your feed. We recorded this quick instructional video for you so you will never miss whats new at AGF!

Let us know in comments if it was easy for you to enable the 2 options. From now on there will never be a single day when you feel lack of inspiration! :)

Happy Sewing!

Ola


Paper Piecing Tips- How to Make a Crossed Canoes Block

Hello Makers, 

Ready to take your quilting projects to a whole new level? For the next addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection we will be making the Crossed Canoes Block featuring Le Vintage Chic fabrics. Paper piecing can be so much fun but a little nerve racking if you have never done it before but don't worry by  the end of this video you will have accomplished the basics in paper piecing and will be way on your way to becoming a expert. 

Le Vintage Chic fabrics was such a beautiful choice for this block with modern fabrics mixed with a vintage flair. I love the softness of the colors which give my block a dreamy look. 

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Click on the video below to find the free sewing pattern and follow along with me to make the Crossed Canoes Block.

Make sure to share your creations on social media using the hashtag #agfquiltblockcollection !

 

Happy Sewing

Melissa


Tangerine - color of August in AGF ColorFUN Series

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Since summer is at its peak we decided to feature a color that is associated with joy and creativity. Warm and happy tangerine is the color of  this episode of the ColorFun series! It radiates warmth and reminds us of long summer evenings when we can admire the beauty of sunset. It also helps us to look on the bright side of life.

How to mix match tangerine with other fabric colors

Just like a sun on the sky, tangerine fabrics go perfect with any shades of blue fabrics. As you can see on the color wheel, tangerine and blue are 2 complementary colors. It also goes perfect with analogous yellow and red. Read further to see how versatile this color is.

Tangerine in fashion

There is many surprising ways you can wear tangerine.We encourage you to liven up your wardrobe with this bold color. Try to combine it with neutrals like black or nude shades. This way you will tone down a little the brightness of tangerine. If you feel more brave try to mix match tangerine with purple. These dynamic shades are being successfully paired together in happy summer outfits on many runways.How about making tangerine dress with one of our knit fabrics?

You can try to add some flair to your outfit by accessorizing with tangerine. Scarf or bag will highlight perfectly your outfit.

Tangerine in home decor

If you are looking to add a bright dimension to your home decor, tangerine may be your go-to color. Especially if you don't have much natural light in your space tangerine will add some energy and brightness. How about making  a tangerine quilt to refresh and revitalize your bed? For a toned down effect you can combine it with white or grey fabrics. Invite summer to your patio all year long by decorating it with tangerine and turquoise! Use some of our free sewing patterns and make pillows, table runners, place mats or rugs. We assure you that the effect you’ll achieve will be vibrant!

Let's get inspired with a little mood board we made for you:

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Don't you just want to eat sweet and juicy tangerine right now? ;) Lets take a look at the fabric prints selected for this edition of Colorfun:

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Anne Elise by Bari J  (ANE-87506 Poetic Saddle Vibes)

Bound by April Rhodes (BOU-8043 Growth Joy)

Curiosities by Jeni Baker (CUR-19138 Curious Bunnies Fun)

Fantasia by Sara Lawson (FAN-4071 Miniature Hills Terra)

Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell (GRD-79908 Triangular Impression)

Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine (HBR-4434-6 Buck Forest Peach)

Here comes the Fun by Sew Caroline (HCF-69304 Corollas Tangerine)

Morning Walk by Leah Duncan (MWK-1111 Sahuaro Picks Tang)

Cultivate by Bonnie Christine (CUL-9671 Plotted Farm Autumn)

Square Elements by AGF Studio (SE-615 Mandarin)

 

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We hope that you love this bright selection of fabrics! Try your luck and  participate in our giveaway for a chance to win a bundle of tangerine fabrics. Just fill out the form below to be in the giveaway pool.

(Once you have entered the giveaway it's normal for your information to disappear. To confirm your entry check your email for a confirmation and approve it. By entering our giveaway you'll be automatically signed up for our newsletters. Don't worry, we don't spam!!)

Giveaway Closed!

Congrats to Nicki Slater ! You have won tangerine fabric bundle! Please check your email:)

 
Happy sewing with tangerine fabrics!
Ola
 
P.S. Do you love colorFUN bundles? Check out the colors at  Fat Quater Shop ;)