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5 Must Haves for Going Back to School in Style

 Hello Makers, 

It's the start of a brand new school year so let's make this the best year yet! Today I want to share 5  sewing patterns that will make going back to school not so bad! 

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 Whether you or a loved one is heading back to school we are all in need for back to school essentials. I hope these sewing patterns will be helpful for the year to come! 

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1. Back to School Binder Cover  

First on the list is the Back to School Binder Cover. No more boring three ring binders, with this binder cover you have a place for everything with a convenient front zipper pocket and a place to store your pens and pencils for easy access. The pattern even has a option to add handles so you carry your notes in style. We made our binder cover with Playground fabrics by Amy Sinibali adding touches of the AGF Denim Studio.

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2. Enamor Back Pack

At AGF we are all in love with a good bag, whether it's a tote, purse, or back pack there is nothing better then a handmade bag! The first important thing you need for making a sturdy, well made bag is the right fabrics!  The Enamor Back Pack pattern  is made with varies denim fabric from the AGF Denim studio and  canvas fabric from the Joie de Vivre collection by Bari J.  

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3. Summer Swirl Lunch Bag 

When I was in middle school my second best part of the day was lunch time. First was of course recess! I never had a cool lunch bag like others in my class, my Mom always sent me to school with a brown paper bag lunch. If I could go back in time I would definitely make myself the Summer Swirl Lunch Bag.  Made with Fiesta fun fabric  by Dana Willard these lunch bags are the ideal way to do lunch! 

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4. Virginia Leggings

When I was in school the hardest thing to figure out wasn't math or biology class it was getting dressed every morning with something that was trendy and fashion forward but was also comfortable to wear. Where was AGF knit when I was going to school?! Try making a pair of these adorable Patchy Heart Leggings   designed by Megan Nielsen. Everyone in your class will be asking you where you got them. We made our legging with the bright yellow blender print print from Reverie fabrics. We added cute heart patches at the knees using our solid turquoise knit

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 5. Love Story and All you need is Love Pillow 

These decorative pillows are screaming dorm room essential! The Love Story pillow and the All you need is Love pillow are so fun and playful. Made with Letters fabrics and a mix of our pure element solids these pillow would make the most sweetest gift! Send your loved ones off to school with lots of love! 

 

What is your favorite back to school memory?  I have a lot of great memories but my favorite was when I was a senior in high school and my sister was a freshman. I felt so proud being able to drive us to school and being able to show her around on her first day! Being a big sister is the best! Comment below and share your favorite back to school moments. 

 Lots of Love, 

Meli 


AGF Quilt Block Collection: Brighten your day by making a Morning Star Block

Hello Makers, 

What have you been working on lately? I know summer time can mean more fun out in the sun and less time hanging out with your sewing machine which is why I love to wake up early and get some sewing done before I start my day. A nice cup of coffee and some easy to listen to music in the background as I sew something new, it gives my day a jump start! How do you all fit a little extra sewing into your day? 

The Fusions lookbook is out and I am overloaded with inspiration. My favorite new fusion is the Spices Fusion. The colorful cotton fabrics and floral fabric call my name! Which is why I decided to make the Morning Star Block with this scrumptious fabric.  

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Have fun watching the video below to make a Morning Star block of your very own! To find the free pattern sheet make sure to watch the video on our youtube channel, the link is in the description box below the video! 

We would love to see your beautiful quilt blocks so please share them using the #agfquiltblockcollection!

What quilt block would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 


Get to know Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic in a funny ping pong questions interview!

Hello makers!

Isn't that amazing how passion connects us? We just feel like we know each other because we love sewing and fabric and we could spend hours talking about projects, techniques, sewing tools etc. This is what happened to Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic. Their love for sewing and quilting connected them and based on that passion an amazing friendship flourished. They created together video series EPP party that teaches English Paper Piecing. I hope that you participate in EPP already, if not you must visit Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic blogs and see all the EPP blocks they have shared so far. 

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Ok, so we know that Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic share the same passion,  but do they agree on everything when it comes to sewing and every day life? Watch the fun video below and see what they agree and disagree on:)

I hope you had a good laugh! 

Happy sewing!

Ola


Mister Domestic's Sewing Party 2 with Fusions & Capsules Collections

Hello, fabulous makers!

It’s the start of the week and I hope you’re ready to get inspired! Do you remember some time ago when Mister Domestic hosted his first sewing party? It was filled with stunning quilts and a variety of cool projects made with our first round of Fusions and Capsules fabric collections. Not to mention that all the makers who participated were ah-mazing!

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Since Mister Domestic knows how to have fun, he’s hosting another party. Stay tuned this week for Mister Domestic’s Sewing Party 2! This party will be featuring our new Capsule collection Le Vintage Chic and our newest Fusions (Woodlands, Spices, Bachelorette, and Reverie). It’s going to be out of this world!

Make sure to visit each maker’s blog to see all the beautiful projects they have made with Art Gallery Fabrics. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with everyone’s projects!

August 28th - Justin Stafford | @keatonquilts & www.keatonquilts.com

August 29th - Kristi McDonough | @schnitzelandboo & www.schnitzelandboo.com

August 30th - Paola Baker | @loveoffabrics

August 31st - Alisa Kutsel | @astitchinbetween & www.astitchinbetween.com

September 1st - Elise Baek | @eliseandemelie & www.eliseandemelie.com

September 2nd - Mathew Boudreaux | @misterdomestic & www.misterdomestic.net

You won’t want to miss this party! Feel free to follow all these awesome makers on Instagram and let me know in the comments who’s project you’re excited to see the most. 

 

‘Til next time,

Stephanie


New Fusions collections by AGF to fall in love with!

Hello, fab makers!

Today is an exciting day because we’re releasing our second group of Fusions collections! To refresh your memory, Fusions are our group of bite-size collections that 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.

This second group of Fusions is filled with style, color, and of course beautiful prints you’ll love. Whether you’re in a romantic sewing mood or you’re feeling a little bit more sophisticated, I’m sure this second group is going to take your breath away! Let’s check them out!


Bachelorette Fusion 

For this range we paired up bold florals with minimal hand drawn elements to create a feminine collection that’s sophisticated yet youthful. The mix of bright pinks coordinated with dusty teals, greens, and a hint of white will take you back to heartfelt days filled with love notes and crushes.

Featured designers: Bari J., Pat Bravo, Sharon Holland, Maureen Cracknell, Bonnie Christine, Caroline Hulse

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Spices Fusion

For this Fusion we wanted to take you to a far away land filled with rich colors reminiscent of an exotic Bazaar! Spices Fusions is filled with lush florals, subtle geometrics with an organic touch, and a whole lot of spice that will add flavor to your sewing.

Featured designers: Katarina Roccella, Pat Bravo, Bari J., Bonnie Christine

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Reverie Fusions

If you’re looking for dreamy fabric for a girl’s nursery or you’re thinking of making sweet dresses, you’re going to love Reverie Fusions. Delicate blooms are combined with playful shapes and words topped off by soft shades of tangerine, turquoise, and pink.

Featured designers: Pat Bravo, Amy Sinibaldi, Katarina Roccella, Bonnie Christine, Caroline Hulse, AGF Studio

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Woodlands Fusions 

Last but not least, we present to you Woodlands Fusions. This range shows off an eclectic romance with painterly florals, minimal lines, and everyone’s favorite print - the buck forest. Each design is enhanced with classic colors such as navy, deep red, and hints of coral that will enchant you.

Featured designers: Bari J., AGF Studio, Sharon Holland, Maureen Cracknell, Bonnie Christine, Katarina Roccella

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Now, that you’ve gotten a glimpse of all the new Fusions, you have to check out the Lookbook! It’s filled with beautiful quilts, pillows, garments and more!

 

 

Make sure to download all four of the free quilt patterns also! (click each name to download the pattern)

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Possibilities Quilt Pattern - Bachelorette Fusions

Bright Markers Quilt Pattern - Spices Fusions

Apricity - Reverie Fusions

Unconditional - Woodlands Fusions

 

Time for the best part! You can add all four bite-size collections to your stash by entering our giveaway!

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To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends August 30th at 3:00pm est. Good luck!

I hope you love the new Fusions as much as we do!

 

Till next time!

-Stephanie

 

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Meet our new AGF designer: Jessica Swift

Hey there, makers!

How’s your summer going so far? Here at AGF we’ve had an amazing summer and it’s about to get better because we’re getting ready to reveal our Fall 2017 collections. This is always an exciting time filled with all kinds of surprises! Today, we’re ecstatic to introduce you to the new addition to the AGF family. Makers of the world, meet Jessica Swift, our new licensed designer for our Angles division!

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We want you to get to know Jessica, so we’ve prepared a little interview with her. Get ready to learn all about her inspirations, her design process, and all the things she loves. So without further ado, here is Jessica Swift!

AGF: Hey, Jessica! We’re so excited to have you as part of the AGF family! Tell all the maker’s about yourself.

Jessica: Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be part of the AGF family. What a dream!

I’m a full-time artist and surface designer in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I live here with my husband, our almost-2-year old adorable baby boy, and our two sweet cats. I just recently moved into my brand new dream studio, located in a new building that was constructed right in our backyard. It’s the first studio I’ve ever worked in with good light and room for all of my various creative projects – digital pattern/textile design, painting, clay, and of course sewing!

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My mom was a dollmaker while I was growing up in Boulder, Colorado, and she taught me to sew at a young age; I’ve never been a very advanced sewist, but I did recently take a class where I learned to sew a dress from a pattern, and that was really fun! I’m pretty psyched to have a wonderful excuse to start sewing more now. :)

In addition to designing and creating, I also teach a popular online course called Pattern Camp and run a membership group for creatives called Campfire. Basically, I have a lot of projects going on all the time! And on top of all that, I’m with my little main squeeze, Coen, almost all the time, so life is busy. So so good, but busy (and filled with messes, haha)!

AGF: When was the first time you fell in love with surface pattern design and how did you turn your artistic dream into a reality?

Jessica: I have loved surface pattern design since before I even know it was a thing. I remember my grandmother telling me once when I was probably 10 or 11 years old that I should be a fabric designer (I am not making this up!). She was a quilter and a collector of an insane amount of fabric. I love imagining her watching me drawing patterns at her kitchen table and dreaming of sewing with my fabrics one day. Sadly she’s not alive anymore, but I love this memory. So, in a sense I’ve been in love with surface design as early as I can remember, really. But in its current digital form, I fell in love with surface design back in 2006 or so. I discovered design blogs and Etsy and people making patterns and partnering with companies to turn them into products. I didn’t realize this was actually a career that people could have; one that could be available to me. I was a working artist at the time (a painter), and the minute I discovered digital pattern design it was just something in my gut that said THIS IS MY PATH. I just knew. It was like a remembering.

Once I realized I could actually be a pattern designer, it was full steam ahead. I was obsessed. I barely knew how to use a computer beyond emailing and searching the internet, so I had to teach myself how to use Adobe Illustrator, which was no easy task. It took about a year of me learning and playing and making mistakes and getting frustrated and forging ahead anyway before I successfully created my first repeat. From then on I was absolutely hooked.

I obsessively made patterns and got them out onto the internet however I could, and I was lucky to catch the attention of an art director at an ad agency who was working with T Mobile on a cell phone case design project. They wanted to use a few of my designs, so that was my first-ever licensing deal, just a few months after I created my first repeat. It was so unexpected! I took it as a sign that I was on the right path. I exhibited at my first trade show – Printsource, in New York City – in January 2009 and sold several designs. These early successes boosted my confidence and helped me keep pushing forward. Honestly, with the way my career unfolded in the early days, it feels like it was absolutely meant to be.

AGF: How would you describe your artistic style?

Jessica: My style is colorful, quirky, playful, and bold. I don’t shy away from strong and bright colors, and I like it when my work makes people smile. My style is happy, I think!

AGF: For Spring 2018 you’ll be releasing your first collection with AGF, Tallinn. Can you give us a little glimpse of what this collection will be about?

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Jessica: Yes! I can’t wait for this collection to live in the world and to see how people use it. It’s inspired by my travels through Eastern Europe as a young 20-something; seeing swans swimming on the cold Baltic Sea, wandering for miles through Czech villages and farmland to visit a distant monastery, happening upon a giant circus while out walking in Hungary, onion domes and castles and the magic of finding yourself in a magical, foreign land. I hope everyone loves it!

AGF: When creating designs, how do you gather inspiration?

Jessica: I gather a lot of inspiration from being out in nature and from traveling, I think probably like many designers do. I get my best ideas while out walking, so often I’ll think/dream while out in the neighborhood and then come back to gather images from my own travels as well as online, in magazines and books, etc. I snap photos of interesting color combinations that I see out in the world and I sometimes use pinterest boards as well to gather my thoughts about color and imagery. The internet allows for so much easy inspiration gathering these days. But really, I try to begin sourcing everything straight from my own memories, imagination, and surroundings/explorations – I find that’s always an inspiring place to begin.

AGF: Explain your creative process when designing fabrics from start to finish.

Jessica: It begins in my imagination, sitting, thinking, waiting for an image or a concept to come into my mind. From there, I typically look through previous patterns and collections that I’ve created to see if it sparks any starting points (looking through my own work always helps me tune everything else out and get into creation mode). I often gather images from books and the internet at this stage and gather them up in a pinterest board or folder on my computer that I can easily access.

I tend to play with colors at the start of a collection. I’ll set an initial color palette to work with, even though I know this will likely change throughout the design process. Playing with Pantone books and putting colors together is so much fun! I find it helps me to have some parameters to work within in this way.

Next I start drawing motifs, these days mostly on my iPad Pro. I don’t really have a plan at this point – I just draw a bunch of stuff and then bring it onto my computer when I’ve got a good collection of images. That’s when the real fun begins and I can start placing them in different groupings and designs, start coloring, and start putting the pieces of the puzzle together, if you will. Sometimes the main design will come first, sometimes not. Sometimes I’ll work on a few prints at the same time, sometimes not. Sometimes I bounce back and forth between designs, letting one where I’m stuck sit for a while, working on another in the meantime, and then coming back to it later.

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I tend to design all my main, busier prints first, because those come more naturally to me, and then fill the collection in with some blender fabrics later. You’d think those would be easier to create, but for me they’re more challenging!

I tend to design more prints than I need, knowing that some won’t make it to the final collection. The process of combining them and envisioning them together and what they could potentially be used for is ongoing throughout the design of the collection. I often re-work a print a few times, too, depending on what else has I’ve designed for the collection along the way. It’s a very fluid and malleable process, and it’s one that looks different every time I design, really! A print that I love and am attached to just may not work in the collection the way I originally designed it, so I have to stay open to designs changing to fit in with the whole rather than just being something I love on its own.

There’s a lot of back and forth conversation with Pat, too, throughout the design process, and her expert insight and advice is invaluable!

AGF: When you’re not designing, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Jessica: I spend a lot of time hanging out with my toddler, which I love so much. We go on a lot of walks, go to the library, paint and draw together, read books, make forts, build things with blocks and legos…. he’s the greatest. I also spend time running with friends (we almost always have a half-marathon or something on the calendar) and I exercise regularly throughout the week. This helps keep me sane and happy. I like to do things with my family like go camping and on hikes and bike ride around the neighborhood and to the farmers market. I like to lay on the couch and talk to my husband in the evening when our schedules align, and I also love to crawl into bed early and watch a show on the laptop before bed (guilty pleasure! Lately it’s reruns of Sex and the City, haha). Gardening, cooking, and reading books are all things I enjoy as well but that I don’t seem to have/make enough time for these days.

AGF: What do you look forward to the most as a fabric designer for an amazing community filled with quilters and sewists?

Jessica: Oh boy, I just can’t wait to see what amazing creations this amazing community makes with my fabric! It’s going to be so fun to see which fabrics people like the most and the creative ways they combine them, and maybe most importantly, I’m really looking forward to LEARNING from everyone here. I’m excited to start making more clothing and to learn to quilt, and I don’t think there is a better or more inspiring community to learn from!

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We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Jessica! Stay tuned for some more surprises coming in the next few days.

'Til next time,

Stephanie


AGF Mood Monday - Your Story

Hello!

It's been a minute since I last wrote here, but I am happy to be back and share with you our new AGF Mood Mondays: starting today, some Mondays we’ll talk about other things other than fabric. WAIT, WHAT? We know, how can we?

Of course all of us love fabric and everything that has to do with it, but over the past weeks, and with today's eclipse awesomeness, I have been thinking about all the things that make us ever-changing complex humans; all of our layers and moods.

For this first Monday I want to ask you about your story. How would you like your story to be written? What colours and fonts and style would you use, and what's a detrimental detail to be included? Could there be a fabric that summarises your story? Don't feel like fabric has to be a main part, but if it is, awesome!

I’ll go first to break the ice. The colour red is detrimental in my story, I am a redhead, and of course since I was little I have been nicknamed various red-like things (cherry, strawberry, beet, even orange, and ketchup! When I moved to the U.S I learned “ginger” is another nickname, but the reason behind that one remains a mystery), and maybe that’s the reason, but red is my favourite along with black and white. I like handwritten all caps fonts because they are imperfect but they can be harmonious, and to me they reveal something about our personality. I would love for my story to be put together with a thread that shows kindness even through the tough love that I sometimes practice. For the tone, most parts would be upbeat and dynamic, like a dancy rock n’ roll song, and in the parts of introspection more like a soft sound from a harmonica.

Hey, don't panic, fabric will still be in the centre of it all through these images that we created to start the week beautifully:

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In handwritten red ink,

Lauv


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

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 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