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September 2017

10 Earthy Fall Fabrics You'll Love

Hey Makers!

Guess, what? Fall is finally here and it’s time to whip out your favorite warm colors to make table runners for Thanksgiving, goodie bags for halloween, and all kinds of sewing patterns that go with the season! Although here in South Florida fall in nonexistent, I love going to local shops to see the orange, red, and brown decor reminiscent of falling leaves. Oh and don’t forget pumpkin spice everything!

Around this time last year I found a new love for curating seasonal fabrics for projects. I put together a bundle of 10 fall floral fabrics and ideas just kept rushing through my head. Well, i’m back with another fall bundle and this time it’s all about the season’s earthy colors. I decided to call this selection of fabrics Autumn Fields.

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The palette for this range includes deep greens, ivory, gold, rusty orange and chocolatey brown. I wanted to step out of the conventional orange and reds that are seen during this season while keeping the cozy feel of fall.

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Let's take a closer look at the prints:

LMB-28729 Wooly Umber | Lambkin fabrics by Bonnie Christine

FOR-37711 Nature Study Ridge | Forest Floor fabrics by Bonnie Christine

BSH-78403 Floret Bright | Blush fabrics by Dana Willard

IBH-74200 Gitan Paradis Foliage | Indie Boheme fabrics by Pat Bravo

GRD-89903 Flower Dance | Garden Dreamer fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

BON-38502 Grazing Sienna | Bountiful fabrics by Sharon Holland

AZA-7881 Scatter Wood | Arizona After fabrics by April Rhodes

SBK-37207 Framework Golden | Sketchbook fabrics by Sharon Holland

ART-53101 Pyrography Poplar | Artisan fabrics by Pat Bravo

FUS-S-702 Thrive Spices | Spices Fusions - print by Bonnie Christine

If this bundle already has your mind rushing with project ideas, you can purchase it exclusively at Fat Quarter Shop.

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And… if you want to test out your luck, you can enter the giveaway below! Just fill the form below. Giveaway will run until October 6th. Good luck!

If you’re in love with the Autumn Fields bundle as much as I am, let me know in the comments. Stay tuned for more fall inspiration!

 

-Stephanie 

Congrats, Heather Weir! You've won our fall bundle giveaway! Please check your email.

 

Lambkin Fabrics: A sweet collection for boys & girls

Hey there, fabric friends!

Who can agree, that there’s something so special about kids. They say silly things, look cute all dressed up, and their curiosity is incomparable to anything else! Although I don’t have kids of my own, I love them. They’re fun to teach and I just love how creative and imaginative they can be!

Bonnie Christine illustrates all of these things beautifully, in her new collection Lambkin. This delicate range of fabrics tells a story of a peaceful farmstead filled with cute lambs, free birds, and two distinct colorways for boys and girls. She was inspired by her two children Bear and Ollie Doe and with this collection she’s sharing a sophisticated take on children’s fabrics.

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Just imagine all the cute things you can make any of the kiddies in your family! I’m so obsessed with these little baby boy leggings made with the “Keeping Watch Dim” print. Those little toes are going to make me melt!

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While I go “get it together” after this cuteness alert, I’ll leave you to seeing the lookbook for Lambkin fabrics. You’ll find tons of little girl dresses, fun room decor for boys, and so much more!

 

 

Make sure to download the Little Acres free quilt pattern designed by Bonnie and her mom Maxie Makes.

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Don’t forget to choose a few blenders for some of your projects! Here are a few that coordinate with Lambkin.

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Now for the best part...a GIVEAWAY!

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Fill the form below for a chance to win a bundle of this collection. Winner will be chosen on October 5th and will contacted via email. Good luck!

I hope you’re excited to sew with Lambkin fabrics by Bonnie Christine. Stay tuned for the next release!

 

-Stephanie

 Congrats, Danielle Raichel! You've won the Lambkin giveaway! Please check your email.

 

Modern Fabrics for Everyday Outfits

Hi There, 

What are some of your favorite sewing patterns? I know I am always on the lookout for sewing patterns that are first somewhat easy and quick to sew up and second they have to be comfortable! And just because it’s comfortable don’t mean it can’t be cute!  

Picking the right prints for your garment is the fun part! I am really digging Dana Willard’s new collection! Blush fabrics has super fun geometric fabrics mixed with modern floral fabrics. My favorite print in the collection is the print called Cat Nap, perfect for all the cat lovers out there!

Lastly, I need to pick the right fabric substrates. My go to fabrics for sewing apparel for me and my family are AGF knit fabric and rayon fabric. AGF cotton fabrics are also great because they have enough drape for clothing yet they have a bit more structure that works great for so many great clothing patterns like dresses and lightweight jackets!

 

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Here are a few of my favorite sewing patterns that can all be found in the Blush Lookbook.

1.Kitty Dress by Maven Patterns

 With bust darts to frame your figure and a peter pan collar for a sweet modern look the Kitty Dress is a great basic dress to have in your wardrobe. It also includes the option for 3/4-length or short sleeves. This dress is easy to wear and what I love the most is you can add different style of collars or no collar at all which makes this dress super versatile.

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2.Vintage Joan Dress by Burda Style

We made our Vintage Joan Dress with our Floret Sun Kissed rayon fabric. This dress can easily be worn casually to the grocery store or an afternoon in the park but can also be transformed to go out to a nice dinner or a special occasion all while being super comfy and looking great! The feel and drape of AGF Rayon is amazing and you can really live in it and not be afraid to get it dirty or use and abuse it on your daily endeavors. I really love how the armholes are constructed to taper towards the neck, which helps accentuate the shoulders. 

 

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 3. Sugar Pop Top by Sew Caroline 

The Sugar Pop Top is perfect for the those of you who live in jeans. Throw on a Sugar Pop Top and a pair of your favorite jeans and you will be ready to face the day! Just like the Kitty Dress you have the fun collar action which who can change up to your liking. This top has two great sleeve options, cap sleeves for the everyday look or flutter sleeves to make your top a bit more dressy!

 

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4. Anywhere Skirt by Dana Willard

I love dresses but skirts are a great alternative for the person who loves their jeans and tops. Try switching up your everyday wardrobe with a simple skirt and a basic t shirt or blouse!

Isn't Dana adorable in this outfit? :) 

 

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5. Audrey Pants by Burda Style

We made our Audrey Pant with the Retro Petals Power knit print! My favorite things about these pants are of course the super deep pockets and the beautiful tapered hem. We paired our pants with a solid knit fabric basic tee. Tuck it in for a more polished look!  

 

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 I hope you all end up sewing up some of these sewing patterns and incorporating them into your wardrobes! I look forward to hearing about some of your sewing faves! 

Check out this great inspirational video featuring Blush Fabrics

 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


5 Minutes Fabric Placemat Tutorial

Hello, fellow home decor fans:

I wanted to create a very easy and short DIY for those of you would like to make new and original fabric placemats and still have enough time to enjoy the day.

Take this tutorial and make it your own, either you could choose to keep the placemat squared or if you would rather have round ones that's completely cute too :)


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Making new mats for your table are always welcomed, or even maybe some for your kids, for when tea time comes around. Hope you like the video and definitely let me know what you think in the comment section!

Hope you have some fun mixing and matching ribbons with different fabrics.

Watch the video for a step by step on creating original fabric placemats for your home :) 

 

Enjoy!

Martina


Stay tuned for the AGF Rayon Blog Hop!

Hello, Fab Makers!

Isn’t it crazy that the Fall season is here already! You know what that means… it’s time to start sewing some “me made” outfits. Perhaps you can even get a head start on holiday dresses! One substrate that is ideal for any garment is AGF Rayon. I know you’re probably thinking “um rayon is too lightweight for fall and winter” but guess what?  It’s great for layering with other pieces and it comes in a variety of styles!

To get your mind flowing with rayon sewing ideas, we’ve paired up with Sari from Sariditty Handmade and Sariella to bring you an epic Rayon Blog Hop! It’s going to be two weeks filled with talented makers and all kinds of projects!

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Make sure to follow all of these makers and keep an eye on their posting dates so that you can see what they made. The blog hop will run from October 9th -20th. Check out everyone who’s participating:

October 9 - Cristy @loveyousew_ | Love You Sew Blog

October 10- Nicole @modernhandcraft | Modern Handcraft Blog

October 11 - Sarah @sariditty | Sariditty Handmade

October 12 - Jesy @needle_ink_and_thread

October 13 - Danyella @madesewmodern

October 16 - Nichole @wildboho | Wildboho Blog

October 17 - Cynthia @cnytz51

October 18 - Vicki @orchidowlquilts | Orchid Owl Quilts Blog

October 19 - Amanda @pinkmandarinhandmade

October 20 - Jenn @jennrossotti | Ginger Peach Studio Blog

If you’ve sewn with AGF rayon, let me know in the comments what you love about it and what you’ve made. ;) 

Until next time,

Stephanie

 


Perfect Gift Giving Tutorial: Quick and Easy Potholders

Hey Fabric Friends, 

Fall is slowly creeping our way and this is the time I start thinking about the gift giving season!  During the Fall and Winter months I spend a lot more time in the kitchen baking yummy treats and preparing dinners for family and friends. Which is why I decided to create a quick and easy potholder tutorial which will come in super handy for all the cooking and baking we do during the holiday season. These potholders makes for a super thoughtful gift for someone moving into a new place or who enjoys cooking and baking. 

I made this potholder from scraps left over from a quilt! (no scraps left behind) I love a good scrap busting project! I made my potholders with Le Vintage Chic fabrics! The floral fabric and geometric fabric in this collection are so timeless and elegant. I made my potholders for my sister! This fabric collection just screams her name! 

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Watch the video below to make quick and easy potholders for you or to give away as gifts!

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 

 


Woodlands Fusions "Fawn Sprite" Pillow Tutorial

Hello AGF Fans,

Today I’d like to share a step-by-step tutorial on how I made the Woodlands Fawn Pillow! Perhaps you saw her gazing up at you in the new Fusions look book? I was so happy to be able to design for the Woodlands Fusion collection and I found myself inspired by the color palette- rich, deep, dark and yet bold and vibrant. I knew right away I wanted to make a sister pillow to my Boho Flower girl and started sketching my version of a Woodlands Fawn Sprite.


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Fabrics & Materials Used:

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  • Face template (download here)

  • Double-sided fusible web

  • Fusible fleece

  • Batting

  • Fabric glue

  • Frixion Pen 

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Minty Fresh Sewing - Nature Lover Mini

Hi Color Lovers, 

What is your favorite color and why? All shades of green is my favorite color! So when I found out mint was the AGF Color Fun color for September I got super excited! I get to mix two of my favorite things, the color mint and mini quilts to create the Nature Lover Mini! I was inspired by the views outside my window on a beautiful summer day to find the birds chirping and the flowers in full bloom with butterflies floating about. Nothing gets better then that! I found that the prints in the mint Color Fun bundle was absolutely perfect for fussy cutting! I framed my lil works of art with varying sizes of strips and corner triangles. From there I created the window and voila the Nature Lover Mini was born!  

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6 Projects made with Capsules and Fusions: Mister Domestic's Sewing Party 2

Hello, wonderful makers!

I hope everyone is great! At AGF we’re feeling thankful because it's been a week since we got back to the office after being out for Hurricane Irma. Luckily, South Florida wasn’t affected other than by minor flooding and an enormous power outage! So, we couldn’t be happier to be back to work doing what we love the most, sharing crafty things with all of you!

About 3 weeks ago, Mister Domestic hosted his second sewing party and like anything Mathew hosts, it was a blast! Here’s a little overdue recap of all the quilty things these talented makers made. Enjoy!

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  1. Cathedral Window Pillows by Mathew Boudreaux (a.k.a @MisterDomestic)

Let’s start with the host with the most! Mathew combined our Woodlands Fusions with our denim fabric to create these divine pillows. From the way he positioned certain prints to the lovely folded denim borders, these decorative pillows are filled with style! Check out how Mathew made them on his blog.

  1. Spices Foot Stool by Alisa Kutsel - @astitchinbetween

Ok, so foot stool are a nice home decor accessory by Alisa took that idea to the next level with our Spices Fusions! She used Sariella Studio’s (not yet released) Neosphere Pattern and it turned out gorgeous. It’s so cute I wouldn’t want to put my feet on it! Read all about her cute project on her blog.

  1. Triangle & Hexie Quilt by Kristi McDonough - @schnitzelandboo

You can never go wrong with a triangle quilt, but add hexies to it and it’s even better! Especially when it involves hexies made with Reverie Fusions. Take a look at Kristi’s blog to see how how her quilt came to life.

  1. Le Vintage Chic Quilt by Justin Stafford - @keatonquilts

We absolutely love quilts that showcase full collections, so when we say Justin’s Le Vintage Chic quilt we got all kinds of feelings! He sewed these romantic fabric prints in an array stemming from a denim square and finished it with a bold denim border. Check out the full quilt on his blog.

  1. Le Vintage Chic Quilt by Elise Baek - @eliseandemelie

To me it’s always so interesting how makers can use the same fabrics and have completely different ideas. Elise from Elise and Emelie showed us how creative you can get with some fabrics and a little planning on illustrator. See the full quilt she made with Le Vintage Chic on her blog.

  1. Caravan Tote & Pillow by Paola Baker - @loveoffabrics

Last but not least, Paola stole our hearts with two projects she made with Bachelorette Fusions! She sewed up a lovely Caravan tote with heavy stitching (yummy!) and a fabulous pillow that uses strips of fabrics and selvages for a modern look. Head over to her instagram to see her projects in their full beauty.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick recap of Mister Domestic’s Sewing Party 2! Stay tuned for more fun projects made with our Fusions and Capsules.

 

‘Til next time,

Stephanie






AGF Mood Monday - Paint

Hello!

The artist Georgia O'Keeffe said "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.. things I had no words for."*

Oh the truth. Being in this industry is such a great way to meet all different kinds of artists; quilters of course, or those we would call "the ones who paint with fabric," and also very skillful brush and ink artists. Many people who express and keep a record of their story through images.

Multiple times that's how a fabric design begins, maybe not on an easel in the middle of a giant studio, but in someone's sketchbook, through an afternoon of watercolouring, or through frustration let out on a canvas in the style of Joan Mitchell.

So today I want to ask you about your favourite artist(s), it doesn't have to be a famous one, it could be your neighbour; you choose. What's the style or movement in art that you prefer to paint and/or admire? I'm not trying to get fancy here, simple descriptions like pastel floral paintings, or black and white geometric shapes are perfect answers, or really elaborate art-fan ones are also perfect.

I like a mixture of things because I've always identified with an eclectic style, but some of my top ones would be Mondrian with very geometrical lines in primary colours, Yayoi Kusama's density, Frida Kahlo with her surrealist compositions, and my sister Sofia who is obsessed with painting peaches. I also like all artists who try to trick the eye and create optical illusions like Escher. I like to sketch simple shapes, or do the opposite and saturate the canvas, usually in the colours black, white and red.

I must confess something that some might call sinful: although flowers fascinate me, I'm not instinctively attracted to floral paintings, especially in light colours. I understand they are beautiful and I can see why, but they're not automatically my top choice; nevertheless because I can appreciate them, here are some images I created with this straight-out-of-a-painting floral print from Bari J. printed on our dreamy rayon substrate:

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"Budquette Abloom" print by Bari J. from Abloom Fusions


Painting the town red,

Lauv

(*this is also the quote chosen by our very own artist Katarina Roccella for her bio on our website :).