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October 2017

An Unconventional Fall with Wild Bloom

When we think of Autumn the first things that come to mind is leaves falling, mustard greens and neutral yellows, all of it with a side of pumpkins and Thanksgiving right? Well, here at AGF we like to boycott the conventional themes and popular color schemes, so we decided to break the norm and incorporate some florals this holiday season- and when it comes to florals, nobody talks big colorful flowers like our designer, Bari J.

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We've put together a list of items- all containing florals- that you can use to break the norm too, but still remain close enough so that you and your house get that Thanksgiving feels.

  

1.  Either if you're invited or hosting, walk into the room surrounded by the energy of vibrant flowers. One Still Life Crisp print, two clutches. Which one would you pick?  Find the clutches patterns here.

 

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  2.   What colors come to mind when setting the table this Thanksgiving? How about some rusty oranges and muddy reds? Then the Everlasting Blooms Berry print is just for you!

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  3.  Those tiny details when setting the table do matter, don't leave your napkins behind- spruce them up with flowers too! Extra points for those brave ones combining prints.

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4. Accessorize away, especially when a tutorial for these fall earrings is available. Using some Lively Rosebuds Burst print will make your fall outfit complete. 

 

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 5.  How does some rayon and knit outfits to coordinate the house sound? Lucky for you Wild Bloom has prints in both materials which can be paired up with solid knits as well :) Pants pattern available here and cropped tee tutorial.

 

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 6.  Speaking of setting the table, how's your placemat game? What if we talk you into mixing those florals with some light denim, all paired up with some coordinating horizontal prints to match that binding! Placemat pattern available here.

 

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7. Who says your furniture doesn't want a taste of the holidays too? Decorate your accent chairs with some florals too! We recommend the Everlasting Blooms Citrus print :)  

 

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Hope you all enjoyed the compilation of flowers, color and texture. Let me know if you tried 1,2,3 or all of these ideas! I would love to know your perspective so leave me a comment :)

 

Floral away...

 

Martina 

 

P.S. For more Wild Bloom looks, take a look at the collection video!


Cappuccino's and Quilts- Wood Trails Mini Quilt Tutorial

Hi Sewing Friends, 

I know it's not quite hot chocolate weather but October's AGFcolorfun color of the month has me feeling all warm and tingly inside! This months color is Cappuccino! This warm, woodsy color was such a refreshing shade to work with. I am used to using a lot of color and tend to shy away from neutral fabrics but after designing the Wood Trails mini quilt I am all about it! The Wood Trails mini measures out to be 16" x 16" and would make perfect throw pillows for the holiday season ahead.

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 Here is what you will need to get started: 

Fabrics Used:

Fabric A-GSS-6249-Wire Flowers Twig
Fabric B-GRA-3508-Rush Hour Tan
Fabric C-LT-20034-Simply Simple Silver
Fabric D-CTL-49903-Netting Twine
Fabric E-CAP-VC-5001-Picturesque Bloom
Fabric F-PE-436- Creme de la Creme
Fabric G -PE-419- Light Grey
Fabric H-PE-433-Snow
Binding-PE-445- Mink
Backing- LT-20034-Simply Simple Silver

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Finished Quilt 16" x 16"


Cutting Directions


5 1/4" squares:

Two (2) from Fabric A
Three (3) from Fabric H

2 7/8" squares:
Eight (8) from Fabric Cand H
Four (4) from Fabric B

2" x 16 1/2" strips:

One (1) from Fabric D and F

1 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips:

One (1) from Fabric E and G

Backing 20" x 20"
Batting 20" x 20"

 

Step 1: Flying Geese Using the No Waste Method

Take a 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A and four (4) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric H. These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units.
Draw a diagonal lines using a pencil or a water soluble pen on the wrong side of the fabric on each 2 7/8”x 2 7/8” square from Fabric H.

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 Place two (2) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares at each corner of your 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal lines match up to make a straight line.

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 Sew 1/4” from the diagonal line on each side of the line. Cut piece on the diagonal line you marked. You will now have two pieces that look like the picture below.

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Press seams toward Fabric H. Now place a 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangle from Fabric H at the lower corner of your piece.

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Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut pieces on the diagonal line. You will now have two pieces that look like the picture below!

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 Press open and trim your flying geese to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". Repeat this process with your remaining 5 1/4" squares and 2 7/8" squares to get eight (8) A/H, eight (8) C/H, and four (4) H/B flying geese! Sew all your flying geese together following the block design. 

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Sew your flying geese rows to your strips. Following the diagram below . 

 

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It's time to quilt and bind! I did some diagonal straight line quilting with a light beige thread.

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 Can't wait to see your mini creations on social media! Make sure to use the hashtag #AGFcolorfunmini to share your love for mini's.

If  you are a mini quilt  fan like me?! Here are some great mini quilt sewing tutorials using AGF color fun colors!  

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Sunset Set Rays Mini

Mint- September 

Nature Lover Mini 

 

Til Next Time, 

Meli


Catch us live from fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX

Hey there, makers!

Guess, what?! One of our favorite times of the year has arrived! No, it’s not Christmas but it’s close to it (at least for quilt shops)! It’s time for Fall Quilt Market. This is an epic trade show for the sewing and quilting industry where local quilt shops, online fabric stores, and any other businesses related to sewing come to stock up on new products for the upcoming season.

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Every fall, Quilt Market takes place in the George R. Brown convention center in Houston, TX. This year’s show is particularly special because Houston is recovering from the devastating hurricane that hit in September. Despite the turmoil they had over the past months, we are grateful that they are able to host this wonderful event for the sewing community.

We couldn’t be happier to attend because we have tons of surprises in store for you via social media! Seven of our talented designers will be showing their new fabric collections and we have some fun games for you to watch on Facebook Live and Instagram. Make sure to stay tuned from October 28-30th for three days filled with all things AGF and a chance to get to know our designers.

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Check out all the designers that will be displaying collections:

You won’t want to miss this! To get you ready for what’s to come, check out our spring 2017 Quilt Market recap. See you live from Quilt Market!

-Stephanie

 

P.S. If you could ask any of the designers listed anything, what would it be? Let me know in the comments and i’ll personally ask them at the show. 😉


Halloween Inspired Sewing Patterns- Are you ready to sew?

Hey There, 

Who likes sewing for holidays?  I find any excuse to sew when holidays come around so I can sew for my home, family, and friends. Below, I share some of my favorite sewing tutorials to sew for the Halloween season! Whether you still need to decorate your home with festive decor or you have absolutely no idea what you will dress up as for Halloween, don't worry,  I got ya covered! If you need help choosing some festive fall fabrics for your sewing projects check out Steph's post where she talks about 10 Earthy Fall Fabrics You'll Love

 

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1. Crossroads Pumpkin Trio pattern by Amy Barickman

Mister Domestic  has us wanting to make these fabric pumpkins by the dozen. He sewed his pumpkins up using "Canyon Sunset" and "Scarlet Brick"  AGF Textured Denim  and AGF Crosshatch Textured denim fabric for the stem. I love how the beautiful autumn colors and textured fabric makes these pumpkins come to life. These pumpkins are perfect to use for  your dining room centerpieces or placing them any where around the house to create a warm and happy environment! Also this pattern comes in three different sizes which makes it so fun for placing them around your home in interesting ways! 

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2. Mini Halloween Pillows

Can't sew or looking for projects you can get the kids involved in? Try making these mini decorative pillows that you can use to decorate your home or use them as festive pin cushions! You have the option of making a scary ghost, a cute jack-o-lantern, or a black cat staring at the moon! I plan to make all three! They are just too cute to resist and are super fast to make! 

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Fabrics used: Pure Elements, Squared Elements, and Smooth Denim 

3. Midnight Bite foundation paper pieced pattern by Lillyella’s Patterns

Here is a great project for all you paper piecers out there! Nothing says Halloween like a spooky bat wall hanging. Mister Domestic made his wall hanging with black and different shades of orange to make his bat take flight. His back ground fabric is the "Laced Remains Hazed"print from Katarina Rocella‘s Recollection collection. I definitely am somewhat a beginner when it comes to paper piecing but I am definitely going to give this pattern a try! This pattern also comes in three different sizes: small 10" x 6" medium 16" x 9" large 24" x 12". 

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4. Festive Fall Tote Bag 

 During the holiday months we tend to make a lot more trips to the store, try making a few of these easy reusable tote bags and make sure to take them with you on your next shopping trip! I plan on making a set of five of these bags for my mom and sister and giving it to them as a Thanksgiving present! To me there is nothing better then a handmade gift! Especially a gift as practical as a tote bag! 

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5. Halloween Fabric Tags 

 Fabric gift tags are the perfect touch to any present or treat bag. Looking for a easy scrap buster project? Look no further! Take your gift giving game to the next level by adding a personalized touch to all your handmade gifts! 

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Fabrics used: Boardwalk Delight Fabrics 

6. Kitty Cat Costume Tutorial 

If your anything like me you never know what to dress up as at Halloween and of course you wait til the last min and all the good costumes are taken. Don't worry you can make your own! Kitty Cat Costume to the rescue! This three piece set will have everyone asking where you bought your costume! We used the "Leopardess" print from Esoterra fabrics

 

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I hope these patterns have inspired you to sew something up for the Halloween/ Thanksgiving season! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


An endless love for flowers: Wild Bloom by Bari J.

Hello, beautiful sewists!

Raise your hand if you love flowers as much as you love sewing! I know I sure do! Ever since I was a kid, I have fond memories of gardening with my mom (who also loves flowers), visiting botanical gardens, and when I learned how to draw it was the first thing I was inspired by. It’s no surprise that flowers make the world more beautiful! Especially when you incorporate them in fabrics, quilts, and sewing projects.

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I know that during the fall it’s not conventional to use many flowers; but I encourage you to go against the current and use florals all year long. One designer that always makes us fall in love with florals no matter what season it is, is Bari J. She has knocked it out the park with her newest collection, Wild Bloom fabrics. From sketchy flower branches, bright bouquets, and vibrant hand painted blooms, this collection will have you dreaming of lovely gardens.

Another thing that makes this collection one of a kind, are the vibrant colors that splash each print! I’m currently obsessed with this pouch that combines one the collection’s florals with the “Sashiko Florette Coral” print because of how eye catching it looks with these bright colors. Isn’t is stylish?

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OK, so now that we’ve devoted our love for flowers, you have to check out the Wild Bloom lookbook! Explore all the trendy outfits, stunning quilts, and projects for sewists of all levels.

 

 

Bring a dose of color into your home with the “Splendorous” free quilt pattern.

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We also have a curated selection of blenders for you to use in all your other Wild Bloom projects. What do you think?

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Last but not least, a giveaway awaits you!

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Simply fill the form below for a chance to win a bundle of Wild Bloom by Bari J. Giveaway ends October 19th. Good luck!

 

I hope you love Bari’s exuberant world of flowers!

 

Happy sewing!

-Stephanie

Congrats, Evy Hawkins! You've won the bundle Wild Bloom fabrics. Please check your email.  

 

DIY Halloween Kitty Cat Costume

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Did I scare you? :) Halloween is around the corner and it's time to start thinking about what you are going to dress up as. For me my go to outfit is a being a cat, which inspired me to create the Kitty Cat Costume Tutorial. This three piece set is easy and fun to make and all there is left to do is to draw some whiskers and a cat nose and your ready to go! We made our Kitty Cat Costume with  the "Leopardess" print from Esoterra fabrics! To find the full tutorial head over to the weallsew blog!  Looking for more Halloween inspired sewing tutorials try making Halloween gift tags to add to all your treat bags. 

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What are some of your go to Halloween costumes? Got any memorable Halloween moments? One Halloween I will never forget is when my twin brother, my younger sister and I dressed up as Power Rangers! We thought we were so cool in our bright colorful costumes! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


How to Make a Single Irish Chain Quilt Block Tutorial

Hi There Quilty Friends, 

Who loves sewing for the little ones in your life? I know I am obsessed with being an Auntie and making things for my niece and three nephews! My brother's kids are the best because every time I make them a handmade gift they love it so much. It makes me feel like I am the best Auntie ever! The new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection is the Single Irish Chain Block featuring Lambkin Fabrics. I am flipping out at how adorable this collection is and how Bonnie Christine created two different colorways to cater to girls and boys!  

The adorable "Sir Wooly" print makes his debut in the center of my block and he is framed with the great "Arista Oats" print which has a mixture of numbers, letters, and fun symbols! The corner blocks are made with the "Keeping Watch Dim" print which I think is so dreamy with crest moon, stars and  a sprinkle of metallic.  I definitely see myself making a baby quilt using this block design for my 1 year old godson! 

 

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Watch the video tutorial below to make your version of the Single Irish Chain Block. Don't forget to share your  blocks using AGF fabrics on Instagram using the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection to be entered to win our monthly AGF Fabric Bundle Giveaway!  

 

 Happy Sewing, 

Meli


7 accessories for Fall

Gather around, cold fronts are coming and we put together a list of the main elements this season entails- from accessories for her, to those little ones as well. As the temperature drops, there is nothing cozier than dressing the part in the colors this time of the year brings. We've got your favorite accessories, but with an AGF twist and a pattern that goes along with, so you're not far from obtaining your own.

 

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Mini Halloween Pillows - No Sew Tutorial

Hey there, makers!

With October being in full swing, I know most of you are preparing for Halloween. This holiday is so much fun because you get to dress up in funky costumes, you have an excuse to eat boatloads of candy, AND you get to decorate with “spooky” things you wouldn’t have in your house normally. I must admit, i’m a scaredy-cat when it comes to spooky things but I like decorating with festive things like jack-o-lanterns, cats, and ghosts that have a cute twist.

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I’ve paired up with my colleague Eli, from our production team to show you how to make some adorable Halloween inspired mini pillows with our Pure Elements, Squared Elements, and AGF Denim. For those of you who are beginners or are looking for a quick project to do with the kids, this project is perfect because there’s no sewing involved.

So, let’s get to it! Here’s what you’ll need:

Materials

  • Spooky templates (download here)
  • Fabric Scraps
  • 2 - 6.5”x 6.5” squares of black or dark colored fabric (use two 8.5” squares for pumpkin and cat design)
  • Steam-A-Seam (double stick fusible web)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Fabric Marking Pen
  • Batting
  • Iron

Step 1:

Cut a piece of fabric about the size of the design you’ll be making from the template. Place a piece of Steam-A-Seam onto the fabric and press.

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Step 2:

Place your template on the side with Steam-A-Seam and trace your template. (Keep in mind which direction you want the character to face because when you turn the fabric over the traced icon will face the opposite way.)

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Step 3:

Cut the design, peel the paper off the Steam-A-Seam, and place on the background fabric. Press to make your cut-out designs stick to the background fabric. Repeat this process for the rest of the icons based on your pillow design.

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Step 4:

Flip the front of your pillow top and fold a ¼” seam around the square. Iron it to keep it in place. Repeat this step with the backing of your pillow.

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Step 5:

Cut out three 5" strips of Steam-A-Seam and place over folded seams and press. Cut two 2.5” strips for the fourth side and press. (Note: Use 7” strips if you’re making the other pillow designs.)

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Step 6:

Peel the paper off all the strips except from one of the shorter ones and place the top of the pillow over the backing. Iron the edges to make sure the sides stick together. (The side you didn’t peel off will leave a little hole to insert the batting.)

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Step 7:

Fill the pillow with batting until fluffy. Make sure not to overfill it!

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Step 8:

Peel the paper off the last strip of fusible web and iron to seal the opening.

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Step 9:

Voila! Your pillow is complete!

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Follow all of these steps to make the cat and jack-o-lantern designs!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. If you celebrate Halloween, let me know in the comments what’s your favorite thing about this holiday is.  

 

Happy decorating! 

-Stephanie


AGF Mood Monday - Our Own Collectibles

Where to start? Humans. We are incredible. We can imagine things and then bring those things to reality. Sometimes those things are similar to one another, yet they are perfectly unique, and when we start to gather more than three of the "same" thing then we call it a collection.

If you are like me then you like to collect different things, and please don't confuse it with hoarding or impulsive buying; the floor at my house is still visible, and most things I collect are "rescued;" they were either going to the garbage through someone else's hands, or I rescued them from a second-hand store or thrift shop. I'd call it an organic way of collecting.

When I moved to the U.S I was amazed by this avid culture of collecting groups of the same thing, especially stamps because those seemed so boring, and now, although not diligently, I collect stamps. 

Do you collect anything? 

There must be at least a couple of you who collect kitchen tins or milk glass, and yes, fabric counts, especially if you collect a particular design. So don't shy away,  please share.

It's beautiful how we can relate objects to people who collect them. My dad collects hangers, among a hundred other things (I think I get it from him), but every time I see something with a hanger on it, or like the other day when I saw these tiny hanger charms at the craft store, I thought: "dad!"

I could stay all day writing about the things I collect, and the amount of panda, bicycle, or "creepy" toys I've received as presents because my friends relate those things to me, but in the exercise of choosing which collection to show you I decided to go with the least obvious yet most present in my house (especially in my closet), and that is my collection of red things.

My whole life I have been nicknamed different red things like strawberry or cherry, and I'm also "Red" to my closer friends, because I have red hair, so it might have permeated my favouritism, but I naturally gravitate toward the red (hence the moped and matching helmet). Red jackets and dresses are a magnet to me, and I made the dress in the centre of the photo for last New Year's Eve using Aurora Red* from Pure Elements:

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*Little details: We named this colour Aurora Red after the polar lights (aurora borealis) and the shade of red that can sometimes be seen during a display.

Hoping you start the week in a great mood,

Lauv