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Underwater Queendom: "Sirena" Fabric Collection

If you grew up in the 1980's, it was inevitable that as a little girl you would end up becoming obsessed with the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid.  I remember when this cartoon movie came out, all the other little girls at school also loved the main character,  Ariel who was a gorgeous, red-headed mermaid. We would all have "singing contest" at school and would compete to see who had the "best mermaid voice." On the weekends when my family and I would head to the beach, I would dive into the Atlantic Ocean and splash around, pretending my two legs were together as a mermaid tail, and I would jump out of the water and do a wet, hair flip just like The Little Mermaid. Looking back now, I realized I haven't changed much at all and still do these things when I'm "under the sea!"

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Sharing a similar love and appreciation for mermaids and marine life, our designer Jessica Swift brought to life her latest fabric collection, Sirena.  Inspired by another amazing mermaid movie, "Splash" this collection takes you under the sea to an queendom of gorgeous mermaids that befriend whalesoctopuses, and admire tropical plant life. The vibrant colors are great for summery sewing projects from quilts, tote bags, throw pillows for outdoor furniture to fun, sun dresses! 

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 For more aquatic-inspired sewing projects that includes quilt, garments and home decor patterns, head over to our  Sirena fabric look-book! 

 

 

Here's our pretty "Bon Bini Quilt" for you to sew this summer, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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I've included these "tropical-colored" blenders for you (in case you need some ideas) that coordinate with Sirena's colorways. Follow our Instagram for upcoming ideas with blenders too! Sirena_Blenders_AGF

Last but not least, one of the best parts of launching a lookbook is our FABRIC COLLECTION GIVEAWAY! Enter a chance to win this Sirena fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, July, 27th, 2018. Good luck! 

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Braids and Quilting!

Hello my quilting friends!

Did you know that hair braiding has a special meaning? Weaving the three strands of hair represents the strengthening of the mind, body, and spirit! I was so inspired by this thought and so in love with the joyous Sparkler Fusion collection that I figured they would be the perfect match to make quilting braids using hexies ... a great way to create beautiful projects with a heartwarming meaning.

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I started by choosing three different fabrics; Crystal Pink for fabric A, Chads Sparkler for fabric B, and Doiland Gloss Sparkler for fabric C to cut 2” hexies. You can choose any size of hexies, just make sure all of them are the same size.


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Then I cut each hexie in half from corner to corner.

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Finally the braiding began…this is the step where I had to pay the most attention to because the joining sides didn’t measure the same. I lined up the short side from fabric A with the long side from fabric B, I sewed them and then I pressed the seam. (Diagram 3)

After this point the following steps were very easy … I just lined up the long side from fabric C with the side of the braid where fabric A and B are joined, then I sewed the seam and pressed again. (Diagram 4)

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I kept on joining half hexies following the same order A – B – C – A – B – C … until my braid got a little longer than what I wanted. And to finish it, I just trimmed the top and bottom edges to square it.

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So after talking about the meaning and the technique, who in your life would you make a braided quilt for?

Happy braiding,

- Laucara


Mystery Monday Giveaway - Reveal!

Hi Makers,

Happy Monday! Hope you are all starting off the week on a great note! To give you some #mondaymotivation, I know you're all patiently waiting for the reveal of our second "AGF Mystery Monday!" 

In case you missed it, we recently launched a NEW GIVEAWAY - AGF Mystery Monday that we'll be hosting once a month where we'll be giving away a MYSTERY BAG (yes, it will have fabric in it and other goodies too) that you can win by entering and guessing what's inside the bag! If you guess correctly, we'll pick you as the WINNER and you'll receive the mystery bag! Each mystery bag every month will have a specific theme, and we'll give you hints as to what's inside the bag. 

Here's the BIG REVEAL for July's mystery's bag...

Our theme this month is "Fruitie Tootie!" 

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It's all FRUIT-THEMED fabric this month, and all of this fabric is going to Mary HowlandCongratulations and please check your email!

In case, you're curious to know where to find this "fruity" fabric we picked for this bundle, I've listed it out for you, so you can easily find it via our site: 

  1. Burnt Orange
  2. Citrus Sunrise
  3. Zocalo Lemon
  4. I Scream, You Scream
  5. Soda Straws
  6. Yuma Melons Mist
  7. Crystal Pink
  8. Ananas Cream
  9. Frutteria Bleu
  10. Lemonade
  11. Shocking Pink
  12. River Shadows Rain
  13. Purple Wine
  14. Capri Blue
  15. Pointelle Pink

 Stay tuned for next's month "Mystery Monday" and thanks to everyone who participated! :)

Let us know if there's a certain theme you'd love to win in a "mystery bag." We always love hearing YOUR ideas! 

Thank you and keep creating,

- Sophia 

 


DIY Fabric Accessories

Hello, makers!

    When I was growing up, I was never the one to dress up or put any jewelry. My mom always hated that I was a tomboy, haha! She would always make me feel bad for not dressing like a “lady”, especially if I walked out of the house without earrings! I guess now, that all grew on me because today I am the complete opposite. I feel weird not wearing any accessories and as you may all know from previous blog posts, I love to paint my nails too! Being such a girly-girl now, I really enjoy putting together an outfit and adding a handmade accessory.

    If you’re an Art Gallery Fabrics fan, you know our lookbooks are filled with wonderful patterns and inspiration for accessories. Since statement earrings and necklaces are high on the trend radar right now for Summer and Fall 2018, I decided to share some pieces that speak to that style, so that you’re up to date with the latest ways to accessorize. All of these fabric accessories also include a tutorial!

1. Buttercup Necklace: If you have a love for EPP projects and accessories, this one goes out to you! Made with Love To Pieces fabrics, make a bold statement with this necklace and complete the look with a tutorial on garment in the lookbook.

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2. Love Rosie Earrings: Wild Bloom fabrics is known for its bright fuchsias and oranges, but there is nothing better to pair up this fabric collection with flashy earrings.

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3. Blossom Spice Earrings:  Besides my love for tassels, long earrings are making a combat in the fashion world. Made with Spices Fusion fabrics, the colors are perfect for any pair of fall colors including some saturated plums and oranges.

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4. Dashing Earrings: These earrings are the equivalent of wearing a bold lip color. It’s just as easy to put on but it will completely transform your outfit. Make your look effortless with Aligned fabrics, containing modern colors with basic blacks and whites.

 

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5. Dream Big Hexagon: Another quick paper piecing project that you can create fun designs on! Like a little flamingo or mini flying geese, how it’s shown in the picture. These hexies were made with Hello Ollie fabrics. ArtGalleryFabrics_Hello Ollie_Necklaces_1

If these projects inspired you to sew more projects, don’t forget to share all your wonderful creations on social media using the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics!

 

Keep creating,

Jannelle

 

 

 

 


AGF MYSTERY MONDAY - Can You Guess What's in The Bag?

 

Hi Makers, 

Ever since I can remember I love "mysteries." From reading Nancy Drew books to playing the board game "Clue" to watching that 90's tv show "Unsolved Mysteries" and Alfred Hitchcock films, I was always obsessed with trying to "solve a puzzle." I loved the challenge of trying to use hints to solve what really happened while being in suspense, and often creeping myself out! 

Luckily, this is a different kind of suspense and I hope you'll enjoy trying to figuring the clues as well. In case you missed our last "AGF Mystery Monday" giveaway, this is a fun approach to our fabric giveaways that require you to put your detective hat on! See all the details below on how to enter the giveaway.

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Try to solve the mystery! Can you guess what's inside the bag? I'll give you a hint below. To enter the giveaway, make sure to do the following:

  1. *Comment below with what you think is in the "mystery bag."
  2. *Fill out the form below.
  3. *Share this blog post with a friend! 

HERE'S YOUR HINT! :)

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Let the guessing begin! ** Giveaway is closed! **

Make sure to stay tuned to our blog for the REVEAL (next Monday, July 16th) of what's inside this mystery bag. 

Good luck and have a wonderful week!

- Sophia 

 


Sew Something Sparkly- Polly's Favorite Quilt Block Tutorial

Hi Makers, 

Wanna make your quilt blocks sparkle? If your answer is duh, yes, of course Meli, then let me introduce you to Sparkler Fusion Fabric Collection. ! If you aren't familiar with AGF Fusions let me tell you about all the awesomeness your missing out on! Fusions by AGF are bite size collections featuring prints from AGF Designers arranged in conceptual themes. When I caught a glimpse at this up coming collection my mind started doing back flips with all of the projects I wanted to sew. I plan on making tons of gifts and projects for the up coming holiday season using Sparkler Fusions.

Today I want to share with you a new block I sewed up called Polly's Favorite! I love the fussy cut deer in the center of my block and I can't get enough of all the sparkly metallic prints!   Hope you enjoy the video tutorial below! Comment below and share with me the things you would make with Sparkler Fusion Fabrics

 

 

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 The first project I want to make is a tablerunner using this block design.  I think it would make a lovely addition to my holiday decor. For more fun quilt block tutorials check out the AGF Quilt Block Collection Playlist

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Happy Sewing, 

Meli