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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


Learn About ANGLES - A new division of AGF

Hey there, fabric connoisseurs!

 

A few weeks ago we revealed that AGF has opened a new division of fabrics named ANGLES! We have been so flattered by everyone’s positive response and curiosity that we wanted to give you more details about this exciting new project.

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Many makers have been asking the following questions and we're happy to answer all of them:

  • What is ANGLES and what does it mean?

  • What kind of designs should I expect to see in ANGLES?

  • Will the collections be made with the same quality of current AGF collections?

  • Who are the current Angles designers and will more designers be added to this new division?


What is ANGLES and what does it mean?

ANGLES is our new fabric division. Here at AGF we believe that fabrics are works of art that can be seen, used and interpreted in many ways. Hence fabrics can be seen from many "angles". We believe in what makes you happy, which means using prints you love in the way you want and combining them to suit your specific needs. This pays way to a new wave of designers, styles, and trends that will influence the way we sew in the years to come.

We want to keep inspiring you everyday. For this reason, we are embracing unique talents and myriad of design styles through our new fabric division, ANGLES. From vintage inspired motifs to funky trends, we are excited to open the doors to a new generation of fabric designers that will create new textile movements.

What kind of designs should I expect to see in ANGLES?

To put it in simple terms, you’ll be able to see a little bit of everything in this new fabric division. From cute novelty prints, to vintage designs appropriated into modern themes, to funky unimaginable prints! There will be a medley of styles to suit all of your sewing needs.

Will the collections be made with the same quality as other AGF collections?

The fabric collections created under ANGLES will have the SAME GREAT QUALITY as current AGF collections. As a maker, you’ll be able to enjoy new design aesthetics that will suit a variety of styles while sewing with the same amazing softness, drape, and vibrance that AGF always delivers.

Who are the current Angles designers and will more designers be added to this new division?

It is very important for us to bring you unique and exclusive design styles. Therefore, we are happy to have Dana Willard from Made Everyday and Amy Sinibaldi from Nanacompany as our introductory ANGLES designers! They’ll be showing off their unique styles with their new collections in the upcoming months. Each collection will consist of 16 cotton prints with 3 prints in knits and 1 print in canvas.

 

Dana will present Fiesta Fun fabrics | Available December 2016

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Amy will present Charleston fabrics & Les Petits fabrics | Available March 2017

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And YES! In the future we do plan on adding more designers to ANGLES. We’ll be announcing new additions in the future, so stay tuned! 


We hope you are as excited as we are to learn and sew with the new collections from ANGLES! Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions regarding our new fabric division.

 

Till next time!

Stephanie


Fall 2016 Quilt Market Recap

Hey fabulous makers!

I hope everyone had a great week! Now that we’re back from Quilt Market we’re ready to start showing off our upcoming collections. But before we do that, we have to show you a glimpse of our time at the trade show. We’ve prepared a re-cap for you to experience all the fun we had at the show!

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For this year’s concept, we designed an open plan booth surrounded by themes of color. We wanted to show off all the bright colors in our fabrics. So, the best way of doing this was by creating color stories with handmade products and inspirational images. Our layout reminded me so much of the beautiful merchandising of retails stores like Anthropologie.

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One of my favorite parts of the booth was the floor. I know it sounds bizarre, but it was amazing! We covered the black convention center floor with patterned decals that said LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. I thought it was a beautiful way of summing up our ideas and all of the things we love.

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But the most exciting part of this year’s Quilt Market in Houston was that we won the 1st Place Multiple Booths Award! We were over the moon when we heard the announcement and they came to hand us the award. This showed us that hard work pays off and we were so happy to share our joy with everyone who came by our booth.

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To take a glimpse at Quilt Market with an AGF twist, I invite you to view this video re-cap we’ve prepared for you (and you get to see me as the host (✿◠‿◠)). Enjoy!

I hope you had fun watching our re-cap video and that you felt like you were there with us.

Feel free to tell us about your favorite parts of the video in the comments.

 

See ya!

-Stephanie


LIVE from Quilt Market in Houston

Hey there, beautiful makers!

One of our favorite times of the year has arrived! It’s time for FALL QUILT MARKET in Hosuton, TX! Over the past weeks you got to see all the amazing fabric collections we have prepared for you this season and now we get to show them off to all your favorite shops. Since Quilt Market is only open for industry professionals (fabric shops, long arm quilters, pattern makers, etc.) we know it’s a bummer that all of you awesome makers can’t come.

But that’s not going to stop us from bringing you with us! Get ready to take a tour of our Quilt Market Booth, LIVE on Facebook. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 30th around 2:00 pm EST to see how creative our booth design is this time! Also, make sure to keep your eyes glued to our Instagram account to see all of our antics from the moment we build our booth. We can’t wait to show you everything!

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Hope you see us at Quilt Market!

-Stephanie


Introducing Our Newest Blog Contributor: Christine

Hi AGF fans!

I’m super excited to be able to introduce myself today as a new contributing member to the AGF Creative Blog!  My name is Christine Mahecha and I’ve been behind the scenes at AGF for a while on the product design team, designing quilts, sewing clothes and making plushies.  You may have seen my semi-awkward cameo appearances in the Millie Fleur and Pandalicious lookbooks (Disclaimer: I studied fashion design, not modeling). 

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I'm standing in front of a leaf stamp art display I created for our Observer collection.

Let me say, for a lifelong maker working at AGF is a dream!  It’s the greatest pleasure to be able to combine my love of sewing, textiles, art, color, design, and DIY EVERYTHING in my job.  You’d think that as a recovering fabric hoarder this would be a dangerous place to work at, perhaps you’re thinking of dire parallels like a chocoholic working at that chocolate factory from that I Love Lucy episode… but let me tell you- it’s been the best!  I used to impulse buy tons of questionable prints just because they were on sale before and end up with piles of unusable fabric that would leave me thinking “what on earth possessed me?”  Nowadays, most fabric prints just aren’t up to snuff, even if they’re on sale.  Yup, I won’t lie, working at AGF has turned me into a bit of a fabric snob.  My favorite part of working here is when the advance yardage comes in and we finally get to see what the actual fabric looks like and start to make the products we’ve been designing.  It’s the best! 

Introductions out of the way, now that we’re old internet pals, I’m excited to announce… (drumroll please)… that I’m expecting my first baby in October!  He’s a little boy and I’m super excited!  I’ll be visiting the blog from time to time to share DIY tutorials and sewing projects for the expectant mother.  Whether that’s you, or someone you know that you’d like to sew a gift for I hope you’ll enjoy the posts!

See you soon!

Christine 


The Art of Mutual Learning: The Result

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Hello!

Steph and Lauv here! As you can see: the very serious teacher, and the very happy student (disclaimer: the serious face is part of the clowning around that went on throughout the lecture). We had a lot of fun with this series. So we had decided to interview each other to end the series about the process, the expectations, and the outcome.

Here are a few questions I asked Steph about the process. 

Lauv: So Steph, are you happy with how your mini turned out?

Steph: Yes! It actually turned out exactly how I imagined it. I’ve been showing it off to all my friends and they’ve been telling me that it turned out really cool.

Lauv: Was there any scary or intimidating part during the process?

Steph: I think the whole process for me was scary at the beginning. Just the idea of doing math intimidated me, but once I learned everything step by step I felt more comfortable with the process.

Lauv: Now that you are done, was it easier or harder that you had expected?

Steph: Once I was done, I realized that quilting is harder than I thought! I think what makes quilting difficult is that you have to have lots of patience. You have to be comfortable with making mistakes and doing things over (especially if you’re a beginner).

Lauv: Do you think you'll keep sewing, and is there a particular area of sewing that you want to try?

Steph: I think it would be fun to venture more into sewing! I want to try to make pillows for my living room next and in the future I would love to learn how to sew my own garments. :)


Steph's turn! 

Hello again! It's one thing when you're the student and you're just absorbing information, but being the teacher is a different story. I was really interested to find out how Lauv figured out what and how she would teach me. Here's what she said. ;) 

Steph: How did you organize yourself to know what to teach me?

Lauv: I tried to go in an order in which I'd like to be taught. First going over what it is, the history, the styles, and then getting into the making, following the usual steps that are taken to sew a quilt.

Steph: What was the most difficult thing to teach?

Lauv: First, it was the way to break down your design to maximize fabric usage. I didn't know what you would design and then having to explain how to compartmentalize it was a bit challenging (as you saw) so that you wouldn't get confused or overwhelmed by the amount of different pieces. Then, I think it was the binding because it involves the calculation, the cutting, turning at the corners, and then finishing it.

Steph: What was your favorite part about making your mini quilt?

Lauv: Seeing the colors come together to create the sensation I had in my mind. It's one thing to see it on paper and another one to see it complete.

Steph: Do you have any advice to encourage me to continue sewing/quilting?

Lauv: Get the best tools you can from the beginning because they will make any design you have in mind a smoother transition into real life, and always keep a good attitude. If you make a mistake, gently go back and fix it. I've seen that most of the time when people get frustrated, all they do is make their projects a complete nightmare, and it's really just sewing. It should be a fun learning experience.


Lauv: It makes me happy to see Steph gain a new set of skills through everything I shared with her. The best part is that she's really happy with how her mini turned out. Our minis are not the most miniature, but they're the perfect size for a first time quilting project. 

I was also happy with my result. I named my mini Showtown (keep reading to know why). As I had mentioned on the last post, I used HST to give the illusion of diagonal rhombi, and I also used appliqué to incorporate my fussy-cut porcelain silhouette from the main print in Pastel Thrift. Since I love red, and it represents well the art-of-the-circus-inspiration (I performed as a clown when I was little) of my mini, I included London Red from Pure Elements, and the neutral Black & White to give it a modern feel (I used Snow & Caviar from Pure Elements).

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I went to a town called Gibstonton, also known as Gibtown or Showtown; which is the name I chose to pay homage to this magical place. Many years ago, this town was known for their sideshows and now it's the city of choice for many circus and carnival folk to retire. I took advantage of the trip and brought my mini with me to photograph it around the town. It was very exciting to show the final result!

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Steph: Ok, so the moment I've been waiting for is finally here! Take a look at my completed mini quilt!

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Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the inspiration for my mini quilt was a giant outdoor sculpture (Spiral Jetty) located in Utah. I couldn't resist using natural colors for my mini! As you can see in the picture, I chose Premium Linen from the Denim Studio for the background, a variety of prints from various AGF collections along with Pure Elements and Solid Smooth Denim for the spiral, and Textured Denim for the binding. 

I must admit, learning how to sew and quilt was definitely a learning curve. In the past I had attempted to hand sew buttons and hem a pair of pants but I never ventured into a full creative project until Lauv lead the way for me. During the process I was frustrated many times, I had to re-do many seams, and I felt like I was never going to finish. But I took things slow, tried to be as patient as possible, and eventually I got the hang of sewing.

Since this project was so involved, I now feel comfortable using a sewing machine and I'm completely satisfied with the result of my mini quilt! I wouldn't have been able to get far in the process if it wasn't for my great teacher, Lauv. She explained everything step by step to make sure that I learned everything correctly the first time (a round of applause for Lauv).


We want to thank everyone who has been part of our sewing journey! We hope we've inspired many of you to pass on your love for sewing by teaching a friend or family member how to sew. To celebrate Steph's first successful mini quilt, she's giving away strips/scraps of the fabrics she used in her project!

To enter the giveaway simply fill out the form below. Three winners will be chosen at random using random.org and will be announced on this post and contacted via email. Giveaway ends Monday, July 25th.

 

 We can't wait to share more exciting projects with you in the future!

 

Xoxo,

Stephanie & Lauv

 

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Congrats Allison C., Rosemary B., and Corinne O.! Check your email.