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Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #11 - Patchwork Stuffed Toy

ProjectLOGO_finalThe November Challenge is....

A patchwork toy/stuffed animal. This challenge is just in time the Holidays coming up and will make a great gift for a special little one.

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Requirement:
- Must use the "patchwork" technique
- Must use min of 3 fabrics for the body.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on October 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging: We will have 6 people voting this month ... AGF team (4 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)


And the WINNER of last months challenge is.....

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 Congrats Linda Carlson!!!

This month had some amazing entries. We have come to hate voting because each project really has some amazing thought and work put into it and each one fits what you all need out of it.

We want to thank you all for joining us and really hanging in there...

Next month is the last month of the challenge and we have a nice lil project in store...

Happy sewing!

 

May your thread be strong and your machine speedy,

<3 Your AGF team


Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge # 10 - Traveling Mending Kit

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This month the challenge will be a traveling/portable mending kit. This kit will hold all the essentials (and maybe a bit more) necessary to make on-the-go mends.

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Our mending kit features pockets to store thread, buttons and all types of notions as well as a pair of scissors and pin-cushion for your needles. This kit has it all.

Now for the requirements for this challenge are as follows:

1. Must fold in 3 parts.

2. Must contain a minimum of 2 pockets for storage.

3. Must store all essentials for a mending kit (i.e. scissors, measuring tape, buttons, needles, thread)

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on October 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging:  We will have 7 more people voting this month ...  AGF team (5 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote)  and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)

Participating in the AGF Project Challenge 2012 and you have blog? Want to add this badge to your Facebook pictures...

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Well go ahead and download it here and show your support!

Ladies, good luck and may your thread be strong and machine speedy,

<3 AGF team

 

 


Fat Quarter Gang - Gradiance Bed Runner by Quilt Dad

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Hello, John here from the Quilt Dad blog. We’ve all seen table runners that so beautifully add a touch of quilting and the beauty of our favorite fabrics to enhance our home decor.  But have you ever heard of a bed runner? Why not add a touch of your favorite colors and prints to your bedroom as well? Sometimes we don’t have time to make a full quilt for our beds, but still need a fix of our favorite fabrics.

This strip-pieced project provides a quick way to make a fun embellishment for a made bed.  Consider one for your guest room, kids’ rooms, as a gift for a loved one, or for your own bed!

Finished size: 24” x 94”

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Materials needed:

  • 48 - 2.5” x 22” strips of various solids and prints; 4 strips each of 12
    different fabrics.  I cut mine from fat quarters of Pure Elements and
    Oval Elements.  Consider using a range of tones and colors that
    represent a gradation from light to dark.  (Note: I used 5 additional fabrics for my sample bed runner to make it wider. Simply adjust the measurements to make your runner as wide as you’d like!)
  • ½ yard of a sashing fabric.  Cut 7 strips measuring 2.5” x 44” each.  Trim these sashing strips down to 2.5” x 24.5” each.
  • ½ yard of a binding fabric.
  • 2 ½ yards of a backing fabric.

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Assembly:

  • Arrange your 12 fabrics in an eye-pleasing order, from top to bottom.  Separate
    your 48 fabric strips into 4 identical sets of 12 colors and prints. Make note of your fabric order, to refer to throughout the project.

Beginning with one set, strip piece the strips together along their 22” sides, starting from the top:

  • Sew together the first 6 strips, pressing seams open as you go.
  • When
    the first 6 strips are pieced together, take the sewn piece to your
    cutting table.  From this 12.5” x 22” piece, cut 2 - 10.5” x 12.5”
    columns.
  • Sew together the remaining 6 strips, pressing seams open as you go.
  • When
    the remaining 6 strips are pieced together, take the sewn piece to your
    cutting table.  From this 12.5” x 22” piece, cut 2 - 10.5” x 12.5”
    columns.
  • Sew together 2 full columns so that each column is 10.5” wide by 12 strips (24.5”) tall.

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  • Repeat these steps with your other 3 sets of 12 strips, ensuring you are following the same order of colors and prints.  This will result in a total of 8 identical columns measuring 10.5” wide by 12 strips (24.5”) tall.

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  • Sew the bed runner together from left to right, inserting a sashing strip in between the pieced columns.
  • Baste, quilt, and bind your bed runner, and enjoy!

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If you make a Gradiance Bed Runner, I’d love to see it!  Please be sure to add it to my Quilt Dad is my Homeboy Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/quiltdad/.

 

Now enter to win a fat quarter bundle of 6 Pure Elements and 6 Oval Elements to make your very own Gradiance Bed Runner.

Giveaway Rules: 

Leave a comment on Quilt Dad's blog and let him know in your comment what is your favorite Pure Element or Oval Element.

And don't forget to be eligible you must ...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until Friday, Aug, 10th.

Happy Sewing,

<3 AGF Team & The Fat Quarter Gang


Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge # 8 - Apron

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Last month's challenge was...challenging. So after some pleading...and requesting we have taken it easier on your ladies... but not a whole lot!! This is a challenge after all :)

August's challenge will be an apron. There are many tutorials around the web that can help you make this project and there will be no requirements ... So you can get creative with it.

Look around Pinterest and to some of your favorite bloggers for easy to follow patterns.

Below is one we made for our Paradise collection:

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and here is another sample that comes from the LillyBelle collection:

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So enjoy yourselves this month. The apron does not have to be full to qualify.. so make it work for what you will use it for (i.e. gardening, cooking, wearing cuz it is cool.. whatever you want.)

Make sure you have fun with it and you can apply any of the techniques you have learned to date... ahhh a requirement arises.

Requirement:

1. Must include 1 technique that has been used to date in the previous challenges.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" if you want...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on August 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging:  We will have 7 more people voting this month ...  AGF team (5 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote)  and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)

Participating in the AGF Project Challenge 2012 and you have blog? Want to add this badge to your Facebook pictures... Well go ahead, right-click the badge bellow or dowload it here and show your support!

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May your thread be strong and your machine be speedy! Get set GO!!

XOXO, Anais


Fat Quarter Gang - Summerlove Blooms pillow by During Quiet Time

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My name is Amy from During Quiet Time and today I am going to share a paper pieced pillow project that I am calling Summerlove Blooms.  If you are familiar with me, you know that I have become a smidge bit addicted to paper piecing.  A number of people have expressed interest in trying out paper piecing but are intimidated. 

This project is fairly simple, with a limited number of seams to match, and I am going to take you through the paper piecing step by step with lots of pictures.  Here's your chance to give it a try!

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My design is inspired by the floral designs and summery hues of Pat Bravo's Summerlove collection.  You will use 8 fat quarters for this project--and every bit of them too so cut wisely!

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Materials:
8 fat quarters of Summerlove by Pat Bravo:

Coordinating thread
Two 16" pillow forms
Two 14" or larger invisible zippers

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These pillow covers are paper pieced. It's a great pattern for someone new to paper
piecing to tackle because the pattern is simple and the fabrics are somewhat low contrast
and patterned and therefore very forgiving.

Download SummerloveBlooms_FQG pattern.

Want to win an identical bundle used in this tutorial? Well enter and get a chance at winning your very own bundle.

For the giveaway: 

Leave a comment on Amy's blog telling her what your experience is with paper piecing. 

And don't forget to be eligible you must ...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until Friday, Aug, 3rd.

 

Happy Sewing :)

<3 Love,

The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF team

*** Want the PDF? Check out AGF Consumer site for previous member projects and their PDF's ****


Striped strips anyone?

The chevron mania is still at its peak, and recently I have been drawn to recreate this graphic pattern in other ways. What better to create a zigzag pattern than a basic striped fabric? 

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At AGF we always like to include geometrical and linear prints in our collections. I grabbed some of the striped designs from the Sugar, Poetica, and Bespoken Collections, and started playing around with the angle and position of the fabric to come up with this block tutorial.

It is clearly not a defined chevron design, but rather a party of stripes and color. I had an initial concept of cutting the majority of the fabrics at 45º angles (biased), but the more I saw the lines, the more I loved their “natural” way, and I think that the simplicity of perpendicular lines transformed into something fun and dynamic (not to mention that it also saves more fabric for future projects).

This tutorial makes a 10" x 10” block.

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You can mix and match with striped fabrics that you already own, but for this block I used:


1. 1” x 10” strip of Apricot Crepe from the Pure Elements Collection
1. 2” x 10” strip of Spirited Verse Candy from the Poetica Collection (cross-grain)

1. 2 ½” x 10” strip of Spirited Verse Azure from the Poetica Collection (straight-grain)
1. 2 ½” x 3 ¾” strip of Stitchery Citrus from the Bespoken Collection (bias)
1. 2 ½” x 4” strip of Stitchery Aqua from the Bespoken Collection (bias)
1. 2 ½” x 2 ¾” rectangle of Festival Fuchsia from the Pure Elements Collection
1. 3 ½” x 10” strip of Honey Ribbons from the Sugar Collections (straight-grain)

1. 1 3/8” x 10” strip of Mauvelous from the Pure Elements collection.

To make this block (1/4” seam allowance):

Lay out your pieces before you start sewing in the way they would look at the end. I find it helpful to work from this layout as I sew- it will be far less likely to get your pieces mixed up.

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Now you can proceed to attach the two biased pieces to the Festival Fuchsia rectangle. To create a more interesting visual effect, arrange them as though the lines will cross (if you were to make a whole quilt this will give it that subtle but oh-so-wonderful chevron effect from a distance). This will be the center panel:

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Now that you have only vertical piecing, you can begin from left to right with the Apricot Crepe strip, and then attach the remaining five strips.

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 Make sure to press open each seam after you sew.

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Here is the finished block on the design wall.

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I created the quilt digitally to see what it would look like. I love the playfulness of the stripes, and the subtle chevron.  It could be a perfect match for a children’s room (switch all stripes to neutral colors and it will be a great modern quilt for a boy’s room!).Digital_quilt_WEB

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please share your line-party quilt creations as everyone at AGF would love to see them!

Rock & Sew!

<3 Laura