Design

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.


Portrait-Pillow-pinterest-graphic

Fabrics & Materials Used:

Recommended Fabric Choices

  • Face template (download here)

  • Double-sided fusible web

  • Fusible fleece

  • Batting

  • Fabric glue

  • Frixion Pen 

Step 1:

Print and tape together your pattern pieces. I suggest printing out two copies of the sketch, keeping one for reference while sewing the pillow and cutting the other one apart into pattern templates (or you can trace onto pattern paper). You’ll want to cut templates for the face & shoulders (one piece, chin is defined by stitching), hair, eyes, mouth, antlers and moon. Separate templates are provided for antlers and moon.

Step 2: Background and Moon

Cut the background 19" square and back with batting.  Trace Moon Circle Template onto double-sided fusible web, peel and stick to fabric, then cut out and adhere to the background piece following fusible’s instructions and using the sketch for placement. Sew around the moon’s edge with a blanket stitch.

Moon

Step 3: Hair & Face Placement

Trace your hair template onto the fusible web as before and stick to fabric, cutting as one piece with an opening up top at the bangs for the forehead to tuck into. Make little cut outs around the edges to soften the look and give the effect of hair blowing in the breeze. Stick the hair to the pillow (using sketch as placement guide), but only fuse the bottom part leaving the top un-fused.

Fuse face fabric to fusible fleece, pin face and shoulder template to it and cut out. Use a light table (flashlight under a glass table, tape to window on sunny day) to trace face details onto fabric with a Frixion pen. You can’t trace before fusing even though it would be easier because the marks will disappear with the heat. If you don’t have a light table and can’t DIY, then consider using another fabric safe marking pen.

Place your face/shoulders piece onto the pillow and pin the bottom, then tuck under the hair up top and finish fusing the hair. Be very careful not to iron your face! It will remove all your sketches! After fusing the hair, go ahead and scratch at the edges to fray it a bit to add to the wind-blown look.

Hair montage

Step 4: Flower Blouse & Necklace

Roughly cut out flowers from the fabric and stick to the fusible web, then carefully cut around the flowers. Arrange the flowers across the bottom of the pillow until you are happy with the arrangement, then peel and fuse down the flowers. Again, be careful not to accidentally erase your face and chin!

Lower flower placement

Step 5: Antlers & Flower Crown

Fuse the antler fabric to the fusible fleece, then pin antler templates to it and cut them out. Place them on the pillow using guide and adhere them by sparingly dotting the center of the the antler fabric with fabric glue. Edges will be stitched down later, put just enough to prevent them from shifting.

Roughly cut out flowers for the flower crown and stick to the fusible web, then carefully cut around the flowers. Arrange the flowers across the top of the head, over the antlers, until you are happy with the arrangement, then peel and fuse down the flowers. (Don't erase your face!)

Anlters crown

Step 6: Eyes & Lips

Cut out your pupils and lips and stick with double-sided fusible as previously done. This time only use the tip of your iron when fusing to prevent erasing everything. For the lips, cut apart template into top lip and bottom lip and use the dark and light parts of a red flower for the top and bottom lips, respectively.

Step 7: Draw Extra Flowers on face

I added extra flowers and leaf decorations about the eyes at this point. The great thing about the Frixion pens is that you can freehand sketch and if you don’t like it, just press away and it disappears like magic and you can try again. You can see from the picture here that I ended up changing a little what I decided to do around the eyes from what I had originally drawn.

Free motion stitching eyes mouth

Step 8: Free-Motion Quilting

Since the edges of the face and antlers are raised due to the fusible fleece, before free-motion quilting apply a blanket stitch, zig-zag stitch or satin stitch around the edges to secure them.  A satin stitch has the benefit of covering any white fuzz that might show from the fusible fleece.  I attached the face & antlers with a zig-zag thread and then colored in with free-motion quilting until I was satisfied with the result.  Use a dark contrasting color for the thread, I used a dark green. 

Finally, we get to free-motion quilt and here’s where all the fun and magic happens! It really brings our Woodland Fawn sprite to life so take your time and remember that the look of a single line might look sad and wobbly by itself, but when it’s gone over back and forth a couple times it can look like an artist’s sketch. If you’re not comfortable with free-motion quilting practice on a scrap fabric face first. Outline the flowers once or twice, but for the face go back and forth as many times as you need to to get a good dark outline on the eyes, brows, nose and mouth. After you've filled in the face press the pillow top to erase the Frixion pen marks and then decide if you want to go back and add more definition.  After erasing my marks I wasn't happy with the amount of white fabric showing and went back and added more stitching to the eyes and nose. 

Define the hair tresses by drawing in some extra waves with free-motion quilting. At this point I chose to use a lighter color thread (matching the green moon) and use decorative stitching to draw some accent hair strands as well.  You can also see that when free-motion stitching around the antlers I added some scribbles as shading to the undersides to give them a more 3D look. 

20170801_144105_HDR

Step 9: Square off and Finish!

Trim your quilt to 18.5” square and sew an envelope back on it (or your preferred back). I chose the Buck fabric for my back. To make an envelope back cut a 18.5” x 14” rectangle and a 18.5” x 9” rectangle. Press under a quarter inch, and then again another half inch on the overlapping 18.5” long edges. Edge stitch and press. With right sides together line up the raw edges of the rectangles to the sides of the pillow top, overlapping the finished edges in the center to create the envelope back. Sew and serge/ overcast stitch around the edge of the pillow at a quarter inch seam allowance. Turn your pillow inside out, using a chopstick or point turner to pop out the corners.

Remember to enjoy your free-motion quilting, put some nice music on and let the the stitching carry you away. Don’t worry too much about any little imperfections, remember, done is best and perfect doesn’t exist. There are tons of little things I notice on my pillow that might bother me if I let them (and I actually went back into Photoshop and fixed them on the template sketch for your benefit, haha), but I’m proud of the finished product and don’t let them bother me. In the end, it’s those little things that make our handmade products the more special. I hope that you decide to give this pillow a try! (And if you do make sure to tag us on social media so we can see your version!)

Until next time!

~Christine

P.S. For more inspiration made with our other Fusions collections check out this short video.


14 ways to accessorize your home with textiles

To all fellow fabric addicts, as promised... I am focusing on home decor as I am obsessed with my new home and finding new and quirky ways to make it original. This post goes out to everyone out there who is always looking for the next DIY project or different ways to play around with textures and colors. Search no further, I put together a list of chic ways to inspire you into accessorizing every room in your home :)

Hope you like it!

Martina 

 

6a00e553bbe52e883401bb09c34385970d-500wi

 

Continue reading "14 ways to accessorize your home with textiles" »


Projects You Can Make with Fiesta Fun Fabrics

Hey there fabulous makers!

It may be a new week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a little time to sew! Here at the AGF HQ, we’re still energized from the release of Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard. This bright collection has us wanting to throw a party every day. Have you had a chance to check out the look book for this collection? It has tons of funky outfits and vibrant quilts that are just perfect for spring! Here are a few of our favorites…

Fiesta Fun pinterest graphic

If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, we made this quick video that showcases a myriad of projects you can make. Perhaps your next party will be Fiesta Fun themed?

As you can see, the sewing possibilities with this collection are endless! Let me know in the comments what your favorite projects are and if you’ve made anything with Fiesta Fun, feel free to share it on social media with the hashtag #FiestaFunFabrics and #ArtGalleryFabrics.

Happy sewing!

-Stephanie


The Wondrous World of Blithe by Katarina Roccella

Hello fabulous makers!

Isn’t it crazy how we’re only a few days away from the first day of winter? Unlike us in South Florida, many of you are already experiencing colder weather. One thing that’s great about the cool temperatures is that you feel more encouraged to stay indoors and sew! This is the perfect time to work on all your UFO’s, start new cozy quilts, and sew all kinds of winter garments.

One collection that’s ideal for winter is Blithe by Katarina Roccella. This beautiful collection is filled with frosty trees, confident deer, and subdued colors that will have you sewing in a winter wonderland. We must admit that this season, we’ll be experiencing winter vicariously through this collection.

ArtGalleryFabrics_Blithe_PJs_3

One thing I truly love about Blithe is that it was inspired by a beautiful quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  Katarina beautifully translates this quote visually through her use of grays, deep plum, and cool shades of blue.

Swatches

We prepared a wondrous look book for you to feast your eyes on mesmerizing quilts, comfy garments, and classy home décor. Check it out!

 

Oh, And this "Windowscape" FREE QUILT PATTERN is waiting for you to sew it! Doesn't it look cozy?

ArtGalleryFabrics_Blithe_QuiltFree_1

Have some fun mixing and matching fabrics with this color guide. Choose your favorite coordinating blenders and start sewing!

Blenders

Now for the best part… If you want a magical bundle of Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella, make sure to enter our giveaway!

Giveaway graphic blog blithe

To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends Monday, December 19th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with Blithe. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make!

Till next time,

Stephanie

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Brooke Osborne, you've won the Blithe Giveaway! Check your email:)

 

P.S. Check out this video for some fun moments from the Blithe photoshoot. Enjoy!


Sew Cheerfully with Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline

HereComesTheFun_banner

Hey fabulous makers!

The other day I had a thought… trends come and go but colors are always cool. There’s something so interesting about mixing and matching bright colors to create modern sewing masterpieces. Colors can change the mood of any project and if you choose vibrant hues, all your projects will instantly exude joy.

One collection that screams happiness is Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline. This collection is filled with happy lyrics, bold brush strokes inspired by street art, and whimsy florals that will simply make you smile when you sew with these prints. I personally have a special connection with this fun collection because it reminds me of the Arts District in Miami called Wynwood. The bright colors in this collection and especially the “Improv Strokes” print remind me of the beautiful murals that line the streets of that neighborhood.

Skort square
Skirt featuring "Improv Stroke Citrus" print

I can already envision modern color block quilts and tons of children’s clothes with this youthful collection. Caroline has shown off her bubbly personality in her designs once more!

Here Comes the Fun Product Inspiration Girls 14

Brighten your day by browsing through the look book and get inspired by cute garments, colorful quilts, and much more!

 

Bring a fun accent to your little one’s room with this “Happy Song” FREE QUILT PATTERN.   

Here-Comes-The-Fun-Products-Inspiration-Quilt-FREE-2

And if you’re wondering what blenders coordinate with this vibrant collection, here’s a nice selection of our specially curated AGF Elements. ;)

Here comes the fun blenders

But the real fun doesn’t start until you enter the GIVEAWAY! Win a bundle of Here Comes the Fun!

Giveaway blog hcf

To enter fill the form below. ;)

Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 29th at 3:00pm. Winner will be announced on this post.

 

I hope you’re excited to start creating beautiful projects with this collection. Stay tuned for more exciting things from AGF!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie

 

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie Eaquivel, you've won the Here Comes the Fun Giveaway! Check your email:)

 
P.S. If you're wondering how fun it was to make this look book, check out this video. :)


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.

  Angles logo cropped

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

Fiesta fun blog graphic

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

Charleston blog graphic

  Les petits pic with logo

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


10 quilt blocks we love!

Hello Hello!

Have you ever wondered what are some of our go-to quilt blocks?

Well, here at AGF HQ we like every single quilt block but, as everyone else we have our favorite ones! I made a little graphic to show you which ones are our favorite ones and I will show you some pictures of quilt's we have made in the past with some of these quilt blocks!  

Quilt blocks blog post

The reason why we love these 10 quilt blocks is because you can arrange them differently and they will always look good. Another good thing is that some of them are easy to make for beginners! Depending on the fabric you use, you can give your quilts that "traditional" or "modern" touch. Also, these quilt blocks are very popular because they have been around since day one.

What I found very interesting about the quilt blocks is that when I first started working in this industry I didn’t imagine quilts involved math in the making process. For me it just looked like something super complicated and almost impossible to make. Then, I realized how something so complicated can be simple! ( Wait, I’m not saying quilting is easy) but at first it just looked impossible to me. Oh! And in case you didn’t know, the names given to the quilt blocks are deeply rooted in the history of America. For example: religion, historical events, environment, everyday objects and the influences upon quilter lives.

Now, let me show you  quilts we have made with some of these blocks!

MorningWalk_llanoQuilt_1
FREE quilt pattern "Llano Street" Featuring Morning Walk fabrics

Here you can see the Flying Geese quilt block. We love using a fresh combination of colors we used to create this beautiful quilt! Click here to download pattern.  


Curiosities_Quilt-Free_2
FREE quilt pattern "Abundance" Featuring Curiosities Fabrics

Here, you can see the nine patch block. This block is fun to use when mixing and matching differnt prints. Click here to download the pattern


Cherie_freeQuilt_uk
FREE quilt pattern. Featuring Cherie Fabrics

In this quilt you can see the log cabin block. Don't the subtle colors make this quilt look calming? Click here to download pattern


Oh well, if it was for me I would show you 1000 pictures of different quilts! They are all beautiful! Before I forget, I would like to invite you to check out our website because we have TONS of free quilt patterns! You can find quilt patterns for every taste and every level.

I hope you all enjoyed!

 

Lots of love,

Caro 

 

 

Just in case you want to know where I found this cool info!

Source:

Quilt Blocks. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://www.quilting-in-america.com/quilt-blocks.html

 


AGF Stitched with Kimberly : The Timber Quilt

AGF Stitched logo

Hello, hello!

This week we’re excited to share with you the latest episode of AGF stitched with Kimberly! In Kimberly’s tutorial, you will learn how to make a lovely Timber quilt featuring Pat Bravo’s newest collection, Heartland.

Timber-quilt

Download the FREE PATTERN to this darling quilt and watch Kimberly show you how to construct each block step-by-step. If you would like to re-create this quilt with Heartland, you can purchase the quilt kit at Fat Quarter Shop.

If you’re curious to see different versions of this quilt, check out the list of makers that put their own twist on the pattern with other AGF collections.

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Melanie from Mostly Crafty

Natalia from Piece N' Quilt

Heather & Megan from Quilt Story

Afton from Quilting Mod

Erin from Why Not Sew

Here are a few of our favorites!

AGF stitched collage
Credits: Heather from Quilt Story (top left), Melanie from Mostly Crafty (top right), Melissa from Happy Quilting (bottom left), and Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset (bottom right). 

Let us know in the comments what you think about the Timber quilt. :)

 

Till next time,

Stephanie


AGF + Aurifil = Perfection

Hello Fabric & Aurifil lovers!

I hope you guys had an awesome labor day weekend! What a better way to end this short week than by telling you more about Aurifil threads. Did you know we have Aurifil thread boxes to match with the identity of each AGF designer? Each box comes in a variety of thread weights.

These threads were hand picked & curated by each designer to match all of their collections.They come in small boxes with 10 spools and large boxes with 12 spools! Don't you think it's awesome? You don't have to struggle anymore by finding the right color, especially for top stitching!

IMG_1487

If you're wondering what makes Aurifil different from other threads, here are a few facts they have provided us so that you can get to know them better. :)

Aurifil infographic

Here at the AGF HQ we are Aurifil lovers, not only because they have an endless variety of colors but because they are strong threads that wouldn't break while you are sewing! But don't take our word for it, we encourage you to try them yourself. Check out their website to learn more about Aurifil

Now that you've had a crash course on Aurifil thread, which AGF designer thread box would you love to have for your next project?!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of love,

Caro


Observer Fabrics: The Beauty of Textures & Surroundings

Hey, Everyone!

Lately, I’ve been thinking how in today’s society it’s so easy to live life on auto-pilot. We wake up, drink our coffee, get the ready for work, come back home, try to take five minutes to sew something (if possible), go to sleep, and then start all over again. Sometimes we get stuck in our routines and we don’t realize how beautiful our surroundings can be. We forget to admire the glistening morning dew on our gardens or how cute the buttons on our favorite shirts are.

I know it sounds silly, but we have to stop and “smell the flowers” because life is short and we should enjoy every bit of it. One of our designers, April Rhodes really put this into perspective with her new collection Observer. This fabric collection, is inspired by the many man-made and naturally occurring patterns that surround us. Whether it’s the chipped paint on a dingy wall or a birds eye view of the city at night, they are little details that make our world beautiful.

Observer_banner

What’s great is that you can incorporate this amazing world or textures and patterns into your sewing. Observer is filled with minimal prints combined with artistic motifs such as, subtle paint splatters and edgy tie-dyes. Some of my favorite projects that were made with this collection were trendy totes and bags because they reminded me of products you can find in stores like Anthropologie and Free People.

ArtGalleryFabrics_Observer_Handbags_1

The colors of this collection are also great for home décor! The warm mustard yellows combined with the dusty blues and navy are nice accents without being overpowering.

ArtGalleryFabrics_Observer_Mini&Pillows_1

If you’re loving these projects already, feel free to check out the look book. It’s filled with tons of garments, quilts, and home décor ideas. Plus, some of the projects have links to the patterns!

 

One project you have to download is this “Inward” FREE QUILT PATTERN! Its unique design combined with the muted color will look great in your home.

ArtGalleryFabrics_Observer_FreeQuilt_1

If you’re looking to mix and match a few blenders into your projects, we’ve prepared a curated selection of AGF elements that coordinate with this collection.

Observer blenders

Last but not least, don’t forget to enter our GIVEAWAY! Your stash is yearning for a bundle of this stylish collection!

GIVEAWAY GRAPHIC OBSERVER

To enter:

 Simply fill out the form below. 

Giveaway ends Monday August 29th at 3:00pm EST. Good luck!

We can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make with Observer fabrics!

Till next time,

Stephanie

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Linda Williamson , you've won the Observer fabric bundle! Check your email.

 
 

P.S. Here's a cute video that sums up the beauty of this collection. ;)