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Fat Quarter Gang - Tea Time Trivet by i heart linen

 6a00d8341ccf5c53ef017ee56275de970dHey everyone!

Rashida here, checking in for the very last Fat Quarter Gang post!!  Booooooo. So sad, but it's been so fantastically fun, no?  I know you're thinking, "why does it have to end?"

Well, while you're pondering it how about a super cute, quick, easy project to soothe the sorrow in your heart?  A sweet little for your tea pot to rest it's warm little bottom on. Ready?  Let's do this thang! 

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FINISHED SIZE -  8" x8" 

SUPPLIES

  • 4 gorgeous fat quarters from Art Gallery Fabrics 
  • Linen scraps
  • High Loft Polyester Batting
  • 4 Felted Balls
  • Coordinating Embroidery Thread
  • Matching Thread 
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Acrylic Ruler

 

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CUTTING 

 

Patchwork - Cut two 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from each fat quarter

                  Cut eight 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from linen

 

Backing Fabric - Cut one 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square

 

Batting  - Cut two 10" squares

 

 

 

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INSTRUCTIONS

Place your 16 squares in front of you right side up and decide how you'd like them to be laid out. 

 


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Stich one cotton square to one linen square forming 8 pairs. Press the seams open. 


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Next place two pairs, right sides together and stich along the length to form a wee block.  Repeat with the remaining pairs.  You will have 4 sections. Press all the seams open.  Finally stitch all of the sections together to form one 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" block.  Press the seams open. 

 

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Next, form a sandwich using the batting, patchwork right side up, and backing piece right side down in that order.  Starting and ending with a backstitch, stitch all the way around the perimeter of the square through all of the layers.  Be sure to leave an opening for turning!  Trim away the excess batting, clip the corners and turn right side out.  Push the corners out with a knitting needle or some similiar pointy thingy.  Don't close that opening yet!  We have to do the fun part first!

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Now grab your felt balls and your embroidery thread.  Thread your needle and tie a secure knot on the end of the embroidery thread. From the inside of the trivet pull the threaded needle through one of the corners to the outside.  Grab a felted ball and insert the needle just a wee bit as shown in the photo below and pull the thread all the way through.  

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Move the ball to the corner of the trivet, push the needle back through the corner to the wrong side of the trivet.  You can repeat this one more time (or not) and then secure the ball with a knot on the wrong side of the trivet.  Repeat this with the remaining corners and felt balls.  Blindstitch the opening of the trivet closed. 

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Finally, handstitch some tufting or quilt your little trivet to your hearts desire and you're all set!  Tea time!  


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I'm a tea sort of girl, but will indulge in some coffee whenever I feel a need for a pick me up.  Are you Team Tea or Team Coffee?

Pop on over to my blog, iheartlinen and let me know wh in the comments to win a bundle of the pretties I used in this project!

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform(PinterestFacebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Now, normally I would say "Til next week" but alas, this is the last Fat Quarter Gang post. We do have some new projects we are working on, so fret not, we will give you more tutorials soon!

So with that I sign off....

Til next time,

The Fat Quarter Gang and AGF!


Fat Quarter Gang - Stackable Squishable Fabric Blocks by Always Expect Moore

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 Hi! I'm super excited to be here at Art Gallery Fabrics today to share these fun stackable, squishable fabric blocks! My name is Carolina, and you can find me most days at 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore, sharing all kinds of fun crafting and sewing projects!

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My mom taught me to sew when I was 6, and I made my first bed-sized quilt when I was 13, so I've always had a passion for fabrics. And I LOVE Art Gallery fabrics - they feel unlike anything else! I don't know what kind of textile magic they do... but it makes AGF wonderful for any projects that will get a lot of touch - like these stackable, squishable fabric blocks.

I have two very active boys, as well as 3 nephews and 2 nieces. So I love having projects that I can stitch up for them. These fabric blocks are simple enough to make, but I've made them a little different than a traditional stuffed block. These blocks are stuffed with polyfill, but also have an extra layer of polyester pellets that make them stackable. The layer of poly pellets also gives more structure to the blocks so that they don't have to be over-stuffed with polyfill. This makes the blocks super squishy! Great for small hands to be able to grab.

To make the stuffed fabric blocks, here is what I used:

10 FQs of AGF, half prints, half solids
Heat N Bond
Polyfill

Polyester Pellets

Start by cutting your fabric squares. The finished size of these blocks is 3", so all the fabric squares are cut at 3.5". Cut 12 squares for each block, 2 in each color.

 

Fabric squares

 

If you want applique shapes on your blocks, use the leftover fabric to cut shapes. I traced cookie cutters onto Heat N Bond, then fused this onto the back of the fabric to cut out my shapes.

 

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I then fused the shapes onto my squares. If you use Heat N Bond Ultra, you'll have a permanent hold, and won't need to stitch around the shapes to secure them. 

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To start, we make small "pockets" for the poly beads. Stack 2 squares of the same color, both with Right Sides UP, and stitch together using about 1/8" seam. Anywhere between 1/8 and 1/4 is fine, but it needs to be less than 1/4 so that the stitching won't show.

 

Stitch scant seam

Stitch each pair of squares on 3 sides, leaving the 4th side open. You will have 6 pockets.

Fill the pockets with poly beads. I used two level tablespoons. This gives enough beads to give form to the blocks, but not so much that they get in the way while stitching together the blocks.

Fill pockets with poly beads

Match up two pockets along the open edge, and stitch closed. From here on out you will use a 1/4" seam, and you will add extra security to the beginning and end of each seam by going back a few stitches, and then forward again..

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Stitch four pockets together in a row, each time closing up the 4th open side when attaching it. If you like, fold a piece of ribbon in half and insert in one of the seams to make a tag. I used the pretty AGF ribbon for my tag, and folded it so that the flower would show on both sides.

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Stitch the fifth square to the top of the row, lined up with the first square. Again, close up the open side as you attach it.

Start stitching 5th piece

Fold the 5th piece so that the second side is flush with the second square in the row. Stitch down.

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Repeat this process until the 5th square is secured on all four sides. Then stitch together the 1st and 4th squares of the original row to finish the square.

Stitch top on block

Attach the final piece of the cube, stitching as you did the 5th square. This time, only stitch TWO sides. If you stitch 3 sides, you won't be able to turn the block. If you stitch all four... well... you won't be able to turn it then either!

Finished stitching block

Turn the block right side out through the opening you left by not stitching two sides.

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Stuff the block. Do not overstuff! I used between 1-2 handfulls of Polyfill. By gently stuffing the block, you make sure that the poly beads can still move around, which is what makes the block stackable. It also makes it nice and squishable.

Hand stitch the two open sides closed using an invisible stitch.

Stitch block closed

Baby B absolutely LOVED playing with these blocks! He and his brother tossed them in the air, sat on them, stacked them, squished them, squeezed them, and loved them completely! 

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I couldn't help but make oodles of them.

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A HUGE thank you to Art Gallery Fabrics for letting me share this fun project with you. I had a blast "thinking outside the block" and coming up with a fabric block that is just perfect for playing with! I hope you'll stitch some up yourself and see how the extra step of adding the poly beads really does make all the difference in having the perfect fabric block for small hands. And I hope you'll stop by and visit me sometime at 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore!

Now go on and show Carolina some love ... hop onto her blog, Always Expect Moore and enter to win the exact bundle used in this project. 

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform(PinterestFacebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Til next week!

<3 Carolina & The AGF Team

 


Fat Quarter Gang - Dresden Pillow Poof by Diary of a Quilter

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Hello Art Gallery Lovers!

I am Amy Smart and I blog about my sewing and quilting fetish at Diary of a Quilter.

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Today I am sharing a tutorial for a Dresden-inspired circle pillow "poof" using Bari J.'s gorgeous new Bijoux collection. This tutorial will create a 16" cushion.
The fabric requirements for this project are:
  • 10 fat quarters of Bijoux by Bari J. (I chose that many because I wanted the variety of prints, but you could use as few or as many as you want.)
  • one regular 1/4 of a yard for the pillow side (I used Essential Ovals Elements Mustard)
  • two 6" squares of solid (I used Pure Elements Honey)
  • pillow stuffing
  • one Dresden wedge ruler

I used the EZ quilt Dresden wedge ruler by Simplicity (an 18 degree wedge) - it's widely available in the notions department of chain sewing stores, as well as independent quilt shops.
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If you are using 10 different prints, cut a 7" x 9 1/2" rectangle of each print. Use the Dresden Wedge ruler to cut 4 wedges 7" long from each print.  You will need a total of 40 wedges for this project.
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Layout wedges to get the color and design placement you want. Match-up wedges into pairs, right sides together, and sew one edge using a scant 1/4" seam. Press seam to one side.
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After sewing pairs together, sew four of the sets into groups of four, and then into two groups of 10 wedges. Sew the final two halves together to create the Dresden circle. Repeat the process to create a coordinating back.
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To create the center circle, trace and cut out a 4" template. (Cereal box weight cardboard is perfect.) Then cut out a 6" circle of fabric (it doesn't have to be a perfect circle).  Run a large basting stitch around the edge of the circle, place the template in the center and gather your fabric around the circle. Press the edges well with the template still in place.  Remove the template and press again. Starch will help you get a nice crisp circle.  Then fold the fabric circle into fourths and lightly press to create lines above.
Sew-dresden-circle-tutorialUse pressed lines as guides to find the center of the larger pieced circle by lining up pressed lines with the lines of the pieced wedges. There should be 5 wedges between each quadrant of the center circle. Pin circle and sew in place using coordinating thread. Remove pins and press.Repeat with second side.
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Cut and sew a 3 1/2" x 52 1/2" strip for pillow side. Sew strip ends together to create a continuous circle. Fold in half and lightly press to mark 4 equal quadrants on the strip. Using the pressed lines as guides, pin marked quadrants on the strip in place every 5 wedges to keep strip equally distributed. Then carefully pin strip equally all the way around the sides. Sew in place using a 1/4" seam.
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Repeat the process, pinning the back side to the strip and sew edges, leaving a 5" opening to stuff the pillow. Turn pillow right-sides out and stuff with batting. Hand-stitch opening to finish pillow.
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And there you go! A beautiful pillow, showcasing lots of pretty fabric, and so much simpler than it looks. I'd love to see what you make using this tutorial.
Be sure to add it to the AGF Flicker group!
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Hop on over to Amy's blog, Diary of a Quilter, to enter to win your very own fat quater bundle of Bijoux. 

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform(PinterestFacebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Til next week!

<3 Amy & The AGF Team


Fat Quarter Gang - Stitchin' Sewing Machine Cover by During Quiet Time

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Hi everyone, it's Amy from During Quiet Time here today to share a tutorial to make this Stitchin' Sewing Machine Cover.

I wanted my sewing machine cover design to be sewing related, given it's job and all, but wanted to avoid things that I have seen done before at the same time.  That quickly eliminated spools and pieced sewing machines.

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I decided to use Pat Bravo's Carnaby Stree to piece 3 traditional stitches:  the cross stitch, straight stitch and zigzag.  You might not automatically associate the design with stitching but that's ok because it has a cool graphic look to it at the same time.  I used a big chunk of Ladylike Black Tea, my absolute favorite print in the line, for the rest of the exterior so that I would get to see it lots.

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I hope you enjoy making a cover for your machine!  Remember, you will want to measure your own machine and make adjustments as necessary for a good fit.

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Download Stitchin' Sewing Machine Cover Pattern and start stitching a groovy new cover for your sewing machine!

Stop by Amy's blog, During Quiet Time, to win your very own bundle of Carnaby St by Pat Bravo

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Til next week!

<3 Amy & The AGF Team


Fat Quarter Gang - Scrappy Star Quilt by In Color Order

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It's Jeni, from In Color Order, here to share a new Fat Quarter Gang Tutorial with you! Today I've got a fun Scrappy Star Quilt that comes together really fast by taking advantage of giant blocks!

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I'm using my debut fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics, Color Me Retro, for this quilt!

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I paired it with my favorite Pure Element solid, Lemonade! This is a fun summery quilt, perfect for a picnic at the park or a quick gift! Materials:

  • - 10 fat quarters of Color Me Retro
  • - 1 1/2 yards of Pure Elements solid in Lemonade
  • - 4 1/4 yards of backing fabric
  • - 2 1/4 yards of 90" wide batting
  • - 1/2 yard of binding fabric
    - Coordinating thread

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*Finished Quilt Size: 68"x68"

Want to get started on this scrappy goodness?  Download Scrappy Star Quilt tutorial and start sewing away.

Don't forget to stop by Jeni's blog, In color order, to win your very own bundle of Color Me Retro!

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!


Fat Quarter Gang - Indian Summer Mini Quilt by QuiltDad

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Readers of my blog, QuiltDad,  know that I have a huge aversion to handwork, but I love the look of projects that feature hexagons.  So I came up with a method that allows me to incorporate hexagon designs into my quilts without any handwork at all! 

This mini quilt project is a fun way to practice the technique, and the end result is perfect as a wall hanging or table topper.  This project features the gorgeous new fabric line Indian Summer by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Materials needed:

  • Assorted scraps of Indian Summer fabrics.
  • 3 hexagon templates in different sizes, printed on a heavy cardstock paper.
  • 2 pieces of fabric -- either whole or pieced -- measuring approximately 20” x 24” each. These will be your quilt top front and backing.
  • A scrap piece of batting measuring approximately 20” x 24”.
  • 3 strips of a binding fabric measuring 2.5” x 42” (selvage to selvage) each.

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 Quilt assembly:

 1     Baste your front and backing fabrics with batting inbetween.  Quilt your quilt sandwich as desired.  I freehand quilted a herringbone pattern that is reminiscent of one of the prints in the Indian Summer line.

 

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2     Create your hexagons. With a small ruler and your rotary cutter, place a hexagon template on top of a print fabric and cut 1/2” around the template on all sides.

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3     Fold one edge over the template and press well.  Work your way around the hexagon, folding and pressing each edge as you go.

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4     When you have made your way around the entire hexagon, turn it over and press again from the top.

5     Remove the paper template, place the hexagon face up, and press again one more time.  In this step, I used spray starch before pressing to get a nice, crisp, flat
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6    Repeat steps 2-5 to create a variety of hexagons (in both size and print) until you have as many as you’d like to use. 

7     One at a time, place each hexagon on top of your quilt top and topstitch around all of the edges.  I try to topstitch approximately 1/8” from the folded edges of the
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8     Once you have placed and sewn your hexagons in an eye-pleasing arrangement, bind your mini quilt.

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 I hope you enjoy this quick and fun little project!  If you make an Indian Summer mini quilt, I’d love to see it.  Please add it to the Quilt Dad is my Homeboy Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/quiltdad/).

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

And, don't forget to stop by Quiltdad.com to win your very own bundle of Indian Summer!!!