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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

 

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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. ;)


5 free quilt patterns you can sew with half square triangles (HST)  

Hello lovely quilters!

I hope that you know about our library of free quilt patterns we have on AGF website! If not, it’s time for you to check it out and choose your favorite for summer sewing.

Today I would like to feature 5 free quilt patterns that you can sew with Half Square Triangles (HST). Half square triangles are commonly used patchwork components and they are one of the most basic blocks in quilting. Most beginning quilters starts their project with HST and it gives them a great base to create a lot of different quilt blocks.

So… what exactly are half square triangles?

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Half square triangle units are squares made up of two equal triangles. Each triangle occupies half of the square's space.

What’s great about HST is that you can create with them so many different quilt blocks!

Take a look at the free quilt patterns below. The possibilities are endless!  You can make a quilt just with HST or incorporate them into quilt blocks with fabric strips, squares, rectangles, and other quilting techniques.

 

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  1. Aroma free mini quilt pattern featuring Lavish Collection by Katarina Roccella

All the floral fabric prints in the Lavish collection are simply stunning and they create such a great mosaic on this mini. Make it for your baby or just as a wall decoration to admire the beautiful composition every day!

  1. Cross Sea free quilt pattern featuring Coastline collection by Sharon Holland

Coastline contains such wonderful summer fabric prints. Sailboats, palm trees, seagulls – all of this reminds us of the perfect vacation spent by the sea. This quilt will be perfect for long days on the beach during summertime!

  1. Patched free quilt pattern featuring Maker collection by AGF Studio.

It’s not hard to guess who the Maker collection was designed for? Yes! For us makers! All the prints remind us of the process of creation. We especially love the scissors fabric print – it adds such a modern touch to this quilt.

  1. Rising Ground free quilt pattern featuring Morning Walk by Leah Duncan.

This quilt is a beautiful composition of sunny yellow fabrics with deep lake blue fabric from the Morning Walk collection. It's a beautiful quilt to start a new sewing journey!

  1. Book Ends free quilt pattern featuring Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi.

Paperie is one of my favorite collections and I think it’s the perfect nursery fabric collection. The prints are so delicate and subtle, that you can fall in love with this quilt instantly!

 

 


 

What are some projects you've made with HST? Let us know in comments, and tell us if you've made any of the quilts above.

 

Thanks for being a sewing inspiration!

 

Ola

 





 


A Wanderer-lust adventure + Giveaway

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Hello fabric lovers,

We are thrilled to present Wanderer, the newest collection of April Rhodes.
Like Tolkien once said “Not all those who wander are lost” and that’s exactly what April wanted with this collection, she wants to call all adventurous at heart to explore their surroundings, neighborhood and even the world. Wanderer is April’s own expression through a panorama of adventures dotted by symbols from her heritage, destinations, dreams and used colors that are very characteristic of her style like fiery orange, dusky blues, and sandstone. Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection. (Details below)

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This time we were able to do the photo-shoot in horse ranch, and the true STAR was Romeo, the horse. Flip thru the lookbook to find all the projects and tutorials we made for your enjoyment. 

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Feel free to share this"NomadicTapestry" pattern with all your quilting friends. 

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And here is a little cheat sheet to help you blend this awesome collection.

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GIVEAWAY ALERT !!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Elizabeth J" on your Maker Bundle!  

You can enter the give away by simply: 

  • Browse the Wanderer lookbook
  • Leave us a comment with the the project you would like to make.

Giveaways ends April 1st at 4 pm EST. and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine + GIVEAWAY!

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A collection named after Bonnie Christine's son, Bear, inspired all to see the outdoors through a new set of eyes. Illustrated with woodsy tones like pastel moss, conifer and bark, Hello Bear invites all young at heart explorers to frolic and listen to the playful sounds of the wilderness. Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.( details below) 

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Find inspirational projects in this lookbook we have put together for you!
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Share this Quilt pattern "Hi(bear)nate" with all your friends.

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Win a fat quarter bundle from the Hello Bear Collection, contest rules below!
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CONGRATULATIONS to "Rachel B" on your Hello, Bear Bundle!  

Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Hello Bear lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends February 17th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Gossamer by Sharon Holland + GIVEAWAY

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A fresh, vintage breeze breathes life into Gossamer by Sharon Holland. Combining frosted florals with charming gridwork, these prints highlight a quaint approach to color that includes dreamy blush, sheer blues and honeyed bronze.

Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.( details below) IMG_9298

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Feed your inspiration buds with this lookbook we have put together for you.

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Share this Quilt pattern "Fractured" with all your friends.

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Win a fat quarter bundle from the Gossamer Collection, contest rules below!

  

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Nicole Lindsey" on your Gossamer Bundle!  

Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Gossamer lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends January 20th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Petal and Plume By Bari J +GIVEAWAY!

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We are delighted to present Petal and Plume by Bari J. A Collection dedicated to a childhood memory of Bari’s grandparents. Petal and plume reflects the majestic and colorful symbols. Its mystical strokes creates an otherworldly palette of pale violet, iris blue, and twilight tones that jumps out of the darkness to demonstrate the loving, and graceful world created around the peacock.

Win a fat quarter bundle of this incredible collection (details below).

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Get inspired with this LookBook we have put together for you.

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How facinating and exquisite is this quilt? Here is the FREE pattern: "Flaunt" Share with all your friends.

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Win a fat quarter bundle of Petal and Plume, contest rules below! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Hayley.Petre" on your Petal and Plume Bundle!  

 

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Petal and Plume LookBook, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make and your email.

  • Giveaway ends January 6th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Prisma Elements by AGF In-House Studio + GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Fabrics Lovers, 

We are happy to announce that Prisma Elements by AGF In-House Studio is now available. This collection invites you to mix, match and mismatch with every stash you have. These classic colors and geometric forms will be your new "go-to" blenders and they will give the final touches to your unique creations.

Win a fat quarter bundle of this incredible collection (details below).

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Get inspired with the lookbook we have put together.


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Enjoy and share our FREE quilt pattern "Spectrum" with all you quilting friends!

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 Win a fat quarter bundle of Prisma Elements, contest rules below! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to Rhiannon on your Prisma Elements Bundle!  

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Prisma Elements LookBook here, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make and your email.

  • Giveaway ends December 30th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Wild & Free by Maureen Cracknell + GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Fabric Lovers,

We are excited to present the Wild & Free collection by Maureen Cracknell. This collection invites you to be creative, let your hair down, kick off your shoes and lose yourself in the adventure ahead. An indigo night sky and cinnamon are highlighted with patterns that are organic and robust. Just remember this is an AGF Limited Edition collection, so get it while you can!

Don't miss out on a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Wild & Free; details listed below!

 

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Enjoy this LookBook we have created for you.

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Enjoy the free quilt pattern "Follow the Stars" and share with all your quilting friends!

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Win a fat quarter bundle of Wild & Free, contest rules below! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to sonjasmith76@yahoo.com on your Wild & Free Bundle!      
Email me: Gabriela@artgalleryfabrics.com

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Wild & Free LookBook here, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends December 10th at 6pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Traveling with Meadow: A Suitcase Tutorial

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Hello sewers,

We have an awesome tutorial for you from our designer Leah Duncan, who designed Meadow! She’s teaching us how to revamp vintage suitcases! It’s a relatively simple tutorial, and it doesn't take up too much of your time!

This makeover will give your suitcase a fresh, modern look!

So, here we go…

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List of materials:

  • Vintage suitcase
  • Basting spray
  • Old I.D or credit card that you can use to tuck-in fabric through a thin opening.
  • Pencil
  • 2 pieces of fabric or pieced together fabric rectangles that are at least 2" wider (on all sides) than the width and length of your suitcase 

(Note: This tutorial uses a vintage suitcase with an overlapping rim on the face of the suitcase. This is important because it's what you will tuck the edges of your fabric into.)

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Step 1

Iron the fabric for the first side of your suitcase and place it face down on a flat surface. Place your suitcase on top of the fabric and trace with a pencil about 1" beyond the edge of your suitcase onto the fabric. The extra 1" will be what you tuck into your suitcase so it's best to go wider than thinner while tracing it.

Step 2

Cut out the fabric where you've traced it.

Step 3

Spray the back of your fabric with basting spray and lay it flat on the top of your suitcase, smoothing out any wrinkles or air pockets.

Step 4

Using the old I.D and starting at one corner, tuck the edge of the fabric into your suitcase. Do this all the way around your suitcase until all edges are tucked in.

Step 5

Trim away any excess fabric that is peeking out of the rim of your suitcase or is too thick to tuck in.

Step 6

Repeat on the other side of your suitcase.

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Thank you Leah for this great tutorial!

If you guys have any questions or suggestions, please write a comment below :)

 

Xo,

Tai.


Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker, Invites You to Remember the Past

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Hi everyone,

We're very happy with the arrival of Jeni Baker's 3rd collection with AGF, Dreamin' Vintage! The line was inspired by bed linens from the 50’s and 60’s. Cheerful florals and geometric shapes play together in this fun collection! 

Vintage bed linens have been a part of Jeni’s aesthetic identity. From the moment Jeni considered designing fabric, she’s been thinking about this collection. The designer explains: “It took a couple collections to get here, but I'm glad I didn't try to design it right away. I wanted to be able to do it justice, and I wouldn't have been ready.”

When she was planning the collection, she knew it was the right time to pay respect to vintage sheets. She wanted to create something fresh and new, and that’s how Dreamin’ Vintage was born!

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This vinatge inspired color palette is rich in bright and feminine colors.

Tickled Pink main colors are: pink, orange and yellow.

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Merry Berry consists of shades of blue, purple and lime. 

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Dreamin’ Vintage reveals its sewing potential through beautiful apparel projects, accessories, home decoration and lovely quilts!

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To get inspired, take a look at our lookbook! It not only has lots of pretty pictures, but also a range of projects you can try!

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Here is a selection of our blenders that you can mix and match with Dreamin’ Vintage fabrics!

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Pure Elements: PE-416 Lemonade, PE-403 Fresh Water, PE-449 Mandarin, PE-411 Quartz Pink, PE-438 Coral Reef, PE-435 Banana Cream and PE-453 Purple Pansy. Oval Elements: OE-909 Key Lime, OE-932 Sapphire, OE-901 Papaya Orange, OE-910 Sweet Pea and OE-903 Amethyst.

Get the free quilt pattern Golden Afternoon designed by Jeni Baker.

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Dreamin’ Vinatge is in stores and waiting for you! Click here to find your nearest fabric shop carrying AGF fabrics! Or click here if you prefer to shop on the web!

Thank you for reading and remember to tag your projects using Dreamin’ Vintage with #artgalleryfabrics and #dreaminvintage :)

 

Xo,

Tai