Since it's Monday and I'm sure all of us can always use some motivation! Let's face it, all of us love sewing. We enjoy the entire process from start to finish, especially when we're giving our finished piece to someone we love. Sewing is part of a movement called "slow living" which means allowing yourself time to create when you can. Sewing allows you to fully be in the moment and take life "slow." While sewing, there's no distractions. It's just you and your creative magic. There's no phones, no computers, just silence and creativity...the best combination! To celebrate "taking things slow" and your creative ideas, we are launching a NEW GIVEAWAY, ONCE A MONTH! We'll be picking a WINNER to be featured here on our AGF Blog AND the winner will receive a 20-piece FQ bundle of one of our latest fabric collections!
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is post your amazing work and tag us via social media and use the hashtag: #AGFMakerMonday, so we can see your projects which can include a variety of categories such as quilts, garments, home decor, accessories, etc.
The winner will be announced via our blog on Monday, September 10th, 2018 with their projects and some other surprises as well!
Good luck and very excited to see what you share.
Keep dreaming, keep creating! :)
Just like sewing, gardening is so rewarding. You get to plant something with your own hands, then watch it grow and come to life! Ever since I can remember, I've always enjoyed being in a garden, seeing all of the vegetables and fruit start off so small in size and how with patience and dedication of tending to them, they would get bigger in size and eventually turn ripe. When you finally got the chance to eat them, it was satisfying. Growing up in Florida, my parents had a "tropical garden" that had tons of mango (my favorite), orange, lemon, lime, pineapple, papaya, and avocado trees. Most of these fruits would turn "ripe" during the summer months, so waiting until that time made you savor them even more. Even to this day, I still get excited for "mango season" and it always reminds of my childhood, when I bite into a delicious piece of mango!
Inspired by this warm-fuzzy feeling and a simpler way of life, our designer Bonnie Christine created her latest fabric collection, “Gathered.” These twenty prints feature a variety of delights you’d collect from a garden like unexpected wildflowers, delicious fruits, and aromatic herbs. Infused with “late-summer” colors such as warm honey, olive green and dusty rose pink, these 100% premium cotton fabrics are great for “farmhouse meets modern” sewing projects.
Browse our “Gathered Fabric Lookbook” for more green-thumb inspired sewing projects and ways to sew with these fabrics!
Here's our lovely "Harvest Quilt" (which made its way to the front cover of our lookbook) for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:
For those of you who may need some blenders for your sewing projects, here's a few favorites of mine to choose from for "Gathered."
Enter a chance to win this fabulous, twenty piece "Gathered Fabric Bundle" by signing up to our giveaway:
To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, 10th, 2018. Good luck!
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If you grew up in the 1980's, it was inevitable that as a little girl you would end up becoming obsessed with the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid. I remember when this cartoon movie came out, all the other little girls at school also loved the main character, Ariel who was a gorgeous, red-headed mermaid. We would all have "singing contest" at school and would compete to see who had the "best mermaid voice." On the weekends when my family and I would head to the beach, I would dive into the Atlantic Ocean and splash around, pretending my two legs were together as a mermaid tail, and I would jump out of the water and do a wet, hair flip just like The Little Mermaid. Looking back now, I realized I haven't changed much at all and still do these things when I'm "under the sea!"
Sharing a similar love and appreciation for mermaids and marine life, our designer Jessica Swift brought to life her latest fabric collection, Sirena. Inspired by another amazing mermaid movie, "Splash" this collection takes you under the sea to an queendom of gorgeous mermaids that befriend whales, octopuses, and admire tropical plant life. The vibrant colors are great for summery sewing projects from quilts, tote bags, throw pillows for outdoor furniture to fun, sun dresses!
For more aquatic-inspired sewing projects that includes quilt, garments and home decor patterns, head over to our Sirena fabric look-book!
Here's our pretty "Bon Bini Quilt" for you to sew this summer, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:
I've included these "tropical-colored" blenders for you (in case you need some ideas) that coordinate with Sirena's colorways. Follow our Instagram for upcoming ideas with blenders too!
Last but not least, one of the best parts of launching a lookbook is our FABRIC COLLECTION GIVEAWAY! Enter a chance to win this Sirena fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:
To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, July, 27th, 2018. Good luck!
Congratulations Elana Goldberg! Please check your email. :)
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Growing up in Florida always made the holiday season a very unique one! Unlike most parts of the world where December is a cold and snow-filled month, Florida's climate is usually hot, sticky and humid. I grew accustom to decorating tropical palm trees with Christmas lights and not being able to wear a "Christmas sweater" without sweating, hah! It wasn't until this past winter, I was able to experience my first "White Christmas!" My husband, his family and myself flew north to Canada to go skiing right outside Quebec City. Being in the snow really puts you into that "real, holiday spirit!" From wearing cozy layers, watching a peaceful snowfall, the smell of pine tree forests, enjoying the warmth of a fireplace, sipping hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, it was so amazing to FINALLY experience a "winter wonderland." I'll never forget it!
Because winter's such a magical time of year, here at AGF we wanted to create a fabric collection that resonated around that cozy feeling. In our latest collection, "Sparkler," discover a quiet winter motif that’s filled with pine tree forests, enchanting little animals, soft florals and twinkling, metallic lights. With a light, airy color palette of cinder greys, creamy blush and ochre, this collection is perfect for holiday-inspired quilts, whimsical-filled garments and cozy home decor. For more festive ideas involving “Sparkler," browse through our fabric look book to view our special curation of sewing projects with instructions and tutorials we’ve put together, just for you!
Love this soft rayon used for this little lady's dress!
For more holiday inspiration and sewing projects that included quilt, garment and home decor tutorials with instructions, head over to our "Sparkler" lookbook!
Here's our lovely "Golden Hour Quilt" for you to sew and enjoy, just click the link below for the free pattern!
I've also included these blender for you that go with the holiday-feel of "Sparkler."
Enter a chance to win, this festive bundle by signing up to our "Sparkler Giveaway!"
To enter the giveaway, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 10th, 2018. Good luck, everyone!
* * * * Congratulations, Charlene Glover! Please check your email. * * * *
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Happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely, Father's Day weekend!
I'm sure a lot of you spent it outside and there's nothing better than being in the great outdoors! (Weather permitting, of course!) Whenever I'm in a bit of a funk or need to gather some inspiration to reset my mind, I love to immerse myself in the natural world. Living here in South Florida, there's such fascinating, tropical wildlife and I always enjoy admiring it while I take my two beagles pups for a long walk, twice a day. I live near a canal so I often see Egyptian geese, Muscovy ducks, blue jay's, cardinals, white ibis, iguanas, turtles, Monarch butterflies, and my favorite, manatees! I'll never stop being in awe of all the flora and fauna here and how it all truly makes you live in the moment, enjoying life's simple pleasures.
Our designer Sharon Holland’s latest fabric collection “Signature” derives from the natural world, highlighting budding florals, butterflies and forest animals such as deer and foxes. Known for her hand-drawn style, Sharon gathered inspiration from where she grew up in Ohio to create these elegant prints that are perfect for strip-piecing or for circular patterns to replicate “flower petals” in your future quilts, garments and home decor. This collection is filled with a lovely fusion of "vintage meets modern" in a very elegant way.
Here's our lovely "Sunflower Quilt" for you to create, just click the below link for the FREE quilting pattern:
In case you need some ideas for solids, I've also included these blenders for you that can easily coordinate with the nature-inspired prints of "Signature."
Last but not least as you all know, enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:
To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Monday, June, 25nd, 2018. Good luck!
Happy Wednesday! Can't believe we're already in the middle of June, already. To keep your "hump day" exciting and yes, I know you're all patiently waiting for the reveal of what of our first "AGF Mystery Monday" is going to be, the time has finally come!
In case you missed it, we recently launched a NEW GIVEAWAY - AGF Mystery Monday that we'll be hosting once a month where we'll be giving away a MYSTERY BAG (yes, it will have fabric in it and other goodies too) that you can win by entering and guessing what's inside the bag! If you guess correctly, we'll pick you as the WINNER and you'll receive the mystery bag! Each mystery bag every month will have a specific theme, and we'll give you hints as to what's inside the bag.
Here's the BIG REVEAL to this month's mystery's bag, and without further ado, the "cat's officially out of the bag!" 🐈
In case, you're curious (like a cat) and are wondering where to find this meow-filled fabric, I've listed it out for you, so you can easily find it via our site:
- Quilter's Little Helper (Mint Version)
- Needle Finder
- Bird Watcher
- Quilter's Little Helper (Pink Version)
- Cat Scratches
- Only Got Eyes For You
- Paws Up
- Patiently Waiting (Mint Version)
- Patiently Waiting (Teal Version)
Stay tuned for next's month "Mystery Monday" and thanks to everyone who participated in this first one! :)
Oh, and let us know if there's a certain theme you'd love to win in a "mystery bag." We always love hearing YOUR ideas!
Thank you and keep creating,