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Our Latest AGF Fusions: Rainforest + Trinkets

Hi Makers, 

With the holidays right around the corner, I know all of us are prepping or have already begun sewing gifts for our family, friends, colleagues and teachers. I think that as a maker, we're always trying to create gifts that are so personalized to the person we're giving it to, so if you haven't started sewing your gifts yet, don't worry! We just released TWO NEW FUSIONS that cater to two different themes that can turn into so many great gifts! 

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If you're new to AGF, our "Fusion Collections" are bite-size collections featuring best-selling prints from our internationally-known designers such as Pat Bravo, Maureen Cracknell, April Rhodes, Bonnie Christine, Katarina Roccella and Sharon Holland. With these two collections, you’ll find two different themes that provide you with countless sewing ideas and are no doubt, two collections that are a must-have for your fabric stash. Now, let’s take a closer look on how you can sew with these fabrics!

RAINFOREST FUSION

With botanical designs high on the trend radar for “jungalow inspired”  interiors and fashion, our “Rainforest Fusion” is perfect for creating a “tropical paradise” in your sewing room! Filled with vibrant, lush prints, this collection highlights tropical florals, palm fronds as well as tribal patterns that also act as great blenders. Grounded in bright and warm colors, this collection can be widely used in quilts, outdoor home decor, resort-inspired garments, as well as in accessories and wall art. I would love to make curtains and TONS of throw pillows with this collection! 

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 Download Our FREE "Vertical Garden" Quilt Pattern:

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TRINKETS FUSION

Channeling “vintage meets modern” and recalling old memories of sifting through a grandmother’s treasure chest,  our “Trinkets Fusion” offers countless ideas for sewing with nostalgic prints that are inspired by pressed flowers, vintage knitting, and hand pressed wallpaper. Deeply rooted in warm hues of rust and gold, this festive collection is a great option for your holiday, sewing projects! From various florals that range in scale to textured designs that make unique blenders, these fabrics can be sewn into romantic, bohemian quilts, throw pillows, rugs, tapestries and special occasion garments! I would love to have a dress made out of "Trinkets" fabrics for Thanksgiving - preferably one that's loose, so I can eat all those delicious Thanksgiving side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing and creamed spinach! :)

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 Download Our FREE "Free Spirit" Quilt Pattern:

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For more sewing projects we've put together using these two collections, head to our "Rainforest and Trinkets Fabric Lookbook!"

 

 

In case you're OBSESSED with both of these collections and need them NOW, enter our giveaway for a chance to win BOTH! 

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, October, 12th, 2018. Good luck!  

Our winner is Jo Isaac! Please check your email! Thanks to everyone else who participated!

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Festive Magic: "Sparkler" Fabric Collection

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!

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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!Sparkler_banner_600px

 

Love this soft rayon used for this little lady's dress!

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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!

Download Golden Hour Quilt Pattern

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I've also included these blender for you that go with the holiday-feel of "Sparkler."

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Enter a chance to win, this festive bundle by signing up to our "Sparkler Giveaway!"

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To enter the giveaway, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 10th, 2018. Good luck, everyone! 

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Top 6 Party Dresses: Sew your own Holiday Party Dress

Hi Everyone, 

Let's just face it, our lives are busy and the last thing we want to spend money and time on is shopping especially in the crazy holiday rush!  Which is why I decided to put together some great party dress patterns that are somewhat simple to make and will have you looking cute and confident for all your holiday events. 

 

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DIY Quilty Holiday Ornaments

Happy Holidays Everyone, 

 In need of some new ornaments for your tree this year? Instead of heading to the store this holiday season DIY some Quilty Holiday Ornaments by following along with our new tutorial up on the weallsew blog. We made our ornaments with AGF's first holiday fabric collection, Little Town fabrics! Which ornament is your favorite? It's hard to choose but I am really loving the tree with decorative stitches! 


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Want to get your hands on some winter fabric? We put together a fantastic bundle of fabrics to get you in the holiday spirit! Head over to the weallsew blog for a fabric bundle giveaway!

Have fun making these ornaments for you and for family and friends! 

Enjoy, 

Meli


Holiday Decorating 101- Decorate like a Pro

Hey there sewing friends, 

Who loves decorating their homes for the holidays? I don't tend to decorate for every holiday but I do decorate for my favorites like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter! Buying decorations at the store can get a bit expensive and storing all of them can be a pain. Add special handmade pieces to you holiday decor by choosing from the section below of free sewing patterns


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1. Bright Star Ornament

Pick a festive print with a coordinating solid fabric and have fun with this easy folding and sewing technique  that creates this cheerful star ornament! Make  sets of three to gift to your friends this holiday season.  They look cute hung from the tree or placed randomly around your home to liven up any room! 

 

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2.Let it Snow Holiday Pillow

Looking for a show stopper pillow to place on your sofa this Christmas? The Let it Snow Pillow might be the perfect pattern to sew up! Flying geese trees in varying lengths, topped with hand stitched stars! The lovely "Vanilla Mist" yarn dye fabric creates the perfect wintry wonderland for the background in this pillow! 

 

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3. Mini Stocking

 

 Ever try to quilt as you go? This adorable mini stocking teaches you this fun technique, add a few decorative stitches and pop a few candies inside to make a perfect gift to brighten someones day. 

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4. Fabric Christmas Tree

 Wanna take a break from sewing? Try making a fabric Christmas tree by following this fun folding and pinning method. I love how professional all the folded clean edges look. Add your tree to the center of your table to make the most darling centerpiece!

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 5. Holiday Calendar

 Counting the days til Christmas? I know I am!! Do it by making the Holiday calendar and filling the tiny pockets with  yummy treats to make the days leading up to Christmas just a little bit more sweeter. 

 

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6. Divided Organizer Caddy

 Staying organized is key during the busy holiday months! I love these divided organizing caddies to store delicate Christmas ornaments and to keep all my holiday trims in order. 

 

 It's time to grab some winter fabrics of your choosing and sew something special for the holidays!  These fun holiday sewing tutorials has got me thinking up so many new  projects I want to create! Let the Christmas Sew - A-thon begin! 

 

Happy Holidays, 

Meli

 

 

 

 


Holidays are the Perfect time to Sew for Charity

This past weekend on one of my sewing facebook groups a woman posted the question: “Wondering what to make for the holidays this year. Previously I’ve made [XYZ] and it was greeted with a lackluster reception, I don’t think my family appreciates my handmade gifts. What should I make them this year?” I’ve read post after post along the same lines and personally experienced the same disheartening reaction when gifting handmade. It’s for this reason that I now only make handmade items for a very small, select group of individuals that I know really appreciate and love the things I’ve sewn for them, about five lucky ducks. The rest, I just save time and buy them something I think they will love. No hard feelings, everyone is happy and I didn’t waste creative energy, supplies and time. An added bonus is that by limiting the amount of people I make gifts for I’m able to really devote my time to each gift and embellish with special little details.

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Sticking to my hardline, slightly Grinch-y, “no handmade gifts for most” policy can be hard though. Sometimes, I just want the pleasure of making tons of beautiful gifts! I remembered that in the past AGF hosted a charity sewing booth at Quilt Market and a quilt drive for the hurricane victims in Texas.  Then, I had an epiphany- now is the perfect time to sew for charity. This is the time of year when those in need most appreciate the gesture of a handmade gift made with love. Despite how busy I am I’ve been working on projects to donate. What better way to use up the quilt scraps and finally tackle those half finished abandoned projects? Knit remnants too big to throw away, but too small for most projects are the perfect size for preemie sleep gowns and hats! Scraps that would have been tossed in the garbage can become stuffing for a pet bed! Since I’m starting a little late, I know I may not finish my ambitious goals in time for the official gift giving holidays, however my donations will still be appreciated in January or February.  In fact, I plan to continue my charitable scrap & stash busting throughout the year.

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and holiday preparations we can be so busy preparing for the holiday that we don’t feel the holiday spirit. Slowing down and making gifts for charity (and lucky family and friends) allows us to really relish the spirit of the season. So, AGF Sewists, turn on the holiday music, grab a mug of hot cocoa and sew! Who’s with me?

 

Here’s a list to check out:

Donate quilts and blankets to:

www.quiltsofcompassion.com

www.projectlinus.org

ww.quiltsforkids.org

ww.americanheroquilts.com

www.blankets4canada.ca

Baby Items for Hospital:

www.carewear.org

Hospital Pillow Cases for Children:

https://www.cookchildrens.org/giving/volunteers/Pages/stitch-a-wish-volunteers.aspx

Pet Beds for Shelter Animals:

www.buddysblankets.com

www.snuggleproject.org

General Humanitarian Sewing

ww.hats4thehomeless.org

ww.pinkslipperproject.org

ww.daysforgirls.org

Check with local churches and sewing or quilting guilds for any local charities you may be able to sew for, contact local women's, homeless and pet shelters and see if they have need of anything.  Another important note, make sure to read up on the organization’s guidelines and requirements before starting a project, some have very specific sizes and material guidelines. 

Any experienced charity sewists out there?  Let us know which is your favorite charity to give to and any tips or advice you may have!

Happy Sewing!

Christine