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6 Sewing Projects to Organize Your Home

Hey there, makers!

I hope everything is going well! It’s no surprise that January is a hectic month. It’s that time of the year where you’re trying to set the right goals for the year and get as much done is possible. Sometimes it can even be overwhelming! But remember to  take things one step at a time. One of the best ways of avoiding stress during the new year is by keeping your home organized.

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It may sound silly, but the less clutter you have around you the more your ideas will flow. Hence, you can spend less time cleaning and doing more sewing! Since a little sewing never hurt anyone, I’ve prepared a list of 6 projects you can make to organize your home. Click the name of each project to find the tutorial. Let’s begin!

 

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Irma, Yarn-bombing and Quilting On

If someone were to ask you what is truly important in life, I think we would all have similar answers: family, friends, health and enjoying the moment. In the day to day rush of life though, amid the ever-present piles of laundry and unopened bills, this truth can become forgotten for a little while. And then sometimes something comes along that shakes us out of our complacency and crystallizes the truth anew. Last week for us it was Hurricane Irma. We chose to evacuate to family in NC, but most of my family and friends decided to hunker down and weather the storm. At home, people worked together to help each other board up and prepared to spend the storm together. Meanwhile we made the best of our situation by sightseeing along the way. Even in the anxiety and uncertainty that preceded the storm, there was beauty and inspiration all around.

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We stopped for a late lunch in Columbia, SC and took a stroll around the downtown area to find to our delight that it had been “yarn-bombed.” It seems the industrious crocheters and knitters of Columbia have adopted a stretch of the downtown and nothing is safe from their needles. Trees, benches, traffic signs and parking meters are all decorated in multicolored custom knit outfits. That afternoon in the beautiful sun and light breeze, surrounded by the product of such industrious creativity it was truly possible to believe that everything was going to be alright. When we sew and quilt, we put a little of ourselves into each piece. “Made with Love” is not just a cute label, but the truth, and that day I could feel the joy and love that each person had put into their street art.

Quilting in particular brings people together and has a long, rich history. At a tea shop in NC I asked about a pile of quilts on a table and was soon talking with the reserved owner about how his grandmother and her friends used to hand quilt together by stretching out the quilts on wooden beams. She made all dozen grandchildren their own quilts this way. I couldn’t help but wonder how many quilts in Florida were being lovingly packed away in plastic bins as their owners hoped for the best.

Safe with family, we watched Irma move onto Florida via CNN while praying for the family and friends still in the storm. It took a couple days to confirm that everyone was OK because of power and cell phone connectivity issues, but thankfully everyone, including my AGF family, was fine. Meanwhile, I enjoyed spending quality time with family that I hadn’t seen in years and doing my favorite travel activity- checking out the local quilt fabric shops.

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As we move forward, we are blessed to have the understanding of what is truly important freshly stamped in our minds. I’ll bring this new inspiration to my sewing by taking my time with a project, and enjoying each step, by sewing clothes and projects for the ones I love, and stepping away from the laundry for a bit to sew some things for myself. The world is an amazing place, from the natural beauty of my aunt’s sun-dappled porch with the flowering myrtle trees to the howling ferocity of an implacable storm. There is inspiration all around. I’ll continue in my humble way to try to add some beauty to the world one little project at a time. I invite you to do the same.  :)

Until next time,

Christine


6 Projects You Can Make with Baby Blue Fabrics

Hello fab makers!

I hope you’re having a great day! As you might know the color of June is baby blue. We just can’t get enough of this soft and delicate color. It’s such a fresh shade that can be a nice alternative to white and it’s definitely gender neutral. Whether you sew garments or home decor with baby blue fabrics, you can be assured that your project will be timeless.

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To give you a few ideas of what you can make with the baby blue prints from our ColorFun selection, we’ve chosen six projects that you can sew. Check them out!

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1. Out and About Dress

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For those of you who love sewing garments, this dress is a quick make! The fresh baby blue knit with accents of pink from Wonderland Fabrics by Katarina Roccella is simply enchanting. If you want to make this Out and About Dress check out our designer Sew Caroline's website.

2. Align Bed Runner

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If you’re looking to add a quilty touch to your bedroom without having to sew a whole quilt, a bed runner is a great solution. We combined black and white fabrics with the dotted baby blue fabric from Lagom for a geometric look. (click on name for pattern)

3. Gossamer Pillow

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The fastest way of updating your home decor is by changing the pillows in your house. What do you this of this subtle print from Gossamer fabrics by Sharon Holland? This fresh print can be used for a nursery or living room.

4. Quilt Block by @aylagracepatchwork

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In addition to making great accessories with baby blue fabrics, remember that it’s great for quilting too! We love how Kelly-Anne combined this simple blue print with bold florals. Both from Skopelos fabrics by Katarina Roccella. Check out her instagram page for more cute projects.

5. Hot Air Balloon Dress by Alexis Wright

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Summer is here! Why not make the little girls in your family sweet summer dresses? This hot air balloon print from Inblue Fabrics by Katarina Roccella will make your little one feel like she’s floating. Check out all the beautiful children's garments Alexis sews, on her Instagram.

6. EPP Block by Lesley Storts

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Last but not least, baby blue can add such a delicate touch to your EPP projects. We’re adoring how Lesley fussy cut this tiny floral print from Charleston Fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi. Visit her instagram page for more cute projects.

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I hope you loved all the project ideas that can be made with baby blue fabrics. To purchase this range of ColorFun prints, visit Fat Quarter Shop's website.  Let me know in the comments how do you coordinate baby blue fabrics in your projects.

Till next time!

-Stephanie


Spring Quilt Market 2017 Recap: Part II

Hi there, fabric friends!

About a week ago, I shared some of the exciting things that happened during Quilt Market in Part I of our recap. Well, guess what? There’s lots more from Quilt Market that you haven’t seen! Today, we’re giving you a glimpse of three more of our designers’ booths plus a video summing everything up! Check it out!

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Bountiful by Sharon Holland

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For this quilt market, Sharon displayed her recently released collection Bountiful. As some of you might know, Bountiful is all about the beauty of the midwest. The rustic fabrics in this collection couldn’t have been more perfect for this show because it took place in the midwest (St. Louis, MO). To take a closer look at the fabulous projects she had on display, flip through the Bountiful Lookbook.

To learn more about Sharon, watch her interview.

Arizona After & Heritage by April Rhodes

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April took us on a heartfelt journey with her two upcoming collections Arizona After & Heritage! Her booth was like entering a living room filled with handmade projects and family mementos that showed us the importance of remembering our roots.

To learn more about April, watch her interview.

Little Town by Amy Sinibaldi

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Amy took us to a winter wonderland with her upcoming collection Little Town. This collection is the first Holiday collection AGF is releasing and we couldn’t be happier! Amy’s sweet designs express the essence of winter while having some prints that can be used throughout the year.

To learn more about Amy’s, watch her interview.

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Now for the grand finale! Here’s the recap video:

I hope you had fun looking at all the things that happened at Quilt Market! Let me know in the comments what were your favorite parts of the show.

Happy Sewing!

Stephanie

 

P.S. Stay tuned for the reveal of the charity quilt we made at the show. ;)


AGF Makers Spotlight Winner: Saija from @saija_elina

Hey there, makers!

I hope you're having a fab week so far! First off, I want to thank all of you for always sharing your beautiful projects with us. It's truly inspiring! You all keep us passionate about sewing, quilting, and being all around creative. This is why we started the Instagram contest the AGF Makers Spotlight. We want to give all of you the opportunity to showcase anything you make with our fabrics.

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Today, we're featuring the fourth winner of this contest and she's saying hello all the way from Helsinki, Finland! Let's give Saija a round of applause for submitting a beautiful quilt made with the lovely floral fabrics from Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell! We had the opportunity of getting to know Saija through a quick interview. Check it out to learn all about her project, the things she loves, and her tip to taking beautiful Instagram pictures. ;)

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1.Hi Saija! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi! I’m Saija. I live in Helsinki which is Finland’s capital. It’s nice to live here but I wouldn’t mind to have little bit warmer climate. I have two sons, a daughter and a husband. Our sons have moved to their own apartments but our daughter lives still with us.  My husband and I work in our own grocery store. We have been working together for 25 years and yes, we are still married! Other hobby of mine is running. We have a group of four women and we travel abroad once or twice a year to join running events. I sit a lot when I sew so exercise is a good balance. I also love basketball. My daughter plays and watching her games is the best entertainment in the world.

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2. How did you begin sewing/ quilting and what do you love about the craft?

Sewing has been part of my life since I was a kid. In school I chose sewing lessons instead of home economics. When my kids were little I sewed almost all their clothes. About twenty years ago I joined a beginner’s quilting class. After that class I knew quilting is something I really love. Quilting is like therapy to me. It cheers me up when I’m down and brings me a lot of joy. I’m not good at drawing nor painting but with colorful fabrics I can be an artist too. I often give my quilts as presents to my friends and family. There is much more meaning to the gift when you put some effort into it.

3. Can you tell us all about your quilt, the pattern you used and why Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell was perfect for this project?

I used is Emma Jean Jansen’s Rain Drop pattern. It is a very good pattern if you don’t want to cut your beautiful fabrics into tiny pieces. I wanted to make happy and warm looking quilt so Garden Dreamer fabrics were just perfect choice for it. On the fabrics there are small and big flowers and that’s why I call this quilt “Flower rain”. This is a new color combination for me and it looks stylish and modern. I put the quilt on the wall of my sewing room. It looks really good there, even better than in the pictures.

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4.We are completely inspired by your instagram account! How would you describe your sewing style and what are some things that inspire you?

I think my sewing style is quite simple, modern and clear. I put a lot of focus on the coloring. Colouring is more important than the pattern. Sometimes I make something very modern but sometimes I feel like to make romantic and petite things. I don’t follow one style strictly but I make things that pleases my eye and feels good in the moment.

Inspiration comes from everywhere, books, magazines and beautiful fabrics. Also instagram community gives a lot of good ideas. I really need more hours to my day to make all the quilts I want to.

5. Besides your amazing quilts and projects, the pictures of them are amazing. Do you have any tips for makers who want to take better photos of their projects?

Thank you! I take photos with a camera and with a phone. I don’t know if I’m the best person to give tips on photography because half of the time I don’t know what I’m doing myself. I take so many pictures that there always has to be at least one good one. For me the most important thing when taking pictures is the lighting. It’s the most challenging thing especially inside and on the dark winter days. If it’s a gray day I take pictures near a window. Usually I take many pictures in different corners and from various angles, then I choose the best one. To take better pictures my advice would be to just start playing with your camera. There is so much to learn of photographing and with hands on work you learn the best.

6. How did you discover AGF and do you have any collection you’re excited to sew with next?

I have admired AGF fabrics for a long time. The quilt fabric selection is very limited in Finland and no one sells AGF fabrics here. I took part to A Spoonful Sugar’s Lisa’s competition and I won a bundle of Amy’s Playground fabrics. Then I really found AGF and truly fell in love with the fabrics. I like all of the collections so it’s hard to pick just one but the soft colors of Ethereal Fusions caught my eye.

I’m looking forward to working with fabrics that I won! Thank you!

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I hope you enjoyed getting to know Saija! If you love her work make sure to follow Saija on Instagram at @saija_elinia. Don't forget to share all your projects made with AGF under the hashtag #AGFMakersSpotlight for a chance to win some fabrics and be featured on the blog. We choose the winner the last day of each month. :)

As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring!

-Stephanie 


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…

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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