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Underwater Queendom: "Sirena" Fabric Collection

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!"

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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 whalesoctopuses, 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! 

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 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:

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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! Sirena_Blenders_AGF

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:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, July, 27th, 2018. Good luck! 

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Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Feature - City Lights Quilt

Hi Everyone, 

Have you seen  Love Patchwork & Quilting's new look? Their new cover layout is so fresh and modern and we always can't wait to dive into the newest issue as soon as it arrives. Issue 59 is their latest issue and we are so honored to have one of our quilt designs featuring City Loft Fusions displayed on the cover! The power of strip piecing comes to life in the City Lights quilt pattern! In this striking geometric quilt design we played around with large strip pieced 20 1/2" blocks, sewing them together to form amazing movement and created a energizing affect.  Talk about a perfect summer time sew! This quilt finishes at 80" squared which I can definitely see becoming a summer time essential that can be brought to the the beach or lake where all your family members or friends can sit and enjoy the day. 

 To spread the quilting love we are having a City Loft Fusion bundle giveaway as well as giving away a  free copy of Issue 59 of Love Patchwork & Quilting which includes the step by step instructions of the City Lights quilt pattern! Make sure to enter the giveaway below. 


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Who is ready for summer? For all of you living in cold weather states I am sure you wouldn't mind skipping spring and head right into summer. The kiddos are home for summer vacation and it's time to go on a family vacation. What are your plans for summer?  Every summer I make a trip back home to Minnesota and spend most of my time at my favorite lakes and parks playing with my niece and nephews.  Good Luck to all of you who enter the Giveaway! Sending you all warm summer time vibes! 

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Congrats Linda Williamson, you are the winner! Make sure to check your email! :) 

 

Listen While You Sew

Hi There, Makers!

Hope you're having a fabulous week, creating lots of new projects!

I’m always curious in hearing how others go about their creative process, especially when it comes to what they listen to while they’re working on a sewing project. Is it the sound of crickets outside, classic rock music, a favorite movie playing in the background or perhaps it’s a podcast? In recent years, I have found myself listening to podcasts while working on projects. I really enjoy the unexpected topics they cover, and that magical human connection that they create.

I always enjoy learning about the sewing industry and these podcasts are perfect for that! You just never know when inspiration or insight will come knocking at your door. Without further ado, here’s my Top 5 Favorite Sewing Podcasts:

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  1. Modern Sewciety

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Fellow, Florida native “Stephanie” began sewing when she had her first child in 2007. With a genuine, sweet Southern charm, she chats it up with creatives in the sewing industry, shares latest tips and trends, and also focuses on quilting, business and marketing. One of our designers, "Dana Willard" recently did an episode with her! 

  1. While She Naps:

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Harvard graduate “Abby Glassenberg” is an incredible author and interviewer. Her podcast covers topics from the home sewing industry and creative entrepreneurship with a focus on craft publishing, the creative process, fabric manufacturing, feminism and social justice. Oh and you guessed it, another one of our designers, "Mister Domestic" was recently interviewed by Abby!

3. Love to Sew Podcast

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Hosted by the fun, genuine and empowering duo, “Helen Wilkinson” and “Caroline Somos,” their podcast covers a great deal of sewing handmade wardrobe, the uses of different fabrics and their advantages, small business, interviews with inspiring sewists, and sharing their daily revelations, as two creative entrepreneurs.

  1. Sit & Sew:

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"Stephanie Soebbing" started quilting one day because “she was bored.” Since then she’s built a very strong quilting community by creating “Quilt Addicts Anonymous.” On her podcast, Stephanie often picks the brains of renowned designers and it’s extremely fascinating to listen to some of most inventive creators in the business.  

  1. Crafty Planner

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Wonderful interviews by host “Sandi Hazlewood” who was trained as a city planner and then transitioned to eventually become the first president of the "San Diego Modern Quilt Guild." She has a knack for asking the right question while remaining quiet during those “magical interview moments” where the storytelling just organically unravels.  

Bonus! American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast

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For all the quilt lovers out there, host "Pat Sloan" is extremely passionate about quilt making. As a quilt designer, author, fabric designer and teacher, her passion carries into her interviews that revolve around quilt inspiration, fabric selection, design, patterns, and machine quilting tips.  From beginner to advanced levels in quilting, Pat has something to share with everyone. Last but not least, one of our designers "Sharon Holland" also did a very recent interview with her this week!

Do you listen to (sewing) podcasts? What are YOUR favorites? Please feel free to share in the comments.

Until next time, keep creating!

- Sophia


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