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Natural Wonders: "Signature" Fabric Collection

Hi Makers,

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. 

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For more nature-inspired sewing projects with instructions to follow along, click below to view our "Signature" look-book!

 

 

Here's our lovely "Sunflower Quilt" for you to create, just click the below link for the FREE quilting pattern:

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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." 

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Last but not least as you all know, enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Monday, June, 25nd, 2018. Good luck! 

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Community Sampler Sew Along: Week 1- Kitty- Corner Block

Hello Everyone, 

Who is taking part in the Community Sampler Sew Along? Two of our amazing designers, Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell are hosting another sew along and I can't be more excited because every one in the AGF Team is coming together to create a block to add to our sampler. A lot of our team members are new to quilting and sewing so I am thrilled to be able to teach them all I know. Throughout the next 14 weeks we will be posting our progress on the blog and sharing our experience as we work together to create our quilt. If you haven't heard about the Community Sampler Sew Along yet don't worry it's never to late to join. 



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Kitty - Corner Block made with Splendid Fabrics

 

Week 1 - Sharon and Maureen shared with us our first PDF pattern of the materials needed and a coloring page of the finished quilt design.

It was hard to decide what fabrics to use for our sampler but we finally came to the conclusion Splendid Fusions was a collection that fit all the personalities of the AGF Team, sophisticated, bold and artistic. 

 

Week 2- They introduced the first block: The Kitty-Corner Block!

 

Below I share my addition to the AGF Team's Community Sampler! 

 

The Kitty - Corner Block teaches you how to make cute four patch units for each corner of your block. I love the yummy warm yellows and hot pinks in the Splendid Fusion Collection. For my background fabric I used our "Creme de la Creme" pure element solid. It is such a lovely rich and creamy color that allows  the jewel tone colors from Splendid Fabrics shine!

 

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 It also shows you how to create corner square units. I love using friction pens to create my diagonal lines. They come in so many fun colors and the ink disappears so nicely with a quick press with your iron. Chain piecing  is by far the most amazing trick I learned as a quilter. Which is exactly what I did to sew  all of my 2 3/4" squares to the corners of my 4 3/4" squares.  

 

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I really enjoyed the construction of this block so much. Using a variety of dark, medium and light fabrics this block has me dreaming of a beautiful picnic at a flower garden! 

 

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Steph is up next to create the next block for our sampler so stay tuned to hear about her experience on the blog. I am in awe following along with everyone's blocks on Instagram. It's so much fun sewing along with all of you. Make sure to share your blocks using the hashtag #CommunitySampler so everyone can see your creations! 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 
 


Things to Sew for your Kids- Sewing with Knits

Hey Everyone, 

Sew anything for yourself lately?  I am in the process of sewing up a top with AGF Striped Knit. I love sewing for me but I usually tend to do most of my sewing for family and friends. Have you seen the New AGF Striped Knit Lookbook yet? If your new to sewing with knits you are going to want to check out this lookbook. There are so many cute sewing patterns that I can't wait to make for my niece and nephews. When I think of sewing with knits I automatically think apparel but after seeing the projects made with AGF Striped Knits I can't wait to make so many new things I never thought of. What are some of your favorite things to sew with knit fabrics?  

 

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1. DIY Stuffed Balloon Animals 

Cuteness overload! Put a smile on anyone's face by presenting them with the cutest stuffed animal ever. All you need is a long tube of your favorite  knit fabric, pillow stuffing and some thread. This would make for a fun project to do with your kids as they watch their new stuffed animal come to life. Try customizing your balloon animal by making it bigger or smaller or adding some embellishments like tassels or trim. 

 

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2. Kids turtle Neck and matching Leggings 

Burda Style understands kids apparel. I love how put together this look is while still being comfy and a perfect play time outfit for your little ones. We used solid knit to create contrast and to help the collar and pocket stand out against the strip knit background.  Don't they go together so beautifully!? We also added solid knit to the waist band and cuffs on the leggings which I think makes the whole outfit come together! Definitely will be making a bunch of these outfits for my one year old godson! 

 

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3. Travel Size Neck Pillow

I remember when I was little every family vacation we had our family of six would all cram into the car and drive to our destination because taking a plane was just to expensive. So many great memories but also unpleasant memories of being squished in a car for hours on end! :) To make your family road trips a tiny bit better travel neck pillows are a must! We made ours with two different colors of striped knit fabrics for added fun and lots of yummy quilting.    

 

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4. Cozy Kitty Pattern

As a cat lover I am beside myself with how cute these Cozy Kitties turned out. We used two different striped knit fabrics in the same color family to create the cutest contrast in the ears, belly and tail. Try scaling up or down the pattern to change the finished size of your kitties.

 

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5. Knot Pillows 

You can never have enough decorative pillows especially ones as interesting as these Knot Pillows. They are definitely eye catching and they look like a piece of art. Make them all in different sizes and color to place in your kids rooms for added style and  comfort.  

 

View the video above for more inspiration and sewing patterns made specially for knit fabrics!

 

Please share in the comments below  some of your favorite things to sew with knit fabrics?  

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 

 

 


Sewing for Valentine's Day - Make Something Sweet for your Sweetie

Hi Lovelies, 

Valentine's Day is coming soon and holiday themed sewing is one of my favorite kinda sewing! To get you in the spirit I have complied a variety of love inspired sewing projects! Homemade cards, a dress for the perfect date night, to a quilt and pillow to cuddle with your loved ones, Valentine's Day 2018 will be so much to fun to celebrate with these sewing projects made with love. 

 
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1.  Heart Valentine's Day  Card 

Every time a holiday or birthday approaches I head to Target to find the perfect card. Standing in the card aisle  which seems like forever trying to find the best one to give to that special someone never quite finding the right one. I go ahead and finally pick one just to turn the card around to check the price finding out that it is waaay to expensive. Ever have this problem? I always tell myself to make my own because homemade is always the way to go. What I love the most about these Heart Cards is it incorporates sewing and fabric which are two of my favorite things! :) 

 Also it's super fast to make and all you need are small scraps of fabric to make, which is music to my ears! After you give the heart cards a try, try using another shape like a cupcake, birthday candle, or a star! I definitely can't wait to give this a try! 

 

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Made with Wonderful Things Fabric 

 

2. Dirndl Dress

 To really get into the spirit why not make a dress with romantic floral hearts! The "Heart Fields Forever" print is so adorable especially when you sew it into the  Dirndl Dress pattern by Burda Style. I love the vintage flair with it's gathered waist and slim fitting bodice! The neckline shows the perfect amount of skin and the cap sleeves add the right amount of coverage. Your date will for sure fall in love with you all over again wearing this outfit! ;) 

 

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3. Balloon Pillow 

 Maybe your Valentine's Day will be spent on the sofa with your loved ones, binge watching romantic movies on Netflix. Add this fun circle pillow to the mix for added comfort. Use them as floor pillows for your little ones to sit! The zig zag construction of this pillow looks super fun and the applique heart is like the cherry on top! Don't want a heart try making a different shape like a smiley emjoi or a flower. Just leaving it without any applique could also be very cute depending on who you are making it for.

 


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4. Heartsome Quilt

  If  your really feeling the love try making the Heartsome quilt with Letters Fabric! The All you Need is Love Panel totally makes this quilt! The heart blocks are quick and easy to make! We mixed solid and print hearts to our quilt for extra color and contrast. If you don't have the time to tackle a whole quilt try sewing up just a few of these heart blocks to make a table runner for your dinning room table or turning your blocks into a cute wall hanging. 

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5. DIY Heart  Block 

 Aren't these heart blocks just the cutest? Watch this fun Sew Crafty video and make four log cabin blocks, sew your blocks together and sew your corner squares to create your heart! I love the scrappy look these block have! Try making a enough of these blocks to hang as garland or turn one block into a cute pin cushion for someone that loves to sew! 

 

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Made with Wonderful Things Fabric 

 

Hope you give a few of these sewing patterns a try and if you do let me know what you think.  Who has some fun plans for Valentine's Day? Whether you are going on a girls night, a romantic date, or spending it with the kiddos let me know in the comments box below how you plan to spend V-Day this year!

I am not sure what I will do this year but I am sure it will be filled with lots of sweets, hanging out with the ones I love and a romantic movie marathon. 

 

Lots of Love, 

Meli

 


Sewing for the Nursery- Hideaway Quilt Kit at Fat Quarter Shop

Hi everyone, 

What are your favorite things to sew? On the top of my list is quilts, especially baby quilts! With all my friends and siblings having kids I have been having fun making baby shower presents with AGF's newest fabric collection called Nest! If your a quilter like me you are going to flip over the cute panel prints in this collection. The sweet sayings and imagery reminiscent of childhood come together in modern designs. My favorite panel in the collection is called "Make a Wish", the possibilities are endless with this panel because it is has six different graphics and background you can choose to use to make kids clothes, pillows, or incorporate as big blocks in your quilts!

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 The Hideaway Quilt does just that, a mix of fussy cut squares, and easy plus and x pieced blocks with white border strips to let each block stand out. It measures out to be 58 1/2" squared, just the right size for the little ones in your life!  To shop the Hideaway Quilt kit head over to Fat Quarter Shop! Don't forget to show us your projects made with Nest fabrics using the hashtag #NESTISOUT

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Nest fabrics can be used for so many great sewing projects to fill your little one's nursery! View the Nest Fabrics LookBook for more sewing projects to add to your  to sew list! 

 

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The AGF Quilt Block collection has a new member and  it's called the Broken Window Block. Watch this fun  youtube tutorial to join in on the quilt block fun. Make sure to post your creations on Instagram to be entered to win our monthly fabric bundle giveaway!  

 

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 I can't wait to see what you all sew with Nest Fabrics. Also if you have any great baby shower gift ideas share them in the comments below! :) 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Spice Rack Quilt Featuring Spices Fusion from Quilts and More Magazine

Hello Quilty Friends, 

How has 2018 been treating you? The days are already flying by for me but I have been slowly incorporating my new year goals into place! For those of you who added sew more in 2018 to your new year goals I got the perfect project for you all to tackle. It's called the Spice Rack Quilt made with Spices Fusion! The pattern can be found in the Spring 2018 Quilts and more issue!  The holiday season may have taken a toll on our sewing time but this easy to sew quilt will get your sewing mojo back in no time. This quilt is made entirely out of rows and rows of tumbler pattern pieces. I love the organic feel to this quilt and how the placement of the fabrics keep your eyes moving  from shape to shape. 

 

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For those of you who are interested in a quilt kit for this quilt head over to Fat Quarter Shop to pick up one for you and a sewing friend. 

 

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Here at AGF we love to inspire you with sewing tutorials, new fabric collections and fabric giveaways. If you are a fan of Spices Fusion don't forget to enter the giveaway below. 

In the comments box below tell us your sewing goals for 2018. 

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