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Fussy Cutting Projects- Find the Perfect Prints!

 Hello Makers, 

What is your go to quilting technique? EPP, scrappy quilts, foundation paper piecing, quilt-as-you- go?  There are so many ways to create a single quilt and whatever way you choose why not incorporate a bit of fussy cutting to add a dose of extra cuteness to your handmade creations. When I first started working at Art Gallery Fabrics about  4  and a half years ago, I was introduced to all things quilty! One of the first quilting terms I learned was the word "Fussy Cutting", which I thought at the time was a pretty silly name. When you think about it fussy cutting is exactly as it sounds, being fussy about the things you cut from your fabric. Later, I learned fabric designers actually design fabrics based around this silly name called Fussy Cutting. It's safe to say this fun technique has become apart of many of my quilting and  sewing projects.  Below are a few on my favorite prints and projects showcasing the Fussy Cutting technique! Enjoy scrolling through the post and make sure to comment below with your favorite AGF prints that you have used in your fussy cutting projects! 

 Nightfall Fabrics 


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 Click here for Free Pattern! Prints made by Maureen Cracknell.

 

The "Foxfire" free quilt pattern made it's debut in the Nightfall Fabrics lookbook where it featured this super cute owl and bunny print! These adorable prints made it's way into the middle of each quilt block which is my favorite way to incorporate fussy cutting into my quilts. This quilt bl0ck design does a great job framing your fussy cut prints while adding half square triangles to each corner of your block. When all your blocks are sewn together it adds a nice secondary block of Half Square Triangles. (Can you see what I am talking about? ) Pretty cool, right!?  

 

Loved to Pieces Fabrics


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 Projects made with Loved to Pieces Fabric

Now let's talk about my newest favorite print to fussy cut from Loved to Pieces Fabrics! The "Anthonem  Serene"print exhibits an array of  distinctive florals all lined up in alphabetical order.  How sweet is this? Mister Domestic made this super sweet pillow below showcasing this cute postage stamp floral print.  

Also an extra bonus is this print comes in another colorway! Most often times your favorite AGF print will come in two different colorways which I love but sometimes it ends up being hard to choose which print to use, which I don't tend to mind! :)  

I also wanted to show you the "Alabama Quilt Block" using the same florals! Make sure to head to our Youtube for the full tutorial! You will have a blast cutting out all the little flowers, I know I sure did. :)

 

Charleston Fabrics 



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 Prints from Charleston Fabrics 

My two favorite prints from Charleston Fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi has to be the " The Row" which celebrates the beautiful architecture and scenery of the historical town of Charleston.  My other fave is the cute stencil pineapple print called "Ananas Powder" , there is just something so inviting about pineapple fabrics and decor which is probably why the pineapple is a symbol for welcome, friendship, and hospitality.

I can't get over all the hard work and patience it takes to get through a EPP project like the one above! Jodi from @talesofcloth is a EPP master! If your new to EPP I suggest you head to her profile and if your feeling inspired pick up the Pirouette Quilt with lots of fussying cutting options!  

 

Lambkin Fabrics

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Prints from Lambkin Fabrics by Bonnie Christine

For those of you who have children or are obsessed with sewing things for your niece and nephews like me you are going to love the next two collections! Lambkin Fabrics (pic above) consists of two beautiful color palettes which cater  to sewing for girls and boys. First let's talk about how charming the "Sir Wooly" print is, he is perfect to fussy cut and apply to your kids clothing or incorporate into your quilt blocks for a cute baby quilt. 

I also am crazy about the numbers and symbols print called "Arista Oats"! I have a two year old nephew and I can't wait to make him something with this print maybe spelling out his name or using the numbers in this print and making him something so I can teach him to count! 

The next print called "Little Entomologist" displays a collection of insects you would find in your garden! I am not necessary a fan of the real thing but on fabric these cute critters  are fun to cut out from the fabric!  

 

Campsite Fabrics



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Prints from Campsite Fabrics

I am not the most avid camper but I do remember going on a few camping trips with my Girl Scout Troop back in my childhood. There is something so special about being outdoors, breathing in fresh air and being one with nature. Campsite Fabrics brings back this special memory for me is such a cute way. My two favorite projects has to be these cute patches and table cloth! You can find these super cute fussy cutting projects in the Campsite Lookbook.  

 

Tallinn Fabrics 

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Last but not least, I wanted to talk about the Tiger print from Tallinn Fabrics by our talented designer Jessica Swift! This print comes in two different colorways and has so many great elements to fussy cut. These denim pants made with our smooth denim fabrics can be found in the Tallinn Lookbook! What a super cute way to embellish your denim! This project definitely got my wheels turning and inspired me to take my fussy cutting to the next level! 

Well I hope you enjoyed hearing about the  prints and projects in this blog post. If you have any other fussy cutting inspired projects you would like to share with me I would be so excited to see! 

 Happy Fussy Cutting, 

Meli


#AGFMakerMonday

Hi Makers!

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
 
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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! :)
 
- Sophia 

Garden Love: "Gathered" Fabric Collection

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.

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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:

Download Quilt Pattern

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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." Collection elements template (1)

Enter a chance to win this fabulous, twenty piece "Gathered Fabric Bundle" by signing up to our giveaway:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, 10th, 2018. Good luck! 

Gathered Giveaway Winner is "Michele Zahn!" Congratulations and please check your email.

Thank you to everyone who participated! 

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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:

Download Quilt 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! 

Congratulations Elana Goldberg! Please check your email. :)

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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:

Download Quilt 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! 

"SIGNATURE" GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, CONGRATULATIONS NAOMI RAIMON! Please check your email.

 

 

 

 

 


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