Patterns

5 free quilt patterns you can sew with half square triangles (HST)  

Hello lovely quilters!

I hope that you know about our library of free quilt patterns we have on AGF website! If not, it’s time for you to check it out and choose your favorite for summer sewing.

Today I would like to feature 5 free quilt patterns that you can sew with Half Square Triangles (HST). Half square triangles are commonly used patchwork components and they are one of the most basic blocks in quilting. Most beginning quilters starts their project with HST and it gives them a great base to create a lot of different quilt blocks.

So… what exactly are half square triangles?

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Half square triangle units are squares made up of two equal triangles. Each triangle occupies half of the square's space.

What’s great about HST is that you can create with them so many different quilt blocks!

Take a look at the free quilt patterns below. The possibilities are endless!  You can make a quilt just with HST or incorporate them into quilt blocks with fabric strips, squares, rectangles, and other quilting techniques.

 

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  1. Aroma free mini quilt pattern featuring Lavish Collection by Katarina Roccella

All the floral fabric prints in the Lavish collection are simply stunning and they create such a great mosaic on this mini. Make it for your baby or just as a wall decoration to admire the beautiful composition every day!

  1. Cross Sea free quilt pattern featuring Coastline collection by Sharon Holland

Coastline contains such wonderful summer fabric prints. Sailboats, palm trees, seagulls – all of this reminds us of the perfect vacation spent by the sea. This quilt will be perfect for long days on the beach during summertime!

  1. Patched free quilt pattern featuring Maker collection by AGF Studio.

It’s not hard to guess who the Maker collection was designed for? Yes! For us makers! All the prints remind us of the process of creation. We especially love the scissors fabric print – it adds such a modern touch to this quilt.

  1. Rising Ground free quilt pattern featuring Morning Walk by Leah Duncan.

This quilt is a beautiful composition of sunny yellow fabrics with deep lake blue fabric from the Morning Walk collection. It's a beautiful quilt to start a new sewing journey!

  1. Book Ends free quilt pattern featuring Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi.

Paperie is one of my favorite collections and I think it’s the perfect nursery fabric collection. The prints are so delicate and subtle, that you can fall in love with this quilt instantly!

 

 


 

What are some projects you've made with HST? Let us know in comments, and tell us if you've made any of the quilts above.

 

Thanks for being a sewing inspiration!

 

Ola

 





 


8 perfect garments for Summer

Hello Makers!

Summer has officially started and we are getting ready for it! How about you?

This season of the year is very exciting, because you get to wear awesome comfy clothes. Especially those maxi dresses that make you look beautiful and are super comfortable to wear (it's like you're in pajamas)! Since the weather is getting warmer and warmer each day, I curated 8 garment patterns that I think are great to make for this season. The best thing is that they are simple, comfortable, and will make you look stylish all day! One of the things that I love of summer besides going to the beach, is that you can mix and match bright prints!

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1) Let’s start with the sparkle dress. Can you imagine making this dress with Joie de Vivre fabric? It would look AMAZING! Trust me ;). The coolest thing about this dress is that you can find the FREE PATTERN in our website.

2) This tie blouse is perfect for a day at the beach or even a night out with your friends. It’s comfy and it’s perfect for a summer outfit. I would totally use the Playing Pop fabric collection by the AGF studio!

3) The handkerchief skirt is so stylish! You can make it with any of our fabric collections and I would recommend that you use the Knit fabrics so it has that natural wavy look at the bottom. Also, this one is a FREE PATTERN too! you can find it in our website. 

4) The crescent skirt is perfect for day or night! Imagine going to a brunch or dinner with your friends wearing this skirt. You will catch everyone’s attention! I would definitely use Coastline Fabrics by Sharon Holland for this one! That sail boat print is perfect for the summer.

5) OMG! that strapless romper is perfection! My favorite thing about this romper is that you will look super fashionable and if you use our knit substrate you will feel like you are wearing pajamas! There’s nothing better than feeling comfy and pretty!

6) Well, this layered maxi dress says it all. It’s simply stunning. Perfect for a sunny summer's day! The best thing about maxi dresses is that they are very versatile! You can use them anytime and pretty much everywhere and you will always look beautiful. This dress was made with Skopelos fabrics by Katarina Roccella and I would definitely make it exactly as it is in the picture because I love those colors!

7) If you are looking for something a little bit dressier, this ruffled cocktail dress is perfect for you! I love how the style of this dress is simple enough to wear casually but unique enough to be worn fancy. For example, here we used Boardwalk delight fabrics by Dana Willard and it makes a perfect beach dress but if you try to make it with the petal picking dense  swatch of Lavish fabrics by Katarina Roccella it would definitely become an evening dress that will make you look stunning wherever you go.

8) Last but not least, this waterfall tank made with chalk and paint fabrics by Sew Caroline is a good match for shorts and jeans! It’s simple yet elegant. I can imagine using this tank while running errands during the weekend or even to go to the movies with my friends!

I hope you liked the patterns I chose for you! If you click on the names of each garment it will automatically take you to the website where you can find the pattern!

 

Let the sewing begin,

Caro!


Joie de Vivre by Bari J.: A Joyful and Vibrant Fabric Collection

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Hey there!

Do you love bright colors, bold prints, and believe in the statement “more is more”? Yes? Well, you’re definitely a Curated Maximalist and we’re super excited to show you a collection you’ll love! We’re super happy to announce Bari. J’s newest collection Joie de Vivre!

This bright collection is ideal for summer and it beautifully shows the essence of Bari’s style: vibrant, painterly, and bold! Joie de Vivre means an exuberant enjoyment of life in French, and Bari shows her joy with pretty flowers, delicate birds and butterflies, and cute pugs accompanied by edgy graphic prints.

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To me there’s something special about this collection. Every time I look at the prints, they remind me of one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie because of the pretty florals and painterly elements that are uniquely stylish. I instantly imagine feminine summer dresses and throw pillows!

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We’ve prepared this stunning project look book for you to feast your eyes on gorgeous quilts, garments, and home décor.  Make sure to click on the links for the patterns to many of the projects.

 

Don’t forget to check out the “Bisou Bisou” free quilt pattern! This quilt will definitely add a pop of color to any room.

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Have a little fun color matching with these coordinating blenders (AGF Elements)!

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Most importantly, we think your stash needs some more fabric. So, we’re having a GIVEAWAY!

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CONGRATULATIONS Chris, you've won the fat quarter bundle of Joie de Vivre fabrics! Check your email.

Have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Joie de Vivre by Bari J.

To Enter:

Browse through the Joie de Vivre look book and leave a comment below, telling us what you would make with this vibrant fabric collection.

Giveaway ends Monday, June 27th at 3pm EST. The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be announced on this post.

 

Happy Sewing!

Stephanie

 






AGF is featured in EQ Stash Online Spring 2015

Hey fabric lovers!

I hope everyone has been finding tons of inspiration in our newest collections (I am still very much in love with Skopelos by Katarina Roccella).  To entice your inspiration a bit more, let me tell you about another place where your creative visions can come to life. In case you didn’t know, The Electric Quilt Company designed their latest software called Electric Quilt 7 where you can design your own quilts and pattern blocks. How cool is that? You are able to plan out how your quilt will look with the fabric of your choice without having to deal with rulers, calculations and inaccurate amounts of fabric. Once your design is done you can print out the pre-designed template and you’re ready to sew!

  Purchase Electric Quilt 7 Here

The software works for both MAC and PC and you can purchase it on the Electric Quilt Company website as a direct download.  To make your life even easier, they have also created an extension to the program that features various fabrics made to scale, so you can import them into your custom designs. The extension is called EQ Stash Online and it’s released four times a year. Once you purchase this additional software, it downloads directly into your current version of Electric Quilt and gives you access to over 1,400 fabrics that are in stores or coming soon.

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If you are wondering “What does this software have to do with my obsession with AGF?” Well, The EQ Stash Online is featuring AGF in their spring edition of the software! This means that you can plan out custom quilts with some of your favorite AGF collections! YAY! Here is a list of the collections included in the download:

I love technology, and if it can help develop creative projects it’s even better! Let us know if you have used Electric Quilt and EQ Stash Online in the past and what you think of it. As always, feel free to share any projects you make with AGF! Thanks for inspiring!

 

XoXo,

Stephanie


MAKERs are going to make + Giveaway!!!

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Hello fabric lovers and makers of the world,

We are happy to present MAKER by AGF Studio, a collection that celebrates YOU, your passion for making, creating, and giving life to your wildest ideas while making pretty things for your family, friends, home and creative space. We wanted to materialize the spontaneity and playful details related to the craft of sewing through fun prints that portray the love of being a Maker. Stick around a little longer for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle from this collection. (details below) 

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We always have fun when shooting a new collection but this one was extra special for us! Take a glimpse at all the beautiful projects we created with this collection (we have attached the links to most of the projects so if you'd like to make them they're there for you).

Click the image bellow to see the lookbok

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When designing the quilt for the collection we always try to make one that will represent the essence of said collection. With Maker, we somehow wanted to include the mistakes that we come across with some of the projects we create. "Make Mistakes" is a reminder that a little error along the way of making is also a lesson for a future project. Feel free to share "Make Mistakes" with all your MAKER friends.

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If you are anything like me, you need help figuring out which blenders would match your project, so here is a selection of some of our Elements that will blend perfectly with this collection.  Allblenders

Annddd the moment you all have been waiting for (insert drum roll here)!!! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Regina" on your Maker Bundle!  

 

Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Maker lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends March 19th at 4 pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Etno By Pat Bravo + GIVEAWAY!

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With drawing at the heart of her creative process, Pat Bravo crafts a collection that captures the ethnic expression trend through a medley of etchings. Floral motifs are created with bold brush strokes, and energized geometrics combine with artistic patterning. Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.( details below) 

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Find inspirational projects in this lookbook we have put together for you!
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Share this Quilt pattern "Soulful Windows" with all your friends.Etno_soulfulWindows_2

Win a fat quarter bundle from the Etno Collection, contest rules below!Etno_win
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CONGRATULATIONS to "Lindsay S" on your Etno Bundle!  

Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Etno lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends February 25th at 4 pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Gossamer by Sharon Holland + GIVEAWAY

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A fresh, vintage breeze breathes life into Gossamer by Sharon Holland. Combining frosted florals with charming gridwork, these prints highlight a quaint approach to color that includes dreamy blush, sheer blues and honeyed bronze.

Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.( details below) IMG_9298

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Feed your inspiration buds with this lookbook we have put together for you.

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Share this Quilt pattern "Fractured" with all your friends.

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Win a fat quarter bundle from the Gossamer Collection, contest rules below!

  

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Nicole Lindsey" on your Gossamer Bundle!  

Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Gossamer lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to make.

  • Giveaway ends January 20th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs

 


Prisma Elements by AGF In-House Studio + GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Fabrics Lovers, 

We are happy to announce that Prisma Elements by AGF In-House Studio is now available. This collection invites you to mix, match and mismatch with every stash you have. These classic colors and geometric forms will be your new "go-to" blenders and they will give the final touches to your unique creations.

Win a fat quarter bundle of this incredible collection (details below).

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Get inspired with the lookbook we have put together.


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Enjoy and share our FREE quilt pattern "Spectrum" with all you quilting friends!

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 Win a fat quarter bundle of Prisma Elements, contest rules below! 

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CONGRATULATIONS to Rhiannon on your Prisma Elements Bundle!  

Now to the good stuff, FREE fabric!  Here is how to enter the giveaway:

Explore the Prisma Elements LookBook here, then comment below with the project you'd most like to make and your email.

  • Giveaway ends December 30th at 12pm EST.
  • Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


AGF Limited Edition, Fabrics with Purpose

Hello all!

The wait is over! We’re thrilled with excitement to officially introduce you to Limited Edition! We’re going to tell you what our team of collaborators has been up to and show you some awesome fabrics that will take your breath away.

Some time ago we asked three remarkable designers, April RhodesSara Lawson  and Caroline Hulse, what gap they would like to see filled in the fabric industry regarding contemporary fabrics. they gave us enlightening answers from their individual areas of expertise, and that’s how the concept behind Limited Edition was born.

This project will have, on rotation, a team of designers doing one-time collaborations, each designing fabrics that are beautiful, versatile and effortless to use! 

Limited Edition is here to simplify the sewing process, because we know how challenging sewing can be for beginners. Each line is made of 8 prints in quilting weight, 2 in knit and 1 in voile substrates. 

Each of them is bringing very distinct styles making each collection special and unique; versatility defines Limited Edition’s forte. That's why we love to call it “fabrics with purpose.”

Now let me introduce you to the collections!

Arizona was designed by April Rhodes, her inspiration behind it is tribal and Native American prints combined with geometric shapes. She took her fantasy of a Bohemian life in the South West and put it into printed form.

Meet the ethnic collection Arizona: AprilIG

On the other hand, Jungle Ave. by Sara Lawson, is inspired by city living. She wanted to play the idea of an ‘Urban Jungle,’ and that’s where the image of elephants marry the floral idea with images of the city.

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The third collection of Limited Edition is Gleeful, a mix of feminine romance and contemporary trends. Each piece of Caroline Hulse’s collection tell a story about a young woman pursuing her dreams. She is carefree, romantic, modern, yet classic.

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Our creative team of designers put this video together to explain what AGF Limited Edition means to them and what point of view they brought into this project. Enjoy!

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Arizona will be available in stores in May; Jungle Ave in June and Gleeful in July.

Thank you so much for reading and we hope you enjoy the news!

 

Xo,

Tai.  


The Tiny Fedora | A Toddler Hat Tutorial

First I must mention the release of Littlest... I mean, I know I am supposed to be a little biased, but that collection is awesomely cute.

Since right now we are so smitten by all this baby/toddler cuteness, we created a pattern for a tiny fedora (cue: get smitten). In this instance we used a combination of grey and pink Chromatics to bring modernity to this classic hat shape, and also because we think grey for children is spot-on.

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Here is what you will need:

  1. One fat quarter of Triangularity Stardust (Chromatics by AGF In-house Studio)
  2. 3/8 yd. of Light Grey (Pure Elements by AGF In-house Studio) for the lining
  3. (1) One 5” x 23 ½” strip of Fancy Buttons Rose (Chromatics)
  4. (1) One 1 3/4” x 23 ½” strip of Fancy Buttons Rose (Chromatics)
  5. (1) One 1” x 23” Strip (cut on bias) of Light Grey (Pure Elements)
  6. (1) 18" x 22" piece of heavy-weight fusible interfacing.

Use the template provided and follow the instructions for the construction of this hat. This pattern template hat will fit a toddler. Start cutting your pattern pieces as shown in the diagrams below:

From Triagularity Stardust: Cut 1 (one) piece of each of the pattern pieces:

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From Light Grey: Cut 2 (two) pieces of all the pattern pieces, except for the brim pattern piece from which you will cut only 1:

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From the heavy-weight fusible interfacing: Cut 1 (one) of each of the pattern pieces without the ¼” seam allowance.

CONSTRUCTION

Start constructing the hat by placing the back side of the hat on top of the front side face-to-face. Align them and sew them closed on the short edges. the new piece should form a cylindrical shape with an oval hole in the middle. Press the seams open and turn the piece inside-out.

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Place the top piece (with the wrong side of the fabric towards you) on the previously sewn piece and start to pinning around the top edge. Sewing all around to close the top of the hat.

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Iron the heavy-weight fusible interfacing to the lining pieces (you should have three pieces left without interfacing) Repeat the first constructions step with the lining (and fused) pieces.

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Take the two brim pattern pieces align them together and sew them all the way around on the longer curved edge. Open the piece and press the seams towards the lining piece. Fold it in half lengthwise (careful not to make an evident crease) and sew the short edges together (face-to-face). Fold the piece on the long curved edge wrong sides facing, and you have the brim:

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Insert the lining into the top of the hat (interfacing should be in between both pieces). Now attach the brim to the bottom edge of the hat by pinning and sewing the open side of the brim to the bottom (and closing the brim simultaneously) of the hat all the way around. Be careful and sew slowly (you don’t want to break your needle since you are working with heavy-weight fusible interfacing).

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Take the pieces that are left of the Light Grey fabric and attach them together as you did on the first construction step (This pieces should not have interfacing).

Make a bias strip with the fabric that was left from the Light Grey fabric. You should have enough left to cut a 1” x 23” bias strip (if not cut more strips and attach them until you get the desired length). When you have your bias strip, sew it aligned to the edge where the crown and the brim meet. Insert the last lining piece (the one made on the previous step) with the right side of the fabric facing out, inside of the crown of the hat.

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Fold the bias strip inwards and hand-stitch it to the lining with a blind stitch all the way around folding ¼” in as you stitch. This way you will have a clean finish where the crown and the brim meet inside.

MAKING THE BAND

Take the 5” x 23 ½” of Fancy Buttons Rose and make pleats ½” wide, this size will give you room to make three pleats.

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Sew horizontally every 4” to make the pleats stay in place. Place the pleated strip on top of the 1 3/4” x 23 ½” backing strip face-to-face and sew the long edges (they should match in size). Turn the band inside out.

Diagram-14Fold one of the edges 1/4" inwards and press. Wrap the band around the hat to measure what the exact length is, and insert the undone end into the folded end. Carefully remove it and do a top stitch to close the band. Once sewn, place it on the hat again with the seam on the center back of the hat and pushed all the way down to where the brim starts. Do some blind stitches around the band to secure it to the crown and you are done!

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Please share what you make with the (hashtag) #artgalleryfabrics #chromaticscollection

Rock 'n Sew,

Lauv