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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

Lambkin-Fabrics

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



Campsite

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 

Take a Summer Road Trip with the Row by Row Experience!

Hey there everyone!

Can you believe summer is finally here? The sun is shining bright, the grass is green, and it’s that time of the year where everyone loves to plan fun family vacations. Have you ever thought of planning your summer trip based on all the amazing quilt shops that are all over the U.S. and Canada?

Just imagine taking a road trip from state to state, and exploring all the different AGF collections and notions that shops carry. In addition to that, you would get a free pattern to make your own quilt and you would have a chance to win fabrics. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Well, this dream trip is possible with The Row by Row Experience!

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You can be part of The Row by Row experience by visiting one of the participating shops throughout the country and picking up the free pattern of their specially designed row. As your road trip continues, you can start combing the rows to create a summer quilt filled with memories from your travels! Plus, if you’re the first person to present your quilt at a participating shop, you’ll win a stack of 25 Fat Quarters.

We’re excited about this year’s Row by Row because our friends from Needle in a Fabric Stash, have created their “Home Sweet Home” themed row based on Sew Caroline’s Happy Home Collection combined with a few other AGF prints. But the fun doesn’t end there. To celebrate the summer and many of the upcoming AGF collections; Needle in a Fabric Stash will also be hosting a few giveaways with our fabrics throughout the summer! Stay tuned to their Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win some fabrics for your stash!

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We hope you have tons of fun travelling and sewing this summer! If you’re taking a trip to California make sure to visit Needle in a Fabric Stash in Temecula and show off your row.

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Now for the final question:

Where do you plan on travelling this summer? Tell us in the comment section! (◕‿-)

 

Happy travels!

Stephanie

 

To be part of The Row by Row Experience, check out the participating shops.

 

Needle in a Fabric Stash

43049 Margarita Rd., A102

Temecula, CA 92592

 

P.S. Needle in a Fabric Stash is giving away A bundle of Boardwalk Delight by Dana Willard with a few coordinating AGF Elements! To enter, visit their Instagram account. The giveaway will run from June 19th-30th. Good luck!

 






Sara Lawson's Dresden Plate Dress

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"Okay, I've got an idea...what about a dress made from Angela's Drawn Destiny in Linen..but the dress has appliqued Dresden plates on it? I think I would use Pure Elements on the Dresdens. What do you think?"

These were Sara's words after I e-mailed her about some of our newest fabric collections. 

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It's no secret that fabric companies often collaborate with many bloggers and designers for projects and tutorials. Since starting my work at AGF, I am just now beginning to break the ice with them and find out their style, preferences and personalities. Sara, thus far, is one of many who have left a great impression on me.

 

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I'm not sure what I envisioned when she described her idea, but that's irrelevant now because the finished dress is far better than anything I could have pictured!

 

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Sara will be debuting this statement dress at the Houston Quilt Market next month. And I, for one, can't wait to see it in person. 

Thanks again Sara!

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All photos courtesy of Sara. Main fabric used is Drawn Destiny, from the Legacy fabric collection. Dresden wheels are made of our Pure Elements. Original post from www.sewsweetness.com


FINAL Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #12 - Messenger Bag

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That it ladies... We have come to the end of a long (12 months to be exact) sewing journey and we have the final challenge upon us. After this last challenge you all can take a seat and relax and know that you have accomplished something very amazing. You have learned new techniques and really honed your skills as sewers.

This month, the final challenge will be a messenger bag. We decided to make it something that works out great as a handmade gift for a friend or family member for the holidays.


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Requirement:

- Must have a flap closure.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on December 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging: We will have 8 people voting this month ... AGF team (6 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)
Now for last months winner....

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This month brings us a tie!
Jennifer Altman's Patchwork Bunny
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And Carolina Moore's Baby Patchwork Bunny Quilt. (That baby sure is cute)

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Congrats on all the amazing work to all that participated. This patchwork toy was hard work and you guys powered through it. It truly is hard to pick the winner between bunnies, turtles, dolls and a stack-able Heffalump... thanks for making the choice a tough one! :)
On to the last challenge....
Good luck ladies. May your thread be strong and your machine be speedy.

♥ Your AGF Team

Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #11 - Patchwork Stuffed Toy

ProjectLOGO_finalThe November Challenge is....

A patchwork toy/stuffed animal. This challenge is just in time the Holidays coming up and will make a great gift for a special little one.

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Requirement:
- Must use the "patchwork" technique
- Must use min of 3 fabrics for the body.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on October 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging: We will have 6 people voting this month ... AGF team (4 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)


And the WINNER of last months challenge is.....

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 Congrats Linda Carlson!!!

This month had some amazing entries. We have come to hate voting because each project really has some amazing thought and work put into it and each one fits what you all need out of it.

We want to thank you all for joining us and really hanging in there...

Next month is the last month of the challenge and we have a nice lil project in store...

Happy sewing!

 

May your thread be strong and your machine speedy,

<3 Your AGF team