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Introducing AGF Curated Bundles!

Hi Makers!

Happy October! This month is my absolute FAVORITE month since it's officially fall and Halloween is SOON!

To make this amazing month EVEN MORE EXCITING, here at AGF we're going to launching several new products for you! We've been secretly working on some things the past few months, and now the time is finally HERE to share it all with you! Drum roll, please!

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 The secret is out! AGF NOW HAS BUNDLES!       

We’re so SUPER thrilled to introduce you to a new way of sewing, AGF CURATED BUNDLES! This amazing sewing community is always inspiring us everyday to be better and to create better! We ALWAYS love seeing what you create from start to finish. We feel we're a part of you, and at the same time we feel you’re a part of us, that’s why we’re constantly trying to help you to design and sew your best projects with our fabrics! These are not your standard pre-cuts, but bundles specially curated to sew easy and fast, making the most of your time because we understand that in these crazy, busy times you need ideas to sew simple and quick projects.

We call it “conceptual sewing” and we’re sure you’ll absolutely love it! 

Stay tuned THIS WEEK and THIS MONTH via our Instagram, Facebook, TwitterYoutube and Pinterest as we will be posting more details about these amazing bundles! :)

Until then, keep creating and thanks for being our biggest inspiration! 

- Sophia 


#AGFMakerMonday - Our First Feature!

Hi Makers, 

HAPPY MONDAY! I'm sure we all can use some "Monday Motivation" today! Here at AGF, we started a new way to feature  our inspiring makers' work that allows them to also win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! We encouraged makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday, so we could see how talented you are and the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a feature here on our AGF Blog AND of course...they win A 20-PIECE FQ BUNDLE of our fabric, based on their personal preference.

With that, I'm excited to introduce our first AGF MAKER MONDAY FEATURE to you, "Tracy Martin." She's an incredible quilter based out of San Diego, California who specializes in creating personalized, modern baby quilts! Let's get to know Tracy a little a better and hear her sewing story! 

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  TracyMartin (2)Fabric Featured: "Foraged Garland Peony" from Gathered Fabrics by Bonnie Christine

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Hi Tracy! Congratulations on being our first "AGF Maker Monday" feature! Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into quilting?

Hi there, thank you for having me here today! I’m Tracy the one-woman show that is "TracyBug Creative."  I'm a wife and a mom of three school-age children. Prior to having children, social work occupied my time.  Long before that, when I was 13 my Great-Aunt Mildred came for an Easter visit. She was working on a hand-quilting project. I must have asked her a million questions. A retired schoolteacher she asked if I would like to learn to quilt. My heart jumped at the idea!

We made tentative plans for me to visit her that coming summer. A few weeks later, a carefully packed shoe box arrived. Inside she had tucked away a quilt kit with tiny notes pinned on various parts to sew and pages of handwritten instructions to get started. I was hooked! That summer I visited her. My uncle made me a small frame, and Aunt Mildred sat by my side showing me the way. I’ve worked on that project little bits at a time ever since. When my youngest was due I got a sewing machine for my birthday. The first quilt I finished was a baby quilt for her. As I wanted to learn new things, I searched the internet for resources, followed bloggers, watched videos, and took online classes while my babies slept.

What are you inspired by?

Color and shape bring beauty and meaning to the world.  Interesting patterns, bright and bold colors and soft muted tones always draw me in. Likewise, I’m inspired by stories. The people and the journey behind designs and quilts add a dimension without which a quilt is really just a thing.

Describe your design style in three words.  

Bright, Fun, Modern.

When did you start creating personalized, modern quilts for kids? How many have you made?

In 2011, I added the personalized modern quilts to my shop. I have made approximately 400 of them.

How do you stay motivated with your sewing projects?

Looking at new fabric lines, following designers on their journey, and hearing my customer stories all excite me. I especially love how AGF designers share their process and inspiration. My customers each specifically choose their quilt fabrics.  This allows me to connect with them and learn a bit about their story. They share things such as how the parents wanted this baby for so long, maybe the close friendship they have with the mother, or how this is their first grandchild. These quilts are not just a textile but become part of a baby’s story.  Participating in that is an honor. As I sew, I whisper prayers for the baby and the home it is going to. Human connection keeps us all going.

Any words of advice to those new to quilting or who are interested in starting?  

We were all "new" once.  No one started sewing and produced his or her best work from the get-go. Keep practicing and you will get there! Also, while you are at it, use the beautiful fabric. It will inspire you, cover mistakes, and you will smile more while you do it. Be gentle with how you speak to yourself in the process.  If you are new, be encouraging, kind, and compassionate with yourself like you would a five-year-old learning to read. Lastly, don’t be afraid to learn the rules and then break as many as you would like to develop your own style and creative voice.

5 things you can't live without.

 1.My Juki sewing machine (she’s my third arm!)

2. My seam ripper ;)

3. A fresh cup of iced coffee

4. A photo of my family

5. Of course beautiful, beautiful fabric.

Where can other makers' find your work? 

You can find me telling quilt stories and sharing creative ramblings on Instagram @tracybugcreative

My Etsy shop is www.tracybugcreative.etsy.com  and my blog is tracybugcreative.com

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Since Tracy LOVES "warm colors," we curated this 20-piece bundle for her as her prize! :)

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Thanks so much Tracy and to all you makers who have been posting away! It's incredibly inspiring to see what you all make and how you add your personal stories and styles to your projects. 

We'll be picking a winner and announcing them via the blog next month. 

In the meantime, keep posting and sharing your beautiful handmade things with us using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday for a chance to win.

Good luck and keep creating!

- Sophia 

 

 


Catch us live from fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX

Hey there, makers!

Guess, what?! One of our favorite times of the year has arrived! No, it’s not Christmas but it’s close to it (at least for quilt shops)! It’s time for Fall Quilt Market. This is an epic trade show for the sewing and quilting industry where local quilt shops, online fabric stores, and any other businesses related to sewing come to stock up on new products for the upcoming season.

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Every fall, Quilt Market takes place in the George R. Brown convention center in Houston, TX. This year’s show is particularly special because Houston is recovering from the devastating hurricane that hit in September. Despite the turmoil they had over the past months, we are grateful that they are able to host this wonderful event for the sewing community.

We couldn’t be happier to attend because we have tons of surprises in store for you via social media! Seven of our talented designers will be showing their new fabric collections and we have some fun games for you to watch on Facebook Live and Instagram. Make sure to stay tuned from October 28-30th for three days filled with all things AGF and a chance to get to know our designers.

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Check out all the designers that will be displaying collections:

You won’t want to miss this! To get you ready for what’s to come, check out our spring 2017 Quilt Market recap. See you live from Quilt Market!

-Stephanie

 

P.S. If you could ask any of the designers listed anything, what would it be? Let me know in the comments and i’ll personally ask them at the show. 😉


Spring Quilt Market 2017 Recap: Part II

Hi there, fabric friends!

About a week ago, I shared some of the exciting things that happened during Quilt Market in Part I of our recap. Well, guess what? There’s lots more from Quilt Market that you haven’t seen! Today, we’re giving you a glimpse of three more of our designers’ booths plus a video summing everything up! Check it out!

Quilt market recap part 2

Bountiful by Sharon Holland

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For this quilt market, Sharon displayed her recently released collection Bountiful. As some of you might know, Bountiful is all about the beauty of the midwest. The rustic fabrics in this collection couldn’t have been more perfect for this show because it took place in the midwest (St. Louis, MO). To take a closer look at the fabulous projects she had on display, flip through the Bountiful Lookbook.

To learn more about Sharon, watch her interview.

Arizona After & Heritage by April Rhodes

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April took us on a heartfelt journey with her two upcoming collections Arizona After & Heritage! Her booth was like entering a living room filled with handmade projects and family mementos that showed us the importance of remembering our roots.

To learn more about April, watch her interview.

Little Town by Amy Sinibaldi

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Amy took us to a winter wonderland with her upcoming collection Little Town. This collection is the first Holiday collection AGF is releasing and we couldn’t be happier! Amy’s sweet designs express the essence of winter while having some prints that can be used throughout the year.

To learn more about Amy’s, watch her interview.

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Now for the grand finale! Here’s the recap video:

I hope you had fun looking at all the things that happened at Quilt Market! Let me know in the comments what were your favorite parts of the show.

Happy Sewing!

Stephanie

 

P.S. Stay tuned for the reveal of the charity quilt we made at the show. ;)


Fall 2016 Quilt Market Recap

Hey fabulous makers!

I hope everyone had a great week! Now that we’re back from Quilt Market we’re ready to start showing off our upcoming collections. But before we do that, we have to show you a glimpse of our time at the trade show. We’ve prepared a re-cap for you to experience all the fun we had at the show!

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For this year’s concept, we designed an open plan booth surrounded by themes of color. We wanted to show off all the bright colors in our fabrics. So, the best way of doing this was by creating color stories with handmade products and inspirational images. Our layout reminded me so much of the beautiful merchandising of retails stores like Anthropologie.

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One of my favorite parts of the booth was the floor. I know it sounds bizarre, but it was amazing! We covered the black convention center floor with patterned decals that said LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. I thought it was a beautiful way of summing up our ideas and all of the things we love.

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But the most exciting part of this year’s Quilt Market in Houston was that we won the 1st Place Multiple Booths Award! We were over the moon when we heard the announcement and they came to hand us the award. This showed us that hard work pays off and we were so happy to share our joy with everyone who came by our booth.

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To take a glimpse at Quilt Market with an AGF twist, I invite you to view this video re-cap we’ve prepared for you (and you get to see me as the host (✿◠‿◠)). Enjoy!

I hope you had fun watching our re-cap video and that you felt like you were there with us.

Feel free to tell us about your favorite parts of the video in the comments.

 

See ya!

-Stephanie


LIVE from Quilt Market in Houston

Hey there, beautiful makers!

One of our favorite times of the year has arrived! It’s time for FALL QUILT MARKET in Hosuton, TX! Over the past weeks you got to see all the amazing fabric collections we have prepared for you this season and now we get to show them off to all your favorite shops. Since Quilt Market is only open for industry professionals (fabric shops, long arm quilters, pattern makers, etc.) we know it’s a bummer that all of you awesome makers can’t come.

But that’s not going to stop us from bringing you with us! Get ready to take a tour of our Quilt Market Booth, LIVE on Facebook. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 30th around 2:00 pm EST to see how creative our booth design is this time! Also, make sure to keep your eyes glued to our Instagram account to see all of our antics from the moment we build our booth. We can’t wait to show you everything!

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Hope you see us at Quilt Market!

-Stephanie