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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!

 






10 Historical Facts About Quilting

Hey there!

Wow, it’s already Friday. This week passed by so fast I didn’t realize it was Friday until I started writing this post.

Well, today’s post is going to be a little historical. I LOVE history! It’s fascinating, fun, and it gives you lots of subjects to talk about when you are with your friends. That’s why I decided to do a little research about the history of quilting. Most of you probably know some of the facts that I will mention, but it’s OK! I think it’s always good to refresh your memory and keep in mind that what you do is valuable and has an incredible history behind it.

I started reading some books and articles about quilting and I learned so many new things! For example, I learned that quilted garments were popular in the middle ages because knights wore them under their armor for comfort or that quilts were made by hand until sewing machines became popular around the mid 1800’s. I think the history of quilting is simply amazing and beautiful. There are so many things to tell and discover about quilting.

After reading for a couple of hours I decided to put together this infographic to make the historical facts more fun!

 

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What other facts do you know about quilting? Feel free to share what you know in the comment section!

 

If you are interested in checking out some of the books and articles I read, here is a list of them:

"HISTORY OF QUILTING." History of Quilting. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 June 2016.

Cooper, Patricia and Bufer, Norma Bradley. THE QUILTERS: WOMEN AND DOMESTIC ART--AN ORAL HISTORY, Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1978.

Hall, Carrie A. and Kretsinger, Rose. THE ROMANCE OF THE PATCHWORK QUILT. Caldwell, Idaho: Bonanza Books, 1935.

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THE COLLECTORS DICTIONARY OF QUILT NAMES & PATTERNS. Washington, D.C., Acropolis Books Ltd, 1988.

"Five Quilting Fun Facts I Bet You Didn't Know ⋆ Makobi Scribe." Makobi Scribe. N.p., 2014. Web. 16 June 2016.

Orlofsky, Patsy and Myron. QUILTS IN AMERICA. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974


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


Sweet as Honey Blog Tour Recap

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Hello everyone!

During the month of March, 25 talented makers from all over the world shared their projects with Sweet as Honey fabrics by Bonnie Christine!

The projects made by this amazing team include quilts, apparel, accessories, home décor pieces and other pretty crafty things.

Here is a recap of all projects, in case you missed any.

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1) Jennifer | Hopeful Homemaker
2) Jessica | Haile and Co
3) Meg | Milk and Rhubarb

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4) Meghan | Eat Live Make
5) Sarah | Crinkle Love
6) Amy | During Quiet Time

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7) Corey | Little Miss Shabby
8) Amanda | Material Girl Quilts

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9) Sarah | No Hats in the House
10) Caroline | Sew Caroline
11) Ale | Golden Willow Quilts

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12) Emily | Beautiful Hello Blog
13) Melissa | Lulu The Baker
14) Nancy | Owen’s Oliva

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15) Bonnie | Going Home to Roost
16) Cindy | School House Patterns

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17) Melissa | Missouri Mel
18) Shannon | Very Shannon
19) Heidi | Hands Occupied

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20) Barb | Knack Studios
21) Caitlin | Salty Oat
22) Celebrate Life With Us

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23) Kellie | Craft Nurse Quilt
24) Krista | Everyday Miija
25) April San Pedro | I Am Artisan

For more details about Sweet as Honey tour, check Bonnie's blog!

Thank you for tuning in! I hope this post inspires you to create beautiful projects too! :)

 

Xo,

Tai


Drift by Angela Walters, Invites You to a Tropical Paradise

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Hello everyone,

Meet our newest collection, Drift! We couldn't be happier to announce the release of Angela Walters' third collection for AGF! Drift was inspired by her trip to St. John's Island. 

"I immersed myself in the lush, tropical landscape and let my mind focus and drift to the things that caught my attention. I was wrapped up in the tiniest of details; the brickwork on the village streets, the woven patterns on the chairs, and even the tablecloth of a roadside shack that served up the best conch fritters." 

-Angela Walters

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Drift was designed in two different two color palettes, Ocean and Houses, where the colors of the ocean intertwine with the textures of the villas. They feature tints of blues, greens and corals. 

Ocean consists of fresh blues and delicate greens.

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Houses consist of soft greens and corals. 

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AGF's team got very creative when shooting Meadow! Our team and our model ended up taking some pictures on a roof! Check out the pictures below to see some more AGF's photoshoot adventures and to see some a m a z i n g home decor & fashion projects with Drift. 

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Here is a special selection of Drift's coordinating blenders:Drift_Coordianting_Blenders

Pure Elements: PE-402 Cozumel Blue, PE-451 Icy Mint, PE-415 Parisian Blue, PE-403 Fresh Water, PE-443 Sweet Mint, PE-445 Mink, PE-411 Quartz Pink, and PE-421 Honey. Floral Elements: FE-519 Icy Blue and FE-523 Green Wood. Nature Elements:NE-100 Ocean Breeze and NE-124 Dusty Mauve.

Check out our beautiful Drift lookbook! It has lots of Summer inspirational pictures and a range of DIY fun projects for you! 

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Get the free quilt pattern Island Leis designed by Angela Walters to take you to a tropical paradise.  Island_leis_COVERweb

Drift is in stores!! Click here to find your nearest independent quilt and fabric shop stocked with Drift. Or, if you prefer to shop online, check the online shops that carry AGF here.

We are dying to see your projects with Drift! Don't forget to tag them with #artgalleryfabrics and #driftcollection

Thank you so much for tuning in guys! Have a great day and I hope Drift inspires you to leave all your worries behind.. 

 

Xo,

Tai.

 


Chic Flora by AGF In-House Studio, Designs that Blossom

Hello everyone!

We're thrilled to announce the arrival of Chic Flora! The collection is inspired by the most refreshing season of the year, Spring! It was designed by AGF In-house Studio, who came up with an energizing and rejuvenating color palette by mixing bold shades of blue with sweet corals.

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Chic Flora’s color palette consists of different shades of mineral blues, bright corals and tints of lime.

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These beautiful fabrics from Chic Flora reveal their potential through apparel projects, accessories, quilts and home décor. 

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Here is a selection of Chic Flora’s coordinating blenders: ChicFlora_Blenders

Pure Elements: PE-441 Blueberry Zest, PE-409 Light Citron, PE-438 Coral Reef, PE-450 Grapefruit, PE-423 Appletini and PE-436 Creme de la Creme. Squared Elements: SE-612 Blueberry and SE-610 Lime.

If you’re looking for Spring wardrobe or Spring inspiring ideas, check out Chic Flora’s lookbook

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Can’t wait to get your hands on these beautiful fabrics? Click here to find out your nearest fabric shop carrying Chic Flora. Or, if you prefer to shop online, we’ve got the list here.

Please share your projects using Chic Flora with us, and don’t forget to tag them with #artgalleryfabrics and #chicflora 

We’re curious to see what you’re going to come up with. Thank you for reading, and may all your projects blossom!

 

Xo,

Tai.


Meadow by Leah Duncan, the Perfect Summer Day.

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Hello all!

We’re very excited to introduce Leah Duncan’s second collection with AGF, Meadow! The textile and surface designer/illustrator that loves sunny weather, designed a line takes you to a place where there’s a light breeze, fresh air and sunshine's warmth brushes your skin. Meadow is inspired by the perfect summer day.

Nature elements define the aesthetic identity of Meadow. There are flowers as well as patterns that mimic a dotted landscape all over the fabrics. You can see airiness throughout the collection along with broad strokes reminiscent of grass, evoking a sunny meadow with vast hills. 

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Meadow’s two color palettes feature fresh shades of yellow, coral, green and blue to tell the story of summer days past and present.

Picnic by the River consists of delicate blues and bright yellows.

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Picnic in the Hills main colors are garden-fresh greens and soft corals. 

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Meadow’s versatility allowed us to come up with a range of many different projects like apparel, quilt, pillows, tablecloths, suitcases and other home décor pieces.  

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For an in-depth look into Meadow, jump into our lookbook. You will not only find amazing pictures that will inspire you, but also tutorials and projects you can try using Meadow fabrics.

 Selection of Meadow’s coordinating blenders below:Meadow_colorway

Pure Elements: PE-406 Burnt Orange, PE-415 Parisian Blue, PE-436 Creme de la Crème, PE-417 Emerald, PE-424 Mirage Blue, PE-426 Apricot Crepe, PE-442 Ocean Waves, and PE-448 Canary. Nature Elements: NE-106 Orange Peel. Floral Elements: FE-533 Winter Wheat. Oval Elements: OE-916 Mood Indigo and OE-911 Golden.

 

Get the free quilt pattern Sunrise designed by Leah Duncan to bring you some warmth. 

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Meadow is officially in stores! Click here to find your nearest independent quilt and fabric shop stocked with Meadow. Or, if you prefer to shop online, we’ve got that website list here.

Tag your projects using Meadow fabrics with #artgalleryfabrics and #meadowfabric so we can see what you came up with.

Thank you for reading! We hope Meadow lights up your creativity and desire to create! Wishing you all perfect sunny days.

 

Xo,

Tai.


Littlest By AGF In-House Studio, Love the Little Things in Life.

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Hello everyone!

The wait is finally over! We’re happy to announce Littlest’s arrival.

The collection was designed by AGF In-house Studio. These enchanting fabrics inspire all sorts of precious projects for kids and grown-ups alike. Elements such as bunnies and flowers capture the child-like innocence of the prints.

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The collection's main colors consist of a palette of mints, greys and peach.

Below you can see into the rose woods featuring hues of peaches and grays.

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Into the Pine Woods featuring shades of mint and spruce.

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We’ve put together a range of home decor projects, apparel, shoes, accessories and quilts that can be made using Littlest lovable fabrics.

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For more inspiration you can check out our look book which is available online, showcasing more projects you can try using Littlest fabrics. 

A selection of Littlest's coordinating blenders:

Pure Elements Solids: PE-452 Spruce, PE-424 Mirage Blue, PE-412 Tender Green, PE-431 Mystic Grey, PE-444 Peach Sherbet, PE-427 Spiceberry, PE-432 Sandstone and PE-450 Grapefruit. Squared Elements: SE-606 Shadow and SE-601 Rosewater. Oval Elements: OE-936 Sage Meadow and OE-931 French Vanilla. 

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Get the free quilt pattern Some Bunny Loves You designed by AGF Studio especially for you!

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The new collection is officially in stores! Click here to find the closest fabric shops to you that are currently carrying Littlest. Or, if you prefer to shop online, there’s a website list here.

Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoy these adorable fabrics as much as we do. And don’t forget to tag pictures of your work using Littlest fabrics with #artgalleryfabrics and #littlest so we can see what you created.

Xo,

AGF. 





Jump In and Explore: Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe

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Happy new year everyone! We've got a great announcement for all our fabric lovers and it is radiant!

France Newcombe's much anticipated, breakthrough fabric collection, Safari Moon, is now in stores and ready for your hands to get a hold of!

 

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Our newest designer and all around super star, Frances, took the award for Best New Exhibitor at this past Quilt Market for her Safari Moon booth and we know her success will continue with the launch of the collection. To read more on Frances Newcombe, take a peek at her welcoming post

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This fabric collection captures the feeling of exploring the African plains with motifs of sunsets on the horizon, residing critters, mammals and plant life.

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Safari Moon shimmers with its incredibly rich color, vibrancy and exotic designs.

 

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This quilt is available as a free pattern made specially for Safari Moon and you can download it here.

For an amazing in-depth look into the entire line, explore the lookbook. In it you'll find tons inspiration and direct links to patterns, tutorials and projects you can try with Safari Moon. Bring lushness to your quilts, garments and sewing adventures with this brand new collection of fabrics! And as always, share your AGF projects with us via our social media channels:

#artgalleryfabrics, #safarimoon
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Square + Circle = "Squircle", a Quilt + Giveaway by Amy Friend

Hey everybody,

We've got another quilted stunner for you today by way of Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. Our love and acquaintance with Amy spans its way back to the days of the epic Fat Quarter Gang. We missed her, dropped her an e-mail, one thing led to another and ta-da! This quilt was conceived.

 

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Amy used prints from the Legacy collection and loosely based her design on what happens to be Angela Walter's favorite print from this collection, Grand Mosaic. Genius!

 

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Check out Amy's full post for more photos and enter the giveaway, where two winners will be picked to receive a fat quarter bundle from the collection!

Thanks Amy for a superb job on this quilting project, we look forward to more collaborations with you!