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#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 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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4B4072DF-1E2D-4FB0-BE7C-5A2C307446CC (2)Fabric Featured: Meadow Collection by Leah Duncan 

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

  6a00e553bbe52e8834022ad3887473200d-800wiFabric Featured: Loved to Pieces Collection by Mister Domestic 

TracyMartin (3)Fabric Featured: Bijoux Collection by Bari J. 

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 

 

 


Inspired by Rococo Art: Decadence Fabric Collection

Hi Makers! 

Besides being all about fabric, are you also an "art lover?!" I'm definitely one! From an early age, my parents introduced me to many art museums near and far around the world where I had the incredible opportunity to see so many types of art. It was during this time I was introduced to the "Rococo Period." This art movement consisted of highly ornate and a extravagant style of architecture, art and music that flourished in Europe in the 18th century. I fell in-love with all of it! 

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As I grew older and went to art school, I took an art history class and re-discovered my love for this time period and wrote many essays and created several, fashion projects around the motif. One of my favorite films "Marie Antoinette" directed by Sofia Coppola also captures the absolutely gorgeous art movement. (Watch it if you haven't! Amazing cinematography and costume design) Fast forward to present day, I'm super excited to announce our latest fabric collection, Decadence is inspired by the Rococo era! :)

Inspired by the Rococo art movement, our AGF designer Katarina Roccella’s created her latest fabric line, “Decadence.” These twenty prints feature gorgeous peacocks, opulent florals, stylish geometrics, and romantic, painterly textures that embody that light-hearted, Rococo spirit. Grounded in pink and teal, Decadence offers an inviting color palette utilizing charcoal and ivory backgrounds with metallic specks, making these twenty prints provide countless ideas for sewing projects. With the upcoming holidays in mind, Decadence is a great go-to collection to create luxurious quilts, stylish garments and home decor for you and your loved ones!

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 For more elegant-inspired projects that include quilt, garment and home decor patterns, head over to our "Decadence" lookbook! 

 

 

Here's our mesmerizing "Tartaneuse Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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I've also included these blenders for you (in case you need some ideas) that can easily coordinate with the lux-inspired prints of "Decadence."

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Enter a chance to win a "20-piece Decadence fabric bundle" by signing up to our giveaway:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, September, 21st, 2018 - Open internationally. Good luck! 

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New AGF Capsules: Craftbound + Stargazer Collections

Hi Makers! 

Hope August has been a productive month for you with summer vacations and back-to-school! :) I recently went on a trip to Yosemite in California, and came back flooded with so much inspiration to create new projects! Being surrounded by mountains and forests is amazing inspiration, just in case you need some! Luckily, fall and the holidays are quickly approaching..along with some other exciting events like bridal and baby showers, so I'll have plenty of good excuses to make some handmade gifts. 

Here at AGF, we’ve been working hard on crafting up sewing projects for you using our latest, bite-size CAPSULE collections - “Craftbound” and “Stargazer” by AGF Studio. In case you're new to AGF, our CAPSULE collections are made up of 10 different prints, and we usually release two of them together in a lookbook! Combining the emerging trends of “traditional artistry”  in CRAFTBOUND and “gender-neutral prints” in STARGAZER, these two  fabric collections are filled with unexpected color, texture and novelty prints that can be used in a wide array of sewing projects! 

In Craftbound, this collection celebrates traditional skills by illustrating tapestries, mosaics, stamps and embroidery, fusing them on threads printed with tones of black, white, yellow, aqua and pink. Definitely a great collection for all you boho-lovers, out there! These fabrics make me want to re-do my bedroom and wardrobe with eclectic, bohemian flair. With the slow fashion movement on the rise, this collection is great for creating unique garments like up-cycling old jean jackets with bold patchwork! CRAFTBOUND

Here's our lovely "Osceola Quilt" for you to create, click the link below for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Our collection “Stargazer” celebrates a playful and imaginative journey where animal friends like cute bears gather to explore the universe, discovering friendly moons, stars, and planets in airy tones of mint and blue against deep skies. These fabrics are so darling, and instantly make me want to create a ton of "outer space" nursery project like moon pillows..maybe even a "celestial" dress, made with the "Connect The Stars" print! :) 

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Here's our lovely "Lost in Space Quilt" for you to enjoy, click the link below for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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For more sewing projects that include quilt, garment and home decor patterns, head over to our CAPSULES lookbook!

 

 

Now that you're all inspired by these latest capsules, here's your chance to win these two collections by signing up to our giveaway:

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To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends on September 4, 2018. 

Congratulations Belinda Karls-Nace! Please check your email.
 
Thank you everyone who participated! :)

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 17th, 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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