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Festive Magic: "Sparkler" Fabric Collection

Growing up in Florida always made the holiday season a very unique one! Unlike most parts of the world where December is a cold and snow-filled month, Florida's climate is usually hot, sticky and humid. I grew accustom to decorating tropical palm trees with Christmas lights and not being able to wear a "Christmas sweater" without sweating, hah! It wasn't until this past winter, I was able to experience my first "White Christmas!" My husband, his family and myself flew north to Canada to go skiing right outside Quebec City. Being in the snow really puts you into that "real, holiday spirit!" From wearing cozy layers, watching a peaceful snowfall, the smell of pine tree forests, enjoying the warmth of a fireplace, sipping hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, it was so amazing to FINALLY experience a "winter wonderland." I'll never forget it!

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Because winter's such a magical time of year, here at AGF we wanted to create a fabric collection that resonated around that cozy feeling. In our latest collection, "Sparkler," discover a quiet winter motif that’s filled with pine tree forests, enchanting little animals, soft florals and twinkling, metallic lights. With a light, airy color palette of cinder greys, creamy blush and ochre, this collection is perfect for holiday-inspired quilts, whimsical-filled garments and cozy home decor. For more festive ideas involving “Sparkler," browse through our fabric look book to view our special curation of sewing projects with instructions and tutorials we’ve put together, just for you!Sparkler_banner_600px

 

Love this soft rayon used for this little lady's dress!

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For more holiday inspiration and sewing projects that included quilt, garment and home decor tutorials with instructions, head over to our "Sparkler" lookbook!

 

 

Here's our lovely "Golden Hour Quilt" for you to sew and enjoy, just click the link below for the free pattern!

Download Golden Hour Quilt Pattern

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I've also included these blender for you that go with the holiday-feel of "Sparkler."

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Enter a chance to win, this festive bundle by signing up to our "Sparkler Giveaway!"

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To enter the giveaway, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 10th, 2018. Good luck, everyone! 

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AGF Community Sampler GRAND FINALE REVEAL

Hi Fabric Friends,

 WE DID IT!!  The Community Sampler sew along hosted by Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland has come to an end and today we reveal our finished quilt! These beauties below each had a hand in the creation of this quilt and I couldn’t be more proud. With the majority of the girls sewing experience ranging from never touching a sewing machine to dabbling a bit in the sewing world I am so honored to have had the opportunity to get to teach each one of these gals the basics to sewing and creating a quilt block.

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Quilt Made With Splendid Fusion Fabrics

A special thanks to all of you who followed us on our journey each week and for commenting on each one of the girls blocks. Your motivational words of encouragement and advice means the world to us. If you missed out on these posts, don’t worry I got ya covered. Check out the links below to "meet the girl" behind the block.


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Block 1- Kitty-Corner Block made by Me (Melissa, a.k.a Meli :) )

Block 2 - Dovecote Block made by Steph

Block 3- Ribbon Star Block made by Michelle

Block 4- Cactus Block made by Jess

Block 5- Fairground Block made by Kelly

Block 6- Square Dance Block  made by Sophia

Block 7- Weathervane Block made by Martina

Block 8- Morning Star Block made by Adri

Block 9- Double T Block made by Jessica

Block 10- New Four- Patch Block made by Eli

Block 11- Sawtooth Block made by Jannelle

Block Setting made by  Laura and me

Borders made by Angie, Sarah, Lauv and me

If you participated in our poll on Instagram Stories, we asked for your help on deciding which backing fabric and thread to use and the winning combo was the “Coquet Bouquet Splendid” print (60% of you choose this) and yellow gold thread 56% of you choose this)!

 

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Natural Wonders: "Signature" Fabric Collection

Hi Makers,

Happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely, Father's Day weekend!

I'm sure a lot of you spent it outside and there's nothing better than being in the great outdoors! (Weather permitting, of course!) Whenever I'm in a bit of a funk or need to gather some inspiration to reset my mind, I love to immerse myself in the natural world. Living here in South Florida, there's such fascinating, tropical wildlife and I always enjoy admiring it while I take my two beagles pups for a long walk, twice a day. I live near a canal so I often see Egyptian geese, Muscovy ducks, blue jay's, cardinals, white ibis, iguanas, turtles, Monarch butterflies, and my favorite, manatees! I'll never stop being in awe of all the flora and fauna here and how it all truly makes you live in the moment, enjoying life's simple pleasures. 

Our designer Sharon Holland’s latest fabric collection “Signature” derives from the natural world, highlighting budding florals, butterflies and forest animals such as deer and foxes. Known for her hand-drawn style, Sharon gathered inspiration from where she grew up in Ohio to create these elegant prints that are perfect for strip-piecing or for circular patterns to replicate “flower petals” in your future quilts, garments and home decor. This collection is filled with a  lovely fusion of "vintage meets modern" in a very elegant way. 

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For more nature-inspired sewing projects with instructions to follow along, click below to view our "Signature" look-book!

 

 

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

Download Quilt Pattern

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In case you need some ideas for solids, I've also included these blenders for you that can easily coordinate with the nature-inspired prints of "Signature." 

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Last but not least as you all know, enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Monday, June, 25nd, 2018. Good luck! 

"SIGNATURE" GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, CONGRATULATIONS NAOMI RAIMON! Please check your email.

 

 

 

 

 


AGF Community Sampler- Attaching the Borders

 

Hey there sewing friends, 

I am so excited to show you our finished quilt top for the Community Sampler hosted by two of our amazing fabric designers, Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland! The past fifteen weeks of this "Sew Along" has gone by so quickly but we enjoyed every minute of the process. This week, I teamed up with three awesome girls from the AGF Crew to attach the border section of our quilt! It was such a treat to teach the girls how to make flying geese using the no waste method! See our finished quilt top below and meet the wonderful ladies that finished up this beautiful sampler we created with Splendid Fusion

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I hope you have been enjoying following along to the creation of our AGF Community Sampler in the past weeks and getting to know everyone on the AGF Team. I can't express enough how I am so honored to work with such a inspiring group of ladies! There is no better feeling then sewing  and learning new things with a group of people who share the same passions and love for creating. Meet Sarah below! She was a little nervous at first to start sewing but she quickly was smiling ear to ear once she got the hang of things. 

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 Prior to starting your quilt block did you have any sewing experience?

Just a bit! My grandmother taught me the basics when I was younger with fun mini projects. I did a little more sewing in college when one of my textile design professors introduced me to quilting in hopes that I would become more comfortable with the sewing machine.

 

Before starting your first quilt block lesson, what was your impression of quilting and how did you feel about doing this for the first time?

I think it can be a little intimidating for some, including myself. I was really nervous about being totally precise and accurate with every cut, making sure everything lined up correctly.

 

What was your favorite part about creating your first quilt block?

It’s exciting to watch all of these little pieces folded this way and that way, add up and make something new. It’s like a puzzle.

 

What was the most difficult part about creating your quilt block?

Cutting! It’s hard not to shift your hand slightly as you’re trying to make these perfectly straight cuts. It’s something you don’t even think about until you’re doing it!

 

What advice would you give someone who is new to quilting?

Just be patient and trust yourself. Don’t overthink the process, just enjoy it and embrace any little mistakes that might happen. They add character.

 

How does it feel to have created your first quilt block?

Exciting! It takes a lot of time and patience, and it’s great to see that come together.

 

How has your idea of quilting changed after learning more about it?

It becomes less intimidating with more practice. It’s pretty relaxing once you get started.

 

Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

Of course!

 


Here is Angie below! She has been with Art Gallery Fabrics since the very beginning and is someone I look up to and turn to for guidance when it comes to design.  Read all about her and her quilting experience below! 


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 Prior to starting your quilt block did you have any sewing experience?

Not really, maybe a few short attempts but I’ve always been scared of the sewing machine.

 

Before starting your first quilt block lesson, what was your impression of quilting and how did you feel about doing this for the first time?

I have been working at AGF for a while now and that has allowed me to familiarize myself with the quilting world quite a bit, so I’ve been exposed to all sorts of blocks, tutorials, techniques and what not - but it was nice to actually try it myself ; )  

 

What was your favorite part about creating your first quilt block?

I love geometric shapes so I really enjoy joining pieces together and creating new shapes.

 

What was the most difficult part about creating your quilt block?

Straight seams. I want perfect seams always and always, but I understand it takes practice.  

 

What advice would you give someone who is new to quilting?

Don’t be scared and take your time. Start with a small project, nothing too overwhelming and don’t rush!

 

How does it feel to have created your first quilt block?

Love it! Cutting & sewing the borders was a lot of work (more than I thought), and it’s a great feeling seeing it come together. Thank you Meli, you are a great teacher!

 

How has your idea of quilting changed after learning more about it?

There is so much more to learn and practice, but it doesn’t seem as scary anymore.

 

Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

I have a few ideas in my head already ; )

 

Meet Lauv below (Left) ! It's always a lot of fun getting to sew and talk to this lovely lady! Read more about her below! :) 

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How did you get into sewing?

My mum has always been into arts and crafts, she would sew many of my garments when I was a baby (and she still does if I ask), so I don’t recall the exact way that I got into it, but it had to do with sewing and fixing garments with my mum.

 What is your favorite thing to sew?

 Hmm, now that I’ve worked seven years in the quilting industry I confess that I like sewing straight lines, I can really get into strip piecing. I also always enjoyed doing french seams, there is something calming about the end result.

 Tell us about your first quilting experience… If you could go back and tell past you any advice what would you say?

 My first quilting experience was quite ambitious! It was one of the first quilts I designed for AGF made with the Hyperreal Garden collection by Pat Bravo, and then I had to put it together. My advice would be to “relax and trust that you are doing it correctly,” because I remember I was a bit nervous about getting it right, and frustration made it seem way more stressful than it really was.


What is your favorite quilting technique that you use all the time?

 I don’t know if I have a preferred quilting technique. I like strip piecing, improv piecing, and basically anything that is already cut (cutting is my least favourite part of the process).

 

Having the right sewing supplies to get the job done right saves a ton of stress. What is one sewing tool you could never live without.

 Small sharp scissors.

 

Finishing a project gives all sewers a rush of happiness. What is your all time favorite sewing project you have completed?

 I made a mini quilt with appliqued Sony Angels for a girl that used to work here and I was really in love with it. I put tiny wings on the back of it and I adored it.

 


There you have it! A lot of hard work and team work went into creating this quilt and I am so happy it as a little part of everyone of us girls in it! In the next week or so I will be deciding on backing, binding and thread and would love your help. Stay tuned to our IG Stories to help me figure out what to do. 

Happy Sewing ,

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block Setting

 Hello Hello,

We are getting so close to the end of the Community Sampler Sew Along and the girls in the office are so excited to see all the blocks come to life this week. This past week I got to team up with both Jannelle and Laura to create the last block of the sampler and to set all of our lovely blocks on point. Learn more about these super awesome ladies below. 


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 Quilt Blocks made with Splendid Fabrics

Yay! Our quilt top is coming together! We love the way it looks.  Laura and I had the fun task of setting all the lovely blocks each girl participated in making each week. I hope you been following along. 

Get to know Laura pictured above left! 

 

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Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 10 - New- Four Patch

Hello Fabric Friends,

Don't you just love sewing up something new? Today Elisa from the Production Design department teamed up with me to create Block #10 in the Community Sampler, the New- Four Patch. It's full of cute little four patch blocks and HST's. It was fun exchanging our favorite piecing methods and techniques and getting to know more about Eli. She has motivated me to start sewing more clothes for myself after sharing with me all the fun outfits that she has already made this year.  Read more about  Eli below and how she fell in love with all things quilty.

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 We used Splendid Fusions to create our block. 

 

Do you always follow the instructions in a sewing pattern exactly how they are written? For this block Eli and I decided to change up the steps a little to simplify and speed up our quilt block process. 

Since all of our HST's are the same two fabrics we decided to use the Magic Eight Method for creating our HST's. Have you ever tried this method? It is amazing if you need to make a whole bunch of the same HST's. In this case we needed exactly eight HST's so this method was made for us! 

For the four patch blocks we decided to sew two 2" x WOF strips together and then sub cut 2" x 3 1/2" strips. Then we paired all our sub cut strips together to make all eight four patch blocks. 

Sewing up are block this way speed up the sewing process so much. As a quilter it's always great to find methods or techniques to make your life less stressful and more efficient. 

 

Let me introduce you to Eli, (below) make sure to comment below and get to know Eli. 

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 How did you get into sewing?

Ever since I was little, I always had the interest in learning how to sew, but it wasn’t until my first year in college that I learned how to sew my first outfit, since then, I’ve always loved it.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

 It would be pillow cases. But on my free time at home, I love sewing my own clothes :)

 

Tell us about your first quilting experience… If you could go back and tell past you any advice what would you say?

 My first quilting experience was when I was sewing some pillowcases for Fall 2017 Quilt Market. We had so many products to sew that I barely had time to quilt so I just did straight lines calculating the distance of each line with the walking foot. They came out great though!

If I could go back in time and tell past me any advice I would have said;" hey, take your time to quilt, mark your designs before you quilt and sew at a more slower pace".

 

What is your favorite quilting technique that you use all the time

I would say, English Paper Piecing. Its so fun to do and I love to use this technique for my accessories projects.  Here is an example of one of my favorite accessory projects. 

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Having the right sewing supplies to get the job done right saves a ton of stress. What is one sewing tool you could never live without. 

My fabric marking pen!!! I have the need to mark everything to make sure I get everything right.

 

Finishing a project gives all sewers a rush of happiness. What is your all time favorite sewing project you have completed?

 

It would be the Good Fortune Pillow case from Indigo & Aster collection. I sewed the two pillow cases and quilted both.

 

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These pillows are definitely drool worthy!!! Didn't Eli do a amazing job!? These pillows are going on my to sew list for sure!

 

 Happy Sewing,

Meli