Sewing Friends

Pandalicious Blog Tour Re-Cap

Hello wonderful makers!

First off, I just want to say that we are super thankful to be surrounded by so many creative people like yourselves! Here at the studio, we always get excited to see on social media all the beautiful projects that you make with AGF. For me, it’s even more exciting when I’m able to meet makers who love AGF in person.

During Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, I had the opportunity to meet Karly from the blog Paisley Roots. Since it’s always nice to talk to someone face to face (especially since technology is changing the way we interact), I was really happy to chat with Karly about her love for Pandalicious by Katarina Roccella. Hence, we both agreed that it would be great if she hosted a Pandalicious Blog Tour!

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So, Karly gathered some talented makers and the blog tour began as soon as we released the collection! Here’s a list of everyone who participated:

I’ve prepared a little video for you that shows off all the projects featured in this tour. Check it out!

I love how everyone’s unique style was showed off with the cute children’s garments that were made. But the garments weren’t the only cool projects in this blog tour! How about that backpack made with the “Pandalings Pod Assured” canvas fabric and the mini quilt made with a variety of prints from the collection? I know, it’s really hard to pick a favorite…

To read about their project ideas and how their little ones were involved, make sure to visit all of the makers’ blogs! Feel free to let me know in the comments, what projects you loved from the blog tour and what you have made with Pandalicious.

As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring!

Xoxo,

Stephanie

 






Stash Builder Box: A Subscription with a Good Cause

Hi wonderful fabric collectors!

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving packages! Even if I know what I purchased, there’s something so exciting about coming home from the AGF HQ and seeing a box waiting for me at the door. For all of you fabric lovers out there, imagine receiving happy mail with not just fabrics but also fun sewing related products! I know it sounds like a dream!

This dream can come true with the Stash Builder Box, a subscription service where every month you receive a box with a few specially curated fabric prints, notions, and other sewing related goodies. The best part of this new service is that 20% of all the proceeds from every single box sale goes towards making quilts for kids in need.  What can be better than replenishing your stash for a great cause?

Plus, you choose the fabrics you’ll receive! Every month, Stash Builder Box hosts a voting session on their Instagram where you get to choose two of the main prints that will be in your box. So this means, you get to choose your favorite fabrics, get cool stuff in the mail, and help children in need!

And guess what? The July box is dedicated to Boardwalk Delight by Dana Willard!

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CONGRATULATIONS Bea, you've won the box of goodies from Stash Builder Box! Check your email. Thank you to everyone who shared their beautiful stories about creating projects for charity and for participating in the giveaway. 

 

This month’s box includes:

  • 3 fat quarters from Boardwalk Delight (Prints include Ice Cream Shop, Eat It All, and I Scream You Scream)
  • A spool of Aurifil 50WT thread
  • 5 mL packet of SOAK (eco-friendly laundry care)
  • Stash Block of the Month – “Snowball”
  • Stash Pick of the Month – “Fly By” quilt pattern by Initial K Studio
  • Vintage McCall’s Pattern Notebook (includes 64 pages of sepia toned lined paper)
  • Pencil that says “You can never have enough fabric”

To celebrate the summer and this month’s fun filled box, we’re hosting a GIVEAWAY! Stash builder has kindly donated a box filled with this month's goodies for you to win.

To enter:

Tell us in the comment section why you would like to win the July box featuring Boardwalk Delight fabrics and what are some things you have done for charity/ a good cause.

Giveaway ends Monday, July 11th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

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If you would love to receive a cute box like this every month, visit the Stash Builder Box website to start your subscription (this box will be available until July 14th).

 

Xoxo,

Stephanie

 

 

P.S. Here’s a little insight from the founder, Amanda Kelly on how Stash Builder Box was born:

“Stash Builder Box is a monthly quilting box that came to be in January of 2016 after I was doing research for my husband about starting a subscription box for his company. After doing the research for my husband’s box, his idea didn’t end up working out but it got the wheels turning for me. I really had a desire to combine my love of quilting with my heart to serve and help others. I had this crazy idea to make a box of quilting goodies but also have an underlying cause to bless people”.


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!

 






AGF is Nominated for "Best Fabric Brand"

Hey beautiful makers!

Hope everyone is doing well and feeling more creative than ever. As you might already know, at AGF we love sharing good news with all of you. It’s like you’re that best friend that we share everything with! On that note, we want to let you in on something that we are super excited about. We are proud to announce that we have
been nominated for the 2015 Sew Magazine, British Sewing Awards! Yay (insert applause and cheers here)!

The nominations are chosen by the readers of Sew Magazine and we have been selected to be part of the “Best Fabric Brand” category. We are ecstatic about this nomination because amazing makers like yourself, have given us this opportunity. But the fun doesn’t stop there! If you agree with the readers that nominated us, feel free to cast your vote and make us the Best Fabric Brand of 2015. To make the British Sewing Awards even more exciting, Sew Magazine is hosting a GIVEAWAY. Once you submit your vote, you will be in the drawing to win £500 worth of sewing goodies from Sew Magazine! Yes, you read right, £500! This is over $750 worth of sewing goodies!

You can find voting forms in the November and December 2015 issues of Sew Magazine or you can vote online here. The voting period will close on Sunday, December 20th at midnight, so make sure to get your votes in, before time runs out!

As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring.

Happy Voting!

Stephanie

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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


Meet our First Limited Edition Team!

Hey everybody!

 
Today we're excited to reveal the names and faces on our Limited Edition project! Many of your guesses are about to be confirmed, so let's start with introductions. 
 
This incredible group of women will be diversifying our brand with styles and skills that are as inspiring as they are diverse. So, in no particular order, we're very proud to welcome to the AGF family:
 
 
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April is a dreamer, crafter, wife, and mother. She was eight years old when her mom first taught her to use a sewing machine and her passion bloomed. Making pretty things brings her fulfillment and joy.

April is quite the fashion enthusiast and loves wearing what she makes. It gives her a great sense of pride to walk around in a dress she's sewn herself. She says it’s like a fun little secret... “I made it myself.”  

It was that feeling of fulfillment that drove her to create simple garment patterns for women’s home sewing. Her first pattern, The Staple Dress, released last year with an amazing reception into the sewing community. The success of that first release has both humbled and excited her. Invigorated by the thought of other crafters using her work, patterns or fabric, to pursue their own creative endeavors--makes her heart skip!

"It's important for me to stay close to family and friends as well as our shop, Sew To Speak. A fabric store I helped my mother open in 2008."

In addition to sewing, she enjoys dabbling in interior design and DIY home decor, photography, antiquing and vintage camper rehab. She currently lives in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where her and husband, Jeff, have a mid-century ranch. They are pursuing their dreams while raising their two daughters.
 
Visit her website: april-rhodes.com
 
 

 

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Sara Lawson currently lives in Chicago, Illinois and is mom to 7-year-old William and 5-year-old Violet. Sara loves sewing, horses, photography, books, Australian shepherds, and music.

Sewing is a passion that runs in Sara’s family. She grew up seeing her grandmother, mother and aunts sewing. She learned the basics when she was in 3rd grade, when her mom gave her and her friend sewing classes once a week. The first thing she made was a dress which she proudly wore to school.
 
Fast forward to 2010, Sara started her sewing blog, Sew Sweetness, named after one of her favorite Jimmy Eat World songs. "It just sounded appropriate with the word 'sew' in front of it." She started to blog not only because the online sewing community inspired her to share her creations, but because she was passionate about sewing.

Since 2010, Sara has garnered a great list of accomplishments; she has written more than 40 bag patterns, she has had a variety of items showcased at Quilt Market booths, and her work has been featured in both national and international sewing magazines. In November of 2013 she had her first book published, Big-City Bags, and she’s currently working on her second book.

Visit her website: sewsweetness.com

 


 

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Caroline currently resides with her husband and their puppy in Fort Worth, TX. In her free time, Caroline loves to travel, walk her pup and create adventures in her everyday life.

She grew up in the piney woods of East Texas where a sewing machine was the furthest thing from her mind. She loved being outdoors and most evenings you could find her riding her bike through the neighborhood. She went off to Texas A&M in search of a business degree, but what she found was a husband and a total disinterest in the corporate world.

The Christmas after she turned 20 Caroline received a sewing machine as a gift. Her sewing machine sat on a shelf for the better part of two years, until one day she decided to figure out how to work it. She watched YouTube videos, read blogs, and went through a lot of scrap fabrics before she found where to put the bobbin, how to thread the machine, and how to set the tension straight!

Since then, she’s found her passion in sewing and designing women’s garments. Caroline defines her style an ever-evolving mix of classic feminine romance and modern trends. Seeing a pile of fabric transform into something beautiful to dress herself amazes her every time.

Her favorite quote, by Walt Disney: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

Visit her website: sewcaroline.com

 


 

We're over the moon to be working with this dream team! It's been so much fun hearing your thoughts and speculations. Thanks to all who have shared and spread the word, you've helped the excitement continue to build. Stay tuned for the next post as we'll be revealing the work they've been up to with us!

 

- AGF Team

 

 


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!

 

 


Roots and Wings by Carolina Moore

It's easy to get inspired. Really, it is. Carolina Moore can attest to this. She quickly found hers under her own roof; a running, playing, sleeping, growing inspiration. I'm referring to her children, more specifically her motherhood, which gives shape to her sons' upbringing, and inspires many of the quilted projects that come her way. 

I'm happy to share her most recent: a quilt and matching pillows that she's decorated her anteroom with: 

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We let Carolina have a go with our soon to be released fabric collection, Legacy, and she certainly did the fabric justice. More importantly, she made it her own with the pairing of a neutral "handmade" brown as her solid and a very unique twist on the Dresden block that runs vertically and off-center down one side of the quilt.

 

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The other side has great big stacked-coin pieces with a composition that's equally unique. 

 

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The finished pieces are wonderful. I love the way the cool palette of the fabrics has been offset by the earthly brown. I get a feeling of calming and nurturing hospitality. Accentuating these qualities are stunning little pebbles craftfully quilted all over the negative space.

I think the color combination is both laid back and modern, don't you?

 

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Along with the feature, Carolina has written up a nice tutorial for everyone that wants to make their own Roots and Wings quilt!

 

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Originating post from alwaysexpectmoore.com. Photos courtesy of Carolina. A big thanks to Carolina for her collaboration and showcase of her personal style.


Your comments and opinions are welcome, as well your own quilting ideas for these fabrics. Peek the upcoming Legacy fabric collection at our website or over at Angela Walter's blog.

 

 


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


Grecian Getaway: An Expert Sewer's Voile Point-of-View

You may have first heard of Katarina Roccella in our Nördika release post. She's responsible for this collection's amazing video. Katarina has just returned from a refreshing family trip to Skopelos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. This island can only be described as visual paradise, and it's easy to see how much her latest projects were inspired by it.

We've caught up with Katarina to talk about her experience and latest use of two gorgeous fabrics from our Voile collection. Keep reading to hear about her trip, project inspirations and even recommendations of use for Voile.

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So far, what sewing projects have you created using Voile?

I made the summer caftan with a matching shabby flower and the summer tiered twirl dress for my daughter.


What is your favorite thing about Voile? Do the prints inspire a specific feeling, or image for you?
 
When the fabrics arrived, aside from the gorgeous designs, I fell in love with the exceptional quality--an amazing, buttery feel.

The whole collection is really stunning and it was tough choosing only a few prints to sew with. But since I knew I would be taking my creations with me to Greece, I chose the blue prints (I'm obsessed with photographing my creations and imagining the best locations to showcase the designs and prints). The traditional Greek combination of blue & white was perfect for the prints I chose.

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What uses or projects do you recommend are best suited for this fabric collection? 

Voile's fabrics are excellent for garment sewing, specifically for summer projects. I would use them for accessories (bandanas, scarves, headbands and different crafty flowers: think small and big pompoms for weddings and other embellishing crafts) and clothing (especially tunics, blouses, skirts and dresses), but would like to try them for quilts too. I saw some amazing quilts on the web made with Voile fabrics.

 

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Do you have anything else planned to make with Voile?

While being on the beaches in Greece, I regretted not having made one of those large Gypsy-type headbands for my girls. I'd also love to make some more garment pieces and patchwork cushions, too. And definitely a small quilt.


Can you recommend needles and thread combinations (or even techniques) to use with the fabric?

Sewing with Voile is really easy especially if you have right type of needles and thread. Regarding needles, I'd recommend size 9 sharp needle or any other small size needle appropriate for lighter weight fabrics. For the thread, use some fine thread--it shouldn’t be heavier than 50 weight thread, and I read some great reviews about Aurifil Mako 50wt quilting cotton for use with Voile fabrics.

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Voile fabrics have a characteristic beauty that is sheer and crisp, not unlike the scenery around Skopelos. Between them, the prints and texture of the fabric also have a balance of weighlessness and a drape that layers beautifully.

 



Katarina has posted the Summer Kaftan Dress tutorial on her blog, and is currently finishing up the Tiered Dress tutorial. You can stay up-to-date on her tutorials by following her on Twitter. You can also check out our Free Sewing Projects page for this, as well as many other sewing projects.

We're grateful for her continued engagement with our fabrics and our aestethic point of view! I had a fun time looking through her beautiful stream of photos on her flickr, and was especially intrigued by her linoleum cuts and prints so I've chosen a couple as the closing statement to what I hope was a visually uplifting post.

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(All photos courtesy of Katarina)

 

Sew on,

Lorena