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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. 

Signature Fabric Bundle 1

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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! 

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AGF Mystery Monday Giveaway - BIG REVEAL!

Hi Makers,

Happy Wednesday! Can't believe we're already in the middle of June, already. To keep your "hump day" exciting and yes, I know you're all patiently waiting for the reveal of what of our first "AGF Mystery Monday" is going to be, the time has finally come!

In case you missed it, we recently launched a NEW GIVEAWAY - AGF Mystery Monday that we'll be hosting once a month where we'll be giving away a MYSTERY BAG (yes, it will have fabric in it and other goodies too) that you can win by entering and guessing what's inside the bag! If you guess correctly, we'll pick you as the WINNER and you'll receive the mystery bag! Each mystery bag every month will have a specific theme, and we'll give you hints as to what's inside the bag. 

Here's the BIG REVEAL to this month's mystery's bag, and without further ado, the "cat's officially out of the bag!" 🐈 

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It's all CAT-THEMED fabric this month, and all of this fabric is going to Linda Williamson! Congratulations! :)

In case, you're curious (like a cat) and are wondering where to find this meow-filled fabric, I've listed it out for you, so you can easily find it via our site: 

  1. Quilter's Little Helper (Mint Version)
  2. Needle Finder 
  3. Bird Watcher
  4. Quilter's Little Helper (Pink Version)
  5. Cat Scratches
  6. Only Got Eyes For You
  7. Paws Up 
  8. Patiently Waiting (Mint Version)
  9. Patiently Waiting (Teal Version)

 Stay tuned for next's month "Mystery Monday" and thanks to everyone who participated in this first one! :)

Oh, and let us know if there's a certain theme you'd love to win in a "mystery bag." We always love hearing YOUR ideas! 

Thank you and keep creating,

- Sophia 

 

 

 

 

 


Listen While You Sew

Hi There, Makers!

Hope you're having a fabulous week, creating lots of new projects!

I’m always curious in hearing how others go about their creative process, especially when it comes to what they listen to while they’re working on a sewing project. Is it the sound of crickets outside, classic rock music, a favorite movie playing in the background or perhaps it’s a podcast? In recent years, I have found myself listening to podcasts while working on projects. I really enjoy the unexpected topics they cover, and that magical human connection that they create.

I always enjoy learning about the sewing industry and these podcasts are perfect for that! You just never know when inspiration or insight will come knocking at your door. Without further ado, here’s my Top 5 Favorite Sewing Podcasts:

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  1. Modern Sewciety

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Fellow, Florida native “Stephanie” began sewing when she had her first child in 2007. With a genuine, sweet Southern charm, she chats it up with creatives in the sewing industry, shares latest tips and trends, and also focuses on quilting, business and marketing. One of our designers, "Dana Willard" recently did an episode with her! 

  1. While She Naps:

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Harvard graduate “Abby Glassenberg” is an incredible author and interviewer. Her podcast covers topics from the home sewing industry and creative entrepreneurship with a focus on craft publishing, the creative process, fabric manufacturing, feminism and social justice. Oh and you guessed it, another one of our designers, "Mister Domestic" was recently interviewed by Abby!

3. Love to Sew Podcast

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Hosted by the fun, genuine and empowering duo, “Helen Wilkinson” and “Caroline Somos,” their podcast covers a great deal of sewing handmade wardrobe, the uses of different fabrics and their advantages, small business, interviews with inspiring sewists, and sharing their daily revelations, as two creative entrepreneurs.

  1. Sit & Sew:

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"Stephanie Soebbing" started quilting one day because “she was bored.” Since then she’s built a very strong quilting community by creating “Quilt Addicts Anonymous.” On her podcast, Stephanie often picks the brains of renowned designers and it’s extremely fascinating to listen to some of most inventive creators in the business.  

  1. Crafty Planner

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Wonderful interviews by host “Sandi Hazlewood” who was trained as a city planner and then transitioned to eventually become the first president of the "San Diego Modern Quilt Guild." She has a knack for asking the right question while remaining quiet during those “magical interview moments” where the storytelling just organically unravels.  

Bonus! American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast

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For all the quilt lovers out there, host "Pat Sloan" is extremely passionate about quilt making. As a quilt designer, author, fabric designer and teacher, her passion carries into her interviews that revolve around quilt inspiration, fabric selection, design, patterns, and machine quilting tips.  From beginner to advanced levels in quilting, Pat has something to share with everyone. Last but not least, one of our designers "Sharon Holland" also did a very recent interview with her this week!

Do you listen to (sewing) podcasts? What are YOUR favorites? Please feel free to share in the comments.

Until next time, keep creating!

- Sophia


Sewing with Rayon- How to get the most out of a Panel Fabric

Hi Everyone, 

Spring is near and we are ready for easy breezy outfits! AGF Rayon is our go to fabric to create flowy, easy to wear silhouettes. Which is why we are super excited about our New Campsite Rayon Panel Print called  “Feather Trail” !

Making panel prints on apparel fabrics is quite new for us and we are excited about all the ways  it can be used to create fun, interesting garments. I wanted to share all the fantastic ways we utilized  the “Feather Trail” panel to create so many fresh, new looks.

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Click here to view the Lookbook to find all patterns featured in this blog post!

 

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6 Sewing Projects to Organize Your Home

Hey there, makers!

I hope everything is going well! It’s no surprise that January is a hectic month. It’s that time of the year where you’re trying to set the right goals for the year and get as much done is possible. Sometimes it can even be overwhelming! But remember to  take things one step at a time. One of the best ways of avoiding stress during the new year is by keeping your home organized.

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It may sound silly, but the less clutter you have around you the more your ideas will flow. Hence, you can spend less time cleaning and doing more sewing! Since a little sewing never hurt anyone, I’ve prepared a list of 6 projects you can make to organize your home. Click the name of each project to find the tutorial. Let’s begin!

 

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Holidays are the Perfect time to Sew for Charity

This past weekend on one of my sewing facebook groups a woman posted the question: “Wondering what to make for the holidays this year. Previously I’ve made [XYZ] and it was greeted with a lackluster reception, I don’t think my family appreciates my handmade gifts. What should I make them this year?” I’ve read post after post along the same lines and personally experienced the same disheartening reaction when gifting handmade. It’s for this reason that I now only make handmade items for a very small, select group of individuals that I know really appreciate and love the things I’ve sewn for them, about five lucky ducks. The rest, I just save time and buy them something I think they will love. No hard feelings, everyone is happy and I didn’t waste creative energy, supplies and time. An added bonus is that by limiting the amount of people I make gifts for I’m able to really devote my time to each gift and embellish with special little details.

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Sticking to my hardline, slightly Grinch-y, “no handmade gifts for most” policy can be hard though. Sometimes, I just want the pleasure of making tons of beautiful gifts! I remembered that in the past AGF hosted a charity sewing booth at Quilt Market and a quilt drive for the hurricane victims in Texas.  Then, I had an epiphany- now is the perfect time to sew for charity. This is the time of year when those in need most appreciate the gesture of a handmade gift made with love. Despite how busy I am I’ve been working on projects to donate. What better way to use up the quilt scraps and finally tackle those half finished abandoned projects? Knit remnants too big to throw away, but too small for most projects are the perfect size for preemie sleep gowns and hats! Scraps that would have been tossed in the garbage can become stuffing for a pet bed! Since I’m starting a little late, I know I may not finish my ambitious goals in time for the official gift giving holidays, however my donations will still be appreciated in January or February.  In fact, I plan to continue my charitable scrap & stash busting throughout the year.

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and holiday preparations we can be so busy preparing for the holiday that we don’t feel the holiday spirit. Slowing down and making gifts for charity (and lucky family and friends) allows us to really relish the spirit of the season. So, AGF Sewists, turn on the holiday music, grab a mug of hot cocoa and sew! Who’s with me?

 

Here’s a list to check out:

Donate quilts and blankets to:

www.quiltsofcompassion.com

www.projectlinus.org

ww.quiltsforkids.org

ww.americanheroquilts.com

www.blankets4canada.ca

Baby Items for Hospital:

www.carewear.org

Hospital Pillow Cases for Children:

https://www.cookchildrens.org/giving/volunteers/Pages/stitch-a-wish-volunteers.aspx

Pet Beds for Shelter Animals:

www.buddysblankets.com

www.snuggleproject.org

General Humanitarian Sewing

ww.hats4thehomeless.org

ww.pinkslipperproject.org

ww.daysforgirls.org

Check with local churches and sewing or quilting guilds for any local charities you may be able to sew for, contact local women's, homeless and pet shelters and see if they have need of anything.  Another important note, make sure to read up on the organization’s guidelines and requirements before starting a project, some have very specific sizes and material guidelines. 

Any experienced charity sewists out there?  Let us know which is your favorite charity to give to and any tips or advice you may have!

Happy Sewing!

Christine