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SBB + AGF December Box

Hey there, fabric friends!

Have you ever had that moment when you’re almost done sewing all your holiday gifts, and you realize that you forgot to add someone to your list? Don’t worry, it has happened to all of us! One great solution that can solve this issue is a fabric subscription. Who wouldn’t love receiving fabrics every month, right?

Speaking of fabric subscriptions, we’re so excited that our friends at Stash Builder Box are featuring our fabrics again. Yay! Which means that if you and your friends love AGF and helping kids in need, this is a great time to get the December box. The month’s box features 3 yards of prints from Maureen Cracknell’s newest collection Garden Dreamer, a spool of Aurifil thread, a quilt pattern, and a cute pencil. But what truly makes me happy about this box is that the proceeds will go to the Give Kids the World Village. This is a non-profit resort that provides week long cost-free vacations to kids with life-threatening illnesses.

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Since we’re in the season of giving, Stash Builder Box has generously donated their December box and we’re giving it away to one lucky winner! The giveaway will run until Tuesday, December 20th. To enter the giveaway simply fill out the form below.

If you would like to receive a lovely box from Stash Builder Box or would like to gift one to a friend, visit the SBB website.  To receive this month’s box featuring AGF you must put in your order before December 15th. Any subscription placed after the 15th will receive next month’s box.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

-Stephanie

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Tricia you've won the SBB Giveaway! Check your email:)


The Wondrous World of Blithe by Katarina Roccella

Hello fabulous makers!

Isn’t it crazy how we’re only a few days away from the first day of winter? Unlike us in South Florida, many of you are already experiencing colder weather. One thing that’s great about the cool temperatures is that you feel more encouraged to stay indoors and sew! This is the perfect time to work on all your UFO’s, start new cozy quilts, and sew all kinds of winter garments.

One collection that’s ideal for winter is Blithe by Katarina Roccella. This beautiful collection is filled with frosty trees, confident deer, and subdued colors that will have you sewing in a winter wonderland. We must admit that this season, we’ll be experiencing winter vicariously through this collection.

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One thing I truly love about Blithe is that it was inspired by a beautiful quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  Katarina beautifully translates this quote visually through her use of grays, deep plum, and cool shades of blue.

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We prepared a wondrous look book for you to feast your eyes on mesmerizing quilts, comfy garments, and classy home décor. Check it out!

 

Oh, And this "Windowscape" FREE QUILT PATTERN is waiting for you to sew it! Doesn't it look cozy?

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Have some fun mixing and matching fabrics with this color guide. Choose your favorite coordinating blenders and start sewing!

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Now for the best part… If you want a magical bundle of Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella, make sure to enter our giveaway!

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To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends Monday, December 19th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with Blithe. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make!

Till next time,

Stephanie

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Brooke Osborne, you've won the Blithe Giveaway! Check your email:)

 

P.S. Check out this video for some fun moments from the Blithe photoshoot. Enjoy!


All you need to know about quilt batting!

Hey fabric lovers!

Don’t you think choosing the batting for your project gets confusing sometimes? For me, it does. Especially because there are so many options to choose from. So, I decided to research more about the different types of batting to help you understand how you can use them. Now, let's talk about batting!

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How to choose the perfect batting for your project?

The batting can make a quilt flat, puffy, or stiff because it comes in different thicknesses. That’s why you first have to decide how you want your quilt to look. Also, make sure to always choose a batting that complements the purpose of your finished project because the type of the batting will affect the way your quilt looks!

For example:

Warmth:  Since cotton batting absorbs moisture. This makes them cool in the summer and warm during winter. Also, you can use wool to provide warmth but they weigh more than the cotton ones.

Drapability: The density or sparseness of the quilting and the thickness of the batting will affect how your quilt will look when it's finished. Polyester and bamboo batting drape better than cotton and wool batting.

Washability: Be very careful with this one. Cotton and bamboo batting can shrink when washed while wool and polyester batting resist shrinking. It all depends on how you crinkly you want your quilt to look.

Resiliency: Is the batting’s ability to regain its original shape.  

Fiber content: There are two types. Natural and synthetic fibers.

Price: Cotton and wool are the most expensive ones. Polyester batting is the least expensive.

Types of batting:

Well, since now you know some characteristics of the batting let’s get more specific and learn more about some different types of batting!

Cotton batting:  It’s made with natural fibers and that’s what makes it very soft and comfort.

Polyester batting: Holds its shape and thickness. What’s good about polyester is that it keeps you warm but it doesn’t weight. It also resists mold and mildew, but it’s non-breathable.

Wool batting: It’s used for warmth. This is a natural option just like cotton. Wool is crease resistant it holds its shape and springs back.

Bamboo batting:  It’s breathable and machine washable but it shrinks a little bit, about 2-3% shrinkage.

Fusible batting: This batting has a fusible web so you can baste the layers together. When using this type of batting make sure to put the wool setting on your iron. This type of batting is great for small projects it can be ironed to temporarily secure it into the middle of a quilt and it will save you time basting.


Oh! There are some popular question you guys might be interested in…

How should I wash my quilt?

In my opinion, all quilts should be washed with care. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new. It’s better if you wash them by hand or in a washer on the light/gentle cycle and using cool water and also when drying the dryer should be on the lowest heat setting. I would also recommend air dry them if you can.

What is the warmest batting?

The warmth of a quilt is affected by the fibers used and by the amount of quilting in the quilt. You know what’s very interesting? That a quilt with larger air pockets provide more storage for warm air. Therefore, a quilt that is extremely closely quilted will not provide as much warmth as the one that is quilter 2-4’’ apart.  Also, silk and wool are considered the warmest fibers. OH! And polyester retains warmth too.

Note: Cotton breathes so that makes it cool in the summer and warm during winter. Wool also breathes, it absorbs moisture well which makes it comfortable in damp climates. Polyester doesn’t breathe which makes it warm all year long.

Do you need to prewash the batting?

Well, well... This question is a little subjective. Most battings can be prewashed but you don’t have to do it. Let’s say you accidentally spilled juice or any kind of liquid on it you can wash it but if nothing happens to it you don’t really need to.

Note: Cotton, bamboo and wool battings shrink after you wash the quilt. It will create that shrink quilt look that you will either love or hate. (I would recommend testing it if it’s your first time doing this)

What’s the purpose of your quilt?

Well, before you make your final decision, think about the purpose of your finished quilt. For example, these are some of the purposes I can think of: a baby quilt that will need to be washed a couple times a week, a bed quilt that will be washed and used for a long time, a decorative quilt that will be hanging on a wall and needs to stay flat on the wall, a table runner or a place mat that will need to be washed at least every two weeks. This is just to give you an idea about the purpose of your quilt and then you can decide which batting will work better for you. 

I know, choosing the right batting can take time but it all depends what you want the final product to look like. Once you do it a couple of times, choosing the right batting will become easier and faster.

 

I hope you learned something new about batting! Let me know in the comments, what kind of batting you like to use in your quilts.

 

I hope you all enjoyed,

Caro!

 

 

Sources:

"Quilt Batting - Types and Choosing the Right One." Quilt Batting - Types and How to Choose the Right One -- CreateForLess. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

"A Guide to Batting." A Guide to Batting - Quilting Tutorial from ConnectingThreads.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

"How to Choose Quilt Batting: Tips to Keep in Mind." The Craftsy Blog. N.p., 2015. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.


"Get the Look" from Simple Life Pattern Company

Hello fabulous makers!

Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays? As you all know, it’s time to do a little stretch, explore your fabrics stash, and start sewing handmade gifts! I know it seems overwhelming but don’t worry, we have something that will make your life a bit easier.

If you’re thinking of sewing a bunch of holiday outfits for your kids or you would like to give your friends a set of patterns, Simple Life Pattern Company has paired up with us to offer exclusive “Get the Look” kits that feature AGF! Yes, you read right! Now, you can sew all the Simple Life Patterns you love with your favorite AGF collections! Some of the popular collections included are Playground by Amy Sinibaldi, Lavish by Katarina Roccella, DARE by Pat Bravo and many more.

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If you visit the new “Get the Look Kits” section on the SLPco website, you’ll find 6 pages filled with cute dress patterns, shorts, tops, and a myriad of baby patterns ranging from sizes NB- 12. What’s great about these kits is that more will be added with every collection we release! Therefore, you'll always be able to sew new patterns with the newest AGF collections.

To take a closer look at some of the adorable outfits you can make for your little ones, check out the “Get the Look” lookbooks we’ve prepared for you.

 

Girls' Looks:

 

Baby Looks:

 

What did you think? I’m sure your little one will look like a fashionista with these outfits. ;) To purchase any of the “Get the Look Kits” visit the Simple Life Pattern Company website.

 

Feel free to tell us what your favorite Simple Life Pattern is.

 

Happy Sewing!

-Stephanie


Sew Cheerfully with Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline

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Hey fabulous makers!

The other day I had a thought… trends come and go but colors are always cool. There’s something so interesting about mixing and matching bright colors to create modern sewing masterpieces. Colors can change the mood of any project and if you choose vibrant hues, all your projects will instantly exude joy.

One collection that screams happiness is Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline. This collection is filled with happy lyrics, bold brush strokes inspired by street art, and whimsy florals that will simply make you smile when you sew with these prints. I personally have a special connection with this fun collection because it reminds me of the Arts District in Miami called Wynwood. The bright colors in this collection and especially the “Improv Strokes” print remind me of the beautiful murals that line the streets of that neighborhood.

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Skirt featuring "Improv Stroke Citrus" print

I can already envision modern color block quilts and tons of children’s clothes with this youthful collection. Caroline has shown off her bubbly personality in her designs once more!

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Brighten your day by browsing through the look book and get inspired by cute garments, colorful quilts, and much more!

 

Bring a fun accent to your little one’s room with this “Happy Song” FREE QUILT PATTERN.   

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And if you’re wondering what blenders coordinate with this vibrant collection, here’s a nice selection of our specially curated AGF Elements. ;)

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But the real fun doesn’t start until you enter the GIVEAWAY! Win a bundle of Here Comes the Fun!

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To enter fill the form below. ;)

Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 29th at 3:00pm. Winner will be announced on this post.

 

I hope you’re excited to start creating beautiful projects with this collection. Stay tuned for more exciting things from AGF!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie

 

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie Eaquivel, you've won the Here Comes the Fun Giveaway! Check your email:)

 
P.S. If you're wondering how fun it was to make this look book, check out this video. :)


Fall 2016 Quilt Market Recap

Hey fabulous makers!

I hope everyone had a great week! Now that we’re back from Quilt Market we’re ready to start showing off our upcoming collections. But before we do that, we have to show you a glimpse of our time at the trade show. We’ve prepared a re-cap for you to experience all the fun we had at the show!

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For this year’s concept, we designed an open plan booth surrounded by themes of color. We wanted to show off all the bright colors in our fabrics. So, the best way of doing this was by creating color stories with handmade products and inspirational images. Our layout reminded me so much of the beautiful merchandising of retails stores like Anthropologie.

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One of my favorite parts of the booth was the floor. I know it sounds bizarre, but it was amazing! We covered the black convention center floor with patterned decals that said LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. I thought it was a beautiful way of summing up our ideas and all of the things we love.

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But the most exciting part of this year’s Quilt Market in Houston was that we won the 1st Place Multiple Booths Award! We were over the moon when we heard the announcement and they came to hand us the award. This showed us that hard work pays off and we were so happy to share our joy with everyone who came by our booth.

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To take a glimpse at Quilt Market with an AGF twist, I invite you to view this video re-cap we’ve prepared for you (and you get to see me as the host (✿◠‿◠)). Enjoy!

I hope you had fun watching our re-cap video and that you felt like you were there with us.

Feel free to tell us about your favorite parts of the video in the comments.

 

See ya!

-Stephanie


LIVE from Quilt Market in Houston

Hey there, beautiful makers!

One of our favorite times of the year has arrived! It’s time for FALL QUILT MARKET in Hosuton, TX! Over the past weeks you got to see all the amazing fabric collections we have prepared for you this season and now we get to show them off to all your favorite shops. Since Quilt Market is only open for industry professionals (fabric shops, long arm quilters, pattern makers, etc.) we know it’s a bummer that all of you awesome makers can’t come.

But that’s not going to stop us from bringing you with us! Get ready to take a tour of our Quilt Market Booth, LIVE on Facebook. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 30th around 2:00 pm EST to see how creative our booth design is this time! Also, make sure to keep your eyes glued to our Instagram account to see all of our antics from the moment we build our booth. We can’t wait to show you everything!

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Hope you see us at Quilt Market!

-Stephanie


Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour Re-Cap

Hey everyone!

Did you get a chance to see all the amazing projects in the Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour? If you didn’t, you’re in for a treat because today we’re showcasing all the amazing makers on this tour! If you’ve been following what we’ve done in the past with the Denim Studio, you probably know that when we first launched denim as a new substrate our friend the Tattooed Quilter hosted the first installment of the Denim Studio Blog Tour. Since then we have added some new additions to this collection such as new denim prints, Outland Yarn Dyes, Crosshatch Textured Denim, and Streaked Blend Denim.

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When the very sweet Sarah from Sariditty Handmade (who also was part of the first tour) told us she wanted to host the second version of Denim Studio Blog Tour, we were extremely excited. We couldn’t wait to see what amazing projects were going to be made with our new denims. But enough of me talking…Without further ado, I present to you the projects from the Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour.


 

Christopher – The Tattooed Quilter

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First up, on the tour was Christopher a.k.a. The Tattooed Quilter and master of mini quilts. For this stylish mini he was inspired by Amy Sinibaldi’s #asdesignchallenge. He used a few of our new denim prints and our Outland Yarn Dyes in white, Rose Feather, Deep Ocean, and Endless Paradise. This yummy combination of colors is definitely worth taking a closer look at. Visit his blog to read all about his mini. ;)

Nicole – Lillyella

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Isn’t this floor pillow fabulous? Nicole completely nailed a beautiful juxtaposition between edgy denim and feminine details. I would love to have this floor pillow in my house! For this project she used our “Clouded Horizon” Crosshatched Textured Denim with the “Paradis Sweet” print from Joie De Vivre fabrics by Bari J.  Read her blog to get some tips about making this pattern.

Sarah – Sariditty Handmade

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Sarah colored our world with her amazing quilt made with AGF Denim and Elements! For the white background she used our “Vanilla Mist” Outland Yarn Dye and throughout the colorful blocks you can find bits of our Solid Smooth Denim and the other colors of the yarn dyes. I encourage you to check out her blog post where she explains all the details about her design.

Jennifer – Ginger Peach Studio

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I absolutely LOVE this fashionable shirt Jenn from Ginger Peach Studio made with a combination of our Solid Smooth Denims! From the embroidered details to the positive vibes she evokes with the phrase “voir le bon” meaning “see the good” in French; this shirt is better than any ready-made garment out there. Check out Jenn’s Instagram to take a closer look at all of details.

Matthew – Mister Domestic

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Last but not least our AGF Sewcialite, Mister Domestic was the last participant on the awesome blog tour. As you already know, Matthew is a weaving fiend and he used these masterful skills to create a woven denim quilt. Isn’t it insanely wonderful? He weaved together Solid Smooth Denim and added accents of the Outland Yarn Dyes to give it little pops of color. Visit Matthews blog read about his crazy quilt weaving process.


 

I hope you love all the projects in the Denim Studio 2.0 Blog Tour! As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring!

All the best,

Stephanie

 

P.S. If you never got to see our Denim Studio video, here it is so you can check it out! It's filled with inspiration!


5 Stylish Home Decor Projects for Fall

Hey Everyone!

How are you all doing? Here at the HQ we’ve been revealing our upcoming fall 2016 collections and it has been tons of fun. As we release new fabrics and the seasons change, one of my favorite things to do during my free time is to decorate my house in festive themes to match the season. There’s always something so nice about giving your living room a face lift with a few cute pillows, a nice rug, and a cozy quilt.

One of my favorite seasons to decorate for is fall. I simply love all the warm colors, the fun shapes you can play with, and most importantly you can show off your creations with your friends and family during Thanksgiving. To get your home ready for this season, I’ve prepared a selection of some of my favorite AGF projects made with collections that are excellent for fall.

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Make sure to click on all the names to download the patterns! :)

 

  1. Starfold Pillow

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Like I mentioned before, pillows are one of the easiest way of updating your home décor. I especially love this Starfold Pillow made with Artisan Fabrics by Pat Bravo because the unique folded details give it a luxurious look, like the pillows they sell in Pier 1 Imports or Anthropologie. Oh, and that burnt orange combined with hunter green just screams FALL!    

  1. Denim Coasters

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We already know that denim is a versatile substrate, but just imagine incorporating it into your home décor! These denim coasters are a great subtle detail to have around the house and they’re so functional. With tons of guests coming to visit you for the upcoming holidays, these coasters will protect your coffee tables in style!

  1. Instinct Paths Quilt

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If you plan on decorating the whole house, might as well decorate your room too! And what a better way of doing that, than with a quilt? The warm rich colors of this Instinct Paths Quilt made with Fleet and Flourish Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell will help you bring in the fall with some boho flair.

  1. Gava Rug

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Another home accessory that I love is a funky rug. They can be nice welcoming pieces right by your door or something soft to put your feet on when you get out of bed. I must admit, I have a crush on this Gava Rug made with Artisan fabrics by Pat Bravo. The strips of mixed prints are sure to add a nice autumnal touch to your home.

  1. Reveal Table Runner

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You can’t complete your fall decorating without a beautiful table runner for your dining table. This Reveal Table Runner made with Observer fabrics by April Rhodes will add a modern twist to your decorating with its subtle textural elements and muted colors.


 

I hope you’re inspired to decorate for fall! Feel free to let me know what was your favorite project and how do you like to decorate for the season.

 

Until next time,

Stephanie


10 quilt blocks we love!

Hello Hello!

Have you ever wondered what are some of our go-to quilt blocks?

Well, here at AGF HQ we like every single quilt block but, as everyone else we have our favorite ones! I made a little graphic to show you which ones are our favorite ones and I will show you some pictures of quilt's we have made in the past with some of these quilt blocks!  

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The reason why we love these 10 quilt blocks is because you can arrange them differently and they will always look good. Another good thing is that some of them are easy to make for beginners! Depending on the fabric you use, you can give your quilts that "traditional" or "modern" touch. Also, these quilt blocks are very popular because they have been around since day one.

What I found very interesting about the quilt blocks is that when I first started working in this industry I didn’t imagine quilts involved math in the making process. For me it just looked like something super complicated and almost impossible to make. Then, I realized how something so complicated can be simple! ( Wait, I’m not saying quilting is easy) but at first it just looked impossible to me. Oh! And in case you didn’t know, the names given to the quilt blocks are deeply rooted in the history of America. For example: religion, historical events, environment, everyday objects and the influences upon quilter lives.

Now, let me show you  quilts we have made with some of these blocks!

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FREE quilt pattern "Llano Street" Featuring Morning Walk fabrics

Here you can see the Flying Geese quilt block. We love using a fresh combination of colors we used to create this beautiful quilt! Click here to download pattern.  


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FREE quilt pattern "Abundance" Featuring Curiosities Fabrics

Here, you can see the nine patch block. This block is fun to use when mixing and matching differnt prints. Click here to download the pattern


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FREE quilt pattern. Featuring Cherie Fabrics

In this quilt you can see the log cabin block. Don't the subtle colors make this quilt look calming? Click here to download pattern


Oh well, if it was for me I would show you 1000 pictures of different quilts! They are all beautiful! Before I forget, I would like to invite you to check out our website because we have TONS of free quilt patterns! You can find quilt patterns for every taste and every level.

I hope you all enjoyed!

 

Lots of love,

Caro 

 

 

Just in case you want to know where I found this cool info!

Source:

Quilt Blocks. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://www.quilting-in-america.com/quilt-blocks.html