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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


How to Make a Good Friends Quilt Block Tutorial

 Hi Makers, 

A new month has arrived and I feel like Summer has come and gone in a blink of an eye! August is one of my favorite months of the year because not only  is it my birthday month but it means the holiday season is quickly approaching once again! I always liked this time of year growing up because it meant a special trip to the store to buy all new school supplies and outfits for the year to come. I still walk through the back to school aisle's at target to see all the new fun supplies and wish I had some of the cool things they make today when I was going to school. Now that I know how to sew I love making pencil cases for each one of my niece and nephews each new school year. 

Today I wanted to share a new block I made for the AGF Quilt Block Collection called the Good Friends Block! I made my quilt block with Bonnie Christine's new collection called Gathered. What I love most about this collection is the soft, delicate, earth tones. The colors remind me of a warm spring day walking in the garden! Any shade of green is my favorite color and this collection has the most rich shades of green. These green shades mixed with the warm honey color in the "Aerial Clay" print is like a match made in heaven. 

 

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 Finished Block Size: 12" 

I really love how this block turned out and how I got to showcase my favorite print in the collection in the center of my block! The"Simple Living" print is filled with wild flowers, herbs and veggies from the garden, so many other cute elements that I can't wait to fussy cut and incorporate into different sewing projects. 

This print would make a gorgeous apron or tea towels. Don't you think? I want to hear what you would you make with this print? 

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In this block video you will  learn to make flying geese using the no waste method and how to make corner triangle units.  Enjoy the video below and like always I am always looking for any block suggestions for feature video tutorials! So share with me your favorite blocks! :)

 

 If this collection is calling your name and you want to see more projects made with Gathered fabric enjoy flipping through the pages of the lookbook! 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


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.

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Introducing AGF Kits

Hello Makers, 

Finding time to sew can be a chore in itself. Once you get the time to make something new you spend hours going through your fabric bins pulling together fabrics to make that new quilting project and before you know it your time is up and your interrupted by the errands of everyday life. Well, I am super excited to announce that AGF has felt your pain and realize a lot of us don’t have the luxury of unlimited time to sew and create! Which is why I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you that we have been working on creating some super cool sewing kits that are simple, fun and most of all a super big time saver.

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You may have already heard about our Plenum Quilt Kits featuring our Colormaster Boxes ! All you gotta do is pick your favorite color,  choose between a Fat Quarter or ½” box, then the rest is easy, follow the simple step by step instructions to create a flying geese masterpiece.


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As a fabric/ sewing junky I love to spread my love of sewing and quilting with everyone I encounter in life. Any beginner sewers in your life or people who have told you “Yeah, one day I want to learn to sew” ...well today is the day. These new Quilt kits make the ideal gifts come the holidays and birthdays.  

 

Dying to find out more about our New AGF Kits coming soon? Sign Up to our Newsletter to stay up to date on all our new Kit releases!!

 

What kind of kits would you love to see from AGF? Pillows, Plushies, more quilts or something else? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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Beginner Friendly Piecing- How to Make a Building Blocks Block Tutorial

Hello Hello! 

 How has your summer been going? I have been spending most of my weekends at the pool or  beach trying to stay cool. If you can't find me there you can find me behind my sewing machine sewing with Jessica Swift's new collection called Sirena! This underwater inspired collection is such a great collection to sew with this time of year. I definitely want to make some tote bags and throw pillows for the patio in this super happy collection. What would you make? Share with me in the comments! 

 

For all of you beginner quilters I have such a cute and easy quilt block tutorial to share with you called the Building Blocks Block! Watch the full tutorial below! :)

 

 

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Want to see more projects made with Sirena Fabrics? Make sure to check out our Fabric Project Catalog full of inspiration and project ideas. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Underwater Queendom: "Sirena" Fabric Collection

If you grew up in the 1980's, it was inevitable that as a little girl you would end up becoming obsessed with the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid.  I remember when this cartoon movie came out, all the other little girls at school also loved the main character,  Ariel who was a gorgeous, red-headed mermaid. We would all have "singing contest" at school and would compete to see who had the "best mermaid voice." On the weekends when my family and I would head to the beach, I would dive into the Atlantic Ocean and splash around, pretending my two legs were together as a mermaid tail, and I would jump out of the water and do a wet, hair flip just like The Little Mermaid. Looking back now, I realized I haven't changed much at all and still do these things when I'm "under the sea!"

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Sharing a similar love and appreciation for mermaids and marine life, our designer Jessica Swift brought to life her latest fabric collection, Sirena.  Inspired by another amazing mermaid movie, "Splash" this collection takes you under the sea to an queendom of gorgeous mermaids that befriend whalesoctopuses, and admire tropical plant life. The vibrant colors are great for summery sewing projects from quilts, tote bags, throw pillows for outdoor furniture to fun, sun dresses! 

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 For more aquatic-inspired sewing projects that includes quilt, garments and home decor patterns, head over to our  Sirena fabric look-book! 

 

 

Here's our pretty "Bon Bini Quilt" for you to sew this summer, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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I've included these "tropical-colored" blenders for you (in case you need some ideas) that coordinate with Sirena's colorways. Follow our Instagram for upcoming ideas with blenders too! Sirena_Blenders_AGF

Last but not least, one of the best parts of launching a lookbook is our FABRIC COLLECTION GIVEAWAY! Enter a chance to win this Sirena fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, July, 27th, 2018. Good luck! 

Congratulations Elana Goldberg! Please check your email. :)

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