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Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 8 - Morning Star

Hello Sewing Friends, 

How are your blocks coming along?  The AGF Girls and I have been keeping up every week with completing our blocks for the Community Sampler Sew Along.  This week I had so much fun sewing up the Morning Star Block with Adri from our Graphic Design Team. Throughout this whole experience so far I have learned to become a better teacher of my craft. I have always sewn for me and my happiness but deciding to take on the challenge of teaching the girls in the office to quilt and sew has absolutely been an experience that will help me to become better in writing pattern instructions and sharing my love for quilting and sewing.  

 If you haven't been following along to this amazing sew along that Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland have put together don't worry it's never to late to join. On Sharon's website she has very detailed PDF Patterns for you to download and follow for each block . 

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 Our Block is made with Splendid Fusions

The Morning Star Block has always been one of my favorite blocks. I find all the different type of star blocks to be so beautiful. What has been your favorite block in the Sampler so far? Share with me in the comments below. 

I would like to introduce you to Adri below where she talks about her sewing experience and what she thought about sewing up this block. 

 

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This is Adri! Isn't her Morning Star Block stunning! Let her know what you think of her block in the comments below. 


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

 When I was about 10 or 11, I used to help my aunt with whatever  she needed to do alterations and when she had big orders. But I haven't touched a sewing machine since then.

 

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?

 That you had to be really perfect in all your measurements and if anything wasn’t perfect the final block was going to come out crooked. Turns out, while being accurate matters a lot, it doesn’t require perfection in order for the block to come out good.

 

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

 Probably seeing everything match up! I was kinda nervous while doing it and was afraid I was going to mess up but at the end it was a big relief! 


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

 I had trouble cutting. I had to do it over a few times because I wouldn't put enough pressure. A few times I wasn't sure if I should turn my body and cut it in a weird position or just move the fabric another way to make it easier. The rotating mat was a great help!


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

 Take your time.  Also make sure you have a picture of your block in front of you so you don't sew the pieces wrong, which I did once.

 

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

 It was a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s always fun when you learn something new and actually finish it. Meli was a great teacher.  


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

 Yes, it feels a lot less scarier, but it makes me appreciate more the amount of patience and focus it takes to make big intricate quilts.


Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

 Probably a mini one :)

 

Tomorrow the new block PDF Pattern will be released and I am so excited to be able to get to sew it up with Laura from the Production Design Team. Tune in next week to hear about sewing with Laura. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


Quilting with Cute Critters- How to make a Log Cabin Block

Hi Quilty Friends, 

The Log Cabin Block is finally making it's way into the AGF Quilt Block Collection. This well known block is a perfect beginner friendly block where all you need is a square piece of fabric for the center of your block and a variety of different fabric strips. For the center of our block we fussy cut the cute bunny from the "Radiant Menagerie Panel" from the Indigo & Aster fabric collection. We used a variety of different contrasting prints from Indigo & Aster Fabrics as well as adding some beautiful orange, blue and green  smooth denim fabrics for the ideal amount of texture. 

The Log Cabin Block is a great scrap buster project and using WOF strips and the speedy cut as you go method will get you a completed block in no time. 

 
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 Have fun choosing your favorite animal for the center of your block! 

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Watch the video below and follow along to make a Log Cabin Block to add to your quilt block collection! 

 

 

I always love seeing your creations so make sure to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection! Leave me a comment below with new quilt block tutorial idea. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 6- Square Dance

Hey Sewing Friends, 

It's already Week 7 of the Community Sampler Sew Along and we are starting to see our quilt come to life! Last week I got to sew up the Square Dance Block with my fellow marketing team member, Sophia! Sophia is one of the newest additions to the AGF team and after three months of working here she was totally ready to hop on a sewing machine and sew up a quilt block! Getting to sew with each one of the girls from AGF Team has been such a blast and my hopes are to teach them the sewing basics, tips and tricks they can use for future projects, and to turn them all to the quilty side. So far it's going  better then I ever  hoped for! Our team is full of very talented ladies all coming from different backgrounds and are all so special and unique. 

Take Sophia for example, with her outgoing and determined mind, having very little sewing experience didn't make her hesitate one bit. Read more about her and the creation of the Square Dance Block below! 

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 Our Block is made with Splendid Fusion Fabrics 

 

This block came together super fast! With the giant 8 1/2" square center this block is perfect for fussy cut fabrics. 

 

Meet Sophia! (below) Spread the quilting  love and comment below letting Sophia know what you think of her block. 


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

In art school, I took a few fashion classes that involved basic sewing with garments. After graduating, most of my sewing experience was learned “on the fly” when I took on various freelance projects. The most memorable sewing experience involved a “Paris is Burning” themed event at a nightclub, where I had to sew a huge (10 ft x 15 ft) French flag to hang at the entrance. I also had one day to make it, and it had been a while since I had sewn. No pressure, whatsoever. :]

 

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?

My first impression of quilting was that it required extreme accuracy, patience and a very detailed eye. I was right! Haha! While making the quilt block, I felt like I had to keep telling myself to be patient, not to rush, and be gentle with the fabric.

 

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

Having all the pieces come together and seeing the finished product, of course! So satisfying.

 

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

Finding the right amount of pressure with the tools and handling of the fabric! For example, I felt like I didn’t know how much pressure to apply to the rotary cutter, and had to go back a few times to apply more pressure to cut the fabric, properly. The same thing happened when I was feeding the fabric through the sewing machine, where I was gripping it too hard and it was started to stretch. Whoops!

 

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

SLOW DOWN and double check your seam allowance.

 

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

Great! I always enjoy learning anything that involves creativity while working with your hands. It always leads to new discoveries and inspiration.

 

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

After making my first block, I honestly have more admiration for quilting because it requires a interesting combination of “right brain and left brain thinking!”

 

Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

Absolutely! The thought of creating a quilt for someone special seems like the most wonderful, unique gift to give! A lot of my close friends are having babies, so I would love to make quilts to match their nurseries.

 

 Who are you making your Community Sampler Quilt for? Giving it to a friend, donating it to charity, or keeping it for yourself? Comment below to share. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 5-Fairground

Hey there, 

How are your Community Sampler quilts coming along? The girls and I  love seeing our progress each week as our quilt slowly comes together. This past week  I got to sew with Kelly from the Production and Design team.  Kelly and I both went to Fashion Design school together at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. We both were introduced to quilting when we started working for AGF.  It was a lot of fun sewing up the Fairground block with her and sharing quilting stories of our first quilts and how much we have grown as a quilters in the past couple years.  Learn more below about how Kelly started sewing and her advice for first time quilters. 

 

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When sewing up the Fairground Block you get to learn how to make HST's, flying geese using the no waste method and a square in a square block! If you are digging the fabrics we are using for our Community Sampler quilt we used the yummy Creme de la Creme Pure Element for our background and the bright, bold prints from Splendid Fabrics

 

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This is Kelly! Read more about her below.

How did you get into sewing?

My Grandma used to work as a seamstress sewing all the costumes for a theater, so sewing was always present in my life. I grew up knowing that I wanted to study fashion design and never really got to touch a sewing machine before I went to school for it.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

As a fashion designer, I started with the construction of garments, but when I discovered quilting I realized how much I enjoyed sewing patchy things. So anything patchy and quilt as you go is my choice for sewing.

 

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

It was five years ago when I started working at AGF.  I sewed the free quilt pattern for Gramercy and Pat was directing me, it was fun just like a puzzle. My advice will be to pay close attention to the seam allowance and make sure you are precise. It will save you a lot of fixing when you are moving forward with the top.

 

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

There are so many that I love and I keep discovering new techniques all the time but if  I had to pick one, I would say that reverse applique is one of the ones I enjoy the most.

 

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 Clear rulers ♥

 

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

The Plenum quilt. It is made out of lots of flying geese, so it got to a point that I was doing the same thing over and over and felt like I was taking longer than usual. By the time I finished I felt so happy about it that it became my fav.♥

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The weeks in this Sew Along are going by so quick but not quick enough! I am so excited to see our finished quilt but for now I better sit back and relax and enjoy the process. I hope you all are doing the same! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 

 


How to Make a Bear Paw Block | AGF Quilt Block Collection Tutorial

Hi there quilty friends, 

Do you love learning new things? I know I love the satisfaction of tacking a new technique or making something I have never made before.  In the last AGF Quilt Block youtube video I asked you all what block I should make for the next tutorial and by popular demand the Bear Paw block won the next spot in our collection! If you are a Half Square Triangle fan then this block is a must sew. We learn the Four- at- Time and Two- at- Time method for making half square triangles and putting this block together was such a  breeze. 


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Block Above is made with Splendid Fusions 

 

Looking to make a new Spring time quilt to bring on picnics to the park?  Then you should definitely try the Bear Paw Block mixed with our new Fusions.

 Enjoy the video below! Head over to our youtube channel to check out more tutorials like this one.  Also don't forget to share your blocks using the hashtag #agfquiltblockcollection to be entered into our monthly fabric bundle giveaway and to spread the quilting love.

 

 Want to see more  projects made with our New Fusion Fabrics? Check out the Fusions Lookbook to find more amazing quilt patterns and inspiration for your next sewing project. 

 

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Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Hello Spring Chair Cover Tutorial- Project for WeAllSew

Hello Hello! 

Spring has sprung and I don't know about you but I have been doing a bunch of Spring cleaning. It's time to bringing out the bright colored decorative pillows and give your home some new life. My favorite Spring time memories growing up in Minnesota where always watching the tulips practically pop up overnight and definitely putting on our rain boots and splashing through the puddles after it rained. I love how the changing of the seasons always brings me back to my childhood. What's your favorite Spring time memory? 

For those of you that know me you know I am obsessed with sewing for the seasons. So of course I had to sneak in a little spring inspired project! Which is how the Conversational Chair Covers came to be!  If you are a seasonal sewist or want to learn to make some fun chair covers head over to the WeAllSew blog for the full tutorial

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Chair Cover made with

Lambkin Fabrics

Floralia Fusion

Pure Elements

 

 

Happy Spring, 

Meli