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Dramatic Opulence: "Virtuosa" Fabric Collection

Hi Makers,

Do any of you LOVE going to see plays or performances?!

It's such a fun event! Getting all dressed up in a nice outfit, entering the theater and taking a seat, waiting for those red curtains to lift up and for the show to begin! From the introduction of the characters to hearing their stories be told through action or songs, the lightning, the set design, the costumes, and overall mood is just incredible, especially from a production point of view! Theater reminds us to be in the present and to be fully immersed in what's happening at that very moment. The acting, the singing, the music being played by a live orchestra..it all comes together and creates an beautiful experience that cannot be replicated. 

Oscar Wilde once said "I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

I think he was right! :)

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Inspired by the days of performing in theater, our designer Bari J. shines the spotlight on romantic and bold prints that take center stage in her latest fabric collection, "Virtuosa." With a distinct color palette filled with jewel-tones, there’s no doubt that these fabrics fuse together harmony, opulence, and of course...drama! This collection is so great for anyone who loves painterly florals that can make gorgeous quilts, garments, throw pillows, and accessories.

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For more opulent-inspired projects that include quilt, garment and home decor patterns, head over to our "Virtuosa Fabric Lookbook! "

 

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Here's our lovely "Upstage Quilt Pattern" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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I've also included these blenders for you (in case you need some ideas) that can easily coordinate with the dramatic "Virtuosa." 

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Enter a chance to win a bundle of "Virtuosa" by signing up to our giveaway:


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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends October 26, 2018.  Good luck! 

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Cozy Fabrics- How to Make a Nine Patch Frame Block Tutorial

Hello Makers, 

What have you been sewing up lately? I have been sewing with the sweetest new collection from AGF Studio called Little Clementine! This collection is so adorable with all of Little Clementine's fury friends and cute cozy keepsakes. One of my favorite prints from the collection is called "Mr. Penny Bubblegum", a cycling, scarf wearing bear! I incorporated him in the center of my  Nine Patch Frame Block pictured below! All I keep thinking is how cute  this block would be turned into a baby quilt?  In this block we used the corner triangle method quite a few times to create the units in this block. I love how easy and fun this block was to put together! If you looking for a beginner friendly block, I suggest to give this block a go by watching my Youtube video below! 

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 What is your favorite print from Little Clementine Fabrics? Let me know your fave in the comments below and what you would make with these darling fabrics. 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Whimsy Nostalgia: Little Clementine Fabric Collection

Is there a certain children's book that you absolutely loved as a kid?!

When I was a little girl, my mother or grandmother would lay in bed next to me with a book, and would read to me before I fell asleep, each night. As they read to me, I would let my imagination come to life, pretending that I was making friends with animals or mystical creatures in the story, and going on adventures to far off lands! Depending on the character in the book, my grandmother would change the tone of her voice as she read aloud, which made it even more entertaining and silly. Some of my favorite books were "Where the Wild Things Are," "Goodnight Moon" and the nursery rhyme, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod." I still have all of these children's' books, and take them out from time to time when I'm feeling nostalgic! :)


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With that super nostalgic, imaginative feeling in mind, I'm SUPER EXCITED to introduce you all to what we've been working on at AGF Studio. Our latest collection "LITTLE CLEMENTINE!" Inspired by stories coming to life, this story for our collection is  about "Little Clementine," a little girl with a big imagination who enjoys reading books and befriending forest creatures like bears and rabbits. Adorned with enchanted forests, cute houses, ditsy florals and novelty prints like "cardigans" and "cozy scarves," these fabrics are filled with soft, autumnal tones that make these fabrics, extra cozy! This collection honestly is one of my favorites! I love the story, the soft colors and the cute characters in it! I can picture so many different ways to use these darling fabrics with fussy cutting, baby quilts, kids' garments, accessories, a super cute lunchbox, book covers, wall decor, a mobile above a crib, and lamp shades that you'd find in a nursery!

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 For more whimsy-inspired projects, head on over to our "Little Clementine Lookbook!"

 

Here's our lovely "Sweet Wonders Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Here's some blender suggestions for your quilty projects that go with the "Little Clementine!"

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Enter a chance to win this darling, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway! To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, October, 19th, 2018. Winner will be announced on Monday, 10/22! Good luck! 

 

 

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How to Make a "Scrapbag" Block Tutorial

Hello Makers, 

Have you seen AGF's brand new fusion collections? If you haven't gotten your hands on a bundle of these collections yet let me tell you they are vibrant jaw dropping beauties! I have always been a mega fan of all of AGF Fusions but every new collection has got me drooling with excitement. For those that don't know AGF Fusion collections are bite size collections consisting of 10 prints. It includes 10 quilting cottons, two knits and one rayon for all you apparel makers out their!  Fusion collections feature prints from varies AGF designers arranged in conceptual themes! 

To introduce yourself to our brand new additions check out the Rainforest and Trinkets Fusions Lookbook, packed with an array of super fun sewing projects catered to every sewing level! ! I had to whip up a extra special block for these beautiful collections so I decided to create a "Scrapbag" Block! Mixed with solid pure element fabrics I thought this block showcased the prints  so perfectly. 

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Here I am (below) holding up both of my blocks. I can't stop staring at them! All I keep saying is "those colors" !!!!!  If you want to make a block of your own follow along with the video below! 

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In the video I mention I want to turn my block into a decorative pillow to spruce up my boring old couch! Below is a mockup where I sewed a white strip border to my block and then placed my block on point by sewing triangles to each side of my block! 

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Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Our Latest AGF Fusions: Rainforest + Trinkets

Hi Makers, 

With the holidays right around the corner, I know all of us are prepping or have already begun sewing gifts for our family, friends, colleagues and teachers. I think that as a maker, we're always trying to create gifts that are so personalized to the person we're giving it to, so if you haven't started sewing your gifts yet, don't worry! We just released TWO NEW FUSIONS that cater to two different themes that can turn into so many great gifts! 

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If you're new to AGF, our "Fusion Collections" are bite-size collections featuring best-selling prints from our internationally-known designers such as Pat Bravo, Maureen Cracknell, April Rhodes, Bonnie Christine, Katarina Roccella and Sharon Holland. With these two collections, you’ll find two different themes that provide you with countless sewing ideas and are no doubt, two collections that are a must-have for your fabric stash. Now, let’s take a closer look on how you can sew with these fabrics!

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With botanical designs high on the trend radar for “jungalow inspired”  interiors and fashion, our “Rainforest Fusion” is perfect for creating a “tropical paradise” in your sewing room! Filled with vibrant, lush prints, this collection highlights tropical florals, palm fronds as well as tribal patterns that also act as great blenders. Grounded in bright and warm colors, this collection can be widely used in quilts, outdoor home decor, resort-inspired garments, as well as in accessories and wall art. I would love to make curtains and TONS of throw pillows with this collection! 

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 Download Our FREE "Vertical Garden" Quilt Pattern:

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TRINKETS FUSION

Channeling “vintage meets modern” and recalling old memories of sifting through a grandmother’s treasure chest,  our “Trinkets Fusion” offers countless ideas for sewing with nostalgic prints that are inspired by pressed flowers, vintage knitting, and hand pressed wallpaper. Deeply rooted in warm hues of rust and gold, this festive collection is a great option for your holiday, sewing projects! From various florals that range in scale to textured designs that make unique blenders, these fabrics can be sewn into romantic, bohemian quilts, throw pillows, rugs, tapestries and special occasion garments! I would love to have a dress made out of "Trinkets" fabrics for Thanksgiving - preferably one that's loose, so I can eat all those delicious Thanksgiving side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing and creamed spinach! :)

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 Download Our FREE "Free Spirit" Quilt Pattern:

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For more sewing projects we've put together using these two collections, head to our "Rainforest and Trinkets Fabric Lookbook!"

 

 

In case you're OBSESSED with both of these collections and need them NOW, enter our giveaway for a chance to win BOTH! 

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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, October, 12th, 2018. Good luck!  

Our winner is Jo Isaac! Please check your email! Thanks to everyone else who participated!

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Autumn Sewing - "Lehigh Maze" Quilt Block Tutorial

 Hey Makers,

Autumn is finally here! Last Friday we started off the Fall Season right by dressing up in our fave Autumn inspired outfits and brought in delicious Fall treats and drinks to get us in the spirit! Living in South Florida we don’t get to enjoy the traditional Fall weather and the beauty this season brings but having summer all year around isn’t the worst thing ever either! :)

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AGF Girls all decked out in their Autumn outfits! :) Love these gals! 

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Mixture of homemade and store bought treats to celebrate AUTUMN! 

To create are own Autumn Vibes we have been sewing with Maureen Cracknell’s new fabric collection called “Autumn Vibes” filled with autumnal tones that  captures the best of what this season has to offer. If you haven’t flipped through the “Autumn Vibes” Lookbook yet, I highly encourage you to take a look. It’s filled with super inspiring projects from quilts, home decor, apparel and so much more!  

 

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 Stunning LookBook cover above! Nothing better then quilts and nature! :)

Like always with every new collection release I create a quilt block tutorial for the AGF Quilt Block Collection! The “Lehigh Maze” block was such a perfect block to showcase my favorite print from the collection! The “Foxes in Fall” is so stinkin' cute!!!!!!! Which is why it is the star of the show by being framed in the center of my block.

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Being a super fan girl of Maureen Cracknell’s work and after seeing all her hand drawn pencil drawings of many of the prints from this collection and watching them come to life with the most amazing colors, I truly am in awe of all the talent and hard work that goes into making a fabric collection. Which is why as quilters and sewists we find it hard to cut into our precious fabrics! :)

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But don’t be afraid, if you're looking for a great project to start sewing with Autumn Vibes Fabric then the “Le high Maze Block may be the way to begin! Let’s get sewing, join me  by viewing the video below!

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In the video I mention at the end I would love to make place settings for all my Fall get togethers using this block. How cute would that be for everyone to have a different colored fox in the center of their place mat? This block would also make a festive wall hanging.

 What would you make with this block? I always love hearing all your ideas and input. For all of you who viewed the video thanks so much! I love receiving  your comments and getting to know you all!

 

Happy Sewing,

 

Meli