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AGF Loved to Pieces Blog Party Recap

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Hello Makers, 

Have you ever sewn for a Blog Tour? For those of you that are like wait..., what's a Blog Tour, it’s basically hosted by an individual who asks their sewing friends or puts out a open call for makers to be apart of creating a cool project that will later be shared on the makers blog on the day they are given. Well, I am super excited to share with you that Mister Domestic ( a.k.a Mathew  Boudreaux) has just wrapped up a jaw dropping Loved to Pieces Blog PARTY!!! Why have a normal “Blog Tour” when you can turn it into a party!? His party started on July 16th and came to an end on August 10th. Twenty- Two amazing makers took part in this event making a project with Mister Domestic’s debut collection for AGF called Loved to Pieces!  I am so happy to recap all the great projects that were made, sit back and enjoy all the projects made with Loved to Pieces Fabric!



Neighbors Quilt designed by Amanda Woodruff of A Crafty Fox  

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To start off the party Amanda from A Crafty Fox created this stunning quilt! I loved reading her blog post where she describes the process of the creation of this quilt. She talks about her quilt not coming out how she initially sketched it out to be and how the creative process sometimes takes you in a different direction that you didn't expect but turns out even better than you planned! Head over to her post and read about how this quilt got its name! Such an inspiring post!

Endless Summer Tablerunner by Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs

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Another one of our amazing designers Sharon Holland, made this super fresh and modern looking table runner called Endless Summer. She has a created a great step by step tutorial that's super easy to follow.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of sewing a project made by Sharon your in for a real treat. She is impeccable with her pattern writing and I always feel confident  when sewing up her patterns.

 

Kate Skirt Pattern by Angela Wolf of Angela Wolf Pattern Collection

  July 18 - Angela 1

Angela Wolf may have just created the perfect summer outfit! Using the “Gladiolumns DeepBluem” rayon print from Loved to Pieces Fabrics she sewed up the Kate Skirt Pattern  with a cute basic tank made with AGF Solid Knit  to go with. This tank and skirt combo is so flattering and a great addition to your wardrobe in the last few hot weeks of summer!

 

The Jessica Dress sewn  by Brittany Jones

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How cute are these two!? Brittany Jones used the “Striped Flow Rainbow” print and sewed up the cutest dresses for her and her little one! I looooove the extra details she added to her dress with the crossgrain stripes at the bottom, the great snap embellishments and the tie straps creates a nice delicate touch!

 

 Eclipse Quilt by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts

  July 20 - Sharon McConnell 2

I am such a fan of all of Sharon McConnell’s quilts and the Eclipse Quilt is definitely no exception. If you are like me and scared of sewing patterns with curved pieces don’t worry! Sharon has created the Classic Curve Ruler’s which caters to fast, easy and accurate cutting. Head over to her blog for tips and tricks on sewing curves!

 

Sew Box  sewn by Elina Temmes of Elina Temmes 

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Elina went wild and created such a great assortment of projects for the Loved to Pieces Blog Party! Head over to her Instagram to check out all of her makes! Two of my faves has to be the Sew Box she created to store all her sewing essentials! I love the star detail on the top of the case and how she selected the “Striped Flow Rainbow” print for the sides of the box.

 Another one of my faves is definitely this hexie zipper pouch! I loved how she fussy cutted so many great designs from various prints from the Loved to Pieces Collections.

 

Ferry Crossing Quilt by  Meghan Buchanan of Then Came June

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Meghan Buchanan made a great throw version of her Ferry Crossing quilt pattern showcasing the “Anthonem Serene” print! This low volume beauty is so refreshing and inviting. Head over to Meghan’s blog to see more fun photos of the Ferry Crossing Quilt. As I was visiting her blog I came across a fun sew along she is hosting with her Ghost Quilt Pattern which I thought was pretty darn cute and I am always on the lookout for new sew alongs! :)

 

 Scallop Quilt by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft

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Ever sew a scallop quilt before? I haven’t and I am loving the look of Nicole’s Quilt, can’t wait for the release of her new pattern August 14th! She mixed white and blue prints  from Loved to Pieces with a great shade of AGF Solid Denim and I am really loving the placement of color!  Head to her blog to check out the cute last min pillow she embellished with leftover scraps of fabric!

 

Colleen Tote Bag by Cristy Stuhldreher of I Love You Sew

July 25 - Cristy

Cristy sewed up such a chic looking tote with the “Mandala Drops Midnight” print for the exterior and  “Pieced Bunches Cool” to give the lining a pop of color. Definitely won’t have to worry about losing your items in this tote with it’s nice roomy zipper and slip pocket. Head over to her blog to check out the cute hardware’s she incorporated into her bag.

 

 Luminescent Quilt Kate Basti of Quilt with Kate

July 26 - Kate

 If your a flying geese fan like me there is no doubt you aren’t going to fall in love with Kate’s Luminescent Quilt! She had a blast fussing cutting the florals from the “ Anthomen Festive” print and I love how this fabric pops when being surrounded by the bright pinks of the “Efflorescent Fuchsia” print.  

 

Shoreline Boat Neck pattern sewn by Courtney Davis, posted on Melly Sews

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Courtney Davis made the Shoreline Boat Neck pattern with a cute little twist! The bows she added to the ends of the sleeves are so adorable and creates a fun, feminine touch. She sewed up this great top in the “Efflorescent Celeste” knit fabric which is just the prettiest shade of pale blue.

 

 Open Back Top by  Mimi Goodwin of Mimi G Style

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This tank is  truly a must make and has been added to my to sew list! The open back is pretty cute, I could also see making a bunch of spaghetti straps and filling in the open space with a strappy look! AGF has a great assortment of Rayon Solids and prints but the  “Gladiolumns Deepbluem” rayon print has quickly become one of my all time faves and looks gorgeous made up in this tank!

 

Lone Star Quilt by Kim Niedzwiecki of Go Go Kim

July 30 - Kim

Kim has created such a stunning Lone Star Quilt with the blue, green and white prints from Loved to Pieces fabrics. Placement of fabrics are key to creating a successful Lone Star Quilt and I can definitely say Kim did a phenomenal job! Head over to her post to hear about her quilt photography adventure! :)

 

Linden Sweatshirt sewn by Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle

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If you haven’t heard of the Linden Sweatshirt Pattern, let me introduce you to a perfect basic garment  you will want to make over and over again in many different fabrics. Tara modified her Linden Sweatshirt by weaving  the back panel . Never weaved fabric before? Tara is the inventor of the WEFTY Needle which aides you in the weaving process and is a awesome tool to have in your sewing arsenal. Head over to her blog to read all about the step by step process of her Woven Linden Sweatshirt!

 

Harlequin  Quilt sewn by Saija Kiiskinen of Saija Kiiskinen

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I love scrolling though Saija’s instagram  ,full of amazing photography of her amazing makes! She did a amazing job sewing up the Harlequin quilt pattern using a great selection of Loved to Pieces Fabrics! Head over to her blog to see a bonus project she made to go with her quilt!

 

Urchin Mini by Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth

August 2 - Jodi

 Jodi from Tales of Cloth is a EPP master in my book! I always get excited to see what new projects she sews up next! She created this cute mini showcasing the lovely blue prints from Loved to Pieces Fabric and fussy cutting the sweet flowers from “Anthomen Serene” for the center! It’s safe to say everyone is enjoying the fussy cutting possibilities of this print!  

 

Pickled Fish Quilt sewn by  Brett Lewis of Natural Born Quilter

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All I can say is WOOOOW! Brett used the most exciting and striking colors from AGF pure element fabrics and mixed it so perfectly with Loved to Pieces fabrics.

I enjoyed reading about his piecing and quilting process so make sure to pop over to his blog to hear how he made the most comfiest quilt.

 

Obsession Quilt by Karen Tripp of The DIY Addict

August 6 - Karen 2

Karen new right away she wanted to create a EPP project with Loved to Pieces Fabrics because... yep, you guessed it, it’s absolutely amazing fussy cutting possibilities. She created blocks using her Obsession Quilt pattern but appliqued them to square blocks of fabric to create a faster quilt top! What a great idea!

 

 “Kid Sized” Quilt by Tracy Martin of Tracy Bug Creative

  August 7 - Tracy

Loved to Pieces fabric is inspired by Mathew’s daughter Helena and her love for flowers, which is why Tracy decided to create a quilt with Helena’s name on it! This heart warming quilt I am sure will be loved and cherished for years to come!

 

Flourish Cushion Cushion by Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane Creations

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 Sharon Burgess made the most festive pillow by sewing up a EPP block from her Flourish Quilt pattern. I could totally see my 11 year old niece loving this vibrant pillow! She also made a cutest boxy pouch with pom poms so make sure to head to her blog to check it out! 

 

Quilt -As-You -GO Zipper Pouch by Maureen Cracknell of Maureen Cracknell Handmade

 
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Maureen Cracknell is another one of our fabulous fabric designers at AGF and like always I am blown away by her project! She is famous for making the cutest Quilt-As- You- Go zipper pouches. If you haven’t made one before head over to her blog but I warn you these cute lil pouches are addicting, probably because they come together so quickly. She ended up making 20 of them, the pictures in her post all definitely drool worthy!

 

Pinky Promise Bag sewn by Kylie Gersekowski of Little Moo Designs

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Kylie made the cutest little bag for Mathew’s daughter Helena with the bright bold pink from “Efflorescent Fuchsia”  for the flap and AGF Solid Smooth denim for the front and oh boy it just pops! I love how she used a different fabric for the sides of the bag and strap making it super colorful and playful. She made a second project that is perfect to store all your sewing essentials on the go so head over to her blog to check it out!



It’s was such a treat reading all the post and seeing so many great projects  from all the participants in the Loved to Pieces Blog Party! I am so inspired by this great group of people and have added quite a few more projects to my to sew list!  


Cristy Stuhldreher of I Love You Sew said it best, “When Mathew Boudreaux throws a party, you know it’s gonna be big and fabulous!  

Here is a look at all the lovely faces that took part of Mister Domestic's Blog Party! I encourage you to check out their blogs and get to know these wonderful people that are apart of this amazing quilting and sewing community! 

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Happy Sewing,

Meli


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:

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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)

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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