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AGF Community Sampler- Attaching the Borders

 

Hey there sewing friends, 

I am so excited to show you our finished quilt top for the Community Sampler hosted by two of our amazing fabric designers, Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland! The past fifteen weeks of this "Sew Along" has gone by so quickly but we enjoyed every minute of the process. This week, I teamed up with three awesome girls from the AGF Crew to attach the border section of our quilt! It was such a treat to teach the girls how to make flying geese using the no waste method! See our finished quilt top below and meet the wonderful ladies that finished up this beautiful sampler we created with Splendid Fusion

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I hope you have been enjoying following along to the creation of our AGF Community Sampler in the past weeks and getting to know everyone on the AGF Team. I can't express enough how I am so honored to work with such a inspiring group of ladies! There is no better feeling then sewing  and learning new things with a group of people who share the same passions and love for creating. Meet Sarah below! She was a little nervous at first to start sewing but she quickly was smiling ear to ear once she got the hang of things. 

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

Just a bit! My grandmother taught me the basics when I was younger with fun mini projects. I did a little more sewing in college when one of my textile design professors introduced me to quilting in hopes that I would become more comfortable with the sewing machine.

 

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?

I think it can be a little intimidating for some, including myself. I was really nervous about being totally precise and accurate with every cut, making sure everything lined up correctly.

 

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

It’s exciting to watch all of these little pieces folded this way and that way, add up and make something new. It’s like a puzzle.

 

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

Cutting! It’s hard not to shift your hand slightly as you’re trying to make these perfectly straight cuts. It’s something you don’t even think about until you’re doing it!

 

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

Just be patient and trust yourself. Don’t overthink the process, just enjoy it and embrace any little mistakes that might happen. They add character.

 

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

Exciting! It takes a lot of time and patience, and it’s great to see that come together.

 

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

It becomes less intimidating with more practice. It’s pretty relaxing once you get started.

 

Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

Of course!

 


Here is Angie below! She has been with Art Gallery Fabrics since the very beginning and is someone I look up to and turn to for guidance when it comes to design.  Read all about her and her quilting experience below! 


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

Not really, maybe a few short attempts but I’ve always been scared of the sewing machine.

 

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?

I have been working at AGF for a while now and that has allowed me to familiarize myself with the quilting world quite a bit, so I’ve been exposed to all sorts of blocks, tutorials, techniques and what not - but it was nice to actually try it myself ; )  

 

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

I love geometric shapes so I really enjoy joining pieces together and creating new shapes.

 

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

Straight seams. I want perfect seams always and always, but I understand it takes practice.  

 

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

Don’t be scared and take your time. Start with a small project, nothing too overwhelming and don’t rush!

 

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

Love it! Cutting & sewing the borders was a lot of work (more than I thought), and it’s a great feeling seeing it come together. Thank you Meli, you are a great teacher!

 

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

There is so much more to learn and practice, but it doesn’t seem as scary anymore.

 

Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

I have a few ideas in my head already ; )

 

Meet Lauv below (Left) ! It's always a lot of fun getting to sew and talk to this lovely lady! Read more about her below! :) 

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How did you get into sewing?

My mum has always been into arts and crafts, she would sew many of my garments when I was a baby (and she still does if I ask), so I don’t recall the exact way that I got into it, but it had to do with sewing and fixing garments with my mum.

 What is your favorite thing to sew?

 Hmm, now that I’ve worked seven years in the quilting industry I confess that I like sewing straight lines, I can really get into strip piecing. I also always enjoyed doing french seams, there is something calming about the end result.

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

 My first quilting experience was quite ambitious! It was one of the first quilts I designed for AGF made with the Hyperreal Garden collection by Pat Bravo, and then I had to put it together. My advice would be to “relax and trust that you are doing it correctly,” because I remember I was a bit nervous about getting it right, and frustration made it seem way more stressful than it really was.


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

 I don’t know if I have a preferred quilting technique. I like strip piecing, improv piecing, and basically anything that is already cut (cutting is my least favourite part of the process).

 

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.

 Small sharp scissors.

 

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

 I made a mini quilt with appliqued Sony Angels for a girl that used to work here and I was really in love with it. I put tiny wings on the back of it and I adored it.

 


There you have it! A lot of hard work and team work went into creating this quilt and I am so happy it as a little part of everyone of us girls in it! In the next week or so I will be deciding on backing, binding and thread and would love your help. Stay tuned to our IG Stories to help me figure out what to do. 

Happy Sewing ,

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block Setting

 Hello Hello,

We are getting so close to the end of the Community Sampler Sew Along and the girls in the office are so excited to see all the blocks come to life this week. This past week I got to team up with both Jannelle and Laura to create the last block of the sampler and to set all of our lovely blocks on point. Learn more about these super awesome ladies below. 


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 Quilt Blocks made with Splendid Fabrics

Yay! Our quilt top is coming together! We love the way it looks.  Laura and I had the fun task of setting all the lovely blocks each girl participated in making each week. I hope you been following along. 

Get to know Laura pictured above left! 

 

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How to Make a Chained Nine Patch Block Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

Meli here with another fun quilt block video tutorial. Sometimes the easiest quilt blocks are the most impactful and this is definitely the case when it comes to the Chained Nine Patch Block I made with Maureen Cracknell's new collection Flower Child Fabrics. I am the biggest fan of Maureen's fabrics so I couldn't wait to get my hands on some Flower Child Fabrics. Especially the "Sisterhood" print which showcases hand drawn portraits of women wearing beautiful flower crowns.  I knew this was going to be the main focus of my block. 

I also used some of her breathtaking floral and blender prints to finish of my block. Check out the video below to make the Chained Nine Patch Block! Let me know what you think in the comments below. :)

 

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As much as  I love this fabric collection and block design I could definitely see me making a quilt for myself but I plan on making a throw size quilt for my best friends baby nursery just using this block design. I think the colors in this collection are just so beautiful and this could be a quilt her baby grows up with and use when she get older as well.  I was thinking of using the "Enchanted Meadow" print for the backing. What do you think?

Throw-quiltTake at a peek at the video below. Enjoy! :) 

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


Sewing Curves- Alice's Tulips Block Tutorial

Hi Makers, 

Have you ever not done something because you where afraid you would be bad at it? Well there has been so many moments in my life where sadly I wouldn't even bother to try something out of my comfort zone because I was afraid of the outcome. Sounds crazy saying this out loud but I know many of you suffer from this silly way of thinking. Nobody is perfect and we shouldn't be  hesitant to try new things!  I have always been scared of sewing curves but today I am jumping off the deep end and making the  Alice's Tulips Block.  If you have any tips for sewing curves leave them in the comments below I would love to read them and put your tips to practice because like we all know "practice makes perfect".  I would love for you  watch the video below where I sew up these cute 8" blocks with the yummy fabrics from Mediterraneo



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 Download the templates I used here. Are you new to sewing curves too? Watch my video below and share your tips for sewing curves. 

 

 

This block was so fun to make I couldn't just make one! To checkout more sewing projects made with Mediterraneo fabrics take a peek at our new lookbook! 

 

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 Happy Sewing , 

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 10 - New- Four Patch

Hello Fabric Friends,

Don't you just love sewing up something new? Today Elisa from the Production Design department teamed up with me to create Block #10 in the Community Sampler, the New- Four Patch. It's full of cute little four patch blocks and HST's. It was fun exchanging our favorite piecing methods and techniques and getting to know more about Eli. She has motivated me to start sewing more clothes for myself after sharing with me all the fun outfits that she has already made this year.  Read more about  Eli below and how she fell in love with all things quilty.

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 We used Splendid Fusions to create our block. 

 

Do you always follow the instructions in a sewing pattern exactly how they are written? For this block Eli and I decided to change up the steps a little to simplify and speed up our quilt block process. 

Since all of our HST's are the same two fabrics we decided to use the Magic Eight Method for creating our HST's. Have you ever tried this method? It is amazing if you need to make a whole bunch of the same HST's. In this case we needed exactly eight HST's so this method was made for us! 

For the four patch blocks we decided to sew two 2" x WOF strips together and then sub cut 2" x 3 1/2" strips. Then we paired all our sub cut strips together to make all eight four patch blocks. 

Sewing up are block this way speed up the sewing process so much. As a quilter it's always great to find methods or techniques to make your life less stressful and more efficient. 

 

Let me introduce you to Eli, (below) make sure to comment below and get to know Eli. 

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 How did you get into sewing?

Ever since I was little, I always had the interest in learning how to sew, but it wasn’t until my first year in college that I learned how to sew my first outfit, since then, I’ve always loved it.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

 It would be pillow cases. But on my free time at home, I love sewing my own clothes :)

 

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

 My first quilting experience was when I was sewing some pillowcases for Fall 2017 Quilt Market. We had so many products to sew that I barely had time to quilt so I just did straight lines calculating the distance of each line with the walking foot. They came out great though!

If I could go back in time and tell past me any advice I would have said;" hey, take your time to quilt, mark your designs before you quilt and sew at a more slower pace".

 

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

I would say, English Paper Piecing. Its so fun to do and I love to use this technique for my accessories projects.  Here is an example of one of my favorite accessory projects. 

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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 fabric marking pen!!! I have the need to mark everything to make sure I get everything right.

 

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

 

It would be the Good Fortune Pillow case from Indigo & Aster collection. I sewed the two pillow cases and quilted both.

 

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These pillows are definitely drool worthy!!! Didn't Eli do a amazing job!? These pillows are going on my to sew list for sure!

 

 Happy Sewing,

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 9 - Double T

Hey there Sewing Friends, 

What's your latest fabric crush? For the past 9 weeks I been crushin' hard for our new Splendid Fusion fabrics! When we caught wind of the sew along  Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell where hosting it wasn't a hard decision at all as to what fabrics we were going to use.  This past week we added a new member to our Production Design department, I am super excited to introduce Jessica to the AGF Team! Turns out we both graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Fashion design degree! It was so much fun sewing up Block 9 of the Community Sampler with her. Learn more about the the Double T Block and all about our newbie below. 

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Meet Jessica! (below) Had the best time chit chatting about our favorite teachers from school and our passion for textile design. Can't wait to see Jessica use all her amazing talents and use them in her new found love for quilting. Jessica_blog





 How did you get into sewing?

 I got into sewing when I was 10 years old, my grandmother was a seamstress and I was always fascinated by  the process.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

 I really don't have a favorite thing to sew in particular, but I do feel excited every time I get to start a new project that I have never work on before. I guess I like to learn new techniques and face new challenges.

 

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.

 Definitely, a seam ripper. :)

 

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

 My favorite sewing project  was a bathing suit because attaching the elastic was such a challenge. When I finally finished it  I felt super accomplished!

 

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?

Before learning about quilts  I thought of quilts as a bunch of geometric shapes and a artistic way of putting blocks together to create a beautiful bedspread.  I thought that it would be hard to make one but when I made my first block it wasn't hard at all! It does takes a lot of precision and concentration though. I loved it!

 

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

 My favorite part was when I was attaching pieces together and I was seeing the block take form.

 

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

My advice for someone new to quilting is be patience and maintain your seam allowance at ¼ because otherwise it will affect your block.

 

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

 I felt happy, to learn how to do flying geese.It seemed so hard when I saw it on a quilt. I learned that it wasn't hard as I thought. 

 

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

 It change completely I would never thought in a million years that I would make a quilt, I thought it was complicated but  now I just can’t wait to finish my first quilt!.






Who else is having a blast sewing up their blocks each week?! Here is a peek of all of our blocks. 

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Happy Sewing, 

Meli