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All About Fabric Panels

Hi, fabric lovers! 

As you may know, I’ve been having such a kick talking about fabric on the blog lately. Although I can talk about prints all day, there is one type of fabric I’d love to talk about that some of you may not be aware of. It’s all about fabric panels! So, today we are going to answer some questions we get all the time and show you some of the panels that Art Gallery Fabrics has to offer! 

 

What is a fabric panel?

There are many kinds of panels out there, but AGF creates large designs on the WOF 44-45” and a 36’’repeat. Instead of a traditional repeat, these panels have unique designs in different sections that are big enough to make wall hangings, quilts, wall-art, totes, and more! 

No, not all the panels from AGF are the same, some include 6 sections with different patterns, some with one large design, and double bordered panels. 

 

What are the different fabric panels?

There are many types of fabric panels to choose from! It all depends on what you plan on making next for your project. Luckily AGF sells over 20+ fabric panels in all different types of styles, from painterly florals to bright summer prints, and even tons of options for kids, there is something for everyone.

Let me show you some of the different panels that AGF has! 

Spooky_panel_cotton*Featuring You Are Magic Panel from Spooky ‘n Sweet fabric collection 

Here is one example of a 6 section fabric panel! For each section, you can cut 14x18-inch rectangles to turn into individual projects like some trick-or-treating tote bags, decorative pillows, or cute kid’s t-shirts.

Bloomsbury Fabric 10*Featuring Roads to Flowerhouse panel from the Bloomsbury fabric collection

This is an example of a double-sided panel which I believe is so much fun to work with! It’s just calling to be made into a border of a quilt or even a wrap-around skirt. Depending on the time you have, this is a great option to experiment with cutting out different shapes with this fabric and experiment on the direction that you sew them together. 

Pacha_panel_cotton_2*Featuring I Love You A Llama panel from the Pacha Capsule fabric collection 

These single-designed fabric panels are the perfect go-to if you don't have enough time to piece a quilt! You can use this as the centerpiece of a baby quilt and go straight to the fun with the quilting. But don’t let these big designs limit you, with these panels you can cut up and turn into a quilt, wall art, pillows, and more!

KC-1113 Above & Beyond-FULL-repeat BLOG*Featuring Above & Beyond knit panel from the Stargazer Capsule fabric collection 

AGF also carries KNIT PANELS! We currently have 3 available, 2 of them from our Stargazer collection and 1 from our Nest fabric collection. Some have a repeat of 24 inches but it’s still the WOF which is larger than our cotton at 59-60 inches. Making it easy for blankets, pillows, and apparel. 

 

What can I make with fabric panels?

Time for the best part- the meat and potatoes of having fabric panels, all the lovely projects you can create with them! 

Due to its large pieces, you can create fast and easy projects. From quilts to apparel, here are some of my favorite free patterns using PANELS. 

Bloomsbury-Skirt-6 blog*Circle skirt featuring Roads to Flowerhouse panel from the Bloomsbury fabric collection

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Panel_room__ BLOG*Wall hangings featuring Born To Be Wild panel from Pacha Capsule fabric collection

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Pine Lullaby Rediscovered Organizer 1 BLOG*Cradle Arranger Featuring Enjoy The Little Things panel from Pine Lullaby Rediscovered fabric collection 

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Panel-pillows*Pillows featuring You Are Magic Panel from Spooky ‘n Sweet fabric collection 

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Totes*Tote bags featuring You Are Magic Panel from Spooky ‘n Sweet fabric collection 

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Pine Lullaby Rediscovered Bed Runner 7 BLOG*Bed Runner featuring Bear Hug panel from Pine Lullaby Rediscovered fabric collection

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Pacha Quilt 3 3 blog*Quilt featuring I Love You A Llama panel from the Pacha Capsule fabric collection 

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Stargazer_BabyBlanket+Pillows_1 BLOG*Quilted blanket featuring Above & Beyond knit panel from the Stargazer Capsule fabric collection 

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I hope these projects sparked your sewing mojo! Even if you are new to the quilting fun, I believe fabric panels are a great way to start. Here at AGF, we are trying to create more content that you enjoy, especially videos that can help improve your sewing game. This is a quick introduction to panels, so if you’d like to see some sewing tips or more information on this, let me know in the comments below! 

 

Until next time,

Happy sewing!

-Jannelle

 

 


Soothing Fabrics: Serenity Fusion 

Serenity_fabric_12 BLOG

Happy Friday! 

Welcome to another lookbook reveal with tons of project inspiration! This week we are so excited to show you what we’re working on with our latest collection, Serenity Fusion. This honestly makes me feel very relaxed, it’s something about these soft, creamy colors that make me think I’m on vacation by the beach. I don’t know about you, but this year has been quite a roller coaster and the only thing that would boost my mood are fabrics that transport me to paradise! 

Serenity Fusion comes in 12 quilting cotton prints, and although these colors are soft there are different ranges of scale to create more textural contrast. The largest scaled print in this collection is “Wreathed Serenity” which would be perfect for your larger pieces in your quilts. The rest of the collection has a nice balance between medium and small scale prints, that I can see put together for dainty projects and home decor.

Serenity_fabric_32 BLOG*Featuring “Wreathed Serenity” cotton print 

Serenity Fusion and Elements  BLOG*Featuring matching Decostitch Elements in Cafe Latte & Cloud, Floral Elements in Aquarium, and PURE Solids in Macchiato.

Some other Elements that are not pictured but are a great fit are Decostitch Elements in Porcini, Reflection, and Cafe Latte. Floral Elements in Khaki and PURE Solids in Light Grey, Sandstone, Gentle Feather, Crystalline, and Ocean Fog.

Take a breath of fresh air with these low volume prints, inspired by the tranquil waters of the ocean and feeling the warm sand between your toes. Get ready to flip through the projects in our Lookbook, filled with projects that will help you unwind and get lost in the noise of your own sewing machine. 

 

Don’t some colors feel comfortable just by looking at them? It’s crazy to think that colors can make you feel a certain way. Combining this soothing palette with the free quilt pattern as gorgeous as this one just makes me want to cuddle into my bed and wrap myself up like a burrito!

Serenity Quilt 2 BLOGDOWNLOAD PATTERN HERE

This time around we have the giveaway right here on the blog, so feel free to share with all your friends because anyone can enter as long as they have an email! 

Enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the "Serenity Fusion" collection by signing up to our giveaway:

To enter our giveaway, just CLICK HERE and enter your info! The giveaway ends on Friday, October 16, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog.

THE GIVEAWAY WINNER IS ANNE COLEMAN! CONGRATS! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL.

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Matching Fabrics Part 4: Color Themes

Welcome back, fabric friends! 

Today is another day, where we get to share our love for fabric and fabric prints! If any of you are reading this and you are new to the series, WELCOME! I’ve dedicated my time to share my knowledge that I’m fortunate enough from learning through my talented team here at AGF. Witnessing the design process, and learning about color, scale, and prints have greatly influenced the way I choose my own fabrics when sewing. 

This is part 4 of my series, which means you can read part 3 (all about our Elements) in our last post in case you missed it! Every day I see beautiful work come out of these sewing rooms, and there is never a project that doesn’t catch my eye. So, in this series, I really want to break down why sewing projects look appealing by some theories I have discovered. We’ve already learned about the color wheel, and today I want to dive a little deeper about this and introduce color themes. 

Color themes can simply be categorized by their hues, meaning how intense the colors are! For example, we can simply organize them by seasons, and they are easily recognizable by just looking around you. Nature’s beauty always has a way to inspire and we may lean towards a season due to the way the colors make us feel! Below I will share with you these color themes and quilt block examples using the same pattern, but sewn with different fabrics for better visualization. 

Starting off with Fall colors (simply because it’s my favorite season hehe), these tend to be on the warm side, like yellows, oranges, browns, all the colors you can think of from the trees during the season. The more red the undertone of color is, the warmer is it. 

Fall BlocksMAKE THIS BLOCK 

Here is a block that is a great example of sewing with fall colors! To give you more examples, here are some more fall-themed fabric collections, that you can see how the colors match with the inspirational photos above. With collections like these, you have more options because you can easily sew them together. Having matching themes, just makes it a little easier for you to choose something from your fabric stash.

1*Featuring collections: Spirited by Sharon Holland and Autumn Vibes by Maureen Cracknell 

Next, we have Winter theme colors! These colors can be taken from the first day of snowfall, it’s light, airy, with all the colors that remind you of the season. They are the least intense colors of the group, and they are on the cooler side, meaning they have a blue undertone. 

Winter BlocksMAKE THIS BLOCK 

3*Featuring collections: Earthen by Katarina Roccella and Sparkler Fusion by AGF

The collections above are a great example of winter-themed fabrics, they're plenty of cool colors including soft peaches and pinks that serve as pops of color. Both collections also have winter elements like snow, deer, and foxes making these collections great to sew with each other. 

Now moving on with a Spring theme, which sometimes can be a little confusing because its colors are on the warm side but they are lighter in value. Pastel colors are popular throughout this season, so if it’s easier to remember just think about Easter eggs and spring flowers! 

Spring BlocksMAKE THIS BLOCK 

2*Featuring collections: Printemps Fusion by AGF and Daydream by Patty Basemi

Besides spring colors, putting fabrics together by the theme’s elements helps too! Spring has a lot to do with natural elements, like florals and birds that can be put together with the hues. In the collections above you have a mixture of both, pastel colors with a combination of florals. 

Time for some summertime happiness! Bringing bright, saturated colors in this theme, and all the things you’d like to bring in your summer tote bag. Sunglasses, refreshing drinks, and sunny beaches are all elements in this theme that you can bring together. 

Summer BlocksMAKE THIS BLOCK 

4*Featuring collections: Summer Side by Dana Willard and Hello Sunshine by Katie Skoog

Hello Sunshine and Summer Side took the best parts of summer, using vivid colors and elements that remind us of a relaxing day by the beach, such as tropical fruits and foliage. 

The way colors work can be something hard to grasp at times, but as long as we simplify them, we can use them to our advantage when it comes to sewing! This is just the tip of the iceberg, and of course, with so many other themes to talk about and including their elements, this blog series doesn’t end here! There are many collections that break the rules of these themes, but still, work together because they all tell the same story. That’s part of the beauty of quilting, telling your own story with the fabrics you choose. So, stay tuned next time where I’ll be diving a little deeper about themes and more sewing inspiration! 

Thanks for sticking with me in this learning journey,

Happy sewing!  

-Jannelle