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Bring the Comfort of Home With Homebody Fabrics

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Entering the year with a new attitude and ready to tackle any challenges that come our way! Welcome back makers, with the first blog post of 2021 and I’m happy to be writing to you all about the new AGF collections for this year. Although life continues, there is something about a new year that feels so refreshing! With so many new ideas on the table, I’m excited to be a part of it and even more excited that I get to be the one you get to see it from! As we come up with fresh designs and inspiring projects for our Lookbooks, today is a special day because we are releasing Maureen Cracknell’s latest collection HOMEBODY! Talk about starting the year with a bang!

Homebody celebrates the unspoken magic of being home. Find yourself surrounded by cheerful florals, cozy feathers, and soft textures that encapsulate a calm, peaceful space that nourishes and comforts you.

Homebody136 copy*Available in 16 quilting cotton prints

There is something about this color palette that is so calming! It reminds me of a sunset on a chilly night, where I can wrap myself around a quilt and watch movies. I also really enjoy Maureen’s style, there is always a little boho flair that hits a special place in my heart. It makes me want to make quilty wall-art, boho tote bags, and garments too! 

Homebody124 copy*Featuring prints: Homelike Wishes, Domestic Charm Birch, and Crafted Blooms Vanilla. 

The beauty of every collection is that there will always be the perfect balance between scale, color, and design. The prints shown above display a variety of scale offered in this collection, from small florals to medium-scaled elements and larger flowers! With this always in mind, there are certain prints you can take advantage of because of their design, whether you use “Crafter Blooms Vanilla” as the focal point or fussy cut all the elements in “Domestic Charm Birch.” The print “Homelike Wishes” is also a great example of the diversity of projects you can create because it can be used alone, work well with the larger prints, or cut it in any direction without ruining the pattern. 

Homebody150 copy*Rayon print in Homelike Greetings 

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Hurrah, we have new substrates to add along with the collection! Available in one knit and one rayon, the possibilities for projects just got bigger. Blankets, scarves, dresses, bedsheets- you name it and there is a substrate for you. 

This collection has a large variety of prints, but if you’re still looking for more matching blenders, check out these suggested Elements:

Homebody129 copy*Featuring PURE Solids in Grapefruit, Raw Gold, and Golden Bronze. Decostitch Elements in Blue Minerale and Floral Elements in Ballerina.  

More matching PURE Solids not pictured: Nocturnal, Toasty Walnut, Miami Sunset, Weathered Brick, Crystalline, Blushing, and Terracotta Tile.

Take a look at all the projects made with this collection by checking out the lookbook below for tons of sewing content! 

Prepare to be swooned by our “Sanctuary” free quilt pattern below!

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In our latest YouTube segment “Let’s Talk Fabric”, you will experience the warmth and comfort that this collection encapsulates through every print as if the fabric was right in front of you! Be inspired by the cheerful florals, cozy feathers, and all the sewing projects you can create. Click play, relax, and enjoy!

 



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I can’t think of a better way to start the year than a giveaway! For a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Homebody, CLICK HERE, and enter your information. The giveaway ends on Friday, January 15, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog! 

For all of you that have been reading these blog posts all of 2020, I am sending you a big thank you! I am ready to start this new year with familiar faces and ready to welcome new ones with open arms. Every day I am shocked by the amount of creativity I see online, and all the stunning projects people create with AGF on Instagram under the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics and if you’re using this collection: #AGFHomebody I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with using Homebody fabrics, and I would love to know your favorite print in the comments below.

 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

-Jannelle 

 

 


Time to Go on an Adventure: Little Forester Fusion

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Welcome back fabric friends, I hope everyone had a nice and safe Christmas! Who else is ready to have a fresh start? 2021 is in a few days and I am looking forward to all the new adventures we will go through together. Today, we are finally wrapping up the year with the last lookbook launch of 2020, Little Forester Fusion! This is a new Fusion collection from AGF, meaning we grab a couple of iconic prints from your favorite designers, and then we recolor them to create a new exciting group. Little Forester Fusion is an all-cotton collection, which means extra fun for all you quilters out there!

 

Trail through the forest wilderness, breathe in fresh pine-scented air, and discover curious creatures along the way, filled with soft teals, deep amber, and blues that will unleash your little one’s adventurous hearts.


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So many fun textures and animals happening in this collection! Plus, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know I’m a sucker for those mustard yellows. Although this would be a great collection to sew for the kids, I feel you can use these fabrics for any nature lover! Use your favorite print for an adorable pet bandana or use the blenders of the collection to make fun accessories like scrunchies and coin purses.

Little Forester33 copy*Featuring prints: Among The Pines Forester, Rooted Forester, and Bumble Forester. 

I wanted to break down the prints a little more, so I want to start with this fantastic fussy cut trio featured in the picture above. Each design has plenty of space in between so you can cut out almost any shape around them without affecting the pattern. It’s prints like these that would be great to fussy cut and use as a focal point in your patchwork and applique projects.

Little Forester32 copy*Featuring prints: Dew’s Cloth-Line Forester, Wavelength Forester, and Wildwood Forester.  

Next up, we have another fantastic trio- the blenders! With minimal designs, you can take advantage of these fabrics when sewing with fussy cut prints and large prints because it won’t distract the viewer from the main designs. These fabrics are best used when you are working with small pieces or heavy patchwork patterns because you won’t be losing the focus on all those cute forest critters.

This collection has a large variety of prints, but if you’re still looking for more matching blenders, check out these suggested Elements:

Little Forester82*Featuring PURE Solids in Raw Gold, Crystalline, and Grapefruit & Prisma Elements in Dusk Zircon and Pagoda Gem.

 

More matching PURE Solids not pictured: Tile Blue, Nocturnal, Peach Sherbet, Spruce, Denim Blue, Gentle Feather, and Ocean Fog. 

 

Take a look at all the playful projects made with this collection by checking out the lookbook below for tons of sewing content! 

 

 

Have fun cutting tons of HSTs with our “Wilderness” free quilt pattern below!

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Take a closer look at the latest Fusion collection, Little Forester! In this Let’s Talk Fabric video, you’ll get to see a fresh and inviting color palette that features buzzing bumblebees, furry forest critters, and how you can use these fabrics for fun sewing projects. Just click play, relax, and enjoy!

 

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Who is ready to start the new year with a fresh new collection?! For a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Little Forester Fusion, CLICK HERE, and enter your information. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, January 6, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog! 

THE WINNER IS GEOFF SCHELL, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE! 

Happy Sewing! The next time we see each other will be next year, so I’m wishing you the happiest New Year and that you spend the last few days of 2020 with loved ones and some alone time with your fabric stash, haha! Please let me know your sewing plans for the upcoming year in the comments below and I look forward to looking at all your makes on Instagram under the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics! And until next year...

-Jannelle 

 

 

 


Binding for Beginners - Easy Way to Finish Your Quilt Projects

Hello Makers, 

Hope you are finished making your handmade makes and have them beautifully wrapped under the tree! I can't believe Christmas is only three days away! Hope you all have a relaxing and safe holidays! But before you start celebrating I have a Quilting Tips video for you showing you a simple binding method that will have you finishing your quilting projects like a pro! There are so many different ways to bind a quilt and choosing the one that works for you may take some time. In this video I will show you the most successful method I have found that has given me the best results with the least amount of stress and fuss. Enjoy the video below! 

If any of you are like me and have a stack of unfinished projects at the binding stage, NOW is the time to start checking them off your projects list. With binding, practice makes perfect and practicing on smaller projects like potholders or table runners are perfect projects to build your confidence to get you ready for binding larger quilting projects. 

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa