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August 2012

Pat Bravo invites you to travel the world with her Indie video.

Hi guys!

I'm so excited and proud to share with you the final cut of my INDIE video here!

Indie_fabricDonutI would like to invite all of you to take a look into a new world that is Indie. Born from a long heritage of highly skilled artisans, it celebrates austere, “back to the roots” beauty with globally-inspired prints and exotic florals in an eclectic palette.

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My lovely girls finally pulled through shooting this video with a wintery look. Imagine doing this in the heat of Miami! 

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Looking at the two color pallettes you can feel the cultures unite and blend to create a unique experience. The eclectic-ness of the prints work to create a very different look with every combination.

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An artful pairing of florals, Chinese period damasks, and ethnic african and tribal prints come together as a fusion of cultures in these textile designs.


Perfect for quilting, apparel and home-decor as well, they invite you to experience a spiritual journey and create your own handmade memories.

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Recreate the "Anthropologie" look around your house with this mesmerizing collection!

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Free Gitana Quilt pattern shown in the Midnight Temple.

And now the best part of releasing a collection (well second best).. the video:

 

Until next collection...

Happy Sewing <3

Pat Bravo & The AGF Team

 


When Sewing Goes Wrong... the group.

Hey peeps,

You know that moment when you are sewing away like a mad woman all the while getting some TV time in and manging to keep the kids under control... then you pull the final product out of the machine to admire your handy work and notice... oops... I royally messed it up.

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Who here has sewn a block wrong? Sewn a pocket upside down? Sewn a pant leg inside out? Sewn a pocket closed? *gasp*

We all have made a sewing blunder at least once or twice (or more than we care to admit to) in our sewing journey.

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Therefore during Talkin Tueday's twitter chat Ms. Allegory and Art Gallery Fabrics hatched a sewing group that would not only celebrate these sewing mishaps but would also help in case you had no clue where things went awry.

So go on over and join the Flickr fun... and most importantly follow in the groups mantra "Bring us your ugly and we'll celebrate it with you, Bring us your broken and we'll collaborate to fix it."

And if you are a brave and dare to tweet your sewing mishap then use the tag #SewingFail.... we will be following :)

Happy sewing!

May your thread be strong & machine be speedy (and sewing blunder be EPIC)

<3 The AGF Team


Sewing Room of the Month

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This month we have a very special sewing room... When we went to market in May we met this amazing woman that works with Bari J. as her offical licensed clothing pattern designer and her name is Suzy Homemaker. This woman really became part of the AGF family by sweating with us and sharing with us all the joys of market.
 
So this car racing enthusiast allowed us into her home and showed us where she comes up with her patterns and sews magical wonders... 
 
Welcome to my sewing room!
 
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I thought long and hard about what I wanted in this room - my room, my palace, my sanctuary and my retreat.
 
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(the cigar boxes hold my embroidery supplies and the big black box is full of vintage childrens patterns from stuff my mom sewed for me as a kid)
 
The obvious was storage but next I needed electricity, light, counterspace, floor space, a place to put pins and a place to take notes. I've spent hours savoring the images in different magazines and blogs dedicated to the design and feature-rich functionality of
workspaces. Most of it I couldn't afford. I spent all my money on a couple of terrific sewing machines and well...more than a little fabric.
 
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 and then a liitle bit more fabric ....
 
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So now a few details about my studio:
I love chalkboard paint and it doesn't hurt that I also like black (and white). I knew I had wanted a design wall and orginally had set out to paint a big chalkboard square on the wall. I quickly realized that what I really wanted was a chalkboard free-for-all; I wanted to be able to write whatever I wanted, wherever I wanted.
 
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I had painted my sewing machine table black already when I realized that I was always grabbing for a notepad when sewing up pattern mock-ups; the lightbulb went off and I painted my table with chalkboard paint too!
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I really like the black wall as a backdrop for just about everything and my ability to put important dates and reminders up on the wall, really helps me stay on task.
 
The next thing I am really happy with are my "pin cushions" I am always walking around with pins in my mouth looking for somewhere safe to put them. Now I have pin cushions everywhere. (this was emphasized when a friend tweeted an x-ray photo of her throat after havng inhaled a pin!) On my pinboard are also notes from inspiring sewers and pictures of people I love and/or are impressed by.
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One (autographed) picture here is of me with famous chefs Michael Chiarello and Hubert Keller - if I'm not sewing, I'm cooking. They don't call me Suzy-Homemaker for nothin'.
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Last but not least, I really needed accessible power outlets (which are a rare commodity in my 60's California Rancher) and LOTS of lights. Lots and lots of lights. Don't be decieved, this is a room held up by extension cords...don't tell the fire department please.
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Eventually, I will cover the light cords with fabric when I get around to it. I've got a couple of patterns due to my partner and a few babies on the list to sew for first!
On why I sew with AGF:
So that is my sewing space... I have been a fan of AGF for years, I drive over an hour to touch (and buy too much of) it. The key here, is the touch; you've never felt anything like AGF and while it's all nice and wonderful to work with fabric that has a nice 'hand' it is even more-so when the fabric glides through the machine so effortlessly -- this is something you don't realize until you sew with Art Gallery. In addition to Art Gallery having such a smooth and even weave (and possibly more importantly) AGF fabric is printed on-grain. If you cut a pattern piece to the print of the fabric, it will also be on-grain. I sew garments and having your pieces and print true to the grain of the fabric can make all the difference when it comes to favorable results.
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(The items on the clothesline are a dress made with an AGF scrap challenge, skirts made and  lined with AGF solids and a housewarming embroidered tea towel for a friend.)

Imagine my delight when AGF decided to bring on my sewing pattern partner BariJ as a licensed designer? It's a match made in heaven for me! I can't say enough good things about Art Gallery Fabric or the company and its support of the sewing community. Thank you AGF for allowng me to share my little slice of heaven.
Well with all that said I want to thank you for taking a tour of my sewing room... I hope that it has inspired you to make your functional space a bit more fun!
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Suzy, thanks for showing us your space and we can't wait to see you at Fall Quilt Market.
Follow the mis-adventures of Suzy Homemaker on Facebook, Twitter and her blog... this woman has it going on!
Have a sewing room you would like to share with the AGF fam & friends? Email anais.cowley@artgalleryfabrics.com and show her your sewing space... who knows, you could be the next feature on The Creative Blog!
Tata for now,
<3 The AGF team

Art Gallery Fabrics introduces Sarah Watson, new designer.

Hello friends,

As we grow and begin to add new designers we really look for a talent that will not only add to the AGF team but will also be a part of this crazy and close family.

So, when choosing our next designers we really wanted to add to the mix of the group and Sarah Watson was a perfect fit...

She is amazing, the perfect balance between modernity, organic style and classicism! Her illustrations tell stories of beautiful gardens and architecture... Sara's background in illustration and her love for interior design, old magazines and botanical garden are her signature. 

Click on the video below to know more about this amazing new designer...

 

Her debut collection, LUXE IN BLOOM takes you on a stroll through an exotic garden...

Check out her blog for a little about Sarah, some projects and lots of beautiful pictures.

Stay tuned for MORE amazing news from Art Gallery Fabrics.. oh yea... there is more news coming soon :)

 

<3 Pat Bravo, Bari J, Sarah Watson & The AGF Team.


Fat Quarter Gang - Gradiance Bed Runner by Quilt Dad

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Hello, John here from the Quilt Dad blog. We’ve all seen table runners that so beautifully add a touch of quilting and the beauty of our favorite fabrics to enhance our home decor.  But have you ever heard of a bed runner? Why not add a touch of your favorite colors and prints to your bedroom as well? Sometimes we don’t have time to make a full quilt for our beds, but still need a fix of our favorite fabrics.

This strip-pieced project provides a quick way to make a fun embellishment for a made bed.  Consider one for your guest room, kids’ rooms, as a gift for a loved one, or for your own bed!

Finished size: 24” x 94”

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Materials needed:

  • 48 - 2.5” x 22” strips of various solids and prints; 4 strips each of 12
    different fabrics.  I cut mine from fat quarters of Pure Elements and
    Oval Elements.  Consider using a range of tones and colors that
    represent a gradation from light to dark.  (Note: I used 5 additional fabrics for my sample bed runner to make it wider. Simply adjust the measurements to make your runner as wide as you’d like!)
  • ½ yard of a sashing fabric.  Cut 7 strips measuring 2.5” x 44” each.  Trim these sashing strips down to 2.5” x 24.5” each.
  • ½ yard of a binding fabric.
  • 2 ½ yards of a backing fabric.

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Assembly:

  • Arrange your 12 fabrics in an eye-pleasing order, from top to bottom.  Separate
    your 48 fabric strips into 4 identical sets of 12 colors and prints. Make note of your fabric order, to refer to throughout the project.

Beginning with one set, strip piece the strips together along their 22” sides, starting from the top:

  • Sew together the first 6 strips, pressing seams open as you go.
  • When
    the first 6 strips are pieced together, take the sewn piece to your
    cutting table.  From this 12.5” x 22” piece, cut 2 - 10.5” x 12.5”
    columns.
  • Sew together the remaining 6 strips, pressing seams open as you go.
  • When
    the remaining 6 strips are pieced together, take the sewn piece to your
    cutting table.  From this 12.5” x 22” piece, cut 2 - 10.5” x 12.5”
    columns.
  • Sew together 2 full columns so that each column is 10.5” wide by 12 strips (24.5”) tall.

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  • Repeat these steps with your other 3 sets of 12 strips, ensuring you are following the same order of colors and prints.  This will result in a total of 8 identical columns measuring 10.5” wide by 12 strips (24.5”) tall.

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  • Sew the bed runner together from left to right, inserting a sashing strip in between the pieced columns.
  • Baste, quilt, and bind your bed runner, and enjoy!

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If you make a Gradiance Bed Runner, I’d love to see it!  Please be sure to add it to my Quilt Dad is my Homeboy Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/quiltdad/.

 

Now enter to win a fat quarter bundle of 6 Pure Elements and 6 Oval Elements to make your very own Gradiance Bed Runner.

Giveaway Rules: 

Leave a comment on Quilt Dad's blog and let him know in your comment what is your favorite Pure Element or Oval Element.

And don't forget to be eligible you must ...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until Friday, Aug, 10th.

Happy Sewing,

<3 AGF Team & The Fat Quarter Gang


Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge # 8 - Apron

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Last month's challenge was...challenging. So after some pleading...and requesting we have taken it easier on your ladies... but not a whole lot!! This is a challenge after all :)

August's challenge will be an apron. There are many tutorials around the web that can help you make this project and there will be no requirements ... So you can get creative with it.

Look around Pinterest and to some of your favorite bloggers for easy to follow patterns.

Below is one we made for our Paradise collection:

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and here is another sample that comes from the LillyBelle collection:

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So enjoy yourselves this month. The apron does not have to be full to qualify.. so make it work for what you will use it for (i.e. gardening, cooking, wearing cuz it is cool.. whatever you want.)

Make sure you have fun with it and you can apply any of the techniques you have learned to date... ahhh a requirement arises.

Requirement:

1. Must include 1 technique that has been used to date in the previous challenges.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" if you want...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on August 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging:  We will have 7 more people voting this month ...  AGF team (5 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote)  and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)

Participating in the AGF Project Challenge 2012 and you have blog? Want to add this badge to your Facebook pictures... Well go ahead, right-click the badge bellow or dowload it here and show your support!

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May your thread be strong and your machine be speedy! Get set GO!!

XOXO, Anais