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September 2012

Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge # 10 - Traveling Mending Kit

ProjectLOGO_finalOnly 3 months left to the challenge... who's excited? We are!

This month the challenge will be a traveling/portable mending kit. This kit will hold all the essentials (and maybe a bit more) necessary to make on-the-go mends.

Sewing kit - blog

Our mending kit features pockets to store thread, buttons and all types of notions as well as a pair of scissors and pin-cushion for your needles. This kit has it all.

Now for the requirements for this challenge are as follows:

1. Must fold in 3 parts.

2. Must contain a minimum of 2 pockets for storage.

3. Must store all essentials for a mending kit (i.e. scissors, measuring tape, buttons, needles, thread)

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
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 October 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 and download it here and show your support!

Ladies, good luck and may your thread be strong and machine speedy,

<3 AGF team



Starburst Quilt from Happy Quilting

Hi friends!

I wanted to share with you this great tutorial from Melissa from over at the Happy Quilting blog!

We got to talking and the Starburst quilt was born. This quilt was made using 12 fat quarters from my Indie collection. Melissa did a great job in creating an easy to follow tutorial and even gives you 3 different size options to choose from. 

Take a look at the finished product.... Isn't it beautiful??


Starburst 2

The second great thing about this quilt is that it comes with its very own GIVEAWAY!!

You get three chances to win for a total of 3 comments max!! Giveaway open now through Friday morning, September 28th.  Mr Random.Org will pick a winner that will be announced Friday Morning at 9am (ish) MST.

Hop on over and enter to win your very own bundle of Indie and La Boheme Skirt pattern used in the Indie video.

Happy Quilting!

<3 Pat Bravo

Fat Quarter Gang - INDIE Project Bag by luvinthemommyhood

Hi everyone, it's Shannon from luvinthemommyhood here today to share my newest tutorial for the Fat Quarter Gang the INDIE Project Bag Pattern!


 Anyone who knows me knows that I always have tons of projects on the go.  I never go anywhere without at least one knitting/sewing project.  Along with my projects I always have my trusty journals to write and sketch more ideas in.  I even keep a journal beside the bed for ideas like the INDIE Bag when they pop into my head in the middle of the night.


The INDIE  Project Bag came to me late one night when I was laying in bed having trouble sleeping. Sometimes when I can't sleep I think about sewing or knitting and the methodology soothes me.  I was thinking of all the projects I have on the go and trying to schedule in my mind when I was going to get them all done.  I realized that in order to make it easier for me to transport a lot of my projects at one time to my weekly knit nights or meetings for upcoming projects I would need a bigger project bag.  Not just any project bag though. A simple tote just wasn't cutting it for me anymore. I wanted one with some attitude.  A bit of modern, a hint of retro and of course, some quilting goodness.

I knew I was going to be using Pat's new line Indie and I had been daydreaming that day about how much I loved the line.  All of a sudden visions of the dashes and angles from two of my fave prints in Indie popped into my head and the design of the INDIE project bag was born.  And because this is all about fat quarters I knew just sewing together 2 half squares and appliqueing strips on wasn't gonna cut it.  Nope, this bad boy needed geometry.  Heck even my accountant hubby helped out calculating these pattern pieces so that you can make almost the whole bag out of fat quarters! Yay!  I love that!

It's fun to make, a great project to practice your quilting/topstitching skills and just think of all the fabric and color combos you could use!!

The INDIE Project Bag is composed of pattern pieces that are pieced together and quilted subtly.  It's all in the little details in this bag.  The angular strips add a fun pop of solids while nestling nicely with the triangular quilted pieces each accentuating the light/dark tones in the prints.
The strips feature one of my fave things to do when sewing and that's topstich.  I get so excited anytime I get to do some fun topstitching or edgestiting!

Love it.  For this bag the topstitching centers and weights the strips adding a nice finish.

Ohhh... the stitching!

The triangle corner pieces are quilted in a diamond like pattern that replicates and plays on the pattern design that I ADORE in Indie
It's fully lined with pockets and even the straps feature batting to keep your shoulders comfy when you are bringing along your latest hand quilting project or maybe even that sweater you are working on.  Heck you could even fit an afghan in there!

I love when something that starts as a dreamy sketch in the wee hours in the night turns into my favorite, go to-bring anywhere bag. Would you like to make one too? 

Simply download the PDF of the INDIE Project Bag Pattern here: Download Indie Project Bag Pattern


To make an Indie Project Bag you will need the following supplies:
  • (1) “Fat Quarter” of each of the following prints from Indie & Pure Elements for your outer bag:
  • PE-428 Nocturnal Pure Elements *               
  • PE-426 Apricot Crepe Pure Elements *                   
  • IN-5102 Afro Fusion Dusk *
  • 1/2 yard IN-5209 Tapestry Salmon (for outer bag and straps)
  • 1/2 yard IN-5207 Royal Nature Nectar (for lining & pocket)
  • Co-ordinating thread
  • (2) pieces 16 1/2“ x 16 1/2“ of batting for bag
  • (2) pieces 6“ x 26“ of batting for strap
  • (1) 14mm Magnetic Snap
  • (2) 2” x 2” pieces of batting for snap Quilting Pins if desired.
  • Fabric Marker Seam Ripper Scissors and/or rotary cutter & mat
*Note: A fat quarter is 18" x 22".  I chose to do my straps in the same colorway as one of my triangle prints so I used a 1/2 yard of that particular fabric to get my strap length.  You could easily swap your strap fabric for a different print or a solid as well and be able to make the outer pieces with just fat quarters.

Finished dimensions of the bag: 15 1/2" x 15 1/2"

Would you love to win an awesome Fat Quarter Bundle of Indie too? 

Put on your fave pair of shoes, grab your sewing gear and pop on over to luvinthemommyhood to enter. 

Coffee's on...come on by for a visit :)


To be eligible to win the Art Gallery Fabrics Giveaway you need to...

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! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until September 28th.

Happy Sewing!

<3 AGF & The Fat Quarter Gang

Fat Quarter Gang - Bella Wave Lap Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts


Hello everyone! I'm Faith Jones of  Fresh Lemons Quilts and I’m very excited to share my second Fat Quarter Gang project with you today, the Belle Wave Lap Quilt.

Belle Wave Image Cover
Required Fabric

Prints - 8 Fat Quarters of the LillyBelle collection by Bari J.

Background/Neutral - 2-1/4 Yards

Backing - 4 Yards

Binding - 1/2 Yard

Finished Quilt Size - 50” x 66”

Top Row: LB-1108 Lilly Bouquet Dark, LB-1102 Flowerpop Zesty, LB-1105 Lacis Blueberry, LB-1104 Henna Stripe Mustard     Bottom Row: LB-1106 Moire Aquamarine, LB-1103 Vintage Fence Lime, LB-1100 Garden Rocket Turquoise, LB-1109 Belle Vines Kohl, PE-408 Linen White

Belle Wave Quilt
Get ready to quilt!!  Download Belle Wave Lap Quilt Pattern

Want to win the exact same Fat Quarter bundle used to make this quilt (not including backing, binding)... jump on over to Faith's blog, Fresh Lemons Quilt and enter to win!


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, Sept 21st.

Happy Sewing,

<3 AGF Team & The Fat Quarter Gang

Get ready to Rock 'n Romance!


"I think we all need a little Rock 'n Romance in our lives. This playful and fun collection in subdued hues will allow you to reveal your inner rock-star. I hope you love it as much as I do"

-Pat Bravo

Pat Bravo's latest collection, Rock 'n Romance is about to hit your LQS and we're dying to see what you guys create with it. So we want to give you chance to get your hands on a bundle BEFORE everyone else.


Honestly, we really can't wait for you to get inspired by this rockin collection and show off all the projects, clothing and quilts. *swoon*

As always, we will have some amazing fashion(with pattern references) for the video (.. you are following Pat on Instagram and Twitter right? cuz if so you are getting some cool sneak peeks into what we are sewing up) AND we have a couple of really cool quilts to go along with this "too-cool" collection. Stay tuned!!!

So now what's up for grabs?

4 LUCKY WINNERS will win a fat quarter bundle in one of the Heartbreaker or Dreammaker coloways .

This giveaway is being hosted through Rafflecopter (isn't their logo the cutest thing!?) so sign up below!

Four chances to win on Rafflecopter (must be done through them since the winner is picked through that program):

  1. 1. What colorway from Rock 'n Romance speaks to you more?
  2. 2. Like Pat Bravo on Facebook.
  3. 3. Follow Pat Bravo on Twitter.
  4. 4. Tweet about the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck ladies & gents!

Sewing Room of the Month

This month's sewing room belongs one of the coolest chicks we know. We all met Emma from Ballarat Patchwork  during Spring Quilt Market this year and let me tell you this Aussie was a ton of fun to chat with! Emma was here on her first ever market where she was helping her friend Melly from Melly & Me with her booth. Both ladies were a blast to hang out with (and since I seceretly would love to have an Australian accent I hung out with them the most I could hoping it would rub off... sadly, no luck.)

During one of our dinners together Emma showed me her shop and home back in the down under. I fell in love with the color and the simplicity of the space. I will let her tell you the story of how her home came to be and how shae made her sapce work for her... so lets get to it :)


My Creative Space.

My creative space is actually just a corner in my living area. I am very lucky to own a patchwork shop and my little house/apartment is out the back. Living the dream as some of my customers say. I started the business (Ballarat Patchwork) 9 ½  years ago and had an opportunity to buy the property 4 years ago.

The original rear of the building was a residence built in the 1860’s. Unfortunately the building was not in a state to be renovated and had to be demolished and I created a 1 bedroom place for me and my two cats, Buffy and Willow, to live.

The corner of the living room is were I do my creative thing and consists of two antique tables painted white, a fabulous old dental drawer I saved from my Dad’s surgery renovation and a set of overhead cupboards from Ikea.


A closer look at the cabinets..

I try to keep my sewing table as clear as possible as it is the only space I really have to sew. The overhead cupboards are fantastic for storing all my current projects, future projects and all the tools of the trade.


A new addition to my sewing storage problem, is a set of under window drawers that store my fabric stash. These also double as a bench seat and a place for the cats to sun themselves. I am always on the lookout for clever storage ideas and ways of creating more room.

My space isn’t the largest so when I sew I turn the table out on the side which gives me room to quilt the big stuff. ( and also allows me to watch a bit of tv while sewing ) I also don’t have enough floor area to baste quilts so it is lucky that the shop has a lovely bright class room with lots of space. Very handy for laying out large quilts for piecing or basting.

My sewing space is not large but it shows if you are creative with the room available you can create a craft haven for yourself.

Above is my "patchwork sofa cover" that I made about 10 months ago and love the life it gives my space.

To see photos of Ballarat Patchwork and all the pictures from the renovation check out my Facebook page


Thank you Emma for sharing with us your sewing space! We love that you made the best of a small space and I am sure that many people out there are in a space crunch and can take inspiration from your home.

If you have a sewing room you would like to share ... let us know. Email [email protected] and show her your space (you might be the next highlight!)