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October 2012

Fat Quarter Gang - Rock Garden Lounge Pillow by Quilt Dad

Hello! John from Quilt Dad here...

As soon as I saw Pat Bravo's newest collection, Rock 'n Romance, I knew I wanted to make my next Fat Quarter Gang project with this beautiful fabric.  I love the line's description on the Art Gallery Fabrics website: Girly Girl turns into Wild Child in this daring collection. Feminine prints in subdued hues reveal your inner rockstar.” 

Not only do I think this fits Rock 'n Romance to a “T”, but it convinced me that the project needed to be something perfect for a little rockstar in my life: my 8 year-old daughter that is (almost frighteningly) morphing from a girly girl into a bit of a wild child!


I decided to make a fashionable and stylish piece of room décor for her bedroom: a reading pillow for her bed.  I made it in my absolute favorite size: a 16” x 26” lumbar pillow – small enough to make in an afternoon, but sizeable enough to show off some amazing fabrics and be truly functional as a reading and lounging pillow.

To give it a little extra personality, I added some vintage-inspired crochet flowers that I picked up at a local chain store.  Pillows are a great vehicle for trying some new things with fabric embellishment – stamping, iron-on transfers, beading, patches, trims … think outside the box, and give something new a try!


Materials needed:

  • 9 fat quarters of Rock 'n Romance
  • 1 fat quarter of Natural Elements
  • A piece of scrap fabric or muslin measuring 16.5” x 26.5”
  • A piece of batting measuring 16.5” x 26.5”
  • Fabric for envelope back: 2 pieces of fabric measuring 16.5” x 30.5” each
  • 16” x 26” pillow insert (I got mine from Pottery Barn)
  • Optional: vintage-inspired embellishments, like the crochet flowers I got at a local craft shop

Download Rock Garden Lounge Pillow.

Now to get your hands on this rocking collection just head on over to Quilt Dad's blog and leave him a comment on which Rock 'n Romance colorway speaks to your inner rockstar.



As always to be eligible to win 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 things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr! Enter to win today!

Giveaway open until November 2nd.

Until next week ladies & gents, much love from. 

Quilt Dad & Your AGF team

Fat Quarter Gang - Strippy Table Runner by P.S. I Quilt

Hey y'all. Rachel here from P.S. I Quilt. today I'm gonna show y'all a SUPER quick & easy way to make table runner.

strippy table runner tutorial.

 My fabrics of choice, are these lovelies ...

yummy halloweenish fabrics.

Materials needed:

  • 8 Art Gallery Fabrics fat quarters (I used colors that reflect Halloween for a more holiday themed bundle)
  • 1/2 yard Pure Elements Burnt Orange
  • 1/2 yard Pure Elements Ash
  • 1/8 yard Pure Elements Caviar
  • 14" x 40" piece of batting

 FQG tut 1

  1. From fat quarters, cut: fat quarters in half to make fat eighths. {9" x 22"} (Stash the extra fat eighths for later use.)
  2. From Pure Element Burnt Orange, cut: 1 rectangle, 14" x 40"
  3. From Pure Element Ash, cut: 1 rectangle, 14" x 40
  4. From Pure Element Caviar, cut: 3 strips, 2 1/4" x 42" {binding}

FQG tut 2

Layer four fat eighths and trim along right side.

FQG tut 3

Make the following cuts:

1" x 22"

2" x 22"

1 1/2" x 22"

3/4" x 22"

1" x 22"

1 3/4" x 22"

1 1/2" x 22"

 FQG tut 4

Repeat for the remaining four fat eighths.


FQG tut 5

Layer orange solid, batting and grey solid to make a quilt sandwich.


FQG tut 7

Lay 9 strips across the quilt sandwhich. they can be as straight or as wonky as you like.


FQG tut 8

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch down the right and left sides of each strip.


FQG tut 9

Lay 7 more strips across the quilt. stitch them down using a 1/4" seam allowance.


FQG tut 10

Lay 8 more strips across the quilt. stitch them down using a 1/4" seam allowance.


FQG tut 11

Flip the table runner over and trim all uneven strip ends. your table runner should measure 14" x 40".


 FQG tut 12

Because this is a quilt as you go table runner, all you have to do is bind it and then you've got yourself an awesome table runner. This is SO quick to whip up, y'all can easily make these for ANY holiday or room in your house. heck, y'all can even make these for christmas gifts. hope y'all enjoy.


strippy table runner. 

Get your own spooky bundle to make your very own holiday table runner...grab your broom and fly on over to Rachel's blog and let her know which AGF print puts you in the Halloween Spirit

As always to be eligible to win 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 things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until October 26th.


rachel griffith

Hey y'all. rachel here from ps i quilt. today i'm gonna show y'all a SUPER quick & easy way to make table runner.

Fat Quarter Gang - Kindle wrap-up by Sukie Don't Ya Know

Hey everyone, my name is Sukie from and today’s Fat Quarter Gang tutorial is for your Kindle Fire owners – if you don’t have a kindle then that’s okay, this could be used to hold other things like your small hand projects.

Today’s tutorial is made up from a mixture of Pure Elements and Oval Elements. It doesn't take a lot of fabric to make this project at all!

I hope you have enjoy making the Kindle Wrap! If you do, please be sure to join and upload a picture to the flickr group.

I will be also giving a fat quarter pack away on my blog so head on over Red Rover!


Now to start the Kindle Wrap-up


(8) 4x4 inch solid blocks

(8) 4x4 inch print blocks

(8) Strips of Solids in Various lengths from 1.5 to 3 wide, 10 inches long

(2) 6x9.5 panels

(2) 6x9.5 Pellon Shape Felx

(1) 14in long 2.5 Binding strip

(1) snap set


Assembling hour glass:

1. Take your solid blocks and pair them with your prints, randomly

2. With your ruler, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner – this represents your cut line.


3. With your ruler, draw a diagonal line 0.25 from the center line and repeat on the other side – these represent your stitch lines.

4. Place right sides together and stitch

5. With your rotary cutter – slice on the line your marked for corner to corner – press seam open.

6. You should have a nice half square triangle -  with your rotary cutter, cut that in half

7. Repeat for the remaining pairs

8. Randomly pair your hour glass halves together and pin seams together

9. Stitch together with a  ¼ inch seam


Trimming hour glass blocks:

1.Grab your square ruler

2. Line the diagonal line to your hour glass line

3. Make sure the center of the hour glass is in the center of the “bull’s eye” of the ruler see picture for more details

4. Trim

5. Turn the block and line the ends at the 3inch line and make sure the diagonal line on the ruler lines up with the diagonal line of the hour glass

6. Trim

7. Repeat for the remaining pairs

8. Set aside


Assembling Stacks

  1. Grab the (8) sets of strips
  2. Sew them together with a ¼ seam allowance
  3. Cut a 6 x 9.5 piece
  4. Cut a 3.5 x 9.5 piece
  5. Set aside


Putting the wrap together

1. Sew your hour glass blocks together, try pairing them with print hour glass and then solid hour glass

2. Take the 3.5x9.5 stack strip and sew that to your hour glass strip (this is the front panel)

3. Apply your interfacing to the (2) 6x9.5 panels

4. Take (1) interfaced panel and the front panel, right sides together and sew around the side and bottom leaving top open.

5. Press seams open and flip inside out

6. Take (1) interfaced panel and the remain stack panel, right sides together and sew around the side and bottom with right sides together – sew the panels around the edge leaving the top open

7. Press seams open and flip inside out

8. Stuff the in the pouch and make sure seams line up.

9. Put bind on


10. Place snap in center of pouch and use your tools to set snap in place (I recommend Snap Setter)

11. Grab Kindle and place in wrap


Want to be the cool kid on the modern block with your very own Pures & Ovals bundle? Jump on over to and enter to win.

As always to be eligible to win 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 things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until October 19th.

Happy Sewing!

<3 Sukie, The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF



Sewing Room of the Month


This month's sewing room goes to Holly DeGroot from the Bijou Lovely blog. This room is a sewer's heaven with all the storage, organization and color.It screams "get in her and make something beautiful!"

In this room Holly shares her creations, inspiration, and all things lovely.  This blog is primarily focused on sewing and quilting, but she also shares tutorials,recipes and talk about interior and graphic design, events, and gives an insight into her life when she is not creating.

Sewing Room Tour

I made sure to take some pictures of my sewing room while it was all cleaned up last weekend!  Would you like to look around?

Here's the view when you walk in the door.  The table in the center of the room is used as both my cutting table and sewing table.  I also baste my quilts on it.  My husband built it for me as my wedding gift when we got married!  It's big enough that I usually don't have to take my sewing machine off unless I'm cutting a lot of yardage.  I wish the top was a bit bigger so the cutting mat fit completely, but this works for now.  We might replace the top with something larger down the road.

(Because some people are asking, I turn my chair around from the computer desk to sew, the chair lifts up to the perfect height!  I do sew a little higher than you would at a normal table, but I find that it's easier on my back since I'm not hunched over.)


Behind the table on the long wall is my new pegboard!  I asked my husband if he could frame out a piece of standard pegboard in pretty trim to dress it up a bit.  This is the newest addition to the room, he just installed it a little over a week ago.  I hang my rulers, scissors, cutting mats, and washi tape on it, among other things.  All the things that I use a ton that aren't very easy to store elsewhere.  As you can see I still have lots of room to spare here.

I've hung a few mini quilts along this wall as well, my improv mini from Sewing Summit last year and the awesome typewriter mini from Jen.  Of course my fabric stash sits along the bottom of this wall as well!  Batting and home dec fabrics are stored in the corners, mainly because I don't have anywhere else to put them.



If you turn back towards the left, you'll see my embroidery hoop art!  Lots of my favorite fabrics are framed here.  A long dresser I thrifted last year sits along this wall and holds all of my shipping supplies, along with paper and paint.  Eventually I'll switch it out for a similar dresser that's white, but it's still half painted in my basement and I don't see myself finishing it anytime soon.



Turning back towards the door, you can see my design wall and ironing board setup.  My husband built the design wall too, it's just some plywood framed out with a reclaimed wood frame and wrapped with a layer of batting.  The ottomans in front of the design wall hold all of my work supplies and folders, and offer a place to sit in case anyone wants to visit me (which doesn't happen often in here!).  The door near the ironing board leads to a small walk in closet with more craft supplies.



Here's where you can find me most of the time during weekdays.  Parked in front of my desk and computer screen!  The board on top holds my to do lists, business cards, sketches and such.



This is where I'd actually prefer to be on weekdays... sorting through my fabric stash! Yardage of all of my prints are stored on this side.


Solids and fat quarters are stored in the top of this side.  Linens, flannels, and home dec prints are in the bottom left and center stacks, with multicolored quilting cottons on the right (I have such a hard time with that stack!).


The middle shelves under the bench hold some WIPS and precuts, along with my stash! Thread, bobbins, and some other special fabric stacks live in small shelves on top here.


Notions, markers, and other things I use a ton are all organized in milk glass containers on the top of my shelves.


My scrap bin, binding, zippers, and more thread live on the other side.


On top of the bench I've got my spool pillow, ruffle quilt, and an amazing crewel pillow I thrifted recently.  You can also see my washi tape and twine collection more clearly in this picture!



The sides of my cutting table provide a ton of storage too!  This side holds my stationary, camera supplies, paint swatches, notebooks and patterns.



The other side holds my vintage sheets, thrifted fabrics, and work stuff.



The top of my dresser provides even more storage, with bins for selvages and WIPs, and a basket full of pouches holding different handwork projects.



My AMH flannels and voiles and some finished items sit on this cube next to my dresser. The bins below hold my ribbon and even more craft supplies.  My little tv is also over here, but I rarely watch it!  I much prefer music to watching tv while sewing.



This little antique wooden cabinet holds all of my needles, pins, and small rulers.  I covered some old boxes with washi tape, those sit on top!  The little trophy is from my sister, she thinks I'm a winner!  It makes me laugh so I keep it here. :)



I think that about wraps up the tour!  I kind of feel like a hoarder after writing this post :)  I have a ton of fabric and crafting supplies, but it's all pretty organized!  This room will likely evolve over time just like any other room, but for now I'm calling it finished.  Hope you enjoyed the peek into my sewing room!


Thanks Holly for showing us your space! We are really loving the colors and the feel of this room. BTW we also think you're a winner :( .. so that trophy is well deserved!

If you would like to submit your sewing room for Sewing Room of the Month please email us at anais(dot)cowley(at)artgalleryfabrics(dot)com - [email protected]

Til next time,


The AGF team!


Fat Quarter Gang - Rocking Shoelaces by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang

A Scrappy Patchwork Shoelace

Hi! I'm Maureen from Maureen Cracknell Handmade, and I'm so excited to be sharing my newest Fat Quarter Gang Project with you today! Today's tutorial is for a pair of Rock & Romance Scrappy Patchwork Shoelaces!
This project idea was completely inspired by and designed for Art Gallery Fabrics new, gorgeous Rock & Romance Fabric Collection. These fun shoelaces sew up quick, easy, and takes very little fabric to make a pair. It's a wonderful project for using up those fabric scraps! Let's get started!!

finished shoes 2

What you'll need : :
  • 8 - fabric strips of Rock & Romance cut into pieces measuring 2" x varying lengths
  • 1 - pair of Converse sneakers or any other lace-up shoe
  • 1 - size #13 darning needle
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat/Ruler

Cutting and Piecing the Fabrics : : 

R & R

1. Using a rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and cutting mat, cut fabrics into a variety of strips measuring 2" x the desired length. There is no need to cut these strips on the bias.
* Note * The length of the shoelace, depends on the number of eyelets in the shoe. {Shoes with 4-5 eyelets = 36", shoes with 6-7 eyelets = 45", shoes with 8-9 eyelets = 54", shoes with 9+ eyelets = 72"}

cut into strips

2.  Now it's time to sew those fabric strips together. Take two strips of fabric and put them right sides together at a 90 degree angel. This is just like creating bias tape!

right sides 90 degree

3. Simply sew the strips together on the diagonal, like shown. You can use a disappearing ink pen to mark your lines before hand.

sew on diaginal

4. Trim away excess fabric to create a 1/4 inch allowance.

sew & cut

5. Once you have your long strip of fabric, press seams open.

press seams open

6. Use your iron to press the long fabric strip in half lengthwise to make it 1" wide. Open up the strip and fold each long side into the middle, using that pressed line as your guide. Fold over again and press well.

folding steps

7. Beginning on the side with the open long edge, sew down each side of the fabric strip, using a straight stitch.

sew along both sides

8. Pull one end of the shoelace through the opening of the darning needed. Thread through each hole of the shoe. Once laced, finish the shoelaces by folding over the raw ends a 1/4" two times and sew closed with machine or by hand. This will make sure the lace ends don't fray.

darning needle

fold over stitch

9. Repeat these steps to make your pair.

I ended up making several pair and I don't think I'll ever buy another pair of shoelaces again!

A Scrappy Patchwork Shoelace

I hope you enjoy making these, too!! If you do give this tutorial a go, be sure to join and add them to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr Group!
Feel free to share on my Facebook page or in my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Flickr group, too!  

Ready to get sewing with your own fat quarter bundle of Rock 'n Romance? Skate on over to Maureen Cracknell Handmade and tell her you want your own rockin set!

As always to be eligible to win 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! Ohhh... and lets not forget Flickr!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until October 12th.

Happy Sewing!

♥,  Maureen, <3 AGF & The Fat Quarter Gang

Star Store of the Month

Hey guys!

So this month's Star Store is the wonderful........ The Quilt Studio! Our friend Carol, owner and fabric lover, told us all about her hand-picked selections for the store, her vision, favorite collection, and love for AGF! Here's the Q&A with The Quilt Studio.


1. Tell us how The Quilt Studio got started. Why? When? Where? Who?

The Quilt Studio was created out of a love for quilting by a mother, Carol Cisar and a daughter Michelle Boyd.  We absolutely love finding new, modern patterns and quilting techniques and combining them with the latest designer fabrics, colors and prints. The shop originated out of a desire for Carol to start longarm quilting her own quilts and soon blossomed into a thriving quilting business, both in store and online. From then we were overjoyed to add to the shops’ inventory with the latest quilting patterns and modern fabric selections . The shop was started in 2001. The shop is located in a building owned by the family, on a major, easy to find street in Omaha, NE. We vend at many national quilt show such as Quilt Festival in Houston, AQS at Paducah and Des Moines and also many local shows.


2. Some shops have theme… what would you say is your shops theme?

I believe our theme for the shop is “Contemporary”. We love the modern designers take on fabrics.


3. Boast your bolts… what is your current bolt count?

We currently have 3000 bolts which turnover quite frequently.


4. What goes into fabric selection? What do you consider and how much of a role does personal taste play?

Michelle has a large part in choosing fabric selections, she is 24 and brings a young, new approach to fabric choices. She loves mixing the contemporary designer prints with some new and also traditional patterns.


5. Social media is one of the biggest tools out there right now… How do you incorporate it on a daily basis and how have you seen that impact your business?

I believe social media is definitely where the modern business person should seek to advertise their business. We daily use Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


6. So let’s say I just bought some fabric online… describe the process and time frame from order to doorstep (without letting out and secrets)

Orders are shipped daily, we have an instore UPS shipping station and post office nearby. Our site is very easy to use and is updately daily.


7. Tell us about your staff.

Our staff consists of Carol Cisar and Michelle Boyd the owners, who have been quilting for over 12 years, we make all the purchasing decisions, daily instore sales and still make most of the samples. Renee Aken,a sales associate is  a long time quilter, teacher, and excels at all aspects of handwork. Carey Ransford a sales associate also does a wonderful job of running our website and internet posts. Joy Vodicka helps us with longarm quilting and bindings. Jeanne Marquart teaches classes and does instore demos and a monthly block of the month club.



8. If you didn’t run a successful fabric shop what would be your dream job?

Besides the fabric shop, Michelle and I also have another pastime of showing dogs both regionally and nationally and had the number one dog in our breed in 2011.


9. You carry a variety of Art Gallery Fabrics products. Can you tell our readers what do you like about our products? What are your hot sellers from AGF right now?

We absolutely love Art Gallery Fabrics. The fabrics are of the highest quality cotton I have seen and they are so easy to piece with. We carry several of latest lines and we are especially fond of the basics lines such as Oval Elements and Nature Elements, they are just the right size prints and the colors are wonderful! The fabric lines are easy to use even for beginner quilters. And they fall right into our modern, contemporary theme.


10. What kind of feedback do you get from consumers that buy AGF?

Our customers are always very pleased with our selections from Art Gallery, and are very popular with young quilters just getting started.


11. What is your favorite AGF collection so far?

Paradise is our alltime favorite collection and we are really excited about the new line Luxe In Bloom.


If you would like to know more about the Quilt Studio, visit their website, or if you're in the area, give tham a visit and let them know your friends from AGF sent you ;)
Til next month guys,
Happy quilting!