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Tune Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's that time again where I share with you some awesome music inspired by our talented designers and their collections. 

Today's Tune Tuesday is inspired by Sarah Watson's premiere collection, Luxe in Bloom. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Extravagarden!

With its gorgeous organic blooms and geometric fusions, its only fitting that the ethereal Florence Welch lead this playlist along with the likes of Feist and Sia. So sit back and relax, or take a stroll through your garden with this harmonious playlist that invites you to listen!

For more music inspired by this lush collection, check out our Spotify playlist! Subscribe to the playlist to add your own songs that make you feel the Extravagarden vibe or let us know which songs we should add!

Until next time...

From my musical ears to yours,


Fat Quarter Gang - HST Zipper Pouch & Key Fob by In Color Order


Hi! It’s Jeni, from In Color Order, sharing my latest tutorial for the Fat Quarter Gang! Today we’re going to make some more accessories for your purse, a HST Zipper Pouch and Key FOBs!


I love keeping a roomy zipper pouch in my purse to keep some lotion, lip balm, a nail file or two, and a bit of emergency candy. This pouch is the perfect size for all those little things that end up at the bottom of your bag!

While we’re at it, how about a new key FOB? We’ll make two different versions, one plain and one patchwork. Makes it easier to find your keys, plus they’re just pretty!

The pouch features half-square triangles (HST), which we’ll cover, so never fear if you haven’t made them before!


- 8 print fat quarters: Azalea (Living Elements), Stardust Dawn (Rock ‘n Romance),Flumes Citron (Luxe in Bloom), Chartreuse (Oval Elements), Extravagarden Bold (Luxe in Bloom), Floralism Deep Sea (Modernology), Stardust Twilight (Rock ‘n Romance), Silver Drops (Oval Elements.)


 - 8” (or larger) zipper

- 1/2 yard of 3/4” twill tape

- 1/3 yard lightweight fusible interfacing

- 1/4 yard fusible fleece

- (2) 1.25” metal key FOB hardware

- Coordinating thread

Note: 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Click here to download the full HST Zipper Pouch + Key FOBs pdf.

If you'd like to win some this beautiful stash of fat quarters then hop on over to Jeni's blog, In Color Order and let her know. While you're there, sit back and keep warm with a cup of coffee and take a peek at all of her other inspiring posts :) 

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!

And don't forget to add any projects you made from this (and the other fabulous Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang tutes) to the flickr group!

Til next time.. Happy Sewing


Jeni & The Fat Quarter Gang

Sugar & Spice Friday - McLuvin Muffins

Happy Friday!

Today we bring you the most delicious muffin's in the WORLD! (okay, maybe not the world but pretty darn close.)

The first time we had these we nearly died from how the cream cheese just made this muffin moist and crumbly and full of goodness. Right then and there we knew we had to share this with the world. So here it goes...

OH! and about the name.. Well if anyone has ever seen Superbad you know what we are talking about. If not, at the bottom of the post I'll give you an idea.

Happy baking!



- 1 ½ Cup Blueberries Fresh or Frozen - Note: I like to use frozen and then chop them into quarters

- 1 ½ Cup All Purpose Flour

- ¾ Cup Sugar - Note: I like to bake with all natural sugar alternatives to keep everyone in the offices new year’s resolutions on track.

- ½ Teaspoon Salt

- 2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

- 1/3 Cup Melted Butter

- 1 Large Egg

- 1/3 Cup Milk - Tip: I like to bake with Buttermilk

- ½ Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract



- 1 8oz Package of Cream Cheese

- ¼ Cup Sugar


 - 2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar


- Preheat oven to 400 F

- Line muffin tin with liners

- Mix muffin dry ingredients in large bowl (without the blueberries) combine and cream wet ingredients about 2 minutes.  Tip: use a glass measuring cup to heat butter in the microwave in ten second intervals until melted

-  Combine cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl about 2 minutes until creamy. Tip: use a glass measuring cup to heat cream cheese in the microwave in ten second intervals until it begins to get soft

- Fold blueberries into batter just enough to toss blueberries in batter, be sure not to over mix

- Fill liner in muffin tin ¼ of the way with batter

- Spoon 2 teaspoon filling into center of tin

- Cover filling with remaining batter until ¾ full in tin

** It is optional to sprinkle brown sugar on the tops of the muffins before baking **

- Bake 17-22 minutes until golden brown

- Remove from oven and place tin onto cooling rack about 10 minutes

- Remove muffins from tin and allow to cool on cooling rack until they reach room temperature.

Enjoy! Leftovers (if there are any) can be kept in the refrigerator and rewarmed before serving


Who could not name some muffins after that face? lol.

Have a great weekend and please let us know if you made the muffins or any other recipie. We love to hear your thoughts on these dishes :)


Til next time,


Fat Quarter Gang - Shades of Love by During Quiet Time

Hello Friends,

Amy from During Quiet Time here and today I am sharing my third tutorial as a member of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang!  Due to the fact that Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, I chose a selection of Pure Elements, Lace Elements and Living Elements blenders to make a Valentine's Day table runner.

It's all hearts, of course, but I love that they don't jump right out at you due to the strong secondary design. For this project I used a mixture of blenders. The finished runner measures 24" x 36.".

Dowload PDF pattern Download Shades of Love Table Runner


Well now to what you will need..

Fabric Requirements:

FQ: Living Elements Strawberry Cream

FQ: Living Elements Red Ribbon

FQ: Living Elements Azalea

FQ: Lace Elements Pink Lace

FQ: Lace Elements Cherry Lace

FQ: Lace Elements Pearl Lace

FQ: Pure Elements White Linen

1/4 yard: Pure Elements Cherry Lipgloss (reserve for binding)

Dimensions:  The runner measures 24" x 36" finished.


If you'd like to win some of the awesome blenders to add to your stash head on over to my blog -  and leave a comment to 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!

And don't forget to add any projects you made from this (and the other fabulous Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang tutes) to the flickr group!

Til next time.. Happy Sewing


Amy Friend & The Fat Quarter Gang

Color Me Inspired!

Bonjour Everyone,

This morning as the smell of blueberry muffins filled my home I was hit with a spark of inspiration.

Somewhere between "Danse, Danse, Danse"ing to Mika - Elle Me Dit and singing into my spatula I started dreaming of a weekend in Paris. In my mind I am strolling through Montmartre walking up and down hills, one rue after another of lace trimmings and antique buttons on original vintage cards. There is no place like it in the world. 

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I hope you feel as inspired as I am this morning. I know Kat, the music genius, gives you all of the amazing tunes to listen to ... I have been listening to Elegant Exhuberance for days.. but may I suggest We are Enfant Terrible- Ce que tu veux de moi is another great song to dance around the house to if you feel like sharing my fun Parisian state of mind.

I am going to go pour myself another cup of coffee, eat a muffin, fill my home with music and dream of Paris. Who's joining me?

From Megan With Love

Tune Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! How was everyone's weekend and what have you all been up to?! My wekeend was pretty eventful! I went to the circus that was in town this weekend and took a quick trip to the fabric store for a few "beginner's items" that I was missing. Yes, you heard correctly. I'm attempting to sew and it's proving to be a lot of fun! I've already made a pillow for my puppy's head (because if not, it's just a giant pin cushion) and a pointy kitty that actually stands. I'm super excited about it all and I can't wait to start sewing some more!

Per Anais' request, I must show you my creations :)

After Picture Note: The pillow has been stuffed and no puppies were harmed in the making :)

It's that time again when the sweet sounds of shared music fill your ears. Today's Tune Tuesday is Elegant Exuberance!

Inspired by Bari J.'s collection, 'Splendor 1920', Elegant Exuberance brings together an array of musical artists that range from the classic Edith Piaf to the musicians of today. With a little Parisian flair and those classic upbeat sounds that are timeless, each song adds its own little slice of pie to the 1920s feel. Check it out!

Have Spotify? So do we! Check out our Elegant Exuberance playlist where we will continue to add more songs inspired by this decadent collection! Feel free to subscribe to the playlist and add songs of your own! We'd love to hear your suggestions!

So, until next Tuesday...

From my musical ears to yours,