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March 2013

Sugar & Spice Friday


Happy Easter my friends,

I wanted to share with you a quick recipe that Megan brought in today, Layered Carrot Cake Fudge. A great treat to share with your family and friends this lovely Easter Sunday.

So what you will need:

Carrot Cake Fudge

-  4 Tbsp. butter

-  3 Cups white chocolate chips

-  1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

-  1 Cups dry carrot cake mix

-  ½ Cup marshmallow cream


Cream Cheese Fudge

-  ¾ C cream cheese frosting

-  1 Cup white chocolate chips

-  2 Tbsp. marshmallow cream



Line 2 8x8 pans with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large pan melt 4 T butter, 3 C white chocolate chips and can of condensed milk. Stir until smooth.

Stir in dry cake mix a scoop at time until thoroughly combined.

Pour into pan and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

While carrot cake fudge is refrigerating melt 1 C white chocolate chips.

Once white chocolate chips are melted stir in cream cheese frosting and marshmallow cream.

Pour over carrot cake layer and chill at least 1 hour before cutting.

Cut into approximately 40-50 squares.




**BONUS!! **

You can use boxed carrot cake mix but if you love carrot cake as much as we do in my house then in spring you can keep jars of the dry ingredients on hand in the fridge. I make large quantities and keep them in the fridge; they also make great gifts with a recipe attached.

* Recipe below is so that you always ready to go for any unexpected moments in life :)

Dry Mix

-  2 Cups all-purpose flour

-  2 Cups sugar

-  2 tsp. baking soda

- ½ tsp. salt

- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

- 2 Cup grated carrot drained

- 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapples drained

- 1 (3.5 oz) can flaked coconut

- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Wet Mix

- 3 large eggs

- ¾ Cup vegetable oil

- ¾ Cup buttermilk

- 2 tsp vanilla extract

To make carrot cake, mix 7 ½ C dry ingredients with eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla in electric mixer at medium speed until blended.

Line three 8 x 8 cake pans with parchment paper.

Pour batter into cake pans.
Bake cakes at 350 for 25-30 min.

Cool in pans on wire racks for 15 min and then remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.

Use cream cheese frosting between layers as you stack cakes. Frost top and sides of cake and enjoy.


Fat Quarter Gang - The Jeni Reversible Apron by luvinthemommyhood


Hi everyone! I'm Shannon from and I'm here with your newest fat quarter gang project!  As soon as I saw Jeni's fabulous line of fabrics - "Color Me Retro", I knew I had to figure out a way to make a fun new apron using fat quarters!

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I always have a hard time getting an apron to fit me right when they are store bought so I was very excited to make an apron just for me - the Jeni Reversible Apron Tutorial! Yay! It's always a good thing to spoil yourself a wee bit. I hope you will all join in and make one and spoil yourselves a bit too :) It's fun - I promise!

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I love that this apron is completely comprised of fat quarters.  You can easily add more prints or take some away but you can do it all with fat quarters :)

There's a bit of measuring & cutting involved but nothing too tricky. Overall it's a quick sew with some topstitching (my fave) and an interesting construction technique with the vintage inspired pocket strips on the apron skirt. Plus it's got long ties to make the perfect big bow! Who doesn't feel feminine with a pretty bow on their apron? 

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So next time you see the latest Art Gallery Fabric fat quarter bundles pop up online whip up a fun new apron!
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Want to join me and make a Jeni Reversible Apron of your own using Color Me Retro?  Pop on by luvinthemommyhood to enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Color Me Retro of your own!  

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!    

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Good luck & happy sewing!!!

The Gypsy State Of Mind


Hello there...

Gypsies are icons of freedom and they will always be an inspiration for artists for their exotic looks and the allure of their mystery. The gypsy bohemian is passionate, free-spirited; She is romantic, peaceful, alive, creative and has a beautiful innocence. 



This style becomes an eclectic mix of sophistication and earthy bohemian with a nod to folklore. Women all over the world adore this flamboyant and feminine style for the vibrant colors, the mix of patterns, exotic touch and carefree feeling of this hybrid culture.


This trend is not one that will fade over time... it is more like a state of mind and lifestyle. Floral prints, lace, floor-skimming skirts, colorful scarves, billowing sleeves, large earrings, gold bangles and beaded jewelry have transformed fashion into a huge playground.

The gypsy-bohemian look is an expression of a free spirit, a tribute to the gypsy culture with obvious hippie influences. Add a little elegant beauty and free spirit to your life.


From Megan With Love


Fat Quarter Gang - Mod Stack Placemat by Fresh Lemons Quilts

Hello everyone!

I’m Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts and I'm very excited to share my 4th Fat Quarter Gang project with you today, the Mod Stack Placemat. 


What you will need:

Art Gallery Fabrics - Round 4

Top Row: CST-3101 King's Road Fuchsia, CST-3210 Retro Pop Mint, TXR-8108 Crosshatch Lime, CST-3107 Ladylike Black Tea

Bottom Row: CST-3100 Brit Boutique Royal, CST-3104 Girl About Town Lime, CST-3109 60s Waves Midnight, CMR-2101 Dulcette Azalea

Download Mod Stack Placemat for the full tutorial.  This is a fun and easy project to throw together for a fun afternoon sew.

Now, want to win your very own fat quarter bundle to complete this project? Enter to win over at Fresh Lemons Quilts by leaving a comment.

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!


See ya next week,

<3 Faith & Your AGF team

Textures by Angela Walters inspires you to dream...

Inspired by her love of machine quilting, the designs of Textures dance across the fabric and encourage you to come closer to feel the difference.

TEXTURES Fabric Collection by Angela Walters from Art Gallery Fabrics on Vimeo.



The bright citrus colors, neutral greys, and bold teal colors will add a touch of elegance to your projects.



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Angela's blog, Quilting Is My Therapy, has a great blog post showing you what blenders go best with Textures and stay tuned to her blog ... I hear there will be a giveaway and contest soon ;)

Textures is in stores and waiting for you to pick up this calming collection today!To download Texture's free quilt pattern "Pathways" (shown in the video), go to

What does this collection inspire you to make?

Until next time,

<3  AGF team

Fat Quarter Gang - Prism Jumbo Floor Pillow by Freshly Pieced


Hi everyone, it's Lee again from Freshly Pieced, back with another tutorial for you all—this time I'm showing you how to make this giant "Prism" Floor Pillow in Art Gallery's fun new Carnaby Street line.

You will need:
-12 fat quarters of Art Gallery's Carnaby Street line
- 3/8 yard solid background fabric
- 3/4 yard for pillow back
- 26" square piece of muslin for pillow lining
- 26" piece of batting
- 24" pillow form

From the Carnaby Street prints, cut:
- 4 squares 2" x 2", cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles (you will use 4 of these triangles)
- 8 squares 3" x 3", cut in half diagonally to make 16 triangles (you will use 8 of these triangles)
- 12 squares 4" x 4", cut in half diagonally to make 24 triangles (you will use 12 of these triangles)
- 12 squares 7" x 7", cut in half diagonally to make 24 triangles (you will use 12 of these triangles)
Save your remaining scrap triangles for other projects!


From the solid background fabric, cut:
- 2 squares 2" x 2", cut in half diagonally to make 4 triangles

- 4 squares 3" x 3", cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles
- 6 squares 4" x 4", cut in half diagonally to make 12 triangles
- 6 squares 7" x 7", cut in half diagonally to make 12 triangles

From the fabric for the pillow back, cut:
- 1 piece 12" x 24 1/2"
- 1 piece 18" x 24 1/2"

To make the pillow:


1. Pair up each solid background triangle (I used white) with a print triangle. Sew 1/4" from the long edge. Make the following units:

2" triangles - make 4 units
3" triangles - make 8 units
4" triangles - make 12 units
7" triangles - make 12 units


3. Square up the units using a ruler with a 45-degree angle. Line up the marked 45-degree line on the ruler with the HST seam. Square up to the following measurements:

2" triangle units = square up to 1 1/2"
3" triangle units = square up to 2 1/2"
4" triangle units = square up to 3 1/2"
7" triangle units = square up to 6 1/2"

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4. Lay out your finished HST units as shown in the diagram above. The smallest 1 1/2" HST units are laid out in the center, in two rows of 2. The 2 1/2" HST units surround the 1 1/2" units. The 3 1/2" units surround that, and the 6 1/2" units surround that.

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5. Join the 1 1/2" HST units into two rows of two, then join the two rows together to make a 2 1/2" finished block.

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6. Join the 2 1/2" HST units together as shown, with the smaller pieced units at the center.

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7. Join the 3 1/2" HST units together in sets of two, as shown, and join to each side of the center unit.

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8. Join the remaining 3 1/2" HST units together in two rows of 4 units each, and join to the top and bottom of the center unit.

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9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 using 6 1/2" HST units to complete the pillow top.


10. Layer the pillow top with the batting piece and muslin backing. Quilt the top however you would like—I quilted in straight diagonal lines.


11. To make the pillow back, take the two pillow back pieces (12" x 24 1/2" and 18" x 24 1/2"). On each piece, fold one of the 24 1/2" edges down 1/2" and press. Fold down 1/2" again and press. Sew the hem 3/8" from the folded edge.

12. To make the pillow trim, cut 2 1/2" wide strips of fabric from the leftover Carnaby Street prints.  (I used strips from several of the darker Carnaby Street prints.) Sew the strips together end-to-end until the strip measures about 120" long. Press the entire strip in half lengthwise, as shown.


13. To sew the pillow together, place the quilted pillow top with the wrong side facing up. Lay the first pillow back piece onto the quilted top, aligned with the bottom edge. Lay the second pillow back piece onto the quilted top, aligned with the top edge. Pin in a few spots around the edges. (Yes, this pillow is assembled right side out and will not need turning—the pillow trim we'll add in the next step will enclose the seam allowances.)

14. Now flip the whole thing over and add the pillow trim you made in step 12. This step is done exactly like quilt binding—lay out the binding around the perimeter of the pillow top, mitering the corners. Remove the pins you added in the previous step and repin everything (pillow trim, pillow cover, and pillow back pieces). Sew around the perimeter of the pillow using your favorite quilt-binding method.


15. Fold the binding around to the back of the pillow, just as you would do with quilt binding, and stitch down onto the back of the pillow using your favorite machine-binding method.

Here's a great machine-binding tutorial by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. You can also hand-stitch the trim to the back of the pillow if you prefer.

Now just insert your pillow form and you're ready to enjoy this jumbo-size pillow. It finishes at 24" square (and requires a 24" pillow form). Hope you liked our project today—stop by my blog, Freshly Pieced, for more tutorials and patterns.

Want to win your own fat quarter bundle? Well, hop on over to my blog and
leave a comment for a chance to win. Giveaway open until March 15th.

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 let's not forget Flickr!

See ya next week,

<3 Your AGF team