art gallery fabrics
Previous month:
March 2013
Next month:
May 2013

April 2013

Tune Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone!

It's that day of the week again where I share with you our musical selections inspired by your favorite collections. Today we have a special treat! We're soundtracking (yes, I made this word up :) ) one of our very own collections, Urban Mod by our In-House design team!

Ladies and Gents, here's Triangularity!

Inspired by bustling downtown art scene, Triangularity is all about having fun and hanging out about town. With songs like "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove and "Say La La", the song used in our collection video, you'll be smiling and dancing as you walk down the urban avenues exploring galleries and shopping 'til your heart's desire!

For more music inspired by this collection, check out our Spotify playlist!

Subscribe to the playlist to add your own songs that inspire you to be Mod or let us know which songs we should add in the comments below!

Have a great rest of the week and from my musical ears to yours,


Fat Quarter Gang - Starburst Quilt by Sukie don't ya know

Hi! I'm Amy aka Sukie from Wow. . can you believe it's been a whole year of the Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang?!?!

Today, I'm showing you my last project for the gang and I'm really excited that it's a quilt! (that's my bread n' butter)


Fabric Requirements:

9 Pure Elements Fat Quarters  (*you can get away with using fat eights but these solids are versatile in any project).

 The ones I used in the quilt are:

Art Gallery Stack
3 yards of Pure Elements Snow for background

Cuts (repeat 9x):

Each solid needs these cuts:

  • (2) 7 1/8 x 7 1/8
  • (4) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2
  • (2) 7 1/8 x 7 1/8
  • (4) 4 1/2 x 4 1/2
  • (1) 12 1/2 x 12 1/2
Block Construction steps:
  • Take (1) of the pure elements 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 with a Snow 7 1/8 x 7 1/8, right sides together and sew 1/4 around the block
  • Take a ruler and your rotary cutter and measure from one diagonal to the other and cut
  • Keeping the square together cut from one diagonal to the other
  • Repeat for the other 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 set
  • You should have the total of 8 hsts (half square triangles)
  • Iron the seams open

Trimming the HST (s):

  1. Take a square ruler on with 45 degree angle/line on it and align the seam in the center with the 45 degree mark
  2. Take your rotary cutter and trim off the excess to 4 1/2
  3. Rotate and trim
  4. You should have a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2

HST Pic 2

First row and last row are constructed like so:
Row 1

4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Snow Block + 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 HST + 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Solid + 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 HST + 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Snow Block (Row 1 pic)

Side row:
Side Row

4 1/2 x 4 1/2 HST + 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 Solid + 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 HST (Side Row)

Sew the side rows to the 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 block

Sew the top and the botton on to the block and you should have a block measuring 20 1/2 x 20 1/2

Repeat for the other 8 blocks and you should have a finished quilt top measure 60 x 60


Give this project a go and please be sure to join and add them to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr Group!

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF 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 stop by my blog to win your very own bundle of Pure Elements!!!

Spring Inspiration - Kitchen Tiles Placemat

 A place to mat reasons to celebrate...

Hello! I know we are a few days in, but I want to wish everyone a Happy Spring!

In celebration of life and Spring I want to share with you this simple tutorial using Floresence; a very Springy and joyful collection.

I think it is the perfect excuse to have a refreshing breakfast outdoors, or brunch, or lunch or any meal (you can finally make some of those Sugar & Spice recipes you've been savouring in your mind). This tutorial is great inspiration to slow down for one second and craft a moment to enjoy the beauty around you.

Download the Kitchen Tiles PDF


I hope you create a moment that you can cherish forever and that you breathe-in all the good things and people that surround you.

Rock 'n sew!


AGF welcomes Bonnie Christine as their latest designer.

"The patterns of our lives have the capacity to connect deeply within us. They are simple expressions of our joy."


A little about Bonnie...

I am mostly inspired by the great outdoors, from the largest of trees to the tiniest of leaves. Creating patterns with summery sweet hues is my happy place. I thrive on botanical gardens, sunshiney days, and nature walks- camera in one hand, sketchbook in the other. My goal has always been to create patterns that are organic and natural, joyful
and lovely.

I believe patterns are one of the ways that we can express ourselves and make our spaces beautiful. I love to weave parts of my life into each one of them, making the design process and end results very personal and meaningful.

Click here to read her full bio.

A little bit about Reminisce

A collection that will take you back in time, to hazy summer days full of meadow walks and butterfly watching. Inspired by simple moments of picking flowers and enjoying there beauty, it's sophisticated, vintage and nostalgic.


If you love this collection and are excited to find out more about Bonnie Christine and what she has in-store for you then hop on over to Twitter and join us for #TALKNT2 today from 1-3pm est and again for #TALKNT at 9-11pm est. Bonnie will be answering your questions, telling you a bit about herself and the scary new journey she is about to embark on.

See ya there!

<3 The AGF Family



Fat Quarter Gang - A Make It Your Own Tutorial by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

FatQuarterGANG_banner400pxBLUEHappy Monday everyone! It's Maureen here again from Maureen Cracknell Handmade visiting with my newest Fat Quarter Gang Project! This time I'm sharing a "make it your own" tutorial for an Urban Mod Shower Curtain, using a store-bought white curtain and giving it some Urban Mod style with some fun patchwork and raw-edge applique!

Now let's get started!!


What you'll need : :
  • 12 - fat quarters prints of Art Gallery Fabrics Urban Mod Collection
  • a white cotton standard shower curtain measuring 72"x72"
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing pins
  • rotary cutter/mat/ruler
  • cardboard or card stock for making the triangle template, marker, scissors

1 Supplies

Cutting : :

Cfabric pic

1. Using all twelve prints, plan out the fabric order for the patchwork panel 2. Using a cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter, cut a strip measuring 7"x18" from each   3. Then cut a 7" square piece for that strip, keeping the fabric order for the patchwork panel. Repeat with all twelve Urban Mod prints.

2 Layout
Step 1

Piecing the Fabrics : : 

4. With right sides facing, match up the 7" fabric squares, pin, and sew together at one side with 1/2" seam allowance, keeping that patchwork order  5. Repeat with all twelve prints  6. when finished piecing, press all seams open

Step 2

Hemming the Patchwork Panel : : 

7. To hem the short end of the panel, fold edge in 1/4", press, fold 1/4" again, press, pin, and sew along the inner edge of that fold. Repeat for both short ends of the panel.

Step 3

8. To hem the long sides of the panel, fold in 1/2", press, pin, and sew along the inner edge. Repeat for both long sides of the panel.

Step 4

Attaching the Patchwork Panel : : 

9. Pin the hemmed patchwork panel to the shower curtain. I was happy adding mine 8" from the top of the curtain, however you can choose to adjust that to your own preference

Step 5

10. Staying very close to the outer edge of the panel, sew all the way around, back-stitching when you begin and end. You can see in pic 2 the inner stitch line from the hemming of the panel and this outer stitch line

Step 6
Urban Mod Shower Curtain before applique

Adding the Raw Edge Applique : :

This is an optional little extra something!

11. From the fabrics leftover from cutting your 7" squares, cut 2 - 2 1/4"x7" pieces of each of the twelve fabrics 12. To make the diamond template for your applique, draw a 3" line onto the cardboard, in the center of that line draw a 2" line, and connect at all points to make the diamond. Cut this out.

Step 7
strips and template

13. Use the template to cut two diamonds from each of the two 2 1/4"x7" pieces of fabric, creating four diamonds from each of the twelve prints 

step 8

14.  Pin two diamond shapes in a contrasting print to each of the patchwork squares that make up panel 15. attach these by sewing a straight line down the center, keeping one long stitch across of the panel, back-stitching at the beginning and end  15.  In each square of the panel add the remaining two diamond shapes by sewing down through the center, again back-stitching at the beginning and the end

step 9

Voila! Your "make it your own" Urban Mod Shower Curtain is complete!! 

Curtain Header

I hope you enjoy this new tutorial!! If you do give this project a go, please 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, as well!

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF 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 stop by my blog today for an Urban Mod Giveaway!!! 


One Pattern Four Organizers


All of the organizers have the same base pattern pieces and by changing the stitching on the pockets you can personalize it to fit exactly what you need. We have made four organizer rolls with different functions to get your creativity started.

The Sewist is a great way to travel with all of your sewing supplies.


The Feel Better fits nicely in a bag if you are getting sick or know someone who is.



The Artist works great for makeup or art supplies.



The Scribbler is a great way to carry crayons for kids or if you ever get the urge to color.


*A little tip if you are making The Scribbler is to use dark fabric around where the crayons will be, although the rolls are washable it will keep it looking cleaner for longer. 

Here is a PDF diagram for the pocket sizes that we used.  Download One_Pattern_Four_Organizers

This project can be made out of two fat quarters or scraps that you already have on hand. This is a fun, fast, and easy project for any skill level. These make great gifts to give or keep for yourself. 

You will need three fabric rectangles. One (22" x 7") for the front, one (22" x 7") for the back, and one (22" x 7") for the pocket. You will also need one (21" x 3") piece of low loft fusible fleece and one (21" x 6") piece of lightweight fusible interfacing. We chose to close our organizers with a 30" length of ribbon but you can use elastic or a button if you choose.


The first thing you will do is iron the (21" x 6") piece of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of fabric you would like to be on the inside. Make sure that the interfacing is in the middle of the pattern piece. This will allow for a 1/2" around the edge that will not make your seams too bulky.

Then you press the piece of fabric for the pocket in half and press the (21" x 3") piece of fusible fleece to the inside making sure to center it and place it up against the fold. This will allow for padding in the pocket without having bulk in the seams. 


Pin the pocket to the inside piece of fabric that you have already interfaced. Make sure to line up the bottom and side edges.

Turn the stitches on your sewing machine to the longest length and baste the three bottom edges of the pocket to the inside. This will keep the pocket from moving and keep pins from getting in the way. 

Using a water soluable or disappearing ink pen and the stitching guide image to mark your parallel lines that you will stitch for your pocket.

Start with the middle lines and move outward sewing parallel lines. I find it easiest to start from the bottom and sew towards the center. You should backstitch at the top of each pocket to reinforce the pocket for repeated use.

In addition to backstitching I pulled the threads to the back and knotted the tails to keep a cleaner look. 


Fold your ribbon or elastic in half and pin it to one of the shorter edges. Make sure the pin the ribbon tails so they do not get caught in the stitching when stitching around the edges. 

Pin the remaining piece of fabric that will be the outside fabric to the inside fabric with pocket with right sides together. Make sure that you line up all of the front and back edges before you pin all around.

Sew around the edges with a 1/2" seam allowance being sure to leave a 3" opening at the bottom for turning. 


Trim and clip the corners before turning. After your organizer is all flipped right side out you should press. You can either handsew the opening in the bottom closed or topstitch around the whole organizer depending on the look you like. 


These are so fun to sew that I have two in my bag right now.


From Megan With Love