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June 2013

Hi everyone, I'm Jeanee.

Hi everyone! My name is Jeanee and I’m a graphic designer and social media coordinator here at Art Gallery Fabrics.

I’ve been working with the team behind the scenes since February. You may have noticed me in the Urban Mod video and photos. I think I was hired as a model my second week on the job! And I was the one doing a little vogue for ya on the Quilt Market video.

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With that said I have many roles here at AGF. One of them is that I’ve been the AGF Instagrammer since Valentine’s Day. HA! It’s me that you’ve been hearting and commenting to all this time. LOL!

At AGF I do many graphics for the fabric collections and the AGF sites. You'll see things like the header for this blog and the cool rollover pin it button from me.

So how did I find my way to AGF you ask? Well I’m originally from Michigan, then made my way to Atlanta, then I was a graphic designer at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for six and a half years. My husband and I left Kansas City last August and made the move to Miami Beach. Whew!

Since 2008 I’ve been blogging under the name Dirty Laundry. I started sewing my own apron designs then I moved onto making cupcake bath fizzies. Yes, cupcakes for your bath!

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I'm an avid vegetarian (my husband makes the BEST tofu). And I'm obsessed with the color gray (I wear it every day). My passions are trend researching (to find cutest things ever), being a social media enthusiast (basically being on Instagram and Pinterest all day), and inspiring others. Working at AGF under a sea of beautiful fabric with some fab people has been a perfect fit for me!

For the AGF blog I’ll be posting some trendy inspiration for you. And who knows, there may be even more goodies from me in store for you!

Be Inspired!
~ Jeanee


Make it Right Challenge, Entries & Voting time!

Ladies, 

Sewing machines off, its time to see what everyone created.

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Head on over to Pinterest and vote for your favorite entry by repinning or liking the project of your choice. 

Now how does voting work?

First you head on over to AGF's Pinterest and find the Make it Right boards. The categories are:
- Quilts
- Apparel
- Home Decor

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Look through the entries and repin your favorite one. You may like or pin more than one project.

On June 27th we will count the votes and select 1st, 2nd & 3rd place by popular vote. This means that likes and repins will be added up and the top 3 entries with the most votes will place accordingly.


Prizes & Superlatives

There will be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place chosen through People's Choice.

1st place - $500 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

2nd place - $300 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

3rd place - $200 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

Superlatives: (picked by AGF team & designers)

1.  Most creative
2.  Best use of color
3.  Best technique
4.  Most creative use of thread
5.  Most functional

* All superlative winners will win a swag basket filled with goodies from Art Gallery Fabrics and all of our lovely sponsors.

Good luck to all who entered. And contestants, don't forget to share your entries!


Fat Quarter Gang - Tea Time Trivet by i heart linen

 6a00d8341ccf5c53ef017ee56275de970dHey everyone!

Rashida here, checking in for the very last Fat Quarter Gang post!!  Booooooo. So sad, but it's been so fantastically fun, no?  I know you're thinking, "why does it have to end?"

Well, while you're pondering it how about a super cute, quick, easy project to soothe the sorrow in your heart?  A sweet little for your tea pot to rest it's warm little bottom on. Ready?  Let's do this thang! 

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FINISHED SIZE -  8" x8" 

SUPPLIES

  • 4 gorgeous fat quarters from Art Gallery Fabrics 
  • Linen scraps
  • High Loft Polyester Batting
  • 4 Felted Balls
  • Coordinating Embroidery Thread
  • Matching Thread 
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Acrylic Ruler

 

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CUTTING 

 

Patchwork - Cut two 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from each fat quarter

                  Cut eight 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares from linen

 

Backing Fabric - Cut one 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square

 

Batting  - Cut two 10" squares

 

 

 

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INSTRUCTIONS

Place your 16 squares in front of you right side up and decide how you'd like them to be laid out. 

 


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Stich one cotton square to one linen square forming 8 pairs. Press the seams open. 


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Next place two pairs, right sides together and stich along the length to form a wee block.  Repeat with the remaining pairs.  You will have 4 sections. Press all the seams open.  Finally stitch all of the sections together to form one 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" block.  Press the seams open. 

 

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Next, form a sandwich using the batting, patchwork right side up, and backing piece right side down in that order.  Starting and ending with a backstitch, stitch all the way around the perimeter of the square through all of the layers.  Be sure to leave an opening for turning!  Trim away the excess batting, clip the corners and turn right side out.  Push the corners out with a knitting needle or some similiar pointy thingy.  Don't close that opening yet!  We have to do the fun part first!

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Now grab your felt balls and your embroidery thread.  Thread your needle and tie a secure knot on the end of the embroidery thread. From the inside of the trivet pull the threaded needle through one of the corners to the outside.  Grab a felted ball and insert the needle just a wee bit as shown in the photo below and pull the thread all the way through.  

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Move the ball to the corner of the trivet, push the needle back through the corner to the wrong side of the trivet.  You can repeat this one more time (or not) and then secure the ball with a knot on the wrong side of the trivet.  Repeat this with the remaining corners and felt balls.  Blindstitch the opening of the trivet closed. 

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Finally, handstitch some tufting or quilt your little trivet to your hearts desire and you're all set!  Tea time!  


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I'm a tea sort of girl, but will indulge in some coffee whenever I feel a need for a pick me up.  Are you Team Tea or Team Coffee?

Pop on over to my blog, iheartlinen and let me know wh in the comments to win a bundle of the pretties I used in this project!

As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform(PinterestFacebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Now, normally I would say "Til next week" but alas, this is the last Fat Quarter Gang post. We do have some new projects we are working on, so fret not, we will give you more tutorials soon!

So with that I sign off....

Til next time,

The Fat Quarter Gang and AGF!


Market Wrap-up, The Final Installment

Welcome back!

So glad to see you here for the final market wrap-up post. I am super excited to share these pictures because we all worked really really hard on the Art Gallery Fabrics booth. 

The concept was to create a storefront feel. Do you get that vibe?

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We had only 4 store windows to decorate so it was a difficult task to narrow down what we really wanted to portray. 

Sew Fashion was the first store window (seen above.) For this one we really wanted to step it up and merge patchwork with high-fashion. This ball gown boasts over 1,000 3x3" squares of pure couture quilting! Who wouldn't love a dress like this?

The second & third windows were the feature of this booth. These windows were part of The Quilt Shop and displayed the transition from bolt to quilt. I do have to say that these mini-bolts were very cute, but it was painstaking to get them to stay in that fancy curve! 

The last window displayed was called A Happy Home. This window was simplistic in its design but when you looked in you could see the details in the pillows stacked on a swing. 

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Overall this booth was fun to do. We all fell in love with our little street Art Gallery Fabrics stores. And we hope that you did as well. 

Also, debuting in its first standalone booth ever, Pure Elements.

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Can you say immersion of color? Each butterfly cutout is a piece of the Pure Elements fabric on some backing. Looks like construction paper huh?

There are no words to discribe how this booth drew you in. The vibriant color and the fanciful butterflies added to the whole look of this booth to keep it purely elegant. 

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Filled with samples and free projects I can safely say that this booth was never empty (well aside from when we took this picture, haha).

Now we wouldn't be AGF if we didn't end this post with a video. During market we always have a lot of fun and this time we had some new faces that joined in the shenanigan's.... take a look :)

Thanks for popping in and keeping up with all things Art Gallery Fabrics. We can not wait to start planning for next market (aahh... did I just say that??) and to show you all the great things we have planned for the end of the year. 

Keep sewing and we will see you next time!

<3 AGF


Market Wrap-up, part duex

Hello again!

I hope you enjoyed PART ONE of our market wrap and that you are ready for some more.

Let's start with the video wrap-up...

 

Now for a little more information and a closer look at each designer booth...

First we have Angela Walter's booth and she is displaying her latest collection, Legacy. This booth's centerpiece was the over-sized Legacy quilt that displayed the collection's 20 prints.  

Her booth was a dedication to her grandfather in which she credits to being the most influential person in her quilting career. You can clearly see the masculine influence throughout the collection. 

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Not only did this quilt cover a whole wall, but the quilting on it was amazing! The details and the patterns worked so well together. Take a look below so you an see a bit more detail... go on... we will wait :)

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From sharing the Legacy someone leaves in your life, we now go to reminiscing over memories of loved ones in Reminisce by Bonnie Christine.

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Bonnie's inspiration for this booth was to make the decor an extension of who she is. From the living plant life to the charming use of color, this booth truly gave off a nostalgic feel. 

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You can picture yourself just sitting in this booth, sipping tea while you reminisce through old photos and share memories of an eventful life. This sweet booth really invites you in and welcomes you to stay a while.

From Reminisce we take a final stroll through the desert in Leah Duncan's collection, Tule.

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This collection shows off with deep blues, sun-inspired yellows and bright orange tones. Tule inspires you to take a modern look into folk florals and organic shapes.

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This booth really caught your eyes with the dark walls and pops of color. You stepped in so you could take in the various artwork and view the many projects that were displayed in this booth. 

All of our latest designers really did an amazing job this year at market. They really portayed their collections well and we are proud of the work they did. 

I hope you have enjoyed part 2 of our market wrap-up and that you will tune in tomorrow for the final installment and the Pièce de résistance (AKA "the cherry on top" of market wrap-ups) AGF & Pure Elements. We are truly excited for this one!

See ya tomorrow!

<3 AGF