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February 2016

AGF + Snapchat = The fun behind the scenes.

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

Hope you're enjoying the week! Things are getting more and more fun around the AGF HQ (cough we'll be releasing The Denim Studio soon cough lol).  As you might know, we love sharing all the fun things we do on social media. During the last Quilt Market in Houston (Can you believe it's almost time for market again?), we gave tours of our booths and Sample Spree with the help of Periscope, a live video streaming app that allows users to see real time interaction. This was received with so much positivity and gratitude, that we plan on bringing you more live streams in the next few weeks. In addition to Periscope, today we're here to tell you about a fun new way to follow everything we do at the AGF HQ. Sewists and quilters, we present to you Snapchat! (add us: ArtGalleryFab)

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For those of you who aren't familiar with this app, it is a social media outlet where people are able to send photos and videos with short captions. When shared, these pictures and videos can only be viewed for a few seconds. You may be wondering, "What's the point of seeing something for a few seconds?" Well, you're able to share your candid moments without worrying about them staying on your feed forever. Since we want you to get know the AGF team better, here's what you can expect to see in our Snapchat!

AGF Snapchat Stories:

  • Behind the scenes (photoshoots, AGFHQ, Quilt Market, etc.)
  • Happy mail
  • Daily Inspiration 

You are probably thinking "Gabs, all this sounds great, BUT HOW DO I USE THIS APP?" Good thing I have a little a little 101 on how Snapchat works and how you can use it. Once you download the application from your app center, setting up an account is easy. (just follow the steps)

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Once you have created your account, this is what the Home-screen will look like.  Art gallery fabrics snapchat 101
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In case you're wondering what all these icons mean, here is a little break down (from left to right).

  • Camera Flash toggle: This option let you turn the flash on/off before you take your picture.
  • Ghost Icon (center): Takes you to your profile.
  • Front facing camera/ "selfie" toggle: Lets you flip the camera so you can take tons of sewing selfies.
  • Notifications: This little square lets you know if any of your friends have shared a snap with you. If they have, a little pink number will show up.
  • Circle (in the middle): This is where the action happens! You can tap it to take a picture or hold the circle to take a video.

Now that you know how to get around your Snapchat home screen, let's take a visit to your profile. Tap on the ghost in the middle of the screen (refer to the image 2, above for reference). 

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This is where you're able to view and add friends. (Remember to add us: ArtGalleryFab) You might want to click on the setting tab (see image 3, above for reference) to have an overview of your account, uncover some goodies, and  protect your privacy.
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Now let's move on to the fun stuff (YAY!)! Once on the home-screen, you can now take a picture or a video and can start editing your "Snap". This Snap can be sent privately to one person (or more) or can simply be added to your story. But, wait! What's a story? A Snapchat story, is all of your "snaps" combined in to a personal narrative that you can share with all of your friends. This is a fun way of summarizing your day full of sewing and giving your friends insights of what you are working on.
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This is what the "Story" window looks like. In it you will find your story, stories by brands (this is where i get my daily news from),  live trending stories happening around the world (curated by Snapchat), as well as, your friends' stories.

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And if all this still sounds a bit to confusing, enjoy this short video by Joanna Stern for the WSJ, where she guides you through the app in a series of quick "snaps." You can also view the How-to guide Snapchat has written, that contain extensive explanations of each feature.


Can't wait to see you all on the Snapchat side, remember to add us: ArtGalleryFab and if you have some questions, or if things aren't clear, be sure to drop me a line in the comment section below and I'll be happy to point you the right way... 

Until Next time, 

XO

G


With Love from AGF

Hey there, everyone! 

As the season of love is upon us, we have put together a list of things you can easily make\do for that special someone. Even though, these projects have a Valentine's theme, they can be done all year 'round. (Warning some selfish-sewing might be involved!) So, lets get started with projects that will make this love filled holiday extra special (We have something for everybody!). Since, a little selfish sewing never hurt anybody, here are a couple of ideas on what to wear on that special night. Feel free to flip thru our lookbooks to find inspiration.

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(Find these patterns in our lookbooks. Click here to make the Flee and Flourish dress, here for the Paperie top and Skirt, and here for the "date night dress") 

Here are a few adorable Valentine’s Day treats you can make if you are attending or hosting a Valentine's day party. (Anything chocolate-covered gets bonus points.) 

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 And you can also turn your favorite fruit, snacks, and candy into big smiles with these creative Valentines, that are perfect for classmates and\or co-workers. 

 TreatsNEW If you are anything like us, you take pride in wrapping your presents in a unique way. It's definitely, a great way to showcase your creativity and your passion for crafts, so Here are some cute ways of making your gifts look extra special.

Wrapping ideas

And of course, no present is complete without a personalized valentine's card. This is why, we decided to make these free printable, inspired by our latest collections Heart Melodies and Chalk and Paint

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We hoped to have inspired you to create something beautiful! 

XO

G


Heart Melodies by AGF Studio

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 Hi everyone! 

Hope you are doing great!  We are happy to be releasing this collection just in time for valentines days. (come back to the blog tomorrow, and find all the DIY porjects you can make on valentine) Inspired by love and music (a few of my favorites) Heart Melodies by AGF Studio, tells a story of innocent and up-beat lyrics composed by instruments.ArtGalleryFabrics_HeartMelodies_Pillow_1

This romantic and feminine collection is filled with with tones of potent purple and melodic beige,as an alternative fusion for the indie romantics which also mixes shocking pink, and soft blues.

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Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, (we have a thing for teas!) and get comfortable and let us romanced you with this inspirational lookbook we have created,  remember some have links to patterns + instructions. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Snuggle under this cozy and soothing quilt, while listening to your favorite tunes and let your imagination run free. Click here to find the "Press Play" free quilt pattern. 

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Mix and match this romantic collection with some AGF Elements to add the finishing touches to any project.

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Don't forget to enter our giveaway! WIN this fat quarter bundle and do a little selfish sewing or make a few things for your loved ones. 

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CONGRATULATIONS to "Dovile" on winning the Heart Melodies Bundle! 
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You can enter the giveaway by simply: 

Giveaways ends Feb 11th at 3pm EST and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this very post. 

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Happy Sewing,

Gabs


Heart Melodies Fabric/ Love Song Table Runner Tutorial

Hello Makers, 

Today I have been sewing with one of our new AGF Studio collections called Heart Melodies! I have definitely fallen in love, with the feminine, soft, beautiful hues as well as the music inspired theme behind the collection! This fabric collection is perfect for the person in your life who loves to create music as well as those of us who appreciate the beauty that music brings to our lives. I decided to create a table runner tutorial called Love Song. It consists of two different blocks that I have mixed with our snow Pure Element which showcases Heart Melodies prints quite nicely.  

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Here is what you need to get started: 

Fabric Requirements

Fabric A- HME-70409- 1/3 yd.
Fabric B-HME-80408- 1 FQ
Fabric C-HME-70407- 1 FQ
Fabric D-HME-80404 - 1 FQ
Fabric E-HME-70408- 3/8 yd.
Fabric F-HME-80405- 1 FQ
Fabric G- PE-433- 3/8 yd.

Binding - Fabric E- 170” long- approx. 4 strips- included
Backing- HME-70402- 1 yd.

Cutting Directions

Twelve (12) 3” x 3“ squares from Fabric A
Twelve (12) 3” x 5 1/2“ rectangles from Fabric A
Four (4) 2 1/2” x 5 1/2“ strips from Fabric B
Four (4) 2 1/2” x 3“ rectangle from Fabric B
One (1) 5 1/2” x 10 1/2“ ” rectangle from Fabric C and F
Two (2) 3“ x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric C and F

Four (4) 3“ x 3” squares from Fabric D
Two (2) 3” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric D
Four (4) 3” x 10 1/2” strips from Fabric D
One (1) 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” square from Fabric E

Eight (8) 3“ x 3” squares from Fabric G
Eight (8) 2“ x 3” rectangle from Fabric G
Sixteen (16) 3“ x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric G
Four (4) 3” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric G

Blocks

To create block 1 take two 3” squares from Fabric G and sew it to each side of a 3” x 5 1/2” strip form Fabric C. Repeat this same step again to get to pieces that look like Diagram 1.

 

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Next take a 5 1/2” x 10 1/2” rectangle from Fabric C. Sew each piece made in Diagram 1 to each side. (Diagram 2)

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Next take a 3” square from Fabric A and sew it to a 2“x 3” rectangle from Fabric G. (Diagram 3.1) Then sew a 3” x 4 1/2” strip from Fabric G to the top of it! (Diagram 3.2) Repeat this same process and make a total of 4 of this blocks.

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Now take the blocks created in Diagram 3.2 and sew to each side of a 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” strip from Fabric B. Repeat this step twice to get to pieces that look like Diagram 4.

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Take the piece created in Diagram 2 and sew each piece created in Diagram 4 to the top and bottom. (Diagram 5)

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Next take a 2 1/2” x 3” rectangle from Fabric B and sew two 3” x 4 1/2” strips from Fabric G to each end. (Diagram 6)

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Take two 3” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric A and sew to each end of the piece made in Diagram 6. (Diagram 7) Repeat this step again to get two pieces that look like

Diagram 7.

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Sew pieces made in Diagram 7 to each side of the piece from Diagram 5. Following the table runner illustration as a guide create another block 1 using the remaining fabric pieces.

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To create block 2, take two 3” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric G and sew it to each side of a 5 1/2” square from Fabric E.

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Next take two 3” squares from Fabric D and sew to a 3” x 5 1/2” strip from Fabric G. Repeat this step again.

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Sew the two pieces made in Diagram 10 to the top and bottom of the piece made in Diagram 9. (Diagram 11)

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Now take two 3” x 10 1/2” strips from Fabric D and sew it to each side of the piece created in Diagram 11.

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Take two 3” squares from Fabric A and sew it to a 3” x 10 1/2” strip from Fabric D. Repeat this step a second time.  

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Next take two 3” x 5 1/2” strips from Fabric A and sew to each end of a 3” x 5 1/2” strip from Fabric D. Repeat this step again. (Diagram 14)

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Following Diagram 15, sew together pieces made in Diagram 12, 13 and 14.  

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Once all three of your blocks are complete sew together following the quilt illustration as guide. 

 

Table Runner Quilting Assembly 

  • Place BACKING FABRIC on a large surface wrong side up. Stretch it with masking tape against that surface. Place batting on top of backing fabric. Place quilt top on top of the batting with right side facing up. Smooth away wrinkles using your hands. Pin all layers together and baste with basting thread, using long stitches. You can also use safety pins to join the layers.
  • Machine or hand quilt starting at the center and working towards the corners. Remember that quilting motifs are a matter of personal preference. Have fun choosing yours! After you finish, trim excess of any fabric batting, squaring the quilt to proceed to bind it.

Binding

  • Cut enough strips 1 ½” wide by the width of Fabric E to make a final strip of 170” long. Start sewing the binding strip in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt, placing the strip right side down and leaving an approximate 5” tail. Sew with ¼” seam allowance (using straight stitch), aligning the strip’s raw edge with the quilt top’s raw edge.
  • Stop stitching ¼” before the edge of the quilt (Diagram B1). Clip the threads. Remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Fold the strip in a motion of 45 degrees and upward, pressing with your fingers. (Diagram B2) Hold this fold with your finger; bring the strip down in line with the next edge, making a horizontal fold that aligns with the top edge of the quilt (Diagram B3). Start sewing at ½” of the border, stitching all the layers. Do the same in the four corners of the quilt.
  • Stop stitching before you reach the last 5 or 6 inches. Cut the threads and remove the quilt from under the machine presser foot. Lay the loose ends of the binding flat along the quilt edge, folding the ends back on themselves where they meet. Press them together to form a crease. Using this crease as the stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding with right sides together (you can help yourself by marking with a pencil if the crease is difficult to see).Trim seam to ¼” and press open. Complete the sewing. Turn binding to back of the quilt, turn raw edge inside and stitch by hand using blind stitch.

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Hope you all enjoyed the Love Song table runner tutorial! The colors are so pretty and romantic and would make the perfect Valentine's Day gift for a friend. Stay tuned for the Heart Melodies Fabric Project Catalog coming soon, where you can find more great projects designed with Heart Melodies fabric!

Happy Sewing,

Melissa