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December 2016

AGF Quilt Block Collection Tutorial: Moroccan Quilt Block featuring Blithe Fabrics

Hello Makers,

What's your favorite quilt block to make? What are some quilt blocks you would like to learn? Today I have a beautiful Moroccan quilt block to share with you featuring Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella! Blithe fabrics give a romantic, whimsical vibe that makes it such a joy to sew with!

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In the middle of my Moroccan block I fussy cut  a bird from the Bird Songs Moon print which turns my creation into the most gorgeous quilt block! Get your sewing machine ready and learn how to create eight at a time half square triangles and flying geese using the corner triangle method! Click on the video tutorial below to learn how to make a Moroccan block for yourself!

 

Make sure to check out all the quilt blocks we have created so far: 

 #1- Fussy Cut Block featuring Hello Ollie fabric

#2- Dutchman’s Puzzle Block featuring Observer fabric

#3- Economy Block featuring Nightfall fabric

#4- Antique Tile Block featuring Lagom fabric

#5- Jack in the Box Block featuring Heartland fabric

#6-Churn Dash Block featuring Here Comes the Fun 

We would love to see your creations! Feel free to share on Social Media using hashtag #AGFquiltblockcollection. Stay tuned for the next addition to our quilt block collection featuring Garden Dreamer Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell!

 

Happy Holidays,

Melissa  

 


Let’s continue having fun with green and red fabrics - holiday sewing patterns

Hello awesome makers!

We are so happy by all the positive feedback we got about our Holiday Colorfun! I am glad that you love the colors combination and today it’s time to inspire you with some projects that can be sewn with the featured christmas fabrics. Red is a captivating color that keeps us warm on cold winter days and green is an color of hope. When you combine those together you can create an amazing Christmas mood. So let’s sew!

  1. Asymetrical blouse

Isn’t this pine tree fabric print just perfect for this year’s Christmas eve? What I especially like about the pattern is the asymmetric hem that is a bit longer in the back than in the front. :)

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  1. Reversible Baby Shoes

These shoes will make a great holiday gift for your little one. Since there is no exposed seams in the pattern, they are fully reversible. Use emerald green fabric for the outside and another Christmas fabric print for the outside of the shoes. You will be able to choose the side depending on the color of your baby's outfit.

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  1. Straight and  Steady Table Runner

How about sewing this table runner for your Christmas table? You can make it with traditional Christmas colors: red and green fabrics but I think that this navy blue print with gold stars( Midnight Roof) from the Wild and Free collection by Maureen Cracknell matches the holiday atmosphere perfectly as well!

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  1. Hobo Bag

You will make any girl happy by making her a beautiful bag this holiday season. I especially like the fussy cut details on the front of the bag. They add a special touch to it. :) 

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5.View Ridge Top

You can never have enough floral tops in your closet! I love this red floral fabric print from our organic fabric collection “Hello Ollie”. The gathered front detail adds an extra feminine touch to this top.

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Take a look once again at the prints featured in our Holiday Edition of Colorfun. Did you know that you can buy all the ColorFun fabric bundles in Fat Quater shop? Wouldn’t that just be perfect Christmas gift for a crafty person in your life? Or maybe just wrap it and put it under Christmas tree for yourself. ;)

Happy Holiday sewing!

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Add a Crafty Touch to Your Presents with AGF Gift tags

Howdy howdy everyone!

Christmas is next week and we are getting everything ready! What about you?

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As you all know, gifts are a way to show people you care about them and that you are thankful for everything they do for us. As makers we like things to look good and pretty. Especially those gifts we give to our loved ones on special occasions! I decided to create little gift tags so you can add more color to your Christmas presents. What I like about these tags is that they will take your gifts to another level, plus you can say they are handmade! I hope you enjoy and use them :)

 

click here to download the gift tags!

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I hope you guys enjoyed,

Caro

 


10 Crafty Holiday Stocking Stuffers

Hey there makers!

With the holidays around the corner, I know it’s crunch time to get all those handmade gifts finished on time. If you fear that you won’t have enough time to finish that special quilt or detailed pillow, don’t worry, I’ve prepared a list of stocking stuffers that your crafty friends will love. Check it out!

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1. Seam Fix seam ripper

Since I’m a beginner sewist I found myself using the seam ripper A LOT, but there’s always the issue of threads staying behind. When one of our product designers, Meli let me use her Seam Fix seam ripper my life changed. The rubber tip on the lid helps you pick up all the loose threads so that you can start sewing with a clean surface. No matter what level of a sewist you are, this tool is great!

2. Fabrics A to Z

If you have tons of friends who are obsessed with fabrics (like we are), this book is the perfect reference. Our designer, Dana Willard goes into detail explaining different substrates and their characteristics so that you can choose the right fabrics with confidence.

3. Woven Pin Cushion by Mister Domestic

A sewist can never have enough pin cushions and this one is special! I’m sure who ever receives this as a gift will be mesmerized by the detail of the design.

4. Cut, Pin, Stitch, Repeat Mug

We all know that there’s nothing better than finishing a sewing project with a nice cup of coffee or tea by your side. This cute mug designed by Sew Caroline, will bring a smile to your friends every time they take a sip as they sew. 

5. Wefty Needle

Speaking of woven things… with the huge trend in woven projects hitting the sewing scene, this is the tool that will get anyone hooked! Open the doors to the weaving world by giving your friends this simple tool.

6. Bohemian Patchwork Phone Case

If you have a friend that loves patchwork style, this case inspired by one of the prints in Pat Bravo’s upcoming collection Indie Boheme is perfect! It’s quilty, stylish, and techy all in one.

7. Vintage McCall’s Pattern Notebooks

If you have friends that like sketching out their projects first or like keeping a sewing journal, these notebooks are great! The covers feature old school McCall’s Pattern covers that will look cute on any desk.

8. Make Something Beautiful Coloring Book

After a long day, this beautiful coloring book designed by our designer Bari J. will bring you relaxation. For your friends who love florals and DIY art, the pages of this coloring book will bring them happiness.

9. Sewing Machine Necklace

What’s a better way of showing your devotion for sewing than with a little bling. This sewing machine necklace is a cute and classy gift for any sewing enthusiast.

10. Quilter’s Cut and Press Board

This is one of the most convenient tools any sewist can have! It’s a great day when you can press your quilt block without walking to the ironing board.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of crafty stocking stuffers. Let me know in the comments which ones are your favorite.

 

Happy Holidays!

Stephanie


SBB + AGF December Box

Hey there, fabric friends!

Have you ever had that moment when you’re almost done sewing all your holiday gifts, and you realize that you forgot to add someone to your list? Don’t worry, it has happened to all of us! One great solution that can solve this issue is a fabric subscription. Who wouldn’t love receiving fabrics every month, right?

Speaking of fabric subscriptions, we’re so excited that our friends at Stash Builder Box are featuring our fabrics again. Yay! Which means that if you and your friends love AGF and helping kids in need, this is a great time to get the December box. The month’s box features 3 yards of prints from Maureen Cracknell’s newest collection Garden Dreamer, a spool of Aurifil thread, a quilt pattern, and a cute pencil. But what truly makes me happy about this box is that the proceeds will go to the Give Kids the World Village. This is a non-profit resort that provides week long cost-free vacations to kids with life-threatening illnesses.

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Since we’re in the season of giving, Stash Builder Box has generously donated their December box and we’re giving it away to one lucky winner! The giveaway will run until Tuesday, December 20th. To enter the giveaway simply fill out the form below.

If you would like to receive a lovely box from Stash Builder Box or would like to gift one to a friend, visit the SBB website.  To receive this month’s box featuring AGF you must put in your order before December 15th. Any subscription placed after the 15th will receive next month’s box.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

-Stephanie

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CONGRATULATIONS Tricia you've won the SBB Giveaway! Check your email:)


The Wondrous World of Blithe by Katarina Roccella

Hello fabulous makers!

Isn’t it crazy how we’re only a few days away from the first day of winter? Unlike us in South Florida, many of you are already experiencing colder weather. One thing that’s great about the cool temperatures is that you feel more encouraged to stay indoors and sew! This is the perfect time to work on all your UFO’s, start new cozy quilts, and sew all kinds of winter garments.

One collection that’s ideal for winter is Blithe by Katarina Roccella. This beautiful collection is filled with frosty trees, confident deer, and subdued colors that will have you sewing in a winter wonderland. We must admit that this season, we’ll be experiencing winter vicariously through this collection.

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One thing I truly love about Blithe is that it was inspired by a beautiful quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  Katarina beautifully translates this quote visually through her use of grays, deep plum, and cool shades of blue.

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We prepared a wondrous look book for you to feast your eyes on mesmerizing quilts, comfy garments, and classy home décor. Check it out!

 

Oh, And this "Windowscape" FREE QUILT PATTERN is waiting for you to sew it! Doesn't it look cozy?

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Have some fun mixing and matching fabrics with this color guide. Choose your favorite coordinating blenders and start sewing!

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Now for the best part… If you want a magical bundle of Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella, make sure to enter our giveaway!

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To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends Monday, December 19th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with Blithe. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make!

Till next time,

Stephanie

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CONGRATULATIONS Brooke Osborne, you've won the Blithe Giveaway! Check your email:)

 

P.S. Check out this video for some fun moments from the Blithe photoshoot. Enjoy!