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5 Must Haves for Going Back to School in Style

 Hello Makers, 

It's the start of a brand new school year so let's make this the best year yet! Today I want to share 5  sewing patterns that will make going back to school not so bad! 


 Whether you or a loved one is heading back to school we are all in need for back to school essentials. I hope these sewing patterns will be helpful for the year to come! 

Playground Bernina Project

1. Back to School Binder Cover  

First on the list is the Back to School Binder Cover. No more boring three ring binders, with this binder cover you have a place for everything with a convenient front zipper pocket and a place to store your pens and pencils for easy access. The pattern even has a option to add handles so you carry your notes in style. We made our binder cover with Playground fabrics by Amy Sinibali adding touches of the AGF Denim Studio.


2. Enamor Back Pack

At AGF we are all in love with a good bag, whether it's a tote, purse, or back pack there is nothing better then a handmade bag! The first important thing you need for making a sturdy, well made bag is the right fabrics!  The Enamor Back Pack pattern  is made with varies denim fabric from the AGF Denim studio and  canvas fabric from the Joie de Vivre collection by Bari J.  

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3. Summer Swirl Lunch Bag 

When I was in middle school my second best part of the day was lunch time. First was of course recess! I never had a cool lunch bag like others in my class, my Mom always sent me to school with a brown paper bag lunch. If I could go back in time I would definitely make myself the Summer Swirl Lunch Bag.  Made with Fiesta fun fabric  by Dana Willard these lunch bags are the ideal way to do lunch! 

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4. Virginia Leggings

When I was in school the hardest thing to figure out wasn't math or biology class it was getting dressed every morning with something that was trendy and fashion forward but was also comfortable to wear. Where was AGF knit when I was going to school?! Try making a pair of these adorable Patchy Heart Leggings   designed by Megan Nielsen. Everyone in your class will be asking you where you got them. We made our legging with the bright yellow blender print print from Reverie fabrics. We added cute heart patches at the knees using our solid turquoise knit

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 5. Love Story and All you need is Love Pillow 

These decorative pillows are screaming dorm room essential! The Love Story pillow and the All you need is Love pillow are so fun and playful. Made with Letters fabrics and a mix of our pure element solids these pillow would make the most sweetest gift! Send your loved ones off to school with lots of love! 


What is your favorite back to school memory?  I have a lot of great memories but my favorite was when I was a senior in high school and my sister was a freshman. I felt so proud being able to drive us to school and being able to show her around on her first day! Being a big sister is the best! Comment below and share your favorite back to school moments. 

 Lots of Love, 


AGF Quilt Block Collection: Brighten your day by making a Morning Star Block

Hello Makers, 

What have you been working on lately? I know summer time can mean more fun out in the sun and less time hanging out with your sewing machine which is why I love to wake up early and get some sewing done before I start my day. A nice cup of coffee and some easy to listen to music in the background as I sew something new, it gives my day a jump start! How do you all fit a little extra sewing into your day? 

The Fusions lookbook is out and I am overloaded with inspiration. My favorite new fusion is the Spices Fusion. The colorful cotton fabrics and floral fabric call my name! Which is why I decided to make the Morning Star Block with this scrumptious fabric.  


Have fun watching the video below to make a Morning Star block of your very own! To find the free pattern sheet make sure to watch the video on our youtube channel, the link is in the description box below the video! 

We would love to see your beautiful quilt blocks so please share them using the #agfquiltblockcollection!

What quilt block would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy Sewing, 



Get to know Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic in a funny ping pong questions interview!

Hello makers!

Isn't that amazing how passion connects us? We just feel like we know each other because we love sewing and fabric and we could spend hours talking about projects, techniques, sewing tools etc. This is what happened to Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic. Their love for sewing and quilting connected them and based on that passion an amazing friendship flourished. They created together video series EPP party that teaches English Paper Piecing. I hope that you participate in EPP already, if not you must visit Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic blogs and see all the EPP blocks they have shared so far. 


Ok, so we know that Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic share the same passion,  but do they agree on everything when it comes to sewing and every day life? Watch the fun video below and see what they agree and disagree on:)

I hope you had a good laugh! 

Happy sewing!


Mister Domestic's Sewing Party 2 with Fusions & Capsules Collections

Hello, fabulous makers!

It’s the start of the week and I hope you’re ready to get inspired! Do you remember some time ago when Mister Domestic hosted his first sewing party? It was filled with stunning quilts and a variety of cool projects made with our first round of Fusions and Capsules fabric collections. Not to mention that all the makers who participated were ah-mazing!


Since Mister Domestic knows how to have fun, he’s hosting another party. Stay tuned this week for Mister Domestic’s Sewing Party 2! This party will be featuring our new Capsule collection Le Vintage Chic and our newest Fusions (Woodlands, Spices, Bachelorette, and Reverie). It’s going to be out of this world!

Make sure to visit each maker’s blog to see all the beautiful projects they have made with Art Gallery Fabrics. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with everyone’s projects!

August 28th - Justin Stafford | @keatonquilts &

August 29th - Kristi McDonough | @schnitzelandboo &

August 30th - Paola Baker | @loveoffabrics

August 31st - Alisa Kutsel | @astitchinbetween &

September 1st - Elise Baek | @eliseandemelie &

September 2nd - Mathew Boudreaux | @misterdomestic &

You won’t want to miss this party! Feel free to follow all these awesome makers on Instagram and let me know in the comments who’s project you’re excited to see the most. 


‘Til next time,


New Fusions collections by AGF to fall in love with!

Hello, fab makers!

Today is an exciting day because we’re releasing our second group of Fusions collections! To refresh your memory, Fusions are our group of bite-size collections that consist of 10 prints from our AGF designers that have been curated into conceptual themes. Each print that is selected for Fusions has been re-colored to coordinate with each theme.

This second group of Fusions is filled with style, color, and of course beautiful prints you’ll love. Whether you’re in a romantic sewing mood or you’re feeling a little bit more sophisticated, I’m sure this second group is going to take your breath away! Let’s check them out!

Bachelorette Fusion 

For this range we paired up bold florals with minimal hand drawn elements to create a feminine collection that’s sophisticated yet youthful. The mix of bright pinks coordinated with dusty teals, greens, and a hint of white will take you back to heartfelt days filled with love notes and crushes.

Featured designers: Bari J., Pat Bravo, Sharon Holland, Maureen Cracknell, Bonnie Christine, Caroline Hulse


Spices Fusion

For this Fusion we wanted to take you to a far away land filled with rich colors reminiscent of an exotic Bazaar! Spices Fusions is filled with lush florals, subtle geometrics with an organic touch, and a whole lot of spice that will add flavor to your sewing.

Featured designers: Katarina Roccella, Pat Bravo, Bari J., Bonnie Christine


Reverie Fusions

If you’re looking for dreamy fabric for a girl’s nursery or you’re thinking of making sweet dresses, you’re going to love Reverie Fusions. Delicate blooms are combined with playful shapes and words topped off by soft shades of tangerine, turquoise, and pink.

Featured designers: Pat Bravo, Amy Sinibaldi, Katarina Roccella, Bonnie Christine, Caroline Hulse, AGF Studio



Woodlands Fusions 

Last but not least, we present to you Woodlands Fusions. This range shows off an eclectic romance with painterly florals, minimal lines, and everyone’s favorite print - the buck forest. Each design is enhanced with classic colors such as navy, deep red, and hints of coral that will enchant you.

Featured designers: Bari J., AGF Studio, Sharon Holland, Maureen Cracknell, Bonnie Christine, Katarina Roccella



Now, that you’ve gotten a glimpse of all the new Fusions, you have to check out the Lookbook! It’s filled with beautiful quilts, pillows, garments and more!



Make sure to download all four of the free quilt patterns also! (click each name to download the pattern)


Possibilities Quilt Pattern - Bachelorette Fusions

Bright Markers Quilt Pattern - Spices Fusions

Apricity - Reverie Fusions

Unconditional - Woodlands Fusions


Time for the best part! You can add all four bite-size collections to your stash by entering our giveaway!

To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends August 30th at 3:00pm est. Good luck!

I hope you love the new Fusions as much as we do!


Till next time!




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Meet our new AGF designer: Jessica Swift

Hey there, makers!

How’s your summer going so far? Here at AGF we’ve had an amazing summer and it’s about to get better because we’re getting ready to reveal our Fall 2017 collections. This is always an exciting time filled with all kinds of surprises! Today, we’re ecstatic to introduce you to the new addition to the AGF family. Makers of the world, meet Jessica Swift, our new licensed designer for our Angles division!


We want you to get to know Jessica, so we’ve prepared a little interview with her. Get ready to learn all about her inspirations, her design process, and all the things she loves. So without further ado, here is Jessica Swift!

AGF: Hey, Jessica! We’re so excited to have you as part of the AGF family! Tell all the maker’s about yourself.

Jessica: Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be part of the AGF family. What a dream!

I’m a full-time artist and surface designer in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I live here with my husband, our almost-2-year old adorable baby boy, and our two sweet cats. I just recently moved into my brand new dream studio, located in a new building that was constructed right in our backyard. It’s the first studio I’ve ever worked in with good light and room for all of my various creative projects – digital pattern/textile design, painting, clay, and of course sewing!


My mom was a dollmaker while I was growing up in Boulder, Colorado, and she taught me to sew at a young age; I’ve never been a very advanced sewist, but I did recently take a class where I learned to sew a dress from a pattern, and that was really fun! I’m pretty psyched to have a wonderful excuse to start sewing more now. :)

In addition to designing and creating, I also teach a popular online course called Pattern Camp and run a membership group for creatives called Campfire. Basically, I have a lot of projects going on all the time! And on top of all that, I’m with my little main squeeze, Coen, almost all the time, so life is busy. So so good, but busy (and filled with messes, haha)!

AGF: When was the first time you fell in love with surface pattern design and how did you turn your artistic dream into a reality?

Jessica: I have loved surface pattern design since before I even know it was a thing. I remember my grandmother telling me once when I was probably 10 or 11 years old that I should be a fabric designer (I am not making this up!). She was a quilter and a collector of an insane amount of fabric. I love imagining her watching me drawing patterns at her kitchen table and dreaming of sewing with my fabrics one day. Sadly she’s not alive anymore, but I love this memory. So, in a sense I’ve been in love with surface design as early as I can remember, really. But in its current digital form, I fell in love with surface design back in 2006 or so. I discovered design blogs and Etsy and people making patterns and partnering with companies to turn them into products. I didn’t realize this was actually a career that people could have; one that could be available to me. I was a working artist at the time (a painter), and the minute I discovered digital pattern design it was just something in my gut that said THIS IS MY PATH. I just knew. It was like a remembering.

Once I realized I could actually be a pattern designer, it was full steam ahead. I was obsessed. I barely knew how to use a computer beyond emailing and searching the internet, so I had to teach myself how to use Adobe Illustrator, which was no easy task. It took about a year of me learning and playing and making mistakes and getting frustrated and forging ahead anyway before I successfully created my first repeat. From then on I was absolutely hooked.

I obsessively made patterns and got them out onto the internet however I could, and I was lucky to catch the attention of an art director at an ad agency who was working with T Mobile on a cell phone case design project. They wanted to use a few of my designs, so that was my first-ever licensing deal, just a few months after I created my first repeat. It was so unexpected! I took it as a sign that I was on the right path. I exhibited at my first trade show – Printsource, in New York City – in January 2009 and sold several designs. These early successes boosted my confidence and helped me keep pushing forward. Honestly, with the way my career unfolded in the early days, it feels like it was absolutely meant to be.

AGF: How would you describe your artistic style?

Jessica: My style is colorful, quirky, playful, and bold. I don’t shy away from strong and bright colors, and I like it when my work makes people smile. My style is happy, I think!

AGF: For Spring 2018 you’ll be releasing your first collection with AGF, Tallinn. Can you give us a little glimpse of what this collection will be about?


Jessica: Yes! I can’t wait for this collection to live in the world and to see how people use it. It’s inspired by my travels through Eastern Europe as a young 20-something; seeing swans swimming on the cold Baltic Sea, wandering for miles through Czech villages and farmland to visit a distant monastery, happening upon a giant circus while out walking in Hungary, onion domes and castles and the magic of finding yourself in a magical, foreign land. I hope everyone loves it!

AGF: When creating designs, how do you gather inspiration?

Jessica: I gather a lot of inspiration from being out in nature and from traveling, I think probably like many designers do. I get my best ideas while out walking, so often I’ll think/dream while out in the neighborhood and then come back to gather images from my own travels as well as online, in magazines and books, etc. I snap photos of interesting color combinations that I see out in the world and I sometimes use pinterest boards as well to gather my thoughts about color and imagery. The internet allows for so much easy inspiration gathering these days. But really, I try to begin sourcing everything straight from my own memories, imagination, and surroundings/explorations – I find that’s always an inspiring place to begin.

AGF: Explain your creative process when designing fabrics from start to finish.

Jessica: It begins in my imagination, sitting, thinking, waiting for an image or a concept to come into my mind. From there, I typically look through previous patterns and collections that I’ve created to see if it sparks any starting points (looking through my own work always helps me tune everything else out and get into creation mode). I often gather images from books and the internet at this stage and gather them up in a pinterest board or folder on my computer that I can easily access.

I tend to play with colors at the start of a collection. I’ll set an initial color palette to work with, even though I know this will likely change throughout the design process. Playing with Pantone books and putting colors together is so much fun! I find it helps me to have some parameters to work within in this way.

Next I start drawing motifs, these days mostly on my iPad Pro. I don’t really have a plan at this point – I just draw a bunch of stuff and then bring it onto my computer when I’ve got a good collection of images. That’s when the real fun begins and I can start placing them in different groupings and designs, start coloring, and start putting the pieces of the puzzle together, if you will. Sometimes the main design will come first, sometimes not. Sometimes I’ll work on a few prints at the same time, sometimes not. Sometimes I bounce back and forth between designs, letting one where I’m stuck sit for a while, working on another in the meantime, and then coming back to it later.


I tend to design all my main, busier prints first, because those come more naturally to me, and then fill the collection in with some blender fabrics later. You’d think those would be easier to create, but for me they’re more challenging!

I tend to design more prints than I need, knowing that some won’t make it to the final collection. The process of combining them and envisioning them together and what they could potentially be used for is ongoing throughout the design of the collection. I often re-work a print a few times, too, depending on what else has I’ve designed for the collection along the way. It’s a very fluid and malleable process, and it’s one that looks different every time I design, really! A print that I love and am attached to just may not work in the collection the way I originally designed it, so I have to stay open to designs changing to fit in with the whole rather than just being something I love on its own.

There’s a lot of back and forth conversation with Pat, too, throughout the design process, and her expert insight and advice is invaluable!

AGF: When you’re not designing, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Jessica: I spend a lot of time hanging out with my toddler, which I love so much. We go on a lot of walks, go to the library, paint and draw together, read books, make forts, build things with blocks and legos…. he’s the greatest. I also spend time running with friends (we almost always have a half-marathon or something on the calendar) and I exercise regularly throughout the week. This helps keep me sane and happy. I like to do things with my family like go camping and on hikes and bike ride around the neighborhood and to the farmers market. I like to lay on the couch and talk to my husband in the evening when our schedules align, and I also love to crawl into bed early and watch a show on the laptop before bed (guilty pleasure! Lately it’s reruns of Sex and the City, haha). Gardening, cooking, and reading books are all things I enjoy as well but that I don’t seem to have/make enough time for these days.

AGF: What do you look forward to the most as a fabric designer for an amazing community filled with quilters and sewists?

Jessica: Oh boy, I just can’t wait to see what amazing creations this amazing community makes with my fabric! It’s going to be so fun to see which fabrics people like the most and the creative ways they combine them, and maybe most importantly, I’m really looking forward to LEARNING from everyone here. I’m excited to start making more clothing and to learn to quilt, and I don’t think there is a better or more inspiring community to learn from!



We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Jessica! Stay tuned for some more surprises coming in the next few days.

'Til next time,