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February 2019

Introducing Our AGF "Rayon Striped!"

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Calling all you rayon lovers! We have some SUPER EXCITING news for you! For the FIRST TIME EVER, we’re launching four, new rayons that are filled with STRIPES...meaning you’ll have more options to play with regarding prints. From a white and black combination to blue, teal, and a mustard (my fave), these RAYON STRIPED fabrics are timeless go-to’s and extremely versatile for so many different kinds of sewing projects. 

Our rayon is 100% natural (made from wood pulp), so it’s extremely lightweight and flowy that creates an ultra smooth hand and delicate drape. If you've never sewn or felt our rayon, I highly recommend you get your hands on some, ASAP. It's seriously so dreamy feeling! I have several dresses made from our rayon and LOVE the way they feel, the colors also hold up after each wash.

Since we love thinking “outside the box,” we decided to switch things up for this substrate’s fabric lookbook and create not only garments but a quilt and some fun accessories too. This lookbook was a lot of fun to put together, so we hope it inspires you to try something different and sew outside your comfort zone, especially with quilts. :)

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For more rayon-filled projects that include a quilt, garments and cute accessories like scrunchies and scarves, head over to our "Rayon Striped Lookbook! 

 

 

Here's our dreamy "Stripy Quilt" for you to sew up using our rayon, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

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Download Quilt Pattern

Enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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For the prize, you'll receive 5 YARDS of your FAVORITE, Rayon Striped! (white + black, blue, teal, or mustard)

 To enter this giveaway, please click here. Giveaway ends Friday, February 22nd, 2019.

Winner will be announced here on our blog. Open Internationally.

Good luck! 

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PARTY TIME with Mister Domestic and Aura Fabrics

 

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Hey Everyone! Mister Domestic,  one of our lovely, talented designers is having a  party and you're all invited! Save the dates for Feb 11th- March 16th because during those weeks we will be seeing amazing projects made by the impressive list of markers below! All of them will be sewing with Mister Domestic’s latest collection called Aura!

 

Haven’t sewn with Aura Fabrics yet? Well after seeing all the inspiring projects during the weeks to come you will want to get your hands on some.

Can’t wait and want to see projects this instant sewn with Aura fabrics, well your in luck. Our Aura Fabric Project Catalog has a great array of different sewing projects to get your creative juices flowing!  

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Four amazing makers have already shared there Aura makes so make sure to head to their blogs to join in on the party.

While your at it if you want to see more impressive projects check out the Blog Party Mister Domestic had for his debut collection called Loved to Pieces!  

Let me know in the comments if you coming to the party! I can’t wait to follow along and check out all these makers blogs and creations! Make sure to share with all you sewing friends! The more the merrier!

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


PURE SOLIDS-Truth about Quilting Cottons and all you need to know about AGF SOLIDS

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Hello Makers,

Don’t say we didn’t tell you! Our Pure Elements are now PURE SOLIDS. They have new characteristics you’ll love while maintaining the virtues that made them famous. I am here to tell you all about PURE SOLIDS.

For those that have been sewing with PURE SOLIDS for some time now, you truly understand and FEEL THE DIFFERENCE already! But for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, let me breakdown all you need to know about our PURE SOLIDS and what makes them so great!


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Color is everything, especially when it comes to quilting. We all gravitate to different shades and hues and finding that perfect tone that matches with the fabrics you pull to create your quilt is extremely important. To create that jaw-dropping, mouth-watering quilt most often times it has to do with the proper amount of color and contrast!


Making sure you have a variety of different coordinating and contrasting colors is a must. Our selection of PURE SOLIDS is comprised of 79 hues that add that special touch of
Pure Color” to your sewing projects. AND GUESS WHAT! We are launching 20 NEW colors to add to your sewing arsenal! I have had the honor of having a look at all the NEW colors and take it from me it’s so exciting and I can’t wait to get my creative little hands on these new trend-setting shades!

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Now you may be wondering what gives our PURE SOLIDS that vibrant glowing shine? Well let me let you in on our little secret, AGF has an EXCLUSIVE and IMPROVED dip dye process that is used on all of our juicy array of colors, which creates more brilliant colors than any other solid fabrics in the market! And because of this process, the color on the back of the fabric is just as stunning and vivid as the front, which makes our solids reversible. In other words, you don’t even need to worry what is the wrong or right side of the fabric!! PRETTY COOL huh? :)

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OK, let me enlighten you on some more fabric magic! NOT ALL 100% cotton are treated equally! Thread count plays a big role in the outcome of the finished fabric. The higher the thread count, the more luxurious and magnificent the feel and radiance. PURE SOLIDS thread count is 133" x 72", this plays a key factor in creating that perfect “silky” feel which also makes our cotton excellent to use for making garments! Our premium cotton has the softest hand and the lowest shrinkage percentage (1% - 2%). They almost don’t fray, making them ideal for all kind of projects.

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From what I have learned, thread count isn’t the only important factor when trying to find the best quilting cotton to sew with! The thickness of the threads used are also equally as important. The thinner the thread the more soft drapey feel.

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Our PURE SOLIDS  are super easy to care for as well! Machine wash warm, normal cycle. Use only non-chlorine bleach. Tumble dry medium and use a warm iron. What I LOVE THE MOST is because of our high thread count our fabrics will wrinkle less than other fabrics in the market. Which I don't know about you, but I despise ironing and the shorter time I spend ironing the BETTER! :) Also, by following the fabric care that I mentioned above you do not have to worry about the color fading, the exclusive dip dying process I mentioned earlier keeps your fabrics that same vibrant color even after tons of washes!

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One thing that is MEGA important to me as a sewist/consumer of goods is understanding the process the products I am buying go through before it gets to my doorstep. Have you watched the Netflix documentary called “STINK” yet? If you haven’t I encourage you to educate yourself because knowledge is POWER! In this documentary, they share with you that a lot of things that we purchase on a daily basis, which we think are safe are not as SAFE as we think they are, and what’s even more disheartening is these products are designed specifically to incorporate these chemicals knowing the consequences they could have on the human body.

That’s why it’s SOOOOO important to us as a company that we are confidently offering products that are safe for you and our environment, so you know that the handmade quilts, garments and sewing projects you create for your loved ones are truly made with love.

 

All of the products we offer are internationally OEKO-TEX certified. Head to their site to learn more about this process. We use environmentally safe inks to create our fabrics because we are as much NATURE LOVERS as we are fabric lovers.

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We believe in delivering quality, PURE COLOR, and fabrics that will last the test of time. To view our full selection of colors click here! I hope for those of you who haven’t given our PURE SOLIDS a try, grab a few colors and let us know what you think! You all mean the world to us and we want you sewing with nothing but the best which we work hard to bring you!

 

Make sure to follow us on our social media in the weeks to come for more colorful inspiration and the release of our NEW COLORS!

Happy Sewing,

Meli  

 

 


Printable Valentine's Card- AGF Style

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Can you believe Valentine’s Day is only a few days away?! I’m excited to stay home with my loved ones, watch movies, and eat my homemade kettle corn! One of my favorite things to do is make homemade cards, it was always a small creative outlet for me and the best part was to give someone who would really appreciate it. If you’re preparing little goodies too, we made these Valentine's card that combines your love for handmade crafts, as well as your love for that special someone.

This year we wanted to add some quilty elements with a catchy phrase, to go perfectly with any box of chocolate, roses, or fabric (😉 haha)!  The cards feature elements from Signature by Sharon Holland, Wonderful Things by Bonnie Christine, Paperie and Sonata by Amy Sinibaldi. So load up your printer with paper (or you could use card stock if you’re feeling fancy) and click the link below to download the card.

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DOWNLOAD VALENTINE'S CARD HERE

Each sheet of paper will perfectly fold into one card, with more room in the inside of the card for a written message. If you’re printing these lovely cards, feel free to let me know in the comments below what you plan on gifting it with!

 

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s day,

 

-Jannelle

 

 

 

 


Sewing with Color - How to Make a "Kentucky Chain" Block

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Hello Makers,

Do you ever have problems finding the perfect go-to blenders to match back with your main fabrics when creating your quilts? I am a print girl all the way but sometimes you need a solid or blender to mix into your quilt to truly appreciate all the beautiful prints and to add contrast to make your fabrics shine. If you are a Pat Bravo fan like me and already have prints from her previous collections then you definitely need to get your hands on her new collection called Matchmade! This collection was meticulously curated to work back with all her previous fabric collections. Of course, Matchmade fabrics also work well on its own or mixing with other various prints you may have.

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What I love most about Matchmade is there are five different designs coordinated into four welcoming color groups, berry, gold, foliage and midnight! These tonal prints are just marvelous to sew with. I had the privilege of whipping up the free quilt pattern for this collection and these fabrics against the black solid background is just out of this world.

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Berry is by far my favorite color group because I am all about the color pink! But I just had to whip up a block in every color group! In the video below follow along with me to make the Kentucky Chain block. Also, vote on your favorite block! I can’t decide! :)

 

I can’t wait to see what you all make with Matchmade fabrics for inspiration make sure to check out our new Fabric Project Catalog.

Happy Sewing,

Meli


Made for Each Other: Matchmade Collection

“I am super excited to introduce my latest collection “MATCHMADE” to all of you! I hope you don’t feel surprised because these kind of lines are not what I normally do, but I felt it was necessary to compliment my work!” - Pat Bravo

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If you're a huge fan of our designer Pat Bravo's collections, then we have some NEWS for you! Pat came up with this very unique approach to create a fabric collection that acts as blenders for her previous collections like Legendary, Indie Folk and Indie Boheme. Since her style has always been very intricate, ornate and edgy, she wanted to offer makers fabrics that act as a "solid but that's not too solid" to create entire quilts and other projects. Ranging in Pat’s signature colors like bold teals, magentas, spiced mustards, these twenty fabrics have textured, little designs to add depth and unexpected details to any sewing project. They’re perfect for creating entire quilts as well as home decor, garments, and accessories like boho bags and totes. You’ll fall in love with all the options you can pair within this collection. 

For more colorful projects inspo, head over to our "Matchmade Fabric Lookbook!" 

 

 

Here's our lovely "Soultmates Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle for your fabric stash by signing up to our giveaway!

Congratulations to our winner, Sandy Barse! Please check your email. :)

*Once you have entered the giveaway it's normal for your information to disappear. To confirm your entry check your email for a confirmation and approve it. By entering our giveaway you'll be automatically signed up for our newsletters. Don't worry, we don't spam!