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November 2020

Autumn Is Here: Kismet Fabrics

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Happy Friday! 

You know it’s going to be a good Friday when we have another lookbook coming out back to back! We are working hard here at AGF so we can come out with the latest and greatest before the holidays, and this week we were so excited to put Sharon Holland’s Kismet lookbook together. Now I know I am not the only one feeling a certain way about this collection because I have already seen so many beautiful projects on social media with these fabrics! Without a doubt, this collection is one of my favorites! The RICH colors, the florals, and it’s little boho elements makes me swoon. If you haven’t already, you must check out the hashtag #AGFKismet, there are some talented makers out there making the prettiest things with these fabrics that you don’t want to miss! 

Ok well I think you heard enough of me ranting about how much I love this collection and I’m sure many of you don’t even know what this collection is about (haha) so let me give you some insight. 

Kismet harmoniously aligns hand-drawn florals, classic paisley, and earthy global-inspired motifs in this rich autumnal collection colored in shades of berry, cinnamon, honey, cream, and sable.

Fabric_spread BLOG*Available in 16 quilting cotton prints

Can you see now from this picture what I’m talking about? Total eye-catcher! As much as I enjoy talking about fabric, one of my favorite things before releasing a collection is reading about the inspiration behind each release. We always send interviews to our designers to better understand and relay the message to all of you, and after reading Sharon’s interview I learned that her collections always start with a focal print. 

IMG_4497 BLOG*Featuring prints: Fleuron Sanctuary, Cloak and Petal, and Busy Bee Karma

This print is the iconic “Fleuron” pictured above and I think we can all agree that it’s beautiful. It’s the largest scaled print of the collection and it’s (almost) too pretty to cut up. I’d love to see this for the backing of quilts, handbags, or even decorative pillows! Luckily for all you patchwork lovers out there, you can cut this baby up and sew it with other blenders of the collection like “Busy Bee Karma” filled with smaller florals and a deeper background for contrast. There are also a lot of boho elements in this collection that will be great to use with the floral prints or use alone to fussy cut. 

IMG_5058 BLOG*Featuring Rayon prints in Burgeon Autumnal and Dashing Jet

Kismet is also available in 2 colorways, “Fate” with warm yellows and oranges, and “Destiny” with rich reds and blacks. But you can find the best of both words in the selected rayon prints, having 2 available in this collection which is ideal for the fall season! Its soft hand makes it perfect for garments and accessories, I can already see the flowy dresses, scarves, and kimonos being made with these prints. 

Looking for more matching blenders? Here are suggested Elements that pair perfectly with the collection:

Kismet + Elements vertical BLOG*Featuring PURE Solids in Aurora Red, Raw Gold, and Magnetism & Decotitch Elements in Red Desert.

More matching blenders not pictured:

PURE Solids: Tigerlilly, Smooth Pebble, Vanilla Custard, Miami Sunset, Candied Cherry, and Terracotta Tile.

Floral Elements: Russet Orange 

Take a look at all the wonderful projects made with this collection by checking out the lookbook below for tons of patterns that you can download with a click of a button.

Swoon over our “Poppy” free quilt pattern below!

Kismet Quilt 4 BLOGDOWNLOAD HERE

Watch below to not only see an up-close look at these fabrics but make sure to stay tuned until the end of our Fabric Haul YouTube video where “Meli” will be announcing all the rules on how you can win a bundle of the entire Kismet collection! 

I hope you are in love with this collection as much as I am! There is nothing like celebrating my favorite season with these fabrics and I can’t wait to continue watching all of you create beautiful projects! Don’t forget to tag us at #artgalleryfabrics on Instagram so we can see it, and you never know, you might get an #AGFMakerMonday feature ;) 

 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

-Jannelle 


How to Quilt As You Go - Time Saving Scrap Buster Technique

Hello Makers,

I am so excited about our brand new Youtube Series called Quilting Tips! In this playlist my mission is to cover all the basics every beginner quilter should know to jump start them on their quilting journey and to have them making finished quilts in no time!

Today’s new video is about Quilting As You Go!  Grab a piece of batting and pull out your scrap bin because not only is this process a great scrap buster but it saves you the extra steps of having to quilt your project after you have pieced it together. Quilting as you go you is essentially piecing your fabrics as well as attaching it to the batting so you are doing the piecing and quilting all in one step! After learning this fun technique you will never throw out another scrap a fabric again. It's so much fun making your project as small or as big as you want and watching it grow. You can turn your finished piece into so many fun projects like coasters, tote bags, placemats, pillows and so much more!

To follow along with me to make your own quilt as you go project watch the video below!

 

Make sure to head over to our Youtube Channel to discover more quilting tips, tutorials and fun fabric videos!

Happy Sewing,

Melissa


A Winter Wonderland: Snow Day Fabrics

Happy Friday! 

Living in Florida, I never really experienced a whole Winter season! I’ve traveled up north before just to see the snow, and although I’ve experienced it a small number of times, seeing the snowfall for the first time is truly something magical. I automatically associate the winter season with things that I love most, hot chocolate, being with family, Christmas, and warm fuzzy sweaters. So, when I saw the Snow Day fabric collection by Mister Domestic, I was so thrilled to see so many prints that captured these special memories. 

Now for the past couple of weeks, the moment a lot of people have been waiting for is here! Snow Day Fabric Lookbook is finally out, filled with festive projects and more. Prepare to step into a winter wonderland and reminisce on everything that makes a day like this truly special, from creating snowmen, getting into snowball fights, bundling up, and drinking hot cocoa.

IMG_3671*Available in 12 quilting cotton prints

From fun typography to adorable sweatshirts, there is so much variety in this collection. Keeping the winter color palette present, the dominant color of cool blues and whites are ideal for the sewing season. 

SnowDays_11*Featuring Bundled Up Dim, Knitted Snowflakes, and Wintry Check Soft prints

Snow Day comes in a variety of different scales, with a lot of great prints to fussy cut like “Bundled Up Dim”. There are lots of blender fabrics that work well with this print and the rest of the prints or use them alone like the “Wintry Check Soft” print. I can already see the projects now! Tree skirts, stockings, table runners, and PJs, there are so many possibilities with these fabrics. 

Here are other suggested Elements that pair perfectly with the collection:

Snow + Elements *Featuring Floral Elements in Icy Blue, Oval Elements in Vintage Blue, Decostitch in Indigo Sky, and PURE Solids in Crystalline.

More matching blenders not pictured:

PURE Solids: Icy Mint, Denim Blue, Night Sea, Ocean Fog, and Northern Waters.

Decostitch Elements: Blue Minerale 

Floral Elements: Aquarium

Squared Elements: Rainfall 

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*Available in 2 knit prints

For all the garment makers out there, there are a couple of knit options for you too! Prepare for the cold weather with these cozy knit fabrics prints in “Bundled Up Bright” and “Wintry Check Deep” for sweatshirts, beanies, mittens, socks, and even sweat pants. There are so many possibilities for this substrate, and if you ever felt it before, you’ll know how hard it is NOT to make everything out of it!

I can talk all about project inspiration for the rest of the day, but nothing is better than seeing makers bring it to life. Check out the lookbook below for tons of patterns that you can download with a click of a button.

Snuggle in with our “Crystalline” free quilt pattern below!

Snow Day Quilt 2 blogDOWNLOAD HERE

SnowDays_07It’s a gift-giving season, so let’s celebrate with a cheeky giveaway! For a chance to win the entire collection of Snow Day, CLICK HERE, and enter your information. The giveaway ends on Friday, November 20th, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog!

The giveaway winner is SUE VINYARD!! Congrats and please check your email!

Fabric Haul video below with your host “Meli”! 

I hope this collection excites you to whip out your sewing machine! I can’t wait to see what you makers will create, so please share with us by tagging us at #artgalleryfabrics on Instagram. The team and I would love to share your creations. 

 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

Jannelle 

 


Quilting Tips- Learn to Strip Piece Three Different Ways

Hello Makers,

When I first started quilting I had no idea how to cut fabric for quilting and using a rotary blade and quilting ruler was so foreign to me coming out of fashion design school. Every time I would cut out my pieces they would end up being a bit too small and wonky but that didn’t stop me from tackling all the tips and techniques I could find about quilting. Weirdly enough I starting designing quilts on the computer before I even new how to put one together, which if you are starting out I definitely don’t suggest you start in that order. With time and practice I kept finding ways to help make my quilting fast, fun and easy! Learning how to strip piece was my favorite technique to learn as a beginner! If you never strip pieced before then watch the video below to find out what I mean!

Doing something as easy as sewing strips together and cutting it in different ways to create different quilting units was both magical and super rewarding to learn! In this video we learn three ways to strip piece to get three totally different outcomes! For more quilting tips make sure to check out the Quilt Tips Playlist on the Art Gallery Fabrics Channel

Until Next Time,

Happy Sewing


Setting the Table for the Holidays - Handmade Makes and Decor

Hello Makers, 

46 days until Christmas and I am rocking and rolling this year, taking my time finding the best handmade makes to fill my home and to fill the homes of family and friends. If you haven’t jumped on the holiday making bandwagon yet this blog post might get you to jot a few sewing projects on your to-sew list. So, get a pen and paper ready as I show you some great ideas to set your table for the holidays and fill your home with handmade holiday makes and decor. 

Xmas Holiday Ideas

Adorn your Tables with Table runners

A table runner will instantly transform your table, acting as a main focal point to uplift and liven the room and all the decor around it. Here are my top four favorite table runner patterns below. 

North Table Runner

Sparkler Fusion TableRunner 1

    Fabrics used: Sparkler Fusion and Pure Solids

With a bit of appliqué and some triangle piecing, you can have this festive beauty finished in no time. Just imagine the magical reindeer parading down the length of your table among the glistening stars. 

The triangle border frames the majestic creatures so elegantly that not only will your guest be talking about how great your stuffing is but also where you got your beautiful table runner. 

Keep the quilting simple by using some basic straight line quilting to put more emphasis on your adorable appliqué. My favorite part of this table runner that makes it unique and stand out is the reindeers that are patchwork appliquéd. Which is great for using up your leftover scrap fabrics. 

Quilo Table Runner 

Earthen Table Runner 2

    Fabrics Used: Earthen and Pure Solids

The Quilo Table Runner made with Earthen fabrics reminds me of an ice-blue Winter Wonderland. The refreshing ranges of blues used in this table runner adds a nice calm and tranquil feel to your table. 

By using templates to create your half rectangle triangle units in the center of your runner to form the large obtuse triangles all in a row, gives off such a bold and sophisticated statement. 

Creating a double border of flying geese adds to the triangle feels of this runner adding great movement and depth. 

Red Braid Table Runner

Tablerunner 2

   Fabrics Used: Cozy and Joyful Fabrics

You can’t go wrong with a braided quilt pattern design! With strips wide enough to fussy cut cute Christmas elements from the fabric, this intricate but easy to follow design is a great fast finish project! What’s great about this design is it’s easy to create as short or as long as you would like to fit your table. Quilt some organic wavy lines to add movement and texture to the structured braided design. 

Seasonal Runner 

Merry&Bright_TableRunner_1

Fabrics Used: Merry and Bright

Another great make to add to the list is the Seasonal Runner, I love all the Half Square triangles that make up the 10 "x" inspired quilt blocks in this runner. Using AGF Linen for the background of this runner showcases each blocks elegance and charm. Just quilting the backing and leaving the insides of the blocks without quilting will really make the center of your blocks stand out! 

The Perfect Pot Holders and Placemats 

If table runners aren’t your style maybe try your hand at a smaller size project like placemats or potholders. Place your homemade platters and dishes on handmade potholders. Make each guest feel special with a nice placemat setting just for them. 

Bauble Blocks

Bauble Placemats

    Fabrics Used: Cozy and Joyful 

Turn these festive quilt blocks into placemats making each ornament in different holiday fabric! These blocks may only measure out to be 12” finished but add a border around your block to make it the perfect square placemat to welcome your guest to their seat. Whip up all the blocks you need in one afternoon and have fun quilting each one with a special holiday motif!

Quilted Potholders and Oven Mits

Foresta_Oven Mitts & Pot Holder_3

Fabrics Used: Foresta Fusion 

There is nothing faster to make than a solid fabric potholder. Cut two squares of your choice of holiday fabric, some batting, insul-bright batting, and some scrap fabric for the loop, and you're ready to make a quick and easy potholder to place your delicious holiday spread on. 

While you're at it, make yourself a pair of oven mitts to match to quickly pull things out of the oven and off the stovetop! 

Here is a quick bonus project I threw into the mix. Be super extra this year and make a matching apron to wear over your holiday apparel. 

 

Fusions Foresta Apron 2

    Fabrics Used: Foresta Fusion 

Of course, our apron needs a bit of patchwork and big roomie pockets! 

 

The Finishing Touches 

Fabric napkins are definitely the way to go this year. Embellish each place setting with a fabric napkin to elevate your dining experience. Choose from two great easy tutorials below. 

 Causal Mitered Napkins 

 

Blithe Product Inspiration Kitchen Towel 4    

    Fabrics Used: Blithe Fabrics and AGF Denim Studio 

 

       The Neva Napkins  

 

Sparkler_Napkins_3

      Fabrics Used: Sparker Fusions and AGF Denim Studio 

 

Ornaments 

 

Merry & Bright Lau's Tutorial 1

    Fabrics Used: Merry and Bright

Add this fun fabric ornament to your ceiling to create a chandelier display above your table. 

 

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  Fabrics Used: Merry and Bright

Make these plushie fabric ornaments to give away as holiday party favors to each one of your guests to take home and put on their tree. To share a bit of handmade with all of the people you love. 

Which project is your favorite? I hope all these project ideas have got you ready to sew for the holiday season. All you need to do is turn on some Christmas music, grab a hot beverage, and pull together all your holiday fabrics. 

If you create any of the patterns mentioned in this blog post using AGF fabrics we would love to see your creations. Make sure to post on social media using the  #artgalleryfabrics so we can find your makes. Do you have any other great holiday table setting ideas?  Make sure to share it in the comments below. 

Happy Holiday Sewing, 

Meli