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Quilterpreneurs at AGF & Sampler Quilt Blocks

Good times are always better when they’re shared, and we have sew much to share with you all today! And as an added bonus we have 12 marvelous quilt blocks to share, designed by the very gifted Quilterpreneurs!

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Who are the Quilterpreneurs?  They are 12 talented designers and creatives led by their inspiring leader Elizabeth Chappell of Quilter’s Candy. Elizabeth is an author, a fabric designer for AGF, a quilt pattern designer, as well as the host of the popular podcast Craft to Career. When Elizabeth saw the enormous talent and enthusiasm in the students from her Quilt Pattern Writing Course she wanted to create an opportunity for them to gather together. And what better place than here at our home, Art Gallery Fabrics, in beautiful sunny Florida! She decided to gather these artistic and enthusiastic students together to make connections, share ideas and “discover the magic” of their favorite fabric company at our headquarters.

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The Quilterpreneurs of AGF are:

Elizabeth Chappell @quilters_candy

Belle Brunner @seams_sew_me

Erin Grogan @LoveSewModern

Maude MacDonald @theretroquilter

Shereece Spain @sewhookedontreasures

Kiley Ferons @kileysquiltroom and @modishquilter

Sandy Saengsuk @Thaicharmllc

Becca Plymale @sunflowerseams and @becca.plymale.creative

Jennie @cloverandviolet

Mary Davis @marygoroundquilts

Julia Wachs @juliawachs.designs

Jen Levin @jenlevin

We had an amazing visit with these accomplished designers and enjoyed spending time with these extremely talented makers. It was a true collaboration where they learned about everything AGF and we got a glimpse into each of their creative businesses. The Quilterpreneurs got a tour of our offices and Warehouse space, participated in some fun Lives and Giveaways on Instagram, and got some behind the scenes tips on styling and photographing their blocks and quilts. Plus they all received a fun AGF Gift bag full of goodies! We all learned something new during this incredible visit and feel like they’re a part of our AGF family!

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In addition, each Quilterpreneur created an exclusive block just for this event that can be combined to create a gorgeous quilt. They choose prints from Elizabeth’s soon to be released collection, Gayle Loraine, as well as beautiful coordinating blenders and fresh PURE Solids. Then it was on to cutting and sewing up their individually designed blocks in our AGF sewing studio.  It was so interesting seeing all these creative and innovative blocks come together! Each one is unique but they all coordinate to make a lovely quilt designed just for you. 

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Each designer’s free pattern is linked in this post. You’ll be able to work at your own pace and create each fresh block that will combine into an awe-inspiring quilt. 

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So let’s get started on showing off these fresh and fun quilt blocks. Each of these blocks was designed exclusively for the Quilterpreneurs at AGF Event and we’re so excited to be able to share all of these beautiful FREE patterns with you!  First up, we have the Quilterpreneurs’ amazing leader, Elizabeth Chappell of Quilter’s Candy, and her Log Cabin Block:

 Log Cabin Quilt Block

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  Elizabeth Chappell @quilters_candy

This blooming Log cabin block sampler offers a bold display of Elizabeth’s first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Gayle Loraine. This collection is on its way- so stay tuned for the official release! The use of these complimentary pastel florals and bold graphic prints is a fresh take on simple design.  

 

Breezeway Quilt Block

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Mary Davis @marygoroundquilts 

Next up is the Breezeway Quilt Block by Mary of Mary Go Round Quilts. Beautiful triangles rotate and spin in this modern block.

Ribbon & Lace Quilt Block

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Becca Plymale @becca.plymale.creative

Soft dreamy pastels set the stage for the Ribbon and Lace Quilt Block by Becca of Becca Plymale Creative. This beautiful geometric design in subtle colors is sure to inspire!

Double Sawtooth Star Quilt Block

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Belle Brunner @seams_sew_me

Then we have this boldly traditional Double Sawtooth Star Block created by Belle of Seams Sew Me. This star within a star in vibrant navy accented by soft botanicals is a showstopper!

Lilly Bloom Quilt Block

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Erin Grogan @lovesewmodern

Lilly’s are in full bloom in the Lilly Bloom Quilt Block designed by Erin at Love Sew Modern. This large graphic seems to block bursts into life in this fun design.

Scenic Route Quilt Block 

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Jen Levin @jenlevin

Intricate piecing in romantic florals are sure to please in the Scenic Route Quilt Block by Jen Levin. Take your time creating this beautiful design and wow your friends!

Luminous Quilt Block

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Jennie Pickett @cloverandviolet

Perfect piecing is the star of this show with the Luminous Quilt Block by Jennie at Clover and Violet. HST’s and Flying Geese add a dash of style to this lovely block.

Nightshade Quilt Block

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 Julia Wachs @juliawachs.designs

Geometric prints and ditsy botanicals make the Nightshade Quilt Block by Julia Wachs look fresh and modern. This fun design with its rotated log cabin center makes it sew creative!

Introvert Quilt Block

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Kiley Ferons @kileysquiltroom

The Introvert Quilt Block by Kiley of Kiley’s Quilt Room is a tranquil beauty. We love the circular motif with simple strip piecing- so clever!

Drunkard’s Star Quilt Block

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Maude MacDonald @theretroquilter

Add a dash of style with a simple bold graphic with the Drunkard’s Star Quilt Block by Mary of The Retro Quilter. This modern take on a star design is whimsical and fun.

Barn Star Quilt Block

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Sandy Saengsuk @thaicharmllc

The stars have aligned with this perfectly pieced Barn Star Block by Sandy at Thai Charm. Her 4 at a time HST method and easy to sew designs create this charming classic motif. 

 

 In Check Quilt Block

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And last, but never least we have a cleverly modern design, the In Check Quilt Block by Shereece of Sew Hooked on Treasures. Get inspired by this simple graphic design in enchanting florals.

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It was so exciting seeing all these very different blocks come together! They’re all very different designs and styles, but in these lovely botanical prints in soft pastels and cool blues, creams and blushing pinks they all look beautiful together.

And don't miss the Podcast: Quilterpreneurs at Art Gallery Fabrics on Elizabeth's Podcast, Craft to Career. 

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We have sew many amazing creations in store for you! Stay tuned as we get ready to combine these blocks together to complete The Quilterpreneurs at AGF Block Sampler Quilt …. coming Soon!


New Decostitch and Floral Elements Colors

Hello makers and fabric lovers!

With a new season upon us, what better way to honor the bright colors of spring with new shades of a couple of our most popular blenders: Floral and Decostitch Elements! These six new colors of each are perfect to add to your stash of AGF blenders since they make up a few missing shades between some, and they work well with others. 

If you’re unsure what blenders are and how to use them, check out this previous blog post that gives you great ideas on how to use these non-directional fabrics. 

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Introducing our new Floral Elements in Sweet Peach, Victorian Brick, Antique Rose, Chalk, Washed Denim, and Storm Winds.

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Introducing our new Decostitch Elements in Topiary, Airy, Timber Wolf, Desert Rose, Abyss, and Rosebud. 

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In addition to our new prints, we have also revamped a few of our patterns using the new colors. First up, we have our checkered bucket hat using a variety of different Florals and Decostitch to create this soft statement piece that is perfect to add to your wardrobe. For this hat we used our Florals in Washed Denim, Storm Winds, Antique Rose, Sweet Peach, Victorian Brick, and Chalk, and our Decostitch in Abyss, Timber Wolf, Airy, Rosebud, and Desert Rose. 

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To view the video tutorial for this hat, click here. 

We also have a PDF version of this hat pattern that we created with flannel if you would like to download that as well. You can find that here. 

For strip set 1, we used Floral Victorian Brick for fabric A, Decostitch Rosebud for fabric B, Floral Antique Rose for fabric C, Floral Sweet Peach for Fabric D, and Decostitch Timber Wolf for fabric E. For strip set 2, we used Floral Storm Winds for fabric F, Floral Chalk for fabric G, Floral Washed Denim for fabric H, Decostitch Airy for fabric I, and Decostitch Abyss for fabric J. We used Decostitch Desert Rose for fabric K, which is the lining. 

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Next up I have another statement piece for your wardrobe, this Artsy Tote that we made using a combination of new and timeless Decostitch colors in Cloud, Caffe Latte, Blue Minerale, Indigo Sky, Skyline Blue, Granite, Timber Wolf, and Abyss, in addition to our linen blend in Soft Sand. This tote has a combination of rectangles, squares, and half and quarter circles to form a trendy catch-all that can be taken anywhere you go; the beach, farmers market, the coffee shop…anywhere! 

To view the PDF pattern for this tote, click here. 

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Last up are two new combinations of our Florals to make our favored Alegria computer cover. The first one includes Antique Rose, Sweet Peach, and Victorian Brick and the second one includes Washed Denim, Storm Winds, and Chalk. We used high loft batting to make this computer case perfect to protect what’s inside while also adding velcro to keep the flap closed. 

To view the PDF pattern for this laptop cover, click here. 

The excitement to sew with these fabrics was growing and I was so happy when I finally got to cut into these beauties. With spring upon us and summer coming quickly, I know that I will get a ton of use out of the bucket hat and tote bag, and I can’t wait to show these projects off to friends and family. 

I want to see what you make with our new Florals and Decostitch! Share your photos on social media and use the #ArtGalleryFabrics so I can share the love! 

 

Happy sewing everyone! 


Pure Solids Selvage Pin Cushion Tutorial

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Hi makers!

The holidays are coming to an end once again, so it’s time for cleaning, eating leftovers, and deciding on New Year's resolutions. One of my resolutions for this next year is to try and be more eco-friendly and reduce my carbon footprint as much as I can. I was recently shown these super cute pin cushions that use those scraps that almost always get thrown away due to no usage… selvages. Here at AGF, we have so many colorful Pure Solids with selvages that include the name of the color, so what a great idea it would be to make my very own color card out of pin cushions! Sure, an actual color card takes up less space, but this way is so much fun and a great scrap buster, so what’s not to love? 

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For this project we are using the selvages of our Pure Solids in Sweet Fig, Hydrangea, Plum Preserve, Bewitched, and Amethyst.

Let’s get started! 

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Cut your selvage pieces 5 inches long by 1 ½ inches wide. Cut your backing piece 5 inches by 5 inches. 

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Sew your selvage strips together at a ¼ inch seam allowance. 


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Press your seams in one direction. 

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Place your selvages and the backing right sides together and sew ¼ inch all the way around leaving an opening to turn

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Trim your corners and turn your pin cushion right side out, making sure to poke out the corners. 

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Stuff your pin cushion with your choice of stuffing. I used polyester fiber fill, but you could use batting scraps, walnut shells, scraps of fabric, or anything else you have. 

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Hand sew the opening closed and your pin cushion is ready to be poked! 

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If you want to create the other versions, I listed each color I used for the other cushions below. 

Blue: Tranquil Waters, Parisian Blue, Tile Blue, Night Sea, and Nocturnal

Green: Icy Mint, Tender Green, Jade Cream, Emerald, and Peacock

Yellow: Honeydew, Lemon Tart, Empire Yellow, Turmeric, and Raw Gold

Orange/Red: Georgia Peach, Dried Carrot, Mandarin, Burnt Orange, and London Red

Pink: Candied Cherry, Weathered Brick, Dried Roses, Miami Sunset, and Blossomed

Black/White: Caviar, Magnetism, Steel, Ash, and Snow

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! It was a fun one for me to recreate and since I love colors, I had to make one from each color of the rainbow. These would also be so cute with selvages from a collection, or selvages from complementary colors. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or tips you’d like to share! 

What else can you sew with your selvages?

As always, please share your pin cushions by tagging us in your photo on social media with the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics

Happy Sewing!

-Karli


Enjoying The Great Outdoors with Mister Domestic's "Catch & Release" Collection

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Mister Domestic takes us to the great outdoors with his newest collection, "Catch & Release." Inspired by trips with his family to their favorite fishing spots in Oregon, he captures the spirit of relaxing and unwinding in nature with these 12 prints. 

Catch & Release is a whimsy collection that’s for those who enjoy disconnecting and being present in the moment. From swirling, schools of fish to gorgeous mountain scenery, these prints are perfect for creating fishing-inspired quilts, weekender bags, plushies, or even fishing gear for all ages.

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In this collection, you'll discover schools of cute fish, paddles, ladybugs, a gorgeous mountain landscape, and even a fun, fish-scale print! 

 

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This collection also comes in 3 knits - a super cute fish print in navy blue called "Catch & Release," a sweet fluttering ladybug print called "Good Luck Trails," and a ditzy floral print called "Flower Stream."


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This collection also comes in a gorgeous, flower-filled rayon print named "Blue Bank Flora!" 


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Along with Mister Domestic and other talented makers. we collaborated on fishing-inspired projects in our "Catch & Release Lookbook!" Make sure to check it out for inspiration of what to sew with these fabrics. 

Here's our "Making Waves Quilt" that's filled with tons of fun print and movement, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Free Quilt Pattern

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---- CATCH & RELEASE GIVEAWAY----

Enter a chance to win this fish-filled bundle of "Catch & Release" by signing up to our giveaway:

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Congratulations to our winner, Michelle Olejar! Please check your email.

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Fall/Winter 2019 AGF New Fabric Collections Preview

Hi Makers - 

It’s that time of the year again where we get to share with you a PREVIEW of our NEW AGF COLLECTIONS for Fall/Winter 2019!

With this round of collections, there's definitely a lot of amazing storytelling involved in each line. You'll get to see a glimpse of what's new from designers like Maureen Cracknell, Jessica Swift, Sharon Holland, Mister Domestic, Katarina Roccella and AGF Studio. With these collections, you'll also discover lots of different places around the world..like the ocean, an African grassland, an English countryside, the midwest prairie, and an enchanted forest! 

For production this time around, we decided to switch things up and film all of our collections in ONE VIDEO for you to see. Don’t worry, we’ll also be posting each collection preview this week on social media as well. 

We hope you love this video and enjoy what we've been secretly working on the past few months, make sure to comment below and tell us what's your favorite upcoming collection too!

 

 

 


Adventure Waits with Bonnie Christine's "The Open Road"

Have you ever been on a road trip that just inspired you so much? There's something just so exciting about packing up, jumping behind the steering wheel and heading out on an unforgettable adventure. Windows down, music up...observing all the sounds, sights, smells..as you drive through quiet forests, open fields, majestic mountains, serene deserts...welcoming spontaneity and the unexpected. Trips like this often bring new perspectives and creative ideas, and this is exactly what happened to our designer, Bonnie Christine! 

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Bonnie recently went on an 8,000-mile road trip across the country with her family in a vintage Airstream named "Miss Marjorie"! With each state that she visited, she collected wildflowers from the roadside and also took tons of photos of wildlife and nature. Once she arrived home, she decided to use everything she had seen on her trip and turn it into her latest collection, "The Open Road"! 

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"The most challenging print is also my favorite…the animals print called “Walking with Bear” (and Doe). It’s one of the most detailed and intricate prints I’ve ever created and although it was challenging, I loved every minute of it. These are all animals we had sightings of during our travels, and I love how it represents the wildlife of our beautiful country."

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The Open Road is a sweet collection for children as well as those young at heart. With these 16 prints that are filled with wildflowers and cute animals, there’s plenty of options for you to create nature-inspired quilts, throw pillows, travel accessories, and romantic boho garments!

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This collection also comes in two colorways! Bonnie created both of these groups of colors by pulling inspiration found in photographs she took during her trip. The "Under The Sun" colorway has earthy tones of blush pink, sienna and sage. The "Under The Trees" colorway has sunny hues with pops of navy and kelly green. 

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To learn more about Bonnie's inspiration, the story behind the fabrics and projects you can create with this collection, head to our "The Open Road Fabric Lookbook!" 

Here's the lovely "Marjorie's Quilt" that features a map of the United States...just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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- - The Open Road Giveaway - - 

Here's your chance to win a bundle of these gorgeous fabrics! To enter, just sign up to our giveaway - details below. 

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Congratulations to our winner, Josina Dunkel! Please check your email. :)

 

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