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Striking a New Chord: Sonata Fabric Collection

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At the age of five, I began learning classical piano. Every week, I'd have a piano lesson with my piano teacher and learned to play songs from all "the greats" like Mozart, Bach, Chopin....but my absolute favorite composer's songs to play was "Ludwig van Beethoven." His songs were moody and felt like they just had soul (no offense to the other talented composers), I just connected to his music the most, and his "Moonlight Sonata" became my favorite song to play on the piano..still is today! One of the main reasons I love it so much is that sonata's usually have three movements that contain different speeds: "Fast, Slow, Fast." However, Beethoven mixes up his song "Moonlight Sonata" by making it go: "Slow, Slow, Fast." He liked to experiment with composing music, and serves as a great reminder for learning traditional methods, revamping them, and then applying your own personal style to them. Very inspiring! :)

Beethoven's work also resonated with our designer, Amy Sinibaldi. Striking a new chord with her latest collection "Sonata," these fabrics were inspired by the classical music of one of the most influential musicians during the 18th century. Composed of romantic prints, these fabrics include symphony instruments, harmonious florals like edelweiss, and ornate windows that overlook the wondrous city of Vienna, these designs definitely take you on a musical journey. With a soft color palette of soft pinks and tranquil blues, this collection is great for fussy cutting to make music-inspired projects like whimsical quilts, home decor, wall art, and garments. 

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To see more of Amy's collection and quilty projects we've put together with easy-to-follow instructions for you, check out our "Sonata Fabric Lookbook!"

 

 

Here's the "Moonlight Sonata" that's filled with TONS of movement for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Here's my top picks for blenders from our AGF Pure Elements that I feel go really well with Sonata's designs and colors: 

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Congratulations to our winner Linda Timms! Please check your email! Thanks to everyone else who participated in this giveaway! :)

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#AGFMakerMonday - Our October Feature!

Happy Monday, Makers!

Here at AGF, we started a new way to feature  our inspiring makers' work that allows them to also win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! We encouraged makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday, so we could see how talented you are and the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a feature here on our AGF Blog AND of course...they win A 20-PIECE FQ BUNDLE of our fabric, based on their personal preference.

With that, I'm excited to introduce our October #AGFMAKERMONDAY FEATURE to you, "Gillian Martin Noonan." She's an incredible quilter based out of Newfoundland, Canada who specializes in English Paper Piecing! Let's get to know Gillian a little a better and hear her sewing story!

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Hi Gillian! Congratulations on being our October's "AGF Maker Monday" feature! Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into quilting?

Home for me is 'Old Perlican, Newfoundland, Canada' -  a small town on the edge of the North Atlantic. My two sons are the loves of my life. My oldest is a lieutenant in the Canadian Navy while my younger son has just finished four months of backpacking in Europe and North Africa. They both live in Halifax, Nova Scotia so I visit there as often as possible. Actually I have been travelling a lot this year (11 European countries and 5 Canadian provinces) because I retired from teaching elementary school kids, last November.

Stitching has been an integral part of my entire life.  My mother adored sewing. All my clothes were made by her. When I was younger, I could come home from school and ask for something new to wear to a school dance that night, and she would whip it up. My mom made everything from quilts to a sofa! Her stash was huge and I still have a lot of it.  Since she sewed so much, fabric shopping was always on the agenda at family vacation time. We visited bookstores and museums for my father, and fabric shops for my mother. At one store in Montreal, Quebec which we often frequented when I was a little girl, I got hoisted up into an attic like room filled with rolls of fabric, so I could pass down what I liked.

My grandmother also played a very important role in bringing me to sewing.  Nan lived with us. She was a trained seamstress who believed I needed to be able to knit, crochet and do fancy work (embroidery) before I went to school.  I did! I loved spending time with her. Nan’s sisters and her mother were embroiderers and quilters too. So, I was surrounded by passionate women who loved to work with their needles, and now when I stitch, I feel very connected to them and their love.

Quilting is my newest needle art.  About 25 years ago, my best friend wanted to take a quilting class. I was supposed to go with her but stormy weather kept me from driving the two hours to the class.  My mom went with her. They both loved it so it was only natural that I give it a try. I made my first quilt, a sampler using templates and scissors, just before my older son was born. My projects remained small because I preferred hand-sewing to my machine and my mother was happily covering my beds with quilts. Eventually I started to use my machine more, making throw quilts. While quilting has been part of my life for the last 25 years, I have never been without some kind of needlework – it is just who I am.

What inspires your work?

Color and shape inspire me. Always having my camera with me lets me quickly capture images/motifs. I love visiting art galleries and taking closeups of paintings to just focus on the palette used. A French artist who I met on holiday here in Newfoundland inspired me to look at “line” in my world. A Newfoundland painter challenged me to look for the pink in the morning snow. Conversations like these and reading about what motivates artists has motivated me to reflect on what I see around me. Quilting friends both near and far also inspire me with the beauty that they create.

 Describe your design style in 3 words:

Storied, energetic, textured.

How did you get into “EPP?”

About 20 years ago, I needed a sewing project that didn’t require electricity and was compact. At the time, my family had a cabin in a secluded cove on the ocean.  It was totally off the grid; you actually had to take an 80 minute boat ride to get to it. I had seen a "Grandmother’s Flower Garden" quilt in one of my mother’s books and I knew it was perfect.  Blue scraps from my mother’s stash which reminded me of my grandmother’s dresses were chosen and my templates were hand drawn on freezer paper. I was set, but when I went to sew my hexie flowers together, they didn’t fit. My accuracy was off so, I put them aside for many years. Eventually I appliqued each to a background and joined the blocks together.  It will be hand-quilted, once I finish embroidering the names of my mother, my grandmothers and great grandmothers on the blocks.

Getting some precut EPP papers on a magazine two years ago made me decide to try it again. This time the hexie flowers went together perfectly. In the Spring of 2017, I took part in the Girt By Sea quilt along.  The central medallion was English Paper Pieced using Tales of Cloth’s precut papers. It was just the best sewing! I ordered another EPP kit as a retirement gift to myself and the first Mandolin block was included as a bonus.  I loved making it as well as the next 17 blocks! Now I have so many EPP plans for the future.

What was the most “time consuming” EPP project you’ve ever completed?

My grandmother’s garden has been the EPP quilt that has been under construction the longest, but my Mandolin blocks have consumed more time as there are many more pieces to each block. I usually make a Mandolin block over three or four evenings. I made my first Mandolin block in January of this year and I have two big blocks and a bunch of joiners left to complete.

How do you stay motivated with your sewing projects?

The key to my motivation, I have come to realize, is that I do many things.  I always have a pair of socks on my knitting needles and frequently a bigger knitting project like a sweater.  There are several pieces of embroidery in progress, and lots of quilting projects in various stages. While I do enjoy a finished project, I believe that I am more process oriented. This year, my quilt guild has had a WIP challenge. I had 10 things on my list (definitely not all my WIPs) and I have completed two.  I will get back to them – maybe. Learning something new is more important to me. This year, I've already have taken classes in goldwork and stumpwork embroidery, and in improv quilting. When I find my motivation lagging with my quilting, I just go work on a totally different thing.

What was the best quilting advice ever given to you?

There has been lots of advice given to me over the years probably because I am not afraid to ask questions. Some advice is specific like having an accurate but scant ¼” seam allowance. Other advice is broader like use the best fabric you can afford, but I think the overall best came from my grandmother who valued patience above everything. Patience lets you take time to get it done to your best. It encourages you to practice which improves everything, and patience lets you help others which opens you to receiving their help when it is needed.

5 things I can’t live without:

1. Books

2. Wool and fabric (How could I choose?)

3. Peanut butter  (A food group isn’t it?)

4. Needles (sewing, knitting, embroidery

5. The ocean (I have always lived near it and I miss it so when it is not near)

Where can other makers' find your work? 

My Instagram @sewgolly - I enjoy the interaction and inspiration it provides with other artisans throughout the world!

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Since Gillian LOVES "Amy Sinibaldi" and sweet florals, we curated this 20-piece bundle for her as her prize! :)

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Thanks so much Gillian and to all you makers who have been posting away! It's incredibly inspiring to see what you all make and how you add your personal stories and styles to your projects. We'll be picking a winner and announcing them via the blog next month in November! 

In the meantime, keep posting and sharing your beautiful handmade things with us using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday for a chance to win.

Good luck and keep creating!

- Sophia 


Hawaiian Getaway: "Aura" Fabric Collection

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If you haven't gone yet, you MUST go to Hawaii at least once in your lifetime! There's so much beautiful scenery to take in there! The sunsets, the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, the amazing food like fresh pineapple..it's truly a gorgeous and magical place. My favorite part of visiting Hawaii was going horse back riding where "Jurassic Park" was filmed, I felt like at any moment a dinosaur was going to pop out of the huge trees there. It was completely surreal and breathtaking. 

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Say “Aloha” to Mister Domestic’s new fabric collection, “Aura!” Inspired by an island adventure with his daughter "Helena" to Hawaii, exotic botanicals, playful sea turtles and dolphins come to life in “Aura.” Using hues like brick reds and golden mustards, this color palette is filled with a warmth that radiates from Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets.  Aura is perfect for your quilting or sewing needs, available in two knits and a rayon for garments. This collection can be used to create tropical-inspired quilts, pillows, table runners, wall hangings, garments, and travel bags. I would definitely love to make some retro-inspired Hawaiian mens' shirts with these fabrics and a travel, duffel bag! 

Head over to our “Aura Fabric Lookbook” to discover sewing projects and ideas!

 

 

 

Here's the mesmerizing "Ambience Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Here's my top picks for blenders that can easily coordinate with gorgeous, tropical prints of "Aura!"Collection-elements-template-(1)

Wait, wait there's more! You guessed it! Enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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Congratulations to our winner, Deanna Wall! Please check your email! :)

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Dramatic Opulence: "Virtuosa" Fabric Collection

Hi Makers,

Do any of you LOVE going to see plays or performances?!

It's such a fun event! Getting all dressed up in a nice outfit, entering the theater and taking a seat, waiting for those red curtains to lift up and for the show to begin! From the introduction of the characters to hearing their stories be told through action or songs, the lightning, the set design, the costumes, and overall mood is just incredible, especially from a production point of view! Theater reminds us to be in the present and to be fully immersed in what's happening at that very moment. The acting, the singing, the music being played by a live orchestra..it all comes together and creates an beautiful experience that cannot be replicated. 

Oscar Wilde once said "I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

I think he was right! :)

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Inspired by the days of performing in theater, our designer Bari J. shines the spotlight on romantic and bold prints that take center stage in her latest fabric collection, "Virtuosa." With a distinct color palette filled with jewel-tones, there’s no doubt that these fabrics fuse together harmony, opulence, and of course...drama! This collection is so great for anyone who loves painterly florals that can make gorgeous quilts, garments, throw pillows, and accessories.

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For more opulent-inspired projects that include quilt, garment and home decor patterns, head over to our "Virtuosa Fabric Lookbook! "

 

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

Download Quilt Pattern

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I've also included these blenders for you (in case you need some ideas) that can easily coordinate with the dramatic "Virtuosa." 

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Enter a chance to win a bundle of "Virtuosa" by signing up to our giveaway:


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 To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends October 26, 2018.  Good luck! 

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Congratulations Roxanne Smith! You're our winner! Please check your email! Thanks to everyone else for participating! :)

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Color Master Designer's Palette - Get to Know our AGF Designer's

 Hello Fabric Friends,

 So the secret is out! AGF is now offering CURATED FABRIC BUNDLES! We just introduced our AGF Bundle Up Edition and if you missed out on that you can read all out it here!

 The fun is not stopping and today I want to share with you our Color Master Designer Palette, new curated groups that celebrate each of our AGF Designers’ signature style! The very best of each designer’s fabrics are grouped together to create the perfect bundle for all your sewing needs.

 Got a favorite AGF Designer?  If you are a avid fabric collector of certain AGF Designers (or all of them :)) this is a great way to collect your favorite prints from their various fabric collections! It’s also a great way to get to know a designer because it's basically a amazing sample or preview of who they are as fabric designers.

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Ready to see all these amazing groups? Sit back and get ready to say ooooo and awe like five million times! Enjoy all the bundles below!

Our NEW “Designer’s Palette”  come in 12 different bundles, choose from a Fat Quarter Bundle or Half Yard Bundle! Available in two wonderful presentations; choose your fave,

our signature AGF box which is perfect for gift giving or for organizing your sewing space  or it also comes presented in a beautiful paper wrap. 

 

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Pat is definitely my go to designer when I want to create a project with a bit of bohemian flair. Incorporating  her famous floral designs and use of color will give your next sewing project the perfect touch of romance and eclectic design.



Mathew Boudreaux

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Mathew is the newest edition to our designer crew and has brought so much laughter and love to the team.  His debut collection called Loved to Pieces has definitely been a big hit and we couldn’t be more happier for him! We have collected the best selling prints from his collection making sure to offer an even amount of lights and darks, and scale for optimal quilt making.

 

Bari J.

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Bari J is known for her painterly florals and maximalist style! I love how her dramatic yet melodic designs come together to create  sophisticated, expressive, fabric collections. You will find a lovely combination of artistic florals infused with the right amount of geometrics and blenders.

 

Amy Sinibaldi

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Amy stays young at heart with her charming, delicate, and youthful collections. In her palette you will find sweet florals, soft shades of pink and blues, and cute heartwarming designs. She is always a go to designer for me when I want to create something feminine and elegant. I also love using her collections for baby quilts and apparel! 

 

Katarina Roccella

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If you are looking for jaw dropping, edgy prints and  blenders that act as solids but add the right amount of texture and movement. Then I highly encourage you to check out Katarina’s bundle! All of her collections carry a sense of exotic elegance and dreamy feels!




Bonnie Christine

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Bonnie is your gal when you are looking for a sweet, earthy color palette with delicate designs dedicated to her love for nature.  Dedicated to finding joy in the simplest things Bonnie reminds us to slow down and enjoy every minute of the creating and sewing processes. 




Sharon Holland

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Sharon is a designer of many talents who is inspired by the world around her capturing photographs and translating these images into her paintings and hand drawings she turns them into the most powerful fabric collections. When I sew with her fabrics I know that every prints has a special meaning behind it and a lot of thought and love went into to every element. Her collections posses a modern vintage vibe that we just can't get enough of!



Maureen Cracknell

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Maureen’s hand drawn sketches come to life with the different shades of magical blues and pops of pretty pinks. I love how she plays with nature elements while staying  true to her boho style and always adding a hint of playfulness amongst her prints.




Dana Willard

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Three words that come to mind when sewing with Dana’s Willards fabric is festive, colorful, and simplistic. If you like bright, happy colors and adorable  novelty prints her collections will fit nicely into your fabric sash.

 

April Rhodes

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If you love everything Southwestern April Rhodes is the designer for you! Her bundle is  full of warm earthy tones and sky blues to create the most visually relaxing quilts and home decor. A lover of macrame, yarn crafts, and discovering patterns in objects both handmade and naturally occurring you can definitely see her passions of her crafts displayed throughout her collections.



Caroline Hulse

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Caroline has been known for her cheerful and playful collections. Expect to see fun geometrics, bold brush strokes, and vibrant color! Her bundle is a easy way to add some excitement to your quilt and quilty projects.

 

Jessica Swift

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Jessica has been such an amazing edition to our wonderful group of designers. She has created two uniquely different collections for us, one taking us on a journey through Eastern Europe with her quirky folk motifs and another about her childhood dream of becoming a mermaid! I love how her collections tell a story and sewing with her  fabrics opens your imagination to creating things with a fun, colorful mindset.

 

Watch Video Below to learn more about our designers! 

 

I am so excited to get sewing with each one of these bundles and after going through all of them it is WAY too hard to choose a favorite. They are all my favorite in different ways! I can’t wait to see what you all sew with them and which ones you gravitate  to and why! To shop all these bundles click here

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


Whimsy Nostalgia: Little Clementine Fabric Collection

Is there a certain children's book that you absolutely loved as a kid?!

When I was a little girl, my mother or grandmother would lay in bed next to me with a book, and would read to me before I fell asleep, each night. As they read to me, I would let my imagination come to life, pretending that I was making friends with animals or mystical creatures in the story, and going on adventures to far off lands! Depending on the character in the book, my grandmother would change the tone of her voice as she read aloud, which made it even more entertaining and silly. Some of my favorite books were "Where the Wild Things Are," "Goodnight Moon" and the nursery rhyme, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod." I still have all of these children's' books, and take them out from time to time when I'm feeling nostalgic! :)


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With that super nostalgic, imaginative feeling in mind, I'm SUPER EXCITED to introduce you all to what we've been working on at AGF Studio. Our latest collection "LITTLE CLEMENTINE!" Inspired by stories coming to life, this story for our collection is  about "Little Clementine," a little girl with a big imagination who enjoys reading books and befriending forest creatures like bears and rabbits. Adorned with enchanted forests, cute houses, ditsy florals and novelty prints like "cardigans" and "cozy scarves," these fabrics are filled with soft, autumnal tones that make these fabrics, extra cozy! This collection honestly is one of my favorites! I love the story, the soft colors and the cute characters in it! I can picture so many different ways to use these darling fabrics with fussy cutting, baby quilts, kids' garments, accessories, a super cute lunchbox, book covers, wall decor, a mobile above a crib, and lamp shades that you'd find in a nursery!

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 For more whimsy-inspired projects, head on over to our "Little Clementine Lookbook!"

 

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

Download Quilt Pattern

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Here's some blender suggestions for your quilty projects that go with the "Little Clementine!"

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Enter a chance to win this darling, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway! To enter, please fill the form below.  Congratulations Pat Devore! You're our WINNER! Please check your email! :)

 

 

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