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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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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  

 

 


"Handmade Getaway" Giveaway!

"When there's not enough time for making, sometimes you just need to get away. Handmade getaways are a rare chance to sew from morning to night, to eat delicious things, and to take care of our friends. There is nothing else quite like it."

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If you're looking for a new book that's filled with projects and TONS of inspiration, you should definitely check out Handmade Getaway! This book was brought to life by the talented  Jacqueline Sava Clarke (who I had the pleasure of meeting at last year's Spring Market in Portland!) and Karyn Valino who have been "getting away" together with their friends, sewing projects, scrumptious food, cute dogs and a camera for over seven years. They decided to put these "getaways" into a book and filled the pages with 14 individual and  7 group projects, planning tools, tips, and of course..a lot of gorgeous imagery for their adventures to inspire you. I think my favorite might be the "Cyanotype Printing" technique and the ideas they show of how to create things with it. I want to make some tea towels for gifts using that technique! 

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Whether you're a beginner sewist or an advanced maker, and if your preference for a "getaway" is the woods or just your sewing room, there's something for every level and interest in this book that will help you focus on your strength and passion!

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A Squared Approach: Grid Fabric Collection

I remember walking into my "Sacred Geometry" class in art school and being so confused by everything our teacher was explaining for the first, few weeks. The class involved a lot of math and applying it to creating art, and well, math and I aren't the best of friends, haha! It wasn't until a few weeks when he started breaking down how artists during the Renaissance period used a special grid to create their paintings that I suddenly become super intrigued and wanted to know more and more! The special grid was called "The Golden Ratio" or also known as "The Divine Proportion" and was used by some of the greats like Leonardo Da Vinci. From that moment on, I've never look at a painting from that time period the same way and feel super grateful for learning that secret! I often use it in my own approach to design. 

Fast forward to modern day where we still use grids to not only create paintings, but also use them in almost everything from using them as guides in Photoshop for graphic design, on our phones to take a that perfectly symmetrical picture, and even to design that perfect quilt block. Grids are also used in architecture, city planning (NYC is all on a grid!), and can even be found in nature. Our designer Katarina Roccella was inspired by this whole idea and decided to make it her main focus for her PhD thesis in art. After spending time researching and becoming more inspired, she decided this whole idea had to be turned into a fabrics which is now our latest collection, GRID

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

 

 

Here's our  "Megapixel Quilt" for you to to make! 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 by signing up to our giveaway.

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Introducing Our Newest AGF Designer: Alexandra Bordallo

Hi Makers, 

Hope you're all enjoying 2019, so far!

This year, we're planning BIG things here at AGF and super excited to share all of them with you, these next couple months! With that, I'd like to announce that our AGF family is getting a little bigger and I'd like to introduce you to our newest designer - Alexandra Bordallo! Currently residing with her husband and young son in Spain, Alexandra's whimsical style caught our eye, and we just knew she had to be part of our talented team.

Here's a little interview I did with her, so you can get to know her a little better and hear about her background!

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1. Can you describe your creative path and what brings you to where you are today?

As a kid, I enjoyed making woven bracelets with my friends and I took painting and piano classes. When I was age 15, I bought my first sewing machine. I’m always trying to challenge myself to learn new sewing and quilting skills. I also have a knitting, crochet and embroidery obsession which also are my favorite fall and winter activities.

Being a mom has changed my perspective in every way. When my son was born, I wanted to spend all my time with him. I was working part time as a social worker and selling my sewing creations on my Etsy shop. I built my sewing brand and was sharing my creations on my Instagram account, just for fun. My love for sewing and fabrics are the reason why I started to learn how to draw and design repeating patterns. In September 2015, I took my first surface design course. I've been learning so much by following Bonnie Christine’s Skillshare classes! She’s an amazing teacher and her advice encouraged me to follow my dream. I started drawing and designing repeat patterns all the time.

I focused all my energies into only one industry and started calling myself a fabric designer. I keep learning and practicing. I often work late nights just to finish a repeating pattern or draw some new sketches for future designs. After five years of hard work with a few ups and downs, my dream finally came true and I can't wait to sew with my own fabrics soon.

2. Describe your design style.

It’s a tough question. I think my work is constantly evolving and I like to experiment with new drawing techniques and materials. My style often includes hand drawn inky lines, naïve motifs, quirky sketches inspired by nature and everyday objects.

3. How do you find inspiration and organize it?

Inspiration comes from people around us, feelings and experiences. I love being outside in nature with my family, reading books with my son, listening to music and taking photos as future inspiration. I start with an idea or object to draw as reference. When I do not know what to draw, I often draw flowers and from there everything begins to flow again. All my designs start with hand drawing in my sketchbook. When I have a bunch of sketches I am happy with, I scan them and start coloring in Adobe Illustrator, building the repeating pattern. I can spend hours recoloring a design. Color is everything!

4. When you're about to sit down and begin designing, do you have a certain ritual you have to do in order to begin your creative process?

I need to wear comfortable clothes, a pair of leggings and a big t-shirt. I have some nail polish on my desk and I often find myself painting my nails when I feel overwhelmed. Recently, I decided to draw directly with ink pen into my sketchbook to avoid my stupid perfectionism voice and just draw without thinking too much.

5. My spirit animal is....

A dragonfly!

6. Five things you can't live without....

My son, water, music, my sewing machine, and....my son :)

7. Do you have any goals lined up for 2019?

Last summer, I released my first sewing pattern, the #2in1summerbag and I’m writing new patterns to release with my first fabric collection. I also would love to learn how to sew garments for myself!

 

Please make sure to give Alexandra a warm welcome and stay tuned for more to come!

Keep creating,

- Sophia 


Summery Vibes: Sun Kissed Fabric Collection

Even though it's technically winter, here in Florida we're used to warm sunshine this time of year! You'll often find us Floridians decorating palm tress with Christmas lights, and there's been several years where I've even gone to the beach on New Year's Day with the family. 

With this in mind, we decided to stick to what we know and bring in some warmer climates with Maureen Cracknell’s latest collection, Sun Kissed! Inspired by soaking up the sunshine and glowing skin after a cool swim, this fabric line features cute smiley suns, swimming pool tiles, tropical florals and palm trees swaying in a relaxing breeze. It's like one big tropical dream. 

With a color palette of ocean blues, cherry reds and citrus fused yellows, Sun Kissed is sure to create a “island escape” feel in your sewing projects.  From “summer time” feeling quilts, throw pillows, rugs, beachy accessories, and effortless, resort-inspired garments for strolling along a boardwalk, you’ll definitely have some “fun in the sun” sewing with these twenty prints!

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For more beachy inspired projects that include quilts, garments and home decor patterns, head over to our "Sun Kissed Fabirc Lookbook!" 

 

 

Here's our lovely "Sun Spots Quilt" made by Maureen Cracknell for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Congratulations to our winner, Sarah Zimmerman! Please check your email to claim your prize. :)

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Hope you enjoy our last collection of this year and wishing you all have a happy, healthy 2019! 

Keep creating,

- Sophia