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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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#AGFMakerMonday - February Feature!

Hi Makers, 

Last year, we started a new way to feature your inspiring work that also gives you the opportunity to win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! By encouraging makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday,  we get to see how talented you are and all 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.

Meet this month’s featured maker, “Melanie Call!” Based out of Washington, she’s a super mom and pharmacist by day, and a quilter by night. She calls herself a “total math and chemistry nerd,” which definitely comes in handy when she’s designing her quilts. Melanie loves to combine both “modern and traditional” designs, and “loves big block quilts, so the fabric can shine!” Check out her quilty skills and a special interview we did with her. 

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Gathered Paper Pieced Pillow Covers/Table Toppers // Fabric: Bonnie Christine's Gathered and AGF Denim
 
MelanieCallNursery Quilt // Fabric: Nest Fabric with AGF Denim 
 
MelanieCall1Reversible Quilt with Enchanted Stars with Modern Triangles // Fabric: AGF Trinkets and AGF Denim
 
MelanieCall3Table Runner // Fabric: Pure Elements with Bonnie Christine 's Succulence
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1. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you first started sewing?
Hello Art Gallery Fabric Friends! I’m Melanie Call and I’m so excited to be here today on the AGF Blog! I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 3 amazing kids, plus I work as a pharmacist - total math and chemistry nerd here. Fabric has become my relaxing and creative outlet and I LOVE it! I began sewing about 14 years ago when a group of girlfriends and I started trying all sorts of crafty projects while our husbands played video games. :) We decided to try sewing so I bought a basic sewing machine at Costco and started sewing flannel receiving blankets and my first quilt. In no time, I fell in LOVE with sewing and quilting! Soon, I joined a local quilt group, upgraded my sewing machine, and began making receiving blankets, quilts, and bibs for my future kids. For the past 2 years, I have been sewing/quilting almost every day! My kids call it “Mom’s fabric-ing time." I love sewing in the morning before the kids wake up - it is so peaceful and relaxing! It’s the perfect way to start my day!
 
2. How do you often approach a new sewing project?
Fabric is my inspiration. I choose fabric that makes me feel happy and design or choose a project that fits the fabric. Only 10% of the time, I will choose the project first then select the fabric. I love being able to have the fabric in my hand prior to choosing the project - plus have you felt AGF….it’s soooo soft! When I’m designing quilts, I use Electric Quilt 8. I love being able to add in the fabric swatches so I know what my quilt will look like prior to making it! 
 
3.  Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere! I’m a very visual person so I love noticing patterns when I’m shopping, at work, or outside. I also love reading blogs, Instagram, magazines, and books. My favorite inspiration is the fabric itself! I find if I’m stumped on a design- I open EQ8 and start playing with blocks and soon enough - ideas start! Similar if I’m stuck on a project - I just start sewing patchwork blocks as patchwork makes me happy and motivates me.
 
4. How would you sum up your design style?
Modern Traditional - plus I love big block quilts so the fabric can shine!
 
5. What's was the best sewing advice even given to you?
Sew what makes YOU happy! 
 
6. What's on your "sew list" for 2019? 
My must sew list is never ending ;)
 
- Crossbody Bag. I need a new one!
- Back Pack
- Queen size quilt
- Design more patterns
 
7.  Name 5 things you can't live without in your sewing room.  
1. My sewing machine- Janome 9400 (love it)
2. Wonder clips 
3. Creative grid 2.5” x 18.5” ruler
4. Seam ripper - a necessary evil ;)
5. Gorgeous, happy fabric
 
8. Where can other makers' find your work?
A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog: https://abitofscrapstuff.blogspot.com
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Since Melanie said she loves anything "florals, purples/magenta/navy, AGF designers Katarina Roccella, and Maureen Cracknell, we made this personalized, 20-piece bundle for her!
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If you want to be next month's - "March's Feature," enter a chance to win and be featured by tagging us in your work using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday and we just might pick you! 
 
A big THANK YOU to Melanie for taking the time to chat with us, and thanks to everyone else who participated this month! 
 
Until next time, keep creating - 
 
- Sophia 
 

Color Master of the Month: Berry Valentine

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Oh, it’s February, the month of love. 💓 Whether you have a Valentine's date or not, we can always appreciate all our loved ones in our life. I think my favorite part of Valentine’s day is the excuse to go out for dinner (I can’t be the only one, right?). I usually try to pick out a place that I never been too in the city of Miami, because the city looks stunning at night with all of the lights reflecting from one tower to the next and the riveting nightlife. Besides the food, I love to give little gifts to my family on Valentine’s Day, just to a show a little love and appreciation. From handmade cards to a small project that I’ve made, or just offer something unexpected like a massage or a car wash. If handmade gifts are your thing too, but you just need some guidance on which fabrics to use, look no further, the “Berry Valentine” bundle is here! I can’t think of a better Color Master of the month than this edition, with a mood board that represents what this bundle is all about: handwritten love notes, pugs, and the color of passion.

With this wide variety of tones, take your fabric projects to the next level! All you need is one bundle to make a project that's perfect for the month, and you can get it in two sizes: Fat Quarters or Half yards.

Here are some projects from the lookbooks that you can make with our “Color Master” fabrics!

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Zippered Pouch #1: Featuring the print “Intertwill Blush”, this will a great quick project to sew up, and put all your goodies like candies or small trinkets to be gifted on Valentine’s Day.

Plenum Quilt #2: Using the entire "Color Master" to create this gorgeous, berry-filled quilt! An explosion of color using our signature quality cotton, combined with an original and unique HY or FQ friendly free pattern. If you’re interested in only making the Plenum Quilt with the box, then check out our Plenum Quilt free pattern, which includes all 10 prints!

Orange Fields Pillow #3: The “Corsage Charm Pink” print is just lovely for the flowers on this pillow. I love this as a gift or even to sew up for your own home, for some romantic and feminine, home decor.

This “Color Master” bundle can give you the option of using just one print or several to compliment any of your sewings designs. Although this bundle highlights the color berry-pink, each print has distinct hues that make it easy to pair with other projects. For example, the print called “Love Blooms”  (Print shown below, circled in red) has orange, yellow, and light blue flowers to form the word “love” which can help piece together other fabrics with a matching color palette.

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Imagine all the possibilities that can be done and if you still need some DIY ideas, we hosted a color fun series post talking all about a bundle that includes fuschias and how you can pair it with other colored fabrics! Remember that this box is there for your convenience, it has many uses! The “Color Master Box” can keep your fabrics organized and neatly displayed for easy finding, or you can share the love because it’s perfectly curated in a box for an easy present!

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Too excited to get straight to the fabric?! Well, we have some exciting news for you! You can get the “Berry Valentine” edition in a BUNDLE. If you missed our big reveal on our social media last week, we now offer our Color Masters in both BOX and BUNDLE! The bundle option is there for anyone ready to be cut and be sewn right away, also available in FQ or HY!

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If you're a fabric lover or know one in your life, these group of fabrics would be the perfect gift or you treat yourself by finding them in our online stores.

If you’re creating a sewing project using a “Color Master” fabrics, please feel free to share it with us on social media and use the hashtag #AGFColorMaster.   

Sew with love,

Jannelle

 

 

 


"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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Congratulations to Melissa Brockway! Please check your email. 

 

 

 


5 DIY Fitness Accessories

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Is anyone trying to change themselves for the better this year? I know a lot of people love to say “new year, new me,” but at least for me when a new year begins it does feel like a fresh start. Sometimes, we all need a blank page to spark up some creativity! In November, I decided to start my fitness journey (probably not the best month to start with the holidays, haha), trying to cut out all the bad food I'm so used to eating and start gaining healthy habits. Now that it’s January, I’ve decided to take on more than just the food that I eat, but EXERCISE. I know, the word that everyone runs away from. But fear not, I have some fun sewing projects that you can do that will bring you one step closer to your health journey!

  1. Gym Bag: If you are starting to go to the gym, this is the project for you so you can carry all your work out essentials. It’s not the size of a regular duffle bag, it’s more compact just enough to hold those extra clothes, a water bottle, and a towel!
  2. Headband: Nothing is worse than working out and having your hair sticking to your face! These super cute headbands are definitely a-must!
  3. Floor Mat: Maybe the gym is not your thing, and you like to work out at home. This floor mat is the project for you, using the green from Esoterra fabric collection to start off your workout on some good, earthy vibes.
  4. Water Bottle Holder: I find this project best for runners because you can make this bag, put it over your shoulder, and run hands-free! Using the canvas fabric from Sun Kissed, it will last you forever and handle daily usage with its durable cotton.
  5. Yoga Mat Carrier: This has to be my favorite project, one of the reasons being that the print from Lagom collection is lovely, black and white floral is a great balance between neutral and feminine! Lastly, its multi-use, use for your yoga mat, store your water bottle, and it has a little pocket for any extra small things you would like to carry like car keys or your cell phone.

I hope these projects excite you to start a new fitness journey this year. If you have any fitness accessories you’d like to see made, leave them in the comments below! As always, if you make any of our projects, tag us on social media with the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics, I’d love to see it.

 

Happy Sewing (and working out!),

Jannelle