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AGF Quilt Block Collection: How to Sew a "Twisted Spools" Block featuring Everlasting Fabrics

Hello Makers,

Wedding Season is among us. For all of you Bride DIYers let me introduce you to Sharon Hollands brand new fabric collection for AGF called Everlasting! Sharon designed this collection inspired by her daughters June wedding and childhood memories! To learn more about Sharon and her new collection make sure to check out the Everlasting Fabric Lookbook.

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Today I am excited to share my new block made with Everlasting fabrics! The “Twisted Spools” block is such a fun and impactful block to make. All these gorgeous red, whites and blues have got me feeling all the summer Fourth of July Vibes! I am thinking of remaking the “Patriotic Patchwork Table Runner” we made a while back for a tutorial on the weallsew blog using Sharon’s Everlasting Fabrics! What do you all plan on making?

 

To get your sewjo going make sure to watch the video below and learn how to make the “Twisted Spools” block!

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 

 


NEW YouTube Series - AGF Fabric Haul Videos

 

Are you a fabric fanatic? Can you remember the first time you were introduced to the magic of fabric and creating something out of it? How did you feel?

I don’t know about you but I don’t think I could be without fabric or give up the process of making something out of this precious material. Creating with fabric for me is just as important as food, fresh water, and shelter. It has become a basic necessity in my life and I know many of you feel the same way.  Which is why I am so excited to introduce AGF Fabric Haul Videos to our YOUTUBE channel!

If you have missed out on my very first Fabric Hauls here are three videos to check out!

 

Summer Side Fabrics by Dana Willard


Mystical Land by Maureen Cracknell

Everlasting by Sharon Holland

In these videos, you get an up close and personal look at all the prints offered in each collection with a wide variety of quilting cotton, knits, and rayon.

Ever have troubles finding the right solid colors to mix and match back with your sewing projects? In these videos, we also go through hand-selected  AGF PURE SOLIDS that match the prints in each collection perfectly to add just the right amount of contrast to your quilting and sewing projects!

Learn about free quilt patterns and get ideas on what to make by checking out our NEW Fabric Haul videos! To get you even more excited each Fabric Haul video has a special surprise at the end of each video. To join in on the fun head to our Youtube Channel!

 

Stay tuned for our next Fabric Haul video featuring Bloomsbury by Bari J.

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


Striped Landscape

Hello my friends,

Do you love to show off complex looking projects that are truly easy to make? If so, me too! For the romantic and delicate Everlasting collection, we will be making an 18" pillow top combining the improvisational and the strip piecing techniques.

Just so you know, the reason this tutorial is called "Striped Landscape" is because once I finished it, it reminded me of the vacation I want to take in a quiet beach with beautiful sunsets! ;)

The featured fabrics are Something Blue (Fabric A), Creme de la Creme (Fabric B), Snow (Fabric C), and Cherished Wishes (Fabric D).

 

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Start by creating two simple blocks that measure at least 21" x 21". Since you will be trimming a lot, it is better to start with bigger pieces and have room for error.

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Improvisational Piecing:

Align both fabrics facing you, and using the rotary cutter make an improvised curve.

Remove excess fabric and mark strategic points to use as guides while joining your pieces.

The edges won't match after sewing, so don't worry, just trim the imperfections.


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Strip Piecing:

Once you have made both blocks, square them to the same size.

Start cutting each block into 1" strips, keeping them in order.

Intercalate one strip from block 1 and one strip from block 2 and place them to one side.

You will start seeing how both blocks come together into one beautiful pillow top.

 

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After all your strips are joined, press and square.

 

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The fun thing about strip piecing is that it can be used with many piecing methods. Do you enjoy improvising, or do you prefer accurate techniques?

Happy landscape making!

- Laucara


My First Time on the Sewing Machine

Hello makers,

The last few days, I’ve decided to tackle something I never thought I would try (at least by myself)... sewing on the sewing machine. As a kid, my grandma loved to sew but she never used a sewing machine, everything she ever did was by hand, and she passed those skills down to me. Growing up, she would have me sit next to her on her bed, set down a pile of socks, shirts, pants, anything with holes, and have me sew up the holes to practice. I really enjoyed that time with my grandma, it was more than just sewing but it was all the stories she would share with me. Thanks to her, I could really appreciate the industry I work in and it gave me that extra courage to try to learn more than just stitching up holes on socks.

When I first started working here, “Meli” from our Production Team suggested a great idea to have everyone in the office to join the Community Sampler Sew-a-long, and with her assistance, I used a sewing machine for the first time and made a pretty good, half quilt block (if I say so myself!) This past weekend, while the girls went to Quilt Market, I was taking some lovely pictures of Sharon Holland’s latest collection “Everlasting, and I thought it would be a great idea to have some pieces cut and laid out for a picture. My first extinct was, let me watch a YouTube video of our  #AGFQuiltBlockCollection, so I know what sizes to cut out for this picture. As I cut the pieces I said to myself, “I’ve gotten this far, let me just try to sew the pieces together!” I checked the sewing machine and luckily it was already set up...I knew this was a sign to just go for it.

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Here’s what began as a quick 30-minute project, to a 3-hour project. I cut out all my pieces keeping in mind what Meli told me the first time I did a quilt block with her, that I need to square up my pieces before I start. Then the part I was dreading, sewing the pieces together… I sewed my first HST and I was pretty proud of it! Perfect ¼ inch seam allowance- I gained some confidence!

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Sewing straight lines were clearly my downfall, but the more I did it, the better I was getting at it. At this point, I was really happy with what I had on the table. I even did some chain piecing!!

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Things started to get a little wonky when I had larger pieces, as my ¼ seam allowance started to become a little more than it should have been. Let’s just say the seam ripper and I had a lot of time to get to know each other!

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By the time I started laying out my pieces, my mistakes were really showing but I was impressed at myself that I had gotten this far. One really important thing I realized while putting the pieces together was that I found myself really trying to match the edges instead of matching the seams.

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Unfortunately, I noticed this a little too late, as you see above, my first attempt at sewing the rows together...nothing seemed to be lining up. The second attempt, I matched the seams, and it looked much better! Before I knew it, I was done and I was really excited to show the girls my first attempt on sewing a quilt block by myself.

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Yes, it took forever, but I learned a lot! Here some key points I learned from this experience:

  • Take the time to cut your pieces accurately
  • ¼ seam allowance is very important
  • Press your seams after every stitch
  • Match your seams, not the edges of your pieces
  • Label your fabrics, things can get a little disorganized
  • Pin. Pin. Pin.
  • Layout your fabrics before sewing them together
  • Accurately square up your blocks

 

Lastly, be proud of your mistakes because they only make you better! I know this wasn’t exactly the easiest block (found this out afterward) to sew for the first time but it made me realize what I’m capable of. If you have any tips that I didn’t mention above, please let me know in the comments below. I am happy I did this and I can’t wait to try more things, as I dive into this sewing world. If you’re a beginner sewist like me, I hope this encouraged you to be brave too!

 

Good luck and happy sewing,

Jannelle

 

 

 

 


Sharon Holland's Latest Collection - Everlasting!

 

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"The story behind my new collection is definitely a love story inspired by my daughter,  Anna. She reminds me, in so many ways, of all the joys of summer. A large part of this collection celebrates her June wedding, so you'll discover several of the fabrics aptly reference marriage, but you'll also find some special memories from my childhood woven in as well. For example, the print called 'Summer’s Dream' plays tribute to my favorite bird—the swallow. I have sweet memories of watching the swallows follow and swoop around my father as he mowed the lawn on a summer’s evening." - Sharon Holland. 

Our designer Sharon Holland always creates a collection that's the perfect mix of modern meets vintage. Combining her talents in photography, drawing, painting, and designing...she consistently creates fabrics that are delicate and timeless. For her latest collection "Everlasting," she was inspired by her daughter Anna's wedding and celebrates love, family traditions, and all the joys of summer.

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Comprised of sweet and ethereal prints and grounded in a color palette of true red, ivory, and of course...something blue, these fabrics can be used for wedding quilts, home decor, unique accessories, dresses, skirts, and bridal robes!

 


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Ranging in several substrates to choose from, you’ll discover gorgeous bouquets, fluttering birds, and ditsy details like hearts and polka dots. This collection offers three, different knits that come in a bold blue floral, little flowers with a red background, and buzzing dragonflies which can pair greatly with summery dresses, tees, tanks, and even quilts! 

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For rayon, it comes in this gorgeous, dainty flowers that are perfect for vintage meets modern inspired silhouettes! 

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Sharon even designed this "Lily Pond Quilt" using her fabrics!

Lily Pond Quilt - Download Free Pattern
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From Bargello to Irish Chain

Hello my friends!

How about mixing and matching traditional techniques with the dreamy and mythological fabrics from Mystical Land?! Today, we will be using 2 1/2" strips to create an Irish Chain look using the Bargello technique.

The featured fabrics are Magical Fauna Mystique (Fabric A), Secret Seeds Whisper (Fabric B), Secret Seeds Solar (Fabric C), Enchanted Flora Ablush (Fabric D), and Snow (Fabric E).

To make this 20" x 20" block you will need 1/6 of a yard of each fabric.

 

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Cut width of fabric x 2 1/2" strips from each fabric, then join the strips into a strip set: E-D-C-B-A

Join the unsewn edge from fabric A to the unsewn edge from fabric E creating a fabric tube. 

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Bargello Technique

Subdivide the fabric tube in 2 1/2" tube strips, and do the following:

For strip 1, rip the seam between fabrics A and B

For strip 2, rip the seam between fabrics B and C

For strip 3, rip the seam between fabrics C and D

For strip 4, rip the seam between fabrics D and E

For strip 5, rip the seam between fabrics E and A

 

Each block will be composed of two equal rows: 2 x (1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1)


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Join both rows making sure fabric A meets in the center of the block, and enjoy your Irish Chain looking block using the Bargello technique <3.

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Each block will have a finished size of 20" x 20" so to make an amazing 80" x 80" quilt top, all you have to do is make the block sixteen (16) times and join them into four (4) rows of four (4). You would need 1 3/8 yard of each fabric.

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Who would you make this mystical quilt for?

Happy Irish Chain making :)

Laucara