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Stroked Flying Geese

Hello my fellow makers,

Coming up with new ideas for projects is always fun and challenging at the same time, specially when you have beautiful fabrics and want to make them justice. Today we will be using the playful Selva Collection to make the No Waste Flying Geese with a twist: The Stroked Flying Geese. I love this idea because it adds that extra something to the traditional and beautiful technique, and as they say "the devil is in details". So get ready to play with me!

The featured fabrics are Swaying Sloths Sky (Fabric A) for the geese, Elephants' Echo Earthy (fabric B) for the strokes, and Endless Paradise (Fabric C) for the background.

 

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To make a finished 5" x 2 1/2" Stroked Flying Geese you will need four (4) 4 1/2" squares from fabric A, two (2) 4 1/2" x 2" rectangles from fabric B, one (1) 10" x 2" rectangle from fabric B, and four (4) 3 3/8" squares from fabric C.

Construction:

Take four (4) 4 1/2" squares from fabric A, two (2) 4 1/2" x 2" rectangles from fabric B, and one (1) 10" x 2" rectangle from fabric B. Join the fabric into the following rows:

Row 1: Fabric A - 4 1/2" x 2" rectangle from fabric B - Fabric A

Row 2: 10" x 2" rectangle from fabric B

Row 3: Fabric A - 4 1/2" x 2" rectangle from fabric B - Fabric A

Join the Rows to get the following block:

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Sub-cut your block into a 6 1/4" square making sure fabric B ends in the vertices of the square.

Take two (2) 3 3/8" squares from fabric C, align them with the opposite corners of the 6 1/4" square, and pin them in place (the fabric C squares should be overlapping in the center).

Draw a line from corner to corner and stitch at 1/4" from each side of the line.

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I love this step because it gives you a pick of how your stroked flying geese will look once finished ;). Stroked-Flying-Geese4Take the last two (2) 3 3/8" squares from fabric C and align them to the corners with fabric B. Draw a line on fabric C from corner to corner and stitch at 1/4" from each side. Cut following the drawn lines and press open ... Voila! Here you have your Stroked Flying Geese!

If you would like to see this technique in a finished product download the Florian Quilt.

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What other traditional technique would you like to "stroke"? I would love the challenge! Please share your thoughts with me. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did making it.

Happy Stroked Flying Geese making,

- Laucara

 

 


How to Sew a Prism Puzzle Quilt Block Tutorial

Fabrics that make you smile, are my kind of fabrics! This is why AGF Studio’s lastest collection called Selva is my favorite new fabric to sew with. Not only are the prints super adorable and playful but the colors are lively, fresh, and gender-neutral. 

This collection is perfect for creating kid decor, clothes, and accessories. With its efficient fussy cutting capabilities, I have been happily busy making fun quilty projects.  For the next addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection, I sewed up the ”Prism Puzzle” Block! With so many moving parts to this block and a cute assortment of animals, I am really loving how it turned out! 

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Enjoy the video tutorial below! :) For more fun sewing projects made with Selva Fabrics make sure to check out the Selva Fabric LookBook! 

Happy Sewing, Meli 




🍂 Layering For Fall! 🍂

With the leaves turning golden and the smell of pumpkin spice permeating the cool, crisp air...yep, you guessed it…it’s officially the FIRST DAY OF FALL! This just so happens to be our favorite time of year. From the fall treats like pumpkin bread, apple crisps, candy corn, hot apple cider to fun holidays like Halloween, gathering together with family and friends for Thanksgiving, there's so much to look forward to! 

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Inspired by this “season of cozy,” we wanted to celebrate by creating some oversized scarves for layering!

Untitled-1We decided to pair two of our substrates together - knit and rayon to create these scarves! These substrates are great to use together, creating an unexpected touch! We decided it was best to have one side of the scarf be a print, while the other side is a solid so it can be reversible, depending on if you feel like wearing a print or a solid color with your fall outfit..as well as offer fun, styling options.

For example, you can even wear this oversized scarf as a flowy kimono over a tank top or tee, or bundle it all up with a jean jacket. We decided to make two other versions of this fun accessory that we hope inspires you to bundle up in handmade style. ScarvessssHere's the instructions and fabric details for making each scarf. 

Click on below instructions to view larger, if needed!

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Happy sewing..oh and happy fall, y'all! 🍁🍂

 

 


Head into The Jungle with Selva!

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Selva Fabric Cotton 8

Created from our very own AGF Studio, we’re transporting you to a magical jungle with SELVA!

In this collection, you’ll discover where sleepy sloths swing from their branches, sweet elephants walk in rows, tropical foliage grows and a lively color palette that makes it the perfect combination to sew anything for kids. These gender-neutral colors and designs can be used in nurseries to create quilts, pillows, tummy time mats, wall hangings, and rugs. Of course, all those "young at heart" can also create decor with these fabrics. Imagine having a jungle-theme living room with some fun throw pillows featuring this darling jungle print or fierce felines

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Available in 16 quilting cotton prints, Selva is also available in 3 cozy knits. 

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To see all of the jungle-inspired projects that we've created as well as other makers, check out our Selva Fabric Lookbook

We created this FREE quilt pattern "Wild Gems" for you, just click the below link: 

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Enter a chance to win these whimsy fabrics by signing up to our giveaway:

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Beginner's Journey: Wall Hanging

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 Welcome back, my fabric friends! I just wanted to say thank you for everyone that commented on my “First Quilt” blog post, where I finally shared with all of you what I've been working on! It’s been a joy creating that quilt, and the positive feedback encouraged me to do something with a little more patchwork, but still beginner-friendly. This time I tried a lot of things differently from my first quilt, and I can’t wait to share with you all that I've learned. This quilt time around, I wanted to capture a very rustic vibe, with a lot of warm colors but small enough to not intimidate me, yet perfect for a wall hanging! I wanted to recreate #AGFQuiltBlockCollection’s most popular block on Youtube, the “Aztec Quilt block.” With a very simple technique including large Half Square Triangles and cutting them in half- two times. A really fun block to make for your first time, and a great starting point for making a quilt!

Untitled-1 copy*Prints used: “Ojos Flame,” “Pano Stone,” from Arizona After and “Hula Dolphins Vog,” “Tiki Way Papaya” from Aura. Also “Tigerlily,” “Heart of the Ocean,” “Nocturnal,” and “Creme de la Creme” from our PURE Solids.

 As I started creating this block, I realized that sometimes working with prints can be a little difficult because it’s easy to mess up on the direction its facing. This was one of my biggest challenges, and although I didn’t get it right every single time, I know next time to always being careful how you place your pieces before sewing it up. The second mistake I kept doing on this block was the direction I was cutting, please make sure once you draw your horizontal line, to cut your pieces facing the right way! (Had to remake some blocks because of this, haha.)

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I love how fabric placement can really transform the way a quilt looks! The way I placed the fabric made it look like an “X” and I thought that was super unique. You can always make this your own by inverting the colors or changing the color palette for a different mood.

Okay, I forgot to mention, me facing quilters everyday challenge- matching seams. I knew to work on this quilt top, I would struggle with this because there are a lot more seams to match than my first quilt. But after some trial and error, I’ve discovered I wasn't pinning enough. A tip I learned was to try and pin exactly where the seams would line up and when I start sewing, to take out the pins when it gets much closer to the needle, for minimal movement of the fabric. This tip made a world of a difference, forcing my seams to match and pinning more on the edges, eliminated room for error. 4 blocks later, and my quilt top was finally finished!

Untitled-3copyAs I began layering my pieces (the backing I used was “Tomahawks Stripe Blush” from Arizona After), I made sure to use big safety pins instead of regular pinning needles to avoid pricking myself while quilting. This time I was more nervous quilting because I struggled so much with my first quilt, I didn’t want to recreate my mistakes. I told myself this time around that I would do straight lines again but not diagonal (to avoid bunching of fabric on the sewing machine) and to try a different type of stitch to create a different look. I used this terracotta shade of thread so it can stand out from the quilt top, both front, and back.

Untitled-4 copy*Used Toasted Walnut PURE Solids for the binding.

On my first quilt, the binding turned out well because I decided to machine bind with 2 ½ inch stripes but I remember that I still had a lot of overlapping fabric. To try and avoid that mistake, I sewn my binding strip a little over ¼ inch, so when I would fold it over, I would machine bind it exactly on the line. Unfortunately, when I began to do that, I kept missing the flap and decided to hand bind for the time. This was time-consuming, but boy this was worth the effort! I loved the way it came out with an invisible stitch, made the binding super clean and I was able to avoid any leftover fabric from hanging. I’d love to know if any of you always hand bind your quilts and if you have any tips for me! This being my first time I felt like I was going really slow, but maybe there is a more efficient way to do this.

To turn this quilt into a wall hanging, I folded a 4-inch strip in half and tucked it underneath the binding, and made sure to clip everything together. You can bind this part with the sewing machine, as I did!

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To fit my rustic vibe, I DIY some random wooden stick I found, stained it a darker brown and added some lovely cream-colored rope to hang! Before you know it, I was DONE. I can’t believe I have already created and finished my second quilt! Seriously, I now understand why people can’t stop doing this. The satisfaction of putting the pieces together, deciding which fabrics to use, and just completing a project is a very therapeutic thing.

Thanks for following along my quilting journey, and if you have any tips for me for my next quilt, please let me know in the comments below.

Till next time,

Jannelle

 

 

 


Decostitch Elements - 6 NEW COLORS!

Channel some desert-inspired hues! 

We've added 6 NEW COLORS to our blender, Decostitch Elements. If you're not familiar with this line of fabrics, we launched them last year and because they had such a great response from the sewing community, we decided to add more options. 

These fabrics highlight stitching motifs and unexpected little details, acting as a solid while adding depth and texture to your sewing projects. If you also have a soft spot for romantic, bohemian color palettes, these are definitely up your alley. They also can be paired with various AGF collections like Open Road, Little Clementine, Gathered, Lugu, and much more! 

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Featuring "Cafe Latte, Pecan Praline, Ballet, Red Desert, Borgogna, and Blue Minerale," these colors easily work together as quilting, decor, apparel, and accessories. These colors are definitely trending this year with interior design from bedrooms, living rooms to even nurseries!

Especially with the seasons soon changing, these colors add a special warmth and coziness to your home as the weather begins to cool down. 


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We created this quilt block using these new colors to show you how they can be used together!

To view these colors as well as our other Decostitch options, click here

What would you sew with these fabrics? We would love to know! :)