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Dresden Mandala Tutorial

Hello my fellow makers,

How about a beautiful, mandala for someone you love? The mandala is a symbol of cosmic and spiritual order, composed by balancing elements that represent unity and harmony. We will be making a mandala full of vibrant colors, fun geometric elements, and feminine lines using the exquisite prints from the  Legendary collection and the dresden technique. A technique that just like the mandala has a concentric and circular shape.

The featured fabrics are Flecks Dreams (fabric A), Brit Boutique Bold (fabric B), Collar Ends Bold (fabric C), Flecks Bold (fabric D), Trinkets Dreams (fabric E), Flecks Soul (fabric F), Brit Boutique Boho (fabric G), Collar Ends Soul (fabric H), Tile Blue (fabric I), Trinkets Soul (fabric J), Femme Metale Boho (fabric K), and Coffee Bean (fabric L).

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Start by designing two strip sets in the same size with contrasting colors. In this case, I cut rectangles from fabrics AB and FG to center their print with the small triangles from fabrics C and H. Just to get a more balanced effect once all the pieces are joined ... and also because I'm a fanatic of print alignment :). 

 

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Half Square Triangle Love- How to Make the "Windmill" Block featuring Legendary Fabrics

Hello Makers,

 

How was your Thanksgiving? Filled with lots of yummy food and your favorite people I hope!

I got to go home to visit my family in Minnesota and spent every minute I could with my niece and nephews and even got to celebrate my sisters birthday! There is no better feeling than being there for special occasions and creating memories that will last forever. Back in the warm state of Florida and I am filled with energy and motivation to keep creating. I just got done sewing up the “Windmill”Block with Pat Bravo’s new fabric collection “Legendary” ! This collection celebrates Pat’s accomplishments of creating 40 fabric collections over her years as a fabric designer! If you haven’t check out her inspiring Lookbook yet I totally suggest to flip through the pages to find your next sewing project and see all the hard work and love we put into every collection release! We create these Look Books for all you fabric lovers that love to create and sew. It’s also a great resource to fire up your sewing mojo!

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What was one of the first quilting techniques you learned as a newbie quilter? I remember Pat teaching me how to make HST’s using the two at a time method and I was blown away by this process. I knew right there and then quilting and I where going to be the best of friends.  Fast forward four and half years later and it’s safe to say, I was right! :)

Since then I learned there are so many ways to create HST’s and my all time favorite, especially when I need to make a whole bunch at a time is the Eight at a Time Method! In the video below I share this amazing technique. Hope you all can find some time to hop into your sewing machines this week and whip up this beauty of a block!  

 

 

If you end up creating the block, I would love to see them!! Make sure to use the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection when sharing on social media or feel free to email us a pic at marketing@artgalleryfabrics.com!



During this time of year it makes us stop to think about what's important to us and what we are thankful for and I would love to thank all of you makers for sharing kind words and creating from the heart!

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


A Tribute: Legendary Fabric Collection

Often when you have a creative goal in mind, you just have to begin and start somewhere. Eventually, you'll learn along the way and get better at whatever it is that you're setting out to do! There's often no mentors to ask beforehand, no check list, no guidelines...just you and that gut feeling. However, with patience, persistence, and of course practice, you can achieve anything really! I'm sure all of us can relate to this because we've all started off somewhere. Just think back to how far you've come, and take a moment to pat yourself on the back for everything you've accomplished. 

With accomplishments in mind, a great reminder of this journey is our AGF designer, Pat Bravo. She began sewing as a little girl, and overtime got into quilting and began shopping for fabrics that she wanted to use for her quilty projects. As she became more familiar with her craft and materials, she realized the type of fabrics she "craved" did not exist at the time, and decided to begin designing her own fabric. Pat knows quilting, fabric and the process that connects the two oh so well. With her latest fabric collection "Legendary," she celebrates creating 40 fabric collection in 14 years. Celebrating this milestone, she created this special edition of 24 prints to commemorate the special occasion! 

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 If you LOVE anything "romantic bohemian," this collection's for you! For more elegant-inspired projects that include quilt, garment and home decor patterns, head over to our "Legendary Fabric Lookbook!"

 

 

Here's our gorgeous "Entwine Quilt" 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 from our AGF Elements for you that can easily coordinate with the bohemian-inspired prints of "Legendary." Legendary_Blenders_Text

Enter a chance to WIN THIS FABRIC BUNDLE by signing up to our giveaway:

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Our winner is JEANNE RESLER! Congratulations and please check your email! :)

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Month 3 Recap of the Farmer's Wife Sew Along

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Hello Makers, 

The months are flying by and we are loving every second following the journey of @misterdomestic  and @sarai_hobbies in their creation of the EPIC Farmers's Wife Sew Along hosted by Angie from GnomeAngel. Throughout the sew along she will be creating blog posts of her block with tips and tricks to put together each block. If you still want to join in on the fun head to Paperpieces.com to order all you need to create this gorgeous EPP masterpiece using the jaw dropping colors from the AGF Color Master bundles

 

Today I wanted to showcase the amazing work two of our lovely makers are creating! Both are so different in their approach, creating the same block but finishing with such different and unique blocks that reflect their personal style!  Check out their blocks below. 

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 Mathew's blocks are located on the left and Sarai's blocks on the right! I never appreciated the art of fussy cut as much as I do know after seeing Mathews's amazing skill in  strategically fussy cutting his pieces and putting them back together in the most powerful and impactful way! 

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Here is another example of  the same block but put together in two gorgeous ways! 

 For those of you not joining the sew along but would still love to follow along make sure to search these hashtags to see what all the wonderful makers are creating each week! 

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Here are some of the blocks you have missed out on seeing this month! 

 

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Mister Domestics's blocks above. 

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 Sarai's blocks above! :)

Got any neat  EPP tips and tricks you can share? I always wanted to get into EPP myself but am still a bit to afraid to give it a try. My excuse is I am not patient enough. Anyone else  have this problem? What's your excuse for not trying EPP.  See ya all back here next month to share more progress of the Farmer's Wife Sew Along! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 

 


Color Master of the Month: Clean Slate

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End of November already? Can you believe it?! This is my favorite month because of all the yummy Thanksgiving food, decorating around the house, and of course, Cyber Monday (haha)! It’s that time to think about presents and future projects, spend hours on the internet for gifts or in our case, scavenging for some free patterns! It can be difficult sometimes if you don’t know where to begin searching, but luckily we have lovely fabrics waiting for you to make something beautiful out of them. Take a deep breath of fresh air, and start off with our “Clean SlateColor Master bundle! A mood board that represents these prints which remind me to take the time to sit down, relax, and brainstorm new ideas.

With this wide variety of grey 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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Bias Weave Pillow #1: Featuring the print “Arcadia Bliss Dim”, you can turn also add all the fabric prints from the bundle to make complete look. The perfect finishing touch for any neutral themed bedroom or living room!

Plenum Quilt #2: Using the entire "Color Master" to create this gorgeous, grey quilt! An explosion of color using our signature quality cotton, combined with an original and unique project. If you’re interested in only making the Plenum Quilt with the box, then check out our Plenum Kit, which include a 10-piece bundle (FQ or HY sizes), two additional fabrics for background, accents, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Bonnie Bucket Bag #3: Sometimes there’s prints that really speak to us and deserve the spotlight of a project, like this bag only featuring “Silhouette Lane” combined with our Denim! Makes for a unique gift for anyone during the holidays.

This “Color Master” bundle can give you the option of using just one print or several to compliment any of your sewing designs. Although this bundle highlights the color grey, each print has distinct hues that make it easy to pair with other projects. For example, the print called Asphodel Trace” has white florals with light blue in the center of each flower that 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 grey 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!

Too excited to get straight to the fabric?! Well, we have some exciting news for you! You can get the “Clean Slate” edition in a BUNDLE. Yes you read that right, we now offer our Color Master’s 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.   

What would you make this month with the “Clean Slate” edition?

Happy sewing,

Jannelle


Our Favorite DIY Wall Art

Hello, Makers!

Can’t believe it's almost the end of year, wow has time flown by! This is my favorite season of all, where we get to spend a lot of time with family and eat really scrumptious food. Although this is a happy time of the year, it can become stressful running around store to store, trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone. Well makers I have some fun projects you can make that are very universal, so get those sewing machines ready… time to craft up our own gifts. I pulled together some great Wall Art tutorials that you can make that would be a perfect  housewarming gift, or you can make one for any home decor lover!

Lets get started:

Signature_WallArt-1_new1. Glee Wall Art-  Inspired by the collar of a simple blouse, AGF Studio created this 3-piece wall art using Signature fabrics- with it’s romantic pinks, we just had to hang it in our own office! Great piece for someone that needs that one centerpiece on their wall.

 

Wild Bloom Wall Art 5  2. Spring Mandala- If you or your loved one is flower obsessed, this one's for you! Using Wild Bloom fabrics, filled with bright jewel tone florals, it will definitely stand out on a neutral colored wall.

 

Indie Folk Wall Art 2-edited3. Rosemary’s Heart- Now this quilt is no easy project but it’s one of those projects that you will be proud to hang on the wall once it’s finished! Using Indie Folk fabrics, this collection will be for those who have a boho style home and it definitely would be the focal point in any room.

 

Virtuosa-Wall-Hanging-14. Virtuosa Wall Hanging- Bari J’s latest collection, Virtuosa, is filled with colorful boho flair! A gorgous wall hanging with added tassels and of course some embellishments were called for! Tackle this fun patchwork project, that has no seams, just topstitching.

 

Love Story Quilt FREE 105. Pretty Dayz- Our Love Story collection represents all the simple beauties of love, so why not craft a project that radiates that energy?!

 

I hope these DIY projects spark the crafty side in you and reduces some of that holiday shopping! I think we can all agree that handmade is best.

 

Wishing everyone a happy holiday!

 

-Jannelle