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5 Improv Quilting Myths...Debunked!


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Shannon used Art Gallery Fabrics PURE Solids in Light Citron, Lemonade, Dark Citron, Raspberry Rose, and Plum Preserve for her #30DaysofImprovQAL quilt. Image courtesy of Shannon Fraser Designs.

Hi there, Shannon @shannonfraserdesigns and Amanda @broadclothstudio here! We’re taking over the Art Gallery Fabrics blog today to talk to you about improv quilting.


One of our favorite things about improv is its freewheeling nature: it's just such a fabulous way to jumpstart your creativity! But with that freedom, some folks get overwhelmed and don’t know where or how to start (ourselves included sometimes!). With this in mind, we created our #30DaysOfImprovQAL to serve as a creative “recharge”, tackling different shapes, different approaches, and different concepts in small daily “bite-sized” prompts throughout the month of August.

Over the 30 days, we had such a blast seeing everyone’s creativity come to life as they tried new techniques and took sewing risks. We also got lots of questions, ran into lots of assumptions, and came into contact with some verrrry interesting theories about improv. So today, we’re going to take a moment to look at these improv “myths”...and debunk them!

1. You’re good at improv’re not.

This idea that you’re “born” to be good at improv or you just don’t have it in you is one of the biggest myths we encountered and it couldn’t be further from the truth! Improv is a skill and a technique. And just like lining up your seams perfectly, mastering applique, or learning free motion quilting, it takes practice. In our own practice, we’ve found that improv can be extra hard because it goes against so many of the sewing skills we’ve learned over the years!

Our advice: be patient with yourself and give yourself the time to unlearn and relearn and learn.

2. Improv is overwhelming.

It can be...but it doesn’t have to be! For some folks when the sky is the limit, their creativity doesn’t know what to try next, but when the parameters are super narrow, their creativity shines. It can be fun to puzzle out how you’re going to work with a limited color palette, figure out how you’re going to zoom in on a shape, challenge yourself to sew a block that’s a certain size or see how wild you can make one shape be through slicing and dicing.

Our advice: if you’re feeling overwhelmed, try giving yourself a very specific task, shape, or idea to explore before throwing in the towel.

3. Improv is anarchy.

Another “it doesn’t have to be!” Just because you’re sewing off-pattern doesn’t mean you have to live on the wild side and throw all design principles out the window. We love to use improv to shake things up, to challenge our preconceived notions about how things “should” be. But at the same time, we take lots of breaks to step back and really look at what we’re making, identify the overarching themes and decide how intentional (or not!) we want to be about the final composition.

Our advice: don’t forget that you are writing this rule book and you get to decide what and how the journey unfolds!

4. There’s a Ton of Fabric Waste in Improv.

Sure, you might trim down lots of funky seam allowances and end up with some odd shaped scraps as you go. But think about the possibilities of those scraps: it’s so easy (and fun!) to do a little crumb quilting and give those scraps a second life within your work.

Our advice: when you’re starting to get horrified about the size of your scrap bin, take a moment to sort through them and challenge yourself to put as many as you can back into use.

5. Improv has to be wonky and wacky.

If you want to use a ruler, use a ruler. Or pins. Or mark your seam allowances. Or whatever else makes it fun for you to sew. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. For us, improv is not only a skill but is also a mindset. Improv doesn’t have to have X number of wonky triangles, Y number of mismatched seams or Z number of freehand-cut strips to count as improv. Improv is about the intent, about exploring and experimenting.

Our advice: if a ruler helps you do that, and perfectly pieced HSTs helps you find your creative “flow”, then who’s to say that’s wrong?

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Amanda used Art Gallery Fabrics PURE Solids in Vanilla Custard, Garden Fern, Tigerlily, Turmeric, and Apricot Crepe for her #30DaysofImprovQAL quilt. Image courtesy of Broadcloth Studio


At the end of the day, we both love to use improv for providing us with the time and space to try new things, to hit “reset” on our assumptions, and to challenge our instincts. If you’re looking to dive in, here our are best improv quilting tips:

  1. Remember that improv is a skill that you can practice to become more comfortable at.
  2. Think of improv as YOUR time to play, to try new things, and to explore: it can be as planned or as unplanned as you want.
  3. Break things down into bite-sized chunks: play, try, and explore just one shape or a monochrome fabric pull!
  4. Save your scraps and sort through them regularly to see what you can use (even if it means sewing a bunch together to create “new” fabric to play with).
  5. Kick your expectations to the curb: be mindful of what makes you feel free to play, to be creative. If that’s a ruler, then use your ruler!

And if you’re looking for inspiration or a place to start, make sure to check out all the amazing makes from across the quilting community in the #30DaysofImprovQAL hashtag.

Good luck on your improv journey!

Shannon & Amanda

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Shannon used Art Gallery Fabrics PURE Solids in Light Citron, Lemonade, Dark Citron, Raspberry Rose, and Plum Preserve for her #30DaysofImprovQAL quilt. Image courtesy of Shannon Fraser Designs.
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The New AGF Substrate: FLANNEL


Oh, happy day! I love writing for the blog for all of you makers because I have the privilege of always updating you on the latest lookbook, collection releases, and everything new that’s happening at AGF! Today is another special day because if you don’t know already, we have a new substrate addition, FLANNEL and there is nothing better than to see these fabrics come to LIFE. The thrill of physically having the fabric in your hands is one experience but watching it being transformed into something beyond your imagination is my favorite part! Our lookbook is exactly that outlet to show off these ideas, and they serve as a great reference to see the scale of the prints, the texture, projects, and unique patterns! 

Hashtag copy*Available in 11 Flannel prints 

Introducing the starting line-up, featuring…

-Bonnie Christine’s print in Wandering with Bear 

-Maureen Cracknell’s print in Warm & Cozy Frost, Plaid of my Dreams in Sky, and Plaid of my Dreams in Blush

-AGF Studio’s print in Mr. Penny Vanilla

-Sharon Holland’s print in Fleuron Haven 

-Solids in Pink Clay, Sunflower, Retro Blue, and Deep Ocean.

Giving you a total of 11 options that are ideal for apparel, accessories, quilting, and crafting!

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Our new flannel is 100% cotton, OEKO-TEX certified, and DOUBLE BRUSHED, meaning it’s super soft on both sides and ideal for the colder months. 

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Hey, that’s me in the center! Check out these adorable warm and cozy flannel bucket hats that are featured in the Lookbook. Trust me, you won’t want to stop flipping the pages because there are so many out-of-the-box project ideas that are surely going to inspire you. 

Get to know our latest substrate addition in this IG TV video! Where you’ll get a closer look at the softest, coziest flannel yet, plus all the details you need to know including fabric care and sewing tips! 

Don’t miss out on our weekend giveaway, all you have to do is CLICK HERE, and fill out the form for a chance to win FIVE YARDS of your favorite Flannel print! The giveaway ends on August 30th, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog. 

Flannel Giveaway Landing Page copy*Please reply within 7 days to claim your prize (check your email on August 30th!) If we don’t receive a reply, we will have to choose another winner as we’d like to be fair with all participants, and pass the opportunity to another contestant. Thank you! 


We are already seeing so many people incorporate our flannel in their projects, we highly recommend taking a look at yourself under the hashtag #AGFFlannel, and if you make anything with it too please share it under the hashtag so we can share the love. We hope you are excited too for this release, and let me know in the comments below what projects you have in mind with this substrate! Until next time...

Happy Sewing!




Flannel Scarf with Fringe Tutorial

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Ever‌ ‌since‌ ‌we‌ ‌received‌ ‌our‌ ‌Flannel‌ ‌fabric‌ ‌here‌ ‌at‌ ‌AGF,‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌fascinated‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌material‌ ‌and‌ ‌brainstorming‌ ‌all‌ ‌sorts‌ ‌of‌ ‌projects‌ ‌that‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌created‌ ‌with‌ ‌it!‌ ‌ ‌

I’ve‌ ‌been‌ ‌wanting‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌long‌ ‌scarf‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌while‌ ‌and‌ ‌what‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌way‌ ‌to‌ ‌use‌ ‌our‌ ‌new‌ ‌Flannel‌ ‌substrate‌ ‌since‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌extra‌ ‌soft‌ ‌and‌ ‌cozy.‌ ‌ ‌

In‌ ‌this‌ ‌tutorial,‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌going‌ ‌to‌ ‌show‌ ‌you‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌flannel‌ ‌scarf‌ ‌with‌ ‌fringes.‌ ‌It‌ ‌was‌ ‌fun‌ ‌experimenting‌ ‌with‌ ‌this‌ ‌fringe‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌pulled‌ ‌each‌ ‌thread‌ ‌one‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌time,‌ ‌but‌ ‌just‌ ‌take‌ ‌your‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌the‌ ‌process!‌ ‌ ‌

To‌ ‌make‌ ‌this‌ ‌scarf‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌need‌ ‌2‌ ‌yards‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Width‌ ‌of‌ ‌Fabric‌ ‌(WOF)‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌“Wondering‌ ‌with‌ ‌Bear”‌ ‌Flannel‌ ‌print.‌ ‌ ‌

Before‌ ‌you‌ ‌start‌ ‌this‌ ‌project,‌ ‌make‌ ‌sure‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌note‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌creating‌ ‌the‌ ‌fringes‌ ‌perpendicular ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌selvage,‌ ‌since‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌where‌ ‌it‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌easier‌ ‌to‌ unravel ‌the‌ ‌fabric ‌and‌ ‌overall‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌look‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌fringe.‌ ‌ ‌

Fold‌ ‌your‌ ‌fabric‌ ‌right‌ ‌sides‌ ‌facing‌ ‌together.‌ ‌Lay‌ ‌your‌ ‌piece‌ ‌flat‌ ‌making‌ ‌sure‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌folded‌ ‌evenly.‌ ‌ ‌ IMG_4587 BLOG

Pin‌ ‌your‌ ‌edges‌ ‌and‌ ‌sew‌ ‌ inside ‌the‌ ‌selvage. 

IMG_4611 BLOG IMG_4662 BLOG IMG_4695 BLOGTurn‌ ‌your‌ ‌piece‌ ‌inside‌ ‌out‌ ‌and‌ ‌press.‌ ‌ ‌

Mark‌ ‌a‌ 1’’ ‌line‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌top‌ ‌in‌ ‌and‌ ‌bottom‌ ‌in‌ ‌edge ‌‌with‌ ‌an‌ ‌erasable‌ ‌pen.‌ ‌ ‌



Edgestitch‌ ‌your‌ ‌sides‌ ‌and‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌marked‌ ‌lines.‌ ‌


Stitch‌ ‌again‌ ‌on‌ ‌top‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌marked‌ ‌lines‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌a‌ ‌stronger‌ ‌stitch‌ ‌before‌ ‌you‌ ‌start‌ ‌pulling‌ ‌the‌ ‌threads.‌ ‌IMG_4808 BLOG
Take‌ ‌a‌ ‌seam‌ ‌ripper‌ ‌and‌ ‌start‌ ‌separating‌ ‌and‌ ‌pulling‌ ‌thread‌ ‌by‌ ‌thread‌ ‌until‌ ‌you‌ ‌create‌ ‌your‌ ‌fringe.‌ ‌ ‌

Continue‌ ‌pulling‌ ‌thread‌ ‌one‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌time,‌ ‌until‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌created‌ ‌1’’‌ ‌of‌ ‌fringe.‌ ‌ ‌IMG_4855 BLOG
Repeat‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌other‌ ‌edge‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌scarf.‌ ‌ ‌

Take‌ ‌an‌ ‌old‌ ‌brush‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌brush‌ ‌and‌ ‌clean‌ ‌any‌ ‌leftover‌ ‌thread‌ ‌and‌ ‌tada!‌ ‌You’ve‌ ‌got‌ ‌yourself‌ ‌a‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌flannel‌ ‌scarf.‌ ‌ ‌

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And you're done! If you make this beauty for the winter, make sure to tag us on social media using the hashtag #AGFFlannel, so we can share the love!

Until next time,

Happy sewing!

A Whimsical Holiday With Cozy & Magical + Plaid Of My Dreams Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

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Happy Holidays, Makers! 

I know we are in the middle of August but here at the Studio, it might as well be Christmas! It’s a nostalgic day today because we are releasing Maureen Cracknell’s latest collection releases, Cozy & Magical and Plaid Of My Dreams! Celebrating cherished traditions like decorating the tree with twinkling ornaments, wrapping presents, and cozy sweaters, these whimsical prints have everything you need to make holiday sewing magical. This is Maureen’s second-holiday collection and it was meant to coordinate with her first collection “Cozy & Joyful” while still being completely unique. 

These fabrics are jam-packed with enchanting details like the print “Christmastide Town” that’s filled with colorful Victorian brownstones, charming details including vintage lamp posts strung with lights, snowmen, and a post box for mailing letters to Santa.

Here’s a fun fact! In an exclusive interview with Maureen, we asked her if this collection could be a person, who would it be? She replied “Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) from the movie You’ve Got Mail, which is one of my favorite holiday movies, although it’s not a traditional Christmas movie. Her character is the owner of a small children’s bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, and during the holiday season, both her shop and the city Brownstone she lives in are filled to the brim with whimsical details.” How cute is that? I can totally see the inspiration in these prints! 

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With the addition of Maureen’s Plaid of My Dreams collection, you can pair this Cozy & Magical with the available 8 plaid prints in warm & cozy colors! There are two print scales available so you can find whichever is most fitting for your patchwork projects. 

Who doesn’t enjoy a plaid print? They are so versatile because they can be included in your patchwork projects, used for apparel, and even home decor! 

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Get ready for a substrate extravaganza because you have 4 different prints to play with from these collections! Use the available knit print for all-year-round makes, and with its four-way stretch, this fabric calls for the most comfortable apparel. Plus the addition of 3 flannel prints, this double brushed substrate is super soft on both sides and ideal for the colder months. Make your quilts extra cozy by adding flannel to the backing or create apparel that will be super soft and keep you warm.

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PURE Solids: London Red, Night Sea, Raw Gold, Vanilla Custard, Miami Sunset, Ocean Fog, Blushing, Georgia Peach, and Pacific. 

Floral Elements: Blue, Aquarium, and Winter Wheat.

Capture the magic in every print of these collections with our free quilt pattern called “Joy to the world” where you can enjoy piecing up flying geese and half-square triangles to create adorable silhouettes of houses and gift boxes. 


Grace through the pages of our “Cozy & Magical + Plaid of My Dreams Fabric Lookbook” below, where you’ll be able to find tons of projects that will surely inspire you to start sewing for the holidays. Discover creative quilt blocks, cheerful table runners, festive quilts, and more!

Christmas came early because we’re having a GIVEAWAY. Just CLICK HERE, fill out the form for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the cotton prints of Maureen Cracknell's Cozy & Joyful + Plaid Of My Dreams collection! That’s a total of 24 prints! The giveaway ends on August, 20, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog. 

COZY & mAGICAL gIVEWAY GRAPHIC*Please reply within 7 days to claim your prize (check your email on August 20!) If we don’t receive a reply, we will have to choose another winner as we’d like to be fair with all participants, and pass the opportunity to another contestant. Thank you! 


Watch our latest Let’s Talk Fabric YouTube video! 

  • See Cozy & Magical with Plaid Of My Dreams fabrics in action
  • Discover festive projects
  • Watch exclusive behind the scenes
  • Take a closer look at prints & scale


As quilters, I think it’s safe to say that our favorite time of year is now because we start creating quilts for the holidays so we can finish them just in time to have them in your home or gift them to your loved ones. We’d love to see your projects before they are wrapped and gifted away, so post them on social media using the hashtag #AGFCozyAndMagical and #AGFPlaidOfMyDreams, so we can check them out and share the love. There are so many things I need to get started on my own sewing to-do list, but let me know in the comments below what you’re working on! 


Happy Sewing!


AGF Collection Reveals: 2021 Part 3

AGF Collection Reveals: 2021 Part 3

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It’s my favorite time of year again where I get to finally share some exciting news with all of you! If you follow us on social media, you might already know about our upcoming collections but in case you missed it, I’m going to show you what’s coming soon to AGF. This time around we had to shift the way we think and we now know the power of having a positive mindset can change everything. As a company, our goal is to create designs with a purpose, the purpose of knowing that beautiful fabric has the power to drive our strong sewing community and inspire us to create something new and better every day. We are constantly pushing our creative limits, discovering new color pairings, and designing prints that we know you will cherish forever. Check out our NEW season of AGF collections below, available from September through December 2021! 


Available September 2021

Wild▸Wild Forgotten by Bonnie Christine

Twenty▸Twenty by Katarina Roccella


Available October 2021

Gloria▸Gloria by Maureen Cracknell

Petite circus▸Petite Circus by Alexandra Bordallo 

Available November 2021

Flight path▸Flight Path by Jessica Swift 

Season spice▸Season & Spice by AGF Studio

Available December 2021

Shine on▸Shine On by Sharon Holland

Nectarine▸Nectarine Fusion by AGF 

Duality▸Duality Fusion by AGF Studio

For more details on availability, prints, and upcoming free patterns, check out our “Art Gallery Fabrics Catalog Season 3 – 2021” below! 

Get ready for your fabric-loving hearts to skip a beat with this round of new collections and watch our fun reveals video to see the inspiration behind each collection. All you have to do is click play, sit back, and enjoy! 



Now that the gang's back together at the studio, we are throwing a fabric party by hosting a GIVEAWAY! Celebrating our round of upcoming collections for Fall, we’re giving away a HALF YARD BUNDLE of your favorite collection revealed for the Fall Season of September - December 2021 on Instagram! The giveaway is open internationally and the winner will be announced on Monday, 8/9/21. Good luck! 

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Every day you inspire us with your resilience & creativity, and we can’t wait to see all the beautiful things that you will be sewing with these collections soon. Let me know in the comments below what collections you are most excited to get your hands on!

Until next time,

- Jannelle


Zen Mode with Vert Fusion Fabrics

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Hi, fabric friends!

Here at AGF, we love coming up with innovative designs and pushing the definition of what low volume prints mean, so we added a little spice! In some of our past Fusions, we released collections like Ballerina Fusion and Serenity Fusion that were based on the same idea but with a twist. Ballerina Fusion had a hint of pink, Serenity Fusion had a tint of blue, and now with our latest release of Vert Fusion, our approach was sage and aloe tones. 

If you’re new to AGF, our Fusions are a mixture of prints from other collections from our designers and they are recolored to tell a whole new story! Our aim for Vert Fusion was to enrich organic elements in soft sand and aloe tones that aim to soothe the soul through nature’s natural powers.

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If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you may know that green is one of my favorite colors! I tend to gravitate towards earthy colors and when I saw this collection, it just instantly put me in a peaceful mindset. Color always plays a big role in how you feel and certain colors portray certain feelings, so this light green tint from the collection gives off relaxing vibes. I wanted to translate this directly into some pictures with the color mood board above, so you can see these fabrics come to life! An easier visual aid that hopefully will inspire you when working with these fabrics and how you can incorporate them in your home. 

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With 10 premium quilting cotton prints, there are so many chances to create charming projects like tranquil quilts, home decor, and more. Each print is unique but when used together in your patchwork projects, no print stands out more than the other, making the collection work like magic as they complement each other beautifully. This collection has plenty of versatility, its neutral tones will also work well with other AGF collections!

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Our quilting cotton is so soft, you can also use it to make apparel too! Make any dress and top simple, yet classic with an edge. 

Vert Fabric 23 copyMake the soft color palette of Vert Fusion Fabrics pop with some key AGF Elements

PURE Solids: Tender Green, Light Grey, Sandstone, Creme da la Creme, Sweet Mint, Fresh Sage, and Vanilla Custard.

Decostitch Elements: Cloud & Subtle Sage.

Nature Elements: Natural

Oval Elements: French Vanilla

Squared Elements: Almondette

Try out our “Quietude” free quilt pattern, a very beginner-friendly pattern that is pieced with simple squares and the perfect opportunity to do some fun quilting motifs!


Just flip through the pages of our Vert Fusion Fabric lookbook that will show you a variety of sewing projects that you can recreate. Discover tons of new ways and ideas to piece these fabrics together, with the array of textures this collection has to offer!

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Who’s ready to get their hands on this fabulous collection? We’re giving away a fat quarter bundle of all the prints in Vert Fusion and this giveaway is going to be a little different because we are hosting it on our TikTok account! If you don’t follow us there, you should join the club as we post some quilty goodness and funny behind-the-scenes videos every week. The giveaway will last until Monday, so hurry on over! 

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These fabrics are so soft and so delicate and they can be much better seen in our “Let’s Talk Fabric” YouTube Video! Get an up-close look at these prints and fully capture the essence of what this collection has to offer. This video was so much fun to film because it’s a little different from the rest, as we captured the live photoshoot for the lookbook! See exclusive behind the scenes, the way AGF sets up to take pictures of these fabrics, and how we style all our projects. Every print is filled with interesting textures, and you will see them shine in all the quilty projects that are featured in this video!

As quilters and makers, we are always looking for that sweet escape and these fabrics will certainly take you there. As a huge fan of any shade of green, this has to be one of my favorite Fusions yet and I can’t wait to see what all you have in store for these fabrics. So, please share it with us on social media by tagging us in your photo and use the hashtag #AGFVertFusion, that way we can check it out and share the love! Thank you for reading along and until next time...

Happy Sewing!