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Katie Skoog's Debut Collection: WEST PALM

Hi Makers,

Being from Florida, I'm extra excited to announce our latest collection to you all that highlights a city here in the sunshine state. One of our newest designers, Katie Skoog is making her debut with her line of fabrics, "West Palm." 

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Now if you're not from Florida or are familiar with the places here, West Palm Beach is about an hour or so northeast of Miami. It's a very resort-filled tropical destination that offers breath-taking hotels, five-star restaurants, shopping, theaters, historical sites, and of course beaches that are filled with unique, protected wildlife. My personal favorite place in West Palm is "Antique Row" that offers more than 50 antique and specialty shops all along one street, it's a vintage lovers dream for sure! 

Although our designer Katie lives in chilly North Dakota, she finds much of her inspiration with tropical places, and therefore decided that her first line of fabrics should represent just that! In West Palm, you'll discover coastal-inspired prints like garden coral, monstera leaves, poolside mosaics, and flamingos. Coming from a background in pattern design and quilting, she used her experience to create designs that would speak to both worlds, offering a ton of versatility with all 16 cotton prints. West Palm Katie Skoog 4
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This collection is definitely bright, cheery and filled with so many seashore-infused motifs that make it perfect for beachy quilts, home decor, garments, and accessories. I definitely would love to make a beach quilt featuring "Palmrise Aruba Tropic" and "Playful Seaweed Dayglow." 

For more details on these fabrics and what to sew with them, check out our "West Palm Fabric Lookbook" that we put together for you. 

 

 

Here's our "Seaside Quilt" for you to enjoy and sew up, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

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- WEST PALM GIVEAWAY -

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Our Newest AGF Sewcialite - Carolina Moore

Hi Makers,

An award-winning quilter, author of a quilt book and a craft book...just a few things that make her extra special...and now she's our newest AGF Sewcialite! Please give a warm welcome to the talented, Carolina Moore!

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Born in Holland and currently living in sunny San Diego, California with her husband, two sons, a dog and a cat, Carolina's been quilting for 25 years! Using her expertise and amazing precision with each make, we first noticed her back in 2012, when she became part of an AGF sewing challenge. After falling in love with her quilty passion and work, we began collaborating with Carolina on several projects for our Quilt Market booths and lookbooks. Describing her design style as "fun, bold, modern," she's obsessed with English Paper Piecing, as well as long arm quilting, and chocolate. :)  We're so excited to have her as part of our AGF family and can't wait for the upcoming projects she has planned this year. 

To get to know Carolina a little better, here's a fun little interview we did with her!

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Congratulations on becoming an AGF Sewcialite! Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and how you eventually got to where you are today?

Thanks so much! I am crazy excited to be an AGF Sewcialite! Getting to play with gorgeous AGF fabrics every day means I’m totally living my best life! The short version of my story is that my mom grew up sewing garments. She loved sewing. When we moved here to the US, she took a quilting class and caught the quilting bug as well. She taught me to sew, and sent me to a kids’ quilting camp where I fell in love with quilting as well! I also did some garment sewing, and my mom and I made my prom dress together. After having my first son, I actually spent a couple years working in a quilt shop. It was there that I was introduced to AGF. After participating in an AGF challenge, I had the opportunity to make some projects for some award-winning Art Gallery Fabrics booths at Quilt Market, and then I started attending Houston Quilt Market and teaching classes! I love making, and try to do something creative every day.

What was the very first thing you sewed?

With a mom who did a lot of sewing, I have been sewing as long as I can remember! The first thing that I remember sewing was dresses for my dolls from my mom’s fabric scraps. I was still a beginner, so my dolls had a lot of strapless gowns since it only required a single seam.

What are some of your favorite projects to create? Favorite technique?

I love quilts. And pillows. And bags. I love small projects and simple projects because life gets so busy that if it isn’t small or simple, it gets tossed into the WIP pile, never to be seen again! Though every now and then I love taking on a really ambitious project! My favorite techniques are English Paper Piecing (my book “Learn how to English Paper Piece” just came out with Nancy’s Notions last month), and I love Free Motion Quilting.

If you were a sewing notion, what would you be and why?

What a fun question! I really struggled with this one, though! Am I the thread that keeps things together? Am I a needle because I’m always sharp? What about a seam ripper that always has your back during the tough times? After giving it a lot of thought, I think I’m probably batting. I’m always in the middle of stuff, I’m all about keeping things warm, and I am a little fluffy … though I’m trying to make healthier choices so that I can be more “low loft!”

If you had to describe your describe aesthetic in 3 words, they would be?

Fun, bold, modern.

What are some of your favorite things to do in California!?

I grew up in California’s High Desert, went to college and got married up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now live in San Diego…so there is SO MUCH that I love to do in California! My favorite might be a new tradition that we started with my kids. Each summer, we plan a road trip from San Diego up to the Bay Area to visit family. Last year, we went to the LaBrea Tar Pits in LA, and then up to the Sequoias. The year before, we spent the night in Solvang (a cute little tourist town with a Danish look) and then up to Hearst Castle. I love teaching my kids how to plan a trip, and then we all get to enjoy the trip together!

And here in San Diego, I love the beach. We live about 20 minutes away, and when one of us is having a rough day, I like to get everyone into the car and head to the ocean. Watching the sunset over the water seems to make everything just a little bit better.

Where do you often find your inspiration?

I find that inspiration can come from anywhere! Sometimes, I’m inspired by wanting to make something for a friend. Or needing something like a purse or an apron. And there are those special times when the fabric just speaks to me and tells me what it wants me to turn it into. Those are the best.

Your favorite movie of all time is?

HA! This is a funny question because I grew up in a house without a lot of television. We had a TV, but just “rabbit ears” - no cable. And my mom really didn’t want us spending our time in front of the TV. So, I spent a lot of time reading and making. Because of that, I don’t know that I have a *favorite* movie. Movies I really enjoy are “Big Fish,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” and “Shawshank Redemption.” As for books, I love listening to audiobooks while sewing. My favorite fiction books are the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games series, and my favorite non-fiction is probably “Big Magic” and “The year of Yes.”

What’s on your “sewing to-do list” for this year?!

Oh my! I have so much on my sewing to-do list this year! I want to make pincushions and have already started with some. I have a couple of bags that I really want to make this year. I’m finally getting some new furniture for the living room, so I plan to make some new cushions. And I want to work on projects where I can teach beginners. I really, really love new quilters and treasure each opportunity to teach a new person how to quilt.

That’s what I have planned so far - I’m sure other projects will sneak their way in! Sometimes the inspiration just strikes and I have to put aside everything else just to create!

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Make sure to follow her at:

Instagram // @craftmoore

Facebook // Carolina Moore 

Youtube // Carolina Moore Channel 

Pinterest // Carolina Moore 

Blog // Always Expect Moore

We hope you had fun getting to know Carolina. Stay tuned with her upcoming projects involving our fabrics! 

Until then, keep creating - 

Sophia 


Introducing Our Newest AGF Designer: Alexandra Bordallo

Hi Makers, 

Hope you're all enjoying 2019, so far!

This year, we're planning BIG things here at AGF and super excited to share all of them with you, these next couple months! With that, I'd like to announce that our AGF family is getting a little bigger and I'd like to introduce you to our newest designer - Alexandra Bordallo! Currently residing with her husband and young son in Spain, Alexandra's whimsical style caught our eye, and we just knew she had to be part of our talented team.

Here's a little interview I did with her, so you can get to know her a little better and hear about her background!

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1. Can you describe your creative path and what brings you to where you are today?

As a kid, I enjoyed making woven bracelets with my friends and I took painting and piano classes. When I was age 15, I bought my first sewing machine. I’m always trying to challenge myself to learn new sewing and quilting skills. I also have a knitting, crochet and embroidery obsession which also are my favorite fall and winter activities.

Being a mom has changed my perspective in every way. When my son was born, I wanted to spend all my time with him. I was working part time as a social worker and selling my sewing creations on my Etsy shop. I built my sewing brand and was sharing my creations on my Instagram account, just for fun. My love for sewing and fabrics are the reason why I started to learn how to draw and design repeating patterns. In September 2015, I took my first surface design course. I've been learning so much by following Bonnie Christine’s Skillshare classes! She’s an amazing teacher and her advice encouraged me to follow my dream. I started drawing and designing repeat patterns all the time.

I focused all my energies into only one industry and started calling myself a fabric designer. I keep learning and practicing. I often work late nights just to finish a repeating pattern or draw some new sketches for future designs. After five years of hard work with a few ups and downs, my dream finally came true and I can't wait to sew with my own fabrics soon.

2. Describe your design style.

It’s a tough question. I think my work is constantly evolving and I like to experiment with new drawing techniques and materials. My style often includes hand drawn inky lines, naïve motifs, quirky sketches inspired by nature and everyday objects.

3. How do you find inspiration and organize it?

Inspiration comes from people around us, feelings and experiences. I love being outside in nature with my family, reading books with my son, listening to music and taking photos as future inspiration. I start with an idea or object to draw as reference. When I do not know what to draw, I often draw flowers and from there everything begins to flow again. All my designs start with hand drawing in my sketchbook. When I have a bunch of sketches I am happy with, I scan them and start coloring in Adobe Illustrator, building the repeating pattern. I can spend hours recoloring a design. Color is everything!

4. When you're about to sit down and begin designing, do you have a certain ritual you have to do in order to begin your creative process?

I need to wear comfortable clothes, a pair of leggings and a big t-shirt. I have some nail polish on my desk and I often find myself painting my nails when I feel overwhelmed. Recently, I decided to draw directly with ink pen into my sketchbook to avoid my stupid perfectionism voice and just draw without thinking too much.

5. My spirit animal is....

A dragonfly!

6. Five things you can't live without....

My son, water, music, my sewing machine, and....my son :)

7. Do you have any goals lined up for 2019?

Last summer, I released my first sewing pattern, the #2in1summerbag and I’m writing new patterns to release with my first fabric collection. I also would love to learn how to sew garments for myself!

 

Please make sure to give Alexandra a warm welcome and stay tuned for more to come!

Keep creating,

- Sophia 


A Nod to The East: Silkroad Fusion Collection

Hi Makers!

If you have been following AGF for a while, you would know that we don't often focus on contrasting colors of black, red, and white in our collections. Well, we decided to do things a little different this time and this time, and bring them to center stage in our latest collection! Inspired by what you’d discover while traveling the trading route that connected The East to The West, AGF created its latest collection, “Silkroad Fusion.” This fabric line celebrates the emerging trend of Asian influences in textiles with designs from ancient techniques of brushwork that’s modernized with geometrics and florals, creating a unique, exotic mix for your sewing.

We decided to do a new take on color combinations and use full bodied hues of scarlet red and charcoal black mixed with pops of white. Silkroad Fusion is ideal for creating elegant and impactful sewing projects. Available in cotton with select prints in knits and a rayon, these designs can be used to sew bold quilts, pillows, table runners, wall hangings, Japanese-style garments like kimonos, and statement accessories.

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For more elegant-inspired projects that include quilt, garment and home decor patterns, head over to our "Silkroad Fusion" lookbook! 

 

 

Here's our lovely "Shoji Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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In case you need some ideas for blender to use for Silkroad Fusion, here's my picks from our AGF Elements

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-- SILKROAD GIVEAWAY -- 

Enter a chance to win this fabulous, fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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Congratulations, Nancy Page!  You're our WINNER to our giveaway! Please check your email. 

 

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A Creative Homage: Art District Fusion

Have you ever spent a day exploring an artsy neighborhood?! You’d probably start your day, grabbing a cup of coffee at a cute cafe, wander in and out of art galleries, browse small shops that are filled with unique, artisanal crafts, and of course, spend some time photographing all the amazing murals you’d unexpectedly find in alleyways. In Florida, if you're looking to see some street art or explore some unique shops, galleries, plant stores and delicious cafes, our biggest art district here is "Wynwood" which is a fun place to head to! If you were here this past weekend, you got to experience the annual "Art Basel" in full action with artists arriving from all around the world, creating unique, pop-up installations and events. There's never a dull moment in the art district between the art and people watching, you'll always leave with a ton of inspiration. 

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Inspired by a city’s art district, AGF created its latest collection, “Art District Fusion.” This fabric line features all the sights you’d spot while strolling down quaint streets that are home to many artists and creative like-minds. From bright colors and eye-catching designs like friendly cats, decadent ice cream, and painterly textures, this fabric line is available in cotton with select prints in knits and a rayon for garment makers! Designed for all you “art lovers at heart,” Art District Fusion is perfect for creating modern and playful sewing projects like geometric-filled quilts, pillows, rugs, and accessories that make a bold, artistic statement.

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Head over to our “Art District Fusion Lookbook” for more sewing ideas and projects!

 

 

Here's our lovely "Street Signs Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Here's my favorite blenders that can easily coordinate with "Art District Fusion!" 

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-- ART DISTRICT FUSION GIVEAWAY --

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Our giveaway winner is Nancy Hart-Kline! Congratulations and please check your email! :)

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Quilt Market Houston Fall 2018 Recap

Hello Fabric Friends,

 We are still on our "Quilt Market high" remembering all of the amazing new people we met and catching up with our long time sewing friends. Quilt Market comes around twice a year, in the Fall and Spring season. This is where fabric, notions, and pattern making companies congregate to showcase what NEW exciting products they have to offer shop owners in the quilting/sewing industry. Our booth this year celebrated the beauty of COLOR and how color plays an important part in our lives. With a ton of team work and trial and error we created quite a impactful backdrop to which we then added framed triangle pieced mini quilts in a array of different colors to coordinate back with our wall.

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AGF Pure Element Solids where used to create this display.

 

For extra detail and to embrace our love for nature, we incorporated hand drawn stencil florals, birds and this majestic looking deer pictured below!

 

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We also created the AGF Shop, a place for shops attending Market to purchase a few (or more then a few ) of our new AGF Curated Bundles. We made sure to bring a nice selection of our Designer Palette, Color Master and AGF Bundle Up Bundles and Boxes!

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 Here I am below doing a little shopping myself! Clearly, I couldn’t decided on just a few bundles but since Quilt Market only happens twice a year it is a good time to splurge a little and treat yourself!

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It took two days to set up our booth and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished! Below are a few progress photos of how we turned a boring old space into a colorful, bright, inviting place for our sewing friends to stop by and say hi and talk about all things fabric and so much more! 

 

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The event lasted three days where we showed all that came by our newest fabric designs and of course the AGF Crew was all decked out in AGF Fabrics!

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Two of our lovely designers Bonnie Christine  and Dana Willard stopped by to say hello and it was so great catching up with them! 

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We also were so honored to see so many of you wearing or toting around your AGF makes! 

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For all of you who followed along to our social media and IG Stories, I hope you had a blast and thank you for all your kind words and support! You all mean so much to us, you are the reason we keep working hard to strive to bring you the best of the best in color and design and in everything we do!

Happy Sewing,

Meli