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A Modern Kids' Collection: SISU!

Happy Friday, Makers - 

Hope you all had a fabulous week!

We were super busy here at AGF Studio, putting the final touches on our latest lookbook for our latest collection, SISU! This bold, bright collection is so so soooo cute and was made just for kids and their imagination. While designing this collection, we collected a lot of inspiration from our own childhood with primary shapes, colors, and memories! We love putting our own little personal stories into our designs, and this time around, one of the prints that feature a little dog flying on a glider is based on one of our Design team's real dogs named "Cinnamon!" See if you can find him! :)

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These youthful, hand-drawn designs were inspired by children's playtime fused with all the fun and discovery that comes along with learning. In case you were curious, the word “Sisu” comes from a Finnish word that translates into strength, determination, and perseverance, and we felt it really resonated a positive vibe with a line for kids. This collection offers 20 prints with two different colorways from cherry reds, sunny yellows, vibrant greens and cobalt blues to calming purples, citrusy orange, and tranquil teals. In addition to our 20 cotton prints, we have 3 knit prints available as well since we know little ones want to feel comfortable as they explore. 

Find out more about this collection in our "Sisu Fabric Lookbook!"

 

Here's our vibrant"Up & Away Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

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

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To enter our giveaway, click here.

Giveaway ends Friday, April, 19 2019. Good luck! 

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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 AGF "Rayon Striped!"

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Calling all you rayon lovers! We have some SUPER EXCITING news for you! For the FIRST TIME EVER, we’re launching four, new rayons that are filled with STRIPES...meaning you’ll have more options to play with regarding prints. From a white and black combination to blue, teal, and a mustard (my fave), these RAYON STRIPED fabrics are timeless go-to’s and extremely versatile for so many different kinds of sewing projects. 

Our rayon is 100% natural (made from wood pulp), so it’s extremely lightweight and flowy that creates an ultra smooth hand and delicate drape. If you've never sewn or felt our rayon, I highly recommend you get your hands on some, ASAP. It's seriously so dreamy feeling! I have several dresses made from our rayon and LOVE the way they feel, the colors also hold up after each wash.

Since we love thinking “outside the box,” we decided to switch things up for this substrate’s fabric lookbook and create not only garments but a quilt and some fun accessories too. This lookbook was a lot of fun to put together, so we hope it inspires you to try something different and sew outside your comfort zone, especially with quilts. :)

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For more rayon-filled projects that include a quilt, garments and cute accessories like scrunchies and scarves, head over to our "Rayon Striped Lookbook! 

 

 

Here's our dreamy "Stripy Quilt" for you to sew up using our rayon, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

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

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Our winner is Robin Klein! Congratulations and please check your email! 

 

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PARTY TIME with Mister Domestic and Aura Fabrics

 

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Hey Everyone! Mister Domestic,  one of our lovely, talented designers is having a  party and you're all invited! Save the dates for Feb 11th- March 16th because during those weeks we will be seeing amazing projects made by the impressive list of markers below! All of them will be sewing with Mister Domestic’s latest collection called Aura!

 

Haven’t sewn with Aura Fabrics yet? Well after seeing all the inspiring projects during the weeks to come you will want to get your hands on some.

Can’t wait and want to see projects this instant sewn with Aura fabrics, well your in luck. Our Aura Fabric Project Catalog has a great array of different sewing projects to get your creative juices flowing!  

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Four amazing makers have already shared there Aura makes so make sure to head to their blogs to join in on the party.

While your at it if you want to see more impressive projects check out the Blog Party Mister Domestic had for his debut collection called Loved to Pieces!  

Let me know in the comments if you coming to the party! I can’t wait to follow along and check out all these makers blogs and creations! Make sure to share with all you sewing friends! The more the merrier!

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


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 


Farmer's Wife Sewing Along Recap Month 4

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Hello Makers, 

Happy 2019! With a new year in our midst  we are filled with different emotions. Some of us are feeling accomplished and grateful for the year they had and excited for what 2019 will bring. You may also be feeling overwhelmed of the idea that maybe you didn't succeed in everything you set out to do in 2018 and a little discouraged to start 2019. What ever you may be feeling, let it all go, breathe deep and and remember to be present. Live each day for today and enjoy each process of your life one day at a time. One way I like to calm my mind each day to reflect on being present is to pick up a project that slows my mind.  I love cross stitching, crocheting and would love to learn how to knit in 2019. Another goal I have for 2019 is to get into EPP and after the past couple months of following along with the Farmer's Wife Sew Along hosted by Angie from GnomeAngel (Check out this hashtag to follow along too! #FW1920EPPSAL) I am so motivated and beyond excited to begin.

Below are some of the amazing work  Mister Domestic and Sarai  has created this past month for the Farmer's Wife Sew Along using AGF Color Master boxes!  They are EPP machines and they are so extremely inspiring and motivating.

Haven't been following along, don't worry check out the past posts below to get you up to speed! 

Month 1- Farmer's Wife Sew Along

Month 2- Farmer's Wife Sew Along

Month 3 - Farmer's Wife Sew Along

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Blocks Created By Sarai   (Above)

 

This past month they had a break in the sew along for the holiday's and Sarai got a head start on sewing her finished blocks together. How stunning is her quilt already?! 

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Make sure to head over two these wonderful makers IG and follow their EPP journey and for fun and helpful posts!  

 

Happy Sewing in 2019, 

Meli