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Mystical Land Fabrics - How to make a "Columbian Star" Quilt Block Tutorial

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Are you a fabric connoisseur? When did you find out you were hooked and fabric collecting was almost as important as having another project lined up to make before you finished the one you are currently working on?

I don’t recall the day I officially turned into a fabric addict, but since starting my journey working for Art Gallery Fabrics five years ago I never could have believed how quilting and sewing would have become such a major part of my life and overall happiness! Can any of you relate? I couldn’t picture my life without sewing and fabric in it!

Every new fabric collection that comes out at AGF I am like a kid at Christmas! When the first shipment makes it’s way to the AGF headquarters I am the first one jumping up and down ready to run my hands through all the prints!

Mystical Land by Maureen Cracknell was no different! I am totally a big fan of Maureen’s creations! Not only is she a major sweetheart and a lovely person but she is such a talented artist. Her hand-drawn sketches that get turned into her beautiful fabric collections are just out of this world phenomenal.

Today I am excited to share my new video tutorial where I sew up the “Columbian Star” block! There are so many different types of star blocks in quilting but I honestly can’t get enough of them! They are just so gorgeous and what better way to show off Maureen’s new fabric collection.

There is quite a bit of piecing and trimming in this block but the outcome is so lovely! Watch the video below to follow along!

 

Make to flip through the pages of our NEW FABRIC LOOKBOOK featuring Mystical Land Fabrics for sewing and quilting inspiration! 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa


NEW Quilting Tutorial - "Rest Easy" Sleeping Bag

Sleeping amongst the stars, campfires surrounded by the people you love, laughing and making memories that will last a lifetime. THAT is what Summer is all about. Which is why we were inspired to create a fun Sleeping Bag tutorial for our next contribution to the WeAllSew Blog! To find the full tutorial head to the WeAllSew blog to create our “Rest Easy” Sleeping Bag!

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We sewed up our Sleeping Bag with the brand new prints from Mystical Land fabrics. So whether you are wanting to be one with the great outdoors or you want a fun gift for the kiddos to cuddle in on movie night the “Rest Easy” Sleeping Bag will be the perfect new project to add to your to sew list!

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Make sure to check out all the other fun project we have on the WeAllSew blog here

Happy Sewing,

Meli


SUMMER IS CALLING- How to Sew a "Gentle Breeze" Quilt Block Tutorial

Hello Friends, 

What are your favorite things about Summer? Having BBQ’s with family and friends, chilling poolside reading a good book, or the longer days of sunshine? Whatever it may be Dana Willard has recreated the Summer season into a great modern fabric collection perfect for all apparel markers, quilt makers and crafty DIYers!  Today I want to share with you the “Gentle Breeze” Block I sewed up using some of my faves from Dana’s collection.

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My new favorite way to make HST’s is the four at a time method. All you need is two squares of fabric, place them right sides together and sew around the entire square at ¼, pivoting at each corner! Then cut your piece on both diagonals and viola!

Make sure to watch my block video below to make the new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection. If you are following along with me make sure to post your blocks on social media with the hashtag #AGFSummerSide! I wanna see all your pretty blocks!

 


If you want to get a look at all the prints up close and personal make sure to watch my first official Fabric Haul Video where I dive in deep and talk about all the prints and show you great Pure Solids to mix and match back with the collection.

Until Next Time, 

Meli

 


Dana Willard's "Summer Side" Collection

Hi Makers!

With our latest collection and lookbook, all of us here at AGF have been using "summertime" as our main source of inspiration these days. When it comes to this season, I definitely think about hanging out at the beach and celebrating my birthday on the Fourth of July with tons of fireworks, but more than anything, I think about a certain kind of fruit that arrives only during summer. Living in Florida, one of the best things that happens during this time is mango season! You'll find hundreds of mango trees here with tons of ripe fruit, ready to be picked and eaten. Growing up, my backyard had several mango trees, and I used to help my parents pick the ripe ones from the trees, which we used in smoothies, popsicles, cakes or would just enjoy eating by themselves! 

Our designer Dana Willard always comes up with a bright, cheery collection usually relating to summer. Gathering up inspiration from all the things that she absolutely loves about the season...from bold florals, refreshing popsicles and fruit to sunglasses and swimsuits with a retro twist..you'll find all these cute prints in the latest collection, SUMMER SIDE!

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This collection comes in 16 cotton prints with 3 knits for garments. From beachy quilts, dresses, swimsuit cover up’s, outdoor decor, and fun accessories like backpacks, clutches, or sunglass cases, these fabrics are for any summer lovin’ sewing project. 

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My absolute favorite print is the "Popsicle Party Watermint!" Just look at those cute faces.

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For more summer-filled projects using this collection, head over to our "Summer Side Fabric Lookbook!" 

 

 

Here's our "Spring into Summer" featuring a refreshing color palette for you to sew up, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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- SUMMER SIDE GIVEAWAY - 

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TROPICAL PRINTS 🌴 - How to Sew a “Dandy Star” QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL

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Hello Makers, 

Suntanned skin, waves crashing on the shore, and the feel of the warm salty breeze, there are so many reasons why I love the beach and living in a tropical climate but another reason is we can wear bright colorful sundresses all year! Which is why I am super excited about Katie Skoog's debut collection for AGF, West Palm Fabrics!

I see several summer dresses in my near future! What would you make with West Palm fabrics? In the video I below I show off my Tank Dress made in the “Seaside Garden Coral” print! This beginner-friendly sewing pattern by Caroline Hulse lays beautiful and is just the best dress to throw on whenever you don’t know what to wear.

Summer quilts are also on my list and I think I found the perfect quilt block to sew up with these fabrics. To make the “Dandy Star” block make sure to check out my new step by step youtube video below!

 



For more sewing projects made with West Palm Fabrics don’t forget to flip through the pages of our New Fabric LookBook!

 

Happy Sewing,

Melissa


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:

Download Quilt Pattern

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- WEST PALM GIVEAWAY -

Enter a chance to win this tropical-filled fabric bundle by signing up to our giveaway:

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Congratulations Rhonda Runge! You're our winner! Please check your email. 

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