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Quilting For a Cause

Hello, Creators!

 

On my previous blog, where I wrote about handmade “Mother’s Day gifts,” it was easy to get into the gifting mood. Handmade gifts are amazing but what’s better is making one for a good cause. I wanted to shine a light on all of those who take the time to make a handmade quilt for those who could really benefit from it. I can deeply relate to this topic because I had some family members that were affected by “Hurricane Irma!” Just seeing everyone in my community get together and help one another was very inspiring and humbling.

 

In the midst of researching, I came across an article on an 88-year old woman who sewed 1,000 quilts for charity. I couldn’t believe what I was reading! In the article, she explains her love of sewing since she was 9 years old and how she worked with a charity called “Project Linus.” Her next goal? 2,000 quilts! It’s crazy to think that one person can make such a big difference.

 

Having that in mind, I wanted to recognize all the charity work that Art Gallery Fabrics has been a part of especially with recent, catastrophic events that people today are still experiencing to this day. “Hurricane Harvey” was of those tragic cases that led to billions of dollars in damages and Art Gallery Fabrics partnered with “Quilts of Compassion” where we collected over 100 quilts! You can read more about our journey and how Quilts of Compassion made it happen.

 

Quilting for a cause

 

Quilting has become an escape route to many, it's a time to sit down and let out your own creative energy. In the news, a woman named Tonry overcame her three year battle with leukemia with the help of her creative outlet quilting! Tonry took one class on quilting and was instantly hooked. She dedicated her time sewing for “Quilts for Comfort” and delivered 60 quilts to the hospital. She promised to make 40 quilts before she turned age 40 and no one thought it would be possible, but boy did she prove them wrong!

 

Reading these wonderful women’s stories was very inspiring, and serves as a reminder that it’s never a bad time to make an extra gift for those in need. If you have extra quilts that you don’t need or use that often, I encourage you to check your local charity to see if they are accepting any donations!

 

Keep quilting,

 

- Jannelle

 

 

 

 

 


Top 5 Summer Soiree Outfits

Hi There Makers!

How’s your May going so far? With the “first day of summer” only a few weeks away (June 21st), I don’t know about you but with this season quickly approaching, I have several upcoming occasions where I’ll need a summery outfit - a brunch-themed baby shower, a daytime wedding on the beach, and a garden/boho themed bridal shower! Since all of these events will be taking place outside, I’ll definitely need to sew something light in fabric, as well as comfortable but still somewhat dressy. Here’s some ideas I’ve gathered from our previous lookbooks for making the perfect outfit for a “summer soiree,” in case you are in need of any ideas/patterns as well! Enjoy and let it be your inspiration.

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1. The Anywhere Skirt  

Fabric Collection: Blush by Dana Willard

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First up is this darling, versatile garment, “The Anywhere Skirt” that’s featured in the “Blush” lookbook. This skirt has the perfect length and silhouette for an outdoor occasion, and what’s so fun about it is the fact that you can pair it with a matching top to create the “illusion” of a dress! Feel free to pair this skirt with neutral-colored wedges to complete the relaxed, summery look! For the pattern, click here

2. The Sudley Dress

Fabric Collection: Printemps Fusion by AGF

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Reversible, loose and gathered at the waist, "The Sudley Dress”  is so flattery on any body type with a key-hole detail and tie, as well as billowy sleeves. I absolutely adore the boho-feel and “easy-breezy” feel to this dress. You can pair this with sandals, wedges or even little ankle-booties if you’re not an “open-toe shoe” kind of gal! For this lovely pattern, head over here!

3. The Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress

Fabric Collection: Observer by April Rhodes

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Shibori print and maxi-length? One of my favorite combinations for a summer dress! “The Cap Sleeve” dress is definitely an option I’m deeply considering to wear to the daytime, beach wedding I have coming up in July at the Florida Keys. With batwing sleeves (makes me think of the singer “Stevie Nicks”) and inset godet panels, this dress is just so effortless and chic. Since I’ll be a on the beach and walking around in the sand, I’ll probably end up barefoot with this dress on! For this darling boho-inspired pattern, find it here

 4. The Handkerchief-Style Maxi Dress

Fabric Collection: Lavish by Katarina Roccella

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For those of you gals who enjoy a more bold, asymmetrical approach, “The Handkerchief Maxi Dress” is a great go-to for a festive, summer outing. This is a fabulous silhouette that combines a regular-fitted top and a loose skirt that constantly flows and emphasises your waistline, making it visually smaller which is always welcome! :) This lovely dress can also be accessorized with a macrame-style belt and wedges or espadrilles to add just a little more “summer style” to the look. The color “Navy” is wonderful for any party that’s in the later afternoon/early evenings, since it carries a more elevated look. For the pattern, head here

 5. The Pantsuit

Fabric Collection: Mediterraneo by Katarina Roccella

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Lastly, for any of you ladies that may want to be a little more edgier or “less traditional,” why not show up to an event wearing a printed pantsuit?! From our most recent lookbook “Mediterraneo,” this pantsuit is a fun alternative to wearing a dress and the lemon print creates an even more “summer-inviting” feel to the garment! You can pair this with sandals or wedges, and also a golden/neutral-colored belt to elevate the look. For the pantsuit pattern, click here

Do you have any exciting, upcoming events that you need to make an summery-inspired outfit for? I would love to hear your ideas for garments as well!

Keep Creating, 

- Sophia


Sewing Curves- Alice's Tulips Block Tutorial

Hi Makers, 

Have you ever not done something because you where afraid you would be bad at it? Well there has been so many moments in my life where sadly I wouldn't even bother to try something out of my comfort zone because I was afraid of the outcome. Sounds crazy saying this out loud but I know many of you suffer from this silly way of thinking. Nobody is perfect and we shouldn't be  hesitant to try new things!  I have always been scared of sewing curves but today I am jumping off the deep end and making the  Alice's Tulips Block.  If you have any tips for sewing curves leave them in the comments below I would love to read them and put your tips to practice because like we all know "practice makes perfect".  I would love for you  watch the video below where I sew up these cute 8" blocks with the yummy fabrics from Mediterraneo



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 Download the templates I used here. Are you new to sewing curves too? Watch my video below and share your tips for sewing curves. 

 

 

This block was so fun to make I couldn't just make one! To checkout more sewing projects made with Mediterraneo fabrics take a peek at our new lookbook! 

 

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 Happy Sewing , 

Meli