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Fussy Cutting Lovers this Tutorial is for you!

Hey Everyone, 

Summer has come early here in Florida and I already want to spend most of my days inside with the AC or at the beach. I been spending the most of my time lately sewing with Mister Domestic (a.k.a Mathew Boudreaux) new fabric collection, Loved to Pieces! I am so excited to introduce to you my new video tutorial made with Loved to Pieces fabric.  Join me in making the Alabama Block, where I put my fussy cutting skills to the test and have a blast cutting out 1 1/2" squares from the "Anthonem Serene" print! 

Fussy-Cut-Quilt-Block

This block comes together quickly and  is perfect for beginner quilters. I would love to make a nice lap quilt just using this square and strip method. Check out my mock up below. To fussy cut my 1 1/2" squares I used this awesome clear template plastic from Dritz sewing. It really worked like a dream. Can't wait to use it in more of my sewing tutorials because it comes in super handy. 

  Loved-to-Pieces-Throw-Quilt

Enjoy the video and don't forget to share it with your quilty friends! Leave me a comment below with your favorite project using the fussy cutting technique. It is definitely one of my all time favorite techniques to use. Wan to see more fun quilt block tutorials, check out the AGF Quilt Block Collection Playlist! :)

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


AGF Mystery Monday Giveaway - BIG REVEAL!

Hi Makers,

Happy Wednesday! Can't believe we're already in the middle of June, already. To keep your "hump day" exciting and yes, I know you're all patiently waiting for the reveal of what of our first "AGF Mystery Monday" is going to be, the time has finally come!

In case you missed it, we recently launched a NEW GIVEAWAY - AGF Mystery Monday that we'll be hosting once a month where we'll be giving away a MYSTERY BAG (yes, it will have fabric in it and other goodies too) that you can win by entering and guessing what's inside the bag! If you guess correctly, we'll pick you as the WINNER and you'll receive the mystery bag! Each mystery bag every month will have a specific theme, and we'll give you hints as to what's inside the bag. 

Here's the BIG REVEAL to this month's mystery's bag, and without further ado, the "cat's officially out of the bag!" 🐈 

Fabric

Fabric-Swatches
It's all CAT-THEMED fabric this month, and all of this fabric is going to Linda Williamson! Congratulations! :)

In case, you're curious (like a cat) and are wondering where to find this meow-filled fabric, I've listed it out for you, so you can easily find it via our site: 

  1. Quilter's Little Helper (Mint Version)
  2. Needle Finder 
  3. Bird Watcher
  4. Quilter's Little Helper (Pink Version)
  5. Cat Scratches
  6. Only Got Eyes For You
  7. Paws Up 
  8. Patiently Waiting (Mint Version)
  9. Patiently Waiting (Teal Version)

 Stay tuned for next's month "Mystery Monday" and thanks to everyone who participated in this first one! :)

Oh, and let us know if there's a certain theme you'd love to win in a "mystery bag." We always love hearing YOUR ideas! 

Thank you and keep creating,

- Sophia 

 

 

 

 

 


Mini Quilt Tutorial- Watermelon Snowcone

Hey Everyone,

Are you ready for summer? Growing up in the cold Midwest all winter long I would dream of summer.  Summer meant no school, days filled with bike riding and being outside enjoy the warm summer sun.  With summer just around the corner it has me wanting to sew with the bright beautiful colors that remind us all of the this amazing sunny season. With Coral being my favorite color to wear in the hot summer months I decided why not make a mini quilt featuring one of AGF's Colormaster Boxes.  The Coraline Edition has a great mix of blenders and focal prints. I am obsessed with the cute dragonfly print which I used for the back of my mini! I love it when your backing turns out just as cute as your quilt top! Hope you have fun making the Watermelon Snow Cone mini, as you dream about all the summer fun you will have with family and friends. 

Coraline-Color-Master--Mini--Graphic

Fabrics Used

16" Finished Mini

Fabric A- WNG-2027 Plumage Poppy
Fabric B- CTL-59901 Buoyant Vista
Fabric C- MWK-1118 Vitrine Watermarks Glaze
Fabric D- HCF-59308 Sprayed Doodles Coral
Fabric E- PE-408- White Linen
Binding -PE-450 Grapefruit
Backing - NTF- 77905 Nox Iridescence Aglow

 

Cutting Directions

Eight (8) 2 ½” x 4 ½” strips from Fabric A, B,C, and D

Sixty Four (64) 2 ½” squares from Fabric E

 

Block Construction

 I love how this mini is to put together because its only one block unit repeated 16 times which creates this super fun zig zag pattern!  To create a unit you will need two 2 ½” x 4 ½” strips from Fabric A and four 2 ½” squares from Fabric E. Draw a diagonal line with a fabric marking pen on the wrong side of all your 2 ½” squares. Place squares on the top of each 2 ½” x 4 ½” strip with the diagonal lines facing in.

Step-1

Pin your pieces together and sew on the line you drew. Trim your seam allowance to ¼” and press your seams in alternating directions.

Step-2

Repeat this process with your remaining two squares with the diagonal lines facing in. Sew on the line you drew and trim seam allowance to ¼”. Press seams in alternating directions.

Step-5

Now sew both of your pieces together making sure seams match. And voila one block unit complete.

Step-6

Repeat this process fifteen more times with your remaining fabric pieces. Sew similar block units into rows and then sew your rows together to get a cool looking mini like mine!

Quilt-top

Now... for my favorite part choosing the thread and backing. I choose the "Nox Iridescence  Aglow" print for my backing!  The dragonflies in this print are so cute and have me thinking of picnics at the park watching them float around in zag zag patterns. I chose a really yummy orangey coral thread to match my fabrics and decided to do a little straight line echo stitching in the white areas of my mini! I varied the width of the lines and I love the final finished look! 

Backing-again

Finished-quilt-

Wanna  see more ways to incorporate this gorgeous color into your everyday sewing check out this blog post we wrote featuring the Coraline Edition Color Master Box. It will definitely get ya into the summer mood! 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli