Challenges

Roots and Wings by Carolina Moore

It's easy to get inspired. Really, it is. Carolina Moore can attest to this. She quickly found hers under her own roof; a running, playing, sleeping, growing inspiration. I'm referring to her children, more specifically her motherhood, which gives shape to her sons' upbringing, and inspires many of the quilted projects that come her way. 

I'm happy to share her most recent: a quilt and matching pillows that she's decorated her anteroom with: 

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We let Carolina have a go with our soon to be released fabric collection, Legacy, and she certainly did the fabric justice. More importantly, she made it her own with the pairing of a neutral "handmade" brown as her solid and a very unique twist on the Dresden block that runs vertically and off-center down one side of the quilt.

 

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The other side has great big stacked-coin pieces with a composition that's equally unique. 

 

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The finished pieces are wonderful. I love the way the cool palette of the fabrics has been offset by the earthly brown. I get a feeling of calming and nurturing hospitality. Accentuating these qualities are stunning little pebbles craftfully quilted all over the negative space.

I think the color combination is both laid back and modern, don't you?

 

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Along with the feature, Carolina has written up a nice tutorial for everyone that wants to make their own Roots and Wings quilt!

 

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Originating post from alwaysexpectmoore.com. Photos courtesy of Carolina. A big thanks to Carolina for her collaboration and showcase of her personal style.


Your comments and opinions are welcome, as well your own quilting ideas for these fabrics. Peek the upcoming Legacy fabric collection at our website or over at Angela Walter's blog.

 

 


Make it Right Challenge, Entries & Voting time!

Ladies, 

Sewing machines off, its time to see what everyone created.

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Head on over to Pinterest and vote for your favorite entry by repinning or liking the project of your choice. 

Now how does voting work?

First you head on over to AGF's Pinterest and find the Make it Right boards. The categories are:
- Quilts
- Apparel
- Home Decor

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Look through the entries and repin your favorite one. You may like or pin more than one project.

On June 27th we will count the votes and select 1st, 2nd & 3rd place by popular vote. This means that likes and repins will be added up and the top 3 entries with the most votes will place accordingly.


Prizes & Superlatives

There will be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place chosen through People's Choice.

1st place - $500 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

2nd place - $300 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

3rd place - $200 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

Superlatives: (picked by AGF team & designers)

1.  Most creative
2.  Best use of color
3.  Best technique
4.  Most creative use of thread
5.  Most functional

* All superlative winners will win a swag basket filled with goodies from Art Gallery Fabrics and all of our lovely sponsors.

Good luck to all who entered. And contestants, don't forget to share your entries!


Make It Right Challenge

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Art Gallery Fabrics is proud to present one of the most fun and unique challenges of the summer!!

We have joined together with sponsors Angela WaltersAurifil, Craftsy and Quilters Dream Batting  to bring you the "Make It Right Challenge." This challenge is all about inspiring a creative process that makes you think outside the box.

Now you may think "Different how?"

Well, the way this challenge works is quite different. First off the public will pick the winner. So you know you have to put forth your best effort into the projects and its presentation. Secondly you must use every inch of the Right Angles panel –leave no scrap behind! Lastly be creative and don’t be afraid of color.

Create your best project and win CASH PRIZES as well as SWAG BASKETS filled with goodies from AGF and our sponsors!! 

 Now for the nitty-gritty (you know, the how-to’s, why’s and how’s of it all)

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To Enter

To enter, you must submit the following:

  1.  (1) Make It Right OFFICIAL Challenge Form per project
  2.  (1) Picture of materials used per project
  3.  (1) Picture of completed project

All entries must be emailed to contests@artgalleryfabrics.com by midnight on June 6th. Public voting will commence on June 7th and will continue until 27th. Winners will be announced July 1st.

Prizes & Superlatives

There will be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place chosen through People's Choice.

        1st place - $500 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

        2nd place - $300 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

        3rd place - $200 plus a swag basket filled with goodies from our sponsors

    Superlatives:

            1.  Most creative
            2.  Best use of color
            3.  Best technique
            4.  Most creative use of thread
            5.  Most functional

* All superlative winners will win a swag basket filled with goodies from Art Gallery Fabrics and all of our lovely sponsors.

Have a question? Take a look over our Make It Right OFFICIAL Challenge Rules (updated 4/19) and FAQ sheet to see if we got you covered.

* To buy the panel please check with your LQS or any online shop that carries Textures by Angela Walters. Here is a list of shops currently carrying the Textures Right Angles Panel. Download Right Angles store list.

** UPDATES **

*Filler: Any use of a secondary fabric as background, sashing, border, binding, etc.

 *Original works: we mean that you created it and sewed it. You may use published  patterns BUT we encourage you to make it your own (i.e. - modify it)

* To see the full panel please visit the Textures collection and click on the Right Angles swatch.


FINAL Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #12 - Messenger Bag

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That it ladies... We have come to the end of a long (12 months to be exact) sewing journey and we have the final challenge upon us. After this last challenge you all can take a seat and relax and know that you have accomplished something very amazing. You have learned new techniques and really honed your skills as sewers.

This month, the final challenge will be a messenger bag. We decided to make it something that works out great as a handmade gift for a friend or family member for the holidays.


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Requirement:

- Must have a flap closure.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on December 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging: We will have 8 people voting this month ... AGF team (6 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)
Now for last months winner....

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This month brings us a tie!
Jennifer Altman's Patchwork Bunny
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And Carolina Moore's Baby Patchwork Bunny Quilt. (That baby sure is cute)

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Congrats on all the amazing work to all that participated. This patchwork toy was hard work and you guys powered through it. It truly is hard to pick the winner between bunnies, turtles, dolls and a stack-able Heffalump... thanks for making the choice a tough one! :)
On to the last challenge....
Good luck ladies. May your thread be strong and your machine be speedy.

♥ Your AGF Team

Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge #11 - Patchwork Stuffed Toy

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A patchwork toy/stuffed animal. This challenge is just in time the Holidays coming up and will make a great gift for a special little one.

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Requirement:
- Must use the "patchwork" technique
- Must use min of 3 fabrics for the body.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on October 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging: We will have 6 people voting this month ... AGF team (4 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote) and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)


And the WINNER of last months challenge is.....

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 Congrats Linda Carlson!!!

This month had some amazing entries. We have come to hate voting because each project really has some amazing thought and work put into it and each one fits what you all need out of it.

We want to thank you all for joining us and really hanging in there...

Next month is the last month of the challenge and we have a nice lil project in store...

Happy sewing!

 

May your thread be strong and your machine speedy,

<3 Your AGF team


Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge # 10 - Traveling Mending Kit

ProjectLOGO_finalOnly 3 months left to the challenge... who's excited? We are!

This month the challenge will be a traveling/portable mending kit. This kit will hold all the essentials (and maybe a bit more) necessary to make on-the-go mends.

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Our mending kit features pockets to store thread, buttons and all types of notions as well as a pair of scissors and pin-cushion for your needles. This kit has it all.

Now for the requirements for this challenge are as follows:

1. Must fold in 3 parts.

2. Must contain a minimum of 2 pockets for storage.

3. Must store all essentials for a mending kit (i.e. scissors, measuring tape, buttons, needles, thread)

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" to always be in the know...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on October 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging:  We will have 7 more people voting this month ...  AGF team (5 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote)  and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)

Participating in the AGF Project Challenge 2012 and you have blog? Want to add this badge to your Facebook pictures...

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Well go ahead and download it here and show your support!

Ladies, good luck and may your thread be strong and machine speedy,

<3 AGF team

 

 


Fat Quarter Gang - Gradiance Bed Runner by Quilt Dad

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Hello, John here from the Quilt Dad blog. We’ve all seen table runners that so beautifully add a touch of quilting and the beauty of our favorite fabrics to enhance our home decor.  But have you ever heard of a bed runner? Why not add a touch of your favorite colors and prints to your bedroom as well? Sometimes we don’t have time to make a full quilt for our beds, but still need a fix of our favorite fabrics.

This strip-pieced project provides a quick way to make a fun embellishment for a made bed.  Consider one for your guest room, kids’ rooms, as a gift for a loved one, or for your own bed!

Finished size: 24” x 94”

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Materials needed:

  • 48 - 2.5” x 22” strips of various solids and prints; 4 strips each of 12
    different fabrics.  I cut mine from fat quarters of Pure Elements and
    Oval Elements.  Consider using a range of tones and colors that
    represent a gradation from light to dark.  (Note: I used 5 additional fabrics for my sample bed runner to make it wider. Simply adjust the measurements to make your runner as wide as you’d like!)
  • ½ yard of a sashing fabric.  Cut 7 strips measuring 2.5” x 44” each.  Trim these sashing strips down to 2.5” x 24.5” each.
  • ½ yard of a binding fabric.
  • 2 ½ yards of a backing fabric.

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Assembly:

  • Arrange your 12 fabrics in an eye-pleasing order, from top to bottom.  Separate
    your 48 fabric strips into 4 identical sets of 12 colors and prints. Make note of your fabric order, to refer to throughout the project.

Beginning with one set, strip piece the strips together along their 22” sides, starting from the top:

  • Sew together the first 6 strips, pressing seams open as you go.
  • When
    the first 6 strips are pieced together, take the sewn piece to your
    cutting table.  From this 12.5” x 22” piece, cut 2 - 10.5” x 12.5”
    columns.
  • Sew together the remaining 6 strips, pressing seams open as you go.
  • When
    the remaining 6 strips are pieced together, take the sewn piece to your
    cutting table.  From this 12.5” x 22” piece, cut 2 - 10.5” x 12.5”
    columns.
  • Sew together 2 full columns so that each column is 10.5” wide by 12 strips (24.5”) tall.

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  • Repeat these steps with your other 3 sets of 12 strips, ensuring you are following the same order of colors and prints.  This will result in a total of 8 identical columns measuring 10.5” wide by 12 strips (24.5”) tall.

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  • Sew the bed runner together from left to right, inserting a sashing strip in between the pieced columns.
  • Baste, quilt, and bind your bed runner, and enjoy!

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If you make a Gradiance Bed Runner, I’d love to see it!  Please be sure to add it to my Quilt Dad is my Homeboy Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/quiltdad/.

 

Now enter to win a fat quarter bundle of 6 Pure Elements and 6 Oval Elements to make your very own Gradiance Bed Runner.

Giveaway Rules: 

Leave a comment on Quilt Dad's blog and let him know in your comment what is your favorite Pure Element or Oval Element.

And don't forget to be eligible you must ...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until Friday, Aug, 10th.

Happy Sewing,

<3 AGF Team & The Fat Quarter Gang


Project Challenge 2012 - Challenge # 8 - Apron

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Last month's challenge was...challenging. So after some pleading...and requesting we have taken it easier on your ladies... but not a whole lot!! This is a challenge after all :)

August's challenge will be an apron. There are many tutorials around the web that can help you make this project and there will be no requirements ... So you can get creative with it.

Look around Pinterest and to some of your favorite bloggers for easy to follow patterns.

Below is one we made for our Paradise collection:

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and here is another sample that comes from the LillyBelle collection:

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So enjoy yourselves this month. The apron does not have to be full to qualify.. so make it work for what you will use it for (i.e. gardening, cooking, wearing cuz it is cool.. whatever you want.)

Make sure you have fun with it and you can apply any of the techniques you have learned to date... ahhh a requirement arises.

Requirement:

1. Must include 1 technique that has been used to date in the previous challenges.

As always the rules are:

1. Join our Facebook group to enter into the challenge, and "like us" if you want...
2. Must use Art Gallery Fabrics ONLY to make the projects.
3. Must be completed and submitted in the allotted time.
4. Must let your imagination run wild!

All entries must be submitted by 12 am on August 31, 2012.

They must be original works and use only AGF fabrics.

Judging:  We will have 7 more people voting this month ...  AGF team (5 votes), our great designer & creative director Pat Bravo (1 vote)  and awesome designer Bari J. (1 vote.)

Participating in the AGF Project Challenge 2012 and you have blog? Want to add this badge to your Facebook pictures... Well go ahead, right-click the badge bellow or dowload it here and show your support!

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May your thread be strong and your machine be speedy! Get set GO!!

XOXO, Anais


Fat Quarter Gang - Summerlove Blooms pillow by During Quiet Time

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My name is Amy from During Quiet Time and today I am going to share a paper pieced pillow project that I am calling Summerlove Blooms.  If you are familiar with me, you know that I have become a smidge bit addicted to paper piecing.  A number of people have expressed interest in trying out paper piecing but are intimidated. 

This project is fairly simple, with a limited number of seams to match, and I am going to take you through the paper piecing step by step with lots of pictures.  Here's your chance to give it a try!

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My design is inspired by the floral designs and summery hues of Pat Bravo's Summerlove collection.  You will use 8 fat quarters for this project--and every bit of them too so cut wisely!

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Materials:
8 fat quarters of Summerlove by Pat Bravo:

Coordinating thread
Two 16" pillow forms
Two 14" or larger invisible zippers

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These pillow covers are paper pieced. It's a great pattern for someone new to paper
piecing to tackle because the pattern is simple and the fabrics are somewhat low contrast
and patterned and therefore very forgiving.

Download SummerloveBlooms_FQG pattern.

Want to win an identical bundle used in this tutorial? Well enter and get a chance at winning your very own bundle.

For the giveaway: 

Leave a comment on Amy's blog telling her what your experience is with paper piecing. 

And don't forget to be eligible you must ...

Follow us on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

and Subscribe to our blog to stay up to date on all thing AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

Enter to win today! Giveaway open until Friday, Aug, 3rd.

 

Happy Sewing :)

<3 Love,

The Fat Quarter Gang & AGF team

*** Want the PDF? Check out AGF Consumer site for previous member projects and their PDF's ****