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Projects You Can Make with Fiesta Fun Fabrics

Hey there fabulous makers!

It may be a new week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a little time to sew! Here at the AGF HQ, we’re still energized from the release of Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard. This bright collection has us wanting to throw a party every day. Have you had a chance to check out the look book for this collection? It has tons of funky outfits and vibrant quilts that are just perfect for spring! Here are a few of our favorites…

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If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, we made this quick video that showcases a myriad of projects you can make. Perhaps your next party will be Fiesta Fun themed?

As you can see, the sewing possibilities with this collection are endless! Let me know in the comments what your favorite projects are and if you’ve made anything with Fiesta Fun, feel free to share it on social media with the hashtag #FiestaFunFabrics and #ArtGalleryFabrics.

Happy sewing!

-Stephanie


The Wondrous World of Blithe by Katarina Roccella

Hello fabulous makers!

Isn’t it crazy how we’re only a few days away from the first day of winter? Unlike us in South Florida, many of you are already experiencing colder weather. One thing that’s great about the cool temperatures is that you feel more encouraged to stay indoors and sew! This is the perfect time to work on all your UFO’s, start new cozy quilts, and sew all kinds of winter garments.

One collection that’s ideal for winter is Blithe by Katarina Roccella. This beautiful collection is filled with frosty trees, confident deer, and subdued colors that will have you sewing in a winter wonderland. We must admit that this season, we’ll be experiencing winter vicariously through this collection.

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One thing I truly love about Blithe is that it was inspired by a beautiful quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  Katarina beautifully translates this quote visually through her use of grays, deep plum, and cool shades of blue.

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We prepared a wondrous look book for you to feast your eyes on mesmerizing quilts, comfy garments, and classy home décor. Check it out!

 

Oh, And this "Windowscape" FREE QUILT PATTERN is waiting for you to sew it! Doesn't it look cozy?

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Have some fun mixing and matching fabrics with this color guide. Choose your favorite coordinating blenders and start sewing!

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Now for the best part… If you want a magical bundle of Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella, make sure to enter our giveaway!

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To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends Monday, December 19th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with Blithe. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make!

Till next time,

Stephanie

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Brooke Osborne, you've won the Blithe Giveaway! Check your email:)

 

P.S. Check out this video for some fun moments from the Blithe photoshoot. Enjoy!


Sew Cheerfully with Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline

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Hey fabulous makers!

The other day I had a thought… trends come and go but colors are always cool. There’s something so interesting about mixing and matching bright colors to create modern sewing masterpieces. Colors can change the mood of any project and if you choose vibrant hues, all your projects will instantly exude joy.

One collection that screams happiness is Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline. This collection is filled with happy lyrics, bold brush strokes inspired by street art, and whimsy florals that will simply make you smile when you sew with these prints. I personally have a special connection with this fun collection because it reminds me of the Arts District in Miami called Wynwood. The bright colors in this collection and especially the “Improv Strokes” print remind me of the beautiful murals that line the streets of that neighborhood.

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Skirt featuring "Improv Stroke Citrus" print

I can already envision modern color block quilts and tons of children’s clothes with this youthful collection. Caroline has shown off her bubbly personality in her designs once more!

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Brighten your day by browsing through the look book and get inspired by cute garments, colorful quilts, and much more!

 

Bring a fun accent to your little one’s room with this “Happy Song” FREE QUILT PATTERN.   

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And if you’re wondering what blenders coordinate with this vibrant collection, here’s a nice selection of our specially curated AGF Elements. ;)

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But the real fun doesn’t start until you enter the GIVEAWAY! Win a bundle of Here Comes the Fun!

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To enter fill the form below. ;)

Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 29th at 3:00pm. Winner will be announced on this post.

 

I hope you’re excited to start creating beautiful projects with this collection. Stay tuned for more exciting things from AGF!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie

 

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie Eaquivel, you've won the Here Comes the Fun Giveaway! Check your email:)

 
P.S. If you're wondering how fun it was to make this look book, check out this video. :)


Learn About ANGLES - A new division of AGF

Hey there, fabric connoisseurs!

 

A few weeks ago we revealed that AGF has opened a new division of fabrics named ANGLES! We have been so flattered by everyone’s positive response and curiosity that we wanted to give you more details about this exciting new project.

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Many makers have been asking the following questions and we're happy to answer all of them:

  • What is ANGLES and what does it mean?

  • What kind of designs should I expect to see in ANGLES?

  • Will the collections be made with the same quality of current AGF collections?

  • Who are the current Angles designers and will more designers be added to this new division?


What is ANGLES and what does it mean?

ANGLES is our new fabric division. Here at AGF we believe that fabrics are works of art that can be seen, used and interpreted in many ways. Hence fabrics can be seen from many "angles". We believe in what makes you happy, which means using prints you love in the way you want and combining them to suit your specific needs. This pays way to a new wave of designers, styles, and trends that will influence the way we sew in the years to come.

We want to keep inspiring you everyday. For this reason, we are embracing unique talents and myriad of design styles through our new fabric division, ANGLES. From vintage inspired motifs to funky trends, we are excited to open the doors to a new generation of fabric designers that will create new textile movements.

What kind of designs should I expect to see in ANGLES?

To put it in simple terms, you’ll be able to see a little bit of everything in this new fabric division. From cute novelty prints, to vintage designs appropriated into modern themes, to funky unimaginable prints! There will be a medley of styles to suit all of your sewing needs.

Will the collections be made with the same quality as other AGF collections?

The fabric collections created under ANGLES will have the SAME GREAT QUALITY as current AGF collections. As a maker, you’ll be able to enjoy new design aesthetics that will suit a variety of styles while sewing with the same amazing softness, drape, and vibrance that AGF always delivers.

Who are the current Angles designers and will more designers be added to this new division?

It is very important for us to bring you unique and exclusive design styles. Therefore, we are happy to have Dana Willard from Made Everyday and Amy Sinibaldi from Nanacompany as our introductory ANGLES designers! They’ll be showing off their unique styles with their new collections in the upcoming months. Each collection will consist of 16 cotton prints with 3 prints in knits and 1 print in canvas.

 

Dana will present Fiesta Fun fabrics | Available December 2016

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Amy will present Charleston fabrics & Les Petits fabrics | Available March 2017

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And YES! In the future we do plan on adding more designers to ANGLES. We’ll be announcing new additions in the future, so stay tuned! 


We hope you are as excited as we are to learn and sew with the new collections from ANGLES! Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions regarding our new fabric division.

 

Till next time!

Stephanie


10 quilt blocks we love!

Hello Hello!

Have you ever wondered what are some of our go-to quilt blocks?

Well, here at AGF HQ we like every single quilt block but, as everyone else we have our favorite ones! I made a little graphic to show you which ones are our favorite ones and I will show you some pictures of quilt's we have made in the past with some of these quilt blocks!  

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The reason why we love these 10 quilt blocks is because you can arrange them differently and they will always look good. Another good thing is that some of them are easy to make for beginners! Depending on the fabric you use, you can give your quilts that "traditional" or "modern" touch. Also, these quilt blocks are very popular because they have been around since day one.

What I found very interesting about the quilt blocks is that when I first started working in this industry I didn’t imagine quilts involved math in the making process. For me it just looked like something super complicated and almost impossible to make. Then, I realized how something so complicated can be simple! ( Wait, I’m not saying quilting is easy) but at first it just looked impossible to me. Oh! And in case you didn’t know, the names given to the quilt blocks are deeply rooted in the history of America. For example: religion, historical events, environment, everyday objects and the influences upon quilter lives.

Now, let me show you  quilts we have made with some of these blocks!

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FREE quilt pattern "Llano Street" Featuring Morning Walk fabrics

Here you can see the Flying Geese quilt block. We love using a fresh combination of colors we used to create this beautiful quilt! Click here to download pattern.  


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FREE quilt pattern "Abundance" Featuring Curiosities Fabrics

Here, you can see the nine patch block. This block is fun to use when mixing and matching differnt prints. Click here to download the pattern


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FREE quilt pattern. Featuring Cherie Fabrics

In this quilt you can see the log cabin block. Don't the subtle colors make this quilt look calming? Click here to download pattern


Oh well, if it was for me I would show you 1000 pictures of different quilts! They are all beautiful! Before I forget, I would like to invite you to check out our website because we have TONS of free quilt patterns! You can find quilt patterns for every taste and every level.

I hope you all enjoyed!

 

Lots of love,

Caro 

 

 

Just in case you want to know where I found this cool info!

Source:

Quilt Blocks. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://www.quilting-in-america.com/quilt-blocks.html

 


AGF Stitched with Kimberly : The Timber Quilt

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Hello, hello!

This week we’re excited to share with you the latest episode of AGF stitched with Kimberly! In Kimberly’s tutorial, you will learn how to make a lovely Timber quilt featuring Pat Bravo’s newest collection, Heartland.

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Download the FREE PATTERN to this darling quilt and watch Kimberly show you how to construct each block step-by-step. If you would like to re-create this quilt with Heartland, you can purchase the quilt kit at Fat Quarter Shop.

If you’re curious to see different versions of this quilt, check out the list of makers that put their own twist on the pattern with other AGF collections.

Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset

Melissa from Happy Quilting

Melanie from Mostly Crafty

Natalia from Piece N' Quilt

Heather & Megan from Quilt Story

Afton from Quilting Mod

Erin from Why Not Sew

Here are a few of our favorites!

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Credits: Heather from Quilt Story (top left), Melanie from Mostly Crafty (top right), Melissa from Happy Quilting (bottom left), and Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset (bottom right). 

Let us know in the comments what you think about the Timber quilt. :)

 

Till next time,

Stephanie


AGF + Aurifil = Perfection

Hello Fabric & Aurifil lovers!

I hope you guys had an awesome labor day weekend! What a better way to end this short week than by telling you more about Aurifil threads. Did you know we have Aurifil thread boxes to match with the identity of each AGF designer? Each box comes in a variety of thread weights.

These threads were hand picked & curated by each designer to match all of their collections.They come in small boxes with 10 spools and large boxes with 12 spools! Don't you think it's awesome? You don't have to struggle anymore by finding the right color, especially for top stitching!

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If you're wondering what makes Aurifil different from other threads, here are a few facts they have provided us so that you can get to know them better. :)

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Here at the AGF HQ we are Aurifil lovers, not only because they have an endless variety of colors but because they are strong threads that wouldn't break while you are sewing! But don't take our word for it, we encourage you to try them yourself. Check out their website to learn more about Aurifil

Now that you've had a crash course on Aurifil thread, which AGF designer thread box would you love to have for your next project?!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Lots of love,

Caro


Observer Fabrics: The Beauty of Textures & Surroundings

Hey, Everyone!

Lately, I’ve been thinking how in today’s society it’s so easy to live life on auto-pilot. We wake up, drink our coffee, get the ready for work, come back home, try to take five minutes to sew something (if possible), go to sleep, and then start all over again. Sometimes we get stuck in our routines and we don’t realize how beautiful our surroundings can be. We forget to admire the glistening morning dew on our gardens or how cute the buttons on our favorite shirts are.

I know it sounds silly, but we have to stop and “smell the flowers” because life is short and we should enjoy every bit of it. One of our designers, April Rhodes really put this into perspective with her new collection Observer. This fabric collection, is inspired by the many man-made and naturally occurring patterns that surround us. Whether it’s the chipped paint on a dingy wall or a birds eye view of the city at night, they are little details that make our world beautiful.

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What’s great is that you can incorporate this amazing world or textures and patterns into your sewing. Observer is filled with minimal prints combined with artistic motifs such as, subtle paint splatters and edgy tie-dyes. Some of my favorite projects that were made with this collection were trendy totes and bags because they reminded me of products you can find in stores like Anthropologie and Free People.

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The colors of this collection are also great for home décor! The warm mustard yellows combined with the dusty blues and navy are nice accents without being overpowering.

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If you’re loving these projects already, feel free to check out the look book. It’s filled with tons of garments, quilts, and home décor ideas. Plus, some of the projects have links to the patterns!

 

One project you have to download is this “Inward” FREE QUILT PATTERN! Its unique design combined with the muted color will look great in your home.

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If you’re looking to mix and match a few blenders into your projects, we’ve prepared a curated selection of AGF elements that coordinate with this collection.

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Last but not least, don’t forget to enter our GIVEAWAY! Your stash is yearning for a bundle of this stylish collection!

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To enter:

 Simply fill out the form below. 

Giveaway ends Monday August 29th at 3:00pm EST. Good luck!

We can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make with Observer fabrics!

Till next time,

Stephanie

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

CONGRATULATIONS Linda Williamson , you've won the Observer fabric bundle! Check your email.

 
 

P.S. Here's a cute video that sums up the beauty of this collection. ;)


AGF Sewcialite Spotlight: The Stella Weekender Bag

Hello fabulous fabric friends!

I hope you all had a great week! Earlier this week I showed you two adorable outfits that our AGF Sewcialite, Mister Domestic made for his little girl Helena. Now just a few days later he’s back with another stunning project! Let me tell you, I think Mister Domestic has few clones of himself in his sewing room!

His newest creation is the Stella Weekender Bag by Swoon Patterns featuring Pandalicious by Katarina Roccella. What’s even more amazing about this project was that this was the first time he ever made a bag! I encourage everyone to check out his blog post and see his process.

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Visit his blog, misterdomestic.net to see close-ups and details.

As always, stay creative and thanks for inspiring!

Xoxo,

Stephanie


The Art of Mutual Learning: The Result

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Hello!

Steph and Lauv here! As you can see: the very serious teacher, and the very happy student (disclaimer: the serious face is part of the clowning around that went on throughout the lecture). We had a lot of fun with this series. So we had decided to interview each other to end the series about the process, the expectations, and the outcome.

Here are a few questions I asked Steph about the process. 

Lauv: So Steph, are you happy with how your mini turned out?

Steph: Yes! It actually turned out exactly how I imagined it. I’ve been showing it off to all my friends and they’ve been telling me that it turned out really cool.

Lauv: Was there any scary or intimidating part during the process?

Steph: I think the whole process for me was scary at the beginning. Just the idea of doing math intimidated me, but once I learned everything step by step I felt more comfortable with the process.

Lauv: Now that you are done, was it easier or harder that you had expected?

Steph: Once I was done, I realized that quilting is harder than I thought! I think what makes quilting difficult is that you have to have lots of patience. You have to be comfortable with making mistakes and doing things over (especially if you’re a beginner).

Lauv: Do you think you'll keep sewing, and is there a particular area of sewing that you want to try?

Steph: I think it would be fun to venture more into sewing! I want to try to make pillows for my living room next and in the future I would love to learn how to sew my own garments. :)


Steph's turn! 

Hello again! It's one thing when you're the student and you're just absorbing information, but being the teacher is a different story. I was really interested to find out how Lauv figured out what and how she would teach me. Here's what she said. ;) 

Steph: How did you organize yourself to know what to teach me?

Lauv: I tried to go in an order in which I'd like to be taught. First going over what it is, the history, the styles, and then getting into the making, following the usual steps that are taken to sew a quilt.

Steph: What was the most difficult thing to teach?

Lauv: First, it was the way to break down your design to maximize fabric usage. I didn't know what you would design and then having to explain how to compartmentalize it was a bit challenging (as you saw) so that you wouldn't get confused or overwhelmed by the amount of different pieces. Then, I think it was the binding because it involves the calculation, the cutting, turning at the corners, and then finishing it.

Steph: What was your favorite part about making your mini quilt?

Lauv: Seeing the colors come together to create the sensation I had in my mind. It's one thing to see it on paper and another one to see it complete.

Steph: Do you have any advice to encourage me to continue sewing/quilting?

Lauv: Get the best tools you can from the beginning because they will make any design you have in mind a smoother transition into real life, and always keep a good attitude. If you make a mistake, gently go back and fix it. I've seen that most of the time when people get frustrated, all they do is make their projects a complete nightmare, and it's really just sewing. It should be a fun learning experience.


Lauv: It makes me happy to see Steph gain a new set of skills through everything I shared with her. The best part is that she's really happy with how her mini turned out. Our minis are not the most miniature, but they're the perfect size for a first time quilting project. 

I was also happy with my result. I named my mini Showtown (keep reading to know why). As I had mentioned on the last post, I used HST to give the illusion of diagonal rhombi, and I also used appliqué to incorporate my fussy-cut porcelain silhouette from the main print in Pastel Thrift. Since I love red, and it represents well the art-of-the-circus-inspiration (I performed as a clown when I was little) of my mini, I included London Red from Pure Elements, and the neutral Black & White to give it a modern feel (I used Snow & Caviar from Pure Elements).

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I went to a town called Gibstonton, also known as Gibtown or Showtown; which is the name I chose to pay homage to this magical place. Many years ago, this town was known for their sideshows and now it's the city of choice for many circus and carnival folk to retire. I took advantage of the trip and brought my mini with me to photograph it around the town. It was very exciting to show the final result!

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Steph: Ok, so the moment I've been waiting for is finally here! Take a look at my completed mini quilt!

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Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the inspiration for my mini quilt was a giant outdoor sculpture (Spiral Jetty) located in Utah. I couldn't resist using natural colors for my mini! As you can see in the picture, I chose Premium Linen from the Denim Studio for the background, a variety of prints from various AGF collections along with Pure Elements and Solid Smooth Denim for the spiral, and Textured Denim for the binding. 

I must admit, learning how to sew and quilt was definitely a learning curve. In the past I had attempted to hand sew buttons and hem a pair of pants but I never ventured into a full creative project until Lauv lead the way for me. During the process I was frustrated many times, I had to re-do many seams, and I felt like I was never going to finish. But I took things slow, tried to be as patient as possible, and eventually I got the hang of sewing.

Since this project was so involved, I now feel comfortable using a sewing machine and I'm completely satisfied with the result of my mini quilt! I wouldn't have been able to get far in the process if it wasn't for my great teacher, Lauv. She explained everything step by step to make sure that I learned everything correctly the first time (a round of applause for Lauv).


We want to thank everyone who has been part of our sewing journey! We hope we've inspired many of you to pass on your love for sewing by teaching a friend or family member how to sew. To celebrate Steph's first successful mini quilt, she's giving away strips/scraps of the fabrics she used in her project!

To enter the giveaway simply fill out the form below. Three winners will be chosen at random using random.org and will be announced on this post and contacted via email. Giveaway ends Monday, July 25th.

 

 We can't wait to share more exciting projects with you in the future!

 

Xoxo,

Stephanie & Lauv

 

*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED*****

Congrats Allison C., Rosemary B., and Corinne O.! Check your email.