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Easy Quilting Tutorial- Learn how to make a Jackknife Block

Hello Makers, 

The Bountiful lookbook just came out and I am loving everything about it! I grew up in Minnesota and this collection has me thinking of home. So with every new collection comes a new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! Join me in making a Jackknife block featuring Bountiful Fabrics! Learn some strip piecing fun and how to make hourglass blocks! This block is great for the fussy cutters out there! Looking for a way to get your hands on some Bountiful fabric? Click here to shop Bountiful fabrics

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Enjoy the video below! Let me know what you all think! Click here to download the written instructions! 

 

If you have any suggestions for future quilt block tutorials comment below the blog post! Click here for more free quilt patterns

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa 

 

 

 


Time to Fiesta - Double Pinwheel Quilt Block Video Tutorial

Hello Makers, 

Join me in making a Double Pinwheel block featuring Fiesta Fun Fabrics. This block measures 17" which would be perfect to turn into a pillow to add some cheer to any household! The colors in the Fiesta Fun fabric collection are so vibrant and are such a joy to sew with! This block is made completely out of quarter square triangle units in three fabrics.

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Grab some fabrics and let's get started! Click on the video below to follow along! 

 

 

Click here to watch more fun sewing tutorials from AGF! Stay tuned for the next addition to our quilt block collection featuring Capsules by AGF!

Enjoy,

Melissa  

 


DIY Sew Crafty Heart Block Video Tutorial

Happy Valentines Everyone,

Valentine's Day is around the corner and I am feeling the love! Join me in making a scrappy quarter log cabin heart block! It makes for a perfect scrap buster project! It turned out so cute I couldn't just make one! I used pink and peach shades from our Pure Elements collection and prints from Wonderful Things fabric by Bonnie Christine

Click on the video below to follow along! 

 

Lots of Love, 

Melissa 

 

 

 


Wonky Pinwheel Quilt Block Video Tutorial

Hello Makers,


Turn your sewing machines on and follow along with me and make a Wonky Pinwheel block featuring Sage Fabrics. This block is great for using left over scraps from
previous projects and the scrappy look adds to the beauty of this block. The rich bold colors of Sage fabrics turned out to be a perfect choice for this block! 

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Click on the video below to give this super fun block a try!  

Subscribe to our youtube channel to watch more awesome sewing tutorials! If your looking for more quilt block fun take a look some of the quilt blocks we have made so far!

Also comment below and  let me know what quilt blocks or sewing tips and tricks you would love to have a video tutorial for! 

  

#1- Fussy Cut Block featuring Hello Ollie fabric

#2- Dutchman’s Puzzle Block featuring Observer fabric

#3- Economy Block featuring Nightfall fabric

#4- Antique Tile Block featuring Lagom fabric

#5- Jack in the Box Block featuring Heartland fabric

#6-Churn Dash Block featuring Here Comes the Fun 

#7-Moroccan Block featuring Blithe fabric

#8- Ohio Star Block featuring Garden Dreamer fabric

 

We would love to see your creations! Feel free to share on Social Media using hashtag #AGFquiltblockcollection. Stay tuned for the next addition to our quilt block collection featuring Wonderful Things by Bonnie Christine

Enjoy,

Melissa  

 


Boxy Travel Pouch Tutorial

Hello Everyone,

How is your week going? The weekend is almost here and I don't know about you but it seems to be the only time I can set some time for me to sew. Recently I been playing around with Garden Dreamer fabric and our Crosshatch Denim and made this great Boxy Travel Pouch! I love that it's the perfect size to fit everything I need. I want to make a few for myself in different fabrics and a few as gifts. It makes life easier when you have great homemade gifts made a head of time so you aren't running around like a crazy person when someones birthday pops up. I have been known to do this and then get so stressed out and end up buying a gift for them instead. One of my new year resolutions is to make more gifts then I buy.

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Click here to get the full tutorial of the Boxy Travel Pouch!    

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Enjoy,

Melissa


Sleep Mask - DIY Tutorial!

Hey hey makers!

How are you doing today? I hope you are all feeling great because I'm feeling happy and excited! Today, I will teach you how to make a sleep mask. I found this project very useful and fun because every girl needs her beauty sleep! The best thing about this projects is that it's not hard to make. Since I'm a beginner, I always try to look for cool and useful projects that are not that complicated. I think this one was a success! 

Well, let's begin with this fun adventure!

 

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric (12'' x 6.5'') each

  • 1 1/2" x 34'' strip of fabric

  • 10" Elastic band

  • Batting (12'' x 6.5'')

  • Glue gun

  • Scissors

  • Sewing machine

  • Sewing needle 

  • Rik rak trim (you can use any trim for decoration)

  • Safety pins

  • Template (click here to download)


 

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1. Print the template, cut it and then pin it to both pieces of fabric you'll be using.  


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2. Proceed to cut the fabric around the shape that you have pinned. It will look like this.


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3.Pin the fabric to the batting and cut out along the edges of the fabric (follow the same shape).

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After cutting it should look like this!


 

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4.  Pin your 1 1/2" x 34" strip all the way across and sew the right sides together on the edge.  This will be the strap of your mask.

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5. Once you have sewed the edge of the strip turn it inside out. Pin a safety pin to a elastic band and insert it . Pin a safety pin to a elastic band and insert it into one of the ends of the fabric tube. Start moving the elastic through the tube, letting the fabric bunch along it. Keep doing it until you get to the other end of the tube. I suggest pinning the other end so the elastic doesn't move. 

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6.Sew the elastic to the fabric at both ends of the tube. By doing this you will ensure that the elastic stays spread across.

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7. Now, it's time to start sewing your mask! Place right sides of your mask together with the batting on the back of one of the fabrics. Also, make sure to place the elastic tube in the middle of the fabrics (like a sandwich). Then, pin the edges together. Sew a straight stitch all around the edges of the mask. Make sure to leave a 2.5" open hole to be able to flip the fabrics.


 

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8. This is how it should look after you sew the mask. 


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9. After, sewing all around the edges, you will flip the mask right side out. Then, you will sew the open hole by using a needle and thread with an invisible hand stitch. 


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10. Make sure to iron your mask when you finish. This will give it a smooth and nice look.



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And VOILA! This is how the sleep mask will look! I added some decoration to it so it will look fun and cute. You can do the same. Just cut two 3'' rik rak trim ( or any other decorative trim) and hot glue them in the middle of the mask and they will look like sleepy eyes. :) Oh! In case you guys loved the fabric, I used Hello Ollie Fabrics by Bonnie Christine.

 

I hope you all enjoyed!

Caro.


5 Stylish Home Decor Projects for Fall

Hey Everyone!

How are you all doing? Here at the HQ we’ve been revealing our upcoming fall 2016 collections and it has been tons of fun. As we release new fabrics and the seasons change, one of my favorite things to do during my free time is to decorate my house in festive themes to match the season. There’s always something so nice about giving your living room a face lift with a few cute pillows, a nice rug, and a cozy quilt.

One of my favorite seasons to decorate for is fall. I simply love all the warm colors, the fun shapes you can play with, and most importantly you can show off your creations with your friends and family during Thanksgiving. To get your home ready for this season, I’ve prepared a selection of some of my favorite AGF projects made with collections that are excellent for fall.

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Make sure to click on all the names to download the patterns! :)

 

  1. Starfold Pillow

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Like I mentioned before, pillows are one of the easiest way of updating your home décor. I especially love this Starfold Pillow made with Artisan Fabrics by Pat Bravo because the unique folded details give it a luxurious look, like the pillows they sell in Pier 1 Imports or Anthropologie. Oh, and that burnt orange combined with hunter green just screams FALL!    

  1. Denim Coasters

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We already know that denim is a versatile substrate, but just imagine incorporating it into your home décor! These denim coasters are a great subtle detail to have around the house and they’re so functional. With tons of guests coming to visit you for the upcoming holidays, these coasters will protect your coffee tables in style!

  1. Instinct Paths Quilt

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If you plan on decorating the whole house, might as well decorate your room too! And what a better way of doing that, than with a quilt? The warm rich colors of this Instinct Paths Quilt made with Fleet and Flourish Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell will help you bring in the fall with some boho flair.

  1. Gava Rug

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Another home accessory that I love is a funky rug. They can be nice welcoming pieces right by your door or something soft to put your feet on when you get out of bed. I must admit, I have a crush on this Gava Rug made with Artisan fabrics by Pat Bravo. The strips of mixed prints are sure to add a nice autumnal touch to your home.

  1. Reveal Table Runner

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You can’t complete your fall decorating without a beautiful table runner for your dining table. This Reveal Table Runner made with Observer fabrics by April Rhodes will add a modern twist to your decorating with its subtle textural elements and muted colors.


 

I hope you’re inspired to decorate for fall! Feel free to let me know what was your favorite project and how do you like to decorate for the season.

 

Until 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

 


Nocturnal Beauty Comes to Life with Nightfall Fabrics

Hey Everyone!

No matter what part of the world you live in, we can all agree that there is something peaceful about gazing at the night sky while the stars twinkle at us. But most people don’t realize that there’s much more to the night than stars.  As the sun goes down to make way for the moon’s smile, nocturnal critters appear to start their day.  

The hoot of owls fill the air as the hymn from crickets crescendo in the distance. Fire flies dance in the darkness and small creatures jump from the trees and rejoice in the delicate moonlight, until another day comes by. This nocturnal beauty is brought to life in Maureen Cracknell’s newest collection, Nightfall.

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Maureen plays homage to the creatures and wonders of the late hours in this striking collection! She shows off prints filled with moons, owls, and cute night critters while showing off her bohemian style.

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I personally think, that the concept of this collection is beautiful because many times we overlook all the natural wonders that occur at night. Plus, it simply feels mystical! When I look at some of these prints I can imagine myself as a gypsy roaming through the forest…but I digress XD

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I encourage you to take a look at the lovely look book we’ve prepared for you! It’s filled with beautiful garments, stylish home décor ideas, and of course tons of quilts!

Speaking of quilts…Don’t forget to download the “Foxfire” FREE QUILT PATTERN that’s available in the look book. 

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Are you wondering what blenders match with this collection? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a curated selection of some AGF Elements that match Nightfall.

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Now to the best part…A GIVEAWAY! Enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the full collection!

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To Enter:

Simply fill the form below. /By entering the giveaway you are automatically signed up to our newsletter. Once you click "Enter Giveaway" button you'll receive subscription confirmation on your email/

Winner will be chosen using random.org. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 6th at 3:00pm EST. Good luck!


Hope you sew tons of pretty things with Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell.

 

Till Next Time,

Stephanie

 

 

P.S. We just had to make a video to go with this lovely collection. Check it out and tell us what you think.

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CONGRATULATIONS Debbie Gill, you've won the Night Fall fabric bundle! Check your email.


DIY Pregnancy Pillow Tutorial

Hello, AGF Aficionados!

I’m here to share with you how I made my new favorite thing ever: this super comfy DIY Pregnancy Pillow!  Now that I’m clocking in at 7 months pregnant it’s become tougher to get a comfortable night’s sleep and even the simple act of actually tossing and turning is a bit of a challenge.  I decided to trade up my shifting multitude of pillows for an actual pregnancy pillow, but the price… yikes!  Thank goodness for our sewing machines!  This is a great DIY project for expectant mamas & for the crafty people in their lives that want to gift them something to make them feel pampered. 

I researched existing styles of pregnancy pillows and decided on this giant version that envelops you from both sides because I used to be a back sleeper and the middle curve in the back supports your back and helps keep you in the position that you should be in even if you have a tendency to turn to your back while sleeping.  The middle curve in the front supports your belly and the bottom part gives your legs and hips support.  I found a great tutorial at Homemade Toast, and used their instructions as a starting point but made a couple modifications for my version which I will outline below.  The biggest change I made is converting the top part into an attached pillow case so I could slip my favorite pillow in there and continue to use it.  My fiber fill stuffing skills just don't compare to my favorite down pillow.  I also made a knit pillow case for the pillow and to account for the stretch in knit I simplified the pattern a bit. 

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Making the Pregnancy Pillow

Materials:

  • 3 ½ yards Pure Elements Cotton Fabric (PE-464)
  • Fiber Fill (two 32-ounce packages & One 12 oz. package)
  • Queen sized pillow (Standard sized pillows will also fit, with a little extra room on the sides. King sized pillows are wider than 30” so you would need to cut the pillow “legs” and pillow case cover separately and sew together at the end.) 
  • Two zippers 22” long (shorter is fine, just remember to change the length of strips)

Preparing the Pattern:

  1. Print the PDF Pattern for the center cut-out and tape together. Choose the size appropriate to your height.  For our version go ahead and re-draw the top corner square before cutting out your size.  Square off by drawing a line perpendicular to the fold, from the top point of the pattern, then draw a line that lines up to the outermost edge of the corner curve.  Your lines should meet at a right angle and add a little to the corner.  

Fabric Cutting Directions:

  1. Front piece: 62” x 30” (tall: 66” x 30”)
  2. Back piece: 56” x 30”  (tall: 60” x 30”)
  3. Two 3” x 5” strips
  4. Cut 3” strips until you have approximately 134” in total length of strips (more if using shorter zippers)
  5. Four 2” x 25” strips (or the length of your zippers)
  6. Round edges and cut the center piece out on the front and back pieces according to the diagram (steps A, B & C).

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Construction (seam allowances are ½”):

  1. Finish the top edges of the front and back pillow pieces, by folding over ½” twice and top-stitching. Mark the sewing line with a fabric marker ½” above the top of the center cut-out. (Diagram step D)
  2. Take the two 22” zippers & the four 2” wide strips and encase your zippers with a strip on either side of the zippers. Press the fabric and top-stitch (optional). 
  3. Take a 5” strip and pin to the top end of the zipper, right sides together. Sew across the fabric and the top edge of the zipper so that the metal stopper is in the seam allowance (making sure that the zipper pull is not in the seam allowance).  Repeat for other zipper.  Trim away excess to ½”. 
  4. Sew together 3” strips so that you have two pieces approximately 67” long. Pin a strip to the end of the zipper, right sides together, with zipper zipped.  Sew across the fabric and zipper so that the metal stopper is in the seam allowance.  Trim away any excess to ½”.  Repeat for other zipper. 
  5. Trim zipper portion so that it is 3” wide, matching the rest of the strips.
  6. Pin the strips to the sides of the pillow front, right sides together, zipper sides first, starting ½” inside of the marked sewing line and continuing until the inner corner, ending at the sewing line. Sew together.  (Diagram step E)  When sewing the strip to the inner corners of the pillow, 6 inches from the end start tapering to the center of strip, matching the center point to the stopping point.  (see picture)
  7. Repeat step 9 with the pillow back, tapering at inner corners and pivoting at the corner and sewing pillow front and back together across the top of the center cut-out, and continuing to sew the strip on the other side. (Leave zippers open.)
  8. Fold the top front over the back top and pin. Measure to make sure there is 20” between the fold and the marked sewing line. Pull out the strip ends to the side to not catch them in your sewing, sew the sides together, matching seam lines and overlapping the stitching by ½”.  (Diagram step F)
  9. Turn the pillow right-side out. Make sure the strip ends are pushed inside and sew across the marked sewing line, making sure to catch the ends of the strips in the stitch so there’s nowhere for stuffing to escape. Sew across the line again to reinforce the seam.  (Diagram step G)
  10. Stuff each pillow leg with fiber fill to your desired firmness. I used one 32-oz package plus a little extra to fill each leg.
  11. Insert your pillow into the pillowcase top of the pregnancy pillow. Now you’re ready to make the pillow cover, this is the easy part!

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Making the Pillow Cover

Materials:

  • 1 ⅞ yards Art Gallery Fabrics Knit (60” wide knit). I used K-7040 from April Rhodes’ Bound collection for my pillow cover. 

Cutting & Preparing the Pattern:

  • Cut out the front and back pieces in the same manner as for the pillow. Cut very carefully, up to the selvedge- we are using every bit of fabric width.  
  • No strips are necessary due to the stretch in our knit fabric! Yay! 

Construction (seam allowances are ¼”):

  1. Finish the top edges of the front and back pillow pieces, by serging the ends, then folding over ½” and top-stitching with a stretch stitch. Fold the top front over the top of the back piece to make the envelope opening.
  2. Match the sides of the front and back pieces and serge all around the entire pillow. Starting at the top left corner and ending at the top right corner.  Be careful not to let any of the selvedge show. 
  3. Flip right side out and slip over your pillow! Voila!  These pillow covers are so easy to make I’m sure you’ll want to make a couple more just for fun!  

Disclaimer:  AGF cannot be held accountable for any sleepy husbands that are pushed off the bed while pillow is in use. 

Tip for Use:  When it’s time to get up I find it’s easiest to slide under the pillow and out of the bed rather than trying to wrestle my huggable pillow giant. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Until next time,

Christine  :)