Introducing Our Newest Blog Contributor: Martina

Hello, AGF friends!


So pumped to be part of this amazing creative blog and get to know everyone. My name is Martina and I just recently joined the AGF Marketing team. I’m incredibly excited to start sharing photos and talking with you all on social media.

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Before I go ahead and tell you more about myself, I feel like I need to add a little disclaimer first. I haven’t touched a sewing machine in a really (really, really, REALLY) long time, so I am nervously anxious to see what my DIY projects will turn out to be. Phew, now that that’s out of the way I can tell you all a little about myself. I started off as a fashion design student, and yes that’s exactly where the small interaction with the sewing machine happened, but then realized I was more into textile design and quickly changed majors. From there on came marketing and merchandising… and here I am today, getting a little of both worlds. I can't wait to combine all my skills to make awesome content for all the platforms!

Working here, collaborating with the smartest gals in marketing and still be surrounded by beautiful fabrics and talented designers makes my heart warm and definitely inspires me to call my old sewing machine up and maybe get back together? Who knows! What I do know is that I am definitely intrigued now… my Pinterest boards are growing like crazy with ideas, so I hope you have patience with me as I wake up an old sleeping hobby of mine.

I still haven’t settled on exactly what to make as my first sewing project at AGF (please send me ideas!!) but I can assure you, it will be colorful. Maybe I’ll do something for the home since I am moving into a new place and want to learn how to make my own pillows and more. 😊

I am looking forward to reading your comments.

 

Talk soon,

 

Martina


12 Summer Fabrics You'll Love

Hey there, fabulous fabric lovers!

With every season that comes and goes, it’s always fun to pick out fabrics and colors that coordinate. It’s currently the peak of summer and it’s a great time to do a little sewing with bright colors that show the beauty of this season. For this reason, I’m excited to share with you a little bundle of 12 fabrics that are great for summer.

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When putting together this bundle I chose a mix of geometric prints, florals, and vibrant solid fabrics to show off summer’s happy mood. If you’re wondering, “how did she get all those bright colors to coordinate?” I have a little tip. When curating a bundle, I always choose one fabric I love that shows the gist of what I’m trying to represent. In this case, I wanted to show how bright and fun summer is so my color palette was based on the Budquette Abloom print by Bari J. from our Abloom Fusions collection. From there I chose prints with different sizes that have similar colors to my “main print.”

Here’s what I came up with:

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As you can see, I focused on fabrics that had teal, green, orange, yellow, and some pink. Then to balance the busyness of the prints, I chose some solid fabrics that coordinated with the color palette.

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And….ta daa! Here’s the final summer inspired bundle! Wouldn’t these be great for a lap quilt? 

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These lovely fabrics can be yours by entering our GIVEAWAY! Just fill the form below. Winner will be chosen August 14th at 3:00pm.

I hope you love this summer bundle as much as I do! If you would like to explore other ways of curating bundles, check out our Guide to Matching Fabric colors and our ColorFun blog series! July was all about yellow fabrics and August will be all about tangerine colored fabrics. ;)

Happy fabric picking!

Stephanie

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See what matters to you first! Don't miss any AGF updates on Facebook!

Hello Crafty friends!

Where do you look for sewing inspiration? Do you read quilting magazines, or search for inspiration online? There is no better feeling than being a part of quilting/sewing community and with today's access to the Social Media it's so easy!

For all of you who don't follow AGF on Facebook we encourage you to do so. :) Stay inspired every day with awesome sewing creations, tutorials, new fabric releases and giveaways! All AGF Facebook followers become our friends and are more than welcome, to ask questions, give us  feedback or start a discussion. We are looking forward to every comment from you so we can inspire each other!

To make sure you see all the posts and updates from AGF you have to enable 2 options on your feed. We recorded this quick instructional video for you so you will never miss whats new at AGF!

Let us know in comments if it was easy for you to enable the 2 options. From now on there will never be a single day when you feel lack of inspiration! :)

Happy Sewing!

Ola


Paper Piecing Tips- How to Make a Crossed Canoes Block

Hello Makers, 

Ready to take your quilting projects to a whole new level? For the next addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection we will be making the Crossed Canoes Block featuring Le Vintage Chic fabrics. Paper piecing can be so much fun but a little nerve racking if you have never done it before but don't worry by  the end of this video you will have accomplished the basics in paper piecing and will be way on your way to becoming a expert. 

Le Vintage Chic fabrics was such a beautiful choice for this block with modern fabrics mixed with a vintage flair. I love the softness of the colors which give my block a dreamy look. 

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Click on the video below to find the free sewing pattern and follow along with me to make the Crossed Canoes Block.

Make sure to share your creations on social media using the hashtag #agfquiltblockcollection !

 

Happy Sewing

Melissa


Tangerine - color of August in AGF ColorFUN Series

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Since summer is at its peak we decided to feature a color that is associated with joy and creativity. Warm and happy tangerine is the color of  this episode of the ColorFun series! It radiates warmth and reminds us of long summer evenings when we can admire the beauty of sunset. It also helps us to look on the bright side of life.

How to mix match tangerine with other fabric colors

Just like a sun on the sky, tangerine fabrics go perfect with any shades of blue fabrics. As you can see on the color wheel, tangerine and blue are 2 complementary colors. It also goes perfect with analogous yellow and red. Read further to see how versatile this color is.

Tangerine in fashion

There is many surprising ways you can wear tangerine.We encourage you to liven up your wardrobe with this bold color. Try to combine it with neutrals like black or nude shades. This way you will tone down a little the brightness of tangerine. If you feel more brave try to mix match tangerine with purple. These dynamic shades are being successfully paired together in happy summer outfits on many runways.How about making tangerine dress with one of our knit fabrics?

You can try to add some flair to your outfit by accessorizing with tangerine. Scarf or bag will highlight perfectly your outfit.

Tangerine in home decor

If you are looking to add a bright dimension to your home decor, tangerine may be your go-to color. Especially if you don't have much natural light in your space tangerine will add some energy and brightness. How about making  a tangerine quilt to refresh and revitalize your bed? For a toned down effect you can combine it with white or grey fabrics. Invite summer to your patio all year long by decorating it with tangerine and turquoise! Use some of our free sewing patterns and make pillows, table runners, place mats or rugs. We assure you that the effect you’ll achieve will be vibrant!

Let's get inspired with a little mood board we made for you:

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Don't you just want to eat sweet and juicy tangerine right now? ;) Lets take a look at the fabric prints selected for this edition of Colorfun:

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Anne Elise by Bari J  (ANE-87506 Poetic Saddle Vibes)

Bound by April Rhodes (BOU-8043 Growth Joy)

Curiosities by Jeni Baker (CUR-19138 Curious Bunnies Fun)

Fantasia by Sara Lawson (FAN-4071 Miniature Hills Terra)

Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell (GRD-79908 Triangular Impression)

Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine (HBR-4434-6 Buck Forest Peach)

Here comes the Fun by Sew Caroline (HCF-69304 Corollas Tangerine)

Morning Walk by Leah Duncan (MWK-1111 Sahuaro Picks Tang)

Cultivate by Bonnie Christine (CUL-9671 Plotted Farm Autumn)

Square Elements by AGF Studio (SE-615 Mandarin)

 

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We hope that you love this bright selection of fabrics! Try your luck and  participate in our giveaway for a chance to win a bundle of tangerine fabrics. Just fill out the form below to be in the giveaway pool.

(Once you have entered the giveaway it's normal for your information to disappear. To confirm your entry check your email for a confirmation and approve it. By entering our giveaway you'll be automatically signed up for our newsletters. Don't worry, we don't spam!!)

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Congrats to Nicki Slater ! You have won tangerine fabric bundle! Please check your email:)

 
Happy sewing with tangerine fabrics!
Ola
 
P.S. Do you love colorFUN bundles? Check out the colors at  Fat Quater Shop ;)

Free Book: 32 Modern Quilt Blocks

Hey makers!

We all know that there’s always a good reason to have a party and celebrate something special. This is why we’re excited to celebrate the 50th issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting! LPQ is a publication we love working with. Their work is inspiring, they always provide great patterns for makers, and they’re great at staying up to date with quilting trends. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy taking a break and flipping through a nice magazine?

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To help them celebrate this amazing milestone, LPQ paired up with us to create their 32 Modern Quilt Blocks book with blocks made completely with AGF. Anyone who purchases issue 50 will receive the special book for FREE! YES, FOR FREE! Each block in this book has full instructions on how to piece them and they’re great for making a sampler quilt. For anyone in the US waiting for their copy of LPQ to arrive, you can get a head start by checking out some of the bonus blocks they’ll be posting on their website.

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But the fun doesn’t end there! If you love making quilt blocks as much as we do, you have to join their sew along! Here’s how to enter:

  • Grab a copy of issue 50, including our free cover book. You can order it in their online store or download the digital issue to your phone or tablet.
  • Sew your favorite quilt block from our 32 Modern Quilt Blocks book.
  • Share a photo on your instagram and tag it #lpq32blocksSAL and #artgalleryfabrics (if you use our fabrics)

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To see what some makers have made so far, make sure to explore the hashtag #lpq32blocksSAL. We hope you have tons of fun sewing all the quilt blocks!

 

Til next time,

Stephanie

 


Ultimate selection of free sewing patterns - Plan your next sewing project with AGF!

Hello pattern lovers!

What inspires you first to make a new sewing project? Is it the pattern or the fabrics in your stash? If a pattern usually is this first initial impulse that encourages you to sew you can't miss our ultimate selection of free sewing patternsWhat I love the most about this selection is the variety of projects I can find: quilt blocks, pillows, table runners, clutches and so much more. I hope you will take advantage of this great source on AGF website and choose your favorite projects to make. Remember to visit www.liveartgalleryfabrics.com as often as you can because the library of patterns is updated at least twice a month!

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Watch the video below to see how to navigate through the patterns and download your favorite ones.

Happy Sewing!

Ola


New Capsule Bite-Sized Collection: Le Vintage Chic Fabric

Hey Makers!

Do you remember when we released our Capsules bite-sized collections a few months ago? It was an epic look book filled with fabrics that showcased the newest and timeless textile trends that would work well in a variety of projects. But guess what? Our Capsules will only keep growing with time.

Today, we’re excited to show you a new addition to our bite-sized collections. Makers of the world, we present to you Le Vintage Chic fabrics! Like the other Capsules, Le Vintage Chic has 10 prints that can be used for any kind of sewing projects. For this range we were inspired by the feminine florals of vintage fabrics, cozy neutrals, shabby chic decor, and the beauty of the french countryside.

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Everything about this range just makes me want to be in a french cafe drinking tea and munching on macarons. The romantic roses combined with taupe and hints of mint are just so dreamy.

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But enough of me talking...check out the lookbook and see for yourself how beautiful this new bite-sized collection is!

 

If you’re looking for a dreamy quilt to add to your collection, I encourage you to download the “La Vie en Rose” free quilt pattern.

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If you’re a bit more adventurous and plan on designing your own project, here’s a few blenders that coordinate perfectly with this collection. And yes...AGF denim can be used as a blender! ;)

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Last but not least, make sure to enter our giveaway!

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Fill the form below for a chance to win a bundle of Le Vintage Chic fabrics! Giveaway ends August 2nd at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with this collection! Stay tuned for the next release...new FUSIONS are coming soon (wink, wink).

Chat later,

Stephanie

 

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Congrats, Toni Getz! You've won the bundle of Le Vintage Chic fabrics. Check your email.


6 Projects You Can sew with Yellow Fabrics

Hey fab, makers!

I hope you’re having wonderful summer so far! Here at the AGF HQ we’re diligently getting everything ready for the upcoming lookbook releases. But we all know it’s good to take a little break sometimes... so I took some time to show you some cool projects you can make with our color of the month, yellow.

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Like you read, in the first yellow ColorFun post; we chose this color because it’s the color of hope, happiness, optimism and creativity. So why not get those creative juices flowing and make something cute? Here are 6 projects you can make with yellow fabrics.

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1. Road Racer One Shoulder Bag by AGF Studio

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Whether you’re going on a quick bike ride or need a small bag on the go, this one shoulder bag made with Cleta fabrics can be taken anywhere. Click the title to download the pattern.

2.Strip Pieced Quilt

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Yellow is a great color to incorporate into your quilts especially when combining it with darker tones. Add to your next quilting project to give it a pop of color. This “Blooming Brook Sol” print from Wonderful Things fabrics by Bonnie Christine is definitely eye catching!

3. Washi Blouse by Made by Rae

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Wearing a yellow garment can definitely be a statement to your outfit. Shine bright this summer with this cute “Zocalo Lemon” print from Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard. Click the title for the link to the pattern.

4. Poolside Tote Bag by Noodlehead

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During the summer everyone needs a spacious totebag to take to the pool or beach. Why not make one with this fun “Soda Straws” prints from Boardwalk Delight fabrics by Dana Willard? Plus, the best thing about this print is that it comes in canvas fabric! Yay!

5. Heart Pillow

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Sometime bright pillows are a quick way of updating a couch or your bed decor. Make few of these heart throw pillows with the “Love Dream” print from Letters Fabrics and have any room shining bright. ;)

6. Fabric Bin

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Last but not least, you can keep your sewing room organized and looking cute with a few fabric bins. It’s hard to pick a favorite from the Abloom Fusions collection but this “Fashion Scent Abloom” print is oh so stylish.

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I hope you enjoyed checking out what you can sew with yellow fabrics! Let me know in the comments what project you liked the most. If you love the prints in this month’s ColorFun bundle, you can purchase it at Fat Quarter Shop. Stay tuned for the color of August coming soon!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie


Baby Play Mat Tutorial

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Baby quilts are the best of all worlds, aren’t they? You can choose to make yours a simple basic design that will show off a gorgeous print, or you can showcase intricate piecing that you might not have the time to do with a full size quilt. Why not make a spin on the usual baby and make a quilty baby play mat instead? It’s important for babies to do tummy time everyday and a textured quilt is the perfect place to do it! 

Baby play mats are the perfect place to get creative and incorporate embellishments and techniques that will provide fascinating sensory input for baby while they try to perfect their roll. I pack up my baby’s quilty play mat with us when we visit family so that my baby has a familiar safe zone to roll around on. Read below to see how I sewed my own DIY Play Mat!

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Sketching Out your Design

You don’t have to be an artist to sketch out your ideas, take out your sketchbook and get creative! Here you can see my (very rough!) sketch where I outline the day/night theme. I decided I would have the sun and moon in the center, with the sun’s rays shining through the trees on one side and mountains on the other. I ended up changing my design quite a bit, but it was still very helpful to have a sketch to refer to during the process. It’s at this point that I curated my little stack of fabrics to use for the play mat and defined a color story. I also pre-washed all my fabrics first so I wouldn’t have to wash the whole mat later and it would be baby-safe as soon as I finished.

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Drafting the Pattern

I went the more common round play mat shape for mine and drafted a pattern to have a main circle with a 20.25” radius and a trim that was 4” so that the finished mat measured 47” across. I was able to draft both pattern pieces from one piece of poster board. (I prefer to make my patterns on poster board I buy at the dollar store so that they don’t flop around, but brown craft paper rolls work great too.) My main pattern piece is a quarter circle. Measure out 20.25” from the lower left corner along both sides. Now, making sure that the ruler is aligned with the corner point make marks along the curve every couple inches and blend the marks together.

Another method to drawing the curve would be to make your own DIY compass by measuring out some twine (I find yarn stretches too much), tying one end to a pencil and the other to a pin at the corner so that the twine measures 20.25” and drawing the curve. For the trim pattern piece draw a curve at 24.25.” Don’t worry that the bottom end is cut off if you’re using poster board, we only need part of this curve. Take your quilt ruler and measure out a 30 degree angle line from the left side and mark the line on the trim piece only. Cut the main pattern piece out. Add 1/4” seam allowance to the drawn line and cut out (seam allowance is already included elsewhere). Mark pattern pieces as shown, making sure to mark which edges should be placed on the fold.

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Cutting the Back

You can cut your center piece from one piece of fabric by taking 1 ¼ yards and folding it into quarters. Align your pattern piece on the folded corner and cut out your circle.

I chose to improvisationally piece together scrap fabrics for the back so that half of the circle looked like a night sky and the other half looked like a daytime sky. After I pieced a big enough piece I folded it into quarters and used the pattern piece to cut out my circle.

When piecing using scrap fabrics it is helpful to cut the edges straight with a ruler first and then sew at ¼” seam allowance. If you’re a free spirit and would prefer to sew the fabrics first randomly and then trim, that is fine, but mark your sewing line with a ruler so that your seams will be straight. You may feel like you’re sewing straight, but if there is even a slight curve it will make the fabric pucker and it won’t lay flat (don’t ask me how I know, I’m not admitting anything!)

Applique

I chose to applique my mountains, trees and sun/moon instead of piecing them because it gave me more leeway to change my design while in the process. First, I cut out pattern pieces for the sun/moon center from more poster board and cut them out. Then, I gathered all my mountain fabrics and started cutting out triangles free hand, and arranging them on the blanket until I got a configuration I liked. I pressed the edges under on the sides and sewed them to the quilt top using an edge stitch. I just made sure the bottom edges were low enough to be covered by the sun/moon. I cut out my sun’s rays without measuring as well and arranged them on the quilt top, marked their places with a disappearing Frixion pen and pressed, folded and stitched them down.

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Trapunto Trees!

The trunks of my trees were made using a 1” bias tape maker (Cut 2” strips of fabric, and the sides fold in ½”). I highly recommend a bias tape maker if you don’t already have one! To make my treetops I cut out circles and ovals free hand from my selected tree fabrics and stitched them right side down to the bumpy side of some lightweight fusible interfacing leaving a 1” section on the treetops unstitched.

Then I cut out the treetops about 1/8” from the stitching and flipped them right side out. I used a chopstick to help turn the edges. Next was the fun part-- designing my forest! I had fun arranging the treetops and bias tape trunks until I was happy with the arrangement, then I pinned down the treetops and cut the bias tape trunks to size, tucking the ends into the 1” opening on the treetops and folding in the fabric in 1/4” and pinning down the trunks. Then I pressed the treetops, fusing them to the quilt top. I blanket-stitched around the trees.

Finally, I had some fun with using a trapunto technique on the treetops. I ~carefully~ pinched apart the fabrics so that I could cut a little slit in the back fabric of the treetops. Then I stuffed batting and some DIY crinkle material (washed chips bags, cereal bags, candy wrappers, etc.) into the trees. Since I was still going to add batting and quilt around the trees it wasn’t necessary to hand stitch the opening closed. The dimensional trees are one of my favorite parts of the play mat and a great opportunity for sensory play for baby!

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Finishing the Top

I cut down my poster board pattern pieces by 1/8” and used them as pressing guides for the sun/moon pieces. First I pressed under the inner side of the moon and blanket stitched it to the sun. Then I pressed under the outer edges of the sun/moon around the pressing guide. Finally, I pinned on the sun/moon to the center and blanket stitched it down.

For the outer band pieces I went ahead and gathered all my little leftover scraps and made wonky pieced fabrics to cut the pattern pieces from. I cut and sewed together the six pieces into one long piece and pinned it to the edge of mat top. I started sewing about 3 inches from the start of the edge and stopped sewing about 3 inches from the end of the strip, then joined the ends and finished sewing the band onto the top.

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Quilt Sandwich Time!

I pressed, stretched out the fabric over a backing and batting the same as for any quilt and pinned together with safety pins. I chose to do a cloud free motion quilting motif all over the quilt top, I also made sure to stitch around the treetops to emphasize the dimensional effect. When finished cut and trim around the circle to prepare for binding.

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Applying the Binding & Ribbon Loops

Binding is applied the same as for any quilt- it’s one step where a circle is actually easier since there is no mitered corner to worry about. You’ll need about 160” but before applying binding you will want to add some ribbon loops to the edges of the play mat. Choose some nice coordinating ribbon, or add some shiny satin “tags” at this point as well. You can hook toys to the mat on there later and babies just love tags for some reason. Baste the raw edges of the ribbon loops to the edge of the mat. If you place them on the front of the mat, they will point in, if you place them on the back of the mat they will flip out after binding. I placed the loops both ways. After tacking down loops, bind as usual for a quilt and you’re done!

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I hope you enjoyed the walk-through of how I made my play mat and that it inspires you to go ahead and design your own play mat! I think puffy colorful shapes or letters instead of trees would be adorable, really there’s so much you could do and in completely customized fabrics that match your nursery décor! What’s not to love?

Here are the fabrics I used:

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Have a great, fabric-filled day!

~Christine