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How to make a SeeSaw Quilt Block Tutorial

Hello Makers, 

 Do you have a favorite go to quilt block? Pinwheel blocks are one of my favorite blocks! The SeeSaw block is the new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection which consists of a cute pinwheel center and flying geese at the edges. For this block I used one of AGF's new Fusion collections, Floralia  Fusions. The greens and pinks have me dreaming of spring time!  


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 Watch the video below to give this cute block a try. Remember to post your quilt block creations on Instagram with the #AGFQuiltBlockCollection to be enter to win our monthly fabric bundle giveaway

 

Enjoy, 

Meli


AGF Mood Monday - The Best Gift

Hello!

This marks the twelfth and last AGF Mood Monday of 2017.

I want to thank you for following along! It is a great gift to be able to share with you, through this platform and through these images, our love for fabric and craft. Reminiscing of all the great things that the year brought, I would love for you to share: what is the best gift you've ever gotten?

For me it has to be every time I got a drawing from my little sisters (sadly not so little any more, but happily amazing young women) or from my niece.

I'm sure we can agree that the value of any thoughtful handmade gift is incalculable, and a great present deserves great packaging. Inspired by Japanese Furoshiki, a type of traditional wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods, we wanted to share with you our take (done with some of our knits) on this very special way of wrapping that we are also hoping to incorporate in our holiday gifts.

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May you be inspired to start your week in a great mood,

Lauv


#NestIsOut: A December Contest

Hello everyone! 

December is upon us and we have some exciting news to announce... (drumroll please)... Nest Fabrics is officially IN STORES!

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This gender neutral collection is filled with sweet sayings and imagery reminiscent of childhood. 10 cotton prints specifically designed to sew lots of projects and outfits for those little ones! Inside this cotton collection, you can find three distinctive panels showcasing cute paws, little bears, and adorable lambs. This capsule collection also includes 5 knit prints: Snuggle me, Tic Tac Toe, Sweetest Days, Clever Little Fox and Adventures Await- which *bonus* comes as a panel version perfect for onesies and pillows! 

> We wanted to kick off the release with a great contest! One where makers, sewers, and fabric fans can benefit from it. The contest involves the following: 

If you are at the store purchasing the fabric, at home in your messy studio sewing with it, or enjoying the finished product(s), snap a photo, upload it to Instagram and include the hashtag #NestIsOut in your post, this way we will be able to see you! On February 5th, we will be picking 5 lucky winners from the hashtag pool, who will have the choice of picking ANY fabric bundle of their choice! The more times you post to Instagram using the hashtag, the higher your odds of winning!

- If you don't have an Instagram account (yet) follow this link to create one and this link to follow us! 

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Hope to see everyone taking lots of photos and truly enjoying the Nest experience with their sewing machine and their loved ones! See you back in February 

 

 Happy Nesting :)  

 

 Martina

 

DISCLAIMER: The bundles chosen by the winners have to be from collections available on 2017.

 

 


Let's Talk Fabric: Ottoman Tutorial

Hi!

Welcome to episode 1 of Let's Talk Fabric! We are revamping the channel and coming up with new series where we will be showcasing a variety of different home decor projects- all including FABRIC, of course! In them, you will be able to find simple, mostly no-sew projects for your home!

To kick off the series, we decided to start off with a very popular and useful item, an Ottoman! 

 

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For this particular project, we decided to use Love Story Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell. We wanted to use a cotton canvas print since it has the perfect combination of strength and softness required for a reupholster project like this. Cotton canvas is definitely the go-to fabric for furniture design DIY. Its sturdiness and flexibility allow enough fabric to stretch without tearing. The color scheme of this print also helped greatly, since the black and white geometric aesthetic turned out to blend and pair up easily with other different prints. Explore more prints and colors ideas and check out the whole cotton canvas collection on our website.

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The ottoman was built using 1 yard of fabric and batting, along with other items. The medium-strength of the cotton canvas material is perfect, because any reupholstering project will definitely have you doing a lot of pulling (A LOT), and thin cotton fabrics will just not work. Besides, this canvas Daring Tribal Noir print is a MUST HAVE. 

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What do you guys think? Do you see yourself making one? If so...here is the complete list of everything you will need to make this ottoman! Also, make sure to click the video below to watch the full tutorial. 

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Hope you guys enjoyed the video with all the steps on how to make your very own ottoman! If you have any other home decor ideas let me know in the comments! :) 

 

See you soon on our next episode of the Let's Talk Fabric 

 

Decor away...

 

Martina

 


Holiday Decorating 101- Decorate like a Pro

Hey there sewing friends, 

Who loves decorating their homes for the holidays? I don't tend to decorate for every holiday but I do decorate for my favorites like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter! Buying decorations at the store can get a bit expensive and storing all of them can be a pain. Add special handmade pieces to you holiday decor by choosing from the section below of free sewing patterns


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1. Bright Star Ornament

Pick a festive print with a coordinating solid fabric and have fun with this easy folding and sewing technique  that creates this cheerful star ornament! Make  sets of three to gift to your friends this holiday season.  They look cute hung from the tree or placed randomly around your home to liven up any room! 

 

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2.Let it Snow Holiday Pillow

Looking for a show stopper pillow to place on your sofa this Christmas? The Let it Snow Pillow might be the perfect pattern to sew up! Flying geese trees in varying lengths, topped with hand stitched stars! The lovely "Vanilla Mist" yarn dye fabric creates the perfect wintry wonderland for the background in this pillow! 

 

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3. Mini Stocking

 

 Ever try to quilt as you go? This adorable mini stocking teaches you this fun technique, add a few decorative stitches and pop a few candies inside to make a perfect gift to brighten someones day. 

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4. Fabric Christmas Tree

 Wanna take a break from sewing? Try making a fabric Christmas tree by following this fun folding and pinning method. I love how professional all the folded clean edges look. Add your tree to the center of your table to make the most darling centerpiece!

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 5. Holiday Calendar

 Counting the days til Christmas? I know I am!! Do it by making the Holiday calendar and filling the tiny pockets with  yummy treats to make the days leading up to Christmas just a little bit more sweeter. 

 

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6. Divided Organizer Caddy

 Staying organized is key during the busy holiday months! I love these divided organizing caddies to store delicate Christmas ornaments and to keep all my holiday trims in order. 

 

 It's time to grab some winter fabrics of your choosing and sew something special for the holidays!  These fun holiday sewing tutorials has got me thinking up so many new  projects I want to create! Let the Christmas Sew - A-thon begin! 

 

Happy Holidays, 

Meli

 

 

 

 


AGF Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour Recap

Hello Makers,

I am just aww struck from all the amazing projects that were made in the AGF Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour hosted by Sharon McConnell from Color Girl Quilts. The Blog tour showcased 9 talented designers turning their favorite block from the the series  into pillows, table runners, mini quilts and so much more! 

Take a look below at all the hard work these wonderful designers put in and learn more about how you can incorporate these quilt blocks into your sewing projects! 

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1. Jack in the Box Mini by Sharon McConnell

 Sharon made the Jack in the Box block featuring Charleston fabrics and turned it into a mini quilt masterpiece! The reds and blues pop from the white background, having me dreaming about the Fourth of July and picnics at the beach! The sashing with cornerstones  adds the perfect finishing touch to this mini! 

 

 2. Ohio Star Block Pillow by Karen O'Connor

 Karen made the Ohio Star block featuring Woodlands Fusion and turned it into the most gorgeous pair of pillows!  She added a border to her blocks with Linen from The Denim Studio and quilted it with grid straight line quilting. I love the decorative stitches she used with varies colors of contrasting threads. 

 

3. Single Irish Chain Holiday Stocking by Amy Friend

 Amy made the Single Irish Chain block featuring Little Town fabrics . She turned her  block into the sweetest Holiday stocking! This is definitely going on my to sew list! 

 

4.Crossed Canoes Mini  by Kate Basti

 Kate made the Crossed Canoes block featuring Blush fabrics.  She turned her blocks into a colorful scrappy mini. I would love to see this turned into a giant quilt! Wouldn't it make the perfect summer quilt to bring to the beach?!

 

5. Morning Star Hoop Quilt by AnneMarie Chany

AnneMarie made the Morning Star block featuring Indie Folk fabrics. She turned her block into a hoop quilt with hand stitching details that has me wanting to add hand stitching to all my quilts. 

 

6. Jackknife Table runner by Yvonne Fuchs  

 Yvonne made the Jackknife block featuring Nightfall Farbics . The fussy cut bunnies are absolutely darling! I would love to see this hanging in a little girls or boys room! 

 

 7. Moroccan Pillow by Maureen Cracknell  

 Maureen made the Moroccan block featuring her new collection Love Story and turned her block into the yummiest pillow! I always enjoy the scrappy feel of Maureen's pillows. The color combination makes you feel all warm and cozy.

 

 8. Aztec Table runner by Sharon Holland

 Sharon made the Aztec block featuring a variety of  spruce, mint, teal, silver, and wintry-white hues. I am in love with the Christmas season so of course I am in love with this fresh, winter inspired table runner Sharon made from her blocks! 

 

9. Spider Web Quilt by Lucy Brennan

 Lucy made the Spider Web block featuring Arizona After fabrics.  This block is a perfect scrap buster which she turned into a quilting work of art! Can't wait to see that finished quilt quilted! 

 

Click on the titles above to see the amazing process these designers went through to create their inspiring projects! 

Enjoy the video below to see how these projects came to life! 

 

 

It was so much fun following these designer on the tour! Hope you are inspired as much as we are to start creating more quilty projects using the youtube videos from the AGF Quilt Block Collection! 

Make sure to share your quilt block creations sewn with AGF fabrics on Instagram to be entered to win our month fabric bundle giveaway! Make sure to use the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection ! 

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


AGF Mood Monday - Make

Happy first Monday of December!

Now that we REALLY are into the holiday season, time finds us really busy preparing everything but most impostantly it finds us busy making things for our loved ones. 

As if we needed an excuse to make and sew, but oh how we love it. Getting really inspired by someone we care about, and making something for them that can be treasured for years and years (and hopefully be passed on) is one of the best ways of creating.

What is your favourite thing to make and gift? I love making mini quilts. I confess I have not made many, but I really enjoy it because even if I have friends or family members who are not really into quilting, a mini quilt can be easily adapted to many styles.

Another thing I like about minis is that they can be made in many different shapes like these hexagonal ones.

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Have an awesome week,

Lauv

 

 


ColorFun Holiday Edition: Winter Wonderland Fabric Bundle

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Helloooo wonderful makers!

I couldn’t be happier to say that the holiday season is finally here *sounds of sleigh bells*! It’s time to bring in your christmas tree or menorah, light up your house with twinkling lights, and make handmade gifts for all your loved ones. What I love the most about this season is all the inspiration that surrounds us during this festive time.

Last year, for our ColorFun bundle we prepared a classic bundle filled with red and green fabrics for all your projects. This time around, we’re back with a more unconventional holiday bundle that’s still as festive as the last one! Makers, this round of ColorFun is all about sewing in a winter wonderland.

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Although, it doesn’t snow or even get slightly cold in South Florida, we love to dream about snow days, fresh pines, and all the beautiful things we see in pictures that represent winter. If you’re wondering what to make some of your loved ones or yourself this holiday season, check out some nice projects you can make with the prints from the Winter Wonderland ColorFun bundle.

  1. Hexie Pillow and PJ pants  

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Every sewists favorite shape, the hexie is even cuter when combined into holiday decor. Why not make some of your best friends a stylish pillow with the frosty colors from Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella or decorate your living space with one. Not into home decor? You can’t go wrong with giving cozy PJ pants. ;)

  1. Twinkle Stars Dress

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One of the cutest things to look at during the holidays is kids in festive outfits! Make the little girls in your family sweet dresses with this adorable print from Little Town fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi. I’m sure they’ll be shining bright with their outfits!

  1. Asymmetric Blouse

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Last but not least, make sure to look sharp for all the holiday festivities with a “me made” outfit! Check out this comfy and practical yet stylish, blouse made with Heartland fabrics by Pat Bravo. The sketchy pines have holiday vibes without being cheesy. Click on the name for the pattern.

So, what do you think about these projects? Cute, huh? But don’t stop there! Let your imagination run free with our winter wonderland inspired bundle. Here are all the prints in it

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BLI-75607 Glacier Path Aqua - Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella

BLI-75609 Winterberries Snow - Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella

BLI-75610 Evergreens Frozen - Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella

HRT-95303 Pinetree Fog - Heartland fabrics by Pat Bravo

LTO-9235 Snow Crystals Ash - Little Town by Amy Sinibaldi

LTO-9238 Twinkle Stars - Little Town by Amy Sinibaldi

NTF-67902 Mystical Woods Lunar - Nightfall fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

NTF-77907 Luminaries Gold - Nightfall fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

PST-75504 Foreshadowing Spell - Pastel Thrift by AGF Studio

SOU-3633 From Within Almond - Soulful fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

 

If this bundle is a must-have in your stash, enter the giveaway for a chance to win it! Simply fill the form below. Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 15th.

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Can’t wait to find out if you won? You can purchase this bundle exclusively at Fat Quarter Shop.;)

Before I leave you off to some sewing, I just want to let you know that this will be the last installment of the ColorFun series due to our newly released product, the Color Master Boxes! These curated color story fabric boxes will be available in a shop near you this December. But don’t worry, we’ll still be showing you the possibilities of combining prints in 2018! I hope you’re excited for what’s to come!

 

Til next time!

Stephanie

 

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Holidays are the Perfect time to Sew for Charity

This past weekend on one of my sewing facebook groups a woman posted the question: “Wondering what to make for the holidays this year. Previously I’ve made [XYZ] and it was greeted with a lackluster reception, I don’t think my family appreciates my handmade gifts. What should I make them this year?” I’ve read post after post along the same lines and personally experienced the same disheartening reaction when gifting handmade. It’s for this reason that I now only make handmade items for a very small, select group of individuals that I know really appreciate and love the things I’ve sewn for them, about five lucky ducks. The rest, I just save time and buy them something I think they will love. No hard feelings, everyone is happy and I didn’t waste creative energy, supplies and time. An added bonus is that by limiting the amount of people I make gifts for I’m able to really devote my time to each gift and embellish with special little details.

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Sticking to my hardline, slightly Grinch-y, “no handmade gifts for most” policy can be hard though. Sometimes, I just want the pleasure of making tons of beautiful gifts! I remembered that in the past AGF hosted a charity sewing booth at Quilt Market and a quilt drive for the hurricane victims in Texas.  Then, I had an epiphany- now is the perfect time to sew for charity. This is the time of year when those in need most appreciate the gesture of a handmade gift made with love. Despite how busy I am I’ve been working on projects to donate. What better way to use up the quilt scraps and finally tackle those half finished abandoned projects? Knit remnants too big to throw away, but too small for most projects are the perfect size for preemie sleep gowns and hats! Scraps that would have been tossed in the garbage can become stuffing for a pet bed! Since I’m starting a little late, I know I may not finish my ambitious goals in time for the official gift giving holidays, however my donations will still be appreciated in January or February.  In fact, I plan to continue my charitable scrap & stash busting throughout the year.

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and holiday preparations we can be so busy preparing for the holiday that we don’t feel the holiday spirit. Slowing down and making gifts for charity (and lucky family and friends) allows us to really relish the spirit of the season. So, AGF Sewists, turn on the holiday music, grab a mug of hot cocoa and sew! Who’s with me?

 

Here’s a list to check out:

Donate quilts and blankets to:

www.quiltsofcompassion.com

www.projectlinus.org

ww.quiltsforkids.org

ww.americanheroquilts.com

www.blankets4canada.ca

Baby Items for Hospital:

www.carewear.org

Hospital Pillow Cases for Children:

https://www.cookchildrens.org/giving/volunteers/Pages/stitch-a-wish-volunteers.aspx

Pet Beds for Shelter Animals:

www.buddysblankets.com

www.snuggleproject.org

General Humanitarian Sewing

ww.hats4thehomeless.org

ww.pinkslipperproject.org

ww.daysforgirls.org

Check with local churches and sewing or quilting guilds for any local charities you may be able to sew for, contact local women's, homeless and pet shelters and see if they have need of anything.  Another important note, make sure to read up on the organization’s guidelines and requirements before starting a project, some have very specific sizes and material guidelines. 

Any experienced charity sewists out there?  Let us know which is your favorite charity to give to and any tips or advice you may have!

Happy Sewing!

Christine


Be the Best Secret Santa EVER!- Quick, easy, projects to make for the holidays!

Ho Ho Ho, 

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas or what? Thanksgiving is over and I had a blast and in Minnesota but I am happy to be back in warm sunny Florida! I know retail stores have been playing Christmas music for a while now but it is officially Christmas Crunch time in the AGF headquarters! We got our Christmas music on blast and are sewing up projects full of holiday cheer!

We are also getting ready to pick our Secret Santa's for the month of December! This is my favorite tradition at AGF where we get to give/ make presents for the person's name we draw and secretly give them small gifts to open in the days leading up to Christmas! So if your work place, or family and friends do Secret Santa's, I gathered up some great sewing tutorials for all you crafty makers to make your gifts and to cut down on buying present this year! 


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My hope is to help you all use up alot of your scraps to clear a lil more room in your sewing areas! ;) Also there is nothing better then a handmade gift!  Plus all these gift ideas are free sewing patterns

 

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