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Stripes & The No Waste Flying Geese Method!

One of the most popular ways to make Flying Geese is the "Make Four No Waste Flying Geese" method, not only because it uses less fabric, but also because you save time making four units at once! Today we will not only talk about this technique, but we will also experiment with stripes and figure out how they behave depending on how and where you place them. The amazing fabrics in this tutorial are from the exotic and artistic Mediterraneo collection.

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One of the myths of The Flying Geese name comes from its resemblance with an actual goose flying in the sky, and surely that's where its parts also get their names from: 

Goose: the big triangle in the center.

Sky: the corner square triangles on the sides.

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 Make Four No Waste Flying Geese cutting formula:

Goose: one (1) square measuring the finished flying geese width + 1 1/4”.

Sky:  four (4) squares measuring the finished flying geese height + 7/8”

In this case my finished size is 6” x 3”, so I cut one (1) 7 ¼” square for the goose and four (4) 3 7/8” squares for the sky:

 

 

  1. Let's start discovering how the stripes will behave when using them in the goose part:

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Place two sky squares aligned diagonally and face to face to the geese fabric. Notice that the small squares will overlap in the inner corners.

Draw a line on the diagonal and stitch at ¼” from each side of the line.

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Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut on the drawn line.

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Now you have two halves. Open the fabric and press both resulting pieces.

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Place one sky square on the uncut corner of each half and draw a diagonal line.

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Stitch at ¼” from each side of the drawn line and cut.

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Open the seams and press. As a result you have four units, two of them with horizontal stripes and two with vertical stripes.

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2. Now let's see what happens when using the stripes in the sky part!

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Place two sky squares aligned diagonally and face to face to the goose fabric. Draw a line on the diagonal and stitch at ¼” from the line on each side.

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Cut on the drawn line to get your two halves.

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Open the fabric and press both resulting pieces.

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Now we will place the striped sky squares in different directions to see what happens.

On the  first half, the sky square will have the stripes in the same direction as the stripes attached to the goose fabric. And on the second half the sky square will be placed so the stripes are perpendicular to the ones already attached to the goose fabric.

Draw a diagonal line.

Stitch at 1/4" of each side of the lines and cut.

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As a result, you can see that on the first half we have two identical flying geese units, but the left sky stripes are perpendicular to the right sky stripes. And on the second half, both units are different, but the right and the left sky stripes are in the same direction.

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Now let your imagination run! I love how the stripes make a big impact on any design, and combined with such a practical method, the sky is the limit!

How do you like your stripes better on the goose or on the sky? Are you ready to create using this method? Please share your ideas and history knowledge with me, I love hearing from you!

Enjoy creating,

 - Laucara


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 10 - New- Four Patch

Hello Fabric Friends,

Don't you just love sewing up something new? Today Elisa from the Production Design department teamed up with me to create Block #10 in the Community Sampler, the New- Four Patch. It's full of cute little four patch blocks and HST's. It was fun exchanging our favorite piecing methods and techniques and getting to know more about Eli. She has motivated me to start sewing more clothes for myself after sharing with me all the fun outfits that she has already made this year.  Read more about  Eli below and how she fell in love with all things quilty.

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 We used Splendid Fusions to create our block. 

 

Do you always follow the instructions in a sewing pattern exactly how they are written? For this block Eli and I decided to change up the steps a little to simplify and speed up our quilt block process. 

Since all of our HST's are the same two fabrics we decided to use the Magic Eight Method for creating our HST's. Have you ever tried this method? It is amazing if you need to make a whole bunch of the same HST's. In this case we needed exactly eight HST's so this method was made for us! 

For the four patch blocks we decided to sew two 2" x WOF strips together and then sub cut 2" x 3 1/2" strips. Then we paired all our sub cut strips together to make all eight four patch blocks. 

Sewing up are block this way speed up the sewing process so much. As a quilter it's always great to find methods or techniques to make your life less stressful and more efficient. 

 

Let me introduce you to Eli, (below) make sure to comment below and get to know Eli. 

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 How did you get into sewing?

Ever since I was little, I always had the interest in learning how to sew, but it wasn’t until my first year in college that I learned how to sew my first outfit, since then, I’ve always loved it.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

 It would be pillow cases. But on my free time at home, I love sewing my own clothes :)

 

Tell us about your first quilting experience… If you could go back and tell past you any advice what would you say?

 My first quilting experience was when I was sewing some pillowcases for Fall 2017 Quilt Market. We had so many products to sew that I barely had time to quilt so I just did straight lines calculating the distance of each line with the walking foot. They came out great though!

If I could go back in time and tell past me any advice I would have said;" hey, take your time to quilt, mark your designs before you quilt and sew at a more slower pace".

 

What is your favorite quilting technique that you use all the time

I would say, English Paper Piecing. Its so fun to do and I love to use this technique for my accessories projects.  Here is an example of one of my favorite accessory projects. 

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Having the right sewing supplies to get the job done right saves a ton of stress. What is one sewing tool you could never live without. 

My fabric marking pen!!! I have the need to mark everything to make sure I get everything right.

 

Finishing a project gives all sewers a rush of happiness. What is your all time favorite sewing project you have completed?

 

It would be the Good Fortune Pillow case from Indigo & Aster collection. I sewed the two pillow cases and quilted both.

 

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These pillows are definitely drool worthy!!! Didn't Eli do a amazing job!? These pillows are going on my to sew list for sure!

 

 Happy Sewing,

Meli


Mother's Day Handmade Gift Guide

Hello, creators!

How’s everyone doing today? As you all may know, “Mother's Day” is almost here! Days like these are very important as we take the time to really appreciate all the super moms out there. Every year, I always try to give my mother the “most perfect, thoughtful” gift and what’s better than something handmade? Since my mom loves to relax at home, I made her a comfy, throw pillow last year for “Mother’s Day.” Overwhelmed with the idea of making her something again this year, I went searching for inspiration in our Lookbooks. As I discovered tons of inspiring projects, I felt the need to share some great gift ideas for every type of mother! Let this guide help you find the most fitting gift for “Mother’s Day” and make your mom feel special.

 

1. For the Homebody

This quilt is made from our Indie Folk collection which is a perfect gift for all those hard-working mom’s that spend their nights unwinding at home, watching movies and getting cozy. I chose this with my mother in mind as she works very hard every day and always loves relaxing at home. If your mom is similar to mine, make this quilt to end her day on a better note!


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2. For the Entertainer

 This table runner is made with our Love Story fabrics and it’s for all the mom’s that always offer their home to host events! They’re passionate about decorating for all holidays and entertaining their guests with the smallest details. Check out how you can make this table runner to complete all of your mothers' home decor dreams.

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3For the Cook

This apron is made from our Indigo & Aster collection which is great for the mothers that enjoy to cook! Whether the meal is for herself or for the family, they take time to always create something delicious! Nothing is better than a homemade meal made from mom, so why not make her a handmade stylish apron?

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4. For the Handbag Lover

 For this kind of mother, it’s hard to narrow it down to one type. So here are three different ideas that speak to me!

Handbag #1 was made with Mediterraneo fabrics which is ideal for any mother who really enjoys an evening out and about. Create this bag with its deep colors that can compliment any evening outfit for a night out on the town!

Bucket Bag #2 was made with Lambkin fabrics and one of the best features is how simple it is! This bag is just one big, classy pocket made for all the minimalist mothers out there. Make it her essential bag!

Amelia Handbag #3 was made with Tallinn fabrics and this bag isn’t just for any ordinary mother but for those that have really have an eclectic, funky style! Make this for her if this matches her style with fun, pink tassels, and fuzzy edges!


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5. For the Traveler

 If you have a mother that’s always looking for the next adventure, I have a great set of gifts you can make for the wanderlust-inspired mom!

#1 This pouch is made with Love Story fabrics and its great to keep small things together in your carry-on bag! It can fit makeup, a passport, or any necessity! You can learn to make this on Maureen’s blog.

#2 Long Flights = Neck pillow + Eyemasks! This set is made with Raise the Volume fabrics and it’s essential for any mother who seeks comfort while flying. Make this for your traveling mom!

#3 No one can leave the house without their wallets right? Check out these wallets made from our Mediterraneo fabrics.  A gift that can go wherever she goes, make it special with this print!


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If you make any of these projects for your mom, please share it with us on social media! Use the hashtag #ArtGalleryFabrics so we can share the love!

 Wishing everyone a Happy Mother’s day!

 - Jannelle

 

 

 

 

 

 


Coastal Calling: Mediterraneo Fabric Collection

A few years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to experience the Mediterranean coast and visited the village of Positano in Italy. For those of you who have traveled to this region or are planning a visit, this place truly awakens all of the senses. From the sights of the magenta bougainvillea that cascade onto the sun-bleached terracotta and peach colored homes, the zesty smell of lemon trees permeating the air and delicious taste of fresh seafood from the Mediterranean sea, it’s simply breathtaking and enchanting! 

Inspired by her childhood memories and summers spent along the Mediterranean coast, our designer Katarina Roccella’s latest collection “Mediterraneo” takes shape with a medley of citrus fruits, cute geckos, olive foliage, vintage maps, tiled patterns and artistic elements from ancient civilizations. I'm sure you'll find endless ideas of how to incorporate this collection into summery sewing projects! Without a doubt, this collection captures the true essence of this part of the world.

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For more coastal-inspired quilts, garments and home décor projects, head over to our lookbook!

 

 

Here's our mesmerizing "Soleil Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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I've included these blenders that can easily coordinate with "Mediterraneo."

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Wait, wait there's more! Enter a chance to win this summery, fabric bundle by signing up to our  giveaway: 

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To enter, please fill the form below. Giveaway ends Friday, May 11th, 2018. Good luck!

Keep creating,

- Sophia

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Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 9 - Double T

Hey there Sewing Friends, 

What's your latest fabric crush? For the past 9 weeks I been crushin' hard for our new Splendid Fusion fabrics! When we caught wind of the sew along  Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell where hosting it wasn't a hard decision at all as to what fabrics we were going to use.  This past week we added a new member to our Production Design department, I am super excited to introduce Jessica to the AGF Team! Turns out we both graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Fashion design degree! It was so much fun sewing up Block 9 of the Community Sampler with her. Learn more about the the Double T Block and all about our newbie below. 

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Meet Jessica! (below) Had the best time chit chatting about our favorite teachers from school and our passion for textile design. Can't wait to see Jessica use all her amazing talents and use them in her new found love for quilting. Jessica_blog





 How did you get into sewing?

 I got into sewing when I was 10 years old, my grandmother was a seamstress and I was always fascinated by  the process.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

 I really don't have a favorite thing to sew in particular, but I do feel excited every time I get to start a new project that I have never work on before. I guess I like to learn new techniques and face new challenges.

 

Having the right sewing supplies to get the job done right saves a ton of stress. What is one sewing tool you could never live without.

 Definitely, a seam ripper. :)

 

Finishing a project gives all sewers a rush of happiness. What is your all time favorite sewing project you have completed?

 My favorite sewing project  was a bathing suit because attaching the elastic was such a challenge. When I finally finished it  I felt super accomplished!

 

Before starting your first quilt block lesson, what was your impression of quilting and how did you feel about doing this for the first time?

Before learning about quilts  I thought of quilts as a bunch of geometric shapes and a artistic way of putting blocks together to create a beautiful bedspread.  I thought that it would be hard to make one but when I made my first block it wasn't hard at all! It does takes a lot of precision and concentration though. I loved it!

 

 What was your favorite part about creating your first quilt block?

 My favorite part was when I was attaching pieces together and I was seeing the block take form.

 

 What advice would you give someone who is new to quilting?

My advice for someone new to quilting is be patience and maintain your seam allowance at ¼ because otherwise it will affect your block.

 

How does it feel to have created your first quilt block?

 I felt happy, to learn how to do flying geese.It seemed so hard when I saw it on a quilt. I learned that it wasn't hard as I thought. 

 

How has your idea of quilting changed after learning more about it?

 It change completely I would never thought in a million years that I would make a quilt, I thought it was complicated but  now I just can’t wait to finish my first quilt!.






Who else is having a blast sewing up their blocks each week?! Here is a peek of all of our blocks. 

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Happy Sewing, 

Meli


AGF Color Master Lemon Green Edition- Beaming Bright Mini Tutorial

Hey Color Lovers, 

What color comes to mind when you hear the word April? After taking a look at all the curated colors from the AGF Color Master Boxes my eyes went straight to the Lemon Green Edition! The warm fuzzy feeling this group of fabrics gave me when sewing up the Beaming Bright Mini made me dream of freshly squeezed lemonade, bbq's with my family, and our tulips planted in the backyard.  Being from Minnesota the grey, cold and dreary days start to take a toll on your spirits. It's amazing how powerful color and light play a role in our happiness. Which is basically what the Lemon Green Color Master Box delivers, happiness in a box. (At least for me :) ) 

Flying geese lovers get ready to make this zesty looking mini below. Let me know what you think in the comments!  Wanna more projects made with this yummy color check out this blog post dedicated to the Lemon Green Color Master Box.

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16 x 16 Finished 

Fabric Used: 

Fabric A-RPT-1707- Saccharine Lemon
Fabric B-BWD-787 -Soda Straws
Fabric C-WOT-31407 -Blooming Brook Sol
Fabric D-HRT-95300 -Blomma Garden Golden
Fabric E-CST-3201 -King’s Road Lemon
Fabric F-CHR-1303 -Love Notes Retro
Fabric G -SGE-14453- Yuma Lemons Mist
Fabric H-UT-14506 -Lucid Hills Amber
Fabric I-PE-446 -Honeydew

Cutting Directions

One (1) 5 1/4” square from Fabric A- H
Thirty Two (32) 2 7/8” squares from Fabric I

Block Instructions:

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Take a 5 1/4" square and four  2 7/8" squares.  These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units. Draw a diagonal lines using a pencil or a water souble pen on the wrong side of the fabric  on each 2 7/8" square.

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Place two  2  7/8" squares at each corner of your 5 1/4" square. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal lines match up to make a straight line.
Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line. 

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Cut piece on the diagonal line you marked.

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Now place a 2 7/8" square at the lower corner of your pieces. Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4". Cut piece on diagonal line and press your flying geese open.

Repeat this process for your remaining fabric pieces. 

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Now we are going to make a total of four Dutchman's Puzzle Blocks. Check out the AGF Quilt Block Collection on our YouTube to find a great video about the Dutchman's Puzzle Block

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Sew your flying geese together following the block design below. 
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Sew your blocks together to get this lively looking mini. I decided to use a lemon color thread to match my project and kept the quilting simple but plenty, matchstick quilting  1/4" to 1/2" apart.

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 I used the "Yuma Lemons Mist" print for my backing and I love the backing just as much as my quilt top. 

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I binded my mini with the "King's Road Lemon" squared element blender which tied the whole thing together.  Squared Elements are my go to binding fabrics for almost any project.

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 Looking for more  mini quilt patterns! Check out the mini's from the previous months.

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SunSet Rays Mini

Nature Lover Mini

 Wood Trails Mini

Rustic Crossroads Mini

Let it Snow Mini

Water Ripple Mini

 From the Heart Mini

Lucky Emerald Mini

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli