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August- Mystery Monday

Hi Makers,

One of my favorite memories as a kid was playing “I Spy” with my parents during long, road trips. For those of you who might not know, it’s a game where one person will describe a small detail of something they see, and everyone else has to try and guess first what they are looking at. My dad especially was really good at this game because he would notice something so small, and it had people in the car guessing forever! It was such a fun game, and it made the car drive a lot faster!

Mystery Monday

Here we are now, playing a better version of “I Spy”- AGF style. Welcome to another month, another Mystery Monday! A giveaway that you actually don’t know what you are getting until we reveal the winner and where you have to guess what the theme of the bundle deciphering small hints in the picture, below. Good luck at taking a guess, and make sure to follow the rules below!

Can you guess what's inside the bag?! To enter the giveaway, make sure to do the following:

  1. *Comment below with what you think is in the "mystery bag."
  2. *Fill out the form below.
  3. *Share this blog post with a friend!

HERE'S YOUR HINT! :)

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Let the guessing begin!

Make sure to stay tuned to our blog for the REVEAL (next Tuesday, September 4th) of what's inside this mystery bag.

 

---------GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED--------- Thank you for playing! 

Put those thinking caps on and good luck!

- Jannelle

 

 

 

 

 

 


AGF Loved to Pieces Blog Party Recap

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Hello Makers, 

Have you ever sewn for a Blog Tour? For those of you that are like wait..., what's a Blog Tour, it’s basically hosted by an individual who asks their sewing friends or puts out a open call for makers to be apart of creating a cool project that will later be shared on the makers blog on the day they are given. Well, I am super excited to share with you that Mister Domestic ( a.k.a Mathew  Boudreaux) has just wrapped up a jaw dropping Loved to Pieces Blog PARTY!!! Why have a normal “Blog Tour” when you can turn it into a party!? His party started on July 16th and came to an end on August 10th. Twenty- Two amazing makers took part in this event making a project with Mister Domestic’s debut collection for AGF called Loved to Pieces!  I am so happy to recap all the great projects that were made, sit back and enjoy all the projects made with Loved to Pieces Fabric!



Neighbors Quilt designed by Amanda Woodruff of A Crafty Fox  

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To start off the party Amanda from A Crafty Fox created this stunning quilt! I loved reading her blog post where she describes the process of the creation of this quilt. She talks about her quilt not coming out how she initially sketched it out to be and how the creative process sometimes takes you in a different direction that you didn't expect but turns out even better than you planned! Head over to her post and read about how this quilt got its name! Such an inspiring post!

Endless Summer Tablerunner by Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs

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Another one of our amazing designers Sharon Holland, made this super fresh and modern looking table runner called Endless Summer. She has a created a great step by step tutorial that's super easy to follow.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of sewing a project made by Sharon your in for a real treat. She is impeccable with her pattern writing and I always feel confident  when sewing up her patterns.

 

Kate Skirt Pattern by Angela Wolf of Angela Wolf Pattern Collection

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Angela Wolf may have just created the perfect summer outfit! Using the “Gladiolumns DeepBluem” rayon print from Loved to Pieces Fabrics she sewed up the Kate Skirt Pattern  with a cute basic tank made with AGF Solid Knit  to go with. This tank and skirt combo is so flattering and a great addition to your wardrobe in the last few hot weeks of summer!

 

The Jessica Dress sewn  by Brittany Jones

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How cute are these two!? Brittany Jones used the “Striped Flow Rainbow” print and sewed up the cutest dresses for her and her little one! I looooove the extra details she added to her dress with the crossgrain stripes at the bottom, the great snap embellishments and the tie straps creates a nice delicate touch!

 

 Eclipse Quilt by Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts

  July 20 - Sharon McConnell 2

I am such a fan of all of Sharon McConnell’s quilts and the Eclipse Quilt is definitely no exception. If you are like me and scared of sewing patterns with curved pieces don’t worry! Sharon has created the Classic Curve Ruler’s which caters to fast, easy and accurate cutting. Head over to her blog for tips and tricks on sewing curves!

 

Sew Box  sewn by Elina Temmes of Elina Temmes 

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Elina went wild and created such a great assortment of projects for the Loved to Pieces Blog Party! Head over to her Instagram to check out all of her makes! Two of my faves has to be the Sew Box she created to store all her sewing essentials! I love the star detail on the top of the case and how she selected the “Striped Flow Rainbow” print for the sides of the box.

 Another one of my faves is definitely this hexie zipper pouch! I loved how she fussy cutted so many great designs from various prints from the Loved to Pieces Collections.

 

Ferry Crossing Quilt by  Meghan Buchanan of Then Came June

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Meghan Buchanan made a great throw version of her Ferry Crossing quilt pattern showcasing the “Anthonem Serene” print! This low volume beauty is so refreshing and inviting. Head over to Meghan’s blog to see more fun photos of the Ferry Crossing Quilt. As I was visiting her blog I came across a fun sew along she is hosting with her Ghost Quilt Pattern which I thought was pretty darn cute and I am always on the lookout for new sew alongs! :)

 

 Scallop Quilt by Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft

July 24 - Nicole 1

Ever sew a scallop quilt before? I haven’t and I am loving the look of Nicole’s Quilt, can’t wait for the release of her new pattern August 14th! She mixed white and blue prints  from Loved to Pieces with a great shade of AGF Solid Denim and I am really loving the placement of color!  Head to her blog to check out the cute last min pillow she embellished with leftover scraps of fabric!

 

Colleen Tote Bag by Cristy Stuhldreher of I Love You Sew

July 25 - Cristy

Cristy sewed up such a chic looking tote with the “Mandala Drops Midnight” print for the exterior and  “Pieced Bunches Cool” to give the lining a pop of color. Definitely won’t have to worry about losing your items in this tote with it’s nice roomy zipper and slip pocket. Head over to her blog to check out the cute hardware’s she incorporated into her bag.

 

 Luminescent Quilt Kate Basti of Quilt with Kate

July 26 - Kate

 If your a flying geese fan like me there is no doubt you aren’t going to fall in love with Kate’s Luminescent Quilt! She had a blast fussing cutting the florals from the “ Anthomen Festive” print and I love how this fabric pops when being surrounded by the bright pinks of the “Efflorescent Fuchsia” print.  

 

Shoreline Boat Neck pattern sewn by Courtney Davis, posted on Melly Sews

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Courtney Davis made the Shoreline Boat Neck pattern with a cute little twist! The bows she added to the ends of the sleeves are so adorable and creates a fun, feminine touch. She sewed up this great top in the “Efflorescent Celeste” knit fabric which is just the prettiest shade of pale blue.

 

 Open Back Top by  Mimi Goodwin of Mimi G Style

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This tank is  truly a must make and has been added to my to sew list! The open back is pretty cute, I could also see making a bunch of spaghetti straps and filling in the open space with a strappy look! AGF has a great assortment of Rayon Solids and prints but the  “Gladiolumns Deepbluem” rayon print has quickly become one of my all time faves and looks gorgeous made up in this tank!

 

Lone Star Quilt by Kim Niedzwiecki of Go Go Kim

July 30 - Kim

Kim has created such a stunning Lone Star Quilt with the blue, green and white prints from Loved to Pieces fabrics. Placement of fabrics are key to creating a successful Lone Star Quilt and I can definitely say Kim did a phenomenal job! Head over to her post to hear about her quilt photography adventure! :)

 

Linden Sweatshirt sewn by Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle

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If you haven’t heard of the Linden Sweatshirt Pattern, let me introduce you to a perfect basic garment  you will want to make over and over again in many different fabrics. Tara modified her Linden Sweatshirt by weaving  the back panel . Never weaved fabric before? Tara is the inventor of the WEFTY Needle which aides you in the weaving process and is a awesome tool to have in your sewing arsenal. Head over to her blog to read all about the step by step process of her Woven Linden Sweatshirt!

 

Harlequin  Quilt sewn by Saija Kiiskinen of Saija Kiiskinen

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I love scrolling though Saija’s instagram  ,full of amazing photography of her amazing makes! She did a amazing job sewing up the Harlequin quilt pattern using a great selection of Loved to Pieces Fabrics! Head over to her blog to see a bonus project she made to go with her quilt!

 

Urchin Mini by Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth

August 2 - Jodi

 Jodi from Tales of Cloth is a EPP master in my book! I always get excited to see what new projects she sews up next! She created this cute mini showcasing the lovely blue prints from Loved to Pieces Fabric and fussy cutting the sweet flowers from “Anthomen Serene” for the center! It’s safe to say everyone is enjoying the fussy cutting possibilities of this print!  

 

Pickled Fish Quilt sewn by  Brett Lewis of Natural Born Quilter

August 5 - Brett 2

All I can say is WOOOOW! Brett used the most exciting and striking colors from AGF pure element fabrics and mixed it so perfectly with Loved to Pieces fabrics.

I enjoyed reading about his piecing and quilting process so make sure to pop over to his blog to hear how he made the most comfiest quilt.

 

Obsession Quilt by Karen Tripp of The DIY Addict

August 6 - Karen 2

Karen new right away she wanted to create a EPP project with Loved to Pieces Fabrics because... yep, you guessed it, it’s absolutely amazing fussy cutting possibilities. She created blocks using her Obsession Quilt pattern but appliqued them to square blocks of fabric to create a faster quilt top! What a great idea!

 

 “Kid Sized” Quilt by Tracy Martin of Tracy Bug Creative

  August 7 - Tracy

Loved to Pieces fabric is inspired by Mathew’s daughter Helena and her love for flowers, which is why Tracy decided to create a quilt with Helena’s name on it! This heart warming quilt I am sure will be loved and cherished for years to come!

 

Flourish Cushion Cushion by Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 8 - Sharon Burgess 1

 Sharon Burgess made the most festive pillow by sewing up a EPP block from her Flourish Quilt pattern. I could totally see my 11 year old niece loving this vibrant pillow! She also made a cutest boxy pouch with pom poms so make sure to head to her blog to check it out! 

 

Quilt -As-You -GO Zipper Pouch by Maureen Cracknell of Maureen Cracknell Handmade

 
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Maureen Cracknell is another one of our fabulous fabric designers at AGF and like always I am blown away by her project! She is famous for making the cutest Quilt-As- You- Go zipper pouches. If you haven’t made one before head over to her blog but I warn you these cute lil pouches are addicting, probably because they come together so quickly. She ended up making 20 of them, the pictures in her post all definitely drool worthy!

 

Pinky Promise Bag sewn by Kylie Gersekowski of Little Moo Designs

August 10 - Kylie 3

Kylie made the cutest little bag for Mathew’s daughter Helena with the bright bold pink from “Efflorescent Fuchsia”  for the flap and AGF Solid Smooth denim for the front and oh boy it just pops! I love how she used a different fabric for the sides of the bag and strap making it super colorful and playful. She made a second project that is perfect to store all your sewing essentials on the go so head over to her blog to check it out!



It’s was such a treat reading all the post and seeing so many great projects  from all the participants in the Loved to Pieces Blog Party! I am so inspired by this great group of people and have added quite a few more projects to my to sew list!  


Cristy Stuhldreher of I Love You Sew said it best, “When Mathew Boudreaux throws a party, you know it’s gonna be big and fabulous!  

Here is a look at all the lovely faces that took part of Mister Domestic's Blog Party! I encourage you to check out their blogs and get to know these wonderful people that are apart of this amazing quilting and sewing community! 

Makers

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


My Photo Stash - Magnificent Sunset

Hello my fellow makers!

It's been a while since I've written here, and I've missed sharing and chatting with you about all things fabric. This time I'm back to share a new source of inspiration that I've found for my personal projects and that's keeping me joyfully busy these days. I will call it "My Photo Stash." It all started with a photograph I took on a day in which the forecast said it would be nothing but grey skies and pouring rain. I took advantage of the fact that the sky was clear (contrary to what the forecast predicted) to hop on a bike and ride around for a bit... And then the sunset did this:

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It is not the best quality photograph, but I love that it reminds me of how nature constantly amazes us. The combination of colours is so striking that it gave me the idea of taking a moment we captured on camera and translating it into fabric choices for the making of an heirloom. Wouldn't it be beautiful to gift someone a photo of a shared moment, and something made inspired by it? Even a bundle of the fabrics next to the photo. I would love receiving that.

For my interpretation I chose seven colours from our Pure Elements line (from top to bottom): Ocean Waves, Tranquil Waters, Very Berry, Apricot Crepe, Empire Yellow, Purple Pansy & Purple Wine.

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I would love to know if you've used photos as inspiration for quilts or projects (maybe garments, too?). I am looking forward to seeing your own "Photo Stashes" and please stay tuned to see the project I will be making with these fabrics. If you love this "Magnificent Sunset" combination let me know in the comments and I might do a giveaway of this fabric selection.

Rock n' sew!

Lauv


Upcoming Fabric Collection Reveals - Fall / Winter 2018

 
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Hello Fabric Lovers, 

Are you ready?! Yes, it is that time of year once again, where Art Gallery Fabrics reveals their upcoming fabric collections for Fall / Winter 2018! As a fabric lover/ AGF Fan I am like a kid at Christmas excited to finally see what all of our amazing AGF fabric designers have been working so hard on the past few months! I am truly blown away every collection reveal being able to see so many gorgeous designs. I immediately start dreaming of all the projects I want to make with all the different collections! All of our designers are amazingly talented individuals with  unique styles, coming from so many different backgrounds which ends up creating  special fabric collections that our made with love, purpose and with you mind. Without further ado, below you will get a glimpse of all the great new fabrics to come!

Which collections are you excited to start working with? Click  the pictures below to view all the prints in each collection. Check out the videos below where each designer shares their inspiration behind their new collection.  Happy exploring and don't forget to mark the dates on your calendar for the release of each collection! :) 

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  Virtuosa

Inspired by the days of performing in theatre, our designer Bari J shines the spotlight on romantic and bold prints that take center stage in this fabric collection. With a distinct color palette filled with jewel-tones, there’s no doubt that these fabrics fuse together harmony, opulence, and of course, drama!

Right away I am thinking of home decor projects, pillows, table clothes, wall hangings, my mind is spinning with sewing possibilities. Bari J is famous for her hand painted florals that are masterpieces in themselves which is why I would use a lot of her prints for the backing of my quilts or even make whole cloth quilts to enjoy the beauty of her lushes floral designs. 

 

 

Collection-2Little-clementine

“Little Clementine” is  adorned with enchanted forests and ditsy florals, these prints tell the story of Little Clementine, a little girl who enjoys reading books and befriending forest creatures like bears and rabbits. With nostalgic and whimsical elements, these fabrics are filled with soft, autumnal tones that make this collection, an extra cozy one!

I got my rotary cutter and fussy cut rulers ready to start cutting the cute elements out of these precious fabrics! We all know people that have little ones in there lives and this collection possess amazing opportunities for creating nursery decor! 

 

 

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Sonata

Inspired by the classical music of Ludwig van Beethoven, our designer Amy Sinibaldi takes us on a musical journey with her latest collection “Sonata". Composed of romantic prints, these fabrics include symphony instruments, harmonious florals like edelweiss, and ornate windows that overlook the wondrous city of Vienna.

Any music lovers out there? As we all in our own way cherish the sounds of music and the happiness it brings, it's super fun to be able to have this sweet fabric collection to add to our to sew list! The color palette in this collection is the first thing that stops me in my tracks, I always look to Amy for collections that have a soft, delicate touch! 

 

 

Collection-4 Aura
Embark on a tropical adventure with Mister Domestic’s fabric collection, “Aura.” Gathering inspiration from his own travels to Hawaii with his daughter, these fabrics highlight whimsical sea creatures and mesmerizing, geometric designs. With a vibrant color palette, these lush flora and fauna prints will instantly transport your sewing room into a Polynesian paradise!

Having never been to Hawaii I would definitely say sewing with this collection might be the second best thing! This collection being Mister Domestic's second collection with AGF I can safely say that he has truly found his signature style. 

 

Collection-5 Legendary

Using passion and persistence as her creative fuel, Pat Bravo has created 40 fabric collections over the past fourteen years and “Legendary” celebrates this artistic journey! With striking colors and energetic prints, these fabrics feature the “best selling” designs through the years while honoring Pat’s signature style.

Being a fan of Pat's designs for many years I have fallen in love with her use of color and free-spirited  bohemian style. She did a phenomenal job carefully selecting each one of these designs and recoloring them in ways that bring a whole new identity to the print! I am very much looking forward to sewing so many new project with this exquisite collection. 

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Striped
Go bold or go home! Our latest “Striped Knits” now include 4 NEW BOLD STRIPES PRINTS that are 1” inch wide, so you can play with variations of scale and contrast in your sewing projects. These striped fabrics have a four-way stretch, incredibly soft, and are very “forgiving” on your sewing machine. Without a doubt, you’ll want to wear whatever you make, all day long.  

For years I have been on myself to create more garments for myself. Last New Year's Eve, a few of my sewing friends and I pledged to not buy any new clothes for the year of 2018. With 2019 approaching I think I am set to go another year with out purchasing any new outfits, especially with all the great knit fabrics that AGF offers! 

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Floral-elements

For your color mood! If you didn’t know, “Floral Elements” is one of our original AGF blender lines that has been essential to complement most of our main fabric designs. This time around, we added 6 NEW COLORS to this line. With these new vivid and textural colors, you’ll have even more options to mix and match in your sewing projects.

AGF Blenders are my go to for background fabrics and for mixing and matching into my quilt designs. These fantastic new colors are so striking and will  for sure make a great addition to my future quilts! 

 

Collection-8 Sunkissed
With Maureen Cracknell's new collection called “Sun Kissed," we’re venturing to tropical climates.  Inspired by soaking up the sunshine, this collection features cheerful suns, tropical botanicals, and colorful pool tiles. With a color palette of ocean blues, cherry reds, and citrus yellows, these fabric prints truly create a relaxing “island escape” feel!

This collection is being released in the most perfect time of year, with  December being one of the coldest months out of the year this collection will have us day dreaming of warm weather and summer time outfits! Any of you taking a Winter Holiday to some place warm? This collection calls for the creation of  cruise wear and beach bags! 

 

Collection-9 Art-district

A bite-size collection featuring AGF designers, Dana Willard, Caroline Hulse, Pat Bravo and AGF studio, “Art District Fusion” mixes together a wide array of expressive textures and bright colors. With painterly marks and strokes, these prints celebrate the “beat and pulse” of the artistic community here in Miami. With fun, eye-catching designs, this collection is fit for anyone who appreciates discovering “hidden art” while exploring the streets of an art district.

I love the concept of AGF's Fusion collections because there is a theme that caters to all the people in your life and since they are bite size collections consisting of 10 prints they are so easy to work with. Pick a few of your favorite AGF Blenders and your favorite Fusion collection and your well on your way to creating something new and fantastic! 

 

 

Collection-10 Silkroad

“Silk Road Fusion” transports us to Asia, highlighting ancient Asian techniques of brushwork modernized with geometrics. This collection creates an exotic mix of what’d you discover while traveling the trading route that connected the East to the West. These bold, impactful designs celebrate “old world meets new world” craftsmanship and also serve as a reminder to never to forget the past. 

SUPER excited about this brand new Fusion, with black and red being colors you don't see too much in AGF Fabric Collections, I am thrilled to start sewing with this incredible color palette.

 


 

I hope you are as excited as I am to start sewing with these lovely new collections! Any future plans in the works using these inspiring new collections? Can't wait to see what you all make! :)

Click the LookBook below for more insight on our upcoming collections! 

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Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 

 

 


Collection Reveals!

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Hello, Makers!

If you don't know already, we’ll be launching what we’ve been working on the past few months, our NEXT ROUND OF FABRIC COLLECTION REVEALS! Make sure to follow us on our social media accounts to see your favorite designers reveal their upcoming prints! 

Stay tuned EVERY DAY THIS WEEK to see new collections from AGF Studio, Bari J., Amy Sinibaldi, Mister Domestic, Pat Bravo, Maureen Cracknell and more

Here are our social media handles: 

Instagram/ IGTV: @ArtGalleryFabrics

Facebook: @ArtGalleryFabrics

Twitter: @ArtGalleryFab

 

Is there a certain designer you’re super excited to see?!

 


Chevron Piecing!

Did you know that the "Chevron" design is also called "Herringbone"? This amazing zig-zag pattern can be found in ancient Grecian pottery dating from 1800 B. C. and even though it sounds like a long time ago, today the classic pattern continues to make a great presence in fashion, film, corporate graphics, and of course quilting.

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Inspired on the organic and modern "Gathered" collection, we will be learning how to make a chevron pillow top using strips sets made of  Always & Always Luminance (Fabric A) and Aerial Clay (Fabric B).

The first step is to cut your strips, eight (8) width of fabric x 2 1/2" strips from fabric A and six (6) width of fabric x 2 1/2" strips from fabric B.

Then make two strip sets: A - B - A - B- A - B - A.

Subcut 2 1/2" strips from the strip sets using the 30 degree guide from the ruler. Make sure that if the strips from the first block are cut to the left, the strips from the second block are cut in the opposite direction.

 

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