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Charleston Quilt Featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting

Hey there sewing friends, 

What are some of your favorite quilting/sewing magazines? We are excited to share a quilt we designed for Issue 51 in one of our favorite quilting magazines, Love Patchwork & Quilting! We are always inspired by their beautiful photography, cute projects and super informative and clever articles! Also all the fun free sewing gifts that come with every issue.

We had the pleasure of making a quilt with Charleston fabrics and Les Petits fabrics by Amy Sinibaldi mixed with our smooth denim and yarn dye fabrics from the AGF Denim Studio! It was as if Charleston fabrics were made to be mixed with our denim fabric. All the step by step instructions for this quilt can be found in Issue 51 of Love Patchwork & Quilting! For a chance to win a free copy fill out the form below! 

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We love how the bold colors of our yarn dye fabrics add such a pleasant and complementing contrast to the quilt. The blocks are large and easy to assemble which makes this quilt a breeze to sew. Placing the blocks on point and alternating their placements turns this quilt into a jaw dropper. 

We wanted to keep the quilting basic and simple but we love a quilt that is densely quilted because it drapes so much more beautifully. We used this lovely organic etch n' sketch design that is so pleasing to the eye.  Quilting is always a therapeutic process for us especially when quilting on our HQ Avanté

The color of the thread you quilt with is more important than you think. Sometimes picking the wrong color can over power your quilt and take away from the aesthetics of the quilt design. We chose a pretty blush color thread which matches back to many of the prints in the Charleston collection. 

 

 To share our love of quilting with AGF denim we have a wonderful giveaway for you!

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Congrats Paulette Eccleston and Jennifer Roth you are the winners of the LPQ and AGF Bundle Giveaway! Please check your emails! :)

 

 

The Wondrous World of Blithe by Katarina Roccella

Hello fabulous makers!

Isn’t it crazy how we’re only a few days away from the first day of winter? Unlike us in South Florida, many of you are already experiencing colder weather. One thing that’s great about the cool temperatures is that you feel more encouraged to stay indoors and sew! This is the perfect time to work on all your UFO’s, start new cozy quilts, and sew all kinds of winter garments.

One collection that’s ideal for winter is Blithe by Katarina Roccella. This beautiful collection is filled with frosty trees, confident deer, and subdued colors that will have you sewing in a winter wonderland. We must admit that this season, we’ll be experiencing winter vicariously through this collection.

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One thing I truly love about Blithe is that it was inspired by a beautiful quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”  Katarina beautifully translates this quote visually through her use of grays, deep plum, and cool shades of blue.

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We prepared a wondrous look book for you to feast your eyes on mesmerizing quilts, comfy garments, and classy home décor. Check it out!

 

Oh, And this "Windowscape" FREE QUILT PATTERN is waiting for you to sew it! Doesn't it look cozy?

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Have some fun mixing and matching fabrics with this color guide. Choose your favorite coordinating blenders and start sewing!

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Now for the best part… If you want a magical bundle of Blithe fabrics by Katarina Roccella, make sure to enter our giveaway!

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To enter simply fill the form below! Giveaway ends Monday, December 19th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with Blithe. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful projects you’ll make!

Till next time,

Stephanie

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CONGRATULATIONS Brooke Osborne, you've won the Blithe Giveaway! Check your email:)

 

P.S. Check out this video for some fun moments from the Blithe photoshoot. Enjoy!


All you need to know about quilt batting!

Hey fabric lovers!

Don’t you think choosing the batting for your project gets confusing sometimes? For me, it does. Especially because there are so many options to choose from. So, I decided to research more about the different types of batting to help you understand how you can use them. Now, let's talk about batting!

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How to choose the perfect batting for your project?

The batting can make a quilt flat, puffy, or stiff because it comes in different thicknesses. That’s why you first have to decide how you want your quilt to look. Also, make sure to always choose a batting that complements the purpose of your finished project because the type of the batting will affect the way your quilt looks!

For example:

Warmth:  Since cotton batting absorbs moisture. This makes them cool in the summer and warm during winter. Also, you can use wool to provide warmth but they weigh more than the cotton ones.

Drapability: The density or sparseness of the quilting and the thickness of the batting will affect how your quilt will look when it's finished. Polyester and bamboo batting drape better than cotton and wool batting.

Washability: Be very careful with this one. Cotton and bamboo batting can shrink when washed while wool and polyester batting resist shrinking. It all depends on how you crinkly you want your quilt to look.

Resiliency: Is the batting’s ability to regain its original shape.  

Fiber content: There are two types. Natural and synthetic fibers.

Price: Cotton and wool are the most expensive ones. Polyester batting is the least expensive.

Types of batting:

Well, since now you know some characteristics of the batting let’s get more specific and learn more about some different types of batting!

Cotton batting:  It’s made with natural fibers and that’s what makes it very soft and comfort.

Polyester batting: Holds its shape and thickness. What’s good about polyester is that it keeps you warm but it doesn’t weight. It also resists mold and mildew, but it’s non-breathable.

Wool batting: It’s used for warmth. This is a natural option just like cotton. Wool is crease resistant it holds its shape and springs back.

Bamboo batting:  It’s breathable and machine washable but it shrinks a little bit, about 2-3% shrinkage.

Fusible batting: This batting has a fusible web so you can baste the layers together. When using this type of batting make sure to put the wool setting on your iron. This type of batting is great for small projects it can be ironed to temporarily secure it into the middle of a quilt and it will save you time basting.


Oh! There are some popular question you guys might be interested in…

How should I wash my quilt?

In my opinion, all quilts should be washed with care. It doesn’t matter if they are old or new. It’s better if you wash them by hand or in a washer on the light/gentle cycle and using cool water and also when drying the dryer should be on the lowest heat setting. I would also recommend air dry them if you can.

What is the warmest batting?

The warmth of a quilt is affected by the fibers used and by the amount of quilting in the quilt. You know what’s very interesting? That a quilt with larger air pockets provide more storage for warm air. Therefore, a quilt that is extremely closely quilted will not provide as much warmth as the one that is quilter 2-4’’ apart.  Also, silk and wool are considered the warmest fibers. OH! And polyester retains warmth too.

Note: Cotton breathes so that makes it cool in the summer and warm during winter. Wool also breathes, it absorbs moisture well which makes it comfortable in damp climates. Polyester doesn’t breathe which makes it warm all year long.

Do you need to prewash the batting?

Well, well... This question is a little subjective. Most battings can be prewashed but you don’t have to do it. Let’s say you accidentally spilled juice or any kind of liquid on it you can wash it but if nothing happens to it you don’t really need to.

Note: Cotton, bamboo and wool battings shrink after you wash the quilt. It will create that shrink quilt look that you will either love or hate. (I would recommend testing it if it’s your first time doing this)

What’s the purpose of your quilt?

Well, before you make your final decision, think about the purpose of your finished quilt. For example, these are some of the purposes I can think of: a baby quilt that will need to be washed a couple times a week, a bed quilt that will be washed and used for a long time, a decorative quilt that will be hanging on a wall and needs to stay flat on the wall, a table runner or a place mat that will need to be washed at least every two weeks. This is just to give you an idea about the purpose of your quilt and then you can decide which batting will work better for you. 

I know, choosing the right batting can take time but it all depends what you want the final product to look like. Once you do it a couple of times, choosing the right batting will become easier and faster.

 

I hope you learned something new about batting! Let me know in the comments, what kind of batting you like to use in your quilts.

 

I hope you all enjoyed,

Caro!

 

 

Sources:

"Quilt Batting - Types and Choosing the Right One." Quilt Batting - Types and How to Choose the Right One -- CreateForLess. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

"A Guide to Batting." A Guide to Batting - Quilting Tutorial from ConnectingThreads.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.

"How to Choose Quilt Batting: Tips to Keep in Mind." The Craftsy Blog. N.p., 2015. Web. 30 Nov. 2016.


Fall 2016 Quilt Market Recap

Hey fabulous makers!

I hope everyone had a great week! Now that we’re back from Quilt Market we’re ready to start showing off our upcoming collections. But before we do that, we have to show you a glimpse of our time at the trade show. We’ve prepared a re-cap for you to experience all the fun we had at the show!

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For this year’s concept, we designed an open plan booth surrounded by themes of color. We wanted to show off all the bright colors in our fabrics. So, the best way of doing this was by creating color stories with handmade products and inspirational images. Our layout reminded me so much of the beautiful merchandising of retails stores like Anthropologie.

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One of my favorite parts of the booth was the floor. I know it sounds bizarre, but it was amazing! We covered the black convention center floor with patterned decals that said LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. I thought it was a beautiful way of summing up our ideas and all of the things we love.

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But the most exciting part of this year’s Quilt Market in Houston was that we won the 1st Place Multiple Booths Award! We were over the moon when we heard the announcement and they came to hand us the award. This showed us that hard work pays off and we were so happy to share our joy with everyone who came by our booth.

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To take a glimpse at Quilt Market with an AGF twist, I invite you to view this video re-cap we’ve prepared for you (and you get to see me as the host (✿◠‿◠)). Enjoy!

I hope you had fun watching our re-cap video and that you felt like you were there with us.

Feel free to tell us about your favorite parts of the video in the comments.

 

See ya!

-Stephanie


LIVE from Quilt Market in Houston

Hey there, beautiful makers!

One of our favorite times of the year has arrived! It’s time for FALL QUILT MARKET in Hosuton, TX! Over the past weeks you got to see all the amazing fabric collections we have prepared for you this season and now we get to show them off to all your favorite shops. Since Quilt Market is only open for industry professionals (fabric shops, long arm quilters, pattern makers, etc.) we know it’s a bummer that all of you awesome makers can’t come.

But that’s not going to stop us from bringing you with us! Get ready to take a tour of our Quilt Market Booth, LIVE on Facebook. Stay tuned on Sunday, October 30th around 2:00 pm EST to see how creative our booth design is this time! Also, make sure to keep your eyes glued to our Instagram account to see all of our antics from the moment we build our booth. We can’t wait to show you everything!

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Hope you see us at Quilt Market!

-Stephanie


10 quilt blocks we love!

Hello Hello!

Have you ever wondered what are some of our go-to quilt blocks?

Well, here at AGF HQ we like every single quilt block but, as everyone else we have our favorite ones! I made a little graphic to show you which ones are our favorite ones and I will show you some pictures of quilt's we have made in the past with some of these quilt blocks!  

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The reason why we love these 10 quilt blocks is because you can arrange them differently and they will always look good. Another good thing is that some of them are easy to make for beginners! Depending on the fabric you use, you can give your quilts that "traditional" or "modern" touch. Also, these quilt blocks are very popular because they have been around since day one.

What I found very interesting about the quilt blocks is that when I first started working in this industry I didn’t imagine quilts involved math in the making process. For me it just looked like something super complicated and almost impossible to make. Then, I realized how something so complicated can be simple! ( Wait, I’m not saying quilting is easy) but at first it just looked impossible to me. Oh! And in case you didn’t know, the names given to the quilt blocks are deeply rooted in the history of America. For example: religion, historical events, environment, everyday objects and the influences upon quilter lives.

Now, let me show you  quilts we have made with some of these blocks!

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FREE quilt pattern "Llano Street" Featuring Morning Walk fabrics

Here you can see the Flying Geese quilt block. We love using a fresh combination of colors we used to create this beautiful quilt! Click here to download pattern.  


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FREE quilt pattern "Abundance" Featuring Curiosities Fabrics

Here, you can see the nine patch block. This block is fun to use when mixing and matching differnt prints. Click here to download the pattern


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FREE quilt pattern. Featuring Cherie Fabrics

In this quilt you can see the log cabin block. Don't the subtle colors make this quilt look calming? Click here to download pattern


Oh well, if it was for me I would show you 1000 pictures of different quilts! They are all beautiful! Before I forget, I would like to invite you to check out our website because we have TONS of free quilt patterns! You can find quilt patterns for every taste and every level.

I hope you all enjoyed!

 

Lots of love,

Caro 

 

 

Just in case you want to know where I found this cool info!

Source:

Quilt Blocks. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2016, from http://www.quilting-in-america.com/quilt-blocks.html

 


The Big Electric Quilt + AGF Giveaway!

Hey there!

I hope everyone is doing great! Today, is a special day for us because we’re helping the Electric Quilt Company celebrate their 25th Anniversary! Yay! Since this is a huge milestone for them, they’re having a yearlong celebration and we get to takeover for the month of August. :D

Over the past years, Electric Quilt has not only changed the way makers design quilts but also provided resources for people learning how to quilt. It’s amazing how Penny and Dean, the founders of EQ had a vision to improve the way quilts are made and they changed the lives of many makers!

Here’s a little video that shows the first time Penny showed the software to the public on national TV. I encourage you to read the history of EQ, it's so interesting!

In addition, every year Electric Quilt provides downloads of a variety of fabrics scanned to scale for you to instantly visualize the final look of your quilt. These extra downloads for the software are known as EQ Stash. AGF has been happy to be featured in many versions of EQ stash (you can read about the 2016 download 1 and download 2 here)! This is why we’re excited to announce that we’ve paired up with EQ to have an EPIC GIVEAWAY to celebrate their 25 years!

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Have a chance to win the latest version of Electric Quilt 7 (Value: $189.95) along with a half yard bundle of AGF prints featured in the 2016 downloads of EQ Stash! Simply fill out the form below to enter the giveaway. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Visit the EQ blog for a chance to win 15 YARDS of our fabrics! Just imagine the possibilities with Electric Quilt and AGF…

Best of luck to everyone!

Xoxo,

Stephanie

 

Giveaway will run from August 10th -25th. Winner will be chosen using random.org and will be announced on August 25, 2016 by 12:00pm EST.

 


 

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CONGRATULATIONS Jennifer Hack, you've won the Electric Quilt 7 software and a curated bundle of AGF! Check your email.

 

The Art of Mutual Learning: Piecing the Quilt

Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone is having an awesome day! I’m back to tell you all about my sewing journey! If you haven’t been able to keep up, check out my posts about the inspiration behind my project and my struggles with the quarter inch seam allowance. Today, I finally get to tell you about how I put my mini quilt together.

Once I had all my 2.5” by 2.5” squares cut, I began to place them on our giant batting wall to visualize how the mini was going to look. It seems silly, but I was so fascinated at how the fabrics stick to the batting!

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Then the real fun started… I finally started sewing together the pieces of my quilt! At first, putting the little squares together wasn’t so difficult until I started piecing the bigger blocks. That’s when my frustrations began because I just couldn’t get matching seams. It drove me crazy!

In some cases I had to redo the seams like ten times. Honestly, it took me a few days to just piece the top because I kept redoing everything. I thought I was never going to finish…but that battle was fought and my quilt began looking more like my initial sketch.

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Once the top was done, I put together my quilt sandwich and got ready to quilt it. For the backing, I chose Solid Smooth Denim from the Denim Studio by AGF in Afternoon Sail and decided to quilt it with wide diagonal lines so that the design could stand out.

Quilting was probably one of the easier things I’ve done during this process. It was actually kind of relaxing because I just followed the movement of the machine as I reflected about the project and other things could make.

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Last but not least, I had reached the final step…BINDING! I was so excited when I reached this step because I was a few stitches away from finishing my quilt. That afternoon, I measured my strips, sewed the binding, and that was it. I had succeeded in learning how to sew a mini quilt!

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The journey may be over but you still haven’t seen my completed quilt! Stay tuned to see the full reveal of my mini quilt along, with the one Lauv (my teacher) made!

Thanks for following my journey!

 

Till next time,

Stephanie

 






Stash Builder Box: A Subscription with a Good Cause

Hi wonderful fabric collectors!

I don’t know about you, but I love receiving packages! Even if I know what I purchased, there’s something so exciting about coming home from the AGF HQ and seeing a box waiting for me at the door. For all of you fabric lovers out there, imagine receiving happy mail with not just fabrics but also fun sewing related products! I know it sounds like a dream!

This dream can come true with the Stash Builder Box, a subscription service where every month you receive a box with a few specially curated fabric prints, notions, and other sewing related goodies. The best part of this new service is that 20% of all the proceeds from every single box sale goes towards making quilts for kids in need.  What can be better than replenishing your stash for a great cause?

Plus, you choose the fabrics you’ll receive! Every month, Stash Builder Box hosts a voting session on their Instagram where you get to choose two of the main prints that will be in your box. So this means, you get to choose your favorite fabrics, get cool stuff in the mail, and help children in need!

And guess what? The July box is dedicated to Boardwalk Delight by Dana Willard!

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CONGRATULATIONS Bea, you've won the box of goodies from Stash Builder Box! Check your email. Thank you to everyone who shared their beautiful stories about creating projects for charity and for participating in the giveaway. 

 

This month’s box includes:

  • 3 fat quarters from Boardwalk Delight (Prints include Ice Cream Shop, Eat It All, and I Scream You Scream)
  • A spool of Aurifil 50WT thread
  • 5 mL packet of SOAK (eco-friendly laundry care)
  • Stash Block of the Month – “Snowball”
  • Stash Pick of the Month – “Fly By” quilt pattern by Initial K Studio
  • Vintage McCall’s Pattern Notebook (includes 64 pages of sepia toned lined paper)
  • Pencil that says “You can never have enough fabric”

To celebrate the summer and this month’s fun filled box, we’re hosting a GIVEAWAY! Stash builder has kindly donated a box filled with this month's goodies for you to win.

To enter:

Tell us in the comment section why you would like to win the July box featuring Boardwalk Delight fabrics and what are some things you have done for charity/ a good cause.

Giveaway ends Monday, July 11th at 3:00pm. Good luck!

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If you would love to receive a cute box like this every month, visit the Stash Builder Box website to start your subscription (this box will be available until July 14th).

 

Xoxo,

Stephanie

 

 

P.S. Here’s a little insight from the founder, Amanda Kelly on how Stash Builder Box was born:

“Stash Builder Box is a monthly quilting box that came to be in January of 2016 after I was doing research for my husband about starting a subscription box for his company. After doing the research for my husband’s box, his idea didn’t end up working out but it got the wheels turning for me. I really had a desire to combine my love of quilting with my heart to serve and help others. I had this crazy idea to make a box of quilting goodies but also have an underlying cause to bless people”.


The Art of Mutual Learning: Inspiration from Art

Hey Everyone!

I’m back and ready to tell you more about my sewing journey! About two months ago I embarked on a journey to learn how to sew by making a mini quilt. The idea was initiated by one of our cool product designers, Lauv. You’ve probably been reading her posts about our quilt designs and all of the techniques she has taught me, but you’re probably wondering about my beginner’s point of view. Well, I’m ready to tell you all about it!

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Lauv (left) & Me (right)

Lauv felt that it would be best if I planned my quilt on grid paper so that I could learn the basics of planning a quilt. She told me to assume that every square was one inch so that I could measure everything correctly once I was ready to cut the fabrics. During this time, Lauv kept asking me if I enjoyed geometry because quilting is all about the right measurements. Although, I wasn’t the biggest fan of math in school, I did enjoy sketching my idea because it reminded me of when I had to plan creative projects.

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Now, let me tell you a little about the inspiration behind my mini quilt. During the time that we started planning out our projects we were also preparing for spring Quilt Market. Since I love to associate everything with art and this year Quilt Market took place in Salt Lake City, UT; I decided to base my design on a famous art piece that’s in Utah, the Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson. I thought it would be fun to appropriate something memorable from the “art world” in a quilty style.

The Spiral Jetty is known as an “earthwork” a.k.a outdoor sculpture, so I decided to choose natural colors for my design. Based on pictures I’ve seen of the sculpture, I knew I wanted to mix various blue fabrics along with our Premium Linen from The Denim Studio for a modern yet earthy feel.

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I can’t wait to show you how it will look! I’ll be keeping everyone posted on my quilting progress here on the blog. But before I leave, I have two questions for you…

1.Where do you find inspiration for your quilts? 

2.How do you plan your quilts (software, on paper, etc.)?

 

Thank you for following my quilting journey!

-Stephanie