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Top 6 Party Dresses: Sew your own Holiday Party Dress

Hi Everyone, 

Let's just face it, our lives are busy and the last thing we want to spend money and time on is shopping especially in the crazy holiday rush!  Which is why I decided to put together some great party dress patterns that are somewhat simple to make and will have you looking cute and confident for all your holiday events. 

 

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DIY Quilty Holiday Ornaments

Happy Holidays Everyone, 

 In need of some new ornaments for your tree this year? Instead of heading to the store this holiday season DIY some Quilty Holiday Ornaments by following along with our new tutorial up on the weallsew blog. We made our ornaments with AGF's first holiday fabric collection, Little Town fabrics! Which ornament is your favorite? It's hard to choose but I am really loving the tree with decorative stitches! 


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Want to get your hands on some winter fabric? We put together a fantastic bundle of fabrics to get you in the holiday spirit! Head over to the weallsew blog for a fabric bundle giveaway!

Have fun making these ornaments for you and for family and friends! 

Enjoy, 

Meli


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


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


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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Quilt Blocks and Cute Dino's - How to Make a Endless Squares Block

Hello Quilty friends, 

 Who is ready for Thanksgiving?! I know I can't wait to go home to Minnesota and spend time with my family and eat tons of amazing home cooked food! Another thing I am looking forward to is teaching my sister how to sew up some of the blocks in the AGF Quilt Block Collection to make her very FIRST quilt! I still remember sewing up my first quilt about three and a half years ago! I have learned so much since then and am so happy my sister caught the quilting bug! One of the blocks I will be showing her to make is the Endless Squares Block featuring Esoterra Fabrics! My favorite part about this block is the dino from the " Triceratops Pink" print that  I fussy cut on point for the center of my block! SO STINKIN CUTE!  I love the vibrant, dark colors in this collection and for all you dinosaur lovers out there this collection is definitely for you! 



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Enjoy the video below to make a Endless Square Block! Make sure to share your quilt block creations on social media using the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection

 


Happy Sewing,

Meli


Sewing for the Season- Rustic Crossroads Mini Tutorial

Hello Makers, 

The ColorFun color of the month is the rich, beautiful rustic orange which usually makes its appearance this time of year in nature and in our home decor! Which is how the Rustic Crossroads mini came to be. This 20" x 20" mini is perfect to use as a center piece for your Thanksgiving table or to make as a large decorative pillow to bring out during the holiday season. Check out Fat quarter shop to find the Rustic Orange bundle to sew yourself some Thanksgiving decor!



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Holiday Sewing- Give Thanks Table Runner Tutorial

Hi there, 

Are you prepared for the holiday season? Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are all adding the final touches to our home. Looking for some last min projects to make for your home or as a hostess gift? The Give Thanks table runner will instantly add the perfect amount of  holiday spirit to any home! If you have a afternoon to spare I suggest you give this project a try! It was so much fun fussy cutting the letters, florals, birds and beautiful butterflies from the painterly fabrics by Bari J.  Head over the the weallsew blog for the full tutorial. 

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Looking for some more thanksgiving sewing tutorials? Check out these great sewing patterns to make in the month of November! 

Happy Holidays, 

Meli


How to make a Shooting Star Block featuring Indie Folk Fabrics

Hello Quilty friends, 

Are you following along with the AGF Quilt Block Collection? Well, if you aren't this is the time to start! With every new fabric collection release comes a new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! For every block we have a easy to follow video tutorial that breaks down the block step by step to complete a fun new quilt block to add to your quilting resume! 

I am also excited about the AGF Quilt Block Collection contest being held on our Instagram. Where two lucky winners will win a bundle of AGF fabrics for sharing their quilt blocks made with AGF fabrics! Make sure to use the #agfquiltblockcollection! Can't wait to see your blocks! For all the details about the contest click here!  

 
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Only got a few mins a day to sew! I suggest you give  these blocks a try! Choose your favorite block from the collection and get started!  Follow along below to make the Shooting Star Block! 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli