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Cappuccino's and Quilts- Wood Trails Mini Quilt Tutorial

Hi Sewing Friends, 

I know it's not quite hot chocolate weather but October's AGFcolorfun color of the month has me feeling all warm and tingly inside! This months color is Cappuccino! This warm, woodsy color was such a refreshing shade to work with. I am used to using a lot of color and tend to shy away from neutral fabrics but after designing the Wood Trails mini quilt I am all about it! The Wood Trails mini measures out to be 16" x 16" and would make perfect throw pillows for the holiday season ahead.

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 Here is what you will need to get started: 

Fabrics Used:

Fabric A-GSS-6249-Wire Flowers Twig
Fabric B-GRA-3508-Rush Hour Tan
Fabric C-LT-20034-Simply Simple Silver
Fabric D-CTL-49903-Netting Twine
Fabric E-CAP-VC-5001-Picturesque Bloom
Fabric F-PE-436- Creme de la Creme
Fabric G -PE-419- Light Grey
Fabric H-PE-433-Snow
Binding-PE-445- Mink
Backing- LT-20034-Simply Simple Silver

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Finished Quilt 16" x 16"


Cutting Directions


5 1/4" squares:

Two (2) from Fabric A
Three (3) from Fabric H

2 7/8" squares:
Eight (8) from Fabric Cand H
Four (4) from Fabric B

2" x 16 1/2" strips:

One (1) from Fabric D and F

1 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips:

One (1) from Fabric E and G

Backing 20" x 20"
Batting 20" x 20"

 

Step 1: Flying Geese Using the No Waste Method

Take a 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A and four (4) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares from Fabric H. These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units.
Draw a diagonal lines using a pencil or a water soluble pen on the wrong side of the fabric on each 2 7/8”x 2 7/8” square from Fabric H.

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 Place two (2) 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” squares at each corner of your 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” square from Fabric A. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal lines match up to make a straight line.

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 Sew 1/4” from the diagonal line on each side of the line. Cut piece on the diagonal line you marked. You will now have two pieces that look like the picture below.

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Press seams toward Fabric H. Now place a 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” rectangle from Fabric H at the lower corner of your piece.

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Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4”. Cut pieces on the diagonal line. You will now have two pieces that look like the picture below!

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 Press open and trim your flying geese to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". Repeat this process with your remaining 5 1/4" squares and 2 7/8" squares to get eight (8) A/H, eight (8) C/H, and four (4) H/B flying geese! Sew all your flying geese together following the block design. 

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Sew your flying geese rows to your strips. Following the diagram below . 

 

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It's time to quilt and bind! I did some diagonal straight line quilting with a light beige thread.

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 Can't wait to see your mini creations on social media! Make sure to use the hashtag #AGFcolorfunmini to share your love for mini's.

If  you are a mini quilt  fan like me?! Here are some great mini quilt sewing tutorials using AGF color fun colors!  

Tangerine- August 

Sunset Set Rays Mini

Mint- September 

Nature Lover Mini 

 

Til Next Time, 

Meli


Halloween Inspired Sewing Patterns- Are you ready to sew?

Hey There, 

Who likes sewing for holidays?  I find any excuse to sew when holidays come around so I can sew for my home, family, and friends. Below, I share some of my favorite sewing tutorials to sew for the Halloween season! Whether you still need to decorate your home with festive decor or you have absolutely no idea what you will dress up as for Halloween, don't worry,  I got ya covered! If you need help choosing some festive fall fabrics for your sewing projects check out Steph's post where she talks about 10 Earthy Fall Fabrics You'll Love

 

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1. Crossroads Pumpkin Trio pattern by Amy Barickman

Mister Domestic  has us wanting to make these fabric pumpkins by the dozen. He sewed his pumpkins up using "Canyon Sunset" and "Scarlet Brick"  AGF Textured Denim  and AGF Crosshatch Textured denim fabric for the stem. I love how the beautiful autumn colors and textured fabric makes these pumpkins come to life. These pumpkins are perfect to use for  your dining room centerpieces or placing them any where around the house to create a warm and happy environment! Also this pattern comes in three different sizes which makes it so fun for placing them around your home in interesting ways! 

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2. Mini Halloween Pillows

Can't sew or looking for projects you can get the kids involved in? Try making these mini decorative pillows that you can use to decorate your home or use them as festive pin cushions! You have the option of making a scary ghost, a cute jack-o-lantern, or a black cat staring at the moon! I plan to make all three! They are just too cute to resist and are super fast to make! 

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Fabrics used: Pure Elements, Squared Elements, and Smooth Denim 

3. Midnight Bite foundation paper pieced pattern by Lillyella’s Patterns

Here is a great project for all you paper piecers out there! Nothing says Halloween like a spooky bat wall hanging. Mister Domestic made his wall hanging with black and different shades of orange to make his bat take flight. His back ground fabric is the "Laced Remains Hazed"print from Katarina Rocella‘s Recollection collection. I definitely am somewhat a beginner when it comes to paper piecing but I am definitely going to give this pattern a try! This pattern also comes in three different sizes: small 10" x 6" medium 16" x 9" large 24" x 12". 

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4. Festive Fall Tote Bag 

 During the holiday months we tend to make a lot more trips to the store, try making a few of these easy reusable tote bags and make sure to take them with you on your next shopping trip! I plan on making a set of five of these bags for my mom and sister and giving it to them as a Thanksgiving present! To me there is nothing better then a handmade gift! Especially a gift as practical as a tote bag! 

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5. Halloween Fabric Tags 

 Fabric gift tags are the perfect touch to any present or treat bag. Looking for a easy scrap buster project? Look no further! Take your gift giving game to the next level by adding a personalized touch to all your handmade gifts! 

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Fabrics used: Boardwalk Delight Fabrics 

6. Kitty Cat Costume Tutorial 

If your anything like me you never know what to dress up as at Halloween and of course you wait til the last min and all the good costumes are taken. Don't worry you can make your own! Kitty Cat Costume to the rescue! This three piece set will have everyone asking where you bought your costume! We used the "Leopardess" print from Esoterra fabrics

 

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I hope these patterns have inspired you to sew something up for the Halloween/ Thanksgiving season! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


DIY Halloween Kitty Cat Costume

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Did I scare you? :) Halloween is around the corner and it's time to start thinking about what you are going to dress up as. For me my go to outfit is a being a cat, which inspired me to create the Kitty Cat Costume Tutorial. This three piece set is easy and fun to make and all there is left to do is to draw some whiskers and a cat nose and your ready to go! We made our Kitty Cat Costume with  the "Leopardess" print from Esoterra fabrics! To find the full tutorial head over to the weallsew blog!  Looking for more Halloween inspired sewing tutorials try making Halloween gift tags to add to all your treat bags. 

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What are some of your go to Halloween costumes? Got any memorable Halloween moments? One Halloween I will never forget is when my twin brother, my younger sister and I dressed up as Power Rangers! We thought we were so cool in our bright colorful costumes! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


How to Make a Single Irish Chain Quilt Block Tutorial

Hi There Quilty Friends, 

Who loves sewing for the little ones in your life? I know I am obsessed with being an Auntie and making things for my niece and three nephews! My brother's kids are the best because every time I make them a handmade gift they love it so much. It makes me feel like I am the best Auntie ever! The new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection is the Single Irish Chain Block featuring Lambkin Fabrics. I am flipping out at how adorable this collection is and how Bonnie Christine created two different colorways to cater to girls and boys!  

The adorable "Sir Wooly" print makes his debut in the center of my block and he is framed with the great "Arista Oats" print which has a mixture of numbers, letters, and fun symbols! The corner blocks are made with the "Keeping Watch Dim" print which I think is so dreamy with crest moon, stars and  a sprinkle of metallic.  I definitely see myself making a baby quilt using this block design for my 1 year old godson! 

 

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Watch the video tutorial below to make your version of the Single Irish Chain Block. Don't forget to share your  blocks using AGF fabrics on Instagram using the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection to be entered to win our monthly AGF Fabric Bundle Giveaway!  

 

 Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Perfect Gift Giving Tutorial: Quick and Easy Potholders

Hey Fabric Friends, 

Fall is slowly creeping our way and this is the time I start thinking about the gift giving season!  During the Fall and Winter months I spend a lot more time in the kitchen baking yummy treats and preparing dinners for family and friends. Which is why I decided to create a quick and easy potholder tutorial which will come in super handy for all the cooking and baking we do during the holiday season. These potholders makes for a super thoughtful gift for someone moving into a new place or who enjoys cooking and baking. 

I made this potholder from scraps left over from a quilt! (no scraps left behind) I love a good scrap busting project! I made my potholders with Le Vintage Chic fabrics! The floral fabric and geometric fabric in this collection are so timeless and elegant. I made my potholders for my sister! This fabric collection just screams her name! 

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Watch the video below to make quick and easy potholders for you or to give away as gifts!

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 

 


Woodlands Fusions "Fawn Sprite" Pillow Tutorial

Hello AGF Fans,

Today I’d like to share a step-by-step tutorial on how I made the Woodlands Fawn Pillow! Perhaps you saw her gazing up at you in the new Fusions look book? I was so happy to be able to design for the Woodlands Fusion collection and I found myself inspired by the color palette- rich, deep, dark and yet bold and vibrant. I knew right away I wanted to make a sister pillow to my Boho Flower girl and started sketching my version of a Woodlands Fawn Sprite.


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Fabrics & Materials Used:

Recommended Fabric Choices

  • Face template (download here)

  • Double-sided fusible web

  • Fusible fleece

  • Batting

  • Fabric glue

  • Frixion Pen 

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Back to School Sewing- Open Wide Pencil Bag Tutorial

Hi Everyone, 

School is back in full swing and I hope you are all ready for a great new school year. To help with the transition from summer to class room fun we created a fun back to school tutorial. The Open Wide Pencil Bag  makes a perfect gift for anybody going back to school or who has a lot of crafty supplies to store and tote around with them. We made our pencil bag with Joyful Fusions fabric by AGF and added fun applique elements and decorative stitches. This fun fabric mixed with Bernina's fun stitches is a match made in heaven! 

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 I love the pencil slot feature on the inside of the bag to keep all your pencils organized for easy access. Make your own Open Wide Pencil Bag today by visiting the weallsew blog for the full tutorial!

Enjoy,

Meli  

 


5 Must Haves for Going Back to School in Style

 Hello Makers, 

It's the start of a brand new school year so let's make this the best year yet! Today I want to share 5  sewing patterns that will make going back to school not so bad! 

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 Whether you or a loved one is heading back to school we are all in need for back to school essentials. I hope these sewing patterns will be helpful for the year to come! 

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1. Back to School Binder Cover  

First on the list is the Back to School Binder Cover. No more boring three ring binders, with this binder cover you have a place for everything with a convenient front zipper pocket and a place to store your pens and pencils for easy access. The pattern even has a option to add handles so you carry your notes in style. We made our binder cover with Playground fabrics by Amy Sinibali adding touches of the AGF Denim Studio.

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2. Enamor Back Pack

At AGF we are all in love with a good bag, whether it's a tote, purse, or back pack there is nothing better then a handmade bag! The first important thing you need for making a sturdy, well made bag is the right fabrics!  The Enamor Back Pack pattern  is made with varies denim fabric from the AGF Denim studio and  canvas fabric from the Joie de Vivre collection by Bari J.  

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3. Summer Swirl Lunch Bag 

When I was in middle school my second best part of the day was lunch time. First was of course recess! I never had a cool lunch bag like others in my class, my Mom always sent me to school with a brown paper bag lunch. If I could go back in time I would definitely make myself the Summer Swirl Lunch Bag.  Made with Fiesta fun fabric  by Dana Willard these lunch bags are the ideal way to do lunch! 

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4. Virginia Leggings

When I was in school the hardest thing to figure out wasn't math or biology class it was getting dressed every morning with something that was trendy and fashion forward but was also comfortable to wear. Where was AGF knit when I was going to school?! Try making a pair of these adorable Patchy Heart Leggings   designed by Megan Nielsen. Everyone in your class will be asking you where you got them. We made our legging with the bright yellow blender print print from Reverie fabrics. We added cute heart patches at the knees using our solid turquoise knit

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 5. Love Story and All you need is Love Pillow 

These decorative pillows are screaming dorm room essential! The Love Story pillow and the All you need is Love pillow are so fun and playful. Made with Letters fabrics and a mix of our pure element solids these pillow would make the most sweetest gift! Send your loved ones off to school with lots of love! 

 

What is your favorite back to school memory?  I have a lot of great memories but my favorite was when I was a senior in high school and my sister was a freshman. I felt so proud being able to drive us to school and being able to show her around on her first day! Being a big sister is the best! Comment below and share your favorite back to school moments. 

 Lots of Love, 

Meli 


AGF Quilt Block Collection: Brighten your day by making a Morning Star Block

Hello Makers, 

What have you been working on lately? I know summer time can mean more fun out in the sun and less time hanging out with your sewing machine which is why I love to wake up early and get some sewing done before I start my day. A nice cup of coffee and some easy to listen to music in the background as I sew something new, it gives my day a jump start! How do you all fit a little extra sewing into your day? 

The Fusions lookbook is out and I am overloaded with inspiration. My favorite new fusion is the Spices Fusion. The colorful cotton fabrics and floral fabric call my name! Which is why I decided to make the Morning Star Block with this scrumptious fabric.  

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Have fun watching the video below to make a Morning Star block of your very own! To find the free pattern sheet make sure to watch the video on our youtube channel, the link is in the description box below the video! 

We would love to see your beautiful quilt blocks so please share them using the #agfquiltblockcollection!

What quilt block would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 


All Things Mini- Sunset Rays Mini Quilt Tutorial

Hi There, 

How is everyone enjoying their summer? It gets so hot in South Florida that I tend to be spending my weekends indoors at the movies, shopping, and sewing! There are two things I love most about sewing. First is COLOR, and second is making quick, fun, rewarding projects. If your anything like me you are going to love that we decided to celebrate our love for color by using the ColorFUN color of the month to create a mini of the month.  

The Sunset Rays Mini was made with fabrics from the Tangerine ColorFUN bundle. I also mixed and matched it with some yummy orangey pure elements, white, and our super dreamy linen for some added texture.  I loved using these fun fabric choices to make my mini come to life! 

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Enjoy the tutorial and welcome to All Things Mini! 

Fabrics Used: 

Fabric A-GRD-79908 

Fabric B-FAN-4071

Fabric C-CUR-19138

Fabric D-SE-615

Fabric E-DEN-L-4000

Fabric F-PE-444

Fabric G -PE-457

Fabric H- PE-433

Binding-DEN-T-3002

Backing- HBR-4434-6

 Finished Size 17" x 17"

Cutting Directions
Four (4) 1 1/2" x 17 1/2" strips from Fabric A


One (1) 2" x WOF strips from Fabric B,C,F,G,and H

Two (2) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips from Fabric D
Two (2) 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips from Fabric D


Four (4) 1 1/2” x 17 1/2” strips from Fabric E

One (1) 2 1/2" square from Fabric H
One (1) 3 1/2" square from Fabric H
Two (2) 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips from Fabric H
Two (2) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strips from Fabric H

Backing - 20" x 20" square
Binding- 1 1/2" x 78" long strip

How to Make the Template

Draw a 10 1/2" square on card stock paper and cut in half on the diagonal. To make more of a permanent template trace your triangle onto a  clear plastic template sheet made by Dritz Quilting. I love making templates for all my quilting projects. (it makes life a little easier) 

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 Step 1: Making your Triangle Strip Units 

Sew your 2" x WOF strips from Fabric B,C, F,G, and H together and press seams to one direction. Take your triangle template and cut out two triangles facing
the same direction.

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Step 2: Assembling Other Triangles

Next sew a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"strip from Fabric D to each side of a 3 1/2" square from Fabric H. Press as you go. Now sew a 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strip from Fabric D to the top and bottom. To finish off your block sew a 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" strip from Fabric H to the top and bottom and then sew a 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strip to the sides of your piece!

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Now take your triangle template and line the diagonal side of your template diagonally on your block and cut two triangles!

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 Step 3: Finishing Touches 

Last step is to sew the strips in the center of our mini! Sew a 1 1/2" x 17 1/2" strip from Fabric A and E together to create four of these units. Sew your 2 1/2" square from Fabric H in between two of these units. Following the mini quilt illustration sew your strip units to your triangles and then sew your center strip to both sides of your mini quilt!

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Square off your piece t0 17" x 17". Now it's time to quilt your mini masterpiece! I did some improv straight line quilting creating triangles within my mini. I decided to add some hand sewn stitches with some thinker embroidery thread. I like to try new things every time I quilt something. It's my time to get creative with my quilting and enjoy the process.  


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 I binded my mini with the great orange textured denim from the Denim Studio which frames my mini marvelously! This is the start to my Mini ColorFUN Collection. I can't wait to create more mini's inspired by the ColorFUN color of the month! Stay tuned to my colorful mini quilt adventure! :) 

Enjoy, 

Meli