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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


Festive Fall Tote Bag Tutorial - Sew Crafty

Hey there sewing friends, 

What have you been sewing up lately?  November is one of my favorite months out of the year because  the weather is becoming cooler and hot chocolate becomes my drink of choice. We tend to do a lot of cooking in the month of November with Thanksgiving gatherings which means more time at the grocery store or local farmers market finding yummy things to make for family and friends. Which is why I thought making a Festive Fall Tote Bag Tutorial would be super fun and practical.  Make as many as you need and keep them in the car so you always have a bag on hand. 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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Fabrics used in tote bag: 

AGF Denim Studio Linen|DEN-L-4000|Soft Sand

AGF Denim Studio|DEN-T-3003-|Scarlet Brick

AGF Denim Studio|DEN-T-3002|Canyon Sunset

Soulful |SOU-2631|Stay Humble Apricot

Essentials II|ESS-II-353|Hula Hoops Gold

Boho Fusion|FUS-B-201|Retrospective Boho

Woodlands Fusion|FUS-W-606|Miss Thread Woodlands

Follow along with the video below to make a tote bag for you or as a gift! Looking for more fun beginner friendly sewing tutorials? Check out our Sew Crafty playlist on the Art Gallery Fabrics youtube channel


Happy Sewing!

Endless Florals and Color- Maltese Star Tutorial

Hey there sewing friends, 

 Have you seen Bari J's new collection yet? Wild Bloom fabrics is just what we need this time of year! I can think of so many thanksgiving sewing projects I could make with this collection. From place mats, to napkins, to a brand new dress for all the get togethers we have during this time of year! I also love this collection for quilts! The Maltese Star block is the new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! I am a color gal so the fabrics I pulled to make this block are making me jump up and down. I added some "Rose Feather" yarn dye to my block to help break up some of the prints and to add some yummy texture to my block!  

 

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Have fun watching the tutorial below! Make sure to share your quilt  blocks made with AGF fabrics on Instagram with the #agfquiltblockcollection to be entered to win our monthly fat quarter bundle giveaway! 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


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