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Sewing Tutorial- How to make a Mayflower Quilt Block

Hey there Makers,

I always get so excited when AGF releases a new fabric collection! Did you know we release around two or more fabric collections a month! It's hard to not be inspired by all the amazing prints, substrates, and free sewing patterns that is created and showcased in the beautiful pages of the lookbooks. Today I want to draw your attention to the cutest new collection called Campsite! I can't even begin to choose a favorite print from this collection, it showcases so many cute critters you would find on a camping trip like fire flies, foxes and deer. What's a camping trip without s'mores! For all of you with a sweet tooth check out the print "Campfire Sweets".  

 

I knew right away I needed to choose a quilt block that will showcase the cute elements in the Campfire collection which is why I choose the Mayflower Block! I love the scrappy look it has while still being a great block to show off all the cute fabrics. I used eight different fabrics to create this block playing with light and darker prints. 

 

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View the video below to make the Mayflower Block. Head over to our youtube to explore all the blocks in the collection. Make sure to share your blocks made with AGF Fabrics on Instagram using the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection  to be entered to win our monthly fabric bundle giveaway

 

Share in the comments box below your favorite camping memory? Don't like camping, share your favorite outdoor memory. 

When I was growing up I was a proud member of the Girl Scouts community. Every year we would have a big camping trip where we would meet so many other Girl Scout troops throughout our state of Minnesota! It was so fun meeting new friends and becoming closer to old ones! I loved cooking food over the fire and telling ghost stories! 

Happy Valentine's Day, 

Meli


Things to Sew for your Kids- Sewing with Knits

Hey Everyone, 

Sew anything for yourself lately?  I am in the process of sewing up a top with AGF Striped Knit. I love sewing for me but I usually tend to do most of my sewing for family and friends. Have you seen the New AGF Striped Knit Lookbook yet? If your new to sewing with knits you are going to want to check out this lookbook. There are so many cute sewing patterns that I can't wait to make for my niece and nephews. When I think of sewing with knits I automatically think apparel but after seeing the projects made with AGF Striped Knits I can't wait to make so many new things I never thought of. What are some of your favorite things to sew with knit fabrics?  

 

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1. DIY Stuffed Balloon Animals 

Cuteness overload! Put a smile on anyone's face by presenting them with the cutest stuffed animal ever. All you need is a long tube of your favorite  knit fabric, pillow stuffing and some thread. This would make for a fun project to do with your kids as they watch their new stuffed animal come to life. Try customizing your balloon animal by making it bigger or smaller or adding some embellishments like tassels or trim. 

 

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2. Kids turtle Neck and matching Leggings 

Burda Style understands kids apparel. I love how put together this look is while still being comfy and a perfect play time outfit for your little ones. We used solid knit to create contrast and to help the collar and pocket stand out against the strip knit background.  Don't they go together so beautifully!? We also added solid knit to the waist band and cuffs on the leggings which I think makes the whole outfit come together! Definitely will be making a bunch of these outfits for my one year old godson! 

 

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3. Travel Size Neck Pillow

I remember when I was little every family vacation we had our family of six would all cram into the car and drive to our destination because taking a plane was just to expensive. So many great memories but also unpleasant memories of being squished in a car for hours on end! :) To make your family road trips a tiny bit better travel neck pillows are a must! We made ours with two different colors of striped knit fabrics for added fun and lots of yummy quilting.    

 

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4. Cozy Kitty Pattern

As a cat lover I am beside myself with how cute these Cozy Kitties turned out. We used two different striped knit fabrics in the same color family to create the cutest contrast in the ears, belly and tail. Try scaling up or down the pattern to change the finished size of your kitties.

 

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5. Knot Pillows 

You can never have enough decorative pillows especially ones as interesting as these Knot Pillows. They are definitely eye catching and they look like a piece of art. Make them all in different sizes and color to place in your kids rooms for added style and  comfort.  

 

View the video above for more inspiration and sewing patterns made specially for knit fabrics!

 

Please share in the comments below  some of your favorite things to sew with knit fabrics?  

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 

 

 


Sewing for Valentine's Day - Make Something Sweet for your Sweetie

Hi Lovelies, 

Valentine's Day is coming soon and holiday themed sewing is one of my favorite kinda sewing! To get you in the spirit I have complied a variety of love inspired sewing projects! Homemade cards, a dress for the perfect date night, to a quilt and pillow to cuddle with your loved ones, Valentine's Day 2018 will be so much to fun to celebrate with these sewing projects made with love. 

 
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1.  Heart Valentine's Day  Card 

Every time a holiday or birthday approaches I head to Target to find the perfect card. Standing in the card aisle  which seems like forever trying to find the best one to give to that special someone never quite finding the right one. I go ahead and finally pick one just to turn the card around to check the price finding out that it is waaay to expensive. Ever have this problem? I always tell myself to make my own because homemade is always the way to go. What I love the most about these Heart Cards is it incorporates sewing and fabric which are two of my favorite things! :) 

 Also it's super fast to make and all you need are small scraps of fabric to make, which is music to my ears! After you give the heart cards a try, try using another shape like a cupcake, birthday candle, or a star! I definitely can't wait to give this a try! 

 

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Made with Wonderful Things Fabric 

 

2. Dirndl Dress

 To really get into the spirit why not make a dress with romantic floral hearts! The "Heart Fields Forever" print is so adorable especially when you sew it into the  Dirndl Dress pattern by Burda Style. I love the vintage flair with it's gathered waist and slim fitting bodice! The neckline shows the perfect amount of skin and the cap sleeves add the right amount of coverage. Your date will for sure fall in love with you all over again wearing this outfit! ;) 

 

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 Made with Heart Melodies Fabrics 

 

 

 

3. Balloon Pillow 

 Maybe your Valentine's Day will be spent on the sofa with your loved ones, binge watching romantic movies on Netflix. Add this fun circle pillow to the mix for added comfort. Use them as floor pillows for your little ones to sit! The zig zag construction of this pillow looks super fun and the applique heart is like the cherry on top! Don't want a heart try making a different shape like a smiley emjoi or a flower. Just leaving it without any applique could also be very cute depending on who you are making it for.

 


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Made with Reverie Fabrics 

 

4. Heartsome Quilt

  If  your really feeling the love try making the Heartsome quilt with Letters Fabric! The All you Need is Love Panel totally makes this quilt! The heart blocks are quick and easy to make! We mixed solid and print hearts to our quilt for extra color and contrast. If you don't have the time to tackle a whole quilt try sewing up just a few of these heart blocks to make a table runner for your dinning room table or turning your blocks into a cute wall hanging. 

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 Made with Letters Fabric

 

 

5. DIY Heart  Block 

 Aren't these heart blocks just the cutest? Watch this fun Sew Crafty video and make four log cabin blocks, sew your blocks together and sew your corner squares to create your heart! I love the scrappy look these block have! Try making a enough of these blocks to hang as garland or turn one block into a cute pin cushion for someone that loves to sew! 

 

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Made with Wonderful Things Fabric 

 

Hope you give a few of these sewing patterns a try and if you do let me know what you think.  Who has some fun plans for Valentine's Day? Whether you are going on a girls night, a romantic date, or spending it with the kiddos let me know in the comments box below how you plan to spend V-Day this year!

I am not sure what I will do this year but I am sure it will be filled with lots of sweets, hanging out with the ones I love and a romantic movie marathon. 

 

Lots of Love, 

Meli

 


All Things Mini Presents: Sewing with Baby Blue- Reverse Applique Tutorial

Hi there, 

The first month out of the year is almost done and 2018 is in full swing. To end January off with a bang I wanted to sew something up to brighten the months ahead. What better way to do that then to search the AGF colorfun colors of years past to find the perfect color! Baby Blue was the winner because of its  refreshing and modern feel. Mini quilts are one of my favorite things to make because you can accomplish smaller projects quicker giving you that sense of accomplishment we all love to feel. In today's world time is hard to come by so I am always in need of fun, quick, easy projects.  Follow along with me and make the Water Ripple Mini, where I used the fun easy technique called Reverse Applique! For more reverse applique projects check out the Wild Bloom lookbook, it's full of super cool projects to add to your sewing list. I decided to turn my mini into a pillow to freshen up my bedding.  Don't forget to enter the Baby Blue Bundle Giveaway below! 

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 Head over to Fat Quarter Shop to shop the Baby Blue Bundle and many more AGF Fabric Collections

 Approx size: 20" x 20" 

Fabrics Used: 

 

Fabric A-GSS-7248-Mirrors and Water
Fabric B-DFT-5307- Gemmed Pathways Sea
Fabric C- DFT-5305- Island Droplets Sky
Fabric D- CHA-41707- Pavilion Teacup
Fabric E- LAM-54282-Chads Retreat
Fabric F- DEN-S-2004- Infused Hydrangea
Fabric G- PE-432-Sandstone

 

Cutting Directions: 

 

 One (1) 8 1/2" square from Fabric B,C, D, and E

One (1) 16 1/2" square from Fabric F 

Two (2) 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips from Fabric A

Two (2) 2 1/2" x 20 1/2" strips from Fabric A

Two (2) 20 1/2" x 12" rectangle on the fold from Fabric A (Backing envelope style closure for pillow) 

 

20 1/2" square batting  

Other Supplies you will need: 

Sharp embroidery scissors 

Fabric marking pen

Download  Templates here 

 

Step 1: Sewing the Pillow Top

 Sew your 8 ½” squares from Fabric B, C, D, and E together to form a four patch block.

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Take your 16 ½” square of denim fabric  and place on top of your four patch block. With right side facing you. Stitch all the way around your piece at ¼” to secure your 16 ½” square to your four patch block.   

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Next sew your 2 ½” x 16 ½” border strips from Fabric A to the sides of your piece and then sew your 2 ½” x 20 ½” strips to the top and bottom. Take your pillow top and  a piece of backing fabric and sandwich in between a piece of batting. 

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Place your templates on to your pillow top following the image below and trace out your templates with a fabric marking pen. Repeat this same process to the other side of your pillow top. Stitch on the lines you drew to create your pillow top design.

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 Now for the fun part! Grab your sharp embroidery scissors and pierce a sharp hole in the top layer of fabric. Make your way to the edge of your stitch line and hold your fabric taut. Cut out your top layer of fabric leaving at least ⅛” of fabric. Repeat this process with all your stitched template shapes.

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Your pillow top is complete and at this stage in the process it’s time to decide whether you want to turn your project into a mini or make a pillow.

 To turn your project into a pillow take both of your 20 ½” x 12” rectangle cut on the fold and topstitch at ¼” or ½” on the fold edge.

Place your folded rectangles one on top of each other on top of your pillow top and pin your pieces together. Stitch all the way around your pillow. Trim the corners of your pillow at the seam allowance to create less bulk.

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 Turn your pillow right side out through the envelope backing. Use a turning tool or the tip of your scissors to poke out the corners of your pillow!

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Give your pillow a good press and insert your 20” pillow form into your pillow case!

 

I love how this pillow project turned out and can't wait to make another pillow and place both of them on my bed to help bring my boring old bedding to life.

 Hope you all give this project a try and enjoy reverse applique as much as I did. The possibilities are endless and you will for sure be seeing more projects with reverse applique in future blog posts!  (WARNING: Reverse Applique is addicting! :) )

 

For more mini quilt fun check out these free sewing patterns  from the  previous months.

 

SunSet Rays Mini

Nature Lover Mini

 Wood Trails Mini

Rustic Crossroads Mini

Let it Snow Mini

 

I am already in the works for next months All Things Mini tutorial and I can’t wait to show you my Valentine inspired mini! 

Enjoy, 

Meli

 

Congrats Laura Sharp you are the winner of the Baby Blue Bundle! Be sure to check your email :)

Giveaway Closed!

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Quilting Tutorial: How to Make a Broken Window Block

Hello Fabric Friends, 

So many great quilt blocks so little time! What's your favorite quilt block? Comment below to have a chance for it to be the next quilt block video in the AGF Quilt Block Collection. Today I want to share with you the Broken Windows Block made with Aligned Fabrics. My favorite step in creating this block is sewing up the center block unit. It looks like a x made out of squares! This center block is called the pointed tile block. Follow along with the video below to give this block a try. Let me know how your blocks turned out! 

 

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Don't forget to post your blocks on Instagram with the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection to be entered to win our monthly fabric bundle giveaway! Two winners are chosen every month! The more blocks you post the more chances you have to win! :) 

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


Happy New Year and to more sewing with the AGF Quilt Block Collection

Hey There Makers, 

How was your New Year celebration? There is something fun and exhilarating about starting a new year! It's the time where we think of the things we need to work on and what direction we want to go. Setting goals are a great way to get organized about what you want to happen in your life. The important thing to remember is to take baby steps to achieve your goals and don't stress to much about it. One of my 2018 goals are to buy less and sew more. Before I go ahead and buy that pillow, blanket, scarf, outfit, necklace, whatever it may be, I am going to ask myself can I make this and if the answer is yes, I am going to walk away from the item. I will keep you posted through the year on my progress. Comment below and share with me your New Year Resolutions. Today I want to share with you block Number 29 in the AGF Quilt Block Collection, the Union Square Block featuring Love Story Fabrics.  I love the"Lovebirds Amber" print in the center of my block. I also am a big fan of the square within a square look and the hst's on each of the corners adds a nice pop and finishing touch. I definitely see me turning this block into a sweet decorative pillow for my sofa. 

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Don't forget about our monthly AGF Quilt Block Contest on Instagram where two winners are chosen every month. All you have to do is make a block from the collection with AGF Fabrics and post on Instagram with the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection.  I hope to see more of your blocks in 2018! 

Watch the video below to make the Union Square block! 

 

 

Enjoy, 

Meli