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Sewing Curves- Alice's Tulips Block Tutorial

Hi Makers, 

Have you ever not done something because you where afraid you would be bad at it? Well there has been so many moments in my life where sadly I wouldn't even bother to try something out of my comfort zone because I was afraid of the outcome. Sounds crazy saying this out loud but I know many of you suffer from this silly way of thinking. Nobody is perfect and we shouldn't be  hesitant to try new things!  I have always been scared of sewing curves but today I am jumping off the deep end and making the  Alice's Tulips Block.  If you have any tips for sewing curves leave them in the comments below I would love to read them and put your tips to practice because like we all know "practice makes perfect".  I would love for you  watch the video below where I sew up these cute 8" blocks with the yummy fabrics from Mediterraneo



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 Download the templates I used here. Are you new to sewing curves too? Watch my video below and share your tips for sewing curves. 

 

 

This block was so fun to make I couldn't just make one! To checkout more sewing projects made with Mediterraneo fabrics take a peek at our new lookbook! 

 

Mediterraneo-block

 Happy Sewing , 

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 10 - New- Four Patch

Hello Fabric Friends,

Don't you just love sewing up something new? Today Elisa from the Production Design department teamed up with me to create Block #10 in the Community Sampler, the New- Four Patch. It's full of cute little four patch blocks and HST's. It was fun exchanging our favorite piecing methods and techniques and getting to know more about Eli. She has motivated me to start sewing more clothes for myself after sharing with me all the fun outfits that she has already made this year.  Read more about  Eli below and how she fell in love with all things quilty.

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 We used Splendid Fusions to create our block. 

 

Do you always follow the instructions in a sewing pattern exactly how they are written? For this block Eli and I decided to change up the steps a little to simplify and speed up our quilt block process. 

Since all of our HST's are the same two fabrics we decided to use the Magic Eight Method for creating our HST's. Have you ever tried this method? It is amazing if you need to make a whole bunch of the same HST's. In this case we needed exactly eight HST's so this method was made for us! 

For the four patch blocks we decided to sew two 2" x WOF strips together and then sub cut 2" x 3 1/2" strips. Then we paired all our sub cut strips together to make all eight four patch blocks. 

Sewing up are block this way speed up the sewing process so much. As a quilter it's always great to find methods or techniques to make your life less stressful and more efficient. 

 

Let me introduce you to Eli, (below) make sure to comment below and get to know Eli. 

 New- Patch Block- Eli

 How did you get into sewing?

Ever since I was little, I always had the interest in learning how to sew, but it wasn’t until my first year in college that I learned how to sew my first outfit, since then, I’ve always loved it.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

 It would be pillow cases. But on my free time at home, I love sewing my own clothes :)

 

Tell us about your first quilting experience… If you could go back and tell past you any advice what would you say?

 My first quilting experience was when I was sewing some pillowcases for Fall 2017 Quilt Market. We had so many products to sew that I barely had time to quilt so I just did straight lines calculating the distance of each line with the walking foot. They came out great though!

If I could go back in time and tell past me any advice I would have said;" hey, take your time to quilt, mark your designs before you quilt and sew at a more slower pace".

 

What is your favorite quilting technique that you use all the time

I would say, English Paper Piecing. Its so fun to do and I love to use this technique for my accessories projects.  Here is an example of one of my favorite accessory projects. 

EPP Necklace

Having the right sewing supplies to get the job done right saves a ton of stress. What is one sewing tool you could never live without. 

My fabric marking pen!!! I have the need to mark everything to make sure I get everything right.

 

Finishing a project gives all sewers a rush of happiness. What is your all time favorite sewing project you have completed?

 

It would be the Good Fortune Pillow case from Indigo & Aster collection. I sewed the two pillow cases and quilted both.

 

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These pillows are definitely drool worthy!!! Didn't Eli do a amazing job!? These pillows are going on my to sew list for sure!

 

 Happy Sewing,

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 9 - Double T

Hey there Sewing Friends, 

What's your latest fabric crush? For the past 9 weeks I been crushin' hard for our new Splendid Fusion fabrics! When we caught wind of the sew along  Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell where hosting it wasn't a hard decision at all as to what fabrics we were going to use.  This past week we added a new member to our Production Design department, I am super excited to introduce Jessica to the AGF Team! Turns out we both graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Fashion design degree! It was so much fun sewing up Block 9 of the Community Sampler with her. Learn more about the the Double T Block and all about our newbie below. 

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Meet Jessica! (below) Had the best time chit chatting about our favorite teachers from school and our passion for textile design. Can't wait to see Jessica use all her amazing talents and use them in her new found love for quilting. Jessica_blog





 How did you get into sewing?

 I got into sewing when I was 10 years old, my grandmother was a seamstress and I was always fascinated by  the process.

 

What is your favorite thing to sew?

 I really don't have a favorite thing to sew in particular, but I do feel excited every time I get to start a new project that I have never work on before. I guess I like to learn new techniques and face new challenges.

 

Having the right sewing supplies to get the job done right saves a ton of stress. What is one sewing tool you could never live without.

 Definitely, a seam ripper. :)

 

Finishing a project gives all sewers a rush of happiness. What is your all time favorite sewing project you have completed?

 My favorite sewing project  was a bathing suit because attaching the elastic was such a challenge. When I finally finished it  I felt super accomplished!

 

Before starting your first quilt block lesson, what was your impression of quilting and how did you feel about doing this for the first time?

Before learning about quilts  I thought of quilts as a bunch of geometric shapes and a artistic way of putting blocks together to create a beautiful bedspread.  I thought that it would be hard to make one but when I made my first block it wasn't hard at all! It does takes a lot of precision and concentration though. I loved it!

 

 What was your favorite part about creating your first quilt block?

 My favorite part was when I was attaching pieces together and I was seeing the block take form.

 

 What advice would you give someone who is new to quilting?

My advice for someone new to quilting is be patience and maintain your seam allowance at ¼ because otherwise it will affect your block.

 

How does it feel to have created your first quilt block?

 I felt happy, to learn how to do flying geese.It seemed so hard when I saw it on a quilt. I learned that it wasn't hard as I thought. 

 

How has your idea of quilting changed after learning more about it?

 It change completely I would never thought in a million years that I would make a quilt, I thought it was complicated but  now I just can’t wait to finish my first quilt!.






Who else is having a blast sewing up their blocks each week?! Here is a peek of all of our blocks. 

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Happy Sewing, 

Meli


AGF Color Master Lemon Green Edition- Beaming Bright Mini Tutorial

Hey Color Lovers, 

What color comes to mind when you hear the word April? After taking a look at all the curated colors from the AGF Color Master Boxes my eyes went straight to the Lemon Green Edition! The warm fuzzy feeling this group of fabrics gave me when sewing up the Beaming Bright Mini made me dream of freshly squeezed lemonade, bbq's with my family, and our tulips planted in the backyard.  Being from Minnesota the grey, cold and dreary days start to take a toll on your spirits. It's amazing how powerful color and light play a role in our happiness. Which is basically what the Lemon Green Color Master Box delivers, happiness in a box. (At least for me :) ) 

Flying geese lovers get ready to make this zesty looking mini below. Let me know what you think in the comments!  Wanna more projects made with this yummy color check out this blog post dedicated to the Lemon Green Color Master Box.

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April-Mini

16 x 16 Finished 

Fabric Used: 

Fabric A-RPT-1707- Saccharine Lemon
Fabric B-BWD-787 -Soda Straws
Fabric C-WOT-31407 -Blooming Brook Sol
Fabric D-HRT-95300 -Blomma Garden Golden
Fabric E-CST-3201 -King’s Road Lemon
Fabric F-CHR-1303 -Love Notes Retro
Fabric G -SGE-14453- Yuma Lemons Mist
Fabric H-UT-14506 -Lucid Hills Amber
Fabric I-PE-446 -Honeydew

Cutting Directions

One (1) 5 1/4” square from Fabric A- H
Thirty Two (32) 2 7/8” squares from Fabric I

Block Instructions:

No Waste Flying Geese Method 

Take a 5 1/4" square and four  2 7/8" squares.  These are the pieces you will need to create four flying geese units. Draw a diagonal lines using a pencil or a water souble pen on the wrong side of the fabric  on each 2 7/8" square.

HST copy

Place two  2  7/8" squares at each corner of your 5 1/4" square. Make sure right sides are together and the diagonal lines match up to make a straight line.
Sew 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line. 

Flying Geese copy

Cut piece on the diagonal line you marked.

Flying Geese middle copy

 

Now place a 2 7/8" square at the lower corner of your pieces. Sew on each side of the diagonal line you marked at 1/4". Cut piece on diagonal line and press your flying geese open.

Repeat this process for your remaining fabric pieces. 

All Flying Geese copy

Now we are going to make a total of four Dutchman's Puzzle Blocks. Check out the AGF Quilt Block Collection on our YouTube to find a great video about the Dutchman's Puzzle Block

  Flying geese block copy

Sew your flying geese together following the block design below. 
Flying geese block copy

Sew your blocks together to get this lively looking mini. I decided to use a lemon color thread to match my project and kept the quilting simple but plenty, matchstick quilting  1/4" to 1/2" apart.

Not quilted copy

 I used the "Yuma Lemons Mist" print for my backing and I love the backing just as much as my quilt top. 

Quilting Backing 1

I binded my mini with the "King's Road Lemon" squared element blender which tied the whole thing together.  Squared Elements are my go to binding fabrics for almost any project.

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 Looking for more  mini quilt patterns! Check out the mini's from the previous months.

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SunSet Rays Mini

Nature Lover Mini

 Wood Trails Mini

Rustic Crossroads Mini

Let it Snow Mini

Water Ripple Mini

 From the Heart Mini

Lucky Emerald Mini

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 8 - Morning Star

Hello Sewing Friends, 

How are your blocks coming along?  The AGF Girls and I have been keeping up every week with completing our blocks for the Community Sampler Sew Along.  This week I had so much fun sewing up the Morning Star Block with Adri from our Graphic Design Team. Throughout this whole experience so far I have learned to become a better teacher of my craft. I have always sewn for me and my happiness but deciding to take on the challenge of teaching the girls in the office to quilt and sew has absolutely been an experience that will help me to become better in writing pattern instructions and sharing my love for quilting and sewing.  

 If you haven't been following along to this amazing sew along that Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland have put together don't worry it's never to late to join. On Sharon's website she has very detailed PDF Patterns for you to download and follow for each block . 

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 Our Block is made with Splendid Fusions

The Morning Star Block has always been one of my favorite blocks. I find all the different type of star blocks to be so beautiful. What has been your favorite block in the Sampler so far? Share with me in the comments below. 

I would like to introduce you to Adri below where she talks about her sewing experience and what she thought about sewing up this block. 

 

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This is Adri! Isn't her Morning Star Block stunning! Let her know what you think of her block in the comments below. 


Prior to starting your quilt block did you have any sewing experience?

 When I was about 10 or 11, I used to help my aunt with whatever  she needed to do alterations and when she had big orders. But I haven't touched a sewing machine since then.

 

Before starting your first quilt block lesson, what was your impression of quilting and how did you feel about doing this for the first time?

 That you had to be really perfect in all your measurements and if anything wasn’t perfect the final block was going to come out crooked. Turns out, while being accurate matters a lot, it doesn’t require perfection in order for the block to come out good.

 

What was your favorite part about creating your first quilt block?

 Probably seeing everything match up! I was kinda nervous while doing it and was afraid I was going to mess up but at the end it was a big relief! 


What was the most difficult part about creating your quilt block?

 I had trouble cutting. I had to do it over a few times because I wouldn't put enough pressure. A few times I wasn't sure if I should turn my body and cut it in a weird position or just move the fabric another way to make it easier. The rotating mat was a great help!


What advice would you give someone who is new to quilting?

 Take your time.  Also make sure you have a picture of your block in front of you so you don't sew the pieces wrong, which I did once.

 

How does it feel to have created your first quilt block?

 It was a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s always fun when you learn something new and actually finish it. Meli was a great teacher.  


How has your idea of quilting changed after learning more about it?

 Yes, it feels a lot less scarier, but it makes me appreciate more the amount of patience and focus it takes to make big intricate quilts.


Do you see yourself quilting in the future?

 Probably a mini one :)

 

Tomorrow the new block PDF Pattern will be released and I am so excited to be able to get to sew it up with Laura from the Production Design Team. Tune in next week to hear about sewing with Laura. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli 


Quilting with Cute Critters- How to make a Log Cabin Block

Hi Quilty Friends, 

The Log Cabin Block is finally making it's way into the AGF Quilt Block Collection. This well known block is a perfect beginner friendly block where all you need is a square piece of fabric for the center of your block and a variety of different fabric strips. For the center of our block we fussy cut the cute bunny from the "Radiant Menagerie Panel" from the Indigo & Aster fabric collection. We used a variety of different contrasting prints from Indigo & Aster Fabrics as well as adding some beautiful orange, blue and green  smooth denim fabrics for the ideal amount of texture. 

The Log Cabin Block is a great scrap buster project and using WOF strips and the speedy cut as you go method will get you a completed block in no time. 

 
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 Have fun choosing your favorite animal for the center of your block! 

  Indigo-&-Aster-Animals

 

Watch the video below and follow along to make a Log Cabin Block to add to your quilt block collection! 

 

 

I always love seeing your creations so make sure to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection! Leave me a comment below with new quilt block tutorial idea. 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli